Friday, 27 May 2016

May Meeting 2016

We had a fantastic meeting this month!!! 13 members were in attendance. We had 2 new members and a junior member join our ranks, bringing our total to 18. Please welcome our newest members: Marsha D, and Mother/daughter Heather and Lydea C.

Heather J started the meeting by discussing several items.

The June 11th Sew-In (9am -4pm)-
 Is being held at "High Tide Retreat & Studio" just outside Summerside.  This is going to be a potluck lunch. Any questions-please get in touch

Quilt Donations for Fort McMurray-
Anyone wishing to donate a quilt, we have made arrangements through Susan and her son to make sure they get where they need to be. Please arrange to bring the quilts to the June sew-in so that Susan can have them shipped all together. (Thank you Susan for offering to cover the shipping costs for this worthy cause!)

PEI Provincial Exhibition Quilt Show-
Anyone wishing to enter quilts into the show, the applications must be received at the Women's Institute on or before July 26th. Members discussed other upcoming quilt show opportunities.

 Book, Blog and Fabric-

For Book, Heather J brought in "Modern Selvage" by Riel Nason

For Fabric, Heather brought in recent purchases from her Road trip to NS.
Lovely examples of Cotton & Steele, Lizzy House, Elizabeth Hartman and more...

For Blog, Cathy discussed the PEIMQG blog and exciting new ideas for future projects.

Queen Bee-
April's Queen Bee Heather received these beauties.... Any beemates not at the meeting please bring Heather's blocks to the June Sew-In or meeting.

May's Queen Bee was Dianne, and she has asked that we supplement the donated blocks we received previously so we can put together another  charity project.

The construction of the blocks is simple... just cover a 13"x13" foundation with strips, any colors, any fabrics, just cover a surface at least 13" square, these will then be sliced and diced into the completed scrappy blocks. The picture below shows the backside of the foundation paper. THESE DO NOT NEED TO BE TRIMMED!! Leave the excess hanging over the sides as shown. Dianne will trim them down when she slices them.  What fun, use up those scraps ladies!!! Please bring the completed blocks to the June meeting.



Susan has come up with some program ideas for the upcoming year, but she still wants us to think of Ideas for workshops and techniques for future meetings. We also have learned that we may have some guest speakers this Summer/ Fall.
We are working with Dianne Shink about a visit to talk about her aprons.
 More on this at future meetings.

Here is Susan explaining some of Diane Shink's talents. You can find out more about her here:

And some patterns for really fun aprons....

We had a draw for some fun apron fabric and Gail was the winner!!!!

  We are all looking forward to extra workshops in the future.


Liz has coordinated a FQ swap for the coming months. June's FQ swap will be "Kona Solids". We have 13 members signed up for the swap, (to see detailed info on this swap, please see the swap tab in the members only section). Each participating member must bring in 13 Kona solid FQ's. they can be whatever assortment you want to bring, all the same color, all different, whatever you choose but you must bring in 13 to be shared amongst the group. Please bring them to the June meeting in a Ziploc bag with your name written on the outside, You will get your own bag back with 13 assorted FQ's. FUN! Any questions please contact Liz here or on the FB page.

We had a solid FQ draw and Heather C was the lucky winner!

Susan also brought in a sample of some of her infinity scarves and had a draw where the winner got to choose.  Here I (Cathy) am modelling my chosen scarf. Congrats to all the lucky winners!!!


Lucinda brought in several projects, a super cute tote bag she finished after last sew-in.

 Her Meals on Wheels placemats

 A finished gift for her brother.  I don't think it matters that he's color-blind this quilt is gorgeous!

 and the back...
 This stunner is almost done too, just the binding to go on this quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler more info here

Lastly her amazing quilted bag, Is it big enough Lucinda??? Fantastic piecing!!!

Next up was Dawn and her Meals on Wheels placemats, so bright and cheery!!!

 Janice, one of our newest members brought in her MOW placemats, Love the matched set!

She also brought in this spectacular example of Fibreart, I am Amazed!!! What an amazing accomplishment, Everyone loved this piece. Well done Janice.

Jean has started her Patchwork City project....

This is the progress she has made so far

She also brought in her finished quilt called "Crow's Understory" or "Postcard from Keppoch"

And here is her pieced back

Cathy brought in a fun bundle of Modern FQ's

And a scrappy quilt, using lots of strings called" Roll, Roll Cotton Boll" a Bonnie Hunter pattern

Susan had lots to show us...Here's a fun baby quilt...

