Sunday, 14 January 2018

PEIMQG January 2018 Sew-In

Happy New Year!!! The busy holiday season is behind us. Many of us were keen to get together on a mild rainy Saturday to catch up, relax and spend the day sewing and starting new projects for 2018.

Velda recently started a new project: "Tilt -a- Whirl". These blocks are so pretty!! 




 Here are 4 placed together. This quilt is going to be gorgeous!!



Linda was casting the edges of some of her fabric, getting it ready to be prewashed.  These beauties will find their way into a "Parterre" quilt. Can't wait to see the blocks as the months go by.



Dianne was working on a new Cross stitch pattern. her "Newfoundland Tartan Map" will be one of her hand sewing projects this year.



Helen was playing catch up with the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along. I love her neutral toned, paper pieced Clue #4. 



Janice was also working on the PEIMQG Mystery quilt, Here are her Clue #5 HRTs. They look fantastic!!



Heather J. Spent some time cutting for her "The Canadian Sampler".



Maritza brought her super cute "Paisley Splash" project. Here she is placing some of her pieces. This quilt will be adorable once its completed.



Cathy spent some time demonstrating the 3 methods for making Clue #5 of the Mystery Quilt-Along.  



Cathy also shared her colors for the "Parterre" Quilt-Along, and spent some time discussing how this project will unfold. 

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Jean and Roberta stopped by for a visit, it was nice to catch up with them too.

We had a great day together, relaxing and looking forward to what 2018 has in store.

Don't forget it's not too late to vote for your favorite Round Robin Project. Read through our December post and place your vote at the bottom. Winner will be announced at the January meeting.


Upcoming events:





February 1st:                   PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #6

March 1st:                       PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #7

April 1st:                         PEIMQG Mystery Quilt- Along - The Reveal!!!


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



January 25th:                   PEIMQG Monthly Meeting (7-9 pm)

February 10th:                 PEIMQG Sew-In (9 am - 4 pm)

February 22nd:                PEIMQG Monthly Meeting (7-9 pm)

March 10th:                     PEIMQG Sew-In (9 am - 4 pm)

March 22nd:                    PEIMQG Monthly Meeting (7-9 pm)

Monday, 1 January 2018

PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue#5




Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had wonderful holiday season, and are rested up and ready to go!!! NO? That's okay, remember you have until the end of the month to complete this month's clue.

Last month's winner was #20 - Debbie Crosby, who has won an awesome prize. A charm pack and 2 meters of coordinating fabric from Two Flying Geese. Congratulations!


This month we will be making Half Rectangle Triangles. I will discuss 3 different methods for making these units, so please read through all the instructions, decide on the method you wish to use and refer to the charts below for the amounts and measurements needed for your selected version of this mystery quilt.

This clue uses fabrics #3 & #4 and your Background fabric.

Half Rectangle Triangles
Method One: Bigger rectangles on diagonal with trimming.


      1. Cut the required number of 3" x 5 1/2" rectangles from your BG and fabrics #3 & #4. *IMPORTANT* If using Fat Quarters, cut strips into 5 1/2" x 21" strips, then subcut into 3" rectangles.


     2. Place your fabrics #3 & #4  Right Sides Together (RST) and cut once diagonally. *IMPORTANT* Cut these CONSISTANTLY. (I cut mine from upper left to lower right with fabric #3 always on top.)
      3. Place your BG fabrics (RST) and cut in the same direction as step #2 above. (See the photo below).

      
       4. Separate your piles so you have 2 opposite HRTs (Half Rectangle Triangles) :  BG/fabric #3 & BG/fabric #4.


       5. Align the BG/fabric #3 halves so that they are (RST), and staggered slightly, so that there is a tip extending on both ends. (see the next picture)   
      6. Sew the 2 halves together so that the sewing machine needle begins and ends where the tip of fabric extends.

       
      7. Press to the darker fabric.
      8. Trim the unit to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", using the technique in the video link.  Lindsay did such an awesome job demonstrating this method, I couldn't improve on it. So, with her permission we are using her video. Be sure to give her a thumbs up if you find her video helpful.


    NOTE: I found it helpful to tape off the 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" lines on my ruler and mark the appropriate dots for easier alignment. (See the picture below).


     9. Repeat for the BG/fabric #4 HRTs. The angle should be in the  OPPOSITE direction as the previous units. 
      10. You should now have 2 piles. One angled with the BG on the left and the other angled with the BG on the right. Label these Unit H & I.



