Thursday, June 20, 2013

Diamond Traditions Blog Tour


 
Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Diamond Traditions Blog Tour where you'll have a chance to win a copy of Monique's latest book! Monique has now written three wonderful books, and her rulers are some of my "can't do without" quilt tools. I really do use her "Fit to Be Quarter" ruler on an almost daily basis to square things up!
 
First of all, Monique asked each of us to share a quilt photo that best represents us. I chose my Scrappy Trip Along quilt since it has so many of my favorite fabrics--and because lately I have just loved quilting from my scrap bins.  Monique also asked me to answer a few questions so that you could get to know me a little better....so here goes:

1. When did you start quilting? I made my first patchwork pillow when I was about 12 or 13 (from some pre-cut squares my Mom bought at Cloth World), but I really started quilting in about 1993 when I made my oldest son a quilt.

2. What was your first project? My first quilt was a twin-sized Double Irish Chain from the Quilt in a Day series by Eleanor Burns.

3. What is your favorite movie? This one is really hard. For years my favorite movie was Gone with the Wind. I'm not sure I could pick a favorite now--there are just so many good ones.

4. What is your favorite book? This one is easy...Portrait of a Lady by Henry James is my favorite novel, and Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh is another favorite read...recently my favorite fun-to-read book has been The Help. I also love Sandra Dallas quilting novels for lazy summer days.
 
5. What is your favorite tv show? I'm not much of a tv watcher, but I love Downton Abbey, White Collar, and Antiques Roadshow!

6. Where did you grow up? I was born in Houston, Texas, but I grew up in Las Vegas and in Henderson, Nevada.

7. Dog lover? Cat lover? Neither? Both? I had both as a kid, but since one of my daughters is allergic to cats we have pretty much been a dog family. We have an almost 6 year old black Labrador Retriever.

8. If you didn't quilt, what hobby would you do? I did counted cross-stitch and Hardanger embroidery for a while before I started quilting. I also did a little tole painting. If I didn't quilt, I would probably spend a lot more time reading.

9. Sports – participant, spectator or neither? I love to watch my kids play sports, but they got the majority of their athletic ability from their Dad. I did take gymnastics for about 9 years, though.

10. Least favorite part of quilting? I guess it would have to be cutting out the project...it's all fun after that!

11. Most favorite part of quilting? I enjoy piecing the blocks--it's so fun to see them come together.

12. Person who is your quilting inspiration and which designer/quilter would you most like to meet? I'm really lucky to have been able to meet most of the amazing quilters and designers who inspire me (I even had the chance to meet Eleanor Burns in an elevator one day and thank her for the Double Irish Chain pattern which started me on this journey). I think it would be wonderful to be able to sit down with a whole group of designers and have a big discussion on fabric and design and inspiration.

13. Sweet or Salty? My favorite candy right now is a Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate with carmel and Sea Salt...so I guess that's a little of both!


Last week while I was in Wisconsin I actually got to have dinner with Carrie Nelson and Monique. Not only was our dinner wonderful, but it was also the first time I had the chance to sample Wisconsin Cheese Curds--and I could definitely use an order of cheese curds with a side of Ranch dressing right now.  I seriously had been awake for about 19 hours when this picture was taken and had only had about 3 hours sleep before that...so that explains the very tired-looking me in the photo!

The quilt I picked to highlight is "Diamonds are Forever," and I picked it because it would work so well with scrap fabrics.



While Monique gives directions for making your quilt using a collection or matching fabrics, the pattern is also easily adaptable for scraps. I made my little block section using my Denyse Schmidt scrap bin (four of these sections make one block).



The arrangement of the blocks creates a wonderful design for the quilt.



The blocks are rotated in different directions to make the pattern. I can't wait to keep working on more block sections with my scraps in order to create this happy quilt!