And a bright and sunny applique quilt

With a fun pieced back


 She also showed us an example of how trends come back around, this handy carry all bag has curves just like we are seeing in so many quilts and projects today

This piece had some very interesting piecing techniques, that gave the illusion of motion


And lastly her idea for using orphan blocks to make placemats for Meals on Wheels

Heather brought in her 3D pinwheel quilt, she found the pattern in the Make Modern magazine by an Australian Artist named Serena Edwards, check out her blog here

And a close up of the quilting done with a walking foot on her domestic machine. Great Job!  Perfect circles.

Well that was a very full meeting!!! We had lots of fun and I think we have a lot to look forward to in upcoming months and beyond.

Reminders for upcoming meetings:

June Sew-In: June 11th (9am-4pm) High Tide Retreat & Studio

June Meeting : June 23rd (7-9pm) Sobeys West Royalty,
39 Babineau Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 0C9
July Sew-In: July 9th (9am-4pm) Sobeys West Royalty
July Meeting: July 28th: (7-9pm) Sobeys West Royalty



Saturday, 14 May 2016

May Sew-In 2016

This months Sew-In was hosted by Liz Dempsey at the Blueberry Cove B&B. There were 9 members and 3 guests who braved the rainy weather and joined us for a laughter filled day of sewing, cutting and  having fun.

We had lots of different projects on the go. First of all we assembled our charity blocks on the design wall to decide on the layout. This looks fantastic!! What a talented group we have.

Lucinda showed us her beautiful quilt top she completed using the Quick Curve Ruler. It's called Metro Medallion by Liz will be doing the Longarm quilting for this one. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.  It is going to be a stunner!!

Here's Gail cutting out some Hexies for her "I Spy" quilt.

Jean was pulling together a great assortment of rainbow fabrics for a future quilt, can't wait to see this gorgeous quilt come together. Jean also worked on binding her "Orca Bay" quilt, she got her hanging sleeve done and a good start to the sides.

  Heather was cutting out some black and white fabrics for her Bee blocks and an ongoing QOV with a really cool curved maple leaf block.

Just a reminder that Queen Bee Heather's blocks are due at the May meeting and the tutorial can be found here:

Dianne is our Queen Bee for May, can't wait to  see what she block she brings in.

Helen was finishing up her charity placemats for the Meals on Wheels. Beautiful machine quilting!!!Don't forget, these are due at the June meeting!  Anyone besides me need to get going on these? LOL.

 Cathy spent most of the morning cutting out Half Hexagons using the Hex-n-More ruler (Thanks Lucinda!)

Cathy let Dianne use her vintage Kenmore sewing machine while she was cutting out her fabric, Dianne decided to give it a very thorough cleaning before she started, It's so pretty and shiny now!!!

One of our guests, Corinne (Liz's sister)brought some hand work. Teeny hexagon blocks and Dresden plates, so cute...and some cable-knit socks:

Just before we broke for lunch we discussed our PEIMQG logo. We brainstormed about what we would like our tagline to be. We came up with some ideas about how to verbally represent what we want to be about. Hopefully we can discuss this a bit more during the May meeting, which will take place on the 26th of May at the Sobeys West Royalty location.

For lunch we had a great spread!!! 3 types of salad, chilli and meatballs, hashbrown casserole, and quiche. Some really tasty pumpkin salsa and chips. Fruit and Veggie trays, some shrimp spring rolls and devilled eggs. To finish things off, a really tasty dessert of Rhubarb crisp, apple sauce and vanilla ice cream. Yummy!!!

After Lunch, Lucinda finished assembling the charity quilt top.  It turned out great! I can't wait until this is all done. Wonder what the quilting will look like, Oh the possibilities....


Heather, Susan, Liz and Jean discussed the logo design and finished the questionnaire requested by the graphic designer. Cathy spent a bit of time going over the members only portion of the blog, trying to work out some of the bugs and seeing who still hasn't accessed it. We will be dedicating a bit of time to this at the May meeting.  Heather has a great lineup for BBF (Book, Blog, Fabric)can't wait to see the results of her recent trip to NS.

Cathy got a great selection of fabric from Some cute as a button foxy charms, super chic neutral jelly roll, some kona solid light grey and (I couldn't resist)a batik jelly roll. Oh so pretty!!!

Here's Lydea working on her strip sets for a super fun tote bag. She and her Mom, Heather C. came as guests. So glad to have you both, but especially to Lydea. It's very exciting to have a younger quilter interested in our guild.

Thanks so much to Liz for hosting an amazing Sew-In/ Potluck. It was a blast!!

Just a reminder about upcoming meetings:

May meeting: May 26th (7-9pm) at the west Royalty Sobeys 39 Babineau Ave,Charlottetown C1A 0C9

June Sew- In: June 11th(9am-4pm) High Tide Retreat and Studio  (address to follow by email)

June meeting: June 23rd(7-9pm) West Royalty Sobeys 39 Babineau Ave, Charlottetown C1A 0C9