Wednesday, August 26, 2015

French Connection Sew Along - Week 2

Are you ready to start sewing??  I know I am!  So, here we go!

Download the directions here:  French Connection, Week 2.

This week we are making the two blocks for the center of the quilt.  I did mine a bit different so that I could use my Fit to be Quarter 6.5 ruler.  The ruler is handy because I can oversize the pieces and square them down.  This is how I did it:

For the main block, unit 1, I oversized my pieces.  For Q, I cut it 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and for E, I cut it 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and for I, I cut it 4" x 5".

Follow the same instructions to construct the square.  When you are squaring the finished square up, they will be larger than needed so you can make them exact. 

To square up the piece, line up the 1 3/4" line up on the rulers with the red square and the 3 1/2" diagonal line along the long diagonal seam.  Trim.

Rotate and line up the 3 1/2" diagonal line of the ruler along the diagonal line of the piece.  Also, line up the 3 1/2" markings of the ruler along the already trimmed edges.  Trim.
For the 1/4 square triangle, I cut my squares 4 1/2" as directed and trimmed them with the Fit to be Quarter 6.5 too.

Line up the 3 1/2" diagonal of the ruler along the diagonal of the square and the diagonal line of the ruler that goes from top right to bottom left along the other diagonal on the square.  Trim.  Rotate, line up the square directly on the 3 1/2" line of the ruler and trim.



Once you have the center square done, sew the pieces together to make your main block.  Make 5.


Next, make the alternate block the same way and using the different colors. (Picture to come...still catching up!!)

See you next week! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Reconnecting and French Connection Sew Along

Hello!  I'm finally back and plan to be blogging more. 

My friend and fellow designer, Celine Perkins of Perkin Dry Goods and I reconnected at Quilt Market in May.  We decided to collaborate and came up with the French Connection sew along. 

The idea of the sew along is that we each designed a quilt center and gave the centers to the other designer to design the border.  We are starting with Celine's center and my border design.  We will be doing our second sew along starting in October and we'll be creating my center with Celine's border design.

We are both super excited to share our designs with you!  The first month is picking your fabrics and cutting. Click here to get the first week's instructions. 

Selecting the fabrics is one of my favorite parts of quilting.  My imagination runs wild with the possibilities!  I decided to use Joyeux Noel by French General for Moda Fabrics.  I'm a huge French General junkie and have A LOT of their fabrics.  So pretty! 



Next Wednesday we will start making the blocks but here is a sneak peak.



Make sure that you join our French Connection Facebook group! 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you join us!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Quilt Market

After much debate (with myself), I decided to vend at Quilt Market.  I'm super excited for many reasons.  First, I haven't vended at a trade show since Kansas City, MO show and I think that was 3 years ago...yikes!  Second, I miss seeing my customers and friends at Quilt Market.  It's an awesome place to make friendships and connections.  Third, I LOVE going to Quilt Market!  It  renews my excitement for quilting and let's me see what's new and show what I've been working on. 

Although Quilt Market is wholesale only trade show, keep your eyes open for what's new from all the designers, quilt shop owners, bloggers and companies out there. It's a great way to see the newest trends and ideas.



 Don't forget that my classes for Craftsy are available.  Here are some video trailers for my classes:

http://www.craftsy.com/class/flying-fat-quarters/494?ext=flying25&utm_source=Instructor-Monique%20Dillard&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=Affiliate&initialPage=true


http://www.craftsy.com/class/discover-design-playing-with-halfs-quare-triangles/4980?useConviva=true&moneySymbol=%24&NAVIGATION_PAGE_CONTEXT_ATTR=CLASS
Hope you like them!  If you are interested in signing up for a class, here are the links for the discounted classes:
http://www.craftsy.com/class/flying-fat-quarters/494?ext=flying25&utm_source=Instructor-Monique%20Dillard&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=Affiliate&initialPage=true
http://www.craftsy.com/video/course?courseId=4980

Meanwhile, I am working on new patterns for Quilt Market and enjoying the time sewing and designing!

See you soon!!

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!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Craftsy Sale!

Craftsy is having an awesome sale!  50% off classes.  What a deal!  If you have been eying a class that interests you, then this is the time to buy it!  With such a great deal, how can you lose?  I'd love to hear what classes you are interested in taking.  Also, what classes are you thinking would be great for Craftsy but don't see them.  I'm always interested in developing new classes and your feedback is essential!

Here is the link for the big sale:  http://www.craftsy.com/ext/MoniqueDillard_holiday

This is my class at Craftsy

Let's see, other news.  Next weekend begins my busy season of traveling and teaching.  I am going all the way from Missouri to Minnesota to Michigan.  I'm doing the "M" tour!  I'm so excited to get on the road and meet the wonderful people that make quilting such an awesome and inspirational art!

I also wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes and sympathy for the loss of my husband.  You have no idea how your kind words have helped me in the last 6 months.  Thank you!

Hope you get to enjoy a Craftsy class!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

More Quilts for Sale!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much for the kind comments and emails about my husband.  It is a long mental recovery and since I started quilting again, I'm starting to feel SO much better! 

I have more quilts for sale, here we go:
"Star Search" as seen in American Patchwork & Quilting, June, 2012 issue.  $350.00 plus shipping.  Quilted by the ultra talented LeAnne Olson.  51 1/2" x 63 1/2".  Fabric line used:  Memories of Provence by Monique Dillard with Maywood Studio (my second line of fabric.)  Signed magazine Included. 
"Linked Together" as seen in American Patchwork & Quilting, August, 2010 issue.  $350.00 plus shipping.  Quilted by my good friend and awesome quilter, Sue Glorch.  61" x 61".  Signed magazine included. 
"Reflections" as seen in American Patchwork & Quilting, 2011 Calendar, month of June.  $350.00 plus shipping.  Quilted by LeAnne Olson.  60" x 68 1/2"  Signed Instructions and Patterns booklet included. 

A refresher on how to purchase the quilts:
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.  

Thanks for stopping by.