Sunday, 15 October 2017

PEIMQG October 2017 Sew-In

The weather in PEI has been wonderful this month so far, Yes, we've had some crisp mornings and some rainy days, but the sun has been shining and the temperatures have been pleasantly crisp. I like nothing better than throwing on a sweater and enjoying the cool Autumn temperatures, while sipping on my coffee, or taking a walk enjoying all the colours this season has to offer.

The PEIMQG got together on Saturday for some fun, sewing, cutting and catching up. 
We had labels to attach to charity quilts. Jean, Linda, Dianne, Heather J. and Janice all spent some time sewing on labels.

Heather J. was also busy cutting out pieces for her "The Canadian Sampler Quilt" which was sponsored by Sew Sisters Quilt shop. I can't wait to see these blocks come together.

Lucinda was working on her "Blue Ridge Beauty" quilt, a Bonnie K Hunter design.

Jean was also working on binding her "Points" quilt.

Dawn was busy making a sample for community school. She and Colleen have decided to offer "chopsticks" as a class to teach this year.

Janice brought in her "Tessellation" quilt for donation. Love how bright and cheery it is. It has so much movement!

Cathy had her "almost" finished "Patchwork City" quilt to share. Just the borders left to attach and then it will be set aside for quilting.

Susan dropped in with a friend, to drop off a few more charity quilts.

Roberta and Gail also stopped by for a visit and a chat, later in the afternoon.

What a fun day to spend with friends, I had a great time! 

 Don't forget the upcoming Trunkshow featuring Paul Leger.... 

October 26th, from 7 to 9 pm at the Hillsborough Community Centre - 199 Patterson Dr, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 8P1. The cost of admission, just $5.00 at the door. We hope to see you there. 

** PEIMQG members - please remember to bring any remaining Foster children quilts for donation, to the Trunkshow. Heather J. will collect them for Dianne.

The following Events are planned for the West Royalty Community Room, Sobeys, 39 Babineau Avenue, Charlottetown.  Save the dates!

November 4th:                     PEIMQG Sew-In  (9 am-4 pm)

November 23rd:                   PEIMQG Monthly Meeting (7-9 pm)

Other upcoming events:

November 1st:                     PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #3
December 1st:                     PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #4

December 9th:                     PEIMQG Meeting/Potluck (9 am - 4 pm)
                                           Held at Heather J's home.

~ Cathy

Monday, 9 October 2017

Guest Blogger October 2017

This month I am so pleased to introduce our Guest speaker Paul Léger. Paul is based in the National Capital Region and our president has known him for a number of years.  He is a member of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild and is a gifted quilter and teacher. Like so many of us, Paul started out using Traditional designs and techniques. Now his work shows his love for interpreting simple "objets d'art" into Modern quilt designs.

Paul enjoys arranging and attending the All Guys Quilting Retreat. This group of men have been getting together twice a year for almost 10 years and has grown in numbers. He recently had the opportunity to discuss the retreat with Nancy Zieman! You can see his fantastic interview here.

Paul Léger Quilts

Q & A:

  1. What do you love about (Modern) quilting?

I love solid coloured fabrics. I loved them even before it was fashionable. On some levels, I like the simplicity of some of the modern quilts, and basic geometric shapes.

  1. Where do you draw inspiration?

I’d say that like most people, I am drawn to books and patterns. I am always looking for ideas. I look at building, signs, interlocking bricks, I even look at clothing. You never know from where an idea will come.
  1. What are you currently working on? (Can we have a sneak peek?)

I am currently working on a pattern of a quilt which I made for the Quilts at the Creek show this past July. After posting the quilt on Facebook, there were so many requests for the pattern and workshops, that I had to shift gears. Although it is not a modern quilt, there is a lot of negative space.

  1. Solids or Prints?

Solids all the way, BUT there are a lot of very cool modern prints that I love. One day I will use them, instead of looking at them sitting on my cutting table.

  1. Precuts or Stash?

Mostly stash, but I have been known to get some precuts, especially jelly rolls. I’ve also been known to buy charm packs and layer cakes. One must, when there is a great sale!
  1. Favorite Tool/Trick you can’t live without?

