Sunday, December 26, 2021

Community Service Project - T-Shirt Quilts for Big Brother/Big Sister

 Rich Carroll of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisburg has reached out to the Guild looking for some assistance with a quilt project.  They have a large number of T-shirts for an event that was cancelled due to COVID that they would like to have sewn into quilts to distribute to their Littles or family members as the need arises.  Janice Kennedy is looking for any groups or individuals who would be interested in working with Rich on this.  If you are interested in participating, contact Janice for details.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Wednesday Daytime Meeting 1-3 PM

Both meetings fall in the same week again this month!  The Wednesday meeting is still an in-person meeting at the Clubhouse at 3296 Shellers Bend.  Again, use the map in the newsletter to help you find the location.  Google Maps will only take you as far as the entrance.  (It's a condo community, so one address plus the unit designation like in an apartment complex.)

Judy Ray’s presentation last month was so interesting, helpful, entertaining, and chock-full of important bits that we asked her to finish her session in December. Please bring anything you made from her first session for Show and Tell.

December 14th Meeting Reminder

This meeting will be by Zoom at 7 PM.  Watch your email for the links.

Brita Nelson Zoom presentation “Now you see it, now you don’t - The Magic of Disappearing Blocks"

From her website:
“Learn about the magic and beauty of disappearing blocks with this interactive online lecture, demo and trunk show. Using 3 cameras, one on me and the quilts, one pointing straight down at the cutting mat, and one close-up on the quilts, I will be able to show you how easy it is to turn simple blocks into beautiful complex patterns. Using the Zoom format you will be able to ask questions for me to answer during the presentation. I will also show you how different block designs can be enhanced by color choices or slight modifications to make even more interesting full quilts.”

There will be no regular business meeting or Show & Tell this month.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Zoom practice and refresher

 All you need to do to prepare to Zoom is download and install the Zoom app. At the meeting time, hit the link we send to you, sit back, and talk to us.

If you prefer not downloading anything, you can go to Zoom and click on the “Join meeting” tab. If you do this, you’ll need the meeting ID and passcode listed for each meeting.

These practice sessions will be fun and informal. If you want to take pictures of your latest quilts for Show and Tell, we will work out how to share. We played with backgrounds, funny faces, reactions, and other buttons on the Zoom screens. We’ll laugh together and explore this ubiquitous technology.

If you are uncomfortable Zooming on your computer or phone, perhaps you can phone a friend and Zoom together. Contact one of your board members for more help.

You don’t want to miss our winter meetings.

We have scheduled 2 Zoom practice sessions:

Dec 7 at 7:00 Meeting ID: 872 8160 7416 Passcode: 300579


Dec 8 at 1:00 Meeting ID: 865 5090 2032 Passcode: 188645

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Portable Design Wall

 Have you ever wanted to take projects in progress (PIPs) to QBs or to a friend's house, but were afraid all the tiny pieces would go flying?  Or, do you have magically turned small blocks between your cutting table and sewing machine?  Try making some of these to keep your pieces under control. 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Quilt Stands

CPQG owns 3 heavy duty quilt stands something like this. How shall we use them?  For Show and Tell?  They are portable but take a bit of time to set up and take down.  

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Wednesday Meeting 11/17

Judy Ray will be demonstrating "Easy Piecing, Unusual Results" at the Wednesday meeting on November 17.

Link for more info & cutting instructions 

See the newsletter for more info on the location.  Googling the address gets you to the community entrance.  Use the map in the newsletter to find the clubhouse.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Welcome new website administrator

 Julie Rohleder, a brand new Guild member, has offered to take over web site duties.  She  administered her former B&B's site when she lived in Vermont.  Please send her lots of information and pictures to get her started.  

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Scraps & Skeins news

Scraps & Skeins is planning some renovations and re-organizing in December so they are not accepting donations at this time. They will be closed the first 2 weeks in December.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

 Check this site out.  Thanks CarrieF for working on this. This is a wonderful (though not necessarily complete) roster of worldwide quilting resources. Field trip anyone?

