Friday, 24 June 2016

June Meeting 2016

We had another successful meeting this month. 13 members and 2 guests were in attendance. One of our guests became our newest member.  Linda you are our 20th member!  Welcome to you and to Claire as well.

It was a jam-packed meeting with lots of information being given and plans being made.

Heather J. started the meeting by collecting the placemats for "Meals on Wheels" Montague. They requested 25 and we exceeded our target!  Great job everyone!

Queen Bee Diane received these strip-pieced blocks. I cannot wait to see these come together. There's going to be enough for several Charity quilts.

Queen Bee Roberta brought in this beautiful modern block. She asks that we supply Black on White, White on Black, and a Bright solid color of our choice. If you have any questions please contact her.

BBF (Book, Blog and Fabric):

For Fabric, Heather J. brought in some of the goodies she found at Quilt Canada.  Here are some examples from Libs Elliot and a very striking print by Jane Sassaman.

For Book, Heather J. brought in "Shape by Shape Collection 2" by Angela Walters. A fantastic resource for modern quilting.

For Blog, Heather wanted to bring attention to our very own PEIMQG blog. We have been adding new content besides the Meeting and Sew-in posts. You'll also find Guest Bloggers, Tips, Tricks and Techniques and Book Reviews. Thanks to the members who have contributed to the blog, and to those who will in the future. We are always looking for more fun things to blog about.

The final choices for the PEIMQG Logo were presented at the meeting. A vote took place and we had a majority ruling.  WHOOHOO!!! We have our Logo! Stay tuned for the reveal.

Members who took part in the June FQ swap (Kona solids) brought in and received their bundles.

July's FQ swap is for Low-Volume FQ's. We had 9 members sign up. Please bring your 9 FQ's in a bag with your name on it for the July meeting.

Quilts for Pulse:

Cathy handed out kits for this Charity quilt/block project- "Quilts for Pulse".  For more information see Quilts for Pulse.

Please have completed blocks returned to her by the July Sew-in. The deadline for OrlandoMQG to receive these is August (for blocks/ tops) and September for completed quilts.

 If you are interested in learning more about the various Charity Quilts the PEIMQG is involved in please check out this post. PEIMQG Charitable Endeavors

Time Out with Textiles:

We are hosting a Dessert Party!  The details: Thursday August 25th from 7-9pm at the Murray Centre in Kensington and tickets are $10.  Our guest speaker is Sharon Baldwin, Textile Artist from Nova Scotia. She will be having a trunk show and lecture. There will also be a Silent Auction and the chance to win a door prize.  If people are interested in getting a ticket, please contact a member or e-mail to reserve and pay for your ticket(s).  It promises to be an entertaining evening!  So gather some friends and come and join us.

We closed the meeting with Show-n-Share:

Roberta had several items to show us here's her "Chic Country" quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler from  It was custom quilted by Liz.

Here is the pieced back.

She also brought in this cute-as-a-button "Welcome" wall hanging with 3D flowers and leaves.

She showed us her Stow-n-Go jewelry case. Specialty stitches and circle attachment were used to make this darling.

Lastly she showed us her "Double Diamonds" quilt. Isn't this one gorgeous? Liz quilted this one for her as well.

Linda, our newest member, brought us her super bright quilt she calls "Gridlock in Hawaii".  What an excellent eye for color! This one makes me smile, It's so lovely.

Susan had lots to share with us tonight. She showed us some of her placemats using orphan blocks, what a quick and easy way to use them up.

She showed us her donation quilt for the Fort MacMurray charity. She calls this one "It's Not a  Placemat"(too funny!)

This one she calls " Foxes from Liz's" A fun and whimsical quilt, perfect for your favorite little one!!

Dawn showed us her colorful quilt " We Are All Joined". Simply Stunning!! It was quilted by Colleen.

Here is a picture of the backside:

Colleen brought in her completed "President's Blocks Quilt". She received these blocks from the members of her Kindred Spirits Guild, the year she was president. I love the layout of this quilt, it really showcases the blocks beautifully.

Dianne donated this "Scrappy Quilt" for Fort MacMurray. Lots of Happy, Scrappy Goodness!!

