Monday, 1 January 2018

PEIMQG Mystery Quilt-Along Clue#5




Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had wonderful holiday season, and are rested up and ready to go!!! NO? That's okay, remember you have until the end of the month to complete this month's clue.

Last month's winner was #20 - Debbie Crosby, who has won an awesome prize. A charm pack and 2 meters of coordinating fabric from Two Flying Geese. Congratulations!


This month we will be making Half Rectangle Triangles. I will discuss 3 different methods for making these units, so please read through all the instructions, decide on the method you wish to use and refer to the charts below for the amounts and measurements needed for your selected version of this mystery quilt.

This clue uses fabrics #3 & #4 and your Background fabric.

Half Rectangle Triangles
Method One: Bigger rectangles on diagonal with trimming.


      1. Cut the required number of 3" x 5 1/2" rectangles from your BG and fabrics #3 & #4. *IMPORTANT* If using Fat Quarters, cut strips into 5 1/2" x 21" strips, then subcut into 3" rectangles.


     2. Place your fabrics #3 & #4  Right Sides Together (RST) and cut once diagonally. *IMPORTANT* Cut these CONSISTANTLY. (I cut mine from upper left to lower right with fabric #3 always on top.)
      3. Place your BG fabrics (RST) and cut in the same direction as step #2 above. (See the photo below).

      
       4. Separate your piles so you have 2 opposite HRTs (Half Rectangle Triangles) :  BG/fabric #3 & BG/fabric #4.


       5. Align the BG/fabric #3 halves so that they are (RST), and staggered slightly, so that there is a tip extending on both ends. (see the next picture)   
      6. Sew the 2 halves together so that the sewing machine needle begins and ends where the tip of fabric extends.

       
      7. Press to the darker fabric.
      8. Trim the unit to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", using the technique in the video link.  Lindsay did such an awesome job demonstrating this method, I couldn't improve on it. So, with her permission we are using her video. Be sure to give her a thumbs up if you find her video helpful.


    NOTE: I found it helpful to tape off the 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" lines on my ruler and mark the appropriate dots for easier alignment. (See the picture below).


     9. Repeat for the BG/fabric #4 HRTs. The angle should be in the  OPPOSITE direction as the previous units. 
      10. You should now have 2 piles. One angled with the BG on the left and the other angled with the BG on the right. Label these Unit H & I.



Method Two:  Two at a Time - The MQG tutorial by Latifah Saafir :

For more in depth instructions please go to the link on the MQG website, BUT use the following measurements:

      1. Using the chart below, cut the required number of BG and fabric #3 & #4 rectangles.  3" x 4 3/4".
      2. Make a template with 1/2" marked in either side like the photo.


    3. ALWAYS place your BG fabric WRONG Side Up (WSU) and your Fabric #3 or #4 Right side up.
      4. Using your 1/2" template mark opposite corners with a dot. (for BG upper right/lower left & fabric #3 upper left/ lower right.


       5. Connect the dots with a diagonal line on all your fabrics. They are meant to be offset.

       
       6. Rotate your BG rectangle, so that the drawn lines are perfectly on top of each other. NOTE: your dots will be on top of each other as well.


     7. Sew a 1/4" on both sides of your drawn line. (You can draw these 1/4 " lines if that makes it easier to follow.)
      8. Separate the 2 halves and press towards the darker fabric.
      9. Trim away the dog ears. There is supposed to be a blunt edge at the corners. This method ensures the points are 1/4" in the seam when the units are assembled into the quilt.



Repeat the  above steps for the opposite units EXCEPT step 4 will be:


  • Using your 1/2" template mark opposite corners with a dot. (for BG upper left/lower right & fabric #3 upper right/ lower left.


The rest of the process remains the same. 

You should now have 2 piles. One angled with the BG on the left and the other angled with the BG on the right. Label these Unit H & I. 




Method Three : "Recs" Ruler (or equivalent ruler that will yield a finished unit with a 2:4 ratio.)

If you happen to have a "Tri-Recs" ruler set or any ruler capable of making a 2:4 rectangle, you can use this method.  The Sidekick ruler DOES NOT work (ask me how I know). If you are uncertain if you have a ruler that will work, use some scrap fabric and make a test unit. If the completed unit measures 2 1/2" x  4 1/2"  then you are good to go...

