Monday, March 22, 2021

Tuesday Show and Tell in the Park

 3/23/2021 Polly says we should be outside getting our vitamin D while we socialize and Show and Tell so we’ll be at the Spring Creek Park off Houserville Rd near the ball fields.  10: to 12:-- Bring a chair and wear a mask.

We will also experiment with Zooming from the park with a hotspot.  This is an experiment and is not a promise of future service.  (You know how fickle technology can be.)

Topic: CPQG Online Show and Tell

Time: Mar 23, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting at

Meeting ID: 820 0085 6325

Passcode: 288107

Save the dates June 8, July 13, August 10 for our “normal” monthly membership meetings, second Tuesdays. We plan to have them outside in a pavilion at a local park with a flush toilet.  We’ll be masked and distanced. We will end early enough that we shouldn’t have to drive home in the dark.  Please mark your calendars now.  Times may depend on the program, but it will be something like 7:00-8:15.  Location to be announced soon.


Sunday, March 7, 2021

Ruminations 2

 Have you learned to live without the guild so there’s no need to revive it?  

    a) I probably won't join again. 

    b) Whatever. 

    c) I'd miss it terribly. 

How important is the guild newsletter? 

    a)I seldom read it.

    b) I get some info but "meh". 

    c)I find something interesting or important in most issues. 

When do you think you’ll be comfortable with in-person (masked, distanced) meetings? 

    a) When the president/other govnt official says it's safe; 

    b) When my dr gives me the ok; 

    c) When most/all people in the meeting  have been vaccinated; 

    d) In 2022; 

    e) I'm good now. 

Talk to me Quilters.  Don't let a few people run your hobby. Let's do it your way.


Friday, February 26, 2021

Monthly meeting Zoom invitation

 Centre Pieces Quilt Guild is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Centre Pieces Quilt Guild Monthly Membership Meeting. This link is the same every month.

Time: Mar 9, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

        Every month on the Second Tue, until May 10, 2022, 15 occurrence(s)

        Mar 9, 2021 07:00 PM

        Apr 13, 2021 07:00 PM

        May 11, 2021 07:00 PM

        Jun 8, 2021 07:00 PM

        Jul 13, 2021 07:00 PM

        Aug 10, 2021 07:00 PM

        Sep 14, 2021 07:00 PM

        Oct 12, 2021 07:00 PM

        Nov 9, 2021 07:00 PM

        Dec 14, 2021 07:00 PM 

        Jan 11, 2022 07:00 PM

        Feb 8, 2022 07:00 PM

        Mar 8, 2022 07:00 PM

        Apr 12, 2022 07:00 PM

        May 10, 2022 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 873 0998 7167

Passcode: 220216

Sunday, February 21, 2021

 CPQG now has a Zoom license. Please let us know how you would like to use it.  Be patient with those of us who are just getting started with this technology, but now that we have it, lets USE it and get back together.

Regular 2nd Tuesday meetings, 7:00-9:00

Starting THIS  month, March 9, 7:00 Join us on Zoom. Cynthia from Stitch Your Art Out will provide us with a glimpse into how Zoom classes work.  We’ll have time for some sharing, chatting, and general catching up.  Join us at the link that is on the program page of this website and put these regular Guild meetings on your calendar.

Tuesdays via Zoom (UPDATED LINK)

Every Tuesday 11:00-noon we’ll have a show and tell Zoom session. This is to help those of us who have very little experience with Zoom get comfortable. If you need some individual help getting it set up contact Becky at Take a picture of your show and tell; put it on your computer desk top in a place you can get to easily.  We’ll use use the Zoom share feature.

We have scheduled 6 meetings, hoping that by mid-April we can meet in the park again.  If not, we’ll schedule more Zoom.


Centre Pieces Quilt Guild is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: CPQG Show and Tell

Time: Feb 23, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

        Every week on Tue, 6 occurrence(s)

        Mar 2, 2021 11:00 AM

        Mar 9, 2021 11:00 AM

        Mar 16, 2021 11:00 AM

        Mar 23, 2021 11:00 AM

        Mar 30, 2021 11:00 AM

        Apr 6, 2021 11:00 AM

To join Zoom Meeting, click on the link below.

Meeting ID: 820 0085 6325

Passcode: 288107

Thursdays in Person

A (very) few of us are meeting on Thursdays at the mall Community Room (west side of mall at the blue awning near fitness center).  We have each week capped at 10 and reservations are necessary and important to keep our numbers safe.  Sign up at  Quilters: Masked Quilters ( if you want to join the masked quilters.  If you change your mind, please delete your reservation.

Bring disinfecting wipes, and whatever sewing you want to do.  There are electric outlets around the room.  Each person has an 8’ table to herself.  We wear our masks and stay physically distant from each other, and of course, we monitor our own health. Some of us have even had the vaccination.

Remember: if State College Area School District is weathered off. We do not meet in person.

Save the dates:

                Tuesdays, 11:00-12:00, Zoom Show and Tell meetings.

