Sunday, 10 September 2017

PEIMQGG September 2017 Sew-In

Well, the end of summer is coming..... (where does the time go?).  We had 7 members sewing throughout the day, and another member drop by for a visit. We also had a visitor from Canmore, AB. Welcome to Brenda (along with her friend). We love having visitors!!! Making blocks or binding, was what most had in mind for the day.

Let's check out the quilt goodness..

Lucinda brought in pieced blocks for the backing of our QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt.  Linda, who had worked hard on piecing the top along with others, brought the side pieces.  Heather J. took everything home to piece the backing.  Doesn't it look ahhhsome?  Kudos to the members who met in August to piece the top together.  We'll keep it under wraps for the final reveal after it is quilted.  Love, love the colours chosen for the the 2018 theme, modern traditionalism.


Lucinda was working on a paper pieced pattern.  She was debating which fabric will be her background so she tested each to decide. I can't wait to see which one she landed on.  I like the brown for the background,  so I'm rooting for that fabric.  Hmm, didn't capture the fabrics she was working with, so, I guess we'll stay tuned...


Gail and Linda brought their wall hangings to hand sew the bindings.  Gail had 2 advent calendars, however, she had not put the dark chocolate pieces in the pockets.  :(  Linda was binding  her fabulously colourful quilt.  Love, love the design and quilting for this piece.


Jean was cutting the binding for two of her quilts.  She's keeping us in suspense so we'll have to wait for Show and Share to see them.  Both Linda and Jean had black and white striped fabrics as their binding:  one horizontal, the other on the diagonal.  The rest of us admired.



Susan also brought a quilt for binding.   She uses the single fold method to bind her quilts.


Our visitor, Brenda, is joining us for the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt Along.  She also shared pictures of her quilts.  Thanks for dropping in!  It was great to spend time chatting about quilts with you.

Heather J and Janice worked on the first clue of the #peimqgmqal2017.  Heather used the 2 at a time method and Janice the 8 at a time method to make HSTs.  Janice's chosen technique was far faster!



Susan brought some quilts she finished for donation to Foster children, our charity this fall.





Well, that sums up our Saturday quilty adventures.

~ Heather

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



September 28th:                  PEIMQG Monthly Meeting: (7-9 pm) 

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

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

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


Friday, 1 September 2017

PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #1


                                                                       PDF file

We are all very excited to get started. and we are so happy to have you join us, on this new endeavour. We hope you have lots of fun and are looking forward to seeing all your versions of this mystery.

If you are joining us for the first time, the fabric requirements, etc can be found here:

Part of this quilt-along will be focusing on different methods of achieving the same result. Therefore, I suggest you take a moment to read through the different ways that we have chosen to make each clue before proceeding. Try them all, or just a few, to see which method you prefer, you may just learn a new favourite technique!! You will find the cutting instructions chart at the end of the techniques section.

 Without further ado, here is the 1st clue in our Mystery Quilt-Along!( .pdf file here)

We will be using the following fabrics this month: Background and Accent #1 & #2.

Half  Square Triangles (HST) -  

Method One: Two at a Time

This method requires you to cut your fabrics 1 inch larger than your finished block size. 


Useful tools for this method would be a 1/4" ruler and Bloc-Loc square ruler, but they are not necessary .
  1. Cut the Background (BG) and both Accent fabrics 4" x 4".
  2.  Draw a diagonal line from one corner to opposite corner of your BG fabric. 
  3. Then draw a line 1/4" on both sides. (you can use a 1/4" seam ruler if you have one).


      4.  Layer your BG and accent fabrics Right Sides Together (RST) and sew on the 2 outer lines. The center line is your cutting line.



      5.  Press towards the darker fabric. 
    

This method yields 2 HSTs that are slightly bigger than 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". So they need to be trimmed and squared up. Heather J. used her Bloc-Loc Ruler below, to make trimming easy-peasy!!




Note: If you are a very accurate sewer, you can cut the initial squares at 3 7/8" to eliminate the need for trimming. (I personally like to be able to square up my blocks but I know this is time consuming).


Method Two: Eight at a Time

This method requires you to cut your fabrics two times (2x) bigger than the previous method. 8" (or 7 3/4" no trimming size).

  1. Cut the Background and Accent fabrics 8" square. 
  2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner going in both directions. Note: if you use the blue 1/4" ruler you don't need to draw this centre line.
  3. Then draw your diagonal lines 1/4" on both sides of your initial drawn lines. 


      4.  Sew on the outer lines. (The center lines are cutting lines).




      5. Once you have sewn the 4 lines, you are ready to cut your square. Cut the square in half vertically and horizontally first, being careful not to shift the block out of place. Then cut the diagonal lines corner to corner in both directions.


       6. Press towards the darker fabric. Trim if needed. The photo below shows the Bloc-Loc ruler. Great for squaring up multiple sizes of squares!