Be sure to stop by the other blogs for a chance to win this wonderful book which is fat quarter friendly! (International winners will receive an e-copy). And leave a comment on this post letting me know your favorite blog topic...or something you'd like to know more about...for a chance to win a copy here.

Monday - Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~ cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com
Tuesday - Denise from Quilter’s Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Wednesday - Lisa from Stashmaster ~
The-Stashmaster.blogspot.com
Thursday - Sherri from A Quilting Life (Me) - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
Friday - Monique -
http://opengatequilts.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Edit...Congrats to Siobhán who won the copy from my parade! I'll be e-mailing you!


113 comments:

momto1 said...

Favorite topic? Anything quilt-related, but especially color variations on traditional designs. I love the scrappy look you chose for the block in this post.

Rebecca Stevens said...

Topic: I guess I would have to say tips and suggestions and of course tutorials. I certainly enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing your work. And thank you Monique for an opportunity to win this book. It looks like a winner.

rebecca said...

My favorite blog topic is tutorials.

Great book review. I have added it to my to-buy list!

Just Sew Sue said...

I love to see what you're working on.

Jane said...

Right now I'm interested in learning about how to use fabrics already in your stash....fabrics you buy just because you love them but don't have a plan for and they end up sitting on your shelves for years. Thanks for the giveaway!

robinh said...

I love seeing what other people are working on...and this week I enjoyed your June organizing post. During the school year it is hard to find sewing time and I like the idea of planning ahead and making kits. Im thinking I will try some big cutting sessions before school starts for me and my family and stack up,lots of blocks to work on when there is time. This looks like a fun book!

Jeanna said...

It was fun reading the answers to your questions.

Favorite blog topic? Anything quilt related and usually something that occasionally gets back to the basics of the process.

Wanda said...

I enjoy seeing the fabric choices, the finishes, and the helpful tips.

Rosa said...

My favorite topic is tutorial and any tips and what is working on.

Deb C. said...

Hi Sherrie,
I love your fabric choices for the block. Anything made in Denise Schmidt is going to be a winner. I love tutorials! If someone could make a tutorial to show me how to have those perfect corners when doing my binding, that would be so awesome. Also, do you trim the batting and backing 1/4" away from the top or trim even with the top when sewing the binding on? Sew the binding to the front, or to the back first, or does that depend whether you're going to machine or hand stitch. Sorry. But you asked. :)

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

My favorite blog topics are about current trends. In my little town there are no cutting edge inspirations.

Melanie said...

I would say tutorials for sure!

Jodi said...

Some of my favorite blog topics are not only the tutorials, but demos on rulers and the magazine and book blog tours. I've found many new quilt books that I may not of looked at twice. I also found out about the fit to be square ruler on one of the blogs. I am using it now for this months Schnibble...love it.

Beverley said...

Blog topics are piecing, especially traditional quilts. Also I like looking at the inside of your shops......they are large compared to ours!!
Bev in Britain

hogarthc16 said...

I would love to know more about machine quilting at home. It intimidates me!!!

susan said...

Favorite topic? Quilting of course. I've had my foot stuck in the Civil War, so now I'm trying to branch out and do a few more modern designs. I absolutely love scrappy quilts which usually are traditional. I like the look of the modern quilts but haven't go the swing of it yet.

shauna said...

It would be hard to say I have a favorite blog topic. I really enjoy reading anything quilt related! I would like to know more about how you achieve such perfect and precise piecing. If you have any hints, tips or techniques to share I would love to read about them.

Sue Bennett said...

I would love to learn more about machine quilting. I can never get enough info about it.
I am a dog lover and we have miniature schnauzers.
suebennett1975@gmail.com

Pat said...

I too would love to learn more about machine quilting. I have tried and find it intimidating so give up. I also love the tutorials.

pam said...

I guess my favorite blog topics are usually tutorials. I love them. Especially if they have step by step pictures. I can visually see what is going on and which direction the seams are to be pressed.
Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.
pam

Lisa Marie said...

I like tutorials and posts about projects.

