June 19, 2013

Diamond Traditions Blog Tour, Brilliance

Thanks for joining me on my featured day of the Blog Tour to celebrate Monique Dillard's new book, Diamond Traditions.  This is the quilt I decided to make - Brilliance.  This is the version of the quilt that you'll see in the book.

Before I show you the one I made, Monique asked all of us some "getting to know you" questions, so here are my answers.

1.  When did you start quilting?
I started quilting in 1993 (gasp - 20 years ago!) after watching a PBS show called Quilting from the Heartland, hosted by Shar Jorgenson.  I'd always liked fabric and quilts, and the idea of rotary cutting really appealed to me.  My first quilt taught me that rotary cutting and cardboard templates do not mix, and also that I never wanted to use templates again!

2.  What was your first project?
Ambitious for a first project, I chose a quilt from Quiltmaker magazine called Winken, Blinken and Nod.  I had all manner of trouble with shaving off just a sliver of the cardboard template with every cut of my rotary blade, so in my first attempt at assembly, nothing fit together.  I was determined, though!  I had to buy more fabric and I bought a template kit that included a laminate type material and special scissors that allowed you to cut through it.  This worked out better for me, but I still wound up with a quilt where nothing matched in the center!

3.  What is your favorite movie?
Wow - so many to choose from!  I choose Dirty Dancing which has a wonderful love story, great music and Patrick Swayze - yowza!

4.  What is your favorite book?
Another tough question.  I'd have to say She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.

5.  What is your favorite tv show?
My favorite classic show that I can watch again and again is Friends.  I have all 10 seasons on DVD and watch them often while I'm sewing.  My favorite current show is Grey's Anatomy.

6.  Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Seattle, Washington.  When I was in junior high, my parents moved us just north of Seattle, near where I live today with my husband and 3 children.

7.  Dog lover?  Cat lover?  Neither?  Both?
I love dogs and have been trying to adopt a French bulldog for years.  Maybe someday I will actually have one!

8.  If you didn't quilt, what hobby would you do?
Blasphemy!  I can't imagine not quilting - I love it so!  But I'd probably do something with yarn - knitting or crocheting - if I couldn't quilt.

9.  Sports - participant, spectator or neither?
I'm not much of either, but I do enjoy watching high school girls' basketball, especially when my son is playing in the band.

10.  Least favorite part of quilting?
My least favorite parts are anything having to do with the finishing - assembling the rows, adding borders, piecing the back.  I'd much rather be sewing blocks!

11.  Most favorite part of quilting?
My favorite part is cutting out a quilt and bonding with the fabrics that I am going to use.  That's the part that feels the most creative to me - choosing the perfect fabrics to go with a pattern, then making that first test block to make sure I like how the fabrics play with the pattern.

12.  Person who is your quilting inspiration and which designer/quilter would you most like to meet?
I'm lucky enough to have met two of my favorite designers that I now consider friends - Carrie Nelson and Monique Dillard.  I would very much like to meet Kim Diehl and Kaffe Fassett some day.

13.  Salty or Sweet?
Definitely sweet, preferably with chocolate!

And now back to the real reason you're here, to find out more about Monique's new book!

When Monique asked me to participate in her blog tour, I wanted to help, but found myself really short on time.  So my choice from the book was Brilliance.  It's a very simple quilt with snowball-ish blocks and it really shows off the fabric.

I used the fabric collection 2wenty Thr3e designed by the folks at Cosmo Cricket for Moda.  I used a cream Bella Solid for the sashing and Moda Essential Dots in Dove for the border.  I quilted it using straight lines about 1/4-inch apart.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and now I have a cute table runner that measures 16-1/2 x 27.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the Blog Tour.  Please leave a comment on this post before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 23 and I will select one lucky person to win a copy of Monique's fabulous new book!  Good luck to all.

56 comments:

  1. Love your project from Monique's new book, can't wait to see all the projects. I am like you and can't imagine not making quilts.

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  2. Looks like a great book and your project is so cute.

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  3. Love the project. What a great design for those larger prints.

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  4. what a cute project! I don't know that my sewing lines would be as straight as yours!
    This looks like a great book. Thank you for a chance to win a copy. Now I am going to check out the rest of your blog. pam

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  5. Monique Dillard has the best books, and this new one looks to be a top pick as well! Winken, Blinken and Nod is a wonderful quilt, too. I may have to bookmark it and make one like it.

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  6. What a cute table runner! I wonder what it would look like on my round table.
    Maureen

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  7. What a cute table runner. I love the fabrics. My first quilt project was a hand embroidered quilt for my first born son. That was 37 years ago. I am a dog lover, we have miniature schnauzers..

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  8. I enjoy your blog! Your table runner is so pretty; great fabric selection. And you must have a lot of patience to quilt 1/4" stitching lines!

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  9. Love that table runner and LOVE that fabric! Great job on the quilting! :)

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  10. I love the colors you've chosen for your table runner. Hugs from France

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  11. Your table runner came out neat - it looks like a fun pattern to work with. My first quilting project was a log cabin baby quilt and making it was a blast!

