Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July Blog Tour


Welcome to day 4 of the 4th of July Fit to be Quarter Blog Tour (this is the "Christmas in July" stop on the tour, lol)!. I am a huge fan of Monique's wonderful rulers and was really excited to be able to participate in this blog tour. Monique has one of these terrific rulers to give to one of my blog readers, too (keep reading for more information on that)! 



I've been wanting to set my 12 Days of Christmas blocks together for quite a while now, and finally decided on quarter-square triangles for the setting posts.  It seemed a perfect project to show you a little about Monique's Fit to be Quarter Ruler. I decided to use four different fabrics for my quarter-square triangles and cut 5 of each to make 20 squares total.  This is the amount of squares you'll need to make 20-quarter square triangles (if you're just going to use two fabrics for your quarter-square triangles, you'll need 10 of each to make 20 squares.


I made half-square triangles (according to the ruler instructions).  Then I again followed the ruler instructions to make my quarter-square triangles.


Here are the blocks ready to be trimmed.


Next, you use the ruler to trim up your blocks.  Monique has a tutorial here for making and trimming your blocks. It's really easy.  And each and every block comes out perfect...every time.  I've been using this ruler to make all the quarter-square triangles I've needed for my Farmer's Wife quilt-along.  Also, another thing I love about this ruler is the great range in block sizes it can be used for--from the smallest sizes up to 9 1/2" block. This really is one of those rulers that I use all the time!



So here they are--all 20 blocks--made quickly and accurately.


Now I just need to get borders added to this quilt!

And now for a little of the 4th of July part of the post!  The 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays; I always try to sew as much as possible in the morning, then we usually have a family barbeque at home or with friends. We are really lucky to be able to see our community fireworks show perfectly from our driveway--so we watch them every year sitting on lawn and beach chairs. Since it's almost always in the 100's as we're watching the fireworks in the evening, a nice refreshing punch is one of my "must-have's" for the holiday.  I'll put the recipe for my favorite punch at the bottom of this post.  Also,  if you'd like to win one of Monique's Fit to be Quarter rulers, just leave a comment on this post--I'll choose a winner Friday night!

Be sure to stop by all of the other stops on the tour for more recipes, projects, and chances to win the Fit to be Quarter ruler!

July 4th - Open Gate - Monique, http://opengatequilts.blogspot.com/
July 5th - Stashmaster - Lisa - http://stashmaster.typepad.com/
This & That - Sherri, http://thisandthatpatterns.typepad.com/
July 6th - Sweetwater - Lisa, http://www.sweetwater.typepad.com/
July 7th - Quilter's Window - Denise, http://www.quilterswindow.com/blog/
A Quilting Life - Sherri, http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
July 8th - Cupcakes 'n Daisies - Thelma - http://www.cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com/

My Favorite Punch:

 1 (12 oz.) can frozen fruit punch concentrate
1 (12 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate
3 cups water
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 (12 oz.) cans diet 7-Up

Mix the concentrates and the water together.  Add the fruit slices and chill at least an hour.  Just before serving add the soda.  Very refreshing!

Have a wonderful day! 


152 comments:

hueisei said...

I likes the ruler.. A great tool for quilting.. Thanks for the chance to win it :D

Christine M said...

What a great ruler. I haven't seen them before. Maybe I'll be lucky and win one! Thanks for the chance.

Bari Jo said...

Thanks for the recipe and tutorial! Love to read your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win the ruler! Fun blog hop! Bari

Anne Heidi said...

That sure looks like a great ruler- so easy to lign up and get perfect HST't and QST's, I really need to get me one of these.
Your 4th of July sounds perfect- and how cool to be able to watch the fireworks from your own house!

Christine said...

Sounds like a great ruler .. I like making things a bit bigger then cutting back to size. Your punch sounds lovely too, though probably a bit cold here at the moment.

Julia said...

That looks like a great ruler for a beginner like me!
Love the recipes and could always use another punch recipe. Thanks so much!

Gabriella said...

Thanks for the recipe I'll try ^__^

And tahnks for the chance to win the ruler ^__^
Have a good day

The One and Only said...

thank you so much for posting about the tutorial on how to size your blocks. I've had the darndest time lately and can't wait to try this! This ruler would so help me out...fingers crossed :-)

Penny said...

Thank you for the tutorial, what an excellent ruler.

