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teri • April 19, 2016 • 61 Comments

Dresden Carnival coverDresden 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

Fri. April 29: Vetmari
Pink Hippo Quilts

61 Comments

  • Monica Richardson • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #1

    I only allow water in my sewing room. My mom ( a seamstress) taught me that a looong time ago when I filled her coffee mug to the rim and spilled coffee on her sewing machine. I was suppose to put the coffee on the ledge by the door.

  • Linda Douglas • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #2

    HI, I allow whatever I’m drinking in my sewing area; I’m very careful with it. However I have upset my drink in my keyboard>LOL! Thanks for the great book giveaway!

  • Allison Church Bird • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #3

    I drink tea and coffee but they have to be in their special spot on a coaster…too many bad things happen when you spill coffee…although stains can be creative!

  • Sarah J. • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #4

    I don’t have a lot of table space in my sewing area (at least not a lot of space that isn’t covered by fabric) so I usually don’t have a drink in there, but my coffee is just outside the doorway for when I need it!

  • Jennifer • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #5

    All beverages welcome in the sewing room! Adds to the “happiest place on earth” motto that’s strictly followed in my sewing room.

  • Claire Ross • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #6

    A cup of tea is always welcome in my sewing space.

  • Laura • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #7

    Hot chocolate and the occasional glass of wine. I’m a risk-taker.

  • ritainalaska • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #8

    I have my coffee or tea back here in my quilt room … but keep it away from my goodies. nice book! thanx for the opportunity to win a copy.

  • Barbara Gardner • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #9

    I drink soda, carbonated water and juice in my sewing studio.

  • nick0166nicole • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #10

    I can’t live without coffee or iced tea, so those are definitely allowed in. Just not placed on the same table I’m working off of! LOL

  • Katy • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #11

    Got to be orange juice :) x

  • Amy • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #12

    Hot tea, but safely kept far, far away from the sewing machine. :)

  • Chris • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #13

    I figure if it’s me, I drink hot tea. My Grandsons can’t bring anything in. My daughter whatever she wants. My husband just peaks in the room for the most part.

  • Cathy C • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #14

    Water only

  • Michele@CrayonBoxQuiltStudio • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #15

    I too am a simple water gal.

  • Doris McCarty • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #16

    Dr Pepper!

  • mmcgloth2 • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #17

    I keep a glass of water handy.

  • Janie • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #18

    I love all of the fresh fabrics that are used in the book. Thank you for sharing

    • Janie • 2 weeks ago
      COMMENT #

      I only take water into my sewing area, and that is to fill my iron with. While creating, I try to slip in breaks from time to time ergonomics. :)

  • Jen Beatty • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #19

    This book looks amazing! I allow Crystal Light Peach Tea in a cup w/a cover & straw of course!

  • Patricia Cash • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #20

    Coffee or sweet tea, only me and I do not put it near my fabric or machine.

  • Kathie L • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #21

    I never take my drink of choice – Diet Dr. Pepper. I’m sure I’d lose it in the piles of fabric.

  • Laura • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #22

    I know I take chances, but I drink what I want in my sewing room. I figure I can get most things out of clothing when I wash it, cotton is washable, so why not enjoy myself?

  • linda newman • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #23

    I allow myself coffee or diet coke (I know I shouldn’t ), I use sealed cups (teva?), to prevent spills. I wish a had a cup holder!

  • Anita Emde • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #24

    All drinks are allowed…on the table next to my sewing machine table! Don’t care what ends up on the floor LOL

  • catskillquilter • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #25

    Black coffee is the only beverage that come into my workroom!

  • janiemccombs • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #26

    I love all of the fresh fabrics that are used in the book. I only take water into my sewing area, and that is to fill my iron with. While creating, I try to slip in breaks from time to time, ergonomics. :) Thank you for sharing.

  • gcotten • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #27

    I drink mostly water when sewing but occasionally a diet soda makes an appearance.

  • Anita • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #28

    I can drink anything in my sewing room, but most often I don’t bring any beverages with me. I actually had a glass of red wine there a couple of weeks ago!

  • Patty • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #29

    I drink mostly water, but occasionally a soda

  • Becky Turner • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #30

    Hot Tea in the morning and Ice Tea the rest of the day!

