Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A fire is raging; but it started innocently enough

Don't you just love how one little ember can start an entire forest fire...ugh!

Here is how it started.

I was trying to decide if I should participate in the #QuiltConPinSwap because of course you know I don't want to miss out.

Then I started thinking what I would put on the 1" or 1 1/2" pin.  I don't exactly have a logo persay...except the one that I use on the cover of my patterns; but that really is just my name...and honestly, who wants my name on a pin.

Then I started wondering if it was time to re-brand.  

Then the trees caught fire.  

Should I take advantage of the Google Domain collaboration with Blogspot.  It would give me a .com name minus the blogspot.

Yet, would I keep St. Louis Folk Victorian?  While it is the government registered name of my business and has been the name of my blog for 8 years...does it reflect anything more then that.     

Then what is going on with my social media handles.  They are all @LoveOldHouses ; and while one could equate that with St. Louis Folk Victorian (they both reference "old houses")...is that okay?

Then I started looking at other bloggers I follow.  Some of them are similiar in that they have a blog name different then social media handles, blog names that don't have anything to do with quilting even though they are quilty people, some of them still use the .blogspot, and yet some of them are switching over to more personalized .com websites.

I don't plan on ever being a "brand" myself; but maybe I do want to write a book one day, or have a booth at Quilt Market.  Does any of that even matter?  

And now as you can see...we have a full-fledged forest fire.

I'm exhausted, how about you...do you think about these things too?  If anyone has suggestions on articles I should read, things that helped them make a decision, etc, I would love to hear about them.

--Kristy

P.S. In all that madness, I still never decided if I was going to participate in the pin swap..haha.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

QuiltCon 2015 Lanyard Swap

When I attended Quilt Market back in 2012, my friend Lynne made me a ridiculously cool lanyard; which I still wear today to all of my St. Louis MQG meetings. It weighs a little more then it did back then, as I've added some accessories.


QuiltCon 2015 Lanyard Swap // Kristy Daum - St. Louis Folk Victorian


So, when I ran across Julie's QuiltCon 2015 Lanyard Swap on Instagram, I signed up right away. Why would I want to use the standard-issue woven lanyard they provide, when I could have a handmade one. 

After getting my Partner's information, I gathered my supplies and got to work using the tutorial that was provided; but it was a disaster.  I didn't like the look, it was too small and my seams were not up to snuff, so Lanyard #1 went in the trash.  

Lanyard #2 went much smoother and I gleefully mailed it away.  I received word today that my Partner received it this week.


QuiltCon 2015 Lanyard Swap // Kristy Daum - St. Louis Folk Victorian


Last Wednesday, I opened my mailbox to find a package inside. At first, I was trying to remember if I had forgotten about something I ordered, since it was quite a large package.  I was surprised to find that it was in fact for the Lanyard swap.  

Inside was a lanyard of course in all it's low-volume yumminess.


QuiltCon 2015 Lanyard Swap // Kristy Daum - St. Louis Folk Victorian


Aren't those colorful hexi's adorable?

But that wasn't it, there were several coordinating extras including a notebook, clothespins, and baker's twine...along with some chocolate.

Yet, the biggest surprise of all was this Idea Pouch that my partner made for me.  You can find the pattern here.  


Marci did a great job at capturing my inspiration and it looks like I'm all set for QuiltCon...

...Hahaha, who am I kidding.


--Kristy
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My WIP List : 2015

As it's now several days into 2015, I thought it appropriate to collect a list of my WIP at the beginning of the year, so I can see my progress when I do a recap at the end of the year.

For purposes of this activity, I am calling a WIP anything that I have purposely purchased fabric for with the explicit intention of actually making it, or the project is already underway in various stages.

So, let's see how bad it is, shall we...


IN PROGRESS


  • String Quilt 
    • Circa 2010 - created with the blocks from members from the Simply Strings Bee
    • Quilt Top is finished, Backing is purchased


  • Lou Bee Sewing-Sampler Quilt
    • Circa 2012
    • I have all of the paper-pieced instructions; but only started one of them

  • Lou Bee Star Quilt
    • Circa 2014
    • Blocks have all been received

  • Scattered Squares Quilt
    • Circa Feb 2014
    • Made a handful of blocks

  • Antique Quilt Remake
    • Circa 2012 - when I bought the antique quilt and decided to "remake" it.
    • I purchased the fabric; but haven't started anything

  • Scrappy Swoon
    • Circa 2012  
    • Four blocks made, need to decide on layout as I'm doing it differently

  • Pink
    • Circa 2014
    • Quilt top is done 

  • Improv SLSC
    • Circa 2014
    • The blocks were pieced improvisationally during an event at the St. Louis Science Center (SLSC)



READY TO GIVE-UP ON
I think that I might give up on these WIP; which I'm okay with because I'm not really loving them anymore. 

  • Cheetos Quilt
    • Circa 2014
    • Fabric is purchased.
    • I designed a quilt and purchased the fabric; but honestly am totally feeling meh about it now.  I called it the "Cheetos" quilt because one of the fabrics I bought was the brightest of orangey colors, like Cheetos.  The good news is that I can add the fabric to my stash or else destash it.  I haven't put that much time into it at this stage.

  • Tote
    • Circa 2012
    • Fabric, Thread & Notions are purchased
    • I was eager to make this tote years ago; but after having made two totes of another pattern, I like that style instead.  The good news is that I will joyfully add this fabric to my stash and use it elsewhere as it's one of those HTF (Hard to Find) fabrics.


So, tell me...do you have a list somewhere of your WIP, or do you just keep the projects hidden away.

--Kristy