Wednesday, 1 November 2017

PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #3




Hi everyone, welcome back!! Great job last month with completing your 3-patch blocks. They all look fantastic. 

If you are joining us for the first time you can find all the info for the mystery here: http://peimqg.blogspot.ca/p/peimqg-mystery-quilt-along.html. There is still plenty of time to catch up.

Before we get to Clue #3, I would like to announce last month's Winner........#32, who has won a $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. Congratulations Mary!! Thanks to everyone who posted their 3-patch Units last month!



This month we are focusing on what I call a Lozenge block. If you've ever done snowball blocks this unit will be familiar. We are only doing 2 opposite corners of each block to make this unit.

For this clue we will be using fabrics #5-8 and #14 if you chose to add the optional fabric

Be sure to read through the methods to decide which one you would like to use to construct your block. Use the chart below to find the version and the method you are using to cut the required fabric pieces to make your units.

Lozenge Blocks

Method One: Sew and Flip 


  1. Using fabrics #5 & #6 cut out the required number of 3 1/2" squares.
  2. Using Fabrics #7 & #8 (and optional #14 if valid), cut out the required number of 2 1/2" squares. Draw a line once diagonally. This will be your sew line.


     
         3. Place a fabric #7 square in one corner of your fabric #5 (larger) square and sew on the line, as shown below. Trim the excess, leaving a 1/4" seam away from the sewn line.
      4.  Fold back fabric #7, and press towards the centre. These will become Unit D.


       5.  Place a fabric #8 square in one corner of your fabric #6 (larger) square and sew on the line. Trim the excess, leaving a 1/4" seam away from the sewn line.
       6.  Open and press towards Fabric #8. These will become Unit E.


        7. Next, EITHER use your optional fabric #14 OR the opposite colour to the corner you've already sewn (Use fabric #8 opposite fabric #7, and fabric #7 opposite fabric #8). Place the square in the opposite corner and sew on the line so that the angle matches the previous angle. 


      8. Trim the excess, leaving a 1/4" seam away from the sewn line. I pressed the Unit D towards the centre and the Unit E towards the corners.


You have completed your Lozenge units and they should measure 3 1/2" square.

Method Two: Triangles on a strip.

This method requires you to cut rectangles, then place triangles on each of the long sides of the rectangle.

  1. Using fabrics #5 & #6, cut the required number of 1 7/8" x 5" rectangles.
  2. Using fabrics #7 & #8  (and optional #14 if desired) cut the required number of 3" squares. Cut these squares in half once diagonally.



        3. Find the half way point on the long side of the rectangles and finger press to create a crease. Do the same for the triangles. Crease the half way point of the longest side of the triangle.
CAUTION: This side is on the bias and will stretch if not careful.


     4. Match the crease marks of fabric #5 & #7 and sew one side using 1/4" seam. These will become Unit D.
      5. Do the same for fabrics #6 & #8 and sew one side using 1/4" seam. These will become Unit E.
      6. Next using EITHER your optional fabric #14,OR the opposite coloured triangles, crease and sew the opposite side.
  


       7. Press Unit D towards the centre and Unit E towards the triangles.
      8. Square and trim the units to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". ( I found it easiest to find the centre of the rectangle and align the crease line at the 3 1/2" marks of my square ruler.)


Congratulations! You have completed your Lozenge units. They should measure 3 1/2" square.


Traditional
(9 Blocks)
72” x 72”

Method:

Sew & Flip
Triangles on a strip
Fabric # 5
(18) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
(18) 1 7/8” x 5”rectangles
Fabric # 6
(18) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
(18) 1 7/8” x 5”rectangles
Fabric # 7
(36) 2 ½” x 2 ½ ” squares **
(18) 3’ x 3” squares ***
Fabric# 8
(36) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares **
(18) 3” x 3” squares***
**If using optional fabric: decrease the fabric #7 & #8 amounts above by half, and cut (36) 2 ½” squares of fabric #14. *** If using the optional fabric decrease the amount of fabric #7 & #8 squares by half. Cut out (18) 3” squares of  fabric #14 and cut once diagonally. Use these on the opposite side of  all of the already sewn units.

Yield: 36 units: 18 Unit D and 18 Unit E.


Traditional
(4 Blocks)
48” x 48”

Method:

Sew & Flip
Triangles on a Strip
Fabric # 5
(8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
(8) 1 7/8” x 5”rectangles
Fabric # 6
(8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
(8) 1 7/8” x 5”rectangles
Fabric # 7
(16) 2 ½” x 2 ½ ” squares**
(8) 3’ x 3” squares***
Fabric # 8
(16) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares**
(8) 3” x 3” squares***
**If using optional fabric: decrease the fabric #7 & #8 amounts above by half, and cut (16) 2 ½” squares of fabric #14.*** If using the optional fabric decrease the amount of fabric #7 & #8 squares by half. Cut out (8) 3” squares of fabric #14 and cut once diagonally. Use these on the opposite side of all of the already sewn units.

Yield : 16 units: 8 Unit D and 8 Unit E.


Traditional
(1 Block)
24” x 24”

Method:

Sew & Flip
Triangles on a strip
Fabric # 5
(2) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
(2) 1 7/8” x 5”rectangles
Fabric # 6
(2) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
(2) 1 7/8” x 5”rectangles
Fabric # 7
(4) 2 ½” x 2 ½ ” squares **
(2) 3’ x 3” squares ***
Fabric# 8
(4) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares **
(2) 3” x 3” squares***
**If using optional fabric: decrease the fabric #7 & #8 amounts above by half, and cut (4) 2 ½” squares of fabric #14.*** If using the optional fabric decrease the amount of fabric #7 & #8 squares by half. Cut out (2) 3” squares of fabric #14 and cut once diagonally. Use these on the opposite side of all of the already sewn units.

Yield : 4 units: 2 Unit D and 2 Unit E.


Modern

72” x 72”

Method:

Sew & Flip
Triangles on a Strip
Fabric # 5
(8) 3 ½”  x 3 ½” squares
(8)  1 7/8” x 5”rectangles
Fabric # 6
(8) 3 ½”  x 3 ½” squares
(8)  1 7/8” x 5”rectangles
Fabric # 7
(16) 2 ½” x 2 ½ ” squares**
(8) 3" x 3” squares***
Fabric # 8
(16) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares**
(8) 3” x 3” squares***
**If using optional fabric: decrease the fabric #7 & #8 amounts above by half, and cut (16) 2 ½” squares of fabric #14.*** If using the optional fabric decrease the amount of fabric #7 & #8 squares by half. Cut out (8) 3” squares of fabric #14 and cut once diagonally. Use these on the opposite side of all of the already sewn units.

Yield : 16 units: 8 Unit D and 8 Unit E.

Don't forget to post a photo of your completed Lozenge units to the link-up below by the end of this month, to be eligible for the monthly prize draw.

The link-up will remain open until 11:59 PM AST, November 30th. The prize winner will be drawn on the 1st December, and will be announced when next month's clue is released. (9:00 AM Atlantic Standard Time, December 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 LethagicLass. She was recently featured in Make Modern magazine!!! You can read more about it by checking out her blog. She has kindly offered up a prize of 2 PDF patterns. As a bonus for everyone playing along, for the entire month of November she will be offering 25% off her etsy shop, with promo code: PEI25.




~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.

  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 peimqgmystery@gmail.com

  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. 





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

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