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Friday, May 6, 2016

Inspiration


Yvette Jones and Marian Gallian
Having our book published this month is not only an honor, it is an homage to the inspiration of mothers.

As we are in the throes of motherhood, little do we know the great influence we can be to those watching and learning from us.

I look at my own mom (whom we dedicated our book to) and her humility, hard work, gentleness and great talent. She was a teacher, but she did not know it. She has inspired me and all of her grandchildren. Mom showed me the joy of hard work and the rewards of patience and the pride of a job well done. Thanks mom.

I also want to say thank you here to my own daughter Yvette who co-authored our book. Without her, this book would not have happened. I do have 7 children and each has their own special talents, but this is about Yvette today. She is an amazing mom, always teaching and sharing with her children and providing enriching activities for them. She is a caring sister, wonderful wife and a loving daughter. Thank you Yvette.





Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Revisiting a Favorite



What can I say. Sometimes fabrics just inspire me and tell me what quilt they belong in. Such was the case with this great pile of 30's fabrics. I loved them and they made me feel good. I spent some time reviewing my favorite patterns and the one that jumped out at me was Lemonade and Lace from my new book Dresden Carnival. I envisioned these fabrics and that quilt and it was stunning. I decided to go ahead and start that very day. Every day that I  worked on it was a thrill as I enjoyed the fabric and the pattern. Here is my completed quilt.

And the winner is






And the winner is Pam from Springfield Oregon.  She wins a copy of our new book Dresden Carnival.  Her favorite was the Lily Pad quilt.  I love that one too.
Congratulation Pam.



 The Lily Pad quilt is stunning in this color combo, which is the one that gave it it's name.  The fabrics are from Emaily Herrick's "Rustique" line (Michael Miller Fabrics) which I really love.


 We did an alternate version of Lily Pad to show the quilts versatility,  Here it is in Joel Dewberry's fabric Collection Modern Meadow - First Bloom Collection.  It shows off the versatility of the pattern.





Friday, April 29, 2016

Dresden Carnival Book Review

At last it is my turn to tell you all about our new book, Dresden Carnival.  It is the product of 4 years of hopes, dreams, creativity, hard work and love. And I am very happy to be part of the Stash Family of books.

"So why the Dresden Plate?" you may say. I think it goes back to my childhood. When I was in first grade my dad was serving in the Korean war in 1952. While he was gone my mother made me a quilt of all the left over scraps from making my dresses and hers. That quilt was always with me, but I didn't appreciate it as much then as I do now. I remember her hand stitching each block and then hand quilting the whole quilt. Now the edges are well worn and frayed, but when I need to feel my mother's love surrounding me, I get it out and wrap it around me. Because you CAN feel the love.


The Dresden my Mom made

The Lemonade and Lace is my favorite quilt in the book and I really enjoyed the reverse applique and making the eyelet holes in the border to give it a special and unique touch. I've already made a second variation of the quilt and posted a few pics of my process below:










Now that you've had a chance to see the whole blog hop, tell us which quilt from the book is your favorite for the chance to win your own copy of Dresden Carnival. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 2nd here on the blog. An international winner will receive an ebook, while a US winner will receive a hard copy.
Mon. April 18:
C&T Publishing | http://www.ctpub.com/blog/  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book Review - Wanderlust quilts



 Wanderlust Quilts

I had the priviledge of meeting the author at Quilt market in Houston last month. Her quilts are beautiful. The cover quilt is very interesting as it can be a cape or a lap quilt and the design fits neatly on your body. I plan on making one myself. Here are some additional pictures I took of her quilts in this book. Enjoy

















































Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Secret Stuff for 1 out of 20 people

I'm going to start today by sharing what I love most.  I love to quilt and I love to research. I'm not a writer and I don't have a bubbly personality.  Rather I love to create things and I've always wondered if I could start a business making this craft or that.  I used to send my children out canvasing door to door in our neighborhood selling crafts just to see if they were salesworthy projects. ( Is it any  wonder that 4 of my children are now good salespeople. ) 

I was an accountant/CPA  (they come with a dry personality) and I would spend my time costing out my projects.  I wanted to know if there was really any money to be made once I added up my hours to make the project plus all the dollars I spent on craft supplies.

And this is where the research comes in.  I would search for anyone making similar projects and how they made theirs to see how mine compared.  And how much were they selling theirs for!  That was usually the death of my projects.  I wasn't willing to work for 10 cents an hour just to say I sold  something.   

