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Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Irish Quilting

One of my favorite places to visit is Ireland.  Sue and I went there 3 1/2 years ago and it's one of the most beautiful places.  I've only been there once but I would love to return.  The countryside was beautiful and there was so much to see.  We didn't get to see everything that we wanted so I guess there might be another trip in the future!  Here are some pictures of the wonderful countryside:


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About 2 years ago, a new publication Irish Quilting, started their business.  Since then, I have designed two quilts to go in their magazine.  One has already been published and it is called Blue me Over.  Here is a picture of it: 
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Soon, I will have another quilt in their magazine.  It is so much fun to see your designs in a magazine, let alone one from another country.  My mind is imagining on what I can do next with them!  Can't wait!

One of the best things about Irish Quilting is that they photograph the quilts in the countryside.  It is so beautiful that you can't believe it.  It's a great magazine just to see the countryside alone!

So, Tillie is doing much better in Puppy Kindergarten.  I missed last week, bad mom!  I just had too much going and couldn't make it.  Everyone was worried that we dropped out.  We are back and last night she made me proud.  She actually sat when I told her to, walked beside me fairly well and even laid down when I told her to!  She is learning and me too!  The biggest news is that she actually went through the big blue tube that they put out.  The first time, she would have NOTHING to do with it!  She pulled on the leash, barked and freaked out.  This time, she balked a bit but when she saw me at the other end, she came tearing through to get me.  Not only once but twice!!  So, last night was a good night!  We might make it and I'm even considering going on to the next class.  I don't know how the trainers will feel but what can you do?!
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One of the best things about Tillie is that she is super affectionate.  I pick her up like a baby and she puts her paws around my neck and gives me kisses.  Then, nips my nose!  Here is a picture of my big baby!

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Well, until next time, happy sewing!

Monique

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

February is a great month to sew!

Don't you think that February is the perfect month to sew?  The weather is generally pretty bad and it's either snowing, raining or both.  So, I think you either need to go somewhere warm, (like Phoenix or California)  Carrie and Nicole have it great, right now!  Or sew the whole month!  Wouldn't it be great if we could just sew every day?  Imagine what we could get done. 

This weekend I am headed up to WI with friends for a sewing retreat.  We do this twice a year and this is the time that we go.  I'm hoping to get alot done and I'm sure there will be much laughing, eating and sewing. 

Besides my own projects, my friend Joyce's husband wants her to make Ballyseede out of my fabric line.  Sue and I told her that we would help out.  So, it's all cut and ready to go.  I am teaching it next weekend at Life's a Stitch in Janesville, WI so it will be a good way to go over it before class.  We still have kits available at bundlesandbolts.com so if you are interested, they are there. 

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Tuesday, I had the please of visiting Heritage Quilt Guild in Crown Point, IN.  This is my second time lecturing and teaching at this guild.  Marilyn is the speaker coordinater and she is wonderful!  We get along great.  I taught Fit to be Square and last time I taught Fit to be Geese.  Maybe the next time I can teach my next ruler...!  I'm working on my fourth ruler and I'm hoping that it will be ready by Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.  Just a hint, you will be able to square up your blocks and 1/4 square triangles. 

In the next few days, I'm going to start to advertise pre-orders of my book.  I'm anxiously waiting to see it!  Here is the information that C&T Publishing is providing: 

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Have a great weekend and talk to you next week!

Monique
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Puppy Shreds
I have a new marketing idea.  I'm going to take Tillie to offices and give her their documents that need shredding!  She is perfect for the job.  Why? You ask.  Well, let me tell you.  I was getting ready for work yesterday morning and I was not paying attention to Tillie.  She decided that she was mad at me for locking her in the family room.  By the way, she has her toys, water, a comfy couch to sleep on and a great view of the front and back yard.  Life is tough, huh?  So, when I came in after getting ready, what did I see? 

This:


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And this:

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She was so proud of the fact that she took all the kleenex and shredded it to bits.  How much fun is that, mom?  I wasn't happy about cleaning up but how can you get mad at that face?!?! 

