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Hinky Pinkie
Located in a curiously not-pink studio in Western Massachusetts
I'm an artist who likes to make things for other people.
Interests: knitting, gardening, running, karate, felting, paper, cooking, sewing, family, fitness, quilting, fun, mixed media stuff
Recent Activity
Our annual quilt contest is all about Inspiration this year. We’re working with our partners at to offer all contest entrants a chance to document the story of their quilt as it unfolds through a StoryPatches Slide Show. That feature should be ready for photo uploading soon and until then, we’ll feature entries in progress here on our blog. Want to share your entry? Email your photos with captions to Amy Milne. via I've entered the contest to win this! Read more here... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 4, 2014 at Hinky Pinkie
I'm working on a piece for the 2014 Quilt Alliance "Inspired By..." contest in which you search the Quilt Index for a quilt that inspires you, and from that, you make one of your own, 16 inches square, and send it in to their contest. There are prizes and tours and deadlines- all the good things a contest should have! I'll be sharing some work-in-progress photos for them to feature on their blog, and will link to that soon from here, so you'll know to go check it out! The photo above shows how far I've come so far. still... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Hinky Pinkie
I snagged a sewing window over this past weekend and completed piecing this quilt top with petal pinwheels machine appliqued onto large blocks, nestled between 16 block neutral grids. �I debated the variety of neutral fabrics, until seeing a reproduction quilt at the American Museum of History, showing the mix of fabrics I had considered. �Here's a couple of favorite fabric flowers and the overall image. via attempting a re-blog in an effort to "share" on Facebook initially. this is a test, but not only a test... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 20, 2014 at Hinky Pinkie
I snagged a sewing window over this past weekend and completed piecing this quilt top with petal pinwheels machine appliqued onto large blocks, nestled between 16 block neutral grids. I debated the variety of neutral fabrics, until seeing a reproduction quilt at the American Museum of History, showing the mix of fabrics I had considered. Here's a couple of favorite fabric flowers and the overall image. Petal Party lap quilt Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Hinky Pinkie
Hospice quilt of trees Hospice Quilt Flower Medallion Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at Hinky Pinkie
image by the Bromberg sisters Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at Hinky Pinkie
Using a delicious pattern called Elephant Walk, from Laura Heine, owner of Fiberworks, in Billings Montana, I crafted this version of a quilt which I call Elephant Party, for my daughter, a trumpet player, who fills our home with toots and blasts throughout the week. These are just a few of my favorite visitors to the Elephant Party. To see more- visit my HinkyPinkieStudio Facebook Page! Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Hinky Pinkie
I stayed up late last night- really late! I stayed up late because I wanted to make four pillowcases from scratch to donate to the Community Service Challenge being held at A Notion To Quilt in Shelburne. I started when I put the girls to bed at 8pm. To get "credit" for my donation, I needed it submitted by the end of the month. The pattern from the Con Kerr Cancer charity instructs you to do them hot dog style, in which you roll the body into an inverted sleeve of the border, seam it up, and reverse. I'd never... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Hinky Pinkie
This bee is a-buzzing as I ready for the Beehive Bazaar... Here's little preview of that candy bowl I mentioned on my new FACEBOOK page. Please like us at Hinky Pinkie Studio and tell your friends and family! Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
I'm loving my new hexagonal baking pan with bee and honeycomb imprints. Here's the second cake I've made with it. Doesn't it look delicious? Want some dance with your cake? Here's a little dance hall favorite of mine: Bee Dance Krumpin and the sponsoring agency: where you too can help the world bylearning more about threats to our pollinators. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
"Forty-five dollar bid and now fifty dollar fifty will ya give me fifty, make it fifty bid it upon a fifty dollar will ya give me fifty, who'll bid a fifty dollar bill." ~"The Auctioneer" by Leroy Vandyke The Easthampton PTO is holding a fundraising dance this Saturday night, with a Silent Auction as a component. This small wall quilt: Harvest Basket will be among the items being sold. I myself prefer a loud and rapid fire live auction, but I'm sure this will work better in the context of a dance. Bid early and Bid often! Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
These two quilts have been gracing my front hallfor the past month and really demanded to be shared. I took a weekend workshop with Gwen Marston and came home with these liberated log cabin quilts I've named Gladys and Lattice. They are sisters. Enjoy! Gladys Lattice Detail of Gladys Second Detail of Gladys Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
