Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Bloom - Blog Hop & Giveaway

It's MY day today...well, in more ways then one actually; so hold that thought and check out this pretty picture while I grab some confetti.

St. Louis Folk Victorian // Kristy Daum -- Spring Bloom by Bella Caronia for Windham Fabrics

Several weeks ago, I was invited by Amanda Caronia, Designer Extraordinaire, to participate in a Blog Hop for her first fabric collection with Windham Fabrics...aptly named Spring Bloom.

Last Fall, I got a sneak peek of this collection when I designed and later made a quilt [Pathways] for the Windham Fabrics booth at Quilt Market in Houston...using the blue and green part of the collection. So, when Amanda invited me to play with her fabrics as part of the #SpringBloomMakers Blog Hop, I decided to play with the yellow and pink part of the palette this time.

This quilt is called FOUR SQUARED and is one that I designed for Windham Fabrics some time ago, although in a different collection.  I knew that this quilt would be a perfect fit for Spring Bloom because it not only highlights the focal fabric; but lets the companion pieces shine as well.  I built it in EQ7 and plopped in the Spring Bloom fabrics...
St. Louis Folk Victorian // Kristy Daum -- Spring Bloom by Bella Caronia for Windham Fabrics

Then I got to play with the real thing...Thanks Windham!

St. Louis Folk Victorian // Kristy Daum -- Spring Bloom by Bella Caronia for Windham Fabrics

Now, I wish that I could show you the completed quilt; but a combination of things haven't allowed me to finish it just yet.  For starters, I wanted to try out a new to me loopy free-motion quilted design and I didn't want to rush you'll just have to stay tuned.

If you would like to make the FOUR SQUARED quilt, you can find the free pattern here.  I did make some modifications to the color placement, so you'll need some extra yardage of a few prints.

St. Louis Folk Victorian // Kristy Daum -- Spring Bloom by Bella Caronia for Windham Fabrics

Now, remember when I said that this was MY day.  Well, it's partly because it's MY day on the Blog Hop; but it's also MY 36th Birthday.  

[[ Throwing Confetti ]]

When Amanda coordinated the Blog Hop days she had no idea the day she asked me to host was in fact my Birthday; but I think it's pretty cool that on my Birthday, one of you will get the opportunity for a surprise.  The lovely folks at Windham Fabrics are offering the below 15-piece FQ stack to one lucky visitor...check out the details below the break.  

Spring Bloom by Bella Caronia for Windham Fabrics

Each stop on the Blog Hop has created a different project using the Spring Bloom collection; showing it's versatility, and each has a separate opportunity for a FQ stack.


April 23 Jessica Darling

April 24 Kristy Daum - St. Louis Folk Victorian  --- You Are Here

If you are on Instagram, check out the hashtag #springbloommakers to see what we've all been working on.


Now if you would like an opportunity to win the Fat Quarter bundle, please leave one comment below answering this question...

What is something you are looking forward to this Spring?

Giveaway closes : Monday, April 27th - 9pm CST.  
 Random Generator will help me choose 1 winner at random.  

Your comments will appear throughout the day, so don't worry if it doesn't show up right away.

That's it, no hoops...simple, eh?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Where Oh Where Do I Start...

My's been much too long since we chatted.

Here's what has been happening around my neck of the woods...

  • Designed & wrote 3 quilt patterns for Camelot Fabrics; which I'm pretty excited about, and I'm sewing up some more pillows for them, some of which may go to Quilt Market.

  • I am participating in an upcoming Blog Hop for the talented Amanda Caronia; whose first fabric collection Spring Bloom for Windham Fabrics is shipping this month.  You might remember that I used this collection for a quilt [PATHWAYS] I created for their Fall Market booth in Houston back in 2014.  I was only working with engineered fabric/strike-offs at the time; but now I get to play with the real thing.  I'll have more info about the Blog Hop next week, so stay tuned as I'll be giving away some Spring Bloom fabric.

Now...I think too often blogland highlights only the exciting and pretty stuff, giving the false impression that nothing bad, sad or indifferent happens...and that is just not the truth.  The reality is that these last few months while all of the above has been happening, it's been anything but easy around here and if I'm being truthful, it has taken a toll on my health and well-being.

We've been short-staffed at work; which means a lot of long exhausting hours spent at the office; so by the time I get home each evening I want to do nothing more then go to bed.  It also means super late, and likely poor food choices...ugh!!  Then in mid-March, I got some news completely out of left field and while I know in the end it will all work out, it made me question everything that I had been doing these last several years.

The good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm finding my way. I'm hoping to not be as absent as I have been; but sometimes it helps to step away every once in a while to recharge.

Bring on Spring and lots of Sun!!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Introducing POINT OF VIEW

Sometimes a nudge from a friend is all you need, and honestly if it wasn't for their kind email encouraging me to submit something, my POINT OF VIEW quilt would likely never have made it out of my sketchbook, much less into the QuiltCon magazine.

POINT OF VIEW - Kristy Daum

The unique opportunity to be included in the special edition QuiltCon magazine, is something I am most grateful for.  It is by the same publishers who put together Modern Patchwork, so you know that the magazine is top notch.  You can find in on newsstands or have it delivered right to your door by purchasing it through the Interweave Shop.

QuiltCon magazine

I like all of my quilts; but some of them I really LOVE...this is one of them.  It includes lots of negative space and yet the center motif is very deliberate, simple and modern.

Deciding how to quilt this one was a challenge as my capabilities are limited; but growing...and I refuse to send them away for someone else to do.  I just prefer to make my quilts from start to finish. Okay, okay...sometimes my Mom does hand-sew the bindings, so I guess technically I don't do it start to finish.

As to the quilting...I had some thoughts on what I wanted to do; but felt like I need to talk them over. So one evening I took the quilt top with me to Janie Lou, my favorite local quilt shop, whose owners are equally some of my favorite people.

We laid the quilt top out and discussed several plans, some were much more complex then others.  In the end, I decided to do a combination of what we discussed; which was to quilt diagonal parallel lines highlighting the V shapes along the left and right borders.  As I was drawing the designs with my Hera Marker, I realized that I could create additional parallel lines within the quilting; which was certainly unexpected; but something I had to take advantage of.

POINT OF VIEW - Kristy Daum

Measurements: Approx. 60" x 72"

Fabrics used: 4 colors of Moda Bella (Fog, Betty's Orange, Graphite and Black)

I will eventually offer this as a stand-alone pattern, once the rights revert back to me.  If you can't wait, I encourage you to go purchase the magazine, you will not be disappointed as it is jam-packed with 12 full patterns and lots of other quilty inspiration.  And for those who attended QuiltCon, it's a great reminder of your time in Austin.