I did get to do some sewing this past weekend.  I trimmed a lot of flying geese.  If you have the Mini Fit to be Geese Ruler, I have a really great trick for it.  I like to trim 2" x 3 1/2" geese with the mini because I can trim 2 sides at once.  I also cut 3-4 layers of post-it notes to a 1" square.  Then I stick it on the back of my ruler where the "roof" of the ruler is.  What the post-it notes do is prevent the ruler from slipping when you trim. 

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Then, I trim the two sides, right and top (or left and top if you are left-handed), rotate the piece, line up the 2" x 3 1/2" line on the bottom and the trimmed side to the side and trim the last 2 sides.  Quick and easy if you are doing 280 flying geese, which I was! 



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This trick comes from Sue in Madison, WI.  I really appreciate this wonderful trick and use it a lot!

I've added some new dates and places that I will be lecturing and teaching at so make sure you check my Upcoming Events section of my website.

Have a great week.

Monique
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Blizzard - Snow Day!
Well, most of you are either in the midst of getting a blizzard or are aware of the blizzard.  Here in the midwest, we are in the midst of it.  When you talk to everyone there are complaining about the snow.  I totally understand if you have to drive in an emergency or are stranded and I sympathise.  But, I am actually excited about having a snow day.  It gives me a chance to be at home with Bill and the dogs.  It's like a free day.  Normally, I would be working then come home and work some more.  I think that tomorrow I'm going to take the day and sew all day!  What a great way to spend a day inside.    

It looks like Puppy Kindergarten will be cancelled for tomorrow.  Tillie and I will just have to practice tomorrow night.  She is getting really good at sitting and down but she is still doesn't like the leash.  We are working on it though.   

This last weekend, I taught at Patches and Prints retreat.  It was awesome.  I love all the ladies that attend the retreat and several of my students got their quilt done.  Very impressive!  Here is a picture of the finished quilt. 

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We do a show and tell on Friday night of the year before quilt.  I taught Winter Wonder and here are some of the finished quilts. 

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If you are interested in attending next year's retreat, let me know and we can put your name on the list to receive information.

Have a great snow day!

Monique
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tillie is going to pass!

Well, last night was a much better night at Puppy Kindergarten!  Tillie actually walked on the leash, sat when told to and made me proud!  I think that we are both going to make it through this class!  Thank goodness for the instructor, Gayle, she is patient and totally understanding.  I think that both the instructors didn't think she would make it either.  But, we practiced alot and she was not so freaked out as last week.  Several of the other puppy mom's said that they were worried about Tillie last week, how sweet!  She loves all the other people but is having problems with the other puppies.  I don't know what the big deal is, she has Maple and loves Sadie.  Maybe she is getting Maple's attitude?!  Hmmm...Anyway, I have breathed a sigh of relief that we made it through another night and we are doing much better. You are right Carrie, they are smarter than we are!  She knows how to get what she wants, when she wants it!  Thelma had said that everyone is nervous on their first day of kindergarten and she is right, I was as nervous as Tillie was! 

Another cool thing about going to class is to get to see all the puppies!  As you can probably tell, I love dogs and puppies too.  Last night we got to exchange puppies and play with the other puppies, that was so much fun!  All the other puppies are so cute, there is a cocker spaniel, a Morkie, a Bernese Mountain Dog (she is so cute, Molly), a couple of pit bulls, a black lab and several others.  I am sure getting my puppy fix!  Tillie absolutely loved the other people when they had her.  She was all over them.  She is so funny!

So, now that I'm feeling better, I am getting back into the swing of things.  I have a retreat this weekend in the Chicago area, Patches and Prints,  and I'm teaching Across the Ocean.  It is one of the patterns that I designed to go with Olde World Style.  Great quilt and a fun class.  I wouldn't be surprised if some of the students got it done this weekend.  We always have a good time at the retreat and it's nice to see people I haven't seen in a while. 

