Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Supply List

Just 2 more weeks and the first block will be published for the Blogger Girls Block of the Month!  In preparation for this, I have provided a supply list on my website.  Click to get directed to the Supply List.  Also, this page on my website will have all the blocks and information as I post them.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Don't forget, we start on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 and make sure to check everyone's blog to see their wonderful color selections.  Blog participants:

Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~ cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com
Lissa from Moda  Lissa  ~ ModaLissa.blogspot.com
Denise from Quilter’s  Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Nicole from Sister’s Choice  ~  sisterschoice.typepad.com
Lisa from Stashmaster ~ The-Stashmaster.blogspot.com

Bundles and Bolts now has the red and black fat quarter bundles and block background of Royal Gardens on the website.  The fat quarter bundles will not be mailed out before the end of the year.  We are missing a couple of the reds so contact information is available on the website to pre-order.  We will post Royal Gardens finishing kit ordering information in the next few weeks. 

Remember how I was saying that Sue, Joyce and I were working on the Peppermint Wreaths table topper?  Well, Sue got her's pieced and I got mine finished.  Here are pictures of it before and after quilting:

 Before quilting
 Quilted in a simple stipple and cut in a circle with bias binding.
 Perfect feather tree on my table topper!

Happy Holidays to everyone and see you on the 1st!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Quilt Magazine

I'm so excited about the newest issue of Quilt Magazine!  They have included one of my designs in the Feb/March issue.  It is called Simple Elegance formerly known as Amaryllis.  My good friend Peggy Drake sewed it for me and it is made out of the blacks, reds and creams from Royal Gardens.  Here it is:
Notice that Tillie had to get in the picture?!  She thinks that she has to stand guard and make sure that no one steals it! 

Bundles and Bolts will be offering kits but we are waiting for some of the fabrics to come in so when they do, it will be on the website.  I will post it on my blog when it's on. 

I am still working on the supply list for the Blogger Girls Free Block of the Month.  If you are anxious to get started gathering your fabrics, I used fat quarters for the piecing and 1 3/4 yards for the main background.  I also used 2 of my rulers, the Fit to be Geese ruler and the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion.  If you want to get a jump on it and want to order them, mention this blog and I will send a free Fit to be Quarter 2.5 as a gift.  (When you place the order, as you are checking out through PayPal, in the note section, mention the Fit to be Quarter 2.5). 

I have been working on the instructions and getting ready for January 1st to have the first block ready for you!  Sure hope you can join us!

Here are the participants again:

Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~ cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com
Lissa from Moda  Lissa  ~ ModaLissa.blogspot.com
Denise from Quilter’s  Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Nicole from Sister’s Choice  ~  sisterschoice.typepad.com
Lisa from Stashmaster ~ The-Stashmaster.blogspot.com

I have seen a sneak peek at some of the blocks and am super excited about them!  These ladies sure are talented!

Have a great week and see you next week. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Blogger Girls Block of the Month

I'm starting a Block of the Month, January 1st, 2013!  I am so happy to have the following friends/bloggers join me:

Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~ cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com
Lissa from Moda  Lissa  ~ ModaLissa.blogspot.com
Denise from Quilter’s  Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Nicole from Sister’s Choice  ~  sisterschoice.typepad.com
Lisa from Stashmaster ~ The-Stashmaster.blogspot.com

Here's how it works:

Starting January 1st, 2013, I will have a block along with instructions posted on my blog.  You can download the block instructions and sew along with us. 

I will post one block a month on the first day of the month from January to June.  There will be 6 blocks posted and you can make the 6 block quilt or make 2 of each block and make the 12 block quilt. 

Each participating blogger is using different fabrics so that you can see how beautiful and different each quilt will be.

At the end of the 6 months, you will be able to download the finishing instructions.

The best part:  It's FREE!!! 

After July, 2013, the instructions will be taken off of my blog and the Block of the Month will be over.  Make sure that you download all the instructions before then! 

I will be posting supply lists and other information that is needed in the next few weeks.  So, starting thinking about what you want to do and your fabric choices!  Hope you can join us because I am sure that we are going to have so much fun!  

Bundles and Bolts will be offering fat quarter bundles, background bundles and finishing kits so keep an eye out for that!

