Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quilts and other info

It has taken me a long time to formulate how to write this blog.  First, not to worry, I'm still going to be designing and making quilts.

However, after many years of illness and suffering, my husband passed away in March.  We had a terrible fall and winter.  He was re diagnosed with cancer last summer.  Needless to say, my motivation and drive has been almost non-existent. 

Although I am still very sad and miss him terribly, I want to start working and getting back to designing.  One of the things that I have decided is that I need to sell some of my quilts so I can keep making more!  I have lots of quilts and although I use many of them for trunk shows and lectures, I am going to sell those that I'm not using.

This is how it will work.  I will blog about the quilts that I want to sell and if you are interested in purchasing one, contact me by email and we can discuss it.  This will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Once everything is set, I will send you an invoice either through the mail or through PayPal, whichever way you prefer.  I will need to charge shipping and depending where you live, it will change.  I will get you a quote on how much shipping will cost, making sure that it is insured correctly.  Another thing that I am going to offer is a personalized label for you.  We can also discuss this when we make contact.  I can sign the label and make it out to whomever you would like.  One more thing, if I have an extra copy of the magazine, book or pattern that the quilt is published in, I will send a signed copy.  


For more information, please email me at:  info@opengatequilts.com

The first quilts that I'm going to sell are as follows:

"Red Hots"  $400.00 plus shipping.  As seen on the cover of American Patchwork & Quilting, February 2010 issue.  Finished quilt:  60 1/2" x 76 1/2".

"Half & Half" $350.00 plus shipping.  Featured in American Patchwork & Quilting, December, 2010 issue.  Finished quilt:  55" x 70".
"Blue Me Over" $350.00 plus shipping.  Featured in Irish Quilting, Volume 2, Issue 2.  Finished quilt:  59 1/2" x 75 1/2".  (Sorry, I do not have an extra copy of the magazine)

I hope that you can enjoy these quilts as much as I have!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blogger Girls Block of the Month II Finishing

Another Block of the Month is done.  Sad but exciting too.  You can link the finishing instructions here:  Blogger Girls Block of the Month II Finishing.   Since you have already seen my finished quilt (pictured here) make sure you check out the participating bloggers quilts. 
Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
JoAnne from  A Patriotic Qulter - http://thepatrioticquilter.blogspot.com/
Lissa from Moda Lissa ~ ModaLissa.blogspot.com
Denise from Quilter’s Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Jodi from Pleasant Home ~ www.pleasant-home.com/


Thanks for joining us!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Blogger Girls Block of the Month II Block 6

Hi Everyone!

Good to have you drop by.  It's time for Block #6.  I'm in shock that we are already on the last block!  This month, I am going to give you Block 6 and the setting block so you can work on them both.  July will be our last month and the finishing instructions will be included for you then.

Block #6 - Lissa's Block

For the center, first you need to cut off the corners using the Fit to be Quarter Companion.
Sew on the corners and trim using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5.


 Repeat with the other side by cutting the corners off as before.  Sew on the triangles and trim.


Next, make you flying geese as directed and trim using the Mini Fit to be Geese.  Sew them together.
Make your 1/2 square triangles and sew them together with the 1 1/2" squares, as shown.
Sew the block together in 3 rows.  Press as directed.

Here is Block 6 Version 2:
Now, lets move on the alternate blocks.

You will need to make flip corner units using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion.  Lay two 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles of green wrong sides together.  Using the Fit to be Quarter Companion, trim the corners off.  You need to make sure that the fabrics are wrong sides together.  The reason is that you want mirror images.

Sew on the triangles cut from the block background.  Press out.  Trim to 2" x 3 1/2" using the Fit to be Quarter 6.5.



For the mirror image, construct the same way.  Make sure that you have one pressed in and one pressed out, as shown. 
Repeat this process on the opposite end of each piece and add the block setting fabric.



You can press both out.

Sew the two pieces together, matching the block background fabric.

Sew the block together using green squares, the block setting fabric square and the pieces you just made.  Make 12. 
Now, all you have to do is wait for the finishing!  Have a great month and see you then.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Blogger Girls Block of the Month Block 5

Happy May Day!  Does anyone celebrate that anymore?  I have a picture of my mom when she was little in her May Day dress.  So Cute!

Well, it's time for the next block.  You are in luck, this month we are doing 3 blocks.  If you did the math, there are actually 13 blocks instead of 12 so I had to triple up on one of the blocks.  It happens to be Denise's block because it was so versatile!  I did change one part of her block for the 3rd version to add some interest to it.  Click here to download instructions:  Block 5.

