Friday, 18 August 2017

The PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along is almost here!!!

Hey Everyone!!! Are you getting excited? We have 2 weeks to go before the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along begins!!!

I wanted to send out a reminder, so that everyone has their fabric selections and is ready to go.  I would like to take a moment to draw attention to a change for part of the fabric requirements. The fabric requirements were posted on the 1st of July. BUT an amendment was made (July 15th) to the FQ's required information if you are planning to make the OPTIONAL border for the 9 block traditional method. It was brought to my attention that the original wording of the FQ's required was too vague and needed clarification. I have grabbed the portion that was changed (see highlighted text below). 

Fabric REQ:
9 block Layout Traditional
4 block Layout Traditional 
 1 block 

72” X 72” 
(84” x 84”*)

48” x 48”

24” x 24”

72” x 72”


4 ½ yards 
(6 yards *)

 2 ¼  yards

¾ yard

4 ½ yards

Accent (2 fabrics)

1 yard EACH

1/2 yard EACH

9" Width Of Fabric (WOF) EACH

1/2 yard EACH

Colors (12 fabrics)

Fat Quarters (18" x 22")
*(+2  Fat Quarters
These should match 2 of the 12 listed above)

Fat Eighths
(9" x 22")

(4” WOF)

Fat Eighths

  •         * OPTIONAL*  I have included the amount of fabric needed for an optional outer border which will increase the Traditional 9 blocks into a quilt that measures 84” x 84”. So instead of a FQ for fabrics #3 & #4, use a 1/2 yard (extra units will be made after the reveal).

This change ONLY affects the Traditional version and ONLY if you are opting to make the extra border.

I would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone, BUT with 2 weeks still to go, I hope that I have given everyone ample time to collect (correct) the materials they need.

Okay, back to the Good stuff!! 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
  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.

So be sure to visit the FB page and share photos of your fabrics!!! You can also use the hashtag #peimqgmqal2017.  I can't wait to see what everyone will be playing with!!!

See you in a few weeks!!!


Monday, 14 August 2017

August 2017 Charity Sew-In

This past Saturday was spent at a member's sewing space.  It turned out to be a very rainy day, perfect for sewing!

We are making quilts for Foster Children on the island and we decided to dedicate our August Sew-in to make more tops.  Five members gathered together to focus on this endeavour.  Amid much chatting and laughter, we were productive, really we were!

One of our members provided lots of jean squares to add colourful fabrics from our stash around them. We set up sewing machines and three members were sashing jean pieced blocks together.  You can see Heather C, Linda and Lydea hard at work piecing the blocks together, while Susan was ironing fabrics.

Heather J. was cutting strips and put together this top.  Pretty bright...

Susan was working on piecing a back.

Some other completed tops!

We also saw some completed quilts.  A donation from one of Colleen's clients which was hand quilted!  So cute!

And here's Cathy's fabulous quilt!  Lots of fussy cut foxes in this quilt which is so reminiscent PEI!

We did stop to eat.  There was a brown bag lunch and a treat at tea time with a great rhubarb crumble and frozen yogurt. Thanks Susan! Yum! 

Thanks everyone for their camaraderie, laughs and great tops and quilts!  We will be collecting quilts for our November meeting, when we hand them over to be delivered to the children.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

PEIMQG July 2017 Monthly Meeting

Summer here in PEI is in full swing!!! The days have been chock full of sunshine, and I'm sure everyone has been enjoying time at the beach, and soaking up the Vitamin D. Am I the only one wishing for a bit of rain???

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the meeting. Dawn, Heather J. and Colleen made sure I got the whole scoop on what I missed though.

Heather J. opened the meeting by welcoming 15 members.  She reminded members that everyone was at different stages of their quilting journey, so in order for all to enjoy the meetings, asks that one person talk at a time and if anyone needs to hand off items, etc. to other members, please do so before or after the meetings.

We are so excited that Paul Leger will be here October 26th, 2017 for a Trunk show, held at the Hillsborough Hall Community Centre. More details to follow.


Cheryl Atkinson will be here in PEI October 2018.We will be hosting a Trunkshow in lieu of our October 2018 meeting. Stay tuned for the location and times.

We have lots of Quilt Shows and Exhibitions coming up...
Fibre Arts brochures were passed out.
We also had a reminder about the St. Paul's Quilt Show in September. We encourage everyone to enter something!!
I hope to see some awesome quilts from the PEIMQG at Old Home Week too.