Difficult to answer since I can only pick one. I have so so many tools around my sewing machine and work area. While sewing, I would say that my favorite tool is scissors. If I am at the cutting table, then rulers would win. As for a trick, I have one that I love using when working with diamond shapes and triangles. It involves a piece of ¼” tape.
  1. What’s your Favorite Blog and/or Designer?

I cannot say that I have a favorite Blog or designer. I do have two designers/artists that are from the Ottawa area; Michèle-Renée Charbonneau  (; and
Alison Harle (@alisonharle on IG).  They are totally different in what they do, but their works speak to me. I truly admire them both and am always in awe when I see their new pieces.

  1. What’s one thing we should know about you?

I have over a 1000 spools of thread in my studio, and like all quilters, I never have the right colour.

The PEIMQG Is so pleased to announce that we will be hosting Paul Léger for a Trunkshow October 26th, from 7 to 9 pm at the Hillsborough Community Centre - 199 Patterson Dr, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 8P1. The cost of admission, just $5.00 at the door. We hope to see you there.

~ Cathy

Sunday, 1 October 2017

PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #2

                                                                   PDF file

Hey Gang, Welcome back!

If you are joining us for the first time you can find all the info for the mystery here:

I hope you all managed to get your HSTs finished from last month, But don't worry if you were a little short on time. The next few clues have a lot fewer quantities, and you should be able to catch up.

 Last month's winner was #34 who won 2 digital downloads from Sew Fresh Quilts. I hope you checked out all the submissions last month. What an awesome variety!! We had an incredible 52 Link-Ups on the blog, I can hardly believe the participation, and everyone's blocks are beautiful!!

 Be sure to post your progress picture to the linkup on the blog this month, to be entered for a chance to win.

Now is the time to discuss our fabric bundles. I chose a bright FQ solids bundle. My bundle contained 14 fabrics (but only 12 are needed if you are concerned about getting the best use from your fabrics.)  Take a moment to sort your fabrics. Your first group needs 4 fabrics, but an optional fabric can be used here. Label your fabrics 1-4 (and optional #13 if applicable). The second group of fabrics has at least 8 fabrics but an optional fabric can be used here as well. Label your fabrics 5-12 (and optional #14 if applicable.)

NOTE: If you think you might like to make the optional borders, May I recommend you have 1/2 yd. of fabric  #3 and #4.

This month we will be using fabrics #1, #2 and #13 (if you've chosen to add the optional fabric) and the Background (BG) fabric.

This month's clue is what I call a 3-patch block. As for methods, this month, I found there was really only 2 that seem efficient and easy to me.

3-Patch Blocks

Method One: Strip Pieced Method:

  1. Using your BG and fabrics #1 & #2 (and optional #13, if desired), cut the number of 2 1/2" strips according to the chart below, for the quilt size and version you are making.
  2. Sew your coloured strips to your BG strips.

  1. Press towards the dark.
  2. Sub-cut into 2 1/2" segments to create 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles

        5.    Using 2 1/2" BG strips, chain piece the 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle (2-patch) units to the long strip.
       6.    Press towards the 2-patch.
       7.    Subcut the strips to 4 1/2" squares.

 Method Two: Individually cut Method :

The other method for making these units, is to cut out individual squares and rectangles and sew them together.

  1. Cut 2 1/2"  squares of the required amounts of BG and fabrics #1 & #2 (and optional fabric #13, if desired) .
  2. Sew your fabric #1 squares to the BG squares. Repeat for your fabric #2/BG (and optional fabric #13/BG).
  3. Press towards the dark fabrics. 
  4. Your 2 -patch rectangles will measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".
  5. Cut 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles from your Background fabric, the required amount listed in the chart below.
  6. Press toward the 2-patch.

 Ta -Da! These are your 3-Patch units. You can label them Unit C.

Once you have figured out which method you prefer, proceed with the cutting directions in the chart below. Find which size/version you are making and which method you are using to identify how many units you need to make!

(9 Blocks)
72” x 72”

Strip Pieced
Individually cut

(3) 2 ½” WOF strips &
(4) 2 ½” WOF strips
(36) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares &
(36) 2 ½” x 4 ½” units
Fabric #1
(3) 2 ½” x 21” strips*
(18) 2 ½’ x 2 ½” squares*
(3) 2 ½” x 21” strips*
(18) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares*
NOTE: *If using extra optional fabric #13, decrease the strip amounts of fabric #1 & #2  by 1. Cut out 2  strips of fabric #13.
Set aside your leftover coloured strips for later.

