Sorry to disappoint - I did get the first row completed (one-third done!). I hope you will stop by again to see the quilt top once it's finished. I really like the way it's turning out with a mix of French General collections. I have some pretty Rural Jardin prints picked out for borders.
April 27, 2011
April 25, 2011
Thanks to everyone for stopping by to enter my contest to win Monique's fabulous book and rulers. Using the random number generator, my winner is commenter #26 who wrote:
Posted by: RC | April 21, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Congratulations RC! Your prize package will be in the mail for you shortly.
I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend. We joined family for Easter dinner and had a nice get together.
I'm really sweating my Pinochle reveal on Thursday. Despite having a free weekend, I did not get any sewing done. (hanging head in shame)
April 20, 2011
I did make some progress on Pinochle this week, but don't really have much to show. I got all the larger half square triangles arranged on my design wall so I could get a pleasing mix of the reds and blues. I'm going to be much more random in my placement of the smaller HSTs. I'll show you my "random scrappy" method next week. I took advantage of a Joann's sale this weekend and bought enough plain white flannel to re-cover my design wall. Soon there won't be any green or blue flannel stars behind my quilt blocks! Now to find the TIME to actually do it!
But back to the Book Tour. This week I had the opportunity to ask Monique anything I wanted and so of course, I chose my favorite topic - FABRIC!
My first question is - how did you embark on the fabric designing journey? Were your ideas brought to the fabric company, or did they approach you?
April 13, 2011
Thanks for stopping by today. My tutorial uses one of Monique's great rulers, Fit to Be Square. I'm not a huge fan of square in a square blocks, but only because I could never get the accuracy I liked from the block. Construction of the block using Monique's tool produces a perfect square in a square - every time!
For my demo, I'm starting with 3 squares - one center square and two, slightly smaller outer squares. First you will cut the outer squares once diagonally so you end up with 4 triangles.
Now sew the remaining triangles to the other 2 sides of your center square and trim your dog ears before pressing. You will end up with 2 dog ears at each corner, one small and one large. I use my scissors to trim these off at the sewing machine.
Now here is where the magic happens. Take Monique's ruler and lay it on top of one of the points of your block, thusly, and trim along the top edge of your ruler. Then rotate your block and repeat this for each of the 4 edges and guess what? You will have your perfect quarter-inch seam allowance.
I'm afraid I have no progress to show you on my Pinochle quilt this week. I'm trimming all the half square triangles for my blocks and throwing them into a colander so I can randomly draw them out and pair them for my scrappy blocks.
Keep checking in with my blog buddies to see their quilts coming together.
Nicole, Sister's Choice Quilts - Monday
Monique, Open Gate Quilts - Tuesday
Thelma, Cupcakes 'n' Daisies - Wednesday
and finally, Moi - Thursday
See you in a week (if not sooner)!
April 7, 2011
Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my first post in our month-long promo of Monique Dillard''s beautiful book for C&T Publishing, Fat Quarter Winners. Nicole, Thelma and I were so excited when our new friend Monique told us about her upcoming book release that we decided to help show off some of her beautiful quilts by making our own versions and featuring them on our blogs.
Yes, it's true, I was the lucky one who gets to make Pinochle - the quilt all of us wanted to make. Here is the quilt as it appears in Monique's book. Beautiful and elegant, isn't it?
I wondered how my choice of fabrics - French General reds and blues from various collections - would work in this quilt that Monique showcases using just one color family. Would my blue fabrics stand out too much? Would it have the scrappy, playful feel that I wanted? Take a look at my test block and I think you will agree that it is a good fit with this pattern.
There are a *LOT* of half square triangles in this block, and a lot of seam matching. I started quilting after watching Shar Jorgenson's PBS show, Quilting From the Heartland. She pressed her quilt seams open, and since I was comfortable with that technique because of garment sewing, I have always pressed my quilt seams open as well. I've even inspired some of my quilt shop coworkers to press their seams open, too. It's very helpful when you have a lot of seams coming together - the points match and the block lays nice and flat.
The most common question I get asked when I mention that I press my seams open is, "Don't you burn your fingers?" Nope, never have. How could I? I've never touched a hot iron!
Like Thelma mentioned in her post yesterday, one of the things I love most about Fat Quarter Winners is that Monique has a chart with each quilt pattern that shows a variety of sizes you could make using the pattern and the fabric requirements to do just that. I'm actually going to make my Pinochle quilt smaller than the pattern shown - 9 blocks that each measure 16" square, which will make my finished quilt 60" square and a great size to hang in my office at work.
I hope you have enjoyed the first week of our book tour. Please stop by next week when each of us will show our progress, and feature a tutorial for some of the techniques Monique uses to make these quilts.
Nicole will post on Mondays
Monique will post on Tuesdays
Thelma will post on Wednesdays
and check back with me on Thursdays for my weekly post.
April 5, 2011
So big thanks go to Thelma for all her work coordinating this super fun blog project, and also to the other participants who helped inspire me and keep me on task. I couldn't have done it without all of you! Please visit Thelma's blog, Cupcakes 'n Daisies, to see the parade today and see how great all the finished quilts look!
Also - please check out Monique Dillard's blog as she introduces you to another great quilt from her soon to be released book for C&T Publishing, Fat Quarter Winners. Check back with me on Thursday and I will show you my next project using a pattern from her book.