Tips & Tricks:

Heather J. brought in some of her favorite rulers to demonstrate for us. She showed us her "BlocLoc", mini 3 1/2" and "Quilt in a Day" rulers. She then gave a demo on her HST ruler, used for trimming perfect HSTs.

Susan showed us her Easy Angle HST ruler.

Heather J. also showed us a 2 color binding method using 1" for front fabric and 2" for the back fabric, and a mitered join.

Beginning in August, Cathy will be presenting Tips & Tricks related to the upcoming PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along.

Queen Bee:

Susan was June's Queen Bee. She received these Kindred Pinwheels blocks:

Dianne has requested that her beemates make these super cute blocks:

We were all very excited to see the results of our Round Robin Challenges!!! After 6 months of moving from member to member, the original owners were finally able to see their completed projects. 

Here's Helen's


Heather C's

Heather J's






and Cathy's (that's mine!! and I had to wait a whole week before I got to see it. Way to keep it a secret guys!!!) BTW I love it!!!

Now, we have until the December potluck to complete our Round Robin challenge, for a chance to win a fun prize. We have the option of adding to it, or leaving it as is. Anyone who brings in a quilted and bound Round Robin project will have a chance to win.

Show & Share:

We even had some non Round Robin goodies to share too!!
Check out Lucinda's pretty butterfly quilt,

and Gail had these 2 quilts to share.

Lydea brought in her awesome fish project. It looks fantastic!!

Dawn had a fish to share too. Love them ladies, your fish make me smile!!

Helen had this super adorable Flamingo quilt. I just love Elizabeth Hartman patterns.

Here's Heather J's King size quilt.

and closer to show the quilting

Lastly, Roberta shared this Canada wall hanging, perfect for this past Canada day!

Well, it looks like I missed a fantastic meeting.  I wish I had been there to see everyone's reaction to their Round Robin Projects. 

Thank you so much Dawn, Heather and Colleen for helping me with notes and photos for the blog.

~ Cathy

Saturday, 1 July 2017

PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Fabric Requirements

Welcome to the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along!  The reader's digest details: the clues will be released on the first of each month, starting in September 2017 and ending in June 2018.  The final reveal will be April 1st, 2018, to give time for folks to finish their creations.

I designed this quilt to be Fat Quarter friendly. Using 12-14 FQ's, 2 accent colors and a background. Here are my fabrics. I have chosen a rainbow bundle and 2 shades of greys for accents and a white for my background.  Choose your favorite bundle or pull from your stash. Or, go wild and free and be super scrappy! You could even use assorted low-volume fabrics for your backgrounds!!

Fabric REQ:

9 block Layout Traditional
4 block Layout Traditional 
 1 block 

72” X 72” 
(84” x 84”*)
48” x 48”
24” x 24”
72” x 72”


4 ½ yards 
(6 yards *)

 2 ¼   yards

¾ yard

4 ½ yards

Accent (2 fabrics)

1 yard EACH

1/2 yard EACH

9" Width Of Fabric (WOF) EACH

1/2 yard EACH

Colors (12 fabrics)

Fat Quarters (18" x 22")
(+2  Fat Quarters*)

Fat Eighths
(9" x 22")

(4” WOF)

Fat Eighths

  • * OPTIONAL* - I have included the amount of fabric needed for an optional outer border that will increase the Traditional 9 blocks into a quilt that measures 84” x 84”. So instead of a FQ for fabrics 3 & 4, use a 1/2 yd. (Extra units will be made after the reveal.)
  •  Each block will measure 24.5” unfinished.
  •  The Fat Quarters (or Fat Eights) will be used in pairs (for example: 2 purple, 2 blue, 2 red, 2 yellow etc.). You do NOT need to make your quilt in rainbow colors. This quilt will be beautiful in any color combination you choose. Even single color palettes would work as long as there is enough contrast. I will discuss how to sort and label your fabric when Clue # 2 is released. Keep in mind, fabrics that read as solid or deeply saturated fabrics will work best (think Kaffe Fassett). Large floral prints or fabrics with too much neutral may not suit the design. But please use the fabrics that you love. Remember, these are only suggestions.
  •  If you are unsure which version (Modern or Traditional) will appeal to you more, may I suggest having 4 ½ yds. of background, 1 yd. EACH of your accents and 12 Fat Quarters. Cut and assemble according to the Traditional 4 block layout and after the reveal decide which version you would like to continue with.
  • Remember you have 2 months from the reveal to assemble and quilt before the Grand Prize parade.
We have some amazing sponsors, who have very graciously provided prizes for this Mystery quilt-Along. Thank You so much :

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop
Two Flying Geese
Lethargic Lass
Fabric Please
Sew Fresh Quilts
Happy Quilting
Angela Walters

And our Grand Prize sponsor

Mad About Patchwork

Mad about Patchwork has put together these gorgeous FQ bundles for the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along. They are offering 10% off these 4 bundles with promo code PEIMYSTERY. Quantities are limited so be sure to visit them before it's too late....
Kona Cookie Cutter

PEI Grunge Mix

PEI Sunprints Mix

Tattooed Bundle
 Also, be sure to check out their fantastic KONA Solid bundles . Spend $150.00 and shipping is free in Canada.

