Saturday, 20 May 2017

PEIMQG Guest Blogger May 2017

 I am so pleased to introduce this month's guest blogger Alyce Blyth . Alyce has a wonderful blog featuring lots of tutorials and Quilt-Alongs .
 She hosts the "Bee Hive" a fantastic resource for modern quilt blocks too, I know the PEIMQG has chosen some of our Queen Bee blocks from her Bee Hive.
Alyce currently lives in Australia but has started her quilting journey in Japan. I think it would be very interesting to be a quilter experiencing 2 very different countries and cultures.


Alyce is also the author of "DIY Block Design" a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to design and create their own quilt blocks. Be sure to check out her blog:

http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/


 Q&A:


  1. What do you love about  (Modern) quilting?



I love the colours and contrast that is usually found in modern quilting. I want to be able to clearly see the shapes used in a quilt, and that is what sets modern quilting apart from traditional quilting to me. I also love the way that modern quilters have a different and unique way of looking at quilt design, and that they see it more as a way of expressing a love for design.


  1. Where do you draw inspiration?

I find most of my inspiration in the geometric designs around my everyday life, whether it’s a fence, a shop sign, or a manhole cover!

       3. What are you currently working on? (Can we have a sneak peek?)


My quilty to-do list is never ending! But I think my favourite project at the moment is my Girt By Sea - https://modernmakersretreat.wordpress.com/private-girt-by-sea/ - quilt



  1. Solids or Prints?

Prints. That almost look like solids!


  1. Precuts or Stash?

Both have a place in my quilting! Fat quarters for a little bit of a certain colour or print just in case. Yardage for stashing super special prints, backgrounds, bindings and backings.

  1. Favorite Tool/Trick you can’t live without?

My Clover finger presser. I do a lot of foundation paper piecing, and it’s perfect for pressing the fabric open and flat without needing to add so much heat to the paper templates.

  1. What’s your Favorite Blog and/or Designer?

Picking just one is hard! I do have a bit of a fondness for Jayne at Twiggy and Opal - twiggyandopal.blogspot.com - though. Her colours and designs are spot on, and her photos are beautiful too.

  1. What’s one thing we should know about you?

My name isn’t pronounced as “Alice”, it’s more like “Ah-lease”!


Thank You so much Alyce for being our guest blogger this month. 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

PEIMQG May 2017 Sew- In

Happy Mother's Day! I hope everyone is enjoying their families. It has been a beautiful sunny weekend here in Prince Edward Island, and I'm sure that people are enjoying time spent outdoors in their flowers and gardens. We did have a few members attend the Sew-In this month, Six of us came together to spend a few hours relaxing, sewing, cutting and having fun chatting together.

After having spent the previous weekend with Krista Hennebury learning workshops, It's no surprise that half of us were  working on our " Variegated Threads" projects:

Janice was assembling her spools. Love her vintage featherweight and her blocks are looking great!


Lucinda was also working on her Variegated Threads. Here are some of them all laid out. Love the color combinations...


Here's Lucinda's fun, new lunch bag.


Cathy was also working on her Variegated Threads project, while she was online with her Mom, the internet connection wasn't great but Her Mom had fun sewing along with the PEIMQG gang via Skype.

Here is Linda's completed "Variegated Threads" Top. It looks so good, I can't wait to get mine finished.


Linda was working on these Denim Charity blocks, which are 10" unfinished. Love the scrappy colors/fabrics. These blocks would look awesome with solid sashing between them. Really let them shine!


Jean was working away on binding her "Black Beauty" quilt.


Roberta was busy cutting and kitting up her Queen Bee Blocks for the May Meeting. Can't wait to start making her blocks.


We had a lot of fun getting together to sew and socialize. Hope to see everyone at the meeting coming up...

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

May 25th:                   PEIMQG Monthly Meeting: (7-9 pm)

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

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

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

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Krista Hennebury Trunkshow and Workshops

The PEIMQG had the honor of hosting Guest Speaker and Teacher Krista Hennebury these past few days as she made a tour of the Maritimes. First up we spent a fun Thursday evening getting to know Krista and learning about her views on Modern Quilting and her personal influences and inspiration. All who attended the Trunkshow were treated to a visual feast of some of her work. Her fun and fearless approach to Improv piecing is fresh and exciting, without being intimidating. Her simple quilting let's the strong graphic elements of her work truly shine. Here are some of the amazing quilts Krista shared with us during her Trunk show.


















The PEIMQG also had the opportunity to host 2 workshops with Krista Hennebury as well.
Saturday we worked on the Modern Traditional "Variegated Threads". Krista was able to demonstrate her technique for wonky piano keys, with lots of tips and advice to help us form the improv components needed for the thread of our spools. We had lots of beautiful color combinations.