Make 36 assorted Unit C.

(4 Blocks)
48” x 48”

Strip Pieced
Individually cut

(1) 2 ½” WOF strips &
(2) 2 ½” WOF strips
(16) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares &
(16) 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles
Fabric #1
(1) 2 ½” x 21” strips*
(8) 2 ½’ x 2 ½” squares*
(1) 2 ½” x 21” strips*
(8) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares*
NOTE: *If using extra optional fabric #13, decrease the strip amounts of fabric #1 & #2  by half. Cut 1 strip of fabric #13.
Set aside your leftover coloured strips for later.

Make 16 assorted Unit C.

(1 Block)
24” x 24”

Strip Pieced
Individually cut

 2 ½”  x 11"strip &
 2 ½” x 21" strip 
(4) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares &
(4) 2 ½” x 4 ½” units
Fabric #1
 2 ½” x 5” strips
(2) 2 ½’ x 2 ½” squares
 2 ½” x 5” strips
(2) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares

Make 4 assorted Unit C.


72” x 72”

Strip Pieced
Individually cut

(2 ) 2 ½” WOF strips &
(3) 2 ½” WOF strips
(21) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares &
(21) 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles
Fabric #1
(2) 2 ½” x 21” strips*
(10) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares*
(2) 2 ½” x 21” strips*
(11) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares*
NOTE: *If using extra optional fabric #13, decrease the strip amounts of fabric #1 & #2  to 1. Cut 1 strip of fabric #13.
Set aside any leftover coloured strips for later.

 Make 21 assorted Unit C.

Don't forget to post your completed 3-patch units to the link-up at the bottom of the blogpost, by the end of this month to be eligible for the monthly prize draw.

The link-up will remain open until 11:55 PM AST, October 31st. The prize winner will be drawn on the 1st November, and will be announced when next month's clue is released. (9:00 AM Atlantic Standard Time, November 1st). The winner will be selected using a random number generator.

 This prize draw is open to residents in Canada, United States, and Internationally.

This month's sponsor is Sew Sisters Quilt Shop and they are offering a $25 Gift Certificate to the lucky winner.

 Be sure to check them out, they have all kinds of great things to offer: A new "Deal of the Month" the 1st of every month, a large selection of fabrics $8.99/meter, and don't forget to come back on Mondays for their "Monday Night Specials".


In an effort to make this Mystery Quilt-Along run smoothly and conveniently, we will be providing the following features for everyone's use:

  1. A PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Facebook page. This will be an excellent place for sharing questions or concerns in an open forum, or to share your progress and ideas with other quilters playing along. Please post only positive comments. This is meant to be a safe and fun environment for all.

  1. PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along email. If you have any questions or concerns you would like to send to me personally about the Mystery Quilt-Along, please contact Cathy at

  1. PDF files. I have decided that I will also include a .pdf file of each of the clues for anyone wanting to save/print them. Hopefully this will make the clues easier to access. (Once you have saved the files to your computer, you won't need to be connected to the internet to access your files.) The files are a bit long, so use your own judgement where printing is concerned. Files can be found near the beginning of the blogpost (just click on the link to be taken to the pdf.)

  1. PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Tab. I have also created a NEW tab on the blog. It is dedicated to the Mystery Quilt-Along and will be updated when each clue goes live. I will also (try to remember to) create links to the tab in each clue post to direct you there for previous clues.

  1. Instagram. You can also share using the hashtag #peimqgmqal2017. 

Friday, 29 September 2017

PEIMQG September 2017 Monthly Meeting

It's hard to believe that Autumn is here at last. The temperature has been very warm, and has felt more like Summer than Fall. But, it will be winter before too long so we will enjoy the warmth while it lasts.

Heather J. welcomed 19 members to the meeting this month, One of whom is a brand new member!!! Welcome Marilyn, we are pleased to have you join us.

Lucinda and Dianne had an update for us about the Foster Children Charity Endeavour. We will have over 30 quilts to be donated at the November meeting!!! Great Job everyone!!! 