  • Susan Spiers • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #31

    TEA! Unsweetened!

  • Brenda Ackerman • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #32

    Both Hot and Cold Teas and Hot Coffee are the main drinks while a quilting friend and I create quilts together for gifts and Project Linus, because we sew at the kitchen table. How exciting for a chance to win this amazing book, I have always loved Dresdens! ; Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Janet T • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #33

    My sewing area is off the kitchen, so I take a quick break if I want something. If I have liquid near, I WILL spill it!

  • v dale • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #34

    Coffee is usually in my sewing room! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Rosalind Gutierrez • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #35

    I take water & ice tea which is on the side table in my sewing room.

  • Cathy Wilson • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #36

    Water usually, but coffee in the morning in my no-spill mug. Occasionally, a glass of wine- especially when at a retreat!

  • Rochelle Summers • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #37

    Iced or hot tea or water. But it never sits next to the sewing machine because that would be disastrous if I had an accident.

  • Lisa E • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #38

    Our house rule is that drinks are only allowed in the kitchen or dining room. The only exception is water. That’s worked well for us and the kids.

  • Nancy • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #39

    I usually have either water or tea…try to avoid anything else! Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

  • Pam M • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #40

    Whatever is in my hand at the time. When my husband brings me a hot cup of tea he has learned (the hard way) not to put it on the cutting board. I have been the guilty party in spilling a glass of wine onto the keyboard of my laptop (such a waste of wine!). Pretty much no-one else but the dog comes into my sewing room – they know better!

  • MoeWest • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #41

    Anything goes, I just keep it away from my project.

  • Jo Vandermey • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #42

    I drink what I want mostly tea,coffee or water in my sewing room. I figure if I spill I can get it out or if not just tea dye the project!
    My worst mistakes are usually snipping something with a pair of scissors that I shouldn’t.

  • Abby • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #43

    I drink hot tea. I find it calming and puts me in the right mood to sew.

  • Mara • 2 weeks ago
    COMMENT #44

    Just coffee!

  • Beth T. • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #45

    I quilt better when there is a cold Coke in my sewing room. I’m careful about spills, but I would be making more mistakes without that Coke–and without a rotary cutter around, there are more dangerous mistakes than a spilled Coke.

  • Audrey • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #46

    Like Janie in the previous post, I only take water into my sewing room for my iron. The trip down and up the stairs and the few minutes it takes to sip a cup of tea are good breaks to stretch and energize.

  • anna Brown • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #47

    I can have whatever i want in my sewing room but only me…lol…happyness04431@yahoo.com

  • Johanna • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #48

    Water only! But as far away from the sewing machine and cutting board as possible. Spilling your pins is bad luck (or so we say around here) but spilling anything over your fabric is no fun at all!

  • Judith Blinkenberg • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #49

    I do like coffee till the pot is empty but I keep it away from my machine. I also have water and occasionally root beer. Thank you for the chance to win. I would love to learn.

  • Sharon Browne • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #50

    Anything goes, but usually coffee hot or iced. It has to go in a certain spot though on a coaster.

  • Laura • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #51

    I drink tea, coffee and water in my sewing room, but I leave it on a desk away from sewing machine, cutting board and fabric.

  • Sherry VF • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #52

    I love Dresden Plates and t his book really stretches the bounds of creativity with them. I usually only drink water or coffee while sewing. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  • Kathy h • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #53

    I only have water in my sewing room. My machine shakes the table a lot and at least water will wash out.

  • Cecilia • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #54

    Water is the only thing I drink in my sewing room. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  • Craftygramma • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #55

    Green tea!

  • Linda Schabelski • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #56

    Water – it works for my iron or me

  • Renea • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #57

    I mainly only allow water in my sewing room but have been known to sneak a cup of hot or iced tea sometimes. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Pamela R • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #58

    I seem to always have tea in my special sealed lid tea thermos but then I usually get too busy to drink it!

  • Lori Smanski • 1 week ago
    COMMENT #59

    IF I bring something to drink in my sewing room it is iced tea when it is warm or hot tea when it is cool. But it has a special spot far away from all my material. LOL I know me. I tend to be clumsy when I am concentrating on sewing.

  • Karen in Breezy Point • 7 days ago
    COMMENT #60

    Tea–if it spills, I can do an all over tea dye!

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