Saturday, 29 April 2017

PEIMQG April Meeting 2017

The April meeting took place this month on an unseasonably mild evening. We had 17 members and 2 guests in attendance. Welcome guests Nancy and Louise.

Heather opened the meeting by asking Dianne, our charity coordinator to speak about our current charity project for Foster children in PEI. Dianne introduced Nancy MacFarlane to speak about the PEI Federation of Foster Families and her personal experiences with fostering children. 

The PEIMQG will endeavor to make or donate various sizes of quilts for the foster children of PEI. Dianne has asked the PEIMQG to make blocks using denim patches and 2.5" squares. These blocks will finish at 10.5". The deadline for completion of these blocks is the June meeting. ( If you would like to be involved in this charitable endeavor but aren't a member of the PEIMQG, please feel free to contact us at

Next up Queen Bee Cathy received her "Over and Under" blocks.

April's Queen Bee Helen also provided the kits for this adorable paper-pieced block.

May's Queen Bee is Roberta.

Round Robin: This month's Round Robin Instructions are to add a 3.5" UNFINISHED L-shaped border to the opposite side of the month's previous.

Susan collected some quilts for the Centreville Rug and Quilt show for the weekend of May12th. Any members still wishing to enter items into the show can make arrangements with Susan by the 8th of May.

Susan also shared some information about Margaret Jessop, a Fibre artist who will be coming to PEI in July for some workshops. 

Book, Blog & Fabric:

This month for Book Blog Fabric Cathy V. and Liz featured the book- "Quilt with Tula and Angela". 

For Blog they shared Twiggy and Opal

and for Fabric Cathy V. discussed Spoonflower and had some samples to share with the group. 

Here are our newly minted PEIMQG labels!!! These will look fantastic on our charity quilts.

Show and Share

Velda was up first and she shared this stunning "Chic Picnic" quilt by sewkindofwonderful.

and 2 pillows made from last year's Queen Bee blocks. Love them!

here is the back too.

She also had this completed "Japenese Crosses" quilt top to share. 

Helen had this fantastic "Patchwork City" quilt to share.

and the quilting on the back

Roberta had this "Spin Cycle" quilt. The Autumn richness of this palette is so lush.

Roberta and Linda also had some fabric goodies to share from their recent trip to Nova Scotia.

Cathy shared her completed "Dancing Daisies" drunkard's path quilt. You can find her tutorial for this design here.

Here is a close up of the machine quilting she did on her domestic machine.

Susan shared her wall hanging featuring "Kona's Color of the Year- Pink Flamingo".

and her "O' Canada" table Runner.

Janice shared this incredible "Go West Young Man" quilt which began as a Modern Bear Paw project but became something truly spectacular!

Here is the quilting detail , which she did on her domestic machine- A-MAZING!

Dianne had this English Paper-pieced "Mosaic Star" quilt to share. Many, Many hours put into this one. Great job Dianne.

Catherine M. had 2 pieces to share from her "Pathways" series. This one is "Walking your own Path" - sometimes it's a little scary, but although you have to walk it alone, you can take love with you.

and this piece is "Hall of Treatment"

What a fantastic meeting. 

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

May 12th:                   PEIMQG Sew-In (9-4 pm)

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

 The following events are planned for the Brackley Community Center:

May 4th                      Krista Hennebury Trunkshow ( 7pm $5 at the door)
May 6th & 7th            Krista Hennebury workshops ( for details please contact                                                                                                                  

Saturday, 15 April 2017

PEIMQG Guest Blogger April 2017

This month for our Guest Blogger I thought we could get to know more about Krista Hennebury, as we are hosting her for a Trunkshow and 2 workshops in May. She has been mighty busy lately and has just recently returned from a trip to Australia. Please visit her blog to read more about her and her adventures. She has some awesome tutorials as well.( I especially loved the concentric circles tutorial)



  1. What do you love about  (Modern) quilting?

My favorite thing about modern quilting is the global community that has grown around the movement to make quilts with a fresh, design-oriented approach.

