Friday, 24 February 2017

PEIMQG February 2017 Meeting

The weather on PEI was unseasonably mild for our February meeting. We had 13 members and 1 guest in attendance. PEIMQG President Heather J, is enjoying much warmer weather in Savannah, Georgia. attending QuiltCon while on vacation. So, in her place Vice President Colleen took the lead for the meeting. After introducing ourselves to our newest guest Maretza, we got things underway.

January Queen Bee Dawn collected these pretty purple blocks:

January Queen Bee Lydea collected these black and white Log cabin blocks.

February's Queen Bee Colleen had this red block that may look a bit familiar ( it will be combined with Dawn's Block to complete the quilt pattern). Colleen has requested using red fabrics, either tone on tone, solid or batiks.) she has provided the background.

The other Queen Bee for February is Liz and she has chosen this Plus and X's block, she has provided cutting instructions for the pieces needed, in the kits with the corner fabric she provided. She has asked that all the remaining fabrics CONTRAST each other, but to otherwise have fun. She has also created a tutorial as well on how the block is constructed and you can find it here.

Next up we had some progress to show from our Canada's 150th Celebration quilt. The quilt is about 2/3 completed, and we will be getting together for another special sew-in to finish things up.  We will be making slab blocks and having fun, Sunday, February 26th, 12-7pm at the West Royalty Sobeys.

Liz was busy getting month 2 of our Round Robin challenge sorted and traded so they could all go home with someone new. Round 2 has us adding another 2.5" unfinished border to the remaining sides from the first round. Don't forget to sign and date the label if one was provided in the box.  REMINDER: please be sure that all boxes are turned in at the next month's meeting. If you are unable to attend, please make arrangements for your box to be present.

Show and Share

Cathy was first and she had this sweet tote to share. Lots of pockets for all our favorite notions!!

Here is the other side .

Gail brought in this quilt for her son, who just happens to be a film buff.

and these coasters, great for movie night.

Velda brought in her completed "Chic Picnic" quilt top. She's made great progress since our Christmas potluck, when we first saw these blocks.

Velda also took part in 100 blocks in 100 days, and here are just SOME of the blocks she made, in a completed top.

Catherine showed us all her very first "Quilt" I think she did a fantastic job, and her color choices are fantastic.

She shared her finished Forest Landscape, a beautiful Fiber art piece,

here's a little mouse...

and a fox

and a deer too, just amazing!!

she also has this lovely piece to share as well. 

Our Guest Maritza brought in her very first quilt top as well, she has been taking a "Community School" course on quilting, and I think it's safe to say- She's a natural! Welcome Maritza !!

Roberta brought us in all kinds of fabric goodies to drool over, 

Lots of Fat Quarters..

These fun Australian fabrics

Some shot cottons

and this stunning Digital printed fabric panel.

Roberta also shared this tree skirt, love the christmas designs 

She finished her grandson's embroidered quilt, It is fantastic, love the little diaper pins!!

She also shared 2 cute wall hangings: "By the Sea"

and "At the Beach" 

I think we all wish we could be at the beach, Oh well it really has felt like Spring the last few days, and hopefully the warm weather will last .

We had another fantastic meeting, don't forget:

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

February 26th:              PEIMQG Sew-In  Canada's 150th quilt (Sunday 12-7pm)

March 11th:                  PEIMQG Sew-In (Regular 9-4 pm)

March  23rd:                PEIMQG Monthly Meeting (7-9pm)

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Queen Bee Liz's Plus and X's Block Tutorial

This month Liz is our Queen Bee, and she has provided the following tutorial for making her Plus and X's Block.  She requests that you use bright fabrics that contrast with each other. As stated she will provide the green "D" fabric. Please refer to the instruction sheet she provided at the meeting for cutting measurements and fabric requirements.

Plus and X's Block 10.5" unfinished

Cut fabric according to instruction sheet.  I will be providing the Material for D Blocks, the rest please use bright colours and contrast colours for sections.  I am not opposed to scrappy fabrics as long as I can see the plus and x sections clearly.

Draw a line diagonally on all D Blocks on wrong side of fabric.  I have provided the material for the D Blocks.

Place D Blocks on A Blocks as shown, watching carefully of placement.

Sew on marked lines.

Press corners open then, trim away underneath bulk, 1/4" from sewn diagonal line.

Press corners out and square to 4.5"

Layout pieces as shown. Time now to start piecing together.  Piece centre, top & bottom row.

Now sew rows together 

Press block.  I also pressed seems open on the back to avoid bulk. 

Square block to 10.5".  Voila your Block is finished.

Thank-you, I hope you found my Tutorial helpful.  Liz

Liz Dempsey

Monday, 13 February 2017

PEIMQG Sew-In February 2017

For the last few weekends, the PEIMQG members have been very busy working on a quilt to for Canada's 150th Celebration.  We have been coming together to have fun and work on completing the blocks needed to assemble this project.  What we needed was leaves, lots and lots of leaves. Big ones, small ones, and even some in between.  Here is the concept for what we want the quilt to look like.

Here's Liz making some Large Paper Pieced Leaves. .

For the medium sized Leaves we used a traditionally pieced block. Here's Linda cutting up all the pieces.  With all the pieces cut in advance these blocks came together very quickly.

Here's Velda , putting some blocks together, Looking good!!

  Next up we made wee little leaves, aren't these just so cute. Here is an assortment of the blocks we've made.

We have also made "slab blocks" of our background. These are a lot of fun to make. Here's Carol and Jean, working on some background.

Here's Liz adding another strip...

 Heather J sewing slabs and Dawn paper piecing.

We were all very excited to start laying out what we had made so far. Here's a start...

Coming together...

 Some rearranging....

Starting to sew it together...

 It's really starting to come together.... Here are a few more photos taken during the last few weeks. It's been fun to get together and work on this group project. Thanks to everyone who has helped by washing, cutting and ironing fabric. Sewing and trimming blocks, removing papers, and pressing seams. We should all be very proud of the work we have accomplished so far. Next Sunday we have another Sew-In scheduled, and should be well on our way to completing the top. Hope to see all hands on deck with sewing machines in tow.

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

February 19th:              PEIMQG Sew-In   (Sunday 12-6pm)

February 26th:              PEIMQG Meeting (7-9 pm)

March 11th:                  PEIMQG Sew-In (9-4 pm)