               Thursdays, 10:00-12:00, in person sew-ins at the Mall Community Center

               2nd Tuesday of each month, CPQG regular monthly meetings, 7:00-9:00, Zoom

               June meeting, Board elections and Challenge Reveal

Please read the newsletter for information on each upcoming event.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

2020-2021 Centre Pieces Quilt Guild Challenge “My Town” Musings from Karen Powers

I’m stuck.  In 1968, my family moved from Allentown, PA to Essex Junction, VT.  My dad accepted a new job with IBM and I was going into my sophomore year of high school.  Big changes! But this small town is where I graduated from high school and met my husband of 45 years. How do I represent this 1968 village in a quilt?

In rows?

In a circle?

Realistic, primitive, wonky?

Outside looking in or inside looking out?

What colors should I use?  For Vermont, should I use fall or winter colors?

Lots of decisions!

Here are some links to quilts I found on the internet that have wowed and inspired me.  I hope you find some inspiration in these links as well.

Also search online fabric stores using keywords such as town, city, village, landscape, farm, beach, mountains, or lake to see representative fabrics.

Google or check Pinterest using the same keywords above adding “quilt”. For example, village quilt or beach quilt.

We are all looking forward to seeing your challenge creations later this year!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Zoom me to the moon. Let me play among the fabric...

 Isn't that how the song goes? 

Leslie Demmert is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. This is a Centre Pieces/QBs catch-up time.  If you want to “Show and Tell”, please take a picture of your quilt.  Save it to a window, PowerPoint slide, Word doc, or some other easily accessible format.  We will then share through Zoom’s “share screen”.  Have trouble with Zoom?  Never done it before?  Don’t understand?  We were all in that boat not so long ago.  I’ve only ever done 3 Zoom sessions, so I’m no expert. 

Tuesdays, 11:00. No reservation needed. Use the same link, meeting ID and Passcode each week.  If you don’t have Zoom installed, clicking on the link below will take you to the main Zoom site; click on the link to take you to the meeting.. 

Topic: Practice so we can start having meetings. Do we want to purchase our own CPQG license so we can have meetings for longer than 30 min at $150/year?   If we purchase our own license, who can volunteer to be an admin to share duties?

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Needle Knowledge

Who knew so many different kinds of needles are made for home sewing machines. Ever heard of a spring stick needle"? Schmetz website is well worth reading.  

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Ruminations 1

 Now that we’ve been through almost a year of non-social quilting (and everything else), how have your views of our quilt guild changed or been modified? Is the guild purely social with the glue holding us together quilting and love of pretty fabric? Is the social part as important as learning new techniques and getting ideas from members? Is the confirmation and affirmation we get from show and tell and petting  pretty fabric that other people have found the most important benefit to guild membership? Were lectures and demonstrations by experts we pay to visit us the most disappointing hole in your guild year? 

How important to you and to the mission of the guild is community service? (Comfort Covers, Toys for Tots, Operation Shoebox/ditty bags for service members) Others: mastectomy pillows, chemo covers, women’s crisis, homeless shelter support, more. Local or nationwide? What speaks to you?

Have you been a member for so long the hole in your monthly routine was the disappointment? It had little or nothing to do with quilting, fabric, or friends? 

How much did you miss the June picnic and the December party?  (enough to help run them; what picnic? What party; I just missed the food. 

What if we had day meetings in even months (Feb, April, etc) and evening meetings in odd months (January, march, may etc)? Our parties are in even months and during  the day.  Or, what if we had member demonstrations and community (charity) sewing as the program for day meetings and lectures as we’ve always done at night.  What else?

Do you Zoom? Do you Facebook? Do you MeWe?

Please let us know your ruminations, thoughts, musings, and plain old opinions by email or text, or if you’d prefer to be anonymous, by USPS.  

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Preserving your Quilts (suggestions from Karen Powers)

 In my past life as a quilt appraiser, I often saw stored textiles with permanent stains resulting from long term contact with wood or wood products. The acid in wood products can seep into quilts stored in wooden chests or cardboard boxes creating brown stains.
When cleaning out my own grandmother’s home, I found four quilts on a shelf in a bedroom closet. I was so excited! The quilt on top, nestled into the next quilt was in the best condition. But edges of the other three quilts where they had come in contact with the closet walls were brown with wood acid stains, and the bottom surface of the folded quilt that rested on the shelf was very discolored and heavily stained.
Since wood and wood products leech acid, how can you protect your wall hanging when supporting it with a wooden dowel or or other type of wooden hanger?
Many people seal wood with common sealers such as polyurethane or shellac. Either would be a fine choice.
But when fashioning a hanger, I often use a simpler solution. When I make the hanging sleeve, I usually make it 1-2” shorter than the width of the project, and use a wooden dowel just a bit longer than the sleeve so it peeks out of the sleeve on either side. This way the wooden rod doesn’t show from the front when the project is hung.
If you’re using this method where the wooden rod won’t be visible when hung, the easiest way to prevent wood acid from staining your project is to cover the rod with aluminum foil.
Aluminum foil, you say? How weird is that But, many serious quilt collectors store their quilts in regular cardboard boxes lined with aluminum foil to prevent the wood acid in the cardboard from leeching into the stored quilt. Much cheaper than purchasing the museum quality archival boxes!

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Laser lines

 Tired of drawing diagonal lines for HST? Look at this.  

Sunday, January 10, 2021

2020-2021 Centre Pieces Quilt Guild Challenge Reminder

My Town

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. Contact Karen Powers for more information.