Method Two:  Two at a Time - The MQG tutorial by Latifah Saafir :

For more in depth instructions please go to the link on the MQG website, BUT use the following measurements:

      1. Using the chart below, cut the required number of BG and fabric #3 & #4 rectangles.  3" x 4 3/4".
      2. Make a template with 1/2" marked in either side like the photo.


    3. ALWAYS place your BG fabric WRONG Side Up (WSU) and your Fabric #3 or #4 Right side up.
      4. Using your 1/2" template mark opposite corners with a dot. (for BG upper right/lower left & fabric #3 upper left/ lower right.


       5. Connect the dots with a diagonal line on all your fabrics. They are meant to be offset.

       
       6. Rotate your BG rectangle, so that the drawn lines are perfectly on top of each other. NOTE: your dots will be on top of each other as well.


     7. Sew a 1/4" on both sides of your drawn line. (You can draw these 1/4 " lines if that makes it easier to follow.)
      8. Separate the 2 halves and press towards the darker fabric.
      9. Trim away the dog ears. There is supposed to be a blunt edge at the corners. This method ensures the points are 1/4" in the seam when the units are assembled into the quilt.



Repeat the  above steps for the opposite units EXCEPT step 4 will be:


  • Using your 1/2" template mark opposite corners with a dot. (for BG upper left/lower right & fabric #3 upper right/ lower left.


The rest of the process remains the same. 

You should now have 2 piles. One angled with the BG on the left and the other angled with the BG on the right. Label these Unit H & I. 




Method Three : "Recs" Ruler (or equivalent ruler that will yield a finished unit with a 2:4 ratio.)

If you happen to have a "Tri-Recs" ruler set or any ruler capable of making a 2:4 rectangle, you can use this method.  The Sidekick ruler DOES NOT work (ask me how I know). If you are uncertain if you have a ruler that will work, use some scrap fabric and make a test unit. If the completed unit measures 2 1/2" x  4 1/2"  then you are good to go...

      1. Cut 4 1/2" strips of your BG and fabrics #3 & #4, according to the chart below.
      2. Layer or fold your BG fabrics so that they are Right Sides Together (RST). Using the "Recs" ruler (or equivalent) cut out tall triangle sets. Each cut will yield a Left and Right. 
      3. Rotate your ruler and align the edge, so that you can cut another set.
      4. Continue in this manner until you have the required number of BG sets.         5. Layer your fabrics #3 & #4 (RST).


       6. Cut the same way as you did the BG fabric, But now you will have a fabric #3 = left, and fabric #4 = right.* IMPORTANT* Consistently use the same fabric on top. (Fabric #3 is always on top, facing fabric #4, for example.)
      7. Separate into 2 piles. In my example, fabric #3 is the pile on the left and fabric #4 is the pile on the right.


       8. Match the coloured piles with the corresponding BG pieces, and sew together using a 1/4" seam.



    9. They should measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" without the need for squaring (check to be sure.) Just remove the dog ears.


You should now have 2 piles. One angled with the BG on the left and the other angled with the BG on the right. Label these Unit H & I.


Traditional
(9 Blocks)
 72" x 72”


Method:
Bigger rectangles Cut diagonal & trimmed *

Two at a Time MQG method *
Recs Ruler or equivalent **
Background
(36) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles.
Separate into 2 piles.
(36) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(3) 4 ½” x WOF strips. Cut out 36 L/R sets
Fabric # 3
(18) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(18) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(3) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 36 L triangles
Fabric # 4
(18) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(18) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(3) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 36 R triangles.
NOTE: If using Fat Quarters, cut strips into 5 1/2" x 21" strips, then subcut into 3" rectangles.
* Each rectangle set will yield 2 units. ** Each triangle set will yield one.

Yield: (36) Left unit H’s & (36) Right Unit I’s.

Traditional
(4 Blocks)
48” x 48”


Method:
Bigger rectangles Cut diagonal & trimmed *

Two at a Time MQG method *
Recs Ruler or equivalent **
Background
(16) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles.
Separate into 2 piles.
(16) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x WOF strips. Cut out 16 L/R sets
Fabric # 3
(8) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(8) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 16 L triangles
Fabric # 4
(8) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(8) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 16 R triangles.
* Each rectangle set will yield 2 units.** Each triangle set will yield one.

Yield: (16) Left unit H’s & (16) Right Unit I’s.

