Thursday, November 30, 2023

Special event on Color and Natural Dyeing

Dyestuff: Historical Materials of Color

Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pasto Agricultural Museum 

What do wheat bran, hydrangea branches, oak galls, safflower petals, lotus pods, nutritional yeast, snails, coal tar, and mud have in common? They have all been used to make cloth colorful. Come examine these materials and learn how they have produced extraordinary colors throughout history and around the world.

Dr. Sarah Rich is Associate Professor of Art History and co-curator of the exhibition Sad Purple and Mauve: A History of Dye-Making, on view through January 15, 2024, in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno, University Park.

This event is free, as is parking at the museum.

The Pasto Agricultural Museum is located at 2710 West Pine Grove Road, Gate K, Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Route 45.

For more information, call 814-863-1383,, or see the museum's website.

Monday, November 13, 2023

3rd Wednesday Gathering change of program

 All the important information is the same (1:00-3:00 at Pine Hall Lutheran) but the subject will be working with charm (5") squares. Bring in 5” squares of any quantity. We will be making “kits” to be taken home and assembled at your leisure. Bring some pins, small pieces of paper, and a pencil to label rows/blocks.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Science Communication and Quilting

 Laura Guertin, distinguished professor of Earth sciences at Penn State Brandywine, gave the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ 2023 Lattman Visiting Scholar of Science and Society Lecture. See her quilts on Instagram @drlauraguertin or  She makes wall hangings to commemorate her oceanic expeditions and data collections.  She has temperature and cloud cover quilts.  She has messages in code, Her JR quilt is an I-Spy with pictures of the expedition ship printed by

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Wednesday Daytime Meeting - Nov 15, 1 PM - Potholder Blocks for Comfort Covers

     We will be meeting in person on November 15 at the Pine Hall Lutheran Church on W College Ave to work on potholder blocks for Comfort Covers quilts.  Everyone is invited to create a block that is 10 inches finished. (If your block is less, add a little border to bring it up to size)…..we can demonstrate, share materials, or gather finished blocks.  We will put these together for Comfort Covers or Toys for Tots on another day.

    This will be our last daytime meeting until the lunch meeting in January.  Stay tuned for details!

Monday, November 6, 2023


Fran MacEachren, former CPQG member, has published her memoir, Quilted Visions: Reflections on A Magical Life, a collection of 33 autobiographical art quilts. It’s available from Amazon in paperback or on Kindle.

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Tuesday Evening Meeting - Nov 14 - ZOOM Presentation - The History of the Sewing Machine

    Starting with the November 14 meeting, we are in ZOOM season for the winter.  Members - check your newsletter for the link.  Sign on begins at 6:30 for a little social time, with the presentation beginning at 7PM.  This month will be The History of the Sewing Machine... A Tale of Intrigue and Espionage. Terry from Purple Moose Designs will fill us in on historic and humorous bits of the past that brought us our sewing machines as they are today.  Join us for some fun, no matter what the weather is or where you are at this time of year!

Friday, November 3, 2023

Comfort Covers Collection Report

    On a rainy Saturday a hardy core of volunteers gathered to size, label, sort and deliver the donations inside Centre County. WendyN, BeckyS, BeckyT, JillA, PeggyT, and Pat worked hard. Pat went home to get a second iron, and Lenore went home to make more labels. We were out of the building by 11:30

    Thank you to those who made donations since the last collection day in July. Without your ongoing support for this guild project, we would not be able to continue this mission. LenoreC is the coordinator for Comfort Covers. It would be impossible for her to make all these lovely covers.

    We are delivering this week 14 bed toppers, 17 lap blankets, 16 small lap, 31 walker/wheelchair bags, 21 fabric dignity protectors, 17 dress shirt dignity protectors, 28 covers for Toys for Tots, 5 hats, and 4 items to the House of Hope Mommy Shop. Our destinations include 7 senior care facilities, Out of the Cold (un-housed) , The Haven (teens), The Meadows (psych hospital), and Park Forest Nursery School.  That's over 150 people receiving something to bring them comfort, and maybe a little joy.