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.  

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.