Quilt Retreat at the Super 8 State College on October 4-7 (Monday - Thursday). Contact Bobbie M for details.
We made it through the business meeting and 1 round with 2 winners of Bingo before the lightning got a little close and we headed for our cars. Thanks to all who braved the now-cast (not forecast) weather report. We did miss the Show and Tell portion of our meeting so bring your projects to QBs of save it for August.
We decided that we should have a weather policy other than "if State College Schools are closed, we cancel", because that wouldn't have done us any good. The presidents and perhaps other involved members will confer through out the afternoon and put a message on the website by 5:00pm if the evening meeting is to be cancelled. We'll figure out the daytime policy later. If someone waants to volunteer to build a telephone or text tree, please speak up.
This outdoor meeting will be held at Orchard Park off Blue Course Dr. Social time is flexible before the meeting from about 6:30 (or whenever you get there), Business meeting will start at 7:00. Bingo at 7:15. Show and Tell at 8:00. Sunset is at 8:36. Please come; bring some items for Bingo prizes, and have some fun.
Your leadership voted to begin a new tradition at our face-to-face meetings. We’ll have a basket for you to place fabric, books, tools, and more for donation in the Guild’s name to our favorite (and local) creative reuse sewing center, Scraps and Skeins. We’ll deliver it for you.
Bobbie Muscarella announced that QBs will start meeting on Tuesdays at the State College Evangelical Free Church, 1243 Blue Course Drive. I will plan to be there for the next 2 Tuesdays (6/29) from 10:00 - 12:00 and (7/6) from 9:30-11:15 if you would like to pick up your binder.
For those of you who haven’t paid, please bring a $30 check or cash.
If neither of those pickup opportunities work for you, let me know when you will be shopping along North Atherton, like at Walmart, Target, Giant, Weis, Trader Joe’s, or Wegman’s.
I live close by and I can plan to meet you in a parking lot or you can come by my house in Overlook Heights.
Also, I will bring any remaining binders to the next CPQG meeting at Orchard Park on Tuesday, July 13..,Questions or comments, or to set up a time for pickup, please email Karen,
Thanks to Cindy Rutschky, we have found a church willing to host us this summer. We will meet for the first time on next Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Location: State College Evangelical Free Church, 1243 Blue Course Drive, State College. There is LOTS of parking in the back of the church. Enter through the back door. We will be meeting at this location every Tuesday at least until August 31.
Our Co-Vice Presidents have planned another winning program for us at the July 13 meeting at Orchard Park. This face-to-face meeting will be all about Quilting Bingo.
Please bring fabric scraps, fat quarters, or larger pieces in the following themes: Stripes, Plaids, Blue & white, Patriotic, Novelties, Pastels, Neutrals, Animals (dog, cats, bunnies, fish, birds, etc.), Seasonal (winter, spring, summer, autumn), Holidays (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.). Buttons, trims, threads, patterns, books, precuts, notions or storage containers that may reflect one of the themes would also be welcomed. These will be used in the prize baskets. At least four items per person would be ideal.
The 2021 Centre Pieces Quilt Guild “My Town” challenge reveal is just around the corner!
The one requirement for the challenge is a label that references the challenge, what town or area you picked, and why you chose the town or area.
The internet link below provides lots of ideas about what information to include on the label and how to create the label:
Information you may want to include on the label:
Those of you with embroidery modules as an accessory to your sewing machine may want to search online for videos to help you make an easy (or complex!) machine embroidered quilt label.
Another idea is to search online for information about how to use freezer paper and fabric or pre-treated fabric sheets to print a quilt label using your ink jet printer.
Easy labels can also be printed free-hand using a permanent archival marker or pen. Or you can hand embroider a label.
Other ideas include using project scraps or an orphan block when creating your label.
Let your creativity shine!
Our Summer Membership Meetings will be held at Orchard Park (1060 Bayberry Dr. off Blue Course Drive) under a pavilion (unless the weather is exceptionally horrible in which case we’ll Zoom.) We will not serve food or drinks; we will mask-up and we will abide by current social distancing rules. Please bring a chair. This park has flush toilets and close by parking. We plan to be finished in time to drive home while it is still light. Programs will be announced later.
Jul 13, 2021 Social 6:30 to 07:00 PM
Aug 10, 2021 Social 6:30 to 07:00 PM
Join us for the last Zoom meeting (for a while) on May 11 at 7:00pm
Carla Klop learned to quilt by hand around 1976 and for the next 30 years completed a quilt per year. It was not until discovering the rotary cutter, that her ideas went wild. She developed shortcut methods to speed up her time. These methods are now published in a binder along with patterns and tips.
Carla has created 100+ patterns, many which use her techniques. She has been published 4 times in the American Quilter magazine and has had featured patterns with some of Northcott’s fabric collections.
In this hour long presentation, Carla shares the accidental path she took to go from Quilter to Designer. She has many quilts to show, all created over the past few years.
Topic: Centre Pieces Quilt Guild Monthly Membership Meeting
Time: May 11, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 873 0998 7167
The nominations for Executive Board elections are as follows:
Presidents Leslie Demmert and Becky Trunzo
Vice Presidents Fran Hrenko and Karen Powers
Secretary Jane Brown
Treasurer Carrie Fala
Members at Large Jill Aller and Lynn Springer
Elections will be held at the June meeting. Nominations from membership will be accepted until June 1. Absentee ballots may be sent to Lynn Springer until 5:00 PM June 6.
Last night's Zoom through members' sewing studios was fun, informative and only available on Zoom. The program, produced by Karen P and Becky S and directed by Sue Y and Becky S, starred Fran H ,Joyce S, Karen P, Barb Z, Lynn S, Sue Y, Becky T.
The presentation was so successful and inspiring there is talk of doing a part 2, perhaps in January or February when we don't meet in person due to weather concerns. Start thinking of what part of YOUR studio you can share. Special or unique tools, racks to keep thread, rulers, and feet in their handy places, and pattern corralling ideas, for example,. are struggles for many of us. How can you help?
If you missed the meeting, watch the presentation here but understand that most of the brilliance was that the studio owners talked us through our visit.
Zoom meetings links are below for April 20 and 27 with decisions to be made on Monday before each date about actually holding Zoom. After April Show and Tell will move to all in-person Spring Creek Park. If this summer sets up as particularly miserable with snow, hail, and hurricanes, we'll revisit. Also if QBs is able to relocate to a suitable spacious place, we'll revisit.
Join Zoom Meeting April 20 and 27 incase of bad weather only
Meeting ID: 816 7866 5135
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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82000856325?pwd=SmlHN290RTJtQVU2N0ovYkdmejVPdz09
Meeting ID: 820 0085 6325
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.
Have you learned to live without the guild so there’s no need to revive it?
a) I probably won't join again.
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 government 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 (signupgenius.com 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.
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.
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 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!
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?
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.
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 appliquéd, 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.