Its a Virtual Road-trip

Are you about to go stark raving stir-crazy thinking about another summer of semi-withdrawal from the big beautiful world out there? I know….ME TOO.

So, this is one of those times when I’m ginormously grateful for my friends in the PEIMQG. I’ve said this a gazillion times before, and I’m happy to say it again. I love being part of a Modern Quilt Guild.

The COVID-19 rules here on PEI tell us that groups of more than 10 people cannot gather together inside a private residence, so our Guild decided taking a virtual road trip would help all of us feel a bit more like we used to in the pre-COVID world. It would give us a sense of continued community and be a whole lot of fun at the same time.

I won’t go into all the details here, except to say that we were asked to choose whether we would be making 6″ or 12″ quilt blocks on our virtual trip. I chose 12″ blocks. You cannot go on a road trip without a suitcase full of stuff. Here’s what I put in mine. My passport (a noteook containing details on the fabric colour, theme, etc for my blocks)… FYI I am going with all solid fabrics, any colour, by any manufacturer, and asked for the blocks to be improv-style photographs. Because I want all the frames of the photos to be the same, I added enough Kona White into the suitcase for everyone to use. I also added some snippetss and scraps of solid fabrics from my stash to help everyone out. The only thing left for the road trippers to do is to choose a destination here on PEI and try to recreate it using improv piecing. I am so excited to see what these talented people will come up with.

Because its a bit of a challenge to get started making improv quilt blocks, I pieced some and put them in the suitcase so everyone could see what I was imagining the finished blocks would be like. And I also added a link or two to some really cool curved piecing and improv piecing tutorials.

Here are the 12″ blocks I made

As you can see, I am hoping for my Guild Mates to share some of their favourite places on the Island.

After I get them all back in 6 months time, I plan to put them together into a simple wall hanging. The blocks will be pieced in rows with Kona Silver for sashing….At least that’s the plan right now, who knows I may take a detour and something completely different might happen.

Did you do something creative today?


  1. zippyquilts says:

    I love your abstract landscapes and plan to show them (and credit you!) when I teach a landscape quilt class next week! Thanks!


  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Velda! What a fun concept and one to get everyone’s creative juices flowing. I love the blocks you’ve shared! I cannot wait to see what is returned to you in six month. Happy Thursday! ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. Heather J says:

    Wow, I love your improv blocks, look forward to seeing where the suitcase has been before I see it! I’ve got an idea in mind… Might need to sketch it first!


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