The first Clue will be released September 1st. Be sure to follow the PEIMQG blog, so you won't miss any clues.

Looking forward to taking this journey with you, our readers, and seeing the fabulous creativity by quilters everywhere.  But most importantly -   Have Fun!


If you have any questions or comments concerning the mystery, email Cathy at or in the comments below.

here is the link to the pdf version of this post

Saturday, 24 June 2017

PEIMQG June 2017 Meeting

Heather J welcomed the group to the monthly meeting on this lovely summer evening. We had 16 members and 1 guest in attendance.

Heather J shared some of her impressions of her recent Quilt Canada trip. She was very impressed with the caliber of talent on display from Canada's quilters.

We will be hosting a Trunk show by Paul Leger in lieu of the October 26th meeting. Stay tuned for final details concerning the venue.

Susan will be hosting the August 12th Sew-In at High Tide Quilt Studio. The focus of this Sew-In is to work on assembling and completing Charity quilts for the PEI Foster Parents association. Bring your sewing machines, any unfinished quilt tops or blocks and Susan suggested having some pieced backings from your fabric stash. (Time to clean out your fabric cupboards!!!) It will be a potluck style lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Cathy had some bundles to share for the upcoming PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along.  Fabric requirements will be released July 1st. You have until September 1st to collect your fabric choices.

These lovely bundles were just a couple of what Mad About Patchwork has to offer.
Here's the " Tattooed Bundle" by Libs Elliot.

And the "Sun Prints" bundle by Allison Glass and a few others.

Next up for Program, Lucinda demonstrated a fun technique for turning an old T-shirt into a bag. Everyone had a lot of fun.

And Dawn shared a technique for cutting strips from fabric, so they don't distort after cutting a few strips. Very cool and definitely worth a try.

May's Queen Bee Roberta received the following " Mesmerize" blocks from her beemates.

June's Queen Bee, Susan has requested we make her blocks using the following tutorial posted by the MSQC: Kindred Pinwheels

Round Robin:

This is the Last Round before we all get our blocks back!!!

Liz has requested that we attach an L- shaped border to the remaining side, the size the previous person used. (For example if they used a 8" border, so will you.)

Show and Share:

Heather J shared her Canada flag quilt. Just in time for Canada Day!!!

Here are a couple close ups of her quilting..

and the backing.

Cathy had her " Stars All Agleam" quilt to show.

Janice brought her stunning "Swirling Stars" quilt,

and the quilting was fantastic, check out the pieced back!

Roberta shared her "Canada 150"quilt. She used the popular Yellow Brick Road pattern.

And the back:

She also showed us this gorgeous wallet she made.

Linda shared a tip using Command hooks for hanging small pieces without putting holes in your walls, and this Adorable charity quilt using Denim squares. Very striking!

She also brought her "Falling Leaves" Quilt. Love the Batiks!!

Susan shared her "Tonga Treats" quilt.

Dianne brought her English Paper Pieced quilt. Which, she says will be a charity quilt, when finished.

She also had several donated quilts to share with us. They are great, and will be much loved I am sure.

Carol brought us some more charity quilts that Catherine had made and that were quilted by Robin. I love how bright and sunny this one is:

and this strip quilt was so much fun. Lots of great prints to admire.

Lucinda shared her denim squares quilt top. Soothing Blues and Greens. Very pretty.

Dawn and Colleen had this awesome quilt to share. They used their Queen Bee blocks together and completed this quilt, which will be donated for charity after it goes in a few shows. Great team work ladies!!!

What a great meeting!

Don't forget that the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along kicks off July 1st with fabric requirements. We hope you will join us and play along.

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

July 8th:                    PEIMQG Sew-In  (9 am - 4 pm)

July 27th:                  PEIMQG Monthly Meeting: (7 - 9 pm) 

The Sew- In for August will take place at the High Tide Quilt Retreat for details please go to the private Facebook Page.

August 12th:             PEIMQG Sew-In  (9 am - 4 pm)