Friday, 1 December 2017

PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #4



Welcome back everyone, I hope you had fun with last month's Lozenge Blocks. The winner for Linking Up last month is Liz Dempsey, who has won 2 PDF patterns from LethargicLass.  Congratulations!!!

This month's clue will  focus on Paper Piecing and an alternative piecing technique for achieving similar results. Be sure to read through the instructions and decide which method you would prefer. Then reference the chart for quantities and measurements for your chosen version and method.

This clue uses fabrics #9-12 and Background. I will refer to these units in future as either the "paper pieced units" or Units F & G.

Method #1 Paper Piecing

The above file has 2 pages attached to it. PP and PP Rev (reversed). Each set of pages will yield 1 block. Therefore, if you are making the Traditional (9) version you would print 9 pages each of PP and PP rev. You should print these with Adobe Acrobat. The scaling should be set to 100% ,and you do NOT shrink to fit. Each block template should measure 3 1/2" along the outer dotted line. Print 1 set first to be sure they have printed to the correct size.

   1. From your PP pages, rough cut your templates using paper scissors or a dull rotary blade. Cutting through paper WILL dull your blade). Leave a bit of room on the outer edge of the dotted line. 
   2.  Separate into 2 piles. One pile for PP, and a second for PP rev. We will only work with one pile of  papers at a time.
   3.  Align a piece of card stock or template plastic along the solid line between segments #1 & #2 and fold the paper to create a crease. (You could also use a thin ruler, or a postcard to create these creases)



       4. Repeat for the line between segments #1 &# 3.
       5. From your BG fabric cut out the required number of 4" squares.
       6. From your fabric #11 & #12, cut out the required number of 2" x 4 1/4" rectangles. Separate into 2 piles. Fabric #11 will be used with the PP papers and fabric #12 will be used with PP rev papers.
       7. From fabrics #9 & #10, cut out the required number of 3 1/2" squares.
       8. Cut once on the diagonal to yield the required number of triangles. Separate into 2 piles. fabric #9 will be used with PP papers and Fabric #10 will be used with PP rev papers.


        9. Begin with your PP pile of papers and fabrics (#9,#11 & BG). On the blank side of your PP paper, attach a 4" background square Right Side Out, so that it extends past the dotted line on all sides. You can use pins or a dab of washable glue stick to hold the fabric in place.
      10. Fold the paper along the crease between segments #1 & #2 to expose the wrong side of the background fabric


         11. Using an "Add-a-Quarter" or regular ruler, cut away from your folded paper leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.


        12. Decrease your stitch length on your sewing machine.
         13. Place your fabric #11 rectangles along the cut edge of your BG fabric (you can pin as needed) so the fabrics are (RST). It will cover segment #2 of your paper.


          14. Flip the unit so that the paper is face up and sew ON the solid line between segments #1 and #2. (I always do a quick check to see the fabrics are still aligned by folding the paper to expose the fabrics. see they are still aligned and have a good 1/4" beyond the sewing line. Fold the paper back down and sew on the line.)



           15. Press towards coloured fabric #11.
          16. Fold the paper along the crease between segments #1 & #3 to expose the BG fabric.


          17. Using an "Add-a-Quarter" or regular ruler, cut  away from your folded paper leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. 
          18. Place your fabric #9 triangle along the cut edge of your BG fabric (you can pin as needed) so the fabrics are RST. It will cover segment #3 of your paper.
          

       19. Flip the unit so that the paper is face up and sew ON the solid line between segments #1 and #3.
        

         20. Press the fabric towards #9.


         21. Flip the unit over to the paper side and trim along the outer dotted line, so that the units are square and measure 3 1/2" square.



        22. Repeat the process with the PP rev papers, your BG and fabrics #10 & #12. Fabric #10 will cover segment #2, and fabric #12 will cover segment #3.
         23. Carefully remove the paper. (I found it easiest to fold along the sew line and tear away the paper while holding the top with my fingernail).
         24. You will have 2 piles of units. Unit F has the sharp point on the left and Unit G has it on the right.