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Day meeting updates

 We've had two months of very successful meetings at Cobble Creek Condo Clubhouse thanks to LynnS. In September we learned to do Missouri Star Quilt Company's (MSQC) Quartered Stripes with BeckyT as our leader.  October was another MSQG pattern, Charms on Point, with FranH as our leader.  Part of the fun of this format is the interactivity, even thou we aren't sewing, and the focus on one theme.  Both patterns allowed for wonderful creativity and exchanges of ideas and elaborations.  Who says Charms on Point has to be done with 5" squares.  Try it with 1.5" or 8" squares for variety,  Who says Stripes has to be 10" squares on 11/4 yds of 40: wide fabric?  Try it with a tiny bit, line up your stripes, and fold in fourths for a mug rug. or maybe you'd prefer 12" squares because you have 2 yards of stripes you'd never use. 

We took a vote and decided we'd rather play with fabric and hear and see what our friends have done than listen to a business meeting.  All Guild business is posted on the website and in the  newsletter.  Any votes may be done by absentee ballot.  We also decided to look into carpools for those who don't drive at night but would like to come to evening meetings.  That's a work in progress.  We also decided that the day meetings should be from 1:00 to 3:00 since the whole thing is very social. In addition, we decided that we should meet all 12 months with any weather cancelations posted to the website 2 hours before the start.  For a non-business meeting, we covered a lot of business.  

November's meeting will be led by Judy Ray and will highlight her creativity.  In December, we will explore borders.  Each attendee is asked to bring a favorite border sample, finished or in progress.  More on both in the November newsletter.

All Guild members and potential members are invited to the 3rd Wednesday group meetings.  No reservations are needed. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Quilter's Stash Plus

FYI: Quilter's Stash Plus in Clearfield will be closed October 22 through November 10th for vacation. Come in on October 20 and 21st if you have Christmas projects planned. Our goal is to provide all the supplies you will need before we close. See all of you again starting November 10.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Pentel Gel Roller for Fabrics

Over the summer at QBs, some of us discovered a new pen for writing on fabric.  The "Pentel Gel Roller for Fabrics."   They are now in stock at Stitch Your Art Out. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Boxes of men's neckties

 I have boxes of men's neckties that are donated to and sold by the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in State College.  However, I have many more than the store can use/sell. Would the CPQG have any use for men's neckties for quilt projects?  Or if you know any one that might be interested in them for a small donation to SVDP.  contact Gladys Hart at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

October Meetings

October 12 Evening Meeting – South Hills School (480 Waupelani Drive, State College Room, 804)

6:30-7:00-Social time

7:00-Business meeting, program and show & tell

Color! This program (postponed in August due to threatening weather) will inspire you and provide ideas for selecting fabrics when you begin your next quilting adventure.  Our own Becky Trunzo will present her ideas about color, and Karen Powers and Fran Hrenko will lead us through several color exploration exercises. 

Bring a bag of scraps that you are happy to give away and a pair of fabric scissors.  Small scraps (up to 6” x 6”) and any fabric type including solids, prints that read as solids, and small- and large-scale prints are suggested.  Also, if you’re interested, using your smartphone, practice before the meeting converting a photo you have taken to grayscale (or black & white). Show and Tell – It’s been a while so bring those pretties.

Wearing masks is required. 

Day Meetings have resumed with thanks to Lynn Springer and the use of her condo clubhouse. It’s 3296 Shellers Bend. Look for signs to the Club House and our Guild banner.  Please park on the sidewalk side, wear your masks. and attend to social distancing. 1:00-3:00. 

October 20--MSQC Charms on Point Workshop Led by Fran H. and others who have made this pattern. This is a fun way to use your scraps!

Option one: Come with your scrap squares sewn together: one side is twice the adjacent side (6 squares by 12 squares, or 4 squares x 8 squares, or 5 squares x 10 squares, etc.) Squares can be any size (3 inches square, 5 inches, 8 inches,). We will do the magic cut at the meeting.

Option two: make 2 fabric pieces that are square: ( 4squares by 4 squares. 6 squares by 6 squares- any size block ie: 3 inch, 5 inch, 6 inches- your choice ). We will do the magic cut at the meeting.

Option three: bring a bunch of squares, any size, painter’s tape.  We’ll play with arrangements. (You won’t need the mat and cutter for this option, and we won’t cut but we’ll get you all set up.)

Bring mat and rotary cutter. We will refer to the Missouri star tutorial (May 4, 2018). Bring samples if you have made this pattern. Share your tips.

