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.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dreaming of Spring & sharing New Windham fabrics

While the view outside my window looks pretty bleak, thanks to 6" of snow which is now melting into a muddy least the the view inside my studio is looking pretty cheery.

As many of you know, I have written several quilt patterns for Windham Fabrics in the past; which you can find on their website [Windham Free Projects], or on my Free Tutorials page.  I enjoy collaborating with them, as I get to use my design skills; but also get sneaky peeks at things that are coming soon, and if you are like me and have been staring at fairly bleak skies, while dreaming of Spring and Summer...then this will hopefully cheer you up a little.

A few months back, I designed a quilt for them using Lotta Jansdotter's new collection called STELLA.  Now, I don't have the opportunity to use many juvenile prints in my work; but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate them...and you have to admit that those elephants are pretty stinkin' adorable.

Windham Fabrics - Lotta Jansdotter

After I finish making that quilt, I get to work with these lovelies; which is another new collection of Lotta's called LUCKY.  I was immediately drawn to this collection, as it was refreshing to see such a unique combination of solemn black mixed with bright pops of color; and that green, a perfect choice.  I actually used this collection as inspiration when I was pulling together the fabrics that I would use for my EPP workshop at QuiltCon with Katy Jones.

I haven't finalized what I'm going to make with these; but some ideas are brewing.  I just have to keep reminding myself, one thing at a time, one thing at a time.

Windham Fabrics - Lotta Jansdotter

Finally, this collection of Artisan Cotton looks mighty fine, wouldn't you agree? With so many projects in the que, I'm okay with having this colorful bundle sit there on my shelf letting me know that Spring is just around the corner.

Windham Fabrics - Artisan Cotton

Now, if I can only prioritize my To-Do list, so I play with these sooner rather then later...that would be amazing.