Monday, December 5, 2011

Lots of News!

Fall has been a busy time for me.  I have been traveling to teach classes and lecture.  My most recent trip was to New Hampton, IA to visit my friend Denise and teach through her shop, Quilter's Window.  She had a retreat planned at the local hotel and started Friday afternoon and lasted until Sunday morning.  Everyone seemed to have so much fun and I even sewed a little.  I taught Gin Rummy and Speed from my book Fat Quarter Winners
 Gin Rummy

Speed 

I have also been in Princeton, IL to teach at a retreat for the Covered Bridge Quilt Guild.  The  retreat was held at a Church camp and was perfect.  There was plenty of room for everyone to sew.  I taught Pinochle and here are some of the quilts that were made that weekend.  Awesome!





The latest news is that I have designed a 2012 Mystery Quilt for American Patchwork & Quilting!  The first month block is in the February, 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and can be seen in the form of a table runner. 

This is from Elizabeth Beese, the Senior Editor of American Patchwork & Quilting:

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Here’s the scoop on the 2012 Mystery Quilt created exclusively for you by designer Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. Throughout the year, you’ll get instructions for eight blocks (one in each 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and two additional blocks online). Make one of each block in the fabrics of your choice and set it aside for the end of the year. In the December issue, we’ll give you a mystery quilt setting joining all the single blocks together.

Doesn't this sound like fun?  Make sure that you check out Elizabeth's blog to find out how to start and how to participate.  She also includes different color variations. 



I'm excited to see how everyone else's turns out!

Another exciting piece of news is that my friend, Thelma, from Cupcakes 'n Daisies has a quilt featured in the same magazine!  Wait until you see it!  It's absolutely gorgeous and perfect just like Thelma!  If you haven't read her blog, I encourage you to hop on over.  You will love her quilts, her writing and especially her - I know I do!

Hope everyone has a good week!

4 comments:

Strlady said...

Outstanding news!! I am typically not a big fan of Mystery quilts but I know this one witll be great because a) It's in Amercan Patchwork and Quilting and they showcase only the best stuff! b) It's by YOU!!
:)
I am hoping my issue is waiting for me at home.. I've worn out the pavement to my mailbox since I heard Thelma's news.

Marsha said...

APQ is my favorite magazine!! I am excited about the mystery quilt!!

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