Sunday, August 2, 2020

2020-2021 CPQG Challenge: My Town

Recently, the Sisters OutdoorQuilt Show held their annual show virtually. One of the collections shown was a guild challenge where members were asked to create a “My Town” quilt. When you think of “My Town”, what comes to mind? My town can be somewhere in the Centre region. But it can also be reminiscent of:

-where you grew up

-where you went to college

-where you worked your first job

-your favorite vacation spot

-where you lived when you got married

-the town where your grandparents lived when you visited them at Thanksgiving or in the summer

-the town where your children were born

The list could go on and on. So again, where does your imagination go when you think of “My Town”?

For this challenge there are no requirements other than your piece must have a label on the back (or inside) that references the challenge, what town or area you picked, and why you chose the town or area. Your quilt or quilted item can be pieced or appliqu├ęd, traditional or modern, realistic or abstract, embellished or not!

Hopefully we’ll have a June picnic in 2021 where your creations will be revealed.

Karen powers is our lead on this project. 
See this as a pdf.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Webmaster's August Challenge

Quilt something useful for back to school/work.  Be as creative and/or utilitarian as you want.  No rules here.  No pressure.  Just fun. 
Send a photo of your creation and a short statement to your webmaster for inclusion on this post.

Leslie Demmert-- Ask Claire for the pattern.. These pencil bags (or whatever bags) are so easy you'll want to make a million of them.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

How to Mend a Pair of Jeans

If threads start fraying, add stitching before the fabric tears. Patching should be your last resort.  

Brenda Hameister suggests reading his article and then looked up Sashiko patterns. It’s like beautiful hand quilting. Have any of you heard of it? This man lives in Lewisburg, PA and he gives workshops.


Vintage Singer Sewing Machines

Have you ever wondered how Singer's were made when they only came mi black?  Click here to find out.?

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Friends of the Elderly, Veterans and Disabled in Need of Masks

A note to our membership from Cheryl Anne Blood <>:
We make reusable masks and distribute them to subsidized residences of elderly, veterans and disabled individuals across Pennsylvania.  We are hoping you will join us in our efforts to provide the most vulnerable with at least one reusable mask that will protect them.  Some of these individuals either don't have masks or they are wearing disposable masks that are torn or dirty.  
Please contact her directly for information on where to send masks and what style she needs OR check back here for updates.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Membership and Dues Renewal Now

Our CPQG membership form for the upcoming Guild year 2020 - 2021 is available now on our website here.  Will you please complete the form and return via email to the membership email address:    Your dues check may be sent to our USPS address:  Centre Pieces Quilt Guild, P. O. Box 657 Boalsburg, PA 16827, ATTN: Treasurer.  You will note that for this Guild year there is a sliding scale for your dues in accordance with the online survey.
Since there will not be a new publication of our membership directory, please indicate on the form any changes in address, phone, etc. Changes will be listed in our newsletter so you can make the changes to your current copy of the directory.
Many thanks for your cooperation and understanding this different format for your membership renewal.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Virtual Quilt Show by Contemporary Quilt & Fiber Artists in Cincinnati

 Here's a link to a virtual quilt show hosted by CQAFA (Contemporary Quilt & Fiber Artists) in Cincinnati.  The virtual show, in lieu of their canceled live exhibition, runs June 15 to August 15, 2020.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Membership Renewal

Our CPQG membership form for the upcoming Guild year 2020 - 2021 is available now on our website here.  Please complete the form and return via email to the membership email address:    Your dues check may be sent to our USPS address:  Centre Pieces Quilt Guild, P. O. Box 657 Boalsburg, PA 16827, ATTN: Treasurer.  You will note that for this Guild year there is a sliding scale for your dues in accordance with the online survey.
Since there will not be a new publication of our membership directory, please indicate on the form any changes in address, phone, etc. Changes will be listed in our newsletter so you can make the changes to your current copy of the directory.
Many thanks for your cooperation and understanding this different format for your membership renewal.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Webmaster's July Challenge: Just how "creative" can we get to face the public?

Are you getting tired of making utilitarian CDC/WHO standardized masks? Change it up a bit for a Webmaster's July Challenge.  Make a mask that's fun, perhaps utilitarian or not, but mostly fun.  Make it personalized (think Best Grandma), glitzy with jewels, feathers, and sequins, scary, historic (think Plague Doctor), for Halloween, FastNacht, or Mardi Gras, for children, patchwork. Anything goes.  Use whatever you have available, fasten it however appropriate.  Just have fun with a mask for once.
Send a picture to to be included here whenever you get it finished. No deadline.

