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! 

65 comments:

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What pretty quilts! Choice of fabric, color, placement etc. really do make such a difference. I love when taking a class how different all of our quilts are and we are using the same pattern. I have just been babysitting my grandson and thinking about all the Disney and Pixar movies I've seen lately, hehe. I don't really have a favorite movie but one I have watched several times and love is Mrs. Doubtfire.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

I have loved seeing all the projects in this blog hop, it is a great book. My favourite film is Love Actually.

susan said...

I had to laugh when you said your least favorite was putting on borders. I have the same problem... when it gets time to lay out the quilt and get on all fours to measure for borders repeatedly my projects come to a screeching halt and hand around a bit til I'm ready to sandwich and quilt them. Nice getting to know you. Susan

Sandy said...

The movie I love is Blindside with Sandra Bullock. Especially that it is made from a true story.
Thanks for sharing your life and quilt tips.

DebrafromMD said...

My favorite movies is Witness with Harrison Ford.

Sue Bennett said...

Message in a Bottle, is one of my favorite movies.
I love the quilt.
suebennett1975@gmail.com

Susan Smith said...

I have really enjoyed this blog hop book tour---looks like lots of great projects in the book! My favorite movie would have to be The Sound of Music. I have always loved it! Thanks for the chance to win!

Paula said...

This has been a great blog hop tour. I love your version of Diamonds and Pearls. i have several favourite movies but i think the top of the list would have to be Little Women. I've always loved the book and loved the movie just as much.

Ann said...

My favorite movie is PS I Love you

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I'm with you! I love Pride and Prejudice, either the 1995 or the 2005 version. I just love the story :-) Reading the book adds so much to complete the picture of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. (Can you guess that I am a Jane Austen fan ?) Thanks for the fun hop. Your new book looks awesome!!

Julie Kennedy said...

I loved looking at all the wonderful quilts on the blogs. Thank you all. My favourite movie is Beaches (that's real friendship). Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself.
Julie
Julie@kennedy-sj.com.au

Louise said...

Favorite movie - Princess Bride.

Rebecca Stevens said...

Butch Cassiday (I don't get out much :) ) We saw it so many times my ex-husband started elbowing me because I would start laughing and whispering the lines before they had a chance to say them. Lovin' these quilts in this book - thanks for a chance at it.

Lani Glasser said...

Beautiful quilts! My favorite movie is "The Italian Job" LD dot Glasser at gmail dot com. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Anonymous said...

I have certainly enjoyed seeing so many of the quilts in your new book. They are certainly an inspiration. Golly, when it comes to movies that is a hard one as I haven't seen a movie in years. I really got a chuckle out of Canonball Run.
Maureen
maureen.barber@sympatico.ca

lovetostitch said...

Sooooo many beautiful quilts!! One of my favorites in the log cabin variation - it's so striking!! My favorite movie... that is really hard, as it depends on the mood I'm in. Right now, I would have to say Mrs. Doubtfire - hahha!! It is exactly how my brother acts, and I come from a divorced family. I'm thinking of him, so that is my choice for this moment. *wink!!

one line lane said...

Your quilts are inspiring and your book would be a welcome addition to my library. I like the Lord of the Rings series of movies - they are amazing!

Ramona said...

My favorite movie would be The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. I watch it whenever it comes on. Thank you for the chance to win your book - it looks fantastic!
Ramona.chester@gmail.com

Barbara said...

My favorite movie is "To Kill a Mockingbird ". Loved seeing some alternate interpretations of your designs.

Mary said...

I agree with you - borders are no fun! I don't really have a favorite movie, but when I am sewing I sometimes have Take the Lead going, because I like to watch the dancing, but can sew during the other parts.

Sallie said...

The Blindside. Congratulations on your book and thanks for the giveaway!

shauna said...

It's so fun to see all the projects in this book! My favorite movie is Amazing Grace. Thanks for all the inspiration and the opportunity to win. shaunsnews@hotmail.com

Abby said...

You've Got Mail is at the top of my list. I love the block you made - is that your line? The border fabric is amazing!

Julie in WA said...

I love the movie Fireproof.

JoAnne said...

Actually, I saw part of your favorite movie this morning! I prefer the miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth to the Keira Knightly version, but I'll watch them both. Choosing one favorite movie is tough. I guess it would have to be Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

Linda said...

HELLO! MY FAVORITE MOVIE IS "PRIDE+PREJUDICE". THANKS FOR SHARING A GREAT GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Quiltsmiles said...

Steel Magnolias has to be my all time favorite movie. Or perhaps, Fried Green Tomatoes, Blindside, Wizard of Oz, SOund of Music, .....
Movies are like quilts, never can have too many favorites and each has their own charm. Jane

Congrats on your book being published, I 'm axious to check it out "or real" as my grands would say. lol!!

Barb Price said...

too many movies to name, but i do enjoy romantic comedies the best

Loris said...

Love the sweet picture of your Glory :-) They always stay in our hearts.
The quilts are also gorgeous. Quite a difference in the pattern you chose using the low contrast and then the greater contrast. Turns out beautiful both ways.
My favorite movie might be You've Got Mail but I love Pride and Prejudice, especially the older BBC version.

Rabid Quilter from CA said...

Movies are one of my favorite topics! "Shakespeare In Love" is my favorite movie--it has everything: comedy, history, great actors, amazing costuming, and--well, it's Shakespeare for goodness sakes--LOL! Top 5 movies include "Dead Poet's Society" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral" LOVE reading everyone else's choices!