  1. Where do you draw inspiration?

I've often referred to myself as a "traditionally-informed Modern quilter" and by this I mean someone who learned traditional quilting techniques and now applies them to contemporary design. My inspiration comes from traditional quilt blocks, contemporary art, collage and to some degree forms seen in architecture
and nature.  My other main hobby is photography, so my eye is used to composing images in a small square - I think this helps in quilt design when it comes to balancing shape and colour.

What are you currently working on? (Can we have a sneak peek?)

Most of my recent work is on samples for workshops.  This quilt top is currently on my design wall awaiting quilting inspiration.It is the result of taking just one of the improv techniques I teach in "Speed Date with Improv" and creating an entire composition from improv 1/4 circles.

  1. Solids or Prints?

Tough call! I actually love working in both, but for different reasons. Solids give me a chance to explore shape and line in an uncomplicated way. Prints give me a chance to highlight fun designs, mostly in functional makes like bags, pouches and mini quilts.

  1. Precuts or Stash?

Stash. But having said that, I have a huge stash of solid FQ's (are FQ's considered a precut?) I am just as enamoured with cute charm packs as the next person, but find I rarely use them. I recently bought my first ever layer cake (of Friedlander) and I will make myself sew it up!

  1. Favorite Tool/Trick you can’t live without?

Just one? That's really hard. I can't do it. I love my Purple Thang, Hera marker, 2 1/2" bias square ruler (it's just so cute!) and Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It.

  1. What’s your Favorite Blog and/or Designer?

Again, this could be a very long list. If I can only choose one designer, then today it is Carolyn Friedlander. Sadly, I'm hardly reading blogs anymore, but I often check to see what Abby Glassenberg has written lately on While She Naps

  1. What’s one thing we should know about you?

Although I live on the "other" coast, I adore the Maritimes and Maritimers. I spent many childhood summers in Nova Scotia with my grandparents, aunt and uncles. I have family in NS and PEI, so my upcoming visit is very special to me because I'll get the triple pleasure of teaching (which I love), meeting PEI quilters AND seeing far away family.

Be sure to come to Krista's upcoming Trunkshow  May 4th, 2017 at the Brackley Community Center (7 pm- $5.00 at the door.)

There are still some places available in the workshops:

May 6th Krista Hennebury Variegated Threads workshop (10 am-4 pm Brackley Community Center)

May 7th Krista Hennebury "Speed date with Improv" (10 am -4 pm Brackley Community Centre)

( for details please contact

Monday, 10 April 2017

PEIMQG April 2017 Sew-In

Spring is most definitely in the air, here in PEI. Although some of our members chose to spend this beautiful day outside or away, a small group of us got together for a relaxing day of sewing and catching up.

Heather J. brought a guest with her to the Sew-In, Sandy will be installing a mural in Montague this Spring/Summer and quilting will be featured. Sandy is not a quilter so she came to see what Quilty things we were up to and had lots of questions about different blocks and techniques.  Can't wait to see what Sandy comes up with.

Linda was having fun with her Patchwork City Blocks, Love the red and the Ladybugs are too cute!

Gail was working on this Crazy Quilt Christmas project. I really want to see what embroidery stitches she will add to finish this beauty.

She also brought her completed Quilt top, which is a gift for her son.

Dianne was busy laying out her CQA "Big Bee" Quilt, just needs to be basted and she can begin quilting it.

Here is the design she is quilting on it.

Roberta was just getting started with her "Metro Rings" quilt. 

Cathy was working on binding her "Dancing Daisies" -drunkard's path quilt.

Jean and her Hubby stopped by for a visit and a chat too.

Hope to see you at our next meeting or Sew-In:

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

April 27th:                  PEIMQG Monthly Meeting (7-9 pm)

May 12th:                   PEIMQG Sew-In (9-4 pm)

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

 The following events are planned for the Brackley Community Center:

May 4th                      Krista Hennebury Trunkshow ( 7pm $5 at the door)
May 6th & 7th            Krista Hennebury workshops ( for details please contact