Monday, February 18, 2013

Quilts and More

Have you got your latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens, Quilts and More?  If you do, you will see that I have a bag included in the magazine.  Yes, I said bag!!  Last Quilt Market, one of the editors and I were discussing different bags and I thought that using the border print from my latest fabric line, Royal Gardens, would make a great bag.  She agreed and I came up with this bag called, Day to Night:

It was fun to make and easy too!  Bundles and Bolts Quilt Co is offering kits which includes the fusible interfacing and fusible fleece but not the hardware.  Another cool thing is that my friend, Jan Ragaller is making the color options for Quilts and More and did the color option for my bag!  I was so excited to see that she had made it!  Here is her version on the cover of the magazine.  (Bottom right corner).

I hope you have been working on your block of the months blocks and by the looks of the flickr group, you have.  It is so exciting and fun to see everyone's version!  Keep up the good work. 

Where has February gone?  It's already the 18th so I better start working on my samples for you for the 1st of March!  We will be using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion and I will have lots of demos for you to see. 

This past couple of weeks have been pretty busy.  I had a lecture in Lodi, WI at their quilt guild at the beginning of February, went on a girls retreat weekend and last Tuesday had a class and lecture in Huntley, IL.  Both guilds were wonderful and enjoyed getting to talk their members. 

Of course, the retreat weekend with my friends was a blast.  We rent a cottage and convert it to a quilting retreat.  We move all the furniture in the main area and set up tables, chairs, ironing boards, cutting stations and talking areas.  We spend 4 days, sewing, eating, talking and especially laughing.  If you don't get a chance to do this with your friends, try to make a point to do this.  It is inspiring, invigorating and most of all FUN!!! 

Here is a picture of the cottage that we rent:


It had snowed all day on Thursday and we were stuck inside...darn!  :)  We all had plenty of projects to keep us busy and of course, food.  This is our 8th year that we have done this and we try to make it twice a year. 

Until next week, have a great week and keep piecing!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Block of the Month Questions

I've had a few questions on where to get the block instructions for the block of the month.  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 block #1 and #2 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, 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. (Actually, I will be posting the finishing instructions in March so that you can start working on them.)

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! 


Hope this answers everyone's questions.  Also, if not, please email me with your email address so I can personally answer your questions.  My email address is:  info@opengatequilts.com  One more thing, check you SPAM because I try to answer all the questions and if you don't receive an answer it might be in SPAM.

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Block #2

Can you believe it's been a month since the last block?!  Well, it's February 1st and it's time for block # 2.  Hope everyone is enjoying the block of the month and checking out both flickr and the other participants.  Just as a reminder, here they are:

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 is Block #2, version 1 using Royal Gardens:

 Here is Block #2, version 2 using Royal Gardens:



The first thing to do is to make 1/2 square triangles.  I make them by drawing a diagonal line on the back of the light from corner to corner.  Then I place the light on the dark and sew 1/4" out from the center line.  Cut on the line, press towards the dark and square to the correct size using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 ruler.  I like to oversize my pieces so that I can square them up to the right size.

 
 
Next, sew these pieces to the rectangles of light that you have cut.  Rotate the resulting pieces and sew together.  Clip the piece in the center on the back 1/4" in to the seam so that you can press one side up and one side down.  I picked up a handy little pair of scissors at my friend, Denise's shop, Quilter's Window.  They are called Marry J's Original 1/4 Quilters.  They are super cool and clip right to the seam at 1/4".
 
 
On the back of the piece, draw a 45 degree angled line from the top left corner to the bottom right but not in the corner.  It will be in about 1/2" from the end.  Make sure that you watch where your seams cross on the 1/2 square triangle.  Place the marked piece on the rectangle of the other dark.  Sew on the drawn line, cut a 1/4" in from the line and press towards the other dark.
 
 



Sew the triangles cut from the background as shown.  Trim even to make another triangle.
 


Sew the large triangle to the piece and press.  Square to the correct size.  


Draw a diagonal line on the back of the remaining squares of the darks and place on the piece you just made.  Sew on the drawn line, cut to 1/4" and press.  Repeat to make 4 units with opposite darks on each other.  Note on the sample below, I am showing the reverse as the above samples.  
 
 Sew the 4 units together to make your quilt block and there you go: Block #2!
 
 Here is Version 2 made by my friends Kathy:


 
 Make sure that you check everyone's blog out and also the blocks on flickr.  Enjoy and have a great time working on your blocks!