First, make your 1/2 square triangles. Square to the correct size.  Note that you will make 2 of each color and you will only need 1 so you can save them or use them for another project.  

The trickiest part of the block is making sure that you have your flying geese made with the correct dark on the correct side.  There are 4 different flying geese and you make 2 of each.  Make sure that you follow the diagrams to make sure you have them correct.

As before, make sure to trim them using the Mini Fit to be Geese.

Sew together in 3 rows.  Press per directions.

Here is the completed block:

Block 5 Version 1
 Here is Version 2:
Block 5 Version 2
For the third version, you will need to make a combination unit.  Here is how you make them.

Start with 2 rectangles and 2 squares per measurements given.  Sew them together as shown.  On the back seam, in the center, clip into the seam 1/4" and press one up and one down.

Next, draw 2 diagonal lines at a 45 degree angle going through where the seams cross.  Do not go from corner to corner!

Place the drawn piece on a rectangle of main background, right sides together.  Sew on the lines.  Cut 1/4" inside the lines.
Press towards the main background and square to 2 1/2".  Square by lining up the 2 1/2" diagonal line on your Fit to be Quarter 6.5 along the diagonal seam of the block.  Also, line up the 1 1/4" lines on the square.  Trim.

Rotate, line up on the 2 1/2" lines and trim.  Make 4.
Make your flying geese and sew the block together as shown.

You are done with block 5's!

See you next month. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Break

Hi Everyone,

Because of some personal reasons, I am taking a break from writing my blog.  As you probably have seen from my recent blogging, this has been going on for a while. 

I will still be posting the Block of the Month blogs and will finish that out.  After that, I will continue to take a break. 

Sorry to disappoint everyone and hope you understand.

Thanks for being such loyal and wonderful readers!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blogger Girls Block of the Month II - Block 4

Time for the 4th block of the Blogger Girls Block of the Month.  Have you been keeping up?  Hope you are enjoying the blocks!

Here's block 4 - Jodi's Block.  Follow Jodi through her blog:  www.pleasant-home.com/

First, trim of the two top edges of the 2 1/2" squares using the Fit to be Quarter Companion, as shown.  

Sew the triangles on the two trimmed edges.  Press out.
Trim the the top and side off, lining up the 2 1/2" on the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 ruler.

Rotate and trim the last side.  Make 4.

Make your 1/2 square triangles and square to 1 1/2".  Make 8.

Sew the corners together as shown.

Sew the block in 3 rows.  Press per directions.

Repeat to make Block 4, Version 2 changing colors as shown.

Don't forget to check out other participating blogger's posts to see their versions:

Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
JoAnne from  A Patriotic Qulter - http://thepatrioticquilter.blogspot.com/
Lissa from Moda Lissa ~ ModaLissa.blogspot.com
Denise from Quilter’s Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Jodi from Pleasant Home ~ www.pleasant-home.com/

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Blogger Girls Block of the Month II - Block #3

Happy March!  Here's hoping March's weather will be a bit less cold and snowy here in the midwest.  It's time for block 3 and here it is.

This block is designed by Sherri from A Quilting Life.  If you don't know, Sherri is a very talented designer and is a wonderful, sweet lady.  Hope you enjoy making her block.

Block #3:  Sherri's Block

The first thing that we do is make our flying geese with the main background and red. 

Once you have 4 flying geese made, trim them using the Mini Fit to be Geese ruler.  The nice thing about the Mini Fit to be Geese ruler is that you can trim two sides at once.  Line up the roof top of the ruler along the seams.  Trim two sides.  Rotate, line up the cut edge with one side and the bottom with the 2 x 3 1/2" mark on the ruler.  Complete all 4.




Make 4 half-square triangles using the light and the green, squaring up to 2".  Put them together to form the center.

Sew the block together in rows and there you have Block #3!

The second version of Block 3 is below.  Totally different looking.
Hope you enjoy making both versions of Block #3.

Don't forget to check out the other participating bloggers posts:

Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
JoAnne from  A Patriotic Qulter - http://thepatrioticquilter.blogspot.com/
Lissa from Moda Lissa ~ ModaLissa.blogspot.com
Denise from Quilter’s Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Jodi from Pleasant Home ~ www.pleasant-home.com/

Thanks for stopping by!