Here is my quilt done using Royal Gardens:

Keep checking for updates.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sewing with friends

Nothing better than sewing with friends!  Remember I told you that we were getting together to work on the Peppermint Wreaths table topper?  Well, we did get together and worked on it.  Sue had everything cut out and we just had to sew.  Of course, there was much eating, chatting and laughing as we worked.  Here is one of our snacks, chocolate peanuts...yum!
 And, we finally got some sewing done.  Here are my pinwheels and starting to put a section together.  We will continue later this week. 

Remember Fields of Green?  It was a quilt I designed that was featured in Irish Quilting.  Joyce helped me remake it with Royal Gardens fabric.  Here is a picture of it. 

Will keep you up to date on Peppermint Wreaths and other exciting things I am working on!  Have a great week!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week is a short week for most of the workforce.  I am lucky to have a 4 day weekend too!  It's not hard to guess what I will be doing, besides eating a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner!  I have several projects that I plan to work on.  My friends, Sue and Joyce and I are planning on starting a new project (like we need a new project!) but we couldn't resist.  This table topper/tree skirt was designed by my good friend, Bonnie Sullivan from All Through the Night.  It's called Peppermint Wreaths.  I'm excited to get started!  I will show progress next week. 

We are doing the smaller, table topper and I just happen to have the perfect feather tree to put on it!

Although I wasn't at Market, some of my quilts were! Maywood Studio puts up wonderful displays of current and new fabric lines.  They sent me a picture of one of the displays of Royal Gardens. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving!   

Monday, November 12, 2012

More Royal Gardens and Tillie too!

I don't know if you know but my mom is a wonderful bag maker.  She has made me several bags and I love them all.  Unfortunately, she lives in Canada and we can't make them together or I can't easily call her up and ask her to make a bag for me.  So, I had to learn for myself. 

I have been making bags and purses for a while now.  This past weekend, I did not have any commitments so I decided to make a bag.  The bag I chose to make was an Indygo Junction bag and it is called In-Style Suitcase Bag.  I really liked the looks of it and also liked that it was big enough to be able to put all my stuff in it.  Here is a picture of the one I made:

 I used the black stripe from my latest fabric line, Royal Gardens.  The handle is made with the green dot. 

Once I received my fabric, I did get some sewing done and here is one of my latest patterns, Chocolate Cherry Crunch, using the blacks and reds in Royal Gardens.

One more thing, here is the latest picture of Tillie.  She has grown up a lot and is a great dog. 

See you next week!

Monday, November 5, 2012

I'm still alive!

Finally, I am back blogging and ready to go!  It has been a tough year for my husband and I.  He is doing much better and I am so thankful for that. 

I am still sewing, creating and traveling.  I have been to Michigan, Wisconsin, and Iowa in the last few months.  I have met a lot of great quilters and had a great time. 

The most exciting news is that my third fabric line, Royal Gardens is in stores!  I love the colors and the prints.  It has my favorite reds, blacks, greens and creams and this time we added purple.  So beautiful.  If you want to see the entire line, click on the Maywood Studio link and it will take you to it.  Meanwhile, here is some samples of the fabric:

I am thinking about offering fat quarters on my website, what do you guys think?  Would anyone be interested?  If so, let me know.

In the next few months, look in your favorite magazine for quilts featuring Royal Gardens.  I have been busy creating and making quilts for several magazines.

Don't forget that I have my new ruler out, Fit to be Quarter 6.5 and Companion.  It is an accurate way to trim flip corners, quarter square triangles and combination units. 

Thanks for stopping by and will blog again soon.  I promise!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Quiltmaker Block Party in Williamsburg, VA

Here is my guest post from Quiltmaker's blog:   

We just got back from a fun-filled retreat in Williamsburg, VA. This was the first Block Party Quiltmaker organized and they did an outstanding job! All the wonderful details that they put into the retreat were enjoyed by everyone. There were giveaways, interesting speakers, a wide variety of classes and an excellent hotel.
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I was blown away with the number of goodies that each participant received, including the teachers! We got a welcome pack that included patterns, batting, books, retreat information, thread and other goodies.

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Tote bags were filled with surprises from our partners and sponsors in the quilting industry.
Each evening, there were more gifts and giveaways and everyone went away with a special package that included fabric, books and much more!