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Another quilt that I re-did using Olde World Style, is Box of Chocolates, renamed Twinkling Stars.  Quilt Magazine just published it in the new fabrics and it is so pretty!  They put it in their 2011 Quilt Almanac magazine and it is a great publication.  If you get a chance, check it out.  We are offering kits on bundlesandbolts.com .  It is such a thrill to see your designs in a magazine. 

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Talk to you next week!  Have a great weekend!

Monique
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Monday, January 24, 2011

January - A Fresh Start

A wise lady, Jill, said to me:  "I truly love January, not for the weather...this
California girl has adapted quite a bit over the years, but not that much. I
love the “clean slate” that January brings. A new beginning, a fresh start. "

As most of you know, I'm a Canadian girl so I love the cold.  My brother and dad would not agree with me but I definitely love it.  So, January is a great month.  I love the colder weather, the time to be able to spend it at home with your family and hang out.  I'm not much for winter sports, or any sports for that matter so it's okay with me to stay home and be cozy. 

Now, Tillie agrees with me about the weather.  She loves it outside in the cold.  She doesn't have a full coat at this point but she still thinks it is fun to run, jump and eat snow.  Sadie came over last weekend and again, they had a blast running outside.  Tillie is getting as fast as Sadie is so watch out Sadie, I think you have met your match.

Puppy Kindergarten...oh boy!  We sure had a rude awekening!  Poor Tillie screamed and cried when I put the collar on.  So, when we got the the training facility, there were dozens of other dogs there, people, noise...crazy!  Tillie just stood and shook.  Many friendly people came over to help me out but she would have none of the consoling or cajoling to do anything.  She just wanted to jump in my lap and shake.  I finally got her to walk a foot or two with her leash and collar on but that was it.  No sitting (which, by the way, we have been practicing and she is perfect at home!), no eating of treats (which she can't get enough of when we are at home), no nothing but shaking and crying.  So, needless to say, we were the worst in the first class of our puppy kindergarten class.  Like I told Bill, we were the worst of the worst and remember, they are all puppies that are less than 5 months old.  Well, we have no place to go but up, right?!?  I am determined to get that little dog through this class so we are going to practice, practice, practice!  Wish me luck!  Who would ever think that this sassy puppy would be so scared?!

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Tillie with her new collar on!

Hope you all enjoy January as much as Jill and I do.  Keep warm and enjoy the new beginning!

Monique
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Questions for you

Hi Everyone,

The questions of the day are:  What are your favorite and least favorite parts of quilting?  We all have our favorite point in the quilting process and parts that we dread.

Here are my favorite parts:

1.  I love to pick out fabric for a new project.  It is so much fun to go through your stash or go to a quilt store and look at all those yummy fabrics.  Then to imagine how they will look together and how beautiful the quilt will come out.  I still get a little thrill when I start choosing for a new project. 

2.  Cutting of the quilt...I know...what!?!  most people say that this is their least favorite part of quilting.  I think it's the Mathematician in me.  I love the preciseness of cutting and the figuring out how much I will get from each strip. 

Okay, now my least favorite part:

Borders!  If you notice on most of my quilt patterns, I stay away from pieced borders.  The reason is that I just don't like to put borders on quilts.  Even the solid borders, I don't like to do.  I know that it finishes the quilt off and makes it complete and is necessary for most quilts but I just don't like to do it.  I've tried to analyze the reason for this.  I think it's because it takes a lot longer than I think it should and it's tedious to make sure that they fit right.  I recently did a small wall hanging quilt that had 3 borders, a skinny inner, a larger middle and a skinny outer.  I had it all together, was looking it over and decided that the middle border was too big.  It took away from the center of the quilt.  So, now I had to rip.  That's one thing about me, if I don't like something in a quilt, I will change it right away.  It will bother me until I change it.  So, I spent most of the rest of the afternoon ripping the seams and re-doing the border.  Of course, as usual, I'm on a deadline so now I'm scrambling to get the back pieced and ready for my quilter.  Thankfully, LeAnne Olson is my quilter for this project and she is very flexible.  She is actually going to bring her Old English Sheepdog, Sadie over Saturday to have a play date with Tillie.  She's picking up the quilts too so tomorrow I will be getting the backing ready. 