Cathy brought in her "Twisted Sampler". You can find the blogpost that features this quilt here:

Liz showed us her "Peachy Keen" quilt.

She chose a lovely design of flowers and butterflies to quilt it.

And to finish up the evening, Heather J. had this fun, Mega Mini quilt. It is only 5 1/2" square. Such Tiny pieces.

What a meeting!! Just a few reminders about upcoming events:

July Sew-In: July 9th (9am-4pm)  Sobeys West Royalty
39 Babineau Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 0C9
July Meeting : July 28th (7-9pm) Roberta has offered to host the meeting at her Campsite at Marco Polo Land please contact or FB for more details.

August Sew-In: August 13th (9am-4pm) Sobeys West Royalty
39 Babineau Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 0C9

August Meeting: In Lieu of the August meeting we will be hosting the Time Out With Textiles Dessert party (7-9pm) Murray Centre in Kensington. Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Hope to see you there!

PEIMQG Charitable Endeavours

One of our goals, when we formed the PEIMQG was to be able to help others in our community and abroad. We are able to do this because of the talent and generosity of our guild members. We had a very ambitious start to our charity endeavours in 2016. Here are the 3 charities that we have been focused on to date.

Montague "Meals on Wheels"

We approached Meals on Wheels about donating placemats for the residents of Montague. They requested enough for the 25 residents to whom they deliver meals. Our members not only met this need, they exceeded it, with 33 completed placemats donated to this wonderful cause.  Thank you Liz for co-ordinating this effort.

Quilts For Fort MacMurray

By now, most people are aware of the devastation that impacted the community of Fort MacMurray, Alberta.  The quilting community was asked to donate quilts to families who have lost everything in the fires.  We asked our members to donate some completed quilts. Our members did not disappoint. We had a large number of quilts brought to the June Sew-In.

We also had a few more donated during our June meeting. Thank you to Susan for arranging the shipment of these quilts to the people impacted by the destruction of the Fort MacMurray fire. Anyone looking for another source of information can check out this Facebook page:

Quilts for Pulse

Most recently, we were shocked by the events that took place at Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando. The Orlando MQG immediately put out the call for donation quilts. These quilts are to be distributed to the families and survivors of this tragedy.  We know nothing can make up for the loss of friends and loved ones, but hopefully with these quilts, they will feel wrapped in all our love and support.

We hope to have 1 completed quilt, and 1 quilt top for donation to this worthy cause. For more information, please check out the following links from the Modern Quilt Guild and the Orlando MQG.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Book Review June 2016

Hi everyone!!! I'd like to introduce a new feature for the PEIMQG blog- Book/ Pattern Reviews.  I'm always glad to have an honest review of something before I buy it. Jean has kindly offered to write the first Review for us.  Thank you Jean!!! I look forward to future reviews from the other member of the PEIMQG.

Scraps, Inc. Volume 2, 15 scrap-Pieced Designs for the Modern Quilter, (Lucky Spool Media, 2015) is a new project –based quilt book featuring 15 unique designs and designers.


I borrowed this book from the public library and it is now at the top of my summer shopping list. Filled with colour photos of completed quilts this is a joy to read. The 15 projects have clear material lists, cutting instructions, assembly, and finishing tips and there are lots of photos and diagrams to make the instructions easy to understand.

There is nothing tricky and all use tried and true methods to achieve awesome results. Peppered throughout are “Quilter to Quilter” snippets - hints to make things easier as you work through a project. Each designer includes past scrap inspired quilt stories that may inspire you to check out websites, tutorials and books that they loved. This book has projects for everyone whether it is improv, appliqué, template based, or paper pieced. I’m sure you will be inspired by at least one, two or three of these quilts. I know one of them is in my future!

Jean MacKie

PEIMQG member

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Tips,Tools and Techniques June 2016

This is a new segment for our blog, where members can pass on some of their favorite Tips, Tools and Techniques. To kick things off and show an example of what I mean I'd like to start of with a Tip.

Bonus Half Triangle Squares TIP:

I'm sure most of us know of the stitch and flip method for snowballing corners.  What some of us may not realize, is how much we waste by throwing the excess from said corners away.....So here's my tip:

When you draw a line from corner to corner, add a second line 3/8" or so away as well.

