Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Diamond Traditions Blog Tour Winner

Happy Tuesday!

Thank you everyone for commenting on the blog tour!  It was fun and successful and I loved reading all your comments.  Some of the favorite movies were - Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice, The Help, Blindside and Dirty Dancing to name a few.  

The winner for a free copy of Diamond Traditions is Kerry L. who said:

"Too many fav movies but I think my all time love is To Kill A Mockingbird. Would love to win your book!"

Kerry, please email me so I can get your book sent to you.  

Glad she wanted to win the book because she did! 

Have a good week!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Diamond Traditions Blog Hop Day 5

Welcome!  It's my day for the Diamond Traditions blog tour. 

I have been busy working on my project for the tour and thinking about the quilt that best represents me.  I've decided that the quilt that best represents me/favorite is Courtyard.  I have made this quilt twice.  It is my 5th pattern that I published and re-did many years later it in my first fabric line, Olde World Style.  I think the reason I love it so much is that it has lots of piecing (no kidding, you say?), and has my favorite colors in it red and black.  Here is the original Courtyard and it even has a picture of my sweet Glory sitting proudly next to the quilt.  I miss her so much and love to see her next to one of my favorite quilts!  Isn't she precious?  She really was a great dog!
Here is Courtyard using Olde World Style.  I changed it up a bit using the greens and reds as the blocks with a black chain running through it.  For the original, I had red blocks with a black chain and black blocks with a red chain. 
I had asked the other bloggers to answer some questions to get to know them a bit better.  It's only fair that I do the same so here goes:

1.  When did you start quilting?  I started quilting in 1988.  I had just moved to the US with Bill, my husband and I was going to college.  I took a quilting class and fell in love with it.  I didn't do a whole lot for the first 4 years because I was in school so needed to concentrate on school but I was definitely hooked.
2.  What was your first project?  My first project was a 4 block sampler quilt.  I never quilted it and when I went to my next class, I was so naive that I didn't even know you had to quilt it! 
3.  What is your favorite movie?  Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley.  Awesome!!
4.  What is your favorite book?  Currently: Beautifully Damaged by LA Fiore.  I love to read so my favorite changes but this is one that I will re-read. 
5.  What is your favorite tv show?  How to choose?!  The Voice, Burn Notice, So You Think You Can Dance?, Just started watching America's Next Great Baker - love to see what they make and it inspires me to bake. 
6.  Where did you grow up?  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 
7.  Dog lover?  Cat lover?  Neither?  Both?  I like cats but am definitely more of a dog lover.  I don't know if you guessed that or not! 
Tillie and Maple
8.  If you didn't quilt, what hobby would you do?  Scrap booking, baking, reading - I do all of these too but my main love is quilting!
9.  Sports – participant, spectator or neither?  I used to play basketball, volleyball and did some track but now I just watch.  My favorites are basketball and tennis.
Even if you don't like the sport, the eye candy is amazing!
10.  Least favorite part of quilting?  Putting on borders
11.  Most favorite part of quilting?  Cutting
12.  Person who is your quilting inspiration and which designer/quilter would you most like to meet?  Just like Sherri, I have been fortunate enough to meet most of my quilting inspirations.  I took a class from Harriet Hargrave years ago and was so enamored with her and her methods.  A few Markets back, she bought one of my rulers and I was so excited that she actually bought my ruler! 

13.  Sweet or Salty?  Definitely sweet (see baking comments above)  but wouldn't say no if anyone offered me chips or popcorn! 

I want cake now!
Okay, enough about me.  The project that I chose to do for the blog hop is Diamonds and Pearls.  The reason that I chose this quilt is because in the original quilt, I had used a really busy background.  What this did was made the blocks a little harder to see.  While I love this quilt and the subtle look, I wanted to show you what a difference higher contrast makes.  Here is the original:  
Now, here is my version using only 3 fabrics and a border.  Looks really different but I love them both. 
To add your name to the drawing for your complimentary copy of Diamond Traditions, leave a comment answering this question:  What is your favorite movie?

Answer the question or just leave a comment until Monday night.  I will pick a winner and announce the winner on Tuesday morning.  If you could please let me know your email address in the comment or the author of the comment so I can get a hold of you.  When I get comments from Anonymous or no email address, I can't let you know that you have won!  

Thanks for joining us and see you on Tuesday! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Diamond Traditions Blog Hop - Day 4

Welcome  to the 4th day of the Diamond Traditions Blog Hop! 