Now, it's your turn, let me know what is your favorite and least favorite parts of quilting.  It's fun to see what other people think.

I wanted to give a warm thank you to both quilt guilds for inviting me to lecture at their guilds yesterday.  They both were wonderful and I enjoyed meeting everyone!  My next lecture is in Crown Point, Indiana so if you are in the area, please come by!

Have a great weekend everyone!  I will be busy putting borders on quilts!  Wink

Monique

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Off to lecture

Tomorrow I am off to lecture in Steger and Flossmoor, Illinois.  Both my lectures are on Wednesday but I am going tomorrow evening to stay in the area.  I am excited to get the new year and new schedule going.  Now that Christmas and the holidays are over, it's back to routine.

My parents left on Friday and I got my sewing room and house back in order.  I love to have my parents visit, we had an awesome time but it's nice to get back to normal.  My sewing room is set up and my Christmas decorations are put away.  Time to get busy! 

I made another bag this weekend from Terry Atkinson's Zippy Strippy bag and I love them.  I now have 3 coordinating bags in the three sizes from the pattern.  Check them out...aren't they great!  Nicole from Sister's Choice and Pat from Life's a Stitch inspired me to make them.  It's one of those things that you want to make more and more with different colors.  Here are the 3 different bags.  I made the smallest one to put my I-Pod in and it's perfect and my I-Pod skin is the same color as the bag...coincidence?!

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Big news for Tillie and I.  We are going to Puppy Kindergarten.  I think it's more for me than for her.  She pretty much runs the house so I need to take back some control (good luck!)  Anyway, we start next Wednesday so I will keep you up on her progress.  Saturday, I decided that she needed to get used to wearing a collar and riding in the car.  Oh boy!  I put the collar on her and then the leash.  You would have thought that I had hurt her!  She squealed like crazy!  Maple came running over to make sure she was okay (or to see if she could help finish her off...hmmm!?!) Don't worry, Maple doesn't hurt her, she just puts her in her place when needed.  Anyway, she freaked out with the collar on but I drug her to the car and once in, she was perfect.  A little scared but no crying or whining.  I guess we will have to work on it before next Wednesday.  Always an adventure with Tillie! 



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Talk to you soon!

Monique

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year.  It has been a busy couple of weeks.  I was in Canada for Christmas, which was wonderful, as always and now my parents are visiting. 

Christmas in Winnipeg is always a great time.  My brother and his family are wonderful to me and we all get along great.  My niece, Holly, is in beauty school to become a nail technician.  So, she gave me a manicure and painted my toe nails.  Love the pampering!  I could have had one every day!  She is doing excellent in school and she will be a great success.  I am so proud of her!  She likes to do nail art and she painted Christmas presents on my toes.  They are so much fun!
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My other niece, Blaire, made me a scrapbook for Christmas.  She is so talented and it is so creative.  I was super touched.  It brought me to tears.  I am so proud of her too!  Here are some pages that she created.  Can you believe a 14 year old did this?  Love it!

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Me when I was young.

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Holly, Blaire and I

My brother, Mike also has loads of talent.  He has sold several of his art work and is getting more and more known.  He does pieces on consignment and his area of expertise is pastels of sports figures and musicians.  His art is being sold through Birchwoodartgallery.com

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My brother, Mike and niece, Holly

Tillie...she has been growing like a weed!  She is now over 20 pounds and keeps growing!  My mom and dad are visiting and my dad has taken a real shine to her.  He thinks she is the cutest thing.  He plays with her, hugs her, talks to her and she is eating it up.  She is going to be in for a big let-down when he leaves!  My mom likes her too but appreciates calm Maple more.  Maple just wants attention and quiet.  My mom can give her that.  

