Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Layer Upon Layer

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!


Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
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!
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
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 quilt top including the binding.

Hope you have a great day and don't forget June 1st is just days away and that means Blogger Girls Block of the Month!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ann Landers-type question and Diamond Traditions


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 fabric in a line.  With a jelly roll, to keep the price consistent, the company will put in 40 strips whether there are 40 in a line or not.  If there are more, they leave some out and if there are less, they double up on a few.  Here is a jelly roll of Barcelona by Zen Chic from Moda:

Layer Cakes are 10" squares of a line of fabric.  Again, to keep the cost consistent, there are 40 pieces in each Layer Cake.  Here is Esprit de Noel by French General for Moda:
Dessert rolls are 20 strips - 5" x width of fabric.  Here is a Dessert Roll of Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda:



As for a Honeycomb, it contains 40 laser cut 6" hexagon.  This is a Honeycomb from Chloe's Closet for Moda, 30's Playtime. 


To learn more about pre-cuts and to get some ideas of what to do with them, visit Moda Bake Shop

Thanks for the question Cindi!

How about another quilt from Diamond Traditions?  Don't forget, until June 1st, I have Diamond Traditions on sale for $14.95!  Plus you get a free pattern sent to you with it! 

Here is Diamond Eyes:

Diamond Eyes was designed by me, pieced and quilted by my good friend, Sue Glorch.


Have a great week and keep those questions coming!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Diamond Traditions book is here!

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 really see the black diamonds stand out.


Hope everyone enjoys seeing some of the quilts in my book and have a great week! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

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 things! My daughter is a big one for sure! Thanks for the chance!"

She is getting a signed copy of the magazine directly from me.   (Stephanie, please email me so I can get your address to send you copy info@opengatequilts.com)



For the special creative category winner, I chose Karen for her blog post:

"The road to the Open Gate palace is paved with 100 blocks. A purple colorway leads to the Royal Garden where the princess sits admiring her quilted garden. She is beautiful with her Tiara of Diamonds, Traditional and Block." 

She had me giggling and for this she gets a signed copy of my new book!  (Karen, please email me so I can get your address to send your book, info@opengatequilts.com)



Thanks for everyone for participating and hope to see everyone again soon!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour

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:
Simple on point with setting squares and triangles
With sashing and corner stones

Now for the fun part, my giveaways!  Quiltmaker has so generously offered to send a free copy to one lucky winner! 

I am also going to draw for another person to win a copy of my new book that comes out next week, Diamond Traditions.  Here is the cover: 


I will receive my copies on Tuesday so once that comes in, I will mail one out to the winner.  So, there will be two winners, one for the magazine and one for my book.  You don't need to enter twice, just leave a comment on this blog and I will pick my 2 winners.  Please include your email address so that I can contact you if you win.  Comment until Sunday night and I will announce the winners on Monday.  Here is the question that I want you to answer in your comment:  What inspires you to quilt?

For those of you new to my blog, check out my last few blogs, I have started a free Block of the Month and the instructions are included in my last blog.  Also, I am starting a new article called: Ask Monique, Ann Landers Type Quilting Questions.  I am super excited about doing this and if you send me a question and I answer it on my blog, I will send you a free pattern!

Thanks for joining me and enjoy the blog tour!!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Block #5

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

Blogger Girls BOM Block #5 Version #1

Blogger Girls BOM Block #5 Version #2
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, 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! 

Block #5

Make the square in a square blocks using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion.  In this picture, I used a red for the center and brown for the flip corners.  Make 4 of these for the block.

 

 

Now, make 8 - 2" x 3 1/2" flying geese.  You can use the Fit to be Geese ruler to trim them up or you can use the Mini Fit to be Geese ruler to trim.  The cool thing about the Mini Fit to be Geese ruler is that if you are trimming 2" x 3 1/2" flying geese, you can trim two sides at once because the ruler is actually 3 1/2" square.  Line up your roof top, trim, rotate the flying geese and trim the last 2 sides. 


It makes it go twice as quick!

Here is the finished block using Chocolat Deux.

Notice that instead of using the same fabric for the star points and the star centers, I used another fabric, just to change things up!
Good luck with Block #5 and don't forget to check out the Flickr group.

One more thing, Friday, May 3rd, I will be involved in a blog hop with Quiltmaker for their 7th issue of Quiltermaker's 100 Blocks.  Come visit and see all the great giveaways and blocks!

Until then, have a great week!