USQM Creative Hands Gathering - March 2017

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Upper Susquehanna Quarterly Meeting

Creative Hands Gathering

Saturday & Sunday -  March 18-19

State College Monthly Meeting

611 E Prospect Ave, State College, PA 16801



Come join Friends of all ages for an hour or two or a whole weekend of fun with crafts at State College Monthly Meeting. Making gift boxes from holiday cards, knitting, crocheting, spinning, felting, quilting and more. Bring your own supplies and skills or just come and let us share ours. Friendly lessons will be available all day.

If you can't join us but would like to see some of the projects we are interested in check out our Pinterest page


10am-noon – Gift Boxes or Entrelac Hats

Claudia Wilson will share how to make small gift boxes from holiday and birthday cards. Tiny box materials required: old greeting cards, any type or season, a ruler, a pencil (and sharpener), some invisible tape and a good pair of scissors. A stiff board or surface for use when measuring and folding would be handy. There are some card tables in the basement but if people want to sit in other areas they will need a hard surface on which to work.

Prudence Ingerman will start knitting Friends on an Entrelac hat project - Here is what you need: 16 inch circular needle size US 6 or 7. You will also need a set of double-pointed needles the same size as your needle. A total of about 100 grams of worsted weight yarn, wool or acrylic or wool blends. This is a great opportunity to use up scraps of different colors.
Interested people should come with 76 stitches already cast-on and upon which they have knit about an inch or 1.5 inches of favorite ribbing, so that we could all start the entrelac part together-ish. To make this hat you only need to know how to knit, purl and count to seven. It looks MUCH harder than it really is. Please do not panic at the double-pointed needles,  you only use them very briefly. You can choose to close up the hat with some simple stripes, or a bit of Fair Isle or make it open into a Bun Hat. All those choices are simple and very do-able. Prudence is a patient teacher!

Noon – potluck – bring a dish to share, place settings will be provided

2pm-5pm – more fellowship and continuing the morning projects

Optional “field trip” to the For the Love of Fiber 2017 Craft Show

Whether you knit, spin, weave, embroider or work with fiber in any way, The Centre Knitters Guild invites ALL fiber enthusiasts to join us. This special day is designed to promote an exchange of ideas, creative vision and encourage interest and excitement for all fiber related interests.
The Match Factory, Bellefonte, PA

5pm – outdoor activity if the weather permits

6:30pm – State College Friends will provide a simple meal

After supper -  a relaxed evening, possibly a movie (Friends are invited to stay in the newly remodeled lower level of the Meeting House or to request hospitality from State College Friends)


8:30am blueberry pancake breakfast

11am Meeting for Worship

Noon – potluck lunch

1:30pm – USQM Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Children of all ages are welcome to come participate in the activities! If you would like to stay overnight at State College Meeting, would like hospitality or need directions please contact Margy Frysinger or Claudia Wilson If planning to stay at the Meetinghouse please bring sleep pad, sleeping bag, washcloth and towel, etc. For more info on the weekend activities or information call Beth Higginson 570-324-2470 or email at

Additional Activities

State College Friends Meeting First Day School classes will join Robert Lumley-Sapanski for a walking tour of Bellefonte on Sunday, March 19th. On this tour we will visit sites related to the Underground Railroad (which was locally organized by Quakers), as well as other sites related to African American history. Dress appropriately for a Sunday morning tour of Bellefonte!

We will depart from the Friends Meeting parking lot promptly at 10:30 AM and return by 12:30 PM.

If you plan to join us and have not already indicated your interest, please send message to or call 814-769-1400 by Friday, March 17th,so that we can coordinate car-pooling! Please give the total number of people in your family, who will participate! Also let us know, if you are willing to offer rides to other participants and how many!

Coming to the Creative Hands Gathering?  Stay for Rise Up Singing! Let's get together to sing old familiar songs from the best songbook ever.   Join us, bring a friend or two and your songbook if you have one, March 19 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the State College Friends Meetinghouse.  We'll have some songbooks to share as well as some musical accompaniment so don't worry if you're not a virtuoso. EVERYONE is welcome.