Hope is going to be sharing videos, articles, and information with TQS, beginning with a series about her studio and the welcoming of a new sewing machine to her life as she learns to machine quilt. Here's a little background info from Hope herself.
Hi TQS fans,
I want to introduce myself. My name is Hope Yoder and I am an avid machine embroiderer, crafter and Sewist. I am also the owner of Designs By Hope Yoder, a machine Embroidery company specializing in designs for the home sewing industry and the face of Craft-N-Cut™ software (crafting software in the Quilter’s Select™ line from RNK Distributing).
I have recently teamed up with America’s leading stabilizer and software company producing a new line of embroidery, sewing and crafting products under the label Embellish™. For the past 15 years, my team and I have been traveling the country. We host hands-on sewing, embroidery and crafting events. When I’m not on the road traveling and teaching, I write for my blog at www.HopeYoder.com and for various sewing and embroidery magazines. I have the privilege of meeting talented people, like Alex Anderson. If you don’t know her, she is as AWESOME as her quilting! When we attend shows together, I am amazed and can’t stop staring at her lovely quilts. So here is my story of how an embroiderer and Sewist wakes up one day and decides she wants quilt…
Last year, I received a call from Craig with Blank Quilting Corporation. He introduced himself and asked if I was interested in having my own line of fabric. I must admit, I thought I was being punked. He went on to tell me he heard from several stores and influencers that they should ask me to design a line of fabric that would work for machine embroiderers. I was honored and said, “Sure! Why not?”. Jumping to present day, my first line of fabric is called “Roses & Arrows”
and my 2nd and 3rd lines will be released this year. It’s so very exciting to have my first line of fabric with more on the way. My youngest daughter, Olivia, went with me to Quilt Market last fall and was the inspiration and artist behind “Sun N Soil” which is my second line of fabric. Then it hit me. I’m going to have my own fabric line and I can’t stipple! No one in my staff can stipple! Someone needs to learn to free-motion quilt. And that someone is going to be me. While at Houston Quilt Market last year, Alex and I were working in the RNK Booth as the spokeswomen for Quilter’s Select™ and Embellish™. Instead of a coffee break, we snuck away to walk the show. I jokingly said to her, “I think I’m going to start another YouTube channel and call it “THE UPTIGHT QUILTER”. We walked around checking out sit down, long arm quilting machines. I sat down while Alex showed me how to free-motion quilt. I was mesmerized and hooked. And that reaffirmed once again that I really want to learn to free-motion quilt around my embroidered quilting projects. So stay tuned as I share my journey with you. While I would love to snap my fingers, and be great overnight, I realize that’s not going to happen without putting in the time and effort, but I’m not a quitter! Until next time, happy crafting! Hope Yoder.
Here's where you can find Hope:
- Website/Blog www.HopeYoder.com
- Etsy Store www.etsy.com/shop/HopeSewCreative
- Facebook www.facebook.com/hopeyoderdesigns
- Pinterest www.pinterest.com/hopeyoder
- Instagram www.instagram.com/hopesewcreative
- YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/hopeyoder