So what is today's research? 

Do you know that 1 out of 20 Americans quilt.   That's 16 million active quilters according to the 2014 research numbers that were released. And they spend $3.76 billion a year on quilting. Whether times are good or bad, quilters quilt.  Quilting is not an optional hobby.

Can you guess how many sewing machines the average quilter owns?  How many do you have?  More on the answer to this later.  

Secret stuff 

I haven't had much to write about for a long time because most of my new quilts were secret.  That is to say, they will be released either when the new fabric comes out or (ring the bells here) when our book is released from C & T Publishers.   Yes, that's right, my daughter, Yvette Marie Jones and I are co-authoring a book thru Stash Quilts.  We are quite excited.  The first draft is almost finished.  

I am working on 2 of the quilts for the book right now.  I can give you a sneak peak at the fabrics I used.  I fell in love with both of them when I saw them.

The first is "Henna" from Makower UK.  


The second is "Modern Folkloric" also by Makower UK.


I also have 3 new patterns being released soon by both Riley Blake Designs and Andover Fabrics - I will show them to you as soon as I can.

I was reading about Indie Pattern Designers on Craftsy today.  I found a great article in Forbes magazine touting the niche that Craftsy is filling for our craft community.  
I do sell patterns on Craftsy as Pink Hippo Quilts and they are doing very well.  I am very happy about that.  Take a look at our Evening Stars pattern.




Monday, June 16, 2014

Windmills and Wildflowers


The “Field Day” fabric collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics has just hit the stores and we are excited to share our new quilt pattern “Windmills and Wildflowers” featuring Alison’s “Field Day” and “Pearl Bracelets” fabrics. This dynamic quilt has both piecing and appliqué techniques and is suitable for the intermediate quilter. 

Pink Hippo Quilts has been designing quilts for Andover for almost a year, and our quilt “Cadence,” designed with Carol Van Zandt’s “Pop Rox,” has had record sales and will soon be featured in Keepsake Quilting. Our free to use quilt patterns for Andover include “Seaside at Dusk,” “Flower Trail,” “Hey Sugar” and “Cottage Garden.” Please visit PinkHippoQuilts.com www.pinkhippoquilts.com to order “Windmills and Wildflowers” and see our other quilt patterns featuring Andover Fabric collections. We accept both retail and wholesale orders.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cadence featured at Market in the Andover Booth


Thanks to my friend Daryl Cohen of Andover Fabrics for posting a picture of our Cadence Quilt hanging at market (top right).  This is a smaller version of the quilt.  Cadence was made with Pop Rox fabric by Andover Fabrics and Carol Van Zandt.

New Free Patterns

It was our pleasure to design 2 new free patterns for Andover Designs.

The first pattern is Low Tide with Fabric by Andover Designs and Jane Dixon.  Click on the picture to be taken to the free pattern on the Andover site.



The second pattern is Flower Trail by Andover Fabrics and Lizzy House.  Click on the picture to be taken to the free pattern on the Andover site.


Posy Patch introduced at Market

Introducting our new quilt Posy Patch designed with Lula Magnolia fabrics by Riley Blake Designs and  Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish.  You can see it below hanging at market in the Riley Blake Booth.  

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cadence

I received a picture today of our "Cadence" quilt design hanging at a shop in Upstate New York.  I thought i would share the picture here.  I just love this quilt.  I just received my fabric and can't wait to make my own.

The fabric designer of Pop Rox is Carol Van Zandt distributed by Andover Fabrics.  The pattern was designed for Pink Hippo Quilts by by Vetmari.


The pattern is available on our website at http://www.pinkhippoquilts.com/.  Click on the link to be taken there directly.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Edita's Spring Bouquet

I want to share a video I watched today from one of my favorite quilters, Edita Sitar. It is her quilting window for her Spring Bouquet quilt featuring fusible applique techniques. I learned quite a few things from this like the tip about putting the light under my fabric to layout my applique. I do love my applique. Even though I prefer needleturn applique, some of the techniques here cross over.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

More FREE Patterns - Each one gets better and better


Introducing the "Cotton Garden Quilt" designed by Yvette Jones for Pink Hippo Quilts.  It is featured as a free pattern download on the Andover Fabrics Website


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Student Pictures

What a delight this week to see my student Louise Lemon and the beautiful quilt she made from our class last year on L'amoutr est Trouve. She added a wonderful corded scalloped border to her quilt with great results. See from the pictures here how nice it looks.