If you still have a quilt you want to donate for this endeavour, please be sure to bring it to the Trunkshow in October, so that Dianne can get them ready for presentation in November.  They will be a lovely Christmas surprise for some of PEI's Foster children.

August Queen Bee Velda collected these gorgeous "The Plus Side" blocks. I can't wait to see the final layout.

September's Queen Bee was Heather J. and she has asked her beemates to make the "Paper Clips" block from the book "Modern One Block Quilts".

 She has provided all the fabric needed to complete the block but if you have an awesome kona solid purple you would like to use, feel free to use your own in place of the purple. (Just be sure to return Heather's Purple back to her when you bring in her completed block.)

Heather also shared her recent Book and Fabric finds:

The Book: "Quilt Folk "Issue 2 is centered around Eastern Iowa. Did you know that Iowa has more quilt shops per capita than any place on earth? I can't wait for my chance to delve into this rich source of knowledge.

She also stopped into "Quilt Junction" during her travels this summer and brought back some lovelies by "Zen Chic". 
Here's a little bundle of "True Blue" and the perfect pattern to compliment them.

And another kit featuring the "Hey Dot" fabric line. 

Next up Cathy demonstrated 2 method's for making 3-patch blocks. Fast and efficient strip piecing or a Scrap happy method that has you cutting all the pieces in advance. 

Mystery Quilt-Along Show & Share

The members of the guild and the online community have been busy this month making Clue #1 for the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along. Here are the guild member's HSTs (Half Square Triangles). I love all the variety we are seeing. 

Don't forget that time is running out to post your photo to the link up for Clue#1. You only have until 11:55 pm Atlantic time September 30th, to be eligible for this month's prize draw.

If you are looking for all the information pertaining to the PEIMQG Mystery you can find it in the Tab above or click here

Clue #2 will be posted October 1st by 9:00 AM Atlantic Time. 

Show & Share

We had a large number of quilted goodies/projects to share this month, First up is Velda with her "Caw-Caw-phony" quilt.

Here is a close-up of those adorable birdies!

And the back is pretty awesome too. No bird left behind!

Selina shared her fun Halloween quilt, that started as a panel and has grown into this lovely piece. 

Susan shared her "Celtic Knot" table runner. Love those poppies!!

Heather C. shared her Lobster wall hanging. "Jenny" named to honor her friends Dawn and Glen, who always ask for some PEI Lobster.

She also had a couple quilts to share. These have been earmarked for charity. The first is almost finished, She just has the binding left and then she can call this one done!! 

The second quilt top features big blocks, to really showcase the fabrics. Great job Heather C!

Roberta was next and she had several projects to share. Here's her "Whirlwind Stars" quilt. 

Next was her " Butterflies Take Flight" quilt. I love all the negative space!

Here is a close-up,

and the backing too..

She also shared her completed Queen Bee quilt "Mesmerize". This project won 1st place at the Exhibition in the Group category. Awesome team effort guys!

Here's a shot of the back.

She had a few Canada themed projects to share as well. Here's her "Block Party" quilt.

and the back had fun Canadian trivia on it!!!

Love how the black really makes this one pop!

and the "All Around Canada" wall hanging is so beautiful.  

Dawn had this stunner to share with us. "Cheer Knot" is a raffle quilt fund raiser for Rage Athletics Cheer. They are trying to raise funds to go to Nationals in Niagara Falls in April 2018.

Here is a close up of the quilting.

and check out the flanged binding!! Super!!

Cathy shared her recent Modabakeshop quilts. "Web Weaver".

 I like big blocks and I cannot lie!!!

Here's the back showing off her quilting.

and her soon to be released "Moroccan Tiles" quilt ...

a close-up...

What a fantastic meeting!!! Feel free to stop by our next event, we love having guests!

Upcoming events:

October 1st:                        PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #2

October 26th:                      Paul Leger Trunkshow (7-9 pm) $5.00 at the door
(Hillsborough Community Centre -199 Patterson Dr, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 8P1)

November 1st:                     PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #3

The following Events are planned for the West Royalty Community Room, Sobeys, 39 Babineau Avenue, Charlottetown.  Save the dates!

October 14th:                      PEIMQG Sew-In  (9 am-4 pm)

November 4th:                     PEIMQG Sew-In  (9 am-4 pm)