CJ said...

I can always use a new ruler to make things go along easier!

DianeM said...

Wow! I would love to win one of those rulers since I need all the help I can get...lol ;P
Please enter me for a chance to win. Thank you :)
Smiles, DianeM

Dee said...

I didn't realize you could square up blocks up to 9.5" with this ruler. That would be very handy. Also, I have a similar punch recipe and remember it as being delicious and refreshing!

May Kristin said...

That's a great ruler! Thanks for the chance!

Kathleen Grace said...

Got to have one of those rulers! Thanks for the chance to win:>)

KaHolly said...

Great review!! I'll be sure to check this ruler out. Am loving your quilt! ~karen

Becky said...

It's always fun to discover and USE a new ruler. Thanks for the great tutorial! Have a wonderful day!

Carol said...

Thank you Sherri! I have the Fit to be Square ruler and the large Fit to be Geese Ruler. I love them and would love to add Fit to be Quarters to my collection.

Lori C. said...

Your quilt is so cute. Can't wait to see it finished. Thanks for the chance to win this ruler. It will help alot when squaring up my blocks.

Sherry said...

Love your Christmas quilt. That sounds like one fantastic ruler. Thanks for the punch recipe. Sounds very refreshing for a hot summer day.

deserae said...

I love your quilt! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

TheLazyQuilter said...

If I can make a beautiful quilt like yours with that ruler, I'm IN! :)

Lisa Marie said...

The colors in your Christmas quilt are great. I love that it's not the same old red & green. Beautiful! And the ruler looks very handy.

Sheryn said...

I'd like the chance to wi a ruler. Thanks for the tutorial on HST. Looks like a very useful tool.

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric in the quilt! Thanks for this blog hop and a chance to win.wanda

MJinMichigan said...

I'd love to win that ruler. I have the Fit to be Geese ruler and have used it a lot. Thanks for the chance to win.

Winona said...

Looks like a great ruler. Please enter me. Your quilt is beautiful.

Linda K said...

I'm enjoying this blog hop! Thanks for the chance to win. You can never have too many rulers. I think I would use this one all the time.

Dorian said...

Your quilt is looking great Sherri. Thanks for the comments on that ruler, it looks terrific!

Dianne said...

wow! looks like a great tool...and love your quilt!

Alicia said...

It does look like it would be a "go to" ruler! I will happlily make a home for it!

Jules said...

I have the flying geese ruler and it sure was slick on one of the LaPetite quilts this year. Would love to add the quarter one to my use!

Your Christmas quilt is so cute!! Good job!

nanaandpapa1 said...

As a new quilter I have been amazed at how many gadgets there are, but they really are wonderful to have and make projects flow much easier.

Julie said...

The punch recipe sounds good; can't wait to try it.

I'd love to win the ruler....my quarter square triangles need help!

Deanna said...

Thanks for the chance to win! Love reading your blog. = )

Cindy said...

I have her other rulers and love them. I think I need this one too!

Jo said...

I have the small flying geese ruler but new learned to use it...UGH. Thank for inspiring me to figure it out.

Jennifer Schifano Eutsler said...

Nice ruler. Pick me! Pick me! It does look like it makes it easy to make those half and quarter square units. The quilt is cute, too! Have a super day.

DebrafromMD said...

I have that same BOM to put together. Maybe I need this ruler too.

Nancyz said...

The ruler is a "must have"! I am anxious to use it and hopefully win one! Thanks for th giveaway.

Grace said...

cant wait to try this new ruler and patterns (hope i win) ;) ... thanks for wonderful post ... :)

krisgray said...

Any ruler that makes triangles line up is a great tool in my book!

Gretchen said...

I would love to win one of the rulers. It seems like my QST always turns out wonky so a tool that would eliminate wonkiness would be great! Love your mystery quilt!

Mary said...

Thank you for the very detailed post today. Very helpful. ALso, thanks for the chance to win.
Mary

Renea said...

This ruler looks like something I would use alot. Really cute quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love all of Monique's rulers! That is one great looking quilt - I love it! Thanks for sharing.
Marsha

nami 11 said...

fun Christmas quilt and a chance to win as well. Thanks so much

shelly said...

Yes, I agree the fit to be quarter ruler would come in handy for the Farmer's Wife Quilt Sampler. I wish I had one but it is on my list.

Nancy said...