After you sew the first line turn them right around and sew the second line too.  It takes very little time to do. If you wait to do it later,you will probably just toss them in the scrap bin. So do it right after you sew the first line. Then just cut between the 2 sewn lines.

What does this little bit of extra time yield? A whole bunch of BONUS HTS's (half triangle squares).

 They just need to be pressed and trimmed to a usable size. 

Then put them together into some fun HTS blocks, and there are tons of different varieties...

So what?, You may say. But add a few more blocks or some sashing and the next thing you know, you have a sweet little quilt. Perfect for a table runner, pillow, baby quilt or wall hanging.  

It could have ended up in the garbage bin.

Okay folks, now its your turn... Have a favorite ruler you'd like us to know about? Know a way to do perfect machine binding.  Let me know and we can create a blogpost featuring your favorite TIP, TOOL and TECHNIQUES.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

June Sew-In 2016

This months Sew-In took place at Susan's High Tide Retreat and Studio, in the picturesque locale of Gunning Shore. We had a great group of 16 in attendance.  A new member joined us.  Welcome to Corinne. We also had two guests, Wendy from Fredericton, NB and Joanne from Kensington.

Janice wasn't able to stay, but she brought some quilts for us to see before we send them off to Fort MacMurray.

Thanks Janice, for making sure these were able to be sent along with the others. (These will be shown later in the post).

Here's Wendy, showing us one of her finished quilts:

Wendy was also working on these orange and teal blocks. They are going to be set on point.  Really, really pretty. Love this color combo.

Lucinda brought in these blocks she received for the California Block Exchange. We will be putting these together for a fabulous charity quilt.

Here she is out on the deck, enjoying the spectacular view with Gail. While Lucinda worked on a binding and a shawl...

Gail worked on her "Travelling Tulips" blocks.  Here is just a few of the blocks, playing with possible layouts...

Heather J. was working on her Curved 4-patch blocks.

Corinne was working on her "Bali Bags" pattern.

Corinne also had this little cutie to show us. (Disappearing 9-patch pattern)

Lydea and Heather C. were working on some Quilt As You Go placemats. Here's Lydia's almost done.

Later in the day Lydea started working on a lap quilt...

and had some fun pulling more fabrics from Susan's batik stash.

Liz was working on assembling her previous "Queen Bee Blocks". This block is called "Mod Circuitry" by Elizabeth Duckson, but Liz is renaming her quilt "Connecting Mod Friends". Very fitting I think.

Helen worked on some lovely blocks from a MSQC tutorial called "The Rising Star Quilt"
Can't wait to see this one come together, Lots of negative space to play in!!!

Cathy spent some time working on her "Metro Rings" pattern.  This is going to be a summer project for her and her Mom visiting this July.

Roberta needed some help choosing a backing for this one...

Roberta was also working on her Mystery BOM "Spruce It Up" Here is her June Block.

Velda had this amazing quilt to show us. She started her binding for this one,

and, she laid out a few rows of her "Gene Pool" quilt.

Jean brought along her Kona solid to cut into FQ's for the June FQ swap. Remember folks, if you signed up please bring your 13 FQ's to the June 23rd meeting.

Here's a start to Jean's "Patchwork City". These look fantastic and so much fun, maybe she might let me play along???

We took a break for our potluck lunch. Lots of yummy choices, nobody left hungry:

We ate our lunch, relaxed on the back deck and enjoyed the sunshine.  The view was pretty stellar too.

After lunch we hung all the donated quilts for Fort MacMurray on the clothesline, and tried to time the picture just right. But the wind didn't exactly cooperate. With helping hands we managed a few pretty good pictures:

Thank you so much to all the members who donated quilts for Fort MacMurray. I'm sure they will be a huge comfort to them as they work toward getting their homes and lives back to normal.

Well, that pretty much wraps up most of the happenings at the June Sew-In.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to Susan for hosting our crazy group. We appreciate the time and effort she put forth to make the Sew-In so much fun.

Reminder about upcoming events:

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
 39 Babineau Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 0C9

July Meeting: July 28th (7-9pm) Sobeys West Royalty
 39 Babineau Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 0C9