Thursday, October 6, 2016

Yep, that's me...QuiltCon 2017 Judge

Hello Out There! 
As the announcement has been made this week that I am one of the Judges for QuiltCon 2017, I thought that I would pop in and introduce myself a little more fully. First let me say though how excited I am to be sharing this responsibility with Elizabeth Spannring and Erica Bonkowski. 

And You Are?
For those that know me, you can probably imagine how excited I am about this responsibility.  Yet, there are a ton of people probably scratching their head.  

This is Me...

Kristy Daum

I'm a list-maker, so here we go:

     --- St. Louis, Missouri is my home and while I’ve never lived anywhere else…I have been lucky enough to have traveled internationally and domestically.
     --- I’ve been quilting for over 20 years (made my first quilt in 1994…you can see it and many of my earlier quilts here [You Have To Start Somewhere]. There are definitely some doozies in there; but I'm proud of my beginnings. Want to see more recent quilts or what I've been up to...then check out this post, or this one.
     --- I founded the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild (STLMQG) in July of 2010 as I was looking to find like-minded individuals who had a similar aesthetic.  Turns out I found so much more.

       --- I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  While I majored in Fashion Design and minored in English Literature, my 4 years as an undergrad were filled with all sorts of classes from Art History to Physics and lots in between.

     --- While I have a corporate job that "pays the bills". I started a pattern and design company several years ago and my quilt patterns are sold both wholesale (via Checker & United Notions) and retail (viaPayHip).  I also do freelance quilt design on occasion, creating concepts for magazines and fabric companies, as well as give presentations to quilt guilds and various other art and community organizations.

  --- I have personally gone through innumerable critiques as an undergrad Art student, and been on the other side of things as a Juror and Judge both during my undergrad years and as an alumnus.

.    --- While some of my work has been included in the big quilt shows such as QuiltCon, AQS, IQF, etc.; the vast majority of those that I have submitted to never panned out. Yet that doesn’t deter me from trying when I remember the pesky deadlines and see an opportunity where I believe my quilts would be a good fit.

QuiltCon 2017
I'm one of those crazy people who booked my QuiltCon 2016 and 2017 hotel rooms back in early 2015 when the East/West announcements were first made.

I am ecstatic to be a part of the quilting community, and my record (can you tell it's an election year) shows as such...having volunteered countless hours to my local guild; but also to The MQG organization as a whole; having served on several committees in the past, and suited up as a Super Volunteer at two QuiltCons.

I am excited to take on this responsibility with the same enthusiasm and determination that I express in all things.

While I continue to dabble here on my blog, I'm much more chatty/visible on Instagram.  You can find me over there @KristyDaum

I'm looking forward to meeting lots of new people in Savannah, and reconnecting with those that I met previously.  Let's do this!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

KEYSTROKE Quilt Pattern

An Idea Is Born
KEYSTROKE was originally created as a concept for Windham Fabrics, inspired by a print from Julia Rothman's fabric collection TYPE.  The design was based on a close-up view of typewriter keys, a play on one of the prints in the collection.  Yet, the design was not selected, so it went into my vault for future use.

I don't really have a vault; but wouldn't that be interesting if I did.  

Opportunity Arises
In late 2015, an opportunity presented itself to design something for Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine and I immediately knew which idea I wanted to present to the Editor.  The design was selected (YES!) and scheduled for release in the Summer 2016 issue; as pictured below.

Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine / Summer 2016
Summer 2016 Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine

A Vision Comes To Life 
Several months later, I received an email from the Editor explaining that they would be photographing my KEYSTROKE quilt with an old-school typewriter (Perfect!).  Yet, they wanted to get my permission to photograph the quilt “upside down”.  Hmmmm??? 

Evidently the photoshoot layout they created didn't really mesh with the color placement in the quilt; but upside down it worked. I told them that I had confidence in what they envisioned...and I think you will agree, the result is pretty fantastic!

KEYSTROKE Quilt Pattern // Kristy Daum of St. Louis Folk Victorian - as appearing in Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine
KEYSTROKE Quilt // As shown in Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine.

Now let's see what other designs are in that vault of mine...hehehe.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Antique Quilt Finds : Saving Them One At a Time

It is said that a collection is anything that one owns in multiples and continues to seek out.

By that definitely, I was originally a collector of classic literature paperback books; you know those titles we all should have read in high school. Yet, as the time I spent actually reading dwindled over the did my collection.  I still own my favorites; but parted ways with titles that were more unfamiliar or purchased in a rush.

As a Quilter, I have always admired hand-pieced/hand-sewn antique quilts, and those that I came across early on were rightfully worth the money; yet always out of my price range. Then one day I came across a quilt; which still had intricate stitches; but was a little rough around the edges. This quilt spoke to me, since I want the quilts I make to be used rather then kept in a chest untouched.

Soon enough I had a small collection of these well-loved quilts and while I do not purposely seek them out, they do seem to find me.  Earlier this year I spent some time photographing them and started a hashtag #kdaumquiltcollection on Instagram so I could document my collection.

This past Saturday on a trip to a local antique mall, I added 3 more quilts to my collection.  I posted the first of them yesterday.

I like to think that I am saving them from being destroyed (used as cutter quilts and sold off in small pieces), while also doing my part to preserve a small bit of history along the way.