Sunday, November 23, 2014

SOMETHING BLUE : An actual WIP quilt finish

It's Done. It's Done.

I finished a WIP (that's Work In Progress)...finished as in, fully quilted, and binding sewn. This quilt had no real purpose other then I was determined to make it; but clearly my definition of determination meant that it could sit for years, taunting me.

Something Blue Quilt Kristy Daum

This quilt came about right at the beginning of my admiration with modern quilting. I remember coming across this quilt with it's limited palette and knew that I wanted to make a similiar one, one day.

I started strong; but then something happened and soon enough this quilt only made an appearance at my St. Louis MQG sew-ins; where I would add a block or two. I even talked about it's unfinished status back in this WIP Inventory & Skeletons post from January 2012.  Earlier this year my St. Louis MQG posted a challenge to each of it's members, encouraging them to finish their old WIP. I couldn't stand by and watch everyone else finish their older projects, so I found a few of my own; but sadly had not made much progress this entire year.

This past week, that determination (you know from 2010 when I bought the fabric) finally took hold and I finished it.  Now let me tell you, I absolutely adore this quilt; and the only down-side is it's size. This one measures approx. 46" x 57" and is not really a usable size except for a child.  Yet at the time when I purchased the fabric, this would have been one of the larger quilts that I attempted.

Clearly my skills have improved since 2010, having made and quilted quilts nearly 4x this size; and maybe that's why I have put off this quilt for so long, or at least that's what I'm going to tell myself. I chose to do a free-motion, meandering, triangular quilting design using a blue-multi thread; which I think adds to the appeal.

Now naming quilts is one thing I am not a fan of, simply because I'm not that clever most times; but I definitely think this one fits: SOMETHING BLUE


Finished Size: 46" x 57"
Quilt Top Fabrics:   Misc. fabrics from Jo-Ann's (circa 2010)
Quilt Backing Fabric:   Architextures print from Carolyn Friedlander
Quilting Design:   Meandering Free-Motion on my home machine

Now that I've finished this WIP, maybe I should tackle some of the others.  I'm not entirely sure how many WIP I have though, which is something I'll tackle another day and in another post.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Modern Applique Illusions - Blog Tour

When Casey York asked if I would participate in her Modern Applique Illusions blog tour, of course I said Yes! as I have admired her work for years now.

I first ran into Casey at the MQG Meet-Up in Kansas City back in the Spring of 2012.  We chatted about the St. Louis MQG, as she was looking to join our guild, and I being the guild's President was more then eager to talk about all of the wonderful things that our members bring to the table, and how much fun we have at our meetings.

Soon enough at our Show & Tells, I saw that Casey's work stood apart, as she had such a masterful way of creating quilts by way of applique, something that many modern quilters had not yet explored. She went onto win one of the top prizes for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge with her quilt ONWARDS; which is one of the many patterns you can purchase directly from her shop, and is one of the quilts that inspired her to write this book.

Image of Onwards Quilt Pattern
ONWARDS Quilt by Casey York

In Casey's newest adventure, Modern Applique Illusions, she takes you on a journey where you can explore different methods of creating depth and perspective through applique and simple quilting designs.

I have had the pleasure of seeing several of the quilts from her book up close and in person at a recent Book Signing. Let me tell you...this is one quilter you definitely need to keep your eye on, no matter if you already love applique, or are looking to dip your toes in the water.  

Casey has created such captivating scenes in her quilts, and she joyfully guides you through the steps needed to replicate them, adding your own personal touches along the way.  While I adore many of the quilts from her book, one of my favorites is TUNNEL VISION; which ironically involves the least amount of applique (go figure).  Yet, for someone like me who is quite timid about applique, it makes me happy to see that she has taken the time to include information and projects for several skill-levels.

I encourage you to check out the whole Blog Tour to see what treasures the other "tour-guides" have made inspired by Modern Quilt Illusions.  Also, don't forget to check in with Casey's blog each day as she is chatting about the quilts from the book and offering up some giveaways too.  And if you want to pick up a signed copy of her book, head over to her shop.

11/10: C&T Publishing                                     

11/11: Jenifer Dick / 42Quilts                                  

11/13: Pink ChalkStudio                                       

11/14: ShannonBrinkley / BottleTree                

11/15: Pellon                  

11/17: Generation QMagazine       

11/20: Violet Craft            

11/21: Kristy Daum / St. Louis Folk Victorian  (You are here)

Now, I am delighted to tell you that Casey and C&T Publishing have offered a copy of her book to one of my lucky readers; whom will be chosen randomly through Random Generator.  To enter, just leave me a comment below telling me what scene, object, person, etc. you would like to bring to life through an applique quilt.  

This giveaway closes on Tuesday, November 25th (10pm CST)  

If you are based internationally, you will receive an electronic copy of the book.  If you are based in the US, you will receive a hard-copy.  Please be sure that I can reach you by email. Comment moderation is ON simply to weed out your comments will post throughout the day.


Monday, November 17, 2014

ECHO Pillow - Free Pattern

Just popping in to let you know that another of the pillow patterns that I created for Camelot Fabrics is now live on their site and available as a free download. I've named it ECHO.

ECHO Free Pillow Pattern

I designed the pattern using the Kate collection from Camelot Design Studio; which is filled with lots of great geometrics.  If you make one, be sure to tag me @LoveOldHouses on social media.

You can find this and lots of other free tutorials by clicking the Free Tutorials headline at the top of my blog.