Sunday, 17 December 2017

PEIMQG December 2017 Potluck

The holidays are fast approaching and the weather has turned cold in the past few days, but we are still waiting for some snow to stick around so we can enjoy a "White Christmas". Before our lives get too crazy with the hustle and bustle of this festive season, we wanted to get together as a group for a fun day of laughter and games with a little sewing thrown in for good measure.

Heather J. kindly offered to host a potluck party at her beautiful home. There was so much tasty food and desserts to pick at throughout the day, we were definitely not going to starve while we enjoyed the day. The morning activities had most of us working on bindings and hand projects.

Here's Gail sharing her Christmas quilt!!


Susan also had some holiday projects to share:




Cathy was working on this Violet Craft EPP project:


Jean was binding this gorgeous quilt. I love the movement in this quilt:


Roberta was binding these vintage camper cuties!!


Selena was also binding a holiday table runner:


Velda shared her stunning "Patchwork City" quilt.


And this adorable quilt by Janice.... love the variety of fabrics! great scrap busting!!


Dianne was working on her English paper piecing project:




We all had the opportunity to choose our favorites of the completed "Round Robin" challenge. But, we wanted to share the fun with our online friends. Please vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for your favorite project:

 #1:


#2:


#3:


#4:


After lunch we played Left, Right, and Center. We all brought in 10 charm squares to play with, winner takes all!!! Here are some photos of everyone playing, lots of friendly competitiveness, and laughs...






The winner of the first round was Colleen:


And Linda won the second round, They each went home with 80 squares!!! Awesome!!


Here's Heather, demonstrating her President's Challenge. The theme is "Nautical" and we will be using the solids provided in a randomly selected brown paper bag. Can't wait to see what the members of the PEIMQG come up with for this fun challenge. Stay tuned in the coming months for the results!!!


We also had 3 more Foster children quilts to add to the 44 mentioned in the previous meeting post.




 That's a total of 47 quilts heading to some of PEI's Foster Children in time for Christmas!!!

We spent a great day together, enjoying each other's company. It was so nice to spend some down time with these amazing ladies!!!


The PEIMQG would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season, and the very best for the New Year!!

Upcoming events:





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

February 1st:                   PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue #6

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


January 13th:                   PEIMQG Sew-In  (9 am - 4 pm)

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

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

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

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.