Dresden Carnival: 16 Modern Quilt Projects Innovative Designs
By Marian B Gallian and Yvette Marie Jones
104 pages, plus pullouts Stash Books, $25.95
The cover of this new release immediately draws us in to a late spring afternoon, a quilt, and a pillow or two, a few good quilting books, cool beverages and time. Time to savor the pages, renew our creative spirit, and enjoy this moment. (You know those moments, the rare ones to be savored and enjoy.)
So use one of those moments to enjoy this fresh take on Dresden Plate designs by the mother/daughter duo Marian B Gallian and Yvette Marie Jones. The sewing lineage in their family runs deep, with Marian’s mom sewing clothing for her children as they grew. And Yvette has kept the thread flowing, too. Marian is also owner of Pink Hippo Quilts, a pattern design company, and Yvette’s pattern design company, Vetmari, offers quilts with a more modern aesthetic. And we’re thrilled to bring them into our q-niverse.
Each Dresden Carnival pattern offers more than one color way, giving both the book an eclectic feel and inviting us to enjoy all of the fabrics in our stash. The settings for the quilts are not typical of Dresden Plate settings, which means new design opportunities. (Just check out the projects on the cover!)
As the days of the Dresden Carnival blog tour roll on, you’ll learn even more about the book and its projects. However, we thought it would be fun to get to know the women behind the book, so to speak. And we asked Yvette and Marian a few questions:
GenQ: What are your top 5 favorite quilting foods?
Yvette: I would have to go with chocolate, Ritz crackers with cheese, grapes and more chocolate.
Marian: Magnum Chocolate chocolate ice cream bars, Chocolate chip cookies, Oreos, Skippy extra chunky peanut butter sandwich, Tuna sandwich
GenQ: Favorite colors?
Yvette: I love designing with orange and tend to gravitate toward either a bright palette of happy colors or a soft and serene palette of blush pinks, teals and grays.
Marian: Pink, chartreuse.
GenQ: Three things you want quilters to know about quilting?
Yvette: 1) Don’t be intimidated to try a quilt that looks difficult. When you break most quilts down, they are simpler than you think!
2) There’s an easier and faster way to do everything, keep learning new techniques and experiment with your own.
3) Use those quilts! In using them, they become even more special because they hold a place in your memories and not just on your shelf.
Marian: 1. Relax and enjoy the process. Quilting should be fun.
2. Avoid deadlines if possible.
3. Work on several projects at once so you will have variety.
GenQ: Favorite beverage in while you’re piecing or quilting?
Yvette: I have to say I’m pretty boring when it comes to beverages. I’m a water girl and I don’t drink much else. When I do drink soda, root beer and cream soda are my faves and I can always go for some hot chocolate.
Marian: Coca Cola
Gen Q: Quilting influences (people, fabric lines, something in nature…)?
Yvette: I love to take inspiration from the past and put a modern spin on it. The Art Deco era is my favorite to draw from and I’m also very drawn to antique Baltimore album quilts.
Marian: I collect pictures of color palettes I love. I like to recreate or modernize antique quilt patterns.
Thanks, Yvette and Marian, for playing along on our question game. And thanks for the opportunity to give away a copy of Dresden Carnival (US winner: printed copy; International: digital) to a lucky reader. In the comments to this blog post, let us know the beverage you allow in your sewing room or sewing space. We’ll choose a winner Wednesday April 27.
Mon. April 18: C&T Publishing
Tues. April 19: Generation Q Magazine
Wed. April 20: Bryan House Quilts
Thurs. April 21: Michael Miller Fabrics
Fri. April 22: Textile Time Travels
Mon. April 25: Andover Fabrics
Tues. April 26: Kitchen Table Quilting
Wed. April 27: Happy Quilting
Thurs. April 28: Crazy Old Ladies