Karen said...

I love the difference that different fabric makes in a quilt. Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful book!

Judy said...

Thank you for a chance to win your book! My favorite movie would be It's a Wonderful Life.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your pets are adorable! It's hard to pick a favorite movie, but I do seem to be drawn to the Coen brother's movies like Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, True Grit--love them all!!

Margaret said...

I would have to say Gone with the Wind is my favorite all time movie. Thanks for sharing

Julie said...

My favorite are the Indiana Jones movies. Thanks and love both those qilts. Thanks
Julie
jaaverill at aol dot com

jlgwyn said...

I couldn't wait for a chance to win, so I have already bought your book. I love your style and color placements. You would be a favorite designer/author on my list if someone were to ask!

barbara woods said...

Gone with the wind, thanks barbara dillard woods

Patricia Lessell said...

There are loads of movies I really like but my very favorite one is Field of Dreams. Why is that my favorite? Because he gets to see his dad again and I would so give anything for that chance. My dad passed away when he was 49!

Barbara Pricola said...

I love movies and watch so many of them that to pick one as an all-time favorite, just is beyond me. So, my favorite at the moment is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. And, the marked difference in your choice of quilts from the book created by simply a change in fabric is dramatic!

Jeanne Gwin said...

My favorite movie is Coal Miners Daughter. Have to have a real love for country music and have lived a hard scrabble life like I did as a kid to appreciate the meaning.

Denise said...

Love your quilts, your dogs are wonderful and look great to snuggle with and I have a few favorite movies! Meet Joe Black, PS I Love You, Pretty Woman just to name a few! Thanks for the giveaway!

Helen L said...

I love your remake of that block: looks a little complicated, but not too much!! And my favorite movie is probably Gandhi: I learned so much!!

pam said...

Let's see. This is a hard one.
I love the movie Jaws.
Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book. pam

wendy said...

Fun blog hop! Really enjoyed the quilts and getting to know a few things about the quilters. Don't really have a favorite movie that I can think of as I don't see very many. As a special treat for my grandson, I took him to see Monster University today. It was cute.

Jackie said...

My favorite movie is, Lady in Red... I just love this movie and can watch it over and over again. Please add my name to your lovely draw!

Margaret said...

I don't watch too many movies, so, if I may substitute a television program, I select Downton Abbey. If I have to select a movie, I really liked Chariots of Fire.

jmniffer said...

What a difference between the original quilt and the one you made for this book hop. I wouldn't have guessed they were the same pattern! Not much for movies...I did enjoy The King's Speech. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Hetty Mapp said...

I am not a movie goer, but I went to see The Help and liked it. Like this blog tour and getting to know a little about each blogger. Thanks for a chancre at the give away

Lynn McIndoe said...

The movie I have watched most often is Love Actually, so I guess it is my favourite. Agree with a previous post about Colin Firth as Darcy. Very brooding. I enjoyed your Blog Hop post.

Cecilia said...

My favorite is the BBC Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth. All of your quilts are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

patchesprints said...

My favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz, has been since childhood. My fave character, the Wicked Witch of the West, of course. Loved your Q&A today. Patchesprints@aol.com

Kerry L. said...

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

Donna W said...

My favorite movie is The Big Chill. Thanks for a great blog tour. Love this book.

KMSC said...

My favorite movie is more of a 7 or 8 part mini-series from the BBC:
Pride or Prejudice starring Colin Firth (sigh) and Jennifer Ehle.
k.castanette@hotmail.com

Dawn said...

After seeing all the lovely quilts in your book, I know I will buy it if I don't turn out to be the lucky winner! My favorite movie is Roman Holiday (1953) with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. I've watched it at least a million times. Runners-up are Sabrina (1954), also with Audrey Hepburn, and the British charmer, Enchanted April (1993).
dawn@firstlightdesigns.com

brenda said...

Looks like a great book, my favourite movie is Fiddler on the Roof, have to watch it at least once a year.



brendaqu@netscape.net

Karrie Smith said...

I have so many! My last favorite I saw was The Help.

Sarah said...

It's so hard to choose just one, but probably Forrest Gump.

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Love your quilts and dogs!!! My favorite movie is Pretty Woman.

Kay Losh said...

Favorite movie-Finding Forrester.
Sean Connery and an extremely talented newcomer as the boy--what's not to like?
Love the new version of the quilt you show today.
Beautiful dogs!

Gloria said...

Just like you Monique, my favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. I love the version from ETV where Colin Firth played Mr. Darcy. I can watch that series any time. I really enjoy your quilts and have had a lot of fun working on the Blogger Girls QAL.

Carla G said...

What fabulous quilts!! :)
My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing! :) Thanks for a chance to win!
bcgeates at netbistro dot com

Nancy said...

There are lots of movies I have enjoyed; but I love the idea behind Thelma & Louise. I started a tradition, after seeing that movie, to have a one week vacation with a gal pal every summer and it was amazing. Have now had to give it up because hubby has been out of work for 2 1/2 yrs. for health reasons. Have some wonderful pictures and memories, and even made a couple of great friends in my travels.

Betty Mendy said...

Dirty Dancing. Love that movie!

Ginny Worden said...

Like you and books, my favourites in film change, but the one that puts a smile onmy fave is Pixars "Up"