Friday, February 9, 2018

Let's Catch Up

2017 was a whirlwind; which has left this blog neglected for way too long.  While this site will undergo a little renovation later this year, that is a conversation for another time.

In the meantime, let's catch up...

2017 was the year that I finally stepped down from my position as President of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild.  I held that position for 7 years, and while it was bittersweet, it was certainly overdue. The organization was left in excellent hands, and I look forward to returning as a member in a couple of months. If you are in St. Louis, definitely go and check the guild won't be disappointed.

Quilting took a back seat for much of last year, while my "day-job" and family took precedent. It has taken me a long time to find my joy again in needle and thread; but I'm happy to report that it is going very well.

My most ambition project has been making a Pine Burr