Method #2 Improv with Snowball corners

        1. From your BG fabric, cut out the required number of 3 1/2" squares. Separate the piles into 2 halves.
        2. From pile #1, measure in 1" along the bottom RIGHT corner of the BG square (or you can eyeball it) and make a small mark.
        3. From fabric #11, cut out the required number of 2" x 4 1/4" rectangles.
        4. Lay your fabric #11 rectangle on top of your BG (RST), so that fabric #11 lines up with the upper right corner and the mark you made at  1".


       5. Sew along the fabric #11 edge with a 1/4" seam.
        6. Press towards fabric #11.
        7. Flip the unit to the wrong side and using the BG square as your guide. cut away the excess fabric #11 to make it 3 1/2" square. Once the fabric is squared you can then cut away the excess BG if desired. (Be careful not to cut through the fabric #11 though.)


        8. From fabric # 9 cut out the required number of 2 1/2" squares.
         9. Draw a single line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric #9. Place a fabric #9 square on the bottom LEFT corner of the previous unit (RST), so the drawn line angle is in the opposite direction as the sharp point. See picture below.
        10. Sew ON the drawn line.
        11. Cut 1/4" away from the sewn line.  


         12. Press towards fabric #9. This is Unit F


REPEAT with the second pile of BG squares (which will be the reverse of the improv squares just made:

      1. From pile #2, measure in 1" along the bottom LEFT corner of the BG square (or you can  eyeball it) and make a small mark. 
      2. From fabric #12, cut out the required number of 2" x 4 1/4" rectangles.   
      3. Lay your fabric #12 rectangle on top of your BG (RST), so that fabric #12 lines up with the upper left corner and the mark you made at 1".


      4. Sew along the fabric #12 edge with a 1/4" seam.
      5. Press towards fabric #12.
      6. Flip the unit to the wrong side and using the BG square as your guide. cut away the excess fabric #12 to make it 3 1/2" square. Once the fabric is squared you can then cut away the excess BG if desired. (Be careful not to cut through the fabric #12 though.)


      7. From fabric #10, cut out the required number of 2 1/2" squares.
      8. Draw a single line from corner to corner on the wrong side of fabric #10. Place the Fabric #10 square on the bottom RIGHT corner of the previous unit(RST),so the drawn line angle is in the opposite direction as the sharp point.
       9. Sew ON the drawn line. 


      10. Cut 1/4" away from the sewn line.
      11. Press towards fabric #10. This is Unit G.
     
You now have 2 piles, which are reversed. Yay! Unit F & G
   

Method #3 Improv with Improv corners.

        1. From your BG fabric, cut out the required number of 3 1/2" squares. Separate the piles into 2 halves.
        2. From pile #1, measure in 1" along the bottom RIGHT corner of the BG square (or you can eyeball it) and make a small mark.
        3. From fabric #11, cut out the required number of 2" x 4 1/4" rectangles.
        4. Lay your fabric #11 rectangle on top of your BG (RST), so that fabric #11 lines up with the upper right corner and the mark you made at  1".


        5. Sew along the fabric #11 edge with a 1/4" seam.
      6. Press towards fabric #11.
      7. Flip the unit to the wrong side and using the BG square as your guide. cut away the excess fabric #11 to make it 3 1/2" square. Once the fabric is squared you can then cut away the excess BG if desired. (Be careful not to cut through the fabric #11 though).


          8. From fabric #9 cut out the required amount of 3 1/2" squares. Cut once on the diagonal to make triangles.
         9. Place the triangle on the background so that one point crosses the bottom edge approximately 1/4" past the widest part of the previous step (with some overhang), and the other point crosses about midway with some overhang as well. (It is a good idea to fold the triangle back onto the BG, before sewing, to make sure it will cover the area enough. If it doesn't look like it will, move the triangle point opposite the fabric you just added down a bit further, so that it extends by 1/2" or so.)


        10. Sew 1/4" from the edge of fabric #9.
        11. Cut 1/4" away from the sewn line.


        12. Press towards Fabric #9. Square to 3 1/2". This is Unit F.

REPEAT with the second pile of BG squares (which will be the reverse of the improv squares just made.

      1. From pile #2, measure in 1" along the bottom LEFT corner of the BG square (or you can  eyeball it) and make a small mark. 
      2. From fabric #12, cut out the required number of 2" x 4 1/4" rectangles.   
      3. Lay your fabric #12 rectangle on top of your BG (RST), so that fabric #12 lines up with the upper left corner and the mark you made at 1".