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My dad and Tillie

No sewing in the last few weeks but I am looking forward to this weekend.  I have to dismantle my sewing room when my mom and dad are in town so on Friday, I'm going to get everything back in place so I can sew again.  Deadlines will be coming soon!  My dad helped me get all my patterns and rulers stuffed and organized.  My mom helped me organize my closet and sewing cabinet yesterday and I'm so excited about it.  Here are pictures of the "after"...I conveniently forgot to take "before" pictures...it was quite a mess!


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I've had a few comments for testimonials for my website...thank you Lisa and Karen!!  They will be posted later this week.  Karen commented about my rulers and that is awesome.  I really appreciate any feedback on any of my products.  Thanks again and please, if anyone has any other comments, let me know. 

Have a great week and will talk to you later this week.

Monique
 
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Some Updates

Hi everyone!

I wanted to let you know a few updates that I am doing on my website.  Many people have asked if I would put a little bio of myself on my website and a picture.  At first I didn't want to do this because it is embarrassing but after several different companies and people have mentioned it, I thought about it more.  One of the things that I do when I'm looking at a website, blog or even a book, is I check to see what someone looks like and a bit about them.  So, I thought, I should include a picture with my bio. 

Another thing that C&T Publishing mentioned is that I need to put testimonials on my website of my patterns.  So...I'm asking you.  Can you comment on some of my patterns, if you like them or what you like about them?  I would really appreciate the feed back.  If you make a positive comment, I will email you a special pattern just for you!  So, that means, I need your email address too.  If you prefer not to post your email address, please email the comment and your email address to me at:
info@opengatequilts.com  I hate to ask people for favors but I'm not above bribing you guys with something special!  :)

Meanwhile, Christmas is in full swing at my house and here in the office.  (yes, I do have another job)  We have lots of cookies, everyone's happy and in good cheer.  Lots of dinners out and visiting with friends and family.  Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays.

I did get to sew last weekend and here are some yummy fabrics that I am working on.  I love the combination of pinks, reds and creams and these are from a Fench General line Pom Pom de Paris.  Yum!  One of my favorite parts of quilting is the choosing and planning of the quilt.  The anticipation of how it will look, the colors, the hunting for the perfect fabrics.  So much fun! 

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One more picture of Tillie - this is how she looks when I leave the room and she is waiting for me. 

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Well, take care and I will blog next week. 

Monique
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Quiltmaker Interview

When Ballyseede came out in Quiltmaker magazine, they asked me where the inspiration for the quilt and the name came from.  When I told them, they then asked if I would do an interview for their blog.  I agreed and they posted it last week on their blog.  Here is the interview:

Monique Dillard’s Ballyseede Quilt

The Jan/Feb issue of Quiltmaker features a quilt called Ballyseede by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. We asked Monique to tell us about the quilt’s inspiration.

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Ballyseede by Monique Dillard from Quiltmaker Jan/Feb 2011

Ballyseede is an unusual name for a quilt. What is its origin?

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A couple of years ago, a friend and I traveled to Ireland for a tour of the country.  We stayed in a castle in Tralee and the castle’s name is Ballyseede.

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The tile floor in the entryway had a beautiful design.  I thought it was perfect inspiration for a quilt.

Please tell us a little about the trip: its purpose, your traveling companions, places you visited.

The purpose of the trip was purely pleasure.  I lived in Germany for two years.  My parents taught for the military and were based in Lahr in the Black Forest about 30 miles from Strasbourg, France. I had many opportunities to travel in the main part of Europe but not Ireland. I had always wanted to go there and definitely want to return.

About three years before we went, my friend Sue and I started saving for the trip. We planned for months and gathered opinions from friends who had been there. First we spent 3 days in London and then we flew to Dublin and headed straight for the countryside.