Making circles in fabric is not an easy task- especially when piecing them out of many smaller cuts. I had a blast making this sweet quilt which I gave to my in-laws along with a pillow made from the leftovers. Want to try making one of your own? The secret is a new tool I got from a friend... Quilt made with the Learning Curve My amazing friend Linda Warren, of Linda Warren Designs, has a cool tool: The Learning Curve! I won't go into lengthy detail about how it works because her write up is so easy to understand... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
I'm excited to announce the beginning of a class I'll be offering at Beehive Sewing Studio, which is a new spot in town to rent sewing machines by the hour and to take sewing classes. If you've always wanted to learn about quilting and are new to sewing- this will be a perfect class for you! I will offer it each month with a different quilt block (It's called Block of the Month) but it will always be geared toward beginning sewists. I can always add design and construction challenges for folks who come and are ready for a little more. Here's a sample of the first block we'll be trying together. Please help spread the word! Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
For each piece I complete, the finishing steps are always the hardest. They are the clipping of threads, the sewing on of bindings, sleeves and labels, the literal tying up of loose ends. I recently returned from a last minute trip to the in-laws and the beach and with the implied combo of childcare and forced relaxation, was able to strategize a delightful as opposed to dreaded experience of this final stage on many projects. I filled a giant blue Ikea bag with assorted layers of quilts, all in their end stages- and remarkably, churned through those projects that had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
I'm just testing the log in through facebook option for posting comments. If it works- you can use it too!
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2012 on Summer Blues Quilt at Hinky Pinkie
The steps to making a full bed sized quilt are simple, but they sure do take me a lot of time! This is one of the quickest quilts I've ever made. All totaled, it took me about 14 hours. The dappled light in the backyard looked really pretty on the speckled quilt. Here's are some close-ups of my favorite quilted blocks: Which one is your favorite? Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
A few more photo captures from our time in the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens of Charlotte NC. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
A mini photo essay of textures found in the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens during our visit to Charlotte, North Carolina. Please do come in! Thanks for visiting the gardens with me! Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
Now that she's quilted and labeled, I sent this little charmer off to greet a new baby in the world. Best of luck to Heather and Doug as they bring new life into our world! To see what she looked like before being quilted, visit my previous post ! Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
I just returned from a brief trip to Billings MT where I got to visit one of my favorite quilt shops in the world: Fiberworks . I'm posting just a taste of their magnificent wall inspirations, some of which sport a western theme in keeping with their location. I find that traveling brings me new energy towards setting and committing to a schedule for myself with new plans for getting work done. Even if you've been off the horse and watching from the fence for a long time, there's lots of room to get back out and start riding again.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
Hello! I'm hoping you stumbled here as part of your ArtWalkEasthampton tour this sunny day in May! Welcome to my little blog where I share my inspirations and musings. Enjoy your visit and be sure to drop a little hello note saying where you're from. I wanted to show a couple new pieces: This is a work-in-progress. I'd love to give it a working title- have any ideas? Here's a piece I finished last week (it's not quilted yet in this photo) which is soon to be on it's way to Texas! And here's my serious working face, that I... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
Local Schools, Local Artists is showing at the Easthampton Arts Walk. I'm participating in this sharing after working with the second graders at Maple Elementary School here in Easthampton, Massachusetts. On display, at White Square Books, will be the two quilts we made as a product of our six art class sessions together. The students learned about warm and cool colors, high and low contrast, practiced making a mark with stitch work and analyzed some layout and design ideas. This curriculum was supplemented with pattern play, quilt themed children's picture books and each child recieved a sewing kit in order... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie
I've learned quickly in my nature photography class to be selective with what I share. It's also much harder to feel ready to share images I've captured until after I've tweaked their light levels, saturation and removed the Gaussian blue (I don't even know what that is yet- but I know how to remove it!) I'm happy with the awareness that's growing into an understanding of what makes an engaging image. I'd love your feedback! Here's an image I've worked on with my new understanding: Snuggle Puff at the Window- original Snuggle Puff at the Window - final Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Hinky Pinkie