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Layer Upon Layer

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Have you gotten your August, 2013 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting?  What a great cover!  It looks like a place where I want to spend my time sewing!


If you have received you copy, you may have noticed that I have a quilt in the magazine!  It is called Layer Upon Layer and uses the blacks and red from Royal Gardens.  It looks complicated and to quote the magazine:  "Don’t be deceived. While this throw looks complex—as if a cream diagonal grid overlays a red grid atop a black background—it is composed of Jacob’s Ladder blocks assembled using a simple stitch-and-flip technique."  I couldn't have said it better myself!
I love how the blocks form stars and chains throughout.  It also has a pieced border and I used my Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion to piece it.  The magazine does not usually recommend rulers but I wanted to let you know how I did it. 

We also have kits on BundlesandBoltsquiltco.com.  Check it out.  The kit includes all the fabric for the qui…

Ann Landers-type question and Diamond Traditions

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Happy Monday!  We are starting to get hot in the midwest and it seems like it goes from winter to summer without much spring.  The temperature is in the 80's today and has been for quite a few days.  I am enjoying the sunshine and Tillie and I have been going for her daily walks.  She LOVES it!!
My next "Ann Landers" type question comes from Cindi and she asks: I'm just getting back into quilting and am wondering, What is the difference between a jelly roll, a dessert roll, a layer cake, hexagons and a charm pack?
Cindi,

Jelly rolls, dessert rolls, layer cakes, hexagons and charm packs are all pre-cut fabrics from a line of fabric.  Moda fabrics is the main company that makes these pre-cuts and will take one line and include them in the cuts.  


It all seemed to start with Charm Packs and they are 5" squares of one line of fabric.  Here is a Charm Pack of Midwinter Reds by Minnick & Simpson for Moda:

 A jelly roll is a 2 1/2" x width of fabric strip of each …

Diamond Traditions book is here!

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It's out!  I received my copies of my latest book, Diamond Traditions!  I am so excited! 

For those of you who were wondering, I am planning on running a blog hop for the book with my favorite bloggers.  It will be held June 17th - 21st and there will be lots of giveaways and great quilts to see. Mark your calendars!

For the debut of my book, I am giving you a special deal.  Until June 1st, 2013, I will discount Diamond Traditions to $14.95, regular $19.95!  Also, I will include a free pattern for the following quilt:

It is called Get to the Point and is another wonderful fat quarter quilt. 

I appreciate everyone and wanted to thank you for supporting me and my patterns!

Here is another quilt that is featured in my book.  Brilliance is a smaller quilt and is perfect for those fabrics that you want to highlight.  It has some bigger spaces to fussy cut your prints or even put photos in.  It looks like framed prints or old fashioned photos.  To continue the diamond theme, you can…

100 Block Blog Post Winners

Happy Monday to everyone!  Especially to these lucky winners!



First to Pat for her comment:

"I really like how your block sets into a quilt. I search everywhere for good designs that I can integrate into my quilting. I find inspiration in nature and landscapes; anything, really. Thanks sew much for this chance to win. :-D

She wins the Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine



Second to PJB for her comment: 

"I love your block, especially after seeing it in a layout!"

She wins a copy of my newest book, Diamond Traditions.



I was so excited about all the comments that everyone made and the amount of people that commented!  This is the most I've ever had comment so I am thrilled.  Because of this, I am going to add 2 more giveaways.  I had over 300 comments so I thought I'd pick another winner and there would be 3 giveaways for 300 people, that way you had a better chance to win, so, the third winner is:



Stephanie for her comment:

"I get my inspiration from all kinds of thing…

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

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Happy Friday!  Today is my day to join in the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour.  Yes, that means that I have a block included in the magazine!  The tour has been going on all week so make sure that you check out the other designers that are involved in the tour. 
 Here is the cover of the magazine:
It's so great that they have printed 7 - 100 Block Magazines!  I am also so proud to say that I have been in all 7 issues! 

My block is called Tiara...do you sense a theme these days?  I have a book coming up next week (squee!) called Diamond Traditions and I called this block Tiara...do you think I'm a princess?!  My husband sure thinks so!  Anyway, here is my block:

I used the purple colorway of my fabric with Maywood Studio, Royal Gardens.  I love the way this block has a center that you can fussy-cut or use an interested print inside.  It was fun to make and there are so many possibilities to make a quilt with it.  Here are some ideas:
Now for the fun part, my giveaways! …

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Block #5

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Happy May Day!  It's May 1st so now it's time for block #5. 


Here is a refresh of how the Blogger Girls Block of the Month works:

To get the information link to: Blogger Girls Block of the Month and it will take you to my website page that has all the instructions. It has the supply list, picture of the finished quilt and blocks #1 - #5 instructions. Also, on the front page of my website www.opengatequilts.com, there is a link to go to this page.

Here are the additional information for those who are new:

Here are the my friends who just happen to be bloggers that are making the block along with 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,…