Today is Sherri's day from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com  I met Sherri through -your guessed it - Carrie Nelson!  I was fortunate enough to meet some great people through Carrie.  Besides the fact that she is a great person too!  Anyway, back to Sherri.  If you don't know anything about Sherri, she is a wonderful quilter and even has her first book published with C&T Publishing too!  It is called: A Quilting Life.  Make sure that you check it out.  I don't know her really well but what I know so far, I really like.  I am looking forward to reading her blog and answering the questions that I gave everyone.  

Sherri feels that the quilt below is the best representation/favorite of hers.  "I picked my scrappy trip quilt since it has so many of my favorite fabrics in it!"

Also, make sure that you check out her blog to see what quilt she chose for the blog hop and a chance to win a copy of Diamond Traditions.  

See you tomorrow for the last day of the blog hop.   

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Diamond Traditions Blog Hop - Day 3

I hope you are enjoying the blog hop so far!  I know that I am and it's been awesome to learn some new things about our fellow bloggers.

Today's day is Lisa from  Stashmaster ~ The-Stashmaster.blogspot.com.  
I met Lisa through Carrie Nelson from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  Carrie is quite the connector!  I have met some great friends and bloggers through her.  I got to spend some time with Lisa at a retreat a few years ago.  Lisa is one of those friends that I instantly felt comfortable with and drawn to.  We got along great and her sense of quilting style is inspiring.  I hope you enjoy her post and getting to know her as much as I do!

Here is the quilt that best represents her.  Lisa says:  

"I named it Kowabunga.  It's a Miss Rosie pattern called ZuZu's Petals, but I made it my own with every orange fabric I could find and then a fun surfboard print on the border.  I like quilts with lots of pieces, especially HSTs.  Even though I made this in 2008, it's still one of my favorite quilts, and I'd say it's very "me".  

I can totally see why this represents Lisa.  The funny thing is is that I made this quilt too but mine was in reds, browns, greens and tans.  SO different from Lisa's!  I think that's what makes us all love quilting so much, the difference in style but still the love of quilts.

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Diamond Traditions Blog Tour - Day 2

Welcome back!  It's day 2 of our Diamond Traditions Blog Tour and it's Denise from Quilter's Window's day. 

I met Denise at Quilt Market quite years ago and we hit it off right away.  We became friends and have been ever since.  Denise is one of my favorite people and we even get together to do fun, personal retreats once a year.

Denise will blog about the quilt that she chose so make sure that you get to her blog

If you didn't see yesterday's blog, you might have missed that each blogger is giving us a bit of an idea of who they are.  Make sure that you learn a little bit Denise on her blog.

Also, I asked each of the bloggers to send me a quilt that best represents them.  Here is Denise's:

Denise says:  "Flower Box as a quilt that represents me." and as you can see some of the writing on the quilt tells you why.

Hope you are enjoying the blog hop and getting to know us a bit better!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Diamond Tradtions Blog Tour Starts Today

Happy Monday!  Don't forget to join us on the Diamond Traditions Blog tour that starts today. 

Our first blogger is Thelma from Cupcakes 'n Daisies. Thelma is a friend I met through Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  If you've never been to her blog, you need to get on over there!  She is creative, prolific and as sweet as can be!

I asked each of the blog post participants to fill out a "Get to know you" questionnaire which they will answer on their blog post. 

I also asked them to send me a picture of a quilt that best represents them.  Here is what Thelma said about her quilt that she chose:

"I've attached a picture of my Red and White Tribute Quilt as the quilt that most represents me.  It's best represents me because it's red and required a ton of math, my favorite part of quilting. "

Red and White Tribute Quilt by Thelma Childers
I will say that this is totally Thelma.  Like she said, she loves the math but she also loves red and white quilts.  Can you see her creativeness in this quilt?  Just amazing!!

Not only is Thelma involved in the blog tour, she also pieced one of the original quilts in Diamond Traditions!  She is a fantastic piecer and you should have seen the back of the quilt top when I got the top back from her.  Perfect!  The back was as pretty as the front!  I will not spoil the surprise and tell you what quilt she pieced because I'm sure she will tell you all about it. 

Here is another quilt in the book but not one that we are blogging about this week. 
Black Diamond Pieced by Monique Dillard Quilted by LeAnne Olson
In Black Diamond, I made the blocks using batiks from Hoffman Fabric.  This was a bit of a challenge but if you use spray starch and lots of pins, it will come together wonderfully!  I also made sure that the sides, top and bottom pieces were over sized so you could trim your top down to 1/4" all the way around.