Very cute quilt. Can't wait to see it finished. Thanks for the chance to win this ruler.

Sandy, Quilt guild president said...

wonderful Christmas quilt! That ruler would definitely make piecing more accurately. I would give it a good home and keep it busy

JayTee said...

What a handy ruler...love the punch recipe also

Brenda said...

Love the quilt! I have been looking at Kate Spain Christmas fabrics for the last couple of weeks and want to do a Seasonal quilt. This one is darling... Thanks for the recipe. I have a lot of hot drink recipes but nothing for the hot months!:) I appreciate the tutorial on the triangles. It is priceless for a newbie like me!

SoSarahSews said...

Always looking for something to make sewing easier!

Mom2RyandSis said...

Looks like a great ruler, Thanks for the chance to win :)

Shirley said...

This ruler looks great. Thanks for the review and a chance at the giveaway.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Great ruler.I think I've never seen one like that before.

Charity said...

I'm not a huge fruit punch fan, but enjoying fireworks in the driveway sounds fabulous. Your christmas quilt looks wonderful.
I've been working on the fwqal and I can see how a ruler like that would be helpful.

Mary said...

What a great idea for that quilt. I am making it also. Would love a ruler like that to make those pinwheels.

Marilyn W. said...

I love being able to follow your blog. Your quilting is always an inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win one of the rulers.

Helen in Switzerland said...

Hi Sheri,
that looks like a really useful ruler! Please include me in your draw! Thanks so much and greetings from over the pond!

lynnquiltsalot said...

Ooooh, I'm in the middle of making that quilt too. Thanks for the tutorial for the pinwheels. Thanks for the chance to win and the punch recipe.

Beverly said...

Thanks for a chance to get one of those wonderful rulers. I have that same quilt and sure could use the ruler as well. Love what you're doing with the quilt.

Kris said...

Wow...love the quilt. The ruler looks awesome. I'd love to win one. Thanks for the chance.

Liz said...

Thanks for the chance to win the ruler. I would love to try it! Love that christmas fabric and have a stash of my own to sew up:)

Janelle J said...

Thanks for the ruler demo and the punch recipe. Sounds great!

Linda V said...

Looks like a great ruler! Thanks for the giveaway!

Alicia said...

great quilt! I'm sure I need the ruler!

mblittle5 said...

Looks like a great way to make really accurate half and quarter square triangles!

KMSC said...

Your Fat Quarter Shop BOM quilt turned out gorgeous. I love the fabrics! And thanks for the chance to win one of Monique's rulers.

paulette said...

Well you certainly made that look easy!! I just added this ruler to my Wish List!! Thanks for the demo...and your quilt is going to be a crowd pleaser for sure!!
Paulette

marcella said...

Your Christmas quilt really turned out cute! Can't wait to see what you come up with for borders. How organized you are to have it done before Christmas even. That is the skill I wish a blog would give away - the ability to get projects done on time :-) The ruler would be awesome too though!

Needled Mom said...

That quilt is gorgeous and I love those cornerstone blocks!

Beth said...

What a fabulous ruler! I love reading your blog. Your punch sounds really refreshing. I'm going to have to try this one. This blog hop has been so much fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

Martha said...

I love your quilt and the this ruler looks terrific. I would love to have. Your recipe is going into my file. I will try it the next time I need punch. It sounds delicious!

mharpole said...

Really enjoy the blog hop. Think I would enjoy the ruler. I look a sight trying to trim a half-square triangle. They could use me on a ruler info-commercial on how not to trim a half-square triangle.

The punch looks so refreshing. Will have to make it and hope for a cool down in our 100 degree temps.

Love your blog.

Mary said...

Your recipe sounds so refreshing! Thanks for the tutorial on the ruler. I'm hoping I win one, but if I don't I'm definitely going to get one. It looks very handy.
I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful quilt completely finished.

Patty said...

Your quilt is so sweet. This ruler looks like a great way to keep things accurate. Fun blog hop!

Nedra said...

Thanks for the chance to win the ruler. It looks like a great addition to quilty notions.

PhoebeP said...

I love your quilt - very jolly indeed. Thanks for the chance of winning the ruler.
Ashtona@hotmail.com

Bolo heads said...

I want one. Come on I will be your friend and check you blog everyday, oh wait I already do that.

Quilt n Queen said...

