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American Patchwork and Quilting, Facebook Live and The Splendid Sampler 2

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Hi All!

It's a busy week at Open Gate Quilts!  I received back the quilt I designed for American Patchwork and Quilting!  It's called Seaside Steps and features Coastal Chic Batiks.  I love the beachie feel of this quilt and of course, as you know, I love these batiks! 


Doesn't this picture make you want to go to the beach and feel the breeze coming in your open windows?  It does for me!! 

Here is the cover so that you can pick up your copy at your local quilt store or retailer. 

Tonight at 7:00 pm central time, I will be holding a Facebook Live video on how I designed this quilt and how to put it together.  Make sure to stop by at 7:00 or on my Facebook page: OpenGateQuilts after 7:00 to watch!  If you make it to the live event, there will be giveaways! 


Today is Splendid Sampler 2 Block reveal too!  Here is my version of My Flock by Brenda Ratliff. 

I love the flying geese...no surprise there!  To make them, I used my Mini Fit to be Geese ruler.  The ruler makes them so …

Splendid Sampler 2 Block #7 and Live Facebook event

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Hi all!

I hope you had a chance to tune in to Quilting in the Valley's Live Facebook post last night.  It was so much fun to talk to Lisa about Coastal Chic Batiks, my new patterns, ruler demos and how I designed Coastal Chic Batiks.  If you missed it, you can watch it here


My parents were here for a visit but I did get a chance to work on Block #7 of the Splendid Sampler 2.  Here is my version of Sharon Burgess block For the Love.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you next week!

Monique

Splendid Sampler 2 Block #6 and Coastal Chic in stores!

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Hi All!
We are on Block #6 of The Splendid Sampler 2 Quilt Along.  Have you joined us yet?  If not, there's still plenty of time to start.  One of the many nice things about the Quilt Along is that the blocks are smaller, 6" finished so to catch up, it doesn't take long.  Also, you don't have to do all the blocks, you can pick and choose...after all there are 20 free blocks with a total of 80 blocks to choose from!
Here is my version of Block #6...love my theme of Coastal Chic Batiks and the way that it feels like you are at the beach!
Coastal Chic Batiks are arriving in stores!  Check with your local quilt shop for availability.  So excited!!  
Thanks for stopping by!
Monique

Splendid Sampler 2 Block #5

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It's hard to believe we are on block #5 already!  This is designed by Susan Ache called Point Taken.  I decided to go with a dark background to make the star pop.  I think it worked! 


If you want to join our Quilt Along, there's plenty of time to catch up!  You can get all the blocks up to this point on https://www.thesplendidsampler.com/

Join our Facebook group: The Splendid Sampler and make sure you follow me on OpenGateQuilts Facebook page and @OpenGateQuilts on Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by and see you next week!

Monique

Splendid Sampler 2 Block #4

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Hi all!

I've been stitching away getting ready for this week's block 4 for Splendid Sampler 2.  It is SO cute and again I got to use my embroidery and applique skills. 

Here is Balance by Wenche Wolff Hatling. 


You can download the first four patterns on www.thesplendidsampler.com

Coastal Chic Batiks is now being shipped to stores!  Make sure that you check with your local quilt store to see if they are carrying it. 

This past weekend, my friend Katie, shot a Facebook Live video of me showing you how to put the block together on the free pattern that comes with Coastal Chic Batiks.  You can see the video on my Facebook page: OpenGateQuilts.  Don't forget to follow me on Instagram where I give you updates and pictures of what I've been up to!  @opengatequilts



Thanks for stopping by and see you next week!

Monique

Splendid Sampler II - Block #3

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I've been working on Block #3 by Helen Stubbings.  Part of the fun is picking out the fabric.  This is one of my favorite things to do when I'm starting a project.  Imaging what it will look like and playing with the different combinations.  My husband teases me about petting my fabric...you get it right?!  
His favorite quote of mine is:  "I just want to stay at home and play with my fabrics!"  What more could you want?!  
Meanwhile, here is Block #3.  This one had both applique and embroidery.  I will admit that I am a bit rusty on my embroidery but I pulled out my case full of thread and stitched away.  I googled how to do both the backstitch and the running stitch and that was super helpful.  It's like riding a bike, once you get going, it all comes back to you.  I'm sure there will be more embroidery so I will get to "ride my bike" again.  


If you want to sew along with us, click on the following links: Facebook or The Splendid Sampler blog.  

Splendid Sampler II

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Hi All!

Last year at Quilt Market in St. Louis, I stopped to chat with Pat Sloan.  She is super nice and a go- getter!  She mentioned that she was doing another Splendid Sampler.  I asked if I could join and I am honored to be included! Here is the cover for Splendid Sampler 2:

I am also participating in the Sew-Along and our first block was last week.  I decided to do the Sew-Along in Coastal Chic Batiks and here is my version of first block by Alex Veronelli called Quilt Market.  I used my Fit to be Quarter 6.5 ruler to square my block up.  It worked great!  I also used spray starch before I squared it so the bias edges wouldn't fray and distort.



The second block is called Milk and Cookies and is by Rebecca Bryan.  It was so much fun to reacquaint myself with applique!  I decided to do needle-turn and used the Olfa Circle Cutter to get wonderful circles out of freezer paper.


Join me each week to see the blocks that we are all working on!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monique