  







After lunch, we assembled the units required to make the spools, and finished some of our blocks. Here is our group sharing the results of our hard work. These blocks are so pretty. Can't wait to see how these progress over the coming weeks. Great job Everyone!


Sunday - Day 2 was our "Speed Date with Improv" workshop and we were promised a fun, freeing, fast-paced day of Improv piecing. Krista did NOT disappoint. We were all encouraged to relax and just enjoy cutting without rulers and not stressing about perfection. There ARE NO mistakes with Improv piecing and I think everyone had fun sewing with no rules. I am amazed how awesome everyone's work turned out. They all look fantastic. Please check back with us in coming months to see the finished quilts. I will try to encourage the members to show them all together. Here is the results of our Speed Dating. I think we all got to go home with a winner!!











I'd like to thank Krista Hennebury for joining us these last few days, I know I speak for everyone when I say what an excellent job you did speaking and instructing us while you were here. We hope to have you back with us in PEI in the future, and we'll be keeping in touch with her on her blog and instagram too.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

PEIMQG April Meeting 2017

The April meeting took place this month on an unseasonably mild evening. We had 17 members and 2 guests in attendance. Welcome guests Nancy and Louise.

Heather opened the meeting by asking Dianne, our charity coordinator to speak about our current charity project for Foster children in PEI. Dianne introduced Nancy MacFarlane to speak about the PEI Federation of Foster Families and her personal experiences with fostering children. 

The PEIMQG will endeavor to make or donate various sizes of quilts for the foster children of PEI. Dianne has asked the PEIMQG to make blocks using denim patches and 2.5" squares. These blocks will finish at 10.5". The deadline for completion of these blocks is the June meeting. ( If you would like to be involved in this charitable endeavor but aren't a member of the PEIMQG, please feel free to contact us at peimqg@gmail.com.)


Next up Queen Bee Cathy received her "Over and Under" blocks.



April's Queen Bee Helen also provided the kits for this adorable paper-pieced block.



May's Queen Bee is Roberta.



Round Robin: This month's Round Robin Instructions are to add a 3.5" UNFINISHED L-shaped border to the opposite side of the month's previous.


Susan collected some quilts for the Centreville Rug and Quilt show for the weekend of May12th. Any members still wishing to enter items into the show can make arrangements with Susan by the 8th of May.

Susan also shared some information about Margaret Jessop, a Fibre artist who will be coming to PEI in July for some workshops. 




Book, Blog & Fabric:

This month for Book Blog Fabric Cathy V. and Liz featured the book- "Quilt with Tula and Angela". 

For Blog they shared Twiggy and Opal

and for Fabric Cathy V. discussed Spoonflower and had some samples to share with the group. 

Here are our newly minted PEIMQG labels!!! These will look fantastic on our charity quilts.



Show and Share

Velda was up first and she shared this stunning "Chic Picnic" quilt by sewkindofwonderful.



and 2 pillows made from last year's Queen Bee blocks. Love them!



here is the back too.



She also had this completed "Japenese Crosses" quilt top to share. 



Helen had this fantastic "Patchwork City" quilt to share.



and the quilting on the back



Roberta had this "Spin Cycle" quilt. The Autumn richness of this palette is so lush.



Roberta and Linda also had some fabric goodies to share from their recent trip to Nova Scotia.








Cathy shared her completed "Dancing Daisies" drunkard's path quilt. You can find her tutorial for this design here.



Here is a close up of the machine quilting she did on her domestic machine.



Susan shared her wall hanging featuring "Kona's Color of the Year- Pink Flamingo".



and her "O' Canada" table Runner.



Janice shared this incredible "Go West Young Man" quilt which began as a Modern Bear Paw project but became something truly spectacular!




Here is the quilting detail , which she did on her domestic machine- A-MAZING!



Dianne had this English Paper-pieced "Mosaic Star" quilt to share. Many, Many hours put into this one. Great job Dianne.



Catherine M. had 2 pieces to share from her "Pathways" series. This one is "Walking your own Path" - sometimes it's a little scary, but although you have to walk it alone, you can take love with you.



and this piece is "Hall of Treatment"



What a fantastic meeting. 

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



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

May 25th:                   PEIMQG Monthly Meeting: (7-9 pm)

 The following events are planned for the Brackley Community Center:

May 4th                      Krista Hennebury Trunkshow ( 7pm $5 at the door)
May 6th & 7th            Krista Hennebury workshops ( for details please contact                                                                                                                            peimqg@gmail.com)