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Discovering Design Playing with Half-Square Triangles



Welcome to Open Gate Quilts

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for joining me and hope you will enjoy looking over my patterns, books and rulers.   

My style of quilting is traditional.  I love to design using fat quarters and many of my patterns are fat quarter friendly.  My two books published through C&T Publishing are fat quarter books.  Fat Quarter Winners was published in April of 2011 and Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts published in March of 2012.  Both books include traditional piecing as well as options to use my rulers, Fit to be Square and Fit to be Geese.  I also included additional sizes for many of the patterns so you can choose to make the quilts larger.  Fat Quarter Winners is designed with fat quarters for the backgrounds where Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts uses only one background.  The prices of the books are reasonable and include 11 different quilts in each.

Diamond Traditions, my newest book with C&T Publishing is another fat quarter quilt book.  It features 11 quilts with yardage and cutting for different sizes for most of the quilts.  Again, this book gives you directions for both traditional piecing as well as using my rulers.  Diamond Traditions includes quilts with 1 background and quilts with fat quarters for background.  There is a definite diamond theme to the book in the name and the shapes that emerge when the quilts are put together. 


I have also designed 6 different rulers.  My first ruler, Fit to be Square is designed to trim Square-in-a-Square blocks.  All of my larger rulers include a free pattern to help you understand how the ruler is used and to give you a project to work on right away.  Fit to be Geese and Mini Fit to be Geese are used to trim flying geese.  Fit to be Quarter trims quarter-square triangles, combination units and half-square triangles.  Fit to be Quarter 2.5 is a mini version of Fit to be Quarter.  Fit to be Quarter 6.5 & Companion does everything that the Fit to be Quarter does plus flip-corners.  It is my newest ruler and I am so excited about it!

As you can see, I also have many patterns and those can be seen under the Pattern Section of my website.

Lately, I have been featured in several magazines, including American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Magazine and Quiltmaker.  Make sure that you continue to check my blog and these publications for new and exciting new projects!

One of the things that I enjoy most in life is traveling.  So, by combining quilting and traveling, I am in heaven.  I teach and lecture mostly in the mid-west where I live but love to venture further.  Whether you are a guild, shop owner or anyone else that is interested in having me come to teach, lecture or both, please feel free to contact me.  Don't forget to watch my upcoming events section to see where I will be.

Lastly, I have been teaching classes for Craftsy.com.  If you are not familiar with Craftsy, they offer on-line classes.  They have everything from cake decorating, to fine art, to of course, quilting!  My first class is actual a workshop and is a picture/written class, not a video.  It is called Four-Square Dance.  The second class that I am teaching is called Flying Fat Quarters and combines my love of fat quarters with flying geese.  My latest class is called Discovering Design Playing with Half-Square Triangles. They are video classes and you can sign up now.  Hope you enjoy the classes as much as I have making them!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy my website!