Tuesday, 13 February 2018

PEIMQG February 2018 Sew-In

As we head into February, the weather here in PEI has gotten cold. Hopefully Spring is almost here. Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam failed to see his shadow on Groundhog's day so maybe that means its almost here!! Either way, it's always a great day to get together and spend time quilting with friends.

The PEIMQG is currently focused on our 2018 Raffle Quilt. The quilt will help us raise funds, helping to ensure that we continue to grow and have the opportunities to learn from leading professionals in the quilting community.

It was decided that we would make a quilt using the awesome "Dancing Duo" pattern designed by our very talented member Velda also known as Freckled Fox Quiltery.



We had 7 members attend the Sew-In, with the goal of cutting all the fabric needed for the first stage of the block. We used the "circle cut" ruler to cut both pieces of the drunkard's path block. 



Here's Velda demonstrating a cool technique using glue to baste the 2 pieces together, a great method for accuracy without pins!!




While some members continued cutting (Heather, Janice and Velda are pictured below).....





others were sewing the blocks. (Here's Jean, Lucinda, Cathy and Linda with Gail, who stopped in for a visit).





By the end of the day we were able to complete all the first stage of cutting and sewing!! Great effort everybody!!

We will be getting together for the next several Saturdays to work on the Raffle Quilt. Be sure to check back to see how things progress!!

Upcoming Events:


The following dates have been booked at the Community Room, Sobeys, on Kinlock Road in Stratford. Mark your Calendars!! 

February 17:                    Special Sew-In: Raffle Quilt  (9 am - 5 pm)

February 24:                    Special Sew-In: Raffle Quilt  (9 am - 5 pm)

March 3:                          Special Sew-In: Raffle Quilt (9 am - 5 pm)

March 10:                        Special Sew-In: Raffle Quilt (9 am - 5 pm)


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


February 22nd:                PEIMQG Monthly Meeting - RESCHEDULED!!!

March 1st:                       PEIMQG February Monthly Meeting (7-9 pm)

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

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



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

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


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue # 6






Hi Everybody! I'm so excited to tell you that this month we begin assembling some of the beautiful units you've been making the last few months. Whoo hoo!!

 But before we get started, I'd like to announce last month's prize winner Irene M. She won 3 pattern downloads from Happy Quilting. Congrats.



You will need the following units for assembling this month's clue.
  • HST - Accent A (you only use a few at this stage) Clue #1 from September 2017
  • HST - Accent B (you only use a few at this stage) Clue #1 from September 2017
  • Lozenge Units D & E Clue #3 from November 2017
  • Paper Pieced (or Improv) Units F & G. Clue #4 from December 2017

Please refer to the chart below for the exact number of each unit you will need for your selected size and version.


  1. Assemble your Lozenge Units (D & E) into 4 patch blocks, as shown below.











































     2. Join your PP units (F & G) into sets. Your tall points should meet in the middle.



     
       3. I found it easier to "nest my seams" before sewing the points. To do this, I chose to press one of the seams of the set to the opposite side. If you want the other end of the seam to lie flat, you must remove a few stitches to free the seam. Press in the desired direction, once the seam is free. (See the photo below, the seam ripper is pointing to the stitches to be removed.)
     


    4. You will want to stitch 1/4" in and cross the point like the photo below.


        5. Press so all the centre seams go in one direction. From this point on I will refer to these units as: F/G.



     6. Add an HST (Accent A & B) to opposite sides of half of your units (F/G). Use the photo below for proper placement. Be aware that the (A) is always on the left and (B) is always on the right, if your tall point is pointing away from you.


    7. Add the remaining (F/G) units, to opposite sides of the Lozenge 4-patches (D/E).


   
 8. Sew the rows together as shown to create Block Z. This unit measures 12 1/2" square.





Traditional
9 blocks

Traditional
4 blocks
Traditional
1 block
Modern
Accent A (HST Light)
18*
8*
2*
8*
Accent B (HST dark)
18*
8*
2*
8*
Unit C ( Lozenge)
36
16
4
16
Unit  F ( Paper pieced)
36
16
4
16
Unit G (Paper pieced)
36
16
4
16





Block Z Units:
9
4
1
4
* You will have Accent A & B Units leftover. They will be used later on.