One of the things I like to do when I visit another country is to bring small handmade gifts for people that we meet. If they are particularly helpful or friendly, we will give them a gift. The first time that I did this, my friend and I made small wool table mats and for this trip to Ireland, we made pillowcases.  The recipients were very pleased with their gifts and it felt good to show our appreciation.

What did you find inspiring during the trip and how are those inspirations finding their way into your quilts?

The tile works and scenery were so inspiring!  The beautiful greens of the countryside were admirable. There were tile floors all over and the possibilities were endless. I have named several of my quilts after places that we visited in Ireland. The town of Kinsale was inspiration for one of my quilts.

Our favorite village, Inistioge, was also an inspiration for our Block of the Month book. Up the hill from Inistioge is Woodstock Gardens. We named one of the quilts after this stunning place. The trees, shrubs, flowers and grass areas were unbelievable.

What travel recommendations would you make for others going to the same places? What would you recommend that people not miss?

Stay in B & B’s so that you can talk to the owners of the establishments and learn the best places to go. Take time to stop and have a beer and talk to the locals. I loved the small towns, the history and the scenery. If you are brave enough to drive, do it! The roads are very narrow but it is worth being able to go wherever you want. We saw many things that would be hard to see from a train. There were times when we stopped just to take a picture or wander around.

Places that shouldn’t be missed: Adare, Kinsale, Kenmare, Dingle, Inistioge, and Doolin. Sites not to miss: Woodstock Gardens, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Countryside views.

Anything else about the quilt, your work or yourself you’d like our readers to know?

I grew up sewing with my aunt and I loved Home Ec. I was born in Canada. When I was 21 and I moved to the U.S. to marry my husband, I told him I wanted two things: to get my degree and to get an Old English Sheepdog. I did both.

My degree in mathematics plays an important role in my quilting career. I use math in my patterns to figure yardage, cutting and the geometry of the quilts. I have designed three rulers and math plays an important part in designing them.

I have designed over 75 patterns, three block of the month books with my friend Sue, one baby book and a line of fabric with Maywood Studio. My love of antique textiles, tapestries and tiles gave me inspiration to design my fabric line, Olde World Style. Traveling throughout Europe and seeing the beautiful architecture has been inspirational.

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Remember that I told you that I would have pictures of Tillie and Sadie?  Well, I do.  They had a blast.  At first, Tillie wasn't sure what to do with Sadie because she has so much energy but she soon figured it out.  They chased each other, ate snow, jumped, barked, had a blast.  That night, Tillie was exhausted and I want to know when Sadie can come back for another play date!!!!

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LeAnne, LeAnne's daughter, Sami, Sadie and Tillie

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Tag, you're it!

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Aren't we playing anymore?!

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Sweet Sadie

Thanks for dropping by!

Monique
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Weekend of Sewing

I am so excited!!  I am going to have 3 whole days to sew, sew, sew!  I have Fridays off from my "real job" so most of the time I am home.  It just seems like lately, I am running errands on Friday, working on the computer, or trying to get things done around the house.  So, I've decided that everything is going to have to wait until Monday and I'm going to sew all weekend.

The only problem is...Tillie.  If I am in my sewing room, she can't be there.  Why?  You ask.  Well, if you have a puppy, you know exactly why.  If I give her a toy, she chews for about 10 seconds and then she's looking for something else to do.  Of course, my sewing room is not exactly the neatest place, especially when I am working on a project so she immediately is looking for something else to get into.  Then she is put back in the family room with Bill.  Lots of crying goes on and then about an hour later, Bill comes in and says "Tillie and I are lonely!"  Oh boy!  So, I go into the family room for a while and hang out with them.   This is my day.  Of course, I wouldn't change them for anything but it sure is hard to get things done lately.  My goal this weekend is to start early, take lots of Bill and Tillie breaks and get some sewing done.  I am working on a project in my favorite colors...red and creams.  Here are some pieces.   I can't show you the whole block but wanted you to see how wonderful the fabrics are.  Made, of course, using my Fit to be Geese ruler!

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We had our first snow fall this past weekend and Tillie loved it!  Here are some pictures of her playing in the snow!  She had a blast running and jumping. 