      1. Cut 4 1/2" strips of your BG and fabrics #3 & #4, according to the chart below.
      2. Layer or fold your BG fabrics so that they are Right Sides Together (RST). Using the "Recs" ruler (or equivalent) cut out tall triangle sets. Each cut will yield a Left and Right. 
      3. Rotate your ruler and align the edge, so that you can cut another set.
      4. Continue in this manner until you have the required number of BG sets.         5. Layer your fabrics #3 & #4 (RST).


       6. Cut the same way as you did the BG fabric, But now you will have a fabric #3 = left, and fabric #4 = right.* IMPORTANT* Consistently use the same fabric on top. (Fabric #3 is always on top, facing fabric #4, for example.)
      7. Separate into 2 piles. In my example, fabric #3 is the pile on the left and fabric #4 is the pile on the right.


       8. Match the coloured piles with the corresponding BG pieces, and sew together using a 1/4" seam.



    9. They should measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" without the need for squaring (check to be sure.) Just remove the dog ears.


You should now have 2 piles. One angled with the BG on the left and the other angled with the BG on the right. Label these Unit H & I.


Traditional
(9 Blocks)
 72" x 72”


Method:
Bigger rectangles Cut diagonal & trimmed *

Two at a Time MQG method *
Recs Ruler or equivalent **
Background
(36) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles.
Separate into 2 piles.
(36) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(3) 4 ½” x WOF strips. Cut out 36 L/R sets
Fabric # 3
(18) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(18) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(3) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 36 L triangles
Fabric # 4
(18) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(18) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(3) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 36 R triangles.
NOTE: If using Fat Quarters, cut strips into 5 1/2" x 21" strips, then subcut into 3" rectangles.
* Each rectangle set will yield 2 units. ** Each triangle set will yield one.

Yield: (36) Left unit H’s & (36) Right Unit I’s.

Traditional
(4 Blocks)
48” x 48”


Method:
Bigger rectangles Cut diagonal & trimmed *

Two at a Time MQG method *
Recs Ruler or equivalent **
Background
(16) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles.
Separate into 2 piles.
(16) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x WOF strips. Cut out 16 L/R sets
Fabric # 3
(8) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(8) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 16 L triangles
Fabric # 4
(8) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(8) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 16 R triangles.
* Each rectangle set will yield 2 units.** Each triangle set will yield one.

Yield: (16) Left unit H’s & (16) Right Unit I’s.

Traditional
(1 Block)
24” x 24”


Method:
Bigger rectangles Cut diagonal & trimmed *

Two at a Time MQG method *
Recs Ruler or equivalent **
Background
(4) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles.
Separate into 2 piles.
(4) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(1) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 4 L/R sets
Fabric # 3
(2) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(2) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(1/2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 4 L triangles
Fabric # 4
(2) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(2) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(1/2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 4 R triangles.
* Each rectangle set will yield 2 units. ** Each triangle set will yield one.

Yield: (4) Left unit H’s & (4) Right Unit I’s.


Modern
72" x 72”


Method:
Bigger rectangles Cut diagonal & trimmed *
Two at a Time MQG method *
Recs Ruler or equivalent **
Background
(22) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles.
Separate into 2 piles.
(22) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x WOF” strip. Cut out 21 L/R sets
Fabric # 3
(11) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(11) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 21 L triangles
Fabric# 4
(11) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles
(11) 3” x 4 ¾” rectangles
(2) 4 ½” x 21” strip. Cut out 21 R triangles.
* Each rectangle set will yield 2 units. ** Each triangle set will yield one.

Yield: (21) Left unit H’s & (21) Right Unit I’s



Don't forget to post your progress to the link-up below before the end of the month to be eligible for this month's prize.

The link-up will remain open until 11:59 PM AST, January 30th. The prize winner will be drawn on the 1st February, and will be announced when next month's clue is released. (9:00 AM Atlantic Standard Time, February 1st). The winner will be selected using a random number generator.

 This month's prize is open to residents in Canada, United States, and Internationally.

This month's Sponsor is Happy Quilting. Melissa has kindly offered 3 pattern downloads to the lucky winner. Good Luck!


~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.
  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 peimqgmystery@gmail.com
  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. Files can be found near the beginning of the blogpost (just click on the link to be taken to the pdf.)
  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.

  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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