Don't forget that this is a short month. Be sure to post your progress to the link-up 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, February 28th. The prize winner will be drawn on the 1st March, and will be announced when next month's clue is released. (9:00 AM Atlantic Standard Time, March 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 Fabric Please. The prize this month is a 40$ gift Certificate. 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.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

PEIMQG January 2018 Meeting

The weather here in PEI has been hard to predict so far this year. We've had several centimeters of snowfall, to leave us with a winter wonderland, only to have rain and freezing rain a few days later to completely erase the snow, leaving a dull brown landscape. Too bad for the snowmobilers!! They aren't getting much use out of their toys so far. The good news is that the weather was fine for our first meeting of 2018!!

Heather J. opened the meeting by greeting 13 members and 3 guests. It was nice to have you join us Judy, Evelyn, and Jeannine.

First on the evening's agenda, Dawn our treasurer presented us with the proposed Budget for 2018. Members can find the info filed under the financial tab of the Member's Only Blog.

Next up the members had the opportunity to decide which quilt design they would make for the 2018 PEIMQG Raffle quilt. Cathy and Velda both put forward design proposals, and after taking a vote, it was decided we will be making Velda's design - (working title) "Tilt - Whirl". Everyone is very excited to get started on this endeavour.  



*** Members be sure to check the bottom of the post for special Sew days and their locations.***

Next up we discussed the upcoming Cheryl Arkison Trunkshow & workshops. 


The Trunkshow will be held Thursday Oct. 18th. The Workshops will be held Oct 19th & 20th.  We ask that members be signed up and paid by the March meeting, after which we will open to Non-members. Spaces are limited, so be sure to save your spot!!! If you would like information about Cheryl's Trunkshow & Workshops please contact us at peimqg@gmail.com.

Liz took the opportunity to ask the group if they would be interested in doing a swap with another Canadian MQG. Everyone seemed keen to have a Postcard or Mug Rug swap in the Spring of 2018. This gives us a chance to finish up a few of our ongoing challenges. Stay tuned for more details.

Last month we asked the online community to vote for their favorite Round Robin quilt. The winner was #4 - Heather J. Thanks everyone for voting!!



To start off our charitable endeavours for 2018, we will be making place-mats for "Meals on Wheels". Dianne has provided some orphan blocks for the members to play with. Feel free to use the orphan blocks or create your own. The requested size is: 12" x 18" or 14" x 20".. Please bring in your completed placemats to the March meeting.

Lastly, we had Show & Share:

Dianne had this adorable Rail Fence wall hanging.



and her Roses wall hanging was gorgeous!



Liz was busy over the holidays!!! She was able to make this fun pouch...



and these pretty clutch wallets, She even used cork fabric in one of them, she said it was very nice to work with.



Here is a close-up of some of the cork.



She was able to quilt these two baby quilts using a Robert Kaufman Layer cake, and the disappearing 9-patch pattern. Once they are bound they will be on their way.



She also finished her "Speed Date with Improv" quilt. It turned out great!!




Jean made some coasters for some of her work friends. They were a huge hit!


Velda showed us this grocery bag, that friend & member Janice made for her.



Janice described her process for making this stunning "Bird Talk" wall hanging.



And this amazing postcard!!



Susan shared her completed Queen Bee quilt top.



Here is a close- up.



She also shared the following 2 blocks. Part of a Quilt Along she is participating in.




Heather J. Shared her "150 celebrate" quilt by Sew Sisters 2017. I love a red and white quilt, and the piecing was perfect!!!



Linda shared a mini quilt, made completely with scraps!!



Last, but not least, Cathy shared her "Parterre" quilt top. (It's really big, and was pooling on the floor...)



 What a fantastic meeting!! The PEIMQG have a lot to look forward to in 2018...


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!



February 10th:                 PEIMQG Sew-In (9 am - 4 pm) 
                                           (We would like some members to start working on the Raffle Quilt)

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)


The following dates have been booked at the Community Room, Sobeys, Kinlock Road
 in Stratford. Mark your Calendars!! 

February 17:                    Special Sew-In: Raffle Quilt  (9 am - 5 pm)

February 24:                    Special Sew-In: Raffle Quilt  (9 am - 5 pm)

March 3:                          Special Sew-In: Raffle Quilt (9 am - 5 pm)

March 10:                        Special Sew-In: Raffle Quilt (9 am - 5 pm)


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)

Which Round Robin quilt is your favorite?