 This method yields 8 HSTs that are slightly bigger than 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", so they will need to be squared and trimmed. (unless you used the 7 3/4" no trimming size.) This is a fast way of creating lots of HSTs. It does require some time to draw the lines and to trim after. But still faster than making them one at a time!


Method Three: Easy Angle Ruler (or Equivalent)

This method requires you to cut your fabrics into strips, the unfinished size of your required units.

  1. Cut out 3 1/2" strips of your Background and Accent fabrics. Cut off the selvage ends.



       2. Layer the BG and accent fabrics Right Sides Together, and using your "Easy angle Ruler" cut your triangle units aligning the bottom of the ruler with the bottom of your strip set, and the left edge of the fabric aligned with the 3 1/2" line, this creates a notched edge at the top of your triangle units.



       3. Rotate or flip the ruler to line up the previously cut edge and make your second cut to get the strip sets square again.



        4. Continue this back and forth cutting until you have all the sets needed.
        5. You can then chain piece the units, sewing down the long (cut) edge of the triangle pairs. If you use a perfect 1/4" seam you should not need to trim these units.
        6. Press them to the dark side.

This method may seem fussy but because you don't need to trim or mark the fabric, I find it actually goes quite fast.


Method Four: Triangulations or Triangles on a Roll

This method uses either pre-printed paper or the ability to print on your own paper at home. The premise is the same with both methods. By sewing on the dotted lines, continuing in the direction of arrows on the page, then cutting on ALL the solid lines you can achieve multiple units without needing to square them up at the end.

 For this method,  I used the "Half Square Triangulations for 3" finished size." Be sure to print at 100% scale or by pdf source. DO NOT shrink to fit.


  1. Cut your Background (BG) and both Accent fabrics  8 1/4"  square.
  2. Roughly trim your papers just outside the outer solid lines. ( I use an older Rotary blade for this part, as cutting through paper will dull your blade.)
  3. Layer a BG and 1 of your Accent fabrics Right Sides Together and pin your paper in place. Make sure the fabrics reach the outer solid lines on all sides


   
        4. Shorten the stitch length on your Sewing machine. (It will make it easier to remove the papers later).
        5. Sew along the dotted lines continuously until finished. Be sure to sew ON the line. It may be a  good idea to slow down at this stage so your lines are accurate.



        6. Cut on the solid lines.  I found it easiest to cut all around the outside first, then I cut between the sewn lines, then the solid lines remaining.



        7. Carefully remove the papers from your HSTs.
        8. Press towards the darker fabric.


This method yields multiple HSTs without trimming or marking. BUT you must be able to sew/cut straight on a line. There is little room for error because these units are all cut to size before pressing. That being said, I found this method to be the fastest.

Your HST units should measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". You can label them:
 Accent Unit A & B.



These are just a few of the methods for making HST's. Once you have figured out which method you like best, 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.


Traditional
(9 blocks)

72” x 72”
                         



Method:

2 at a time HST

8 at a Time

Triangle ruler

Triangle paper





Background :
(126)  4” x 4” squares
(32) 8” x 8” squares
(14) 3 ½” strips
(32) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ” squares
Accent #1
(63)   4” x 4” squares
(16) 8” x 8” squares
(7) 3 ½” strips
(16) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ”
squares
Accent #2
(63)  4” x  4” squares
 (16) 8” x 8” squares
(7) 3 ½” strips
(16) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ”quares

Yield:     126 Background/ Accent #1 (Unit A)           126 Background/ Accent #2 (Unit B)


Traditional
(4 blocks)

48” x 48”




Method:

2 at a time HST

8 at a Time

Triangle ruler

Triangle paper





Background :
(56)  4” x 4” squares
(14) 8” x 8” squares
(7) 3 ½” strips
(14) 8 ¼” x 8 ¼ ” squares
Accent #1
(28)   4” x 4” squares
(7) 8” x 8” squares
(3 ½) 3 ½” strips     
(7) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ” squares
Accent #2
(28)  4” x  4” squares
(7) 8” x 8” squares
(3 ½) 3 ½” strips
(7) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ” squares

Yield:     56 BG/Accent #1 (Unit A)                56 BG/Accent #2  (Unit B)

Traditional
(1 Block)

24” x 24”




Method:


2 at a time HST

8 at a Time

Triangle ruler

Triangle paper
Background :
(14)  4” x 4” squares
(4) 8” x 8” squares
(2) 3 ½” strips
(4) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ” squares
Accent #1
(7)   4” x 4” squares
(2) 8” x 8” squares
(1) 3 ½” strip
(2) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ” squares
Accent #2
(7)  4” x  4” squares
 (2) 8” x 8” squares
(1) 3 ½” strip
(2) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ” squares

Yield:     14-16 BG/Accent colour  #1 (Unit A)           14-16 BG/Accent colour #2 (Unit B)



Modern


72” x 72” 




Method:

2 HST at a time 

8 HST at a Time

Triangle ruler

Triangle paper





Background :
(56)  4” x 4” squares
(14) 8” x 8” squares
(7) 3 ½” strips
(14) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ” squares
Accent #1
(28)   4” x 4” squares
(7) 8” x 8” squares
(3 ½) 3 ½” strips
(7) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ” squares
Accent #2
(28)  4” x  4” squares
 (7) 8” x 8” squares
(3 ½) 3 ½” strips
(7) 8 ¼ ” x 8 ¼ ” squares

Yield:     56 BG/Accent colour #1 Unit A                 56 BG/Accent colour #2  Unit B


Don't forget to post your HST photos to the link-up below for a chance to win our monthly prize draw. The link-up will remain open until 11:59 PM AST, September 30th. The prize winner will be drawn on the 1st October, and will be announced when next month's clue is released. (9:00 AM Atlantic Standard Time, October 1st). The winner will be selected using a random number generator.

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

Don't worry if you don't get all your units completed this month. The next few clues have fewer quantities, so you can always play catch up in the coming months.

This month's sponsor is Sew Fresh Quilts and they are offering 2 digital downloads to the lucky winner.




Please be sure to visit her blog and check out her amazing pattern shop. As an extra bonus, PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along participants receive 15% off on their purchases for the month of September, with promo code SEWFRESHFAN15.

Can't wait to see your pretty HST units!!!

~ Cathy

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.
  2. 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 peimqgmystery@gmail.com
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Instagram. You can also share using the hashtag #peimqgmqal2017. 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

PEIMQG August 2017 Meeting

Summer is winding down, here in PEI. The days still have plenty of heat, but the evenings are beginning to cool down offering many the opportunity to open their windows for some refreshing night air (even if the sound of crickets chirping is all you can hear!!)

This month's meeting was lead by Vice President Colleen, as Heather J. was away. Colleen opened the meeting by welcoming 12 members and 2 guests. Thanks for joining us Holly and Monica!

We are happy to confirm that we will have 2 fantastic guests for October 2017 & 2018.

Paul Leger will be with us for a trunkshow, in lieu of our October 26th, 2017 meeting.

Cheryl Arkinson will be with us in October 2018, for a trunk show and 2 workshops. Details to follow in the coming months.

We started the evening with some Tips and Techniques led by Cathy. She discussed 4 different methods for making Half Square Triangles.  (These may be showing up in the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along - WINK, WINK) We discussed the Pros and Cons for the different methods demonstrated. 

July's Queen Bee Dianne was unable to attend the meeting , but we collected some of her Bee blocks and we will bring them to the September meeting.



This month Velda was Queen Bee and she has selected the following "The Plus Side" blocks. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please make arrangements to get the kits required to make Velda's blocks.




Show & Share

We had some great projects to Show & Share this month.

Roberta had this cute Baby Zig-Zag quilt to share. It will be donated to our Foster chilldren charity quilts.



Velda had a couple quilts for the Foster children too. Here's her "Dancing Girls"



and her "Simple Summer Sampler". Both of these quilts are awesome.



Velda also shared her "Long Time Gone" Quilt. A-Mazing!!! 



Here is a closer look... WOW!



Helen brought in the results of her Queen Bee blocks. These "Log Cabin" blocks made the most adorable wall hanging. I love that my block is trying to escape!!



Lucinda shared her fabric pull for the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along. Love those grunge Dots!!!



Janice shared her Baby Quilt. We all drooled over the awesome quilting.  Fantastic!! I loved how soft it looks. 



Jean returned to us after being away most of the summer, and she brought some of her fabric finds. These gorgeous Low volume prints were fun and varied.  My fave was the little piggies!!.  Some of these Low volume prints will be used in her "Long Time Gone" project that she is participating in as a Monthly Quilt-Along with her friends throughout Canada. Can't wait to see the progress she makes in the months to come.



Linda shared another Foster children charity quilt with the group- one of the quilts completed during the Charity Sew-Day we had a few weeks ago. Great Job Linda!!



Here is the back:



Linda also brought in her completed fish wall hanging. " Matilda" was a project that was taught by the talented Margaret Jessop during a retreat this summer.



Here's a close up, love the bubbles!!!



Great meeting everybody!!! 




Don't forget to come back September 1st for the first clue in the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along!!! Click here for all the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along info so far. (Fabric requirements, etc...)

The PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Facebook group is a huge success, Lots of people joining and showing off their fabric selections. Be sure to check it out for a fun place to discuss the Mystery as things progress. 

Finally, if you have any questions regarding the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along, Please contact Cathy at  peimqgmystery@gmail.com

We are all very excited to get started, we hope you will join us!!

~ Cathy.



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


September 1st:                    PEIMQG Mystery quilt- Along Clue #1

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

September 28th:                  PEIMQG Monthly Meeting: (7-9 pm) 

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

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

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