This will be another demonstration without sewing, but we’ll get you started on a very fast and addicting lap quilt that’s great for gifts and charity giving. We’ll show variations of size and placement.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

September Membership Meeting

South Hills School of Business and Technology – Activities Room

480 Waupelani Drive, State College

6:30-7:00-Social time

7:00-Program starts promptly

The September program was originally booked before the pandemic by Cindy Rutschky, our previous VP for programs.  AnnMarie Rowland from Coldwater, MI will present “Pieces of Time – A Musical Trunk Show”.  

From her website: “Through song, story, and 50-60 antique quilts, I’ll take you along on a happy trip through time and place.  You’ll laugh, and you’ll cry, and maybe view the quilts in your life just a bit differently.”

We won't have time for a business meeting or Show and Tell this time so be sure to join the group at QBs on Tuesdays back at St. Johns in Boalsburg.  9:30 to noon-ish.

In support of social distancing, the room will be arranged using approximately 20 6’ tables, with 3 chairs (on one side) to a table.  So our September attendee capacity will be about 60 people.  Wearing masks will be required. 

***If you want to join AnnMarie for dinner at Honey Baked Ham before the meeting (time to be determined) please let BeckyT know at QBs.  We'll be preordering. ***

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Daytime meetings resume in September


Day Meetings resume in September with thanks to Lynn Springer and the use of her condo clubhouse. It’s 3296 Shellers Bend.  Cobble Creek Manor.  (Amazingly close to Scraps & Skeins.) These first demos are great for making quick gifts and Comfort Covers give-aways. 1:00-3:00

September 15—Missouri Star Quilt Company Quartered Squares Workshop (AKA Addicted to Stripes) led by BeckyT and others who have made this pattern. You’ll need 1 ¼ yd of an interesting stripe if you want to try this.  Bring a cutting board, long ruler, rotary cutter, and pins.  We’ll not be sewing. We’ll show variations of size and pattern. 

Stripes Leslie D
Stripes1 BeckyT
Stripes variation BeckyT

October 20--MSQC Charms on Point Workshop Led by Fran H. and others who have made this pattern. Start collecting 5” squares. This will be another demonstration without sewing, but we’ll get you started on a very fast and addicting lap quilt. We’ll show variations of size.

Charms Leslie and FranH
Charms Lilly

November  17–(tentative) Carla Klop’s HST and/or QST demo workshop led by ???  Karen delivered 18 of Carla’s books.  Who has tried some of her techniques? 

After November we’ll reevaluate and hope that the Transfer Station will open for us.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

August membership meeting postponed for weather

 Looks too close to meet tonight.  Color activity postponed till October.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

August membership meeting

 This Tuesday, August 10 is our last outdoor meeting at Orchard Park; social starts at 6:30. Look for our new banner.  The program will start at 7:00 to take advantage of the light.  Since we must be out of the pavilion by sunset (8:16) we will not have time for much of a business meeting or for Show and Tell.  (Covid can take responsibility for this.) Please read your August newsletter for all the information you need to be up to date on Guild happenings.  We know Show and Tell is important for inspiration, motivation, and admiration, so please take your recent lovelies to QBs on Tuesday.

The program will be on Color. Karen Powers and her team of color wizards have activities and ideas for you to enjoy and contemplate.  After all, what is a quilt without color?  

Please wear a solid color shirt and bring a ziploc of small scraps that read as solids to play with.  

Thunderstorms are once again expected for the afternoon.  Your Guild Board will monitor the forecasts/radar and post meeting cancellation on the webpage at 5:00.  Hopefully they will be early or much later.

Other things to bring with you: donations to Scraps a& Skeins, egg cartons for Jill W,  tiny bits of cotton and batting from your wastebasket for Centre Wildlife to use as bedding stuffing for injured animals, a chair if you are uncomfortable sitting at picnic tables, a drink if you want.

Friday, August 6, 2021

August and September Meetings require flexibility

 For the next 2 meetings we won't have any time for Show and Tell.  Our August meeting is outdoors at Orchard Park and the days are getting shorter.  The September program is very long and South Hills needs us out of there by 8:30. So..... take your pretties to QBs so we can ohhh and ahhh.  We'll get back to our regular schedule in October. We know how important Show and Tell is for motivation and improving our skills. 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

New Post Office Box

 We are sleeker, slimmer, and a lot less expensive.  Direct all mail to PO Box 95, Boalsburg, PA 16827.  The post master will forward our mail from the old box to the new one for a year in case you forget.  