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for our next blogger on the tour!

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Diamond Traditions Blog Tour Starts Monday!

Hi Everyone!

We are starting a blog tour on Monday, June 17th for Diamond Traditions.  A few of my wonderful friends, who happen to be bloggers, will be joining me.  Here is the schedule:

Monday - Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~ cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com
Tuesday - Denise from Quilter’s Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Wednesday - Lisa from Stashmaster ~ The-Stashmaster.blogspot.com 
Thursday - Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
Friday - me - http://opengatequilts.blogspot.com/

We will be doing giveaways and of course showing quilts too!

Please join us starting Monday.

Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting Carrie from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company and Sherri from A Quilting Life for dinner.  They were up in Madison for a retreat and we met in Janesville, WI for dinner.  Here is a picture of us.  It was so much fun and I always enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones.  I had met Sherri before but don't know her that well.  It was so nice to get to chat with her and get to know her a bit better.  I will tell you, those two know a lot about quilting!  I will great to be able to catch up with Carrie and enjoy a wonderful dinner, interesting conversation and a few laughs!  Here is a picture of the three of us at dinner.

Carrie, me and Sherri
Hope to see you all on Monday!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Blogger Girls BOM Block #6

It appears that some people are having trouble getting to Block 6.  I am posting the link to the page again.  Here it is:

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Block #6

Make sure to go to the Blogger Girls Block of the Month page on my website and scroll to the bottom.  Run your cursor over Blogger Girls Block of the Month Block #6 and you will be able to click on it.  If you are still having trouble, email me at info@opengatequilts.com.  Make sure to leave your email address so I can respond and send you the pdf of the file.

Sorry for all the trouble!

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Bock 6

I can't believe this is our last block for the Blogger Girls Block of the Month!  Where does the time go?  Here is how the last couple months will work.  This is the last block.  All of the blocks and finishing instructions will be posted until the end of July.  Once the end of July comes, they are off my website.  We are planning on doing a "Quilt Parade" on July 1st.  Us bloggers will have our quilt top done and will post it then.  That way you can see all the wonderful completed quilts.  Also, if you have yours done, post them on flickr and then we can all see them.  If you aren't sure how to do this, please send me a picture of your quilt or quilt top and I will post it on flickr for you.

This whole block of the month experience has been awesome!  I have enjoyed doing this so much and hope that everyone else has as well.  If you want to do it again, let me know because I have some ideas for the next one.

As for block 6, here is my two versions using Royal Gardens.  Click on block 6 to bring you to the instructions.  Also, finishing kits for the Royal Gardens quilt are available on Bundlesandbolts.com now.

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Block 6 Version 1

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Block 6 Version 2
I love the way that these two blocks look so different just with the change of fabrics!

Here is how you put them together:
Start by making 1/4 square triangles.  Note that for the first version, I made the instructions the same as the second version so you knew what to cut.  For the first version, I used 3 of the dark fabric and one light where on the second version, I used 2 of the 2 different darks.

Once you have made 4, square using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5. 

Then you put the center of the block together.
Next make your flying geese and again because they are trimmed to 2" x 3 1/2", I could use the Mini Fit to be Geese to trim the two sides at once.

Sew the flying geese with the longer pieces of the same dark, as shown.  Make 2 of each.
Next, sew the block together using the center and the flying geese units.
Last, cut the corners off using the 45 degree angle on your ruler.  I line up the 45 degree angle on a seam and make sure that you leave 1/4" from the light point.

Next, sew a triangle to the corner.  When I sew it on, I sew from the back so that I can see where my seams cross and I don't cut off any points.  The corner triangles that you are sewing on are larger than needed so you can trim them up.  Don't worry if they are too big.
Once you have the corner on, press and trim even using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5

Finish the last 3 sides and there you go, block #6!
Here is Kathy's version:
We also decided to show you all our blocks together so you can see how they look together.  I don't have the sashing made yet but will by July 1st!  These are my blocks, version 1.
Here are Kathy's blocks, version 2.
Can't wait to see them both put together.

Don't forget to check out the other blogger's block #6's as well as all their blocks.

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

Thanks for joining us!

PS.  I put a link on "block 6" at the top to go directly to my Blogger Girls Block of the Month page.  Sorry for forgetting!