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Our generous industry partners and sponsors filled the tote bags with quilty treasures.
One of my favorite parts of the retreat was meeting all the retreat goers. I enjoyed getting to know not only the students in my classes but also my table mates at dinner. Each teacher sat at a different table each night. It was a great opportunity to talk to lots of different people.
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Six guest teachers at Quiltmaker's Block Party mingled with attendees each evening.
One of my favorite things to know about people is where they are from. We had many different areas of the country represented as well as a lady who lives in France and several Canadians. So much fun! It’s fascinating to me how quilting brings us all together with such a common love.
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For the three days of the retreat, I taught a design class using my block from Quiltmaker‘s 100 Blocks Volume 1.
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The class was called Red Rover – Playing with Design.
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I had my students do some pre-cutting and pre-sewing so they could really have fun and work with their design in class.
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This student sewed happily in Monique's Red Rover design class.
I heard a few grumbles about the pre-sewing but everyone was thrilled when they got to actually see the results of their labors during class.

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Another happy quilter in Monique's class
They finished blocks  in the morning and in the afternoon we played!
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Here are some of my students’ designs.
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This block creates interesting secondary designs,
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depending on how it is rotated.

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By changing the fabrics, colors and level of scrappiness, they had amazing results!

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

American Patchwork & Quilting Radio

I am so excited to be interviewed by Pat Sloan again for American Patchwork & Quilting Radio.  She will be interviewing me on Monday June 25th at 4:00 pm eastern, 3pm central, 2pm mountain and 1pm pacific.

I hope that you can all join me.  Here is the link:  American Patchwork & Quilting Radio

Things with my husband are getting back to normal.  He is recovering and I am not as anxious as I have been.  I'm planning on starting to blog next week and hope to be able to update my website with all my new items including pictures of my new fabric line coming in September.

Thanks for all the good wishes and your patience!  Hope you can make it Monday!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Quiltmakers 100 Block Giveaway Winners

Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting!  All the good wishes for my husband are so much appreciated!  He seems to be doing better and I am so thankful for that.

I really enjoyed learning all about your favorite flowers and some of the reasons that you like them.  I even learned of some new flowers and remembered some that I had forgotten.

Here are the winners of the drawings:

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Volume 5 goes to:

1.  Quilt Hollow said...

I love flowers with fragrance however tulips are near and dear to my heart because I was fortunate and got to live in The Netherlands for four years during hubby's military career. I looked forward to Keukenhof each year and all the variety of tulips and COLOR! Thanks for the chance...I've been seeing many post about your rulers too!

8 Fit to be Quarter 2.5:

1.  Joyce said...

So sorry that your husband is ill...hope for a speedy recovery. Lilacs are just blooming in Maine and smell heavenly. Would love to win. Thanks.

2.  Wilma said...
My favorite spring flowers are hyacinths. The scent is heavenly.
I would like to make your block in the colors of hyacinths.

3. Janet said...
My favorite flowers are white ones. Hope your husband is doing well and congrads on the block!

4. Ginny Worden said...
Love your rulers, and my favorite spring flower is a tulip, probably be ause it reminds me of my mother.

5.  Julia said...

 Lilacs, since they remind me of home. Thanks for the super giveaway!

6.  Marcia W. said...

Wow! So many prizes. Thank you for the lovely giveaway. I used one of your blocks in a quilt that I completed this year. My favorite flower is the Iris - purple and blues. My thoughts are with you for your husband's steady recovery.

7.  Susan Jonsson said...
I have a profusion of sweet wildish yellow poppies....I guess they are my current favorite. Thank you for the chance to win.


8.  Patti said...
My favorite spring flower is the lily of the valley. I love the smell of them.

3 Fit to be Geese rulers:

1.  Pat V. said...

 My favorite spring flower is the sunny, cheerful daffodil. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

2. Cindy said...

My favourite SPRING flower is daffodils, but my absolute favourite flowers are Asiatic lilies. Thanks for the chance(s) to win! :)

3. Purl Buttons said...

Today, my favorite flower is iris. If you ask again on another day, I may have changed my mind!

2 Mini Fit to be Geese rulers:

1.  BizyStitches said...

Congrats on your lovely block. I would have to say yellow daffodils are really nice in the spring. Thanks for the many chances to win. I love rulers.

2.  Phyldar said...
Pansies have always been my favorite flower - my grandmother always had a huge bed of them when I was growing up (all colors) and I loved to set by it and just soak up the beauty! Great block!


Just a reminder, if you have won and haven't received an email from me, please check your SPAM or email me at info@opengatequilts.com so I can get your address and send you your prize.  