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Color Discovery for August 10 meeting

Please bring a pile of discarded scraps for our color discovery discussion. 

Solids and reads as solid would be best, but small prints are also useful.

Size honestly doesn’t matter.

Nothing really large, let’s say roughly from 2” x 2” to 6” x 4”.

Quantity: sandwich size to quart size zip lock. But if you have more, that would be great to share with others.

No need to sort. . . Part of the fun will be digging through what people bring.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

August Membership Meeting August 10

 Creativity can get lost in the day to day hassles of life, even in the dewing room.  Come learn some exercises to get that mojo back, get ideas on unusual ways to put colors and patterns together, and share your experiences for inspiration. Wear a solid color shirt and bring a bag of scraps you don't mind giving away.

Orchard Park (the last outdoor meeting before we go to South Hills) Bayberry off Blue Course Drive

6:30-8:00 August 10
We will plan to finish at 8:00 because sunset is 8:14.

Bring a chair if you want to sit distanced or you want a back rest and water if you want.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Super 8 QBs Quilt Retreat 2021

Quilt Retreat at the Super 8 State College on October 4-7 (Monday - Thursday). Contact Bobbie M for details.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

July 13 weather

 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.  

Sunday, July 11, 2021

July 13 Membership Meeting

 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.

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.

You will be able to play two bingo cards per round, if desired. Please bring your own buttons or dried beans to use as markers.

In case of thunder and lightning, we'll make a decision at 5:00. Check back here or check your email.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Thanks and Welcome

 A most hearty thanks for many, many years of service as membership chair to Claire Amick as she hands over the reins and boxes of information to Jill Wisniewski. Welcome and thanks to Jill for volunteering. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Check out July Town and Gown

 Specifically, see page 97 for a 20% off coupon at Scraps & Skeins, our favorite creative reuse store. 

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Scraps and Skeins donation bin at Membership Meetings

 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.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Binders are available for pick up for Karen P.

 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,

QBs is back

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.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Textiles in Translation

 Exhibition at Penn College until July 22

“Textiles in Translation,” a collection of fiber-based artwork by 35 Pennsylvania regional members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, will be showcased at The Gallery at Penn College June 1 through July 22.

The exhibition can be viewed in person at the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Summer hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. (The gallery is closed on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays and will be closed July 3-6.) The gallery is following COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols, including requiring masks, social distancing and capacity limits.

Monday, June 14, 2021

July 13 Membership Meeting

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.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Executive Board 2021-2022

Co-Presidents: Leslie Demmert and Becky Trunzo 
Co-Vice Presidents: Fran Hrenko and Karen Powers 
Secretary: Jane Brown and (need a nomination for a co-secretary) 
Treasurer: Carrie Fala 
Co-Members at Large: Lynn Springer and Jill Aller

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

CPQG Challenge 2021 – quilt label ideas

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:

-your name as maker
-quilter’s name if item was quilted by someone else
-the name of the quilted item if you gave it a title
-the town where the quilted item was created
-the year the quilted item was completed
-recipient’s name if your quilted item will be a gift
        -the name of the pattern and pattern creator if pattern is not original
        -washing and care instructions

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!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Masked Quilters: 2 meetings in May Cancelled

  Community Room at Mall is closed May 20 and 27.  No Masked Quilters those 2 days.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Summer Membership Meetings

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.

        Jun 8, 2021 Social 6:30 to 07:00 PM (Airing of our Pandemic Quilts and Challenge Reveal)

        Jul 13, 2021 Social 6:30 to 07:00 PM

        Aug 10, 2021 Social 6:30 to 07:00 PM

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Planning Meeting

 May 24 12:30 at Good Day Cafe.  Agenda TBD but will include summer and fall membership meetings, increasing membership, and other items.

All CPQG members are welcome.  Bring a chair and your ideas.  We'll be outside but undercover in case of rain.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

May Membership Meeting

  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

Passcode: 220216

 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. 

Monday, April 26, 2021

April 27 Show and Tell at Spring Creek Park

  Bring a chair and a mask and something to show how productive you've been.  See you there, 10:00-noonish.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Masked Quilters: 2 meetings in May Cancelled

 May 20 and 27 the Mall Community Room will be closed.  We'll have to cancel our Masked Quilters on those 2 days.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

April Membership meeting

 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.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Tuesday Show and Tell

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

Passcode: 825366

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 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.


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.