Friday, 1 September 2017

PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #1


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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. 

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