Thanks for participating and hope to hear from everyone again soon!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Quiltmaker 100 Block Blog Tour


It is so nice to once again be included in the magazine and the blog tour!  I love to hear from everyone and hope that you will comment for a chance to win a copy of the magazine plus much more!

The block that is included in the Quiltmaker 100 Block Volume 5 is called Diamond Eyes.  It may not be a surprise to some of you that one of my favorite elements in a block and quilts as well, is the diamond shape.  I think it adds beauty to the quilts and some different elements.  Here is my block:

Since my husband has been ill and I have been working on getting ready for Market, I decided to do some give-aways instead of a project.  I hope that you understand and although I don't have alot of time, I can do some great give-aways.  If you make a comment, you will be entered to win one of the following:

First, the magazine is giving away a copy of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 5.

Second, my newest rulers will be debuting at Market.  It is a "mini" Fit to be Quarter and is called Fit to be Quarter 2.5.  It works just like the Fit to be Quarter but it's only 2 1/2".  SO cute!  I am giving away 8 of these!  It is so new, it's not even on my website yet!

Third, there have been quite a few people blogging about 2 of my rulers: Fit to be Geese and Mini Fit to be Geese.  Thanks Kathie and Thelma!  The Fit to be Geese ruler can be used for my block so I decided to give away 3 of these.  Also, I am giving away 2 Mini Fit to be Geese rulers. 

So, in all you have 14 chances to win something...better odds than the lotto!  All you have to do is make a comment on the following:

Since it is spring, what is your favorite flower?  Anyone who knows me, knows mine are tulips.  I have been receiving a lot of tulips from friends and family lately to help make me smile and they certainly have!  Thank you!

Good luck in the drawing and I close the drawing on Saturday night and will announce the winner Monday morning.  Please make sure that if you do not want to leave your email address, that you watch Monday morning to see if you have won. 

Thank you everyone who has wished the best for my husband and I.  He is doing better but it will be a long recovery.  I just thank God that he is still with me.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I will be back

Hi Everyone,

I don't want you to think that I have fallen off the face of the earth.  My husband has been ill and I have been busy with him.

Hopefully, I will be back to blogging regularly soon.  Thanks for checking in.

I will be doing a blog hop for the newest Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks in the next few weeks.  Hope to see you then!

Saturday, March 31, 2012


Hi Everyone!

I'm so glad that everyone stopped by and made a comment on my blog.  I so enjoyed reading whether you were a math hater or lover.  Thanks for stopping by!

The winners are:

1.  Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts: Sandy who said:

Have rulers- ready to quilt.
Liked the change-up examples and colorway you chose.

 2.  Fit to be Quarter Ruler:  Sherri D. who said:

How about a love/hate relationship with math? lol Actually, math was one of my better subjects, but you wouldn't always know it from my quilting math skills! I've gotten lazy and ask my husband who has a computer for a brain. He always knows the answers! lol
Thanks for this wonderful give away!

3.  Mini Fit to be Geese ruler: Mariam who said:

I loved math all the way through school. When I got to uni I found I had met my match!! It was tough going! I asked someone to help me who I knew was a couple of years ahead of me. We ended up getting married and almost 35 years, and 3 children later we are still married.

Thank you for a great giveaway Monique!

Hope you ladies enjoy!

Thanks so much for participating and hope to see you again soon!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Blog Hop Day 5

Welcome to the last day of Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts blog hop.  It is a sad day because it is the last day but it's also a good day too because we are not blogging with just one blogger but two!  If you have missed any of the other bloggers, make sure that you check them out.  Monday was Thelma's day, Tuesday was Lisa's, Wednesday was Denise's and me and Thursday was Sherri's

Okay, now for today's bloggers.  First, Nicole from Sister's Choice.  I met Nicole through Carrie again.  Carrie is quite the connector, isn't she?  Again, Carrie sent Nicole my Fit to be Geese ruler to try.  Nicole put it away and some time later decided to try it.  Once she tried it, she was hooked and blogged about it.  That was the best sales that I have had!  Thanks, Nicole!!  I met Nicole face to face when she traveled to Illinois to take a class from Carrie.  Nicole is a wonderful, gentle soul and I immediately liked her.  She has a way with words and once you start reading her blog, you will continue to enjoy her eloquence. 