I luv your 12 days of Christmas quilt and the punch recipe sounds so refreshing. Hoping to win one of Monique's 'Fit to be Quarter' ruler.... thanks for the chance...(o:

ann said...

Love your Christmas quilt. The ruler looks great - thanks for the chance to win.

Syd said...

There are just so many possibilites for projects using this ruler. Thanks for a chance to win!!

Brenda said...

Thanks for a great post and sharing the punch recipe.

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

What a clever border and you are able to use a specialty ruler to help you! Looks like you and Thelma did the same Fat Quarter Shop BOM!

Carol C. said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog!! The quilt is so cute!! The ruler looks like a must-have!! Thanks!

Malmbergs said...

It is great to be able to see how effective the proper tool can be. Thanks for giving us the chance to win one of these rulers.

Deb said...

Would love to have one of these rulers, and if I don't win one, I'm going to go purchase one - because it looks like a really helpful tool. Thanks!

tink's mom said...

I just love your Christmas quilt. Great job all around and most especially the triangles.

crickets said...

This ruler looks super simple to use, and I love the accuracy! Hope I win one!

SueB said...

Wonderful fabrics. Loving the blog hop.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

What an interesting ruler! I'm all for anything that makes all those little blocks easier. Your quilt looks great! Thanks for the fun!

Janet said...

I would love to try this new ruler. Love all the pattern ideas.

Miss Jean said...

Thanks for a chance to win a ruler! Lemonaide on a hot day - perfection!!

LesleyAnn said...

Love Monique's Rulers....thanks for the chance to win the newest one!!!

Gidget said...

That is a very cool ruler,
I could really use this!

Sally said...

Thanks for the chance to win the ruler. Love your Christmas quilt!

Nancy D. said...

Cute quilt. Your punch recipe sounds good and refreshing which would be great right now with the heat... Thanks for a chance to win the ruler to!

Lee said...

Thanks for the review, tutorial and punch recipe! The ruler would be great!

M and M plus 3 said...

What a cute quilt! Thanks for the tut!

Mary said...

Thanks for the chance to win this "cool rule', I could really use this as I often make these blocks.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This ruler looks awesome! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway :-)

Marcia W. said...

This ruler sounds wonderful to use. I like your 12 Days quilt, and the punch recipe (I'm thinking niece's baby shower beverage). Thanks for the blog hop stop and chance to win a great ruler.

ritainalaska said...

this ruler would be one of those handy things you'd like to have on hand to make sure your projects go smoothly. like to have one! thanx for the oopportunity to win one.

Laura said...

sounds like a wonderful ruler! Would help with a project I have coming soon. Also the punch sounds great I am going to try it soon!

sandy said...

Your Christmas quilt looks wonderful! It sounds like the Monique's ruler will work wonderfully on making the blocks. The Blog hop has been fun! I am going to mark your Blog as a favorite so I can come and visit it again!

Tami said...

This new ruler looks like it would make 1/2 square triangles so darn perfect....great invention. Thanks for the chance to win!
tamiquilts at att dot net

quilt cookie said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your 12 Days of Christmas. Thanks for a chance to win the ruler.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Ooooo. Love that setting on your 12 days. It's awesome! Thanks for the chance.

Mary said...

I am loving the tutorials for the Fit to be Quarter ruler and all the great ideas for using it. Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

Love the Fit to be Quarter ruler and the sharing of ideas on how to use it. I'm commenting on this blog which should be July 7th.

Julie said...

This ruler looks like a great thing to have. Hope I win!!!

Anonymous said...

That is one wonderful ruler. I sure would like to win one. By the way, I am thoroughly enjoying the blog tour. What a great idea!

Jan98 said...

Love your blog. Have not used the ruler mentioned as yet, but would love to have one. Jan

Michele said...

The ruler looks wonderful! So does your quilt :-) thanks for sharing your punch!

Heartsdesire said...

This looks like a fabulous ruler, and I need all the help I can get making HSTs. Thanks for the chance to win one.

Sallie said...

I'd love to win one of Monique's Fit to be Quarter rulers. Thanks for the chance!

Amy said...

Using the 1/4 square triangles for sashing posts was brilliant! It's the perfect look for your Christmas quilt.

Sharrieboberry said...

I love punch. Your recipe looks fun and delicious to try.

Your Christmas BOM is looking very pretty!

Edna said...