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Tillie and I are getting some visitors tomorrow.  LeAnne Olson, my awesome talented machine quilter is bringing her Old English Sheepdog, Sadie over to meet Tillie.  I am so excited.  Tillie will have a buddy that's not an old grump (no offense to Maple because you know I love her but she's old and doesn't want anything to do with Tillie)  Sadie is 4 so she is full of energy and will run Tillie like crazy.  Love it!  Will have some good pictures of them.

Have a great weekend!

Monique
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Fat Quarter Book!

I am so excited!!  My book is starting to be advertised.  I received the C&T Publishing catalog and I'm in there!  It is such a thrill to see your name in print.  Here is a picture of the cover for my book. 

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This is a synopsis of the book, straight from C&T Publishing:

Fat Quarter Winners
11 New Quilt Projects from Open Gate

What makes this fat-quarter book different is the emphasis on using every last bit of each piece of fabric.  From block to backing to binding, nothing is wasted.  Each project includes Monique's "clever shortcuts," as well as streamlined techniques for easy piecing.  Each pair of blocks creates interesting secondary patterns when they're combined to reveal a more complex look

- 11 classic quilt designs to make with favorite fat quarters

- Create great two-color quilts with coordinating blocks from just two different fat quarter fabrics

- Multiple quilt sizes are included for each project - just add extra fat quarter-based block to go from a lap quilt to a king-sized bed quilt.

Here are some of the quilts in the book: 

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Pinochle

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Crazy Eights

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Rummy

Are you wondering where the names came from?  I named the quilts in the books after the card games that I grew up playing.  It's a great reminder of my childhood and I still play cards with my husband and our families. 

My book is the first in a series that C&T is publishing.  It is called the Quiltmaker's Club - More Patters for Less.  They have gathered projects from established patternmakers into affordable books.  The book retails for $14.95, great deal! 

The release date is April, 2011.  We will have more details on pre-order on www.bundlesandbolts.com soon!

Talk to you soon!

Monique
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

December is here!

Do you remember when you were a kid and you couldn't wait for Christmas?  I try to remind myself of this whenever the holidays get overwhelming and you feel like time goes too fast.  It's a great way to keep yourself grounded and enjoy the holidays.  Whatever holiday you celebrate, remember to take the time to enjoy.  I'm trying to stop and enjoy the moments in life.  Last night, Sue and I went over to my friend, Joyce's house and we sewed Christmas gifts.  We laughed, ate and talked.  When I think about it now, what a great way to spend an evening. 

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Sue and Tillie's sister, Mini

Tillie is growing like a weed!  She is getting taller and taller and her nose can now stretch to sniff what's on the table.  Of course, we are trying to keep her from doing that but you know how puppies are!  She is a very playful puppy and she thinks that Maple and I are her playthings!  Maple is getting much more tolerant of her so things are getting calmer at our house.  Here are some new pictures of Tillie.  Okay, question of the day, what do you do to help the teething?  She is constantly chewing on everything, especially my fingers!  I've tried yelping like a puppy, grabbing her mouth, saying "No!", giving her a toy to bite...any other suggestions from those "dog whisperers" out there?  She is a great puppy but her mouth is going 24-7. 



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Let's play!

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Whatcha doing, mom?!?

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Sweet Face

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Look how long she's getting!


Did I tell everyone that I am writing a book for C&T Publishing?  It is due out April, 2011 and it is a fat quarter book.  This is my first book that I have written for C&T.  It was an awesome experience and I am enjoying the whole process.  C&T is both professional and supportive.  There will be 11 projects in the book and with most of the quilts, I've included a chart with multiple sizes.  The book is called Fat Quarter Winners and I based all the names of the quilts after card games that I grew up playing.  Can't wait for it to come out and for you guys to see it.  I will be posting sneak peaks in the months to come. 

Well, that's it for now, don't forget to comment on help for my teething puppy! 

Monique
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