KMSC said...

Any and every post about quilting. It's all good!

Ramona said...

I would have to say most anything quilt related as that is where I spend my time in Blogland. Thank you for sharing another idea of one of Monique's fabulous designs and thanks for the chance to win her book.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Process posts are my favorite - I love to read about decisions made!

CathyK said...

My favorite Blog topics are tutorials and tricks to make better piecing!

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

Thanks for the review. I'm intrigued to see the other quilts in the book now. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lynne Tilley said...

I'd like to read more on how to machine quilting, actual patterns or methods.

Nanette Merrill said...

What a great post Sherri. Love your scrappy trips.

Carol Radcliffe said...

Nice to see what your working on and a picture of it in the book. Lovely! Thank you for this opportunity to win Monique's book.

crazy quilter said...

This sounds like a really good book. I enjoy reading any thing about what you are working on and new items you have tried, also tidbits on making our piecing better... Love all of those and the blog hops are the best, since you get to visit Blogs that are new to us... Thanks for the give away

Gill said...

I like to see what projects you're working on!

Mary said...

I love reading about anything quilt-related. I love seeing what you have been working on and getting a glimpse into the happenings at quilt market. I really appreciate all the things you share on your blog.

Josie McRazie said...

I love to read about quilty stufff... but I also love when a blogger personalizes and lets the reader be a small part of their life!

Kerry L. said...

I just love looking at blogs for inspiration. There is a lot to see and it is great to connect with the quilting world on a global scale! Would love to win!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

My favorite blog topic would be tutorials. Quick and easy ones :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Hmm favorite blog topic, that is a good question. I love tutorials, but I also love to look at quilts, and quilts in progress and read the makers thoughts. Monique's book looks like a fun one~ thanks for the chance!

Gwen said...

My favorite blog topic would be those where you show your works in progress and talk about your process. Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda R said...

I would like to know your favorite way to make (multiple) flying geese. An easy way that doesn't waste alot. Thanks for the chance to win.


Susan Smith said...

I always love reading your blog posts but this one was really fun! I love "getting to know" the authors of the blogs I read! I'd love to see more tutorials. I've never been able to take a quilting class so I get my classes online through blogs like this.

Linda said...

HELLO! FIRST OF ALL YOUR BLOG IS THE "BEST"! ALWAYS LOVE TUTORIALS AND REVIEWS OF NEW 'QUILTER ITEMS'! THANKS LOADS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

barb said...

favorite blog topic...i would have to go with inspiration. if a blog doesnt inspire you to sew, quilt, or think about quilting, what are you getting from it? I LIke when bloggers tell me about themselves. it provides an emotional connection with that person. babscorbitt@gmail.com

wendy said...

I love tutorials and seeing finished projects in different color ways. Everyone has their own fabric choices, it's nice to see the variety. Thanks!

M.W. said...

favorite topic - anything quilt related. just can't get enough inspiration
Shawn

Anita said...

Tutorials is my favorite topic.

Carol said...

I look at blogs for inspiration. I don't particularly want tutorials, but I like to see how other quilters have used fabric and colour to make something they love.

Linda V said...

I love quilting tutorials! Thanks for the giveaway and inspiration!

Chris S said...

I love tutorials :)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Hmmm..I guess my favorite topic would be anything related to quilting. I love to see what others are working on to get ideas, and I also love a good sew-along!

Wendy Ouellette said...

Great post. Always fun to get a little insight into other bloggers and quilters! I love to see tutorials on a blog.

Laura Pendley said...

I enjoy learning anything quilting related, there is just so much to learn. Each person has so much to add to such a wonderful tradition. The possibilities are endless.

thart41 said...

I love seeing what people are working in and the tutorials.

Whichcrafts said...

My favorite would be tutorials. I have learned so much from them. I would also like to learn more about quilt as you go methods.

hiyacinth said...