Traditional
(1 Block)
24” x 24”


Method:
Bigger rectangles Cut diagonal & trimmed *

Two at a Time MQG method *
Recs Ruler or equivalent **
Background
(4) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles.
Separate into 2 piles.
(4) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(1) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 4 L/R sets
Fabric # 3
(2) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(2) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(1/2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 4 L triangles
Fabric # 4
(2) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(2) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(1/2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 4 R triangles.
* Each rectangle set will yield 2 units. ** Each triangle set will yield one.

Yield: (4) Left unit H’s & (4) Right Unit I’s.


Modern
72" x 72”


Method:
Bigger rectangles Cut diagonal & trimmed *
Two at a Time MQG method *
Recs Ruler or equivalent **
Background
(22) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles.
Separate into 2 piles.
(22) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x WOF” strip. Cut out 21 L/R sets
Fabric # 3
(11) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(11) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 21 L triangles
Fabric# 4
(11) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(11) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 21 R triangles.
* Each rectangle set will yield 2 units. ** Each triangle set will yield one.

Yield: (21) Left unit H’s & (21) Right Unit I’s



Don't forget to post your progress to the link-up below before the end of the month to be eligible for this month's prize.

The link-up will remain open until 11:59 PM AST, January 30th. The prize winner will be drawn on the 1st February, and will be announced when next month's clue is released. (9:00 AM Atlantic Standard Time, February 1st). The winner will be selected using a random number generator.

 This month's prize is open to residents in Canada, United States, and Internationally.

This month's Sponsor is Happy Quilting. Melissa has kindly offered 3 pattern downloads to the lucky winner. Good Luck!


~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. Files can be found near the beginning of the blogpost (just click on the link to be taken to the pdf.)
  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.

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



If you have any questions you can contact Cathy by email at: peimqgmystery@gmail.com or leave a comment below.



Sunday, 17 December 2017

PEIMQG December 2017 Potluck

The holidays are fast approaching and the weather has turned cold in the past few days, but we are still waiting for some snow to stick around so we can enjoy a "White Christmas". Before our lives get too crazy with the hustle and bustle of this festive season, we wanted to get together as a group for a fun day of laughter and games with a little sewing thrown in for good measure.

Heather J. kindly offered to host a potluck party at her beautiful home. There was so much tasty food and desserts to pick at throughout the day, we were definitely not going to starve while we enjoyed the day. The morning activities had most of us working on bindings and hand projects.

Here's Gail sharing her Christmas quilt!!


Susan also had some holiday projects to share:




Cathy was working on this Violet Craft EPP project:


Jean was binding this gorgeous quilt. I love the movement in this quilt:


Roberta was binding these vintage camper cuties!!


Selena was also binding a holiday table runner:


Velda shared her stunning "Patchwork City" quilt.


And this adorable quilt by Janice.... love the variety of fabrics! great scrap busting!!


Dianne was working on her English paper piecing project:




We all had the opportunity to choose our favorites of the completed "Round Robin" challenge. But, we wanted to share the fun with our online friends. Please vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for your favorite project:

 #1:


#2:


#3:


#4:


After lunch we played Left, Right, and Center. We all brought in 10 charm squares to play with, winner takes all!!! Here are some photos of everyone playing, lots of friendly competitiveness, and laughs...






The winner of the first round was Colleen:


And Linda won the second round, They each went home with 80 squares!!! Awesome!!


Here's Heather, demonstrating her President's Challenge. The theme is "Nautical" and we will be using the solids provided in a randomly selected brown paper bag. Can't wait to see what the members of the PEIMQG come up with for this fun challenge. Stay tuned in the coming months for the results!!!


We also had 3 more Foster children quilts to add to the 44 mentioned in the previous meeting post.




 That's a total of 47 quilts heading to some of PEI's Foster Children in time for Christmas!!!

We spent a great day together, enjoying each other's company. It was so nice to spend some down time with these amazing ladies!!!


The PEIMQG would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season, and the very best for the New Year!!


Which Round Robin quilt is your favorite?






Upcoming events:





January 1st:                     PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #5

February 1st:                   PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #6

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


January 13th:                   PEIMQG Sew-In  (9 am - 4 pm)

January 25th:                   PEIMQG Monthly Meeting (7-9 pm)

February 10th:                 PEIMQG Sew-In (9 am - 4 pm)

February 22nd:                PEIMQG Monthly Meeting (7-9 pm)

Which Round Robin quilt is your favorite?