Last but certainly not least, Carrie Nelson from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  I met Carrie when she came to Illinois quite a few years ago.  When I met Carrie, I felt an instant friendship.  She is so easy to talk to, fun to be with and loves to talk.  She is a great listener and she told me that if I ever had any questions about designing, that I should ask her.  I have taken her up on that offer and she has always been helpful and gracious.  She is a true friend and I am so glad that I met her.  You will LOVE her blog.  She blogs just like she talks. 

Thank you all so much for visiting all our blogs and I am so glad to have all of you as blog buddies!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blog Hop Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of Traditional Fat Quarters Blog Hop!  We have all had great responses so far.  I am so excited to read all the comments and see what everyone is doing with the quilts in the book.

If you have missed anyone so far, you can go back and check them out.  Monday was Thelma from Cupcakes 'n Daisies, Tuesday was Lisa from Stashmaster, Wednesday was Denise from Quilter's Window and me.  Today is Sherri from A Quilting Life

I met Sherri through blogging and Carrie Nelson.  Carrie sent one of my rulers to Sherri to try it.  She liked it and blogged about it.  I emailed with her and we because email friends.  We met face to face at Quilt Market this past spring and she is delightful.  As wonderful as she is talented.  I really enjoy her and her blog and hope you do to!  She is also designing for several magazines so you may recognize her name.  Check her blog out to see what she has for giveaways and the wonderful quilt she is making.

Hope you are enjoying the hop and stop by tomorrow to see who we are blogging with next!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome to day 3 for the Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts blog hop.  I hope you have been visiting everyone's sites to see what they are doing.  Monday was Thelma's day from Cupcakes 'n Daisies and yesterday was Lisa's day from Stashmaster.

Today, there are 2 of us blogging: Denise from Quilter's Window and me.  I met Denise at Quilt Market several years back.  She is one of those people that you instantly like because of her easy manner and sense of humor.  She is always laughing and smiling and you feel instantly comfortable.  If you have never been to her store or her website, please check it out!  I travel to visit her, teach and lecture usually twice a year and I get to stay with her in her lovely home.  Her husband and sons are always so tolerant of us chatty girls and of course, one of my favorite members of her household is Rocky, a Cairn Terrior.  We get along wonderfully!

Before I get to my project, I want to tell you a bit about my book, Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts.  As you probably can tell from my first book and now this book, I love fat quarters.  It is one of the sizes of cuts that really intrigues me.  It must be the mathematician in me.  It is fun for me to figure out how many blocks or pieces I can get out of a fat quarter.  Some of you are groaning, thinking:  "Math, yuk!"  Leave it to me and I will figure it out.  My brother calls me Math Geek and I wear the name proudly!  For a different twist to my latest book, instead of using fat quarters for the background, I used 1 main light fabric.  I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and sometimes it is easier to have one background and the rest scrappy.  As in my first book, this book includes alternate sizes for the patterns.  It's nice to be able to make the quilt bigger if you want.  Another wonderful thing about the book is the price, only $16.95!  What a great deal for 11 patterns plus additional sizes.  Hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed creating it.

The quilt that I decided to recreate from the book is Poker.  My dear friend, Kathy, pieced it and I chose it so I could make one too!  I made a smaller version than she did but it was so much fun.  Here is the original from the book.

I was inspired by Thelma and her Dancing with the Stars quilt.  I love that she used grey and red.  It was so beautiful that I made mine in the same color scheme.  I chose 3 fat quarters: one light, one red and one grey.  I could make 4 blocks. 

Here is some of the piecing that I did:

Trimming using the Fit to be Quarter ruler

Trimming using the Mini Fit to be Geese ruler

Once I had the blocks done, I needed to decide which way I was going to orient the blocks.  The first one is with the grey in the center:

 The second one is with the cream in the center:

And the winner is: grey in the center.  Here it is with borders on.

That is my project that I worked on for the book.  It was fun and with the rulers that I used, everything came out wonderfully. 

This takes me to my giveaway.  I am going to be giving 3 items away.

First, is a copy of the book Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts

Second, a Fit to be Quarter ruler

Third, a Mini Fit to be Geese ruler

All you have to do is comment on my blog and you could win any one of the three give-aways.  There will be three winner to share the wealth!  You have until Friday night at midnight to comment and I will announce the winners Saturday morning. If you don't feel comfortable leaving your email address on the comment, make sure that you come back to see if you win.  This is the question that I would like you to comment on:

Math lover or hater?  Why?

Thanks for stopping by and make sure that you come back tomorrow for the next blogger and fun!