It's so interesting to see UFO's finally finished! Reading about the motivation to finish one and the process to complete the top into a quilt.

Leanne Parsons said...

My favourite blog topic is anything quilt related! I love seeing what people are working on...I love new patterns, tutorials and tips...it's all wonderful. Thanks for a great chance to win!

Quilting Tangent said...

Favorite topic has to be complex blocks.

Barbara Pricola said...

My favorite blog topics are tutorials, and for the present, I am particularly interested in foundation piecing. I love your scrappy approach to the block you chose.

Michelle said...

Favorite topic, hmmm, tutorials, what you are working on, finished projects, I guess its a toss up, I enjoy them all. Thanks for the chance to win.

karen said...

I love scrap quilts and your quilt is just beautiful! Would love to have a copy of this book!

Thumper said...

I learn something new each time I read any of my favorite blogs including yours. I'm new at quilting and have so much more to learn...like when you mentioned Monique's Fit to be Quarter in this blog. Now I have to go Google it and I'm sure purchase one! Thanks for all your inspiration.

DebrafromMD said...

I love making scrap quilts. How do you decide what scraps to put together?

Mie said...

I love tutorials, seeing new fabric and the lovely things you produce.

Christine M said...

mmm Favourite blog topic? I enjoy reading all things but I do enjoy tutorials. I've learnt lots of tricks by reading them. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

barbara woods said...

i love any thing about quilt's and bags. thanks for the chance

Unknown said...

I am interested in anything that relates to quilting. I also really love scrappy quilts. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Carol in Texas said...

I love finding out the bloggers favorite books. I can always use good recommendations. I did enjoy The Help, and I have read a lot of Sandra Dallas book.....especially loved "The Diary of Mattie Spencer". I so enjoy your blog, Sheri, and your quilts. Just keep it up!

Tammy said...

My favorite topics..hmm..Scraps, Scrap quilting, organization, charity sewing, and tutorials and lots of pretty eye candy pictures.

Nita said...

sometimes I get tired of quilt quilt quilt and I like to hear about other things in people's lives. Quilters are actually well-rounded people :)

Jeanne Gwin said...

Favorite topic? Hmmmm, I in interested in anything that is posted. Thanks for a chance to win this book, looks to be quite useful and fun.

Kay said...

My favorite topic would be showing different quilt patterns & how they look so different with different fabrics.

Becki said...

My favorite topic is quilting. I love to see free motion quilting, piecing, all things quilt!!! Thanks for the chance--I hope i win.

Gertie Pye said...

Sherri I would love to know how you always get your points so perfect. And when you press do you use steam? Starch? Prewash? Any little hints you have I think we would all love to know x

Margaret said...

I love reading about quilt patterns. I sew love bloggers they are so free in giving advice and tips on making quilts. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

Brenda said...

I love the posts that show what you are working on. I just love to be inspired with all the eye candy. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

KatieQ said...

I like to read what bloggers have to say about the process of making a quilt.

Kathy said...

I love to see what projects you're working on, what fabric you're using and then how it comes out. One blog can take me to another... and I love reading it all. Such inspiration...

Jackie at Adirondack Urban said...

My favorite blog topic is getting a look at other quilter's sewing spaces!

jennyg said...

My favourite topic is everything I love reading about people's quilts.

Mary Graff said...

Favorite topics would be tutorials and getting inspiration from color/pattern choices. Thanks for the chance to win.

Helen L said...

I love your block!! And I'd love a really easy quilt along! But even without that, I just love seeing the projects you make! :-)

Sylvia Anderson said...

Favorite topics are tutorials, color inspiration and the same patterns done in different color ways. Love your blog!

jmniffer said...

Favorite topics are tips and tutorials on any and all things related to quilting. I learn all I can from quilting blogs as classes aren't an option for me right now. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I like to see new ideas for block arrangements, I like the idea of this quilt where you say one block gets rotated in different ways....wow, I may need to buy that book!

Kristy said...

