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.