Thursday, January 29, 2015

Quilts and More




Okay, you are probably thinking, "Wow, another post?!"  Well, good things have been happening lately and I want to share my excitement.  It was such a tough beginning of 2014 and I'm grateful that things are going better.

Here is the latest.  I was asked to be one of the designers for Quilts and More Scrap Lab along with 2 other designers. 


They gave us 42-10" squares of fabric and 1/2 yard solid cream and asked us to come up with a design, so here is mine:

Tote
This is what Sherri from This & That Patterns made.  What a great little table topper!

And the other designer is Amy Sinibaldi of Nana Company.  (nanacompany.typepad.com)  Here is her interpretation of the fabrics.



So cute!

The images were used with permission from Quilts and More magazine. 2015 Meredith Corporation. All
rights reserved.

Pick up a copy on the newsstand today!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Discover Design Playing with Half Square Triangles

YEAH!!  It's finally live, my latest class with CraftsyDiscover Design Playing with Half Square Triangles.  

Discover Design


You are probably wondering, what, where, when?  Well, one of the things about classes for Craftsy is that they ask you to keep everything quiet until the launch date.  So, now I can talk about it and I'm so excited!  

Let's start with how I got to make a second class with Craftsy.  In the summer, I was contacted by June Dudley, the acquisition editor for the Quilting category for Craftsy.  She had recently moved from Quiltmaker and was now looking for new classes for Craftsy.  I proposed the Discover Design Playing with Half Square Triangles.  They accepted it in October, I filmed right before Thanksgiving and now it's live!  Needless to say, October and November was crazy busy getting ready for the class.  

Here is some info about the class:



Unleash your inner quilt designer with versatile half-square triangles! Join me, author and instructor Monique Dillard, in my online Craftsy class Discover Design:Playing With Half-Square Triangles, and discover how to use half-square triangles to easily customize blocks, resize quilts and create an array of your own gorgeous designs.



Jumpstart your design journey with five easy ways to make half-square triangles! We’ll start class with an exploration of lovely half-square triangle projects; you can use these pre-sewn half-square triangles not only to make inspiring quilts, but also beautiful blocks and borders! Find your favorite half-square triangle method as I walk you through a range of techniques, and get ready to start our first project!



Go from half-square triangles to a fabric work of art –– it’s easy! Using the half-square triangles you’ve created, we’ll explore setting options that enable you to quickly modify any design. Discover my timesaving technique for chain-sewing your pieces, and try out my foolproof sewing and pressing tips for polished results. By the end of this lesson, you’ll complete a display-worthy project, and I’ll show you how to mount it for your friends and family to admire.



Then, sew a stunning batik quilt! I’ll walk you through selecting fabrics that create harmonious color gradation, and then we’ll explore a combination of four-patch blocks and half-square triangles for a new design dynamic. Experiment with color placement and block rotation to create a variety of units, and arrange them with my guidance on creating a cohesive design. I’ll also help you construct a plain border, to complete your quilt in style.



If you’ve always wanted to know how to resize a quilt, you’ll love our next lesson! I’ll reveal an assortment of easy ways to enlarge your quilts, from inner borders to secondary designs. We’ll also review standard quilt sizes, including pillow tuck and bedspread variations. Plus, you’ll discover a simple way to resize quilt blocks, so you can modify any pattern piece by piece.



Next up, get started on a dazzling diamond-effect quilt top! Follow along as I combine two sizes of half-square triangles to create a range of unique patterns, and find out how to arrange your finished blocks to enhance the overall design of this striking quilt.



Sign up today for Discover Design: Playing With Half-Square Triangles, and you’ll also discover how to use half-square triangles to create exquisite, pieced borders to complete any quilt!



I’ve loved quilting for many years, and I’ve been an instructor for nearly two decades. I run Open Gate, my quilt design business, and I’ve authored three books: Fat Quarter Winners, Diamond Traditions and Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts. I teach quilting workshops around the United States, and I’m so excited to be back for my second Craftsy class to explore half-square triangles with you!


Bring your design dreams to life! Use fun half-square triangle techniques to customize, resize and design quilts for the results you’ve always wanted.



If you click on any of the links for the class, you will get 50% off of your class.  

Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think!