Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Time for an Upgrade

Change is the only constant in life.  – Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher

Earlier this year, I hired Beck from AutumnLanePaperie; whom I found on Etsy, to redesign my logo and create some additional graphics for my business. Working with her was a delight and she took the time to really help bring my many sides together; which let me tell you isn’t easy when my business/website name is St. Louis Folk Victorian and yet I make modern quilts. 

St. Louis Folk Victorian // Kristy Daum - Pins & Networking Cards

While I used the new graphics and logo on business cards and pins for QuiltCon; I didn’t make any other necessary changes until just a few weeks ago (nearly 7 months later).

After several recent conversations with quilty friends, and an unexpected opportunity; which presented itself via Facebook (crazy how things happen)…I quickly got back on the change train.

Website Upgrade

-          My website address is now www.stlouisfolkvictorian.com. Don’t panic, your previous bookmarks and links will automatically be redirected.

-          I also did a site redesign which helps bring all of those logos, graphics, and colors that Beck created for me back in February together in one place.


-          I spent lots of time reviewing my current pattern offerings (currently 6) and have decided to retire two of them (U-TURN and INDEX).  They are great patterns and performed well; but not to the level of where I had hoped.  This month will be their swan-song; so don’t miss your chance to snatch them up before they are gone forever (I’ve even put them on sale…WooHoo!!).  My PayHip Pattern Shop can be found here.

-          The remaining 4 patterns were all given a little facelift, as my style of pattern-writing has changed over the years, and I wanted them to now look consistent. These will be rolled out in the coming weeks; but if you purchased them previously...the info is all still the same, so you aren't missing anything except a more eloquent layout and maybe some color.

-          As part of the pattern facelift, I added barcodes; which makes it that much easier for shops to carry/sell my products. Plus, barcodes…I mean, that’s pretty cool!

-          New patterns will be arriving throughout 2016! YAY!

So, that’s just some of the many things that have been on my plate, Dear Readers.  Now, don’t forget…head on over and check out those patterns before they disappear.

Friday, September 25, 2015

BlogHop :: Machine Quilting with Style (Facets)

Welcome Friends & Guests!

I am a big fan of being involved in the entire quiltmaking process, and that includes doing the quilting on my home machine...rather then quilting by check (sending it away).  So, when I had the chance to participate in a Blog Hop to celebrate a friend's new book, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Christa and I have been blogging buddies for a few years now, and we finally got to meet in person at QuiltCon earlier this year. If you already read Christa's blog (ChristaQuilts.com), then you know that she loves nothing more then to teach people all about quilting; whether it be through workshops, her countless tutorials, or now her first book...Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-Foot Wonders to Free-Motion Favorites

Machine Quilting With Style // Christa Watson

This BlogHop allowed me the opportunity to get a sneakpeek at her book and to actually remake one of the projects from it.  I chose her FACET quilt; which as you can see below is a study in Improv.

Machine Quilting With Style (Facets Quilt) // Christa Watson // Photography by Brett Kane
Photography by Brett Kane

Thanks to Christa's clear directions and templates, I was able to jump right in...EVEN if I did switch it up a little.

Facets Quilt - Design by Christa Watson // Version by Kristy Daum

As you can see, I chose to reverse the placement of the Improv-pieced and "solid" diamonds.  This was done for two reasons.

  1. I love the power and simplicity of Christa's quilt in solids; but solids and I don't always agree, whereas prints and I get along just fine. 
  2. I wanted to give you a different intrepretation; so you can see just how versatile her quilt designs are, and can be translated many ways.

I started with a little bundle of Anna Maria Horner's True Colors; which have been patiently sitting on my shelf for a while now. I was already familiar with improv piecing; but if you are not, Christa provides clear information that takes the guess-work out of the process.

Once I had my first improv swatch pieced, I visited Janie Lou, my favorite local quilt shop, to see what I should pair it with; and although I had a plan when I walked in the door, by the time I left I had made a complete 180...opting to go with a newsprint fabric Modern BG Paper for Zen Chic for the other diamonds, and framing it with a subtle black on black print really made the FACET design pop.

When it came time to do the quilting, I didn't have to think very hard, as Christa's book provided several options; which could easily be applied to any of the projects in the book, and provides a foundation so the reader can start feeling comfortable with their own maching quilting abilities.

Facets Quilt - Design by Christa Watson // Version by Kristy Daum

Machine Quilting with Style will provide you with the tools you need to tackle quilting on your domestic machine, and quilt designs you'll want to replicate or even tweak a little.

