Thursday, April 21, 2016

Windham Fabrics - Free Quilt Pattern (Lattice Work)

In going through my drafts folder, I realized that I neglected to post about this pattern that I created for Windham Fabrics.  It uses the Gardening collection by Dinara Mirtalipova; which is currently available at retail.

While, it is one of the more complex patterns that I have written due to the amount of pieces and overall look of the block, I would still consider it something for an Advanced Beginner to tackle.  I named it LatticeWork; as the quilt looks like a zoomed in image of lattice; which also relates to landscaping, gardening, so on and so forth.  


LATTICE WORK Free Quilt Pattern // Kristy Daum for Windham Fabrics using the Gardening collection by Dinara Mirtalipova  #quilting #freepattern #freequiltingpattern #quilt






As always you can find this and other patterns by clicking the Buy My Patterns or Free Tutorials link at the top of my blog header.  And of course if you make a quilt using this pattern, please send me an email or tag me on social media.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wizard World, Doctor Who & My Pixel Quilt

Sometimes you just need a sidekick, wingman, or in my case...a Quilt Companion to make things happen.  What am I talking about?  Well this...

Wizard World, Doctor Who & My Pixel Quilt // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum : A pixel quilt's journey takes an unexpected turn when faced with the man who inspired it.  #DoctorWho #DavidTennant #BBC #Quilting #PixelQuilt #Whovian


Journey's End ?

It is interesting because I thought that this quilt's journey was over after it was in a museum exhibit last year; but the journey continued a few weekends ago during St. Louis Comic Con (WizardWorld) when David Tennant got to meet his quilted doppleganger.

When the announcement was first made that David Tennant would be attending, I was estastic; but when the tickets went on sale, the cost made it prohibitive. Yet, a month or so ago they opened up a small number of individual VIP passes and I was able to scoop one up...still expensive; but a little less so, and when in my lifetime would I have this opportunity.


Wizard World, Doctor Who & My Pixel Quilt // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum : A pixel quilt's journey takes an unexpected turn when faced with the man who inspired it.  #DoctorWho #DavidTennant #BBC #Quilting #PixelQuilt #Whovian

My Sister kept asking me if I was excited, and I know that my response always err'd on the side of being cautious.  It is one thing to have made a piece of art and have it receive an outpouring of love and admiration from common circles; but this is different.



Plans changed

My VIP access included a 3-day pass to the event, a photo, and an autograph.  The intention was to show him a 5x7 pic of the quilt as he was autographing it, simple as that. My Sister had other plans, and was determined to have it included in the photograph that I got as part of the package.

She spoke with the WizardWorld crew and convinced them that this had to happen.  A few minutes later we prepped the quilt and got in line. My Sister was a trooper, as she not only was having to hold the quilt during this entire time; but doing so surrounded by hundreds of other people squished together like sardines.



10 Seconds

After waiting in line for what felt like forever, it was our turn.  I took my place next to David Tennant while my Sister held the 8ft quilt as high as her 5' 6" frame would allow.  He looked at it and said
" I'm A Quilt! ".


Wizard World, Doctor Who & My Pixel Quilt // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum : A pixel quilt's journey takes an unexpected turn when faced with the man who inspired it.  #DoctorWho #DavidTennant #BBC #Quilting #PixelQuilt #Whovian



Impossible To Know

While I will never know exactly what he was thinking in that moment, the look on his face does appear to show genuine joy; which is enough for me.  A few hours later, the day had ended, my quilt was autographed and I was a Happy Camper!  Now to figure out how I'm going to ever pay my Sister back for helping to make the weekend one to remember is another story.


Wizard World, Doctor Who & My Pixel Quilt // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum : A pixel quilt's journey takes an unexpected turn when faced with the man who inspired it.  #DoctorWho #DavidTennant #BBC #Quilting #PixelQuilt #Whovian


If you would like to read about The Tenth's journey from the beginning, check out these earlier blog posts below.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

PARALLEL Workshop - Teaching What You Know

A few Sundays ago, I taught a workshop on my PARALLEL quilt pattern at Janie Lou [a St. Louis fabric shop].  I was surprised to learn that my class not only sold out; but was oversold...Sweet!!


PARALLEL Quilt Pattern // Kristy Daum // St. Louis Folk Victorian



Teaching What You Know

When I have taught in the past, the subjects were technique based; things like Improv, Using Negative Space, etc. This PARALLEL class was the first time that I taught from something; which I had written. 

I prepped by making step-outs; which you can see up close below. These units/pieces help to illustrate the many steps involved without having to do the cutting/piecing during the workshop. This means that I can spend more time with the students rather than spending it behind a sewing machine.






Progress

Having been both a student and instructor, I know that people learn at different speeds and this day was no different.  Some students were able to make a whole slew of blocks, while others finished just a few; yet the numbers do not matter.

The key to a workshop is not what you accomplish in those 3 or 6 hours; but that you understand the technique/pattern being taught and learn a few tricks, hopefully walking away feeling your time was well-spent.

As the instructor, not only did I receive feedback throughout the class; but I picked up on a few things that I need to present or word differently.  Even though I'm the "Teacher", this is a learning process for me too.

One of my favorite parts of teaching or taking a workshop is seeing the fabric and color combinations that the students are using, and particularly for this class...how they have chosen to interpret the pattern requirements. 




What’s Next

As I have been filling out Instructor Applications and sending my workshop offerings to a few interested parties recently; this topic was on my mind as of late and I wanted to be sure that I shared it here instead of exclusively on Instagram.  I do not know if any of the inquiries will turn into full-fledged opportunities; but it is always nice to be asked.

If you are interested in purchasing my PARALLEL pattern, you can find the PDF in my shop, or ask your favorite quilt shop if they carry it.

Finally, if you are interested in having me give a lecture, trunk show or workshop, please send me an email for offerings, rates and availability.