     4. Sew along the fabric #12 edge with a 1/4" seam.
      5. Press towards fabric #12.
      6. Flip the unit to the wrong side and using the BG square as your guide. cut away the excess fabric #12 to make it 3 1/2" square. Once the fabric is squared you can then cut away the excess BG if desired. (Be careful not to cut through the fabric #12 though).


      7. From fabric # 10 cut out the required amount of 3 1/2" squares. Cut once on the diagonal to make triangles.
        8. Place the triangle on the background so that one point crosses the bottom edge approximately 1/4" past the widest part of the previous step (with some overhang), and the other point crosses about midway with some overhang as well. (It is a good idea to fold the triangle back onto the BG, before sewing, to make sure it will cover the area enough. If it doesn't look like it will, move the triangle point opposite the fabric you just added down a bit further, so that it extends by 1/2" or so.)



        9. Sew 1/4" away from the edge of fabric #10.


    10. Cut 1/4" away from the sewn line.



      11. Press towards Fabric #10. This is Unit G.

 You now have 2 piles, which are reversed. Unit F & G.
   


    Traditional
    (9 blocks)

    72” x 72”


    Method:

    Paper Pieced
    Improv  & Snowball Corners
    Improv with Improv Corners
    Background :
    (72)  4” x 4” squares
    (72) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (72) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 9
    (18) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (36) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares
    (18) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 10
    (18) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (36) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares
    (18) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 11
    (36)  2” x  4 ¼” rectangles
    (36) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    (36) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    Fabric # 12
    (36)  2” x  4 ¼” rectangles
    (36) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    (36) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles

    Yield:     36 unit F & 36 Unit G



    Traditional
    (4 blocks)

    48” x 48”


    Method:

    Paper Pieced
    Improv  & Snowball Corners
    Improv with Improv Corners
    Background :
    (32)  4” x 4” squares
    (32) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (32) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 9
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (16) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 10
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (16) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 11
    (16)  2” x  4 ¼” rectangles
    (16) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    (16) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    Fabric # 12
    (16)  2” x  4 ¼” rectangles
    (16) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    (16) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles

    Yield:     16 unit F & 16 Unit G


    Traditional
    (1 Block)

    24” x 24”


    Method:

    Paper Pieced
    Improv  & Snowball Corners
    Improv with Improv Corners
    Background :
    (8)  4” x 4” squares
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 9
    (2) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (4) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares
    (2) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 10
    (2) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (4) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares
    (2) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 11
    (4)  2” x  4 ¼” rectangles
    (4) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    (4) 2” x 4 ¼”rectangles
    Fabric # 12
    (4)  2” x  4 ¼” rectangles
    (4) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    (4) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles

    Yield:     4 unit F & 4 Unit G



    Modern


    72” x 72”  +/-


    Method:
    Paper Pieced
    Improv  & Snowball Corners
    Improv with Improv Corners
    Background :
    (32)  4” x 4” squares
    (32) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (32) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 9
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (16) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 10
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    (16) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares
    (8) 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares
    Fabric # 11
    (16)  2” x  4 ¼” rectangles
    (16) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    (16) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    Fabric # 12
    (16)  2” x  4 ¼” rectangles
    (16) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles
    (16) 2” x 4 ¼” rectangles

    Yield:     16 unit F & 16 Unit G

    Be sure to post your progress to the link up below before the end of the month, to be eligible for a chance to win this month's prize.

    The link-up will remain open until 11:59 PM AST, December 31th. The prize winner will be drawn on the 1st of January, and will be announced when next month's clue is released. (9:00 AM Atlantic Standard Time, January 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 our sponsor is Two Flying Geese. Who is offering a Charm pack and 2 meters of coordinating yardage to the lucky winner!!

    Also, for the month of December, Two Flying Geese is offering 15% off  your entire order, to those of you Quilting-Along with us. Just use promo code: PEIMQG. Make sure you check them out!!!


    ~ 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.

    Saturday, 18 November 2017

    PEIMQG November 2017 Meeting

    Well Folks, we are just about to wrap another year with the PEIMQG. We rescheduled our last business meeting of 2017. We met on Friday instead of our usual 4th Thursday this month. Boy oh Boy it was a great meeting!! 

