Welcome to the final reveal of the Blogger Girls BOM, hosted by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. This beautiful design of Monique's has been such fun to work on over the past six months. Monique designed a total of six quilt blocks, one a month, starting in January. She had clever alternate color suggestions, so you could make two blocks a month from the same pattern, and have them look totally different depending on how you placed your colors.
I chose a different setting than the one that Monique designed to go with the pattern. In the past, Monique had designed a setting that I loved, that used an alternate block that formed a secondary chain pattern. I combined that earlier design of Monique's into this quilt, with great results.
That alternate block also increased the size of the quilt to ginormous proportions! This quilt turned out King size for sure! I think the longer side is 100 inches.
The size of the quilt made it really tricky for me to photograph. You can get an idea of the size of the quilt by how much is hanging over the side of my queen sized bed. You wouldn't believe the gyrations I went through trying to get a decent picture.
The fabric collection I used was Audra's Iris Garden, designed by Brannock and Patek for Moda. You can still download the block patterns and setting instructions from Monique's website, but don't delay printing them out, because they will not be available for free much longer. You may enjoy visiting the Flickr site to see other versions of these blocks made by a number of people who have joined in the sew along.
Also, don't miss checking out these blog sites today to see the final reveal of the bloggers Monique invited to participate in this fantastic project:
Sherri from A Quilting Life - aquiltinglife.blogspot.com
Thelma from Cupcakes ‘n Daisies ~ cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com
Lissa from Moda Lissa ~ ModaLissa.blogspot.com
Denise from Quilter’s Window ~ Quilterswindow.com/blog/
Lisa from Stashmaster ~ The-Stashmaster.blogspot.com
Thank you so much Monique for the invitation to join in this Block of the Month program, and for your beautiful pattern designs.