Monique Dillard
Craftsy Instructor

Monique's love of quilting was encouraged by relatives who taught her the art of handwork and sewing. Before beginning her quilt design business, Open Gate, Monique was an instructor at her local quilt shop for 15 years. These days, she teaches across the United States at quilt guilds and weekend retreats. Monique has designed six quilting rulers, more than 90 Open Gate patterns and written three books with C&T Publishing: Fat Quarter ... Read Full Bio »

Monique's Craftsy Classes


Discover Design: Playing With Half-Square Triangles

Unleash your inner quilt designer with versatile half-square triangles! Join professional quilter Monique Dillard to create three breathtaking projects: a stunning art piece, a batik quilt and a dazzling, diamond-effect quilt. Get started with five fast HST-making methods, then dive into setting options that allow you to modify any pattern. Learn how to combine half-square triangles with simple four-patch blocks, and experiment with color placement and block rotation to create a range of inspiring designs. Next, play with two sizes of HSTs for an eye-catching effect, and discover how to use the same technique to make an exquisite pieced border. And, find out how to resize blocks and enlarge any pattern, for beautiful quilts that always measure up. Explore endless pattern possibilities, and jumpstart your designing journey!



Flying Fat Quarters

Guidance from professional pattern designer Monique Dillard will empower you to add your own creative twist to traditional blocks with custom patterns of graceful Flying Geese.  During class, you'll create classic quilt projects with flawless Flying Geese and without wasting fabric.  Get comfortable cutting and piecing Flying Geese as you make a decorative pillow. Blend Flying Geese into traditional Courthouse Stepped blocks for a lap quilt with soaring visual interest. Make a large quilt with on-point blocks featuring swirling Flying Geese, half-square triangles, flip corners, and a brilliant secondary star pattern! Along the way, learn pressing and piecing tips for beautifully precise projects. 

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Monique's Projects

Stacked Geese Finished Quilt
Playing with HSTs Quilt
Batik HST Quilt
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