Leslie Demmert--Nothing says, "I'm a quilter" like an orphan block mask.  The red were flying geese left over from 2017 Guild Challenge. The HST etc were just left over. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Mask nose pieces

From their website:
We know the struggle of fogging glasses while wearing face masks. These strips prevent warm exhaled breath from condensing your lenses by forcing the air to exit from other areas of the mask. Either style strip works great!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Questionaire results

Most members were uncomfortable holding in-person meetings in June but were in favor of watching and waiting for possible changes in COVID 19 status in July and August.  We might be able to hold informal outdoor gatherings then.  We will watch and wait for decisions. 

Friday, June 5, 2020

COVID art project

A Penn State PhD candidate in Art is currently working on a project documenting any Pennsylvanian's experiences through art, poetry, or writing as it relates to the Covid19 pandemic. If you have been inspired to create something during the pandemic would you be willing to share it?
If so, please contact Susan DeMetrick at
Project link here.

Thursday, May 28, 2020


To our valued CPQG members,

As I am sure you are aware Centre County is moving into the "green phase" of Covid-19 mitigation on Friday 29th May 2020.  This enables us to consider meeting again as a guild subject to following the relevant PA and CDC guidelines on social distancing, masks, hand sanitization, etc.  In the light of this, the executive board has put together a brief, anonymous, online survey to gauge the views of our membership on how to move forward over the next few months, it also includes the opportunity to nominate candidates for open Executive Board positions.  We would be very grateful if you could take just a few minutes to answer this before June 2 and provide us with any further feedback if you wish. 

Please click on the following link to complete the survey:

President CPQG

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Centre County Recycling Center has asked for 100 face masks.

From Claire Amick:
Centre County Recycling Center has asked for 100 face masks. I  will gladly coordinate, collect, and bring to the Center.

I did ask if they preferred elastic instead of ties and the answer is yes.  If anyone needs a pattern, I'll gladly pdf the one I've been using.  I've attached a picture of this pattern.  I've also been putting lightweight non-woven interfacing inside and have also tried light fusible interfacing in a few to give extra protection.

They are also not fussy about using one solid color for all.  When I mentioned that I've been using my quilting fabric in various and assorted colors and problem, that would be fine.  In the picture attached, the mask with the red hearts is the one made with elastic -- it has three folds and opens up for good coverage.

ps -- We could consider this as payment for all the times we've used the Interpretive Center over the years.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

May Meetings cancelled

Both the evening and day May meetings have succumbed to Covid 19.  We hope to be back for the June picnic/joint meeting.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

CPQG Fundraiser Fallen Leaves 2019

From Patricia Jackson: The tickets are ready for sale now. I will have tickets at all the CPQG meetings. Please bring your checkbooks or cash to be among the first to support CPQG education programs and a local charity by purchase of a book or two at $10 each. There are 5 tickets per book. I would be thrilled if you also signed out books for sale to your family and friends. For the lockdown and social distancing future, please email me the number of tickets you wish to purchase and mail your check to the CPQG post office box. I will attempt home delivery or mail to you.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Why the best material for a homemade coronavirus face mask is hard to identify

 "The internet is exploding with mask-sewing patterns and advice on which materials are best to use, but many unanswered questions remain about how exactly SARS-CoV-2 spreads and what benefit widespread wearing of nonmedical masks may offer individuals and the public. Because of the inherent variability in household materials, mask design, and mask-wearing behavior, experts caution that the practice is no replacement for social distancing." Read more here.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Quilter's Hall of Fame

Field Trip opportunity about the history of quilting in Marion, Indiana

CPQG elections

It's almost election time, CPQG elections that is.  It happens every June and it's not rocket science. 
 From the By-Laws:  Officers shall be elected and assume their duties at the June meeting for a one-year term.
  1. The President shall preside over Guild meetings and Executive Board meetings.
  2. The Vice President(s) shall coordinate programs for Guild meetings.
  3. The Secretary shall record the minutes from Guild Board meetings, Executive Board meetings, and record any results of votes taken at combined meetings.
  4. The Treasurer shall record the dues and pay bills approved by the Executive Board.
We need a Nominating Committee to run the election.  Please gather a friend and volunteer by contacting our current president, Lizzy.  Friends helping friends can insure this quilt guild continues and we have a group to stitch with.   

