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.

WHY?

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!!!

--Kristy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sew Me St. Louis

Forty-five members of the St. Louis MQG got together this past weekend for Sew Me St. Louis, the first retreat/workshop/slumber-party that our guild has held.


SewMe St. Louis logo
Logo created by Juli Ann.


While the St. Louis MQG has been around since 2010 and held smaller sew-ins a few times a year, we had not yet attempted anything bigger...until now. The Marriott Hotel didn't really know what to make of us.

Saturday was reserved for workshops and lectures for those who signed up; while the rest of the members took to their machines in the Open Sew room.



SewMeSt.Louis 2014



There was the usual piecing, quilting, chatting and learning; but let's not forget the goodie bags, catered lunch, and random prizes...with items donated from several generous companies and members.



Goodie Bag Photo borrowed from Lynne.  
Goodie Bags were purchased, assembled and hand-stamped by Laura.



SewMeSt.Louis 2014
Assortment of prizes


I purchased pins and temporary tattoos for each attendee; because I really-really wanted one and thought that the others might too.



SewMeSt.Louis 2014
Pins came from here.  Temporary Tattoos from here.


I am pretty excited that we were able to pull off something of this caliber and in such a short amount of time...even if there were some hiccups along the way. It will of course be a thing now, so planning for October 2015 will be underway soon.



SewMeSt.Louis 2014


Want to see some of the fun we had, projects that were made, workshops and lectures? Check out the #sewmestl hashtag on Instagram.


--Kristy
Friday, October 10, 2014

Quilt Market Sewing - PATHWAYS Quilt

Little did I know that I would be doing more sewing for Quilt Market, and with such a quick turn around time. The lovely folks from Windham Fabrics contacted me asking if I would sew up the PATHWAYS quilt that I had designed for them a few weeks prior using the new Spring Bloom collection; which premieres at Quilt Market and is available to the public, April 2015.



To be honest, I took one look at my To-Do list and thought to myself, "There is no way that I can do it." but then I remembered that these opportunities can go away at the snap of a finger...so you can probably guess what it is that I decided to do.

I'm not going to tell you that it was easy, especially considering that I was working with digital fabric; which if you have never used or seen it...it has a mind of it's own.  It is a stiff, temporary (cannot get wet) cloth that is digitally printed, allowing manufacturers to see color, scale and in some cases is used to make items for selling practices (say Quilt Market).  Crazy fabric aside, it was a worthwhile experience and I'm glad for the opportunity.



Spring Bloom - Windham Fabrics


Here is a quick snapshot that I captured right before I packed and shipped the quilt this past Monday; which reminds me that I need to change out the light-bulb in that room so it's not so yellow.


PATHWAYS Quilt // Kristy Daum // Windham Fabrics

If you are attending Quilt Market and see this "in the wild", would you please snap a photo for me.

--Kristy