Monique Dillard, of Rockford, Illinois, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her love of quilting was nurtured by relatives in Canada who taught her the art of handwork and sewing. She parlayed her degree in mathematics into a genuine understanding of the need for accurate 1/4" seams, squared blocks, and precise cutting. She was a regular teacher at her local quilt shop for 15 years until her budding quilt design business, Open Gate, steered her career toward a national audience. These days, you can find Monique teaching across the United States at quilt guilds, weekend retreats, and quilt shops. Monique's classes always fill up fast with fans from previous classes and students eager to learn from this talented designer.
Fat Quarter Winners: 11 New Quilt Projects from Open Gateby Monique Dillard
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What makes this fat-quarter quilt book different is its emphasis on using every last bit of each piece of fabric — from block to backing to binding, nothing is wasted. Each project includes Monica Dillard'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. You'll get terrific results stitching up these classic, traditional favorites from your stash of fat quarters.
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