Saturday, March 31, 2012

Winners!

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!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the second day of Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts blog hop!  Hopefully, you got to see Thelma's blog yesterday and read about the blog hop.  If not, make sure you "hop" right over there! 

Today's day is Lisa from Stashmaster. I also met Lisa through Carrie.  I had the opportunity to retreat with Lisa this past September in Wisconsin.  This was the first time that I had actually met her face to face and she is just as wonderful in person as she in on her blog.  I felt an instant friendship with her and look forward to the next time I see her.  Hope you enjoy her blog and see what she has done with her chosen quilt.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to our blog hop featuring quilts from my new book Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts!




We are kicking of the blog hop with one of my favorite bloggers, Thelma from Cupcake's 'n Daisies.  I met Thelma through Carrie Nelson from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  Thelma is such a sweetheart and her quilting is truly inspirational.  If you haven't visited her blog, please do!  You will be inspired and excited to read about her and see her lovely quilts.  She also has a wonderful dog, Cooper and will share some funny stories about him.  And...I hear that a rumor is going around that I may be giving a prize away and it might be Tillie.  Thelma, some days you can take her but I think Bill and Maple might miss her!  :)  (Me too!)

Who me?  I'm innocent!
During the blog hop, you will have a chance at each blogger's blog to win a copy of Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts.  You will also get to see some wonderful adaptations of quilts from the book.  The bloggers that are joining me are not only creative but are fun and if you haven't read their blogs, you should.
Join me tomorrow for the second day, more chances to win and to see who is the blogger of the day!

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blog Hop for Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts

Starting next Monday, March 26th, I am hosting a blog hop for my new book Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts. 



I am so excited about the upcoming hop and have been furiously working on my project.  Each blogger that is participating will be doing a sample of one of the quilts in the book.  They will use their creativity and expertise to add their own touch to the quilts. 

Here is the schedule of participants:

Monday - Thelma http://www.cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com/
Tuesday - Lisa http://the-stashmaster.blogspot.com/
Wednesday - Denise http://www.quilterswindow.com/blog/ and me http://opengatequilts.blogspot.com/
Thursday - Sherri http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
Friday - Carrie http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/lavieenrosie/ and Nicole http://sisterschoice.typepad.com/sisters_choice_quilts/

C&T Publishing also has a give-away of Traditional Fat Quarter quilts going on right now!  Go on their blog, leave a comment and you are entered for a chance to win a copy of the book.  Good luck!

Hope to see you all next week!  Don't forget there will be giveaways, lots of quilts to see and lots of fun!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

QM Rocks the Blocks

Today is the launch of the debut issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks!  If you go to Quiltmaker's blog, they are giving away issues of the magazine.  The magazine features quilts made from the blocks from the Quiltmaker 100 Block magazines. 

I am fortunate enough to be included in the magazine!  I contributed Mezzanine to this issue, shown below. It’s made with block #162, my design for Volume 2, called Tile Works.
I used black, cream and red from Memories of Provence.  Let me know what you think!

Exciting things are coming up in the next couple of months:

Several other bloggers and I will be doing a blog hop on my new book, Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts through C&T Publishing.  Look for that at the end of March.  There will be giveaways, tips and some surprises! 

I have designed a new ruler and will be debuted at Quilt Market in May.  I'm very excited about it and hope you will like it too!  I'm sure that once it is out, I will be doing some giveaways. 

I have been furiously sewing and creating and will have several new patterns out for Market as well. 

Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you again soon!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

More Quilts from Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts

Well, it looks like my new book is out!  I should be receiving my copies within the next week or so.  The price for the book is very reasonable, $16.95 and I can't wait for everyone to see it!

Here is another sneak peek at two of my favorites in the book:

Solitaire
Solitaire is a great scrappy quilt.  I used one background, as I did for most of the quilts in the book, and I really scrapped up the blocks.  I also used the leftover of the fat quarters for the binding.  I love to use ALL of the fat quarter if I can.

Canfield
Canfield is very interesting because it is the same block as Canasta except it's on point.  One of the most fascinating things about quilts is the way you can change the look by changing one or two things.  One more thing that I did different with Canasta is that I used fat quarters for the backgrounds instead of all one. 

Here is Canasta:


Look for Traditional Fat Quarter Books at your local quilt shop or on my website in the next few weeks.