    Heather J. opened the meeting by welcoming 17 members and 1 guest. 

    Nancy M. joined us as a representative for The PEI Foster Children Association. We had an incredible 44 charity quilts to donate!!! The quilts were of various sizes and materials. Some were hand quilted, and others had applique. These quilts will be allocated to the children in 4 group homes on the Island.


    Here are the awesome quilts put on display. Don't they look GREAT!!!









    If you have any quilts you would like to donate to PEI's foster children please feel free to contact us @ peimqg@gmail.com.

    Next up we had a presentation by Cathy V, for the QuiltCon charity quilt challenge. The completed quilt was shown to the members in attendance. But we are only going to show the back, because we want to keep it a surprise!!. 



    The PEIMQG will be donating the quilt to Sobeys as a Thank You for letting us use their Community room. Sobeys will be using the Quilt as a fundraiser for the PEI chapter of Children's Wish Foundation.

    Heather J. presented a President's challenge to members. Members who sign-up will receive a random numbered paper bag, containing fabric. The challenge is to create a block with a "Nautical" theme using some or all of the fabric provided. (you can add to the fabrics, but they must be Kona Solids). Further details can be found on the Members Only section of the blog or Member's Only FB page.

    September's Queen Bee Heather J. received her "Paper Clip" blocks.


    October's Queen Bee Heather C. received her "Sewing Machine" blocks.


    PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Show and Share:

    Next up were the members taking part in the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along. Here's Clue #2.


    And here is Clue #3


    It's that time of year again!! Nominations for the PEIMQG executive and officers must be received by November 30th. Good Luck to the Nominees. We can't wait to see what's in store for 2018.


    The PEIMQG will be holding a raffle in 2018 as a fundraiser. We are looking for "Modern" quilt design proposals. Have a great design idea? Be sure to bring a mock-up or drawing of your proposal to the January meeting. It will be put to a vote and a committee will be formed to proceed with this endeavour. The design can be an original or a published pattern (please be respectful of copyright laws).

    Our December Potluck will take place on December 9th at Heather J's home. Don't forget to bring in your completed Round Robin projects for a chance to win an awesome prize.

    We will be playing Right, Left, Centre, so be sure to bring in 10 charm squares (5" squares) of modern fabric. winner takes them all home!!!

    Don't forget to bring something to work on throughout the day. Hope to see you there!

    Lastly, Show and Share:

    Lucinda finished piecing her massive "Blue Ridge Beauty".


    Here is a close-up of the tiny pieces.


    Velda had this adorable wall hanging "Check Out The Yard" is her vision for the Michael Miller "The Yard" challenge.


    Here's a close-up of the back.


    She also shared her Kaffe Fassett "Clam Shell" quilt. Gorgeous!


    Maritza had this fun "Puzzle Quilt" Love the bright colors.


    Here is the back.


    She also shared her pretty bag, made using a pillowcase! Great job.


    Susan had several quilts to share. Here's  her cheerful "Chevron Quilt".


    She also shared a quilt made from a kit.


    Here's the back.


    She even had enough fabric to make a second quilt.


    and the back.


    Lastly here's her "Tumbler" quilt.


    And a close-up of the quilting.


    Dawn shared this surprise "Soccer" Quilt. Made with a panel and some pieced soccer balls.


    Janice brought in her completed Portrait quilt of her grandson. "When the Driveway Hits your Nose" is amazing!!!  A class with Margaret Jessop held earlier this year.


    She also had these festive Mug Rugs. 


    Linda brought in her "3-D" blocks, from the workshop by Paul L├ęger last month.


    and here is her "Flying Geese" block.


    here's her "Churn Dashes".


    Roberta shared her lovely "Letters from Heaven"quilt.


    Here's the back.


    She also shared her "Glorious and Free" quilt.


    and the back.


    And her fantastic "Spirit of Canada" quilt.


    Heather J. had her 3-D blocks to share as well.


    She also finished this Cotton + Steel Christmas themed "Geode" quilt just in time for the holidays.


    It was a really great meeting! I am so proud of the PEIMQG and their efforts for the PEI foster children. 

    Upcoming events:




    December 1st:                 PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #4
    January 1st:                     PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #5

    December 9th:                 PEIMQG Meeting/Potluck (9 am - 4 pm)
                                               Held at Heather J's home.