Pictures are my favorite blog topix. I love seeing pictures of all phases of the process of quilting.

sue said...

Like most readers, I like to see quilts and learn how to do things. I like to applique, but I'm not very good at it. I could use some lessons there. Mostly, I like to get inspired and see what's new out there.

Anda W said...

I love tutorials, I am a novice quilter who can always use a little bit of extra help! awolk at rogers dot com

Jackie said...

Tutorials are always very welcomed as it gives me a chance to learn, learn, learn!

Polly said...

It's so fun to follow a blog and learn how other quilters complete their projects. That inspires me. I've started plenty of quilts just because of something I read or watched on a blog. Addictive!

Laurel said...

I always enjoy your blog posts. I like to learn little tips which make things easier and better.

Katrina said...

I'd like to learn more about free motion quilting on a basic sewing machine and about basting for it!

supersara20 said...

I want to learn how to hand quilt...

Sandy said...

I really love to read what others are working on...and perhaps a tutorial for some of their projects? Great looking book!

helen said...

Intersting that you started with cross stitch, thats how I started craft as well, then progressed to patchwork. Love a scrap quilt!

Cecilia said...

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book. My favorite topics are tutorials and new designs.

Unknown said...

Wow I was surprised when you hadnt had cheese curds but after being on a dairy farm--it was a popular treat to pick up at the creamery. We like the flavored ones and its best when they squeak.(they are fresh then). I like how you interpret Monique quilt and then used scraps. Wonderful job.
Diane I

Patty said...

My favorites are seeing new fabric lines and the patterns they use to show off the fabric.

Betty said...

I like seeing new designs for scrap quilts.

Jennifer said...

As a beginner, I would have to say tutorials are my favorite. Thanks!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Love your scrappy quilt! I'm wanting to make a quilt that doesn't use the same fabric twice, scrap quilts are awesome. I follow lots of blogs and I like when projects are shown, photos, tutorials, tips and tricks, other projects are shown ie pillows. totes, pincushions etc. I also like learning about the blogger and their life. Monique's book looks amazing and I'd love to add it to my library.

Thank you and Monique for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Siobhán said...

What a fun block! I'm intrigued by the idea of a Denyse Schmidt scrap bin, too. Yum! I think what I'd like to learn more about is how to mix and match from different lines. I know you did a blog post on the Moda blog about that. I would love to read more about it because I'm always afraid that what I think is nice mixing & matching will end up instead to be a big hot mess.

Sandy said...

I really like to spend time reading blogs for the tutorials and getting inspired on patterns and colors. But they are entertaining and quilting is a universal language. Love Monique's diamond pattern book.
Super job.

Nathalie said...

topic? I like to read what is going on in the life of a quilter.

Fleurette said...

Love seeing lots of photos, tips and tutorials. Thank you for the giveaway. I have Monique's two previous books, love her designs.

Donna W said...

My favorite blog topic? There are so many----but if I have to narrow it down, it would be the inspiration I get from pictures and tutorials.

This book looks super!

Sallie said...

tutorials. Thanks for the giveaway!

Abby said...

So fun getting to know you a little more with your answers! I love your scrap block. What a cute pattern!

Barb Price said...

have you ever done piecing with glue? i just glue basted my binding, no pins yeah

Hetty Mapp said...

my favorite blog topic would be tutorials and hints, so many people have little shortcuts that help in making the quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

Janarama said...

Tutorials and pictures.

Pam said...

I love tutorials and seeing how others put their fabric choices together!

Bonnie58 said...

I love seeing lots of pictures and lots of tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing.

Karrie Smith said...

anything quilt/fabric related

Sarah said...

My favourite blog topic related to quilting is up and coming fabric lines that will be released soon. Thanks for the chance to win.

Carla G said...

My favorite blog topics are tips & tricks with tutorials thrown in... I'm still learning how to quilt, so almost anything will help me out! :)
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