Love your blog. Thanks for the chance to win a Fit To Be Quarter Ruler.

Karen said...

Your Christmas quilt is coming along beautifully. I'm so terrible because I haven't started mine yet. I've never tried Monique's ruler. I'm not sure if I've ever seen one before. It looks real nice. Thanks for the punch recipe. It sounds very good.
Thanks,
Karen M

Grayson said...

Howdy Sherri! I enjoy visiting your blog to get ideas for color/fabric combos. You have a great sense of color - eye candy for me!

Grayson
A Fan From Austin, Texas

Pat said...

It looks like a great ruler. What a quick way to make a quilt.

Amanda Murphy said...

Unbelievably I don't have this ruler, so I have to enter! Your quilt is lovely!

Denise said...

Would love one of these rulers. Thank you for the chance to win one.

Cathie said...

I really love that Christmas quilt! I recently bought a squaring up ruler, but I don't think it was Monique's. Hers looks better and easier than the one I bought. I want one of hers!! Thanks for a nice blog hop.

Becky S. said...

That ruler looks very handy! I would love to have it to make my FWQA blocks. Thanks for the chance to win.
The punch sounds yummy too!

Chris said...

Your Christmas quilt is darling! The quarter-square triangles are just the perfect touch for it. This ruler looks like a great addition to your "tools" :) I would enjoy using it as well. Thanks for the recipe, sounds delicious.

Jana said...

Hi Sherrie, Thanks for the tutorial on quarter square triangles. I don't have on of the rulers, so I would be thrilled to win! BTW, I was working on the same quilt today. So much fun! Jana

Nancy B said...

Thanks for the punch recipe and the chance to win the ruler. I enjoy your blog a lot!

Janay said...

Your quilt is beautiful! The ruler sounds fantastic, thanks for the chance to win one. nay417 (at) earthlink (dot) net

Kristin said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I like the Christmas Quilt

Memaw and Papa said...

Can't wait to try the recipe. Ruler looks good too! Thanks for sharing.

Sherill said...

I love the christmas quilt! The punch sounds good, tto. I'll try it soon as it is very warm here.
I would like to try the ruler. Thank you for the chance to win.

Kim Walus said...

I really like your Christmas quilt and I'm sure it will be loved every time you pull it our for the holidays.

Looks like a ruler that every quilter would use! I'd sure love to win it! Thanks for the giveaway!

Deb said...

I just joined the FWQA and would love the ruler to use for those blocks!
I love all your FW blocks so far!

rebecca said...

Yummy punch recipe and thanks for the hints for the ruler!!

Denniele said...

Am curious to try the ruler and thanks for the hints...always good when working with something new.

QuiltKorner said...

I'd love a ruler like that. I need all the help I can get. Thank you for the chance to win.

Sandy said...

Loved your demo and explanation of using the ruler. Sounds like a "need to have" tool! Your punch recipe sounds refreshing - will have to try it!

Cecilia said...

Thanks for your tutorial on the ruler. I think that I would be able to achieve better blocks with it.

Mary said...

I'm having a party on Sunday for my mother's 88th birthday with most of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren here and your punch will be perfect for it. I *love* your Christmas in July quilt and would really love to win the ruler.

Sherryl said...

Gosh I love your quilt! And your comments (and pics) really made me covet that ruler, I must admit. Thanks for the opportunity!
sunshdws at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

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BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Great ruler. Thanks for the chance to win and the recipe.

Julia said...

What a great notion! Thanks for the chance to win one and for the great recipe!

susiloci said...

Que maravilla de trabajo, gracias por compartirlo.

Christie said...

Yummo Recipe! Thanks for sharing! I would love to win the ruler. Thanks for giving us the chance to win! And, thanks for taking part in this blog hop - it's been fun! HUGS... and stitches

greg said...

That ruler sure looks like a great timesaver - and I have just the perfect pattern in mind! Thank you for this opportunity!

Pat said...

Your Christmas quilt came out great!

Nancy said...

So glad you posted the tutorial for the ruler! Now I REALLY want to get one! Glad to have found your blog-I love your ideas, its great!!

Cat said...

This ruler sounds like it would be perfect for some of the quilts on my "To Make" list. Thanks for sharing and giving us the opportunity to get one.

Grammasheri said...

Thank you for the recipe and the opportunity to win this new ruler! These blog hops are fun (and addictive!)

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