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!