Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Taking Stock : 002

Welcome to my second Taking Stock post. Who doesn't love a good list?

Making :  A new Modernized D9P quilt, as I've finally written a proper pattern and need a quilt for the cover.
Listening :  iPod shuffle found Relator - Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson this morning and let's be honest, who doesn't want to hear "Black Widow" sing.
Wanting:  To bake some bread.
Finishing:  Eight more blocks, Basting, Quilting...then Holy Sh*t Sherlock is DONE!!!
Thanking:  All those who filled my Instagram feed with photos from Quilt Market, it was nice getting a sneaky peek of what's to come.
Looking:  For new shoes and boots, because it's Fall and about time that I bought some.
Wishing:  All the little Ghouls & Goblins a Happy Halloween!!!
Enjoying:  Avengers : Age of Ultron teaser trailer.
Waiting: For Saturday...then I can breath easier as a secret will be revealed.
Liking: My new haircut, and evidently other people do too considering all the compliments I received.
Considering:  A new tattoo.
Watching:  My mailbox for some goodies.
Needing:  To finalize a few new patterns for Windham Fabrics.
Wearing:  Black something or other, because this is true.
Thinking:  That I need to buy a few new pieces for my wardrobe now that it's Fall.
Feeling:  Pretty good as my To-Do List is shrinking.
Pinning:  Because Daniel Radcliffe is a Rapper and no one knew.

Want to make your own Taking Stock can pick up the "fill-in-the-blank" categories at Meet Me at Mike's, and don't feel obliged to use them all - pick, chose and add accordingly.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PARALLEL Quilt Pattern

When Patchwork Professional magazine contacted me (read all about it in this post), one of the things that they asked was if I would design a quilt pattern for them using my popular Modernized D9P concept. The quilt that I created is called PARALLEL, and I am happy to be sharing it with you today.

PARALLEL Quilt Pattern by Kristy Daum

PARALLEL measures 65" x 65" and I made it using 16 different prints and one solid as you can see in the photo below. Yet, the pattern is written so you can include as many or as few print fabrics as you choose.

Fabric Stack

Quilt Measures : 65" x 65"
Background Fabric: Snow - Moda Bella Solids
Quilt Top Fabrics: Print Fabrics are from various manufacturers
Binding : Confetti Dot from Dear Stella
Backing : Historic Tile from Joel Dewberry

While the blocks themselves are fun to put together, this quilt really comes alive when you add in the large expanses of negative space...something I really love doing.  When done correctly, the negative space winds it's way through the blocks, making the quilt much more interesting.

As for the quilting itself, I decided early on that straight-line quilting was the way to go; yet I challenged myself by making it 1/2" apart.  Having spent some time watching Jacquie Gering's Creative Quilting with a Walking Foot class on Craftsy, her tips were invaluable and helped my lines stay as straight as possible across the surface of the quilt; which can be tricky to accomplish.

You can pick up a copy of Patchwork Professional to get the pattern (if you can read German). Otherwise, you can purchase a PDF copy of PARALLEL or any of my other PDF patterns thru my Etsy or Craftsy shops.

My paper patterns are distributed through several brick-and-mortar ask your local shop if they carry my patterns and if not...suggest that they do :-)

This is one of three self-published patterns I'll be distributing this fall, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Patchwork Professional Magazine...Or Why You Should Read Emails Carefully

Do you ever have those moments when you think you understand what someone is asking of you; but really you haven't a clue?

That is what happened to me earlier this year, when Patchwork Professional, a well respected German quilting magazine, contacted me.  Aside from what you might think, there were no language barriers, I just couldn't wrap my head around what they were asking of me.


Well, because it turns out they didn't want a quote from me about modern quilting; which is what I had thought. They wanted to do a whole story on me, my work and oh, yeah...include a quilt pattern that I designed for them.  It became more surreal when I did a little research and learned that they only publish 4 issues a year, and the issues this year have featured Luke Haynes and Jacquie Gering.

Yeah, now do you see why I didn't get it at first. 

Collaborating with Patchwork Professional was a wonderful experience, and honestly if it wasn't for seeing the screen-capture below, it would be hard to believe that it happened. Yet, right there on the cover is my STAR'D quilt and MY name.  Holy Sh*t!

Patchwork Professional magazine // Kristy Daum - STAR'D quilt

While you likely will never see this magazine in the United States (and of course it is entirely in German), You can get a preview at the Patchwork Professional website here; just be sure that you translate the page first unless you are fluent in Deutsch.  I can't wait to get my hands on a copy to see how it turned out, what additional quilts they included, etc.  

I'll be writing a separate post about the quilt that I designed for them; which is named PARALLEL. You will be able to buy the pattern...and yes, it will be in English :)

So now you know one of the many quilting secrets I've been keeping this year. It was a Biggie!!!