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  12. I can't imagine not quilting neither! I enjoy reading your blog and all the inspirational great ideas. I don't have a lot of time but every moment is spent reading or quilting. Thanks for all you do!

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  13. I can't imagine what I'd do if I weren't quilting either! I love it! Your table runner is so cute--perfect for a quick and easy project!

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  14. Looks like a great book! I'd love to win this!

    I was quilting before the days of rotary cutters, too. In fact, I'm considering retiring my first rotary mat - a pink one from Joann's, easily 15 yrs old.

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  15. That is a great pattern for showing off some favorite fabrics. I like the picking out of fabrics and matching them up with patterns the best too. Thank you for this chance for Monique's book!

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  16. I love the question/answer and a chance to get to know you in a more personal way. You are so right... bonding with the fabric is such an important part of the process. I love your table runner and the quilting you did on it... so modern:)

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  17. Enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I with you on not knowing what I would do if I didn't quilt. Do you ever wonder like I do what people who don't sew do with all their time? They are so missing out.

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  19. Thank you for the chance to win Monique's book. Love your table runner!

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  20. Great way to get to know you. Funny about the cardboard templates. Your choice of table runner is cute and 1/4" quilting is so lovely. I never would have thought of it. I would love to have a copy of Monique's book to try and make a quilt that is made from her designs.

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  21. I love your table runner! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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  22. I started quilting about the same time as you did. My first mistake was thinking I didn't need to invest in a plastic ruler along with a rotary cutter and mat - I didn't have a lot of extra cash, unless I talked my kids into skipping meals. I used a metal triangle that belonged to my husband which worked but terminally dulled my blade. Live and learn, I guess.

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  23. Great information, I personally really hate the cutting part, I want to find someone to do the cutting so I can get to the sewing and my most favorite part the Binding, since it means you are almost done!!!! LOL You and I seem to be on the opposite end of the spectrum...

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  24. Your table runner is very cute and modern. I like the simple tunnel quilting, it lets the fabrics and pattern take center stage. I made my first quilt in 1978! OH my! but only got passionate about it about 15 years ago.

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  25. Love the table rammer!! I am going to have to get this book for sure

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  26. Great table runner. Blasphemy is right! Even though I can't spend all the time I want on it, I can't imagine not quilting. It's like therapy.

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  27. What a cool table runner! Thanks for joining the giveaway! The book looks awesome.

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  28. I'm enjoying the opportunity to learn a little about each of the 'hosts' on this book blog hop. The book looks great. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. I would love to win the book giveaway! I've done the 1/4 inch
    quilting & love the looks of it !

    Marilyn

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  30. I've enjoyed the reviews of this book and the quilts look great. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  31. I've enjoyed learning a bit more about the ladies hosting the book blog hop. My least favorite part of quilting is basting the quilt. I actually really enjoy sewing the binding on!

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  32. Being a traditional quilter for 18 years, I didn't think I'd grow fond of the "Modern Quilting" movement but with all the great new lines of fabric that beg to be see in larger portions, how can I not? I love your runner!

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  33. Your Brilliance quilt is... Brilliant! This looks like a great book.

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  34. Love the table runner. I enjoy piecing a quilt. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the book

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  35. This looks like another great book from Monique!

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  36. Your runner is gorgeous!My least fav part of quilting is sewing and quiting.Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. Great runner! The book looks fabulous!

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  38. I like your runner! Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

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  39. This looks like a great book--I'm in love with the cover quilt.

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  40. HELLO! BOOK LOOKS SO NEAT!
    WOULD LOVE TO WIN IT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!
    HAPPY STITCHING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  41. The runner is wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway

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  42. thanks for sharing your journey into quilting with us. It has been an interesting tour so far. thanks again

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  43. Loved reading about you. It is neat to see what people in the quilting community are doing. Thanks for the chance to win the book. It lookds "sew" special...

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  44. I love Moniques quilts and rulers. It was nice to get to know you better too. I love Friends and Greys as well.

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  45. Nice table runner. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. I love the runner! What a fun giveaway, learning a little about you and the others! Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book.

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  47. Count me in and I enjoyed reading the answers to your questions!

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  48. i like the small project you made, we don't need 100 quilts. lol

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  49. I really love all these quilts, will definitely have to get the book. Thanks

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  50. I adore your table runner. I would also have to agree with you that sewing the blocks together is my favorite part. I have a almost finished quilt top that I am dragging my feet on. Still have to put the borders and then assemble and quilt. I could make blocks all day every day! Would love to add this book to my collection.

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  51. Good idea to make a table runner to try out blocks and fabric colors. Lots and lots of wonderful fabric choices and patterns to try especially in Monique's new book.

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  52. I love table runners and like this one. Thanks for the giveaway

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  53. It looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  54. thanks for sharing: love your table runner. And I have met Kim Diehl: took a class from her about 4 years ago, and she is SO nice!! A great teacher and a lovely person. I hope you do get to meet her someday: You'll love her too!

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  55. I don't know if you'll ever get to meet Kaffe, but maybe one day you'll get to meet Kim. ; ) Thanks for the mention!!!

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