Monday, March 23, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Relief Sales CANCELED

64th Annual | 2020 Pennsylvania Relief Sale--
April 3 | 4 - 9 pm April 4 | 6:30am - 3pm
Location: Farm Show Complex | GIANT Expo Hall | Harrisburg

Attend the Pennsylvania Relief Sale. Bid on handmade quilts. Buy artisan crafts. Shop for goods at several auctions. Eat delicious food. Enjoy children's activities.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Masks for catching dust and Covid virus spray

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion and a pattern.  Check out craftpassion and 1 Million Masks. Here's one with lots of explanation of why this is best by a retired medical professional. Even Jenny Doan has a tutorial. Some are safer than others.  Coffee filters and paper towels do not provide protection from this virus. Two layers of high-quality cotton and iron-on interfacing may be good enough for you, but probably not protective enough for front-line health care workers. 
Let us know if you have other favorites and what you do with your masks.

*****It's important to communicate with the recipient of your mask project before you make them.  Each hospital/Dr office/nursing home/rehab center etc has its own specifications which may or may not conform to the CDC requirements. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March DAY meeting Cancelled

Regrettably due to the current COVID-19 situation and in light of Governor Wolfe's most recent announcement, this Wednesday's CPQG day meeting is canceled.  We will inform you of the plans for April at the beginning of next month.

Your CPQG Board is hoping that you all stay well and have sufficient fabric stash to keep you busy during this time.  If anybody needs any help with supplies, whether food or fabric related, please contact one of the board and we will do our best to arrange some help for you. We are looking forward to meeting again in healthy times.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

International Quilting Day

A thought by Mavis Reynolds a quilter from British Columbia...
Mark this date and let this go viral in the quilting community worldwide...
In my little corner of the world I have started a wave. On March 21, 2020 it is International Quilting Day. In my city of Victoria, BC i am organizing the local quilters to celebrate by hanging quilts outside. Let’s share our passion and create some curiosity along the way. If you’re interested mark down the date. Let’s make this go viral. Let’s make the world a little brighter and a little warmer. Let’s see how far this spreads. It’s not an organized event. It’s organic...each one tells one and I’m sure it will spread like wildfire.
Are you interested??

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Curves, Curves, Curves! from Stitch Your ARt Out

Deb loves sewing curves more than almost anything else! (If you know her, you won't be surprised to hear this!) Quilters are often worried about them. But it doesn't have to be worrisome--in fact, it can be fun. Through three nights, Deb will show you three different methods of sewing curves. You'll have fun and learn a lot! Price: $42. Supplies: Book (we have it): Mini Wonderful Curves, and lots of scraps. Bring your machine and basic sewing supplies. Thursdays, March 26, April 9, and April 30, 6-9 p.m. Teacher: Deb Finocchio

Cost: $ 42.00

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Patchabilities of the Month from Frye's Sewing

We are pleased to announce that Frye's will be participating in the POM Mystery Program this year:
       If you aren't quite sure what "POM" means; let me help you out! POM simply means Patchabilities Of the Month.  It is a 12 month program that begins march 2020. Each month's new mystery POM will be released by the 15th of the preceding month. (For example, Aprils POM will be released by March 15th). With the POM Mystery kit in hand, your project can easily be completed within one day. Each kit will include everything you need to complete your project; (corresponding fabric, batting, buttons when applicable, & patterns). As I stated previously our 1st Mystery POM will begin in March 2020  with the first release on February 15th into the "Patchabilities Basket"

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Quilting Skills Development Award

Quilting Skills Development Award
The Guild Board will maintain and manage a scholarship/award fund for Centre Pieces Quilt Guild sponsored workshops. The scholarship is to cover only the registration workshop or class fee. Pattern fees or items to be purchased from a supply list are the responsibility of the applicant.
Guild members in good standing who have registered for a workshop may apply for the award by filling out chance slips available from the Vice President or Treasurer. The chance slip will contain contact information only. Applicants give permission to the Guild to use their name and project picture for publicity purposes unless the member specifically requests to remain anonymous.
If a member in good standing would like to attend the workshop but cannot afford the workshop fee, the member should talk privately to the Vice President or Treasurer about the scholarship. The Vice President and Treasurer have the discretion to award the funds in this instance. This conversation will be kept in the strictest confidence.
The amount of money that is available for scholarship/award is determined by the amount the Board agrees to put into the annual budget for this purpose. The budgeted amount will include donations made by individuals for this purpose. Once the budget is determined, it is at the discretion of the Quilting Skills Development Award committee to grant the scholarship/award within the available funds.
Applicants must be in good standing of the Guild. (i.e. having paid their dues.) A member may be granted this scholarship/award once per Guild fiscal year.  The Quilting Skills Development Award committee will consist of the Vice President, Treasurer and one other Guild member, not on the Board. If award has not been accepted by a member on a basis of need the award winner will be drawn not less than 2 weeks prior to the workshop by a disinterested person.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Remember: No February Guild Meetings, but start planning for March.

The Groundhog said we will have an early spring!!! I do hope he is right! 
Finish up your winter projects and bring them to the March, Tuesday night, Guild meeting, (March 10th 7-9pm) for show and tell!
We are also planning on extra time for show and tell for scrap projects too.  We will have a short demonstration – “Let’s get scrappy! and then please bring any projects you have made with scraps to show us. 
Last but not least we will have some “March Madness Bingo”. There will be new prizes and “like new” prizes that have been donated.  If you have any donations (tools you don’t need, fabric you don’t want, etc.) please get it to Cindy Rutschky or bring it in a bag to the guild meeting.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Pennsylvania Barn Quilt Trails

From the Rhoneymeade  FaceBook page:
We are thrilled to announce the winner and runner-up to our Barn Quilt Competition!
The winning design "Seasons of Rhoneymeade" by Amber Wiewel will be painted as part PA State Grange Family Festival this July.
The runner up design "Delectable Mountains" by Jessie Aller will also be painted and installed this summer.
Many thanks to our creative community members who submitted designs - it was hard to choose! Our two finalists showcased not only gorgeous designs, but they also incorporated specific honored aspects of Rhoneyemade: agrarian roots, history, tranquility, creativity.
Both quilts will be registered as part of the Pennsylvania State Grange Heritage Quilt Trail and will welcome and inspire visitors for many years to come.

Map to several barn quilt trails in Pennsylvania
Fulton County -- The Frontier Barn Quilt Trail
Franklin County -- Barn Quilt Trail
Cumberland County -- Quilt Barn Trail


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Celebration of Quilts 2020: A Quilter’s Journey Then & Now

The York Quilters Guild, York, Pennsylvania, invites you to its Quilt Show — Celebration of Quilts 2020:  A Quilter’s Journey Then & Now — which will be held May 29 and 30, 2020, in the York College Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, 899 S. Richland Ave., York, PA 17403.   Friday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  

This is an AQS judged show, and entries from non-Guild members are welcome.  Complete information regarding the Show, rules for entry of your quilts, and a registration form are available on the Show website:

In addition, The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, District IV, invites you to its Flower Show, which is  being held at the same time and location.  

There is one admission for both events—$10 adult, $5 age 12-17, free under age 12.  

The York College Grumbacher Center is a beautiful venue with lots of natural lighting, is handicapped accessible, and parking is adjacent to the Center.

The Show Chairman, Darlene Schardt, may be reached at or 717-741-3078, with questions or concerns.  See also the YQG website at

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Amish Mud Sales

It's not too early to plan a get-away to Lancaster County, where it will soon be time to pull on your boots and head on out to some MUD SALES!
Check out this year's calendar...
What are mud sales? They are auctions held by local Lancaster County Fire Companies that raise much of the funding needed for throughout the year. They are a unique yearly event for our community, bringing Amish, Mennonite, and English (the Amish term for non-Amish folks) together for a fun "fair" type of atmosphere. Mud sales start in the late winter and continue all through the spring...some are even held in the summer. They feature many different items for sale- including tools, antiques, farm equipment, homemade quilts, crafts, and much more!! Make sure you come hungry, because there is LOTS of homemade PA Dutch goodies for sale.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Happy New Year

Although Centre Pieces has no meetings in January and February, we hope you are happily sewing for fun and community service.  Sewing for Comfort Covers, Toys for Tots, and others starts now.