I highly recommend taking a quick trip through the earlier posts so you can get a feel for the other quilts and ways in which they can be intrepreted.

9/14 Start at ChristaQuilts
9/14 Color Crystals – Vicki Reubel from Orchid Owl Quilts
9/14 Technicolor Backing – Ida Ewing from Ida Rather Be Quilting
9/15 Pearl Gray – Alyce Blyth from  Blossom Heart Quilts
9/16 Broken V – Sharon McConnell from  Color Girl Quilts
9/17 Candy Pop – Linda Hungerford from Flourishing Palms
9/18 Ripples – Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting
9/19 Little Man’s Fancy – Tina Guthmann from Mod Geometry
9/22 Static – Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced
9/23 Rain – Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs
9/24 Lightning – Leanne Chahley from She Can Quilt
9/25 Facets – Kristy Daum from  St. Louis Folk Victorian
9/26 Focal Point – Amy Garro from 13 Spools

Plus there are a few additional stops that include some extra content:

9/15 Andover Fabrics
9/16 Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures and Leah Day’s Free Motion Quilting Project
9/17 Do You EQ? from Electric Quilt and Darlene from Quilt Shop Gal
9/18 Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home and Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Studios
9/19 Moda Fabrics – The Cutting Table
9/21 Katy Cameron from The Littlest Thistle
9/22 Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts and Generation Q Magazine
9/23 Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
9/24 Stitch This – The Martingale Blog and Riley Blake Fabrics
9/25 Michele Foster of The Quilting Gallery and Teri Lucas from TerifiCreations
9/26 Pellon Projects and Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side

And don't forget to get your own copy of Machine Quilting with Style over on Amazon (it's recently back in stock after selling out in it's first few days - WOW!), or snag a signed copy from Christa herself.

Finally, she wants your help...yes, YOU.  Hop on over to this quick survey to vote for your favorite quilt from her book, the one with the most votes will be the quilt that Christa will be using during a Quilt-Along in early 2016.

Facets Quilt - Design by Christa Watson // Version by Kristy Daum

Thanks for the visit!

Friday, August 7, 2015

I'm Alive & I have a new porch

I'm back from my unintentional bloggy disappearance; and while I wish I could say I was living off-grid somewhere exotic, or won the lottery, or any one of a million other things...the reality is that I've just been in a really really strange funk mixed with working ridicously long hours.

I completely lost my sewing mojo in early April and now...all these months later, it has started to make its slow re-appearance. Yet, while I've been "gone", stuff has been happening...so I have lots to share with you.

First up...my porch

What little downtime I have had was spent renovating my porch; which has been one of those projects on my list since I bought my home back in 2007. From what info I can find about my 1880s farmhouse [see House History, 1870s-Present], there was a previous porch; but sometime in the 1970s it was removed. I know this for two reasons.  First, because the following photo appears in Foundations of a Community: Oakville before the turn of the century, a book which has been a lifesaver in helping me pull together my home's history.  Second, my assumptions were also confirmed by information from the Missouri Office of Historic Preservation.

Porch Renovation // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

Sometime after that photo was published, a new porch was added; which meant that when I bought the house years later, the porch was already 30-40 years old and desperately needed a makeover.  Not only was the paint peeling; but the stairs were crumbling and the railings were loose. My Sister said it reminded her of something out of a horror movie and I would have to agree.

Porch Renovation // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

I needed something that was functional; but had a good amount of character...being that I don't go for typical things. This of course meant that it would be mostly DIY, and my Dad was on board, although he hadn't realized at the time what he signed up for.  Sorry Dad!

He graciously cut out and painted nearly 60 of these balusters, that I designed; which make up the vertical guards to the railing, and he painted them...along with all of the new floorboards, staircase pieces, etc.

Porch Renovation, New Balusters - DIY // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

The porch wasn't a total demo, as its bones were still good. We spent the next several weekends revitalizing it piece by piece, sanding and painting what would remain, and replacing one floorboard and railing after another.

Porch Renovation // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

The project wasn't without it's hiccups, whether that meant miscuts, or making last minute trips to the hardware store; but everything worked out in the end.

Porch Renovation // St. Louis Folk Victorian - Kristy Daum

I still have lots of touch-up painting to do, and the porch skirt to build, and while someday I do hope to add a little fretwork or gingerbread near the top of the posts...for now, I'm thrilled with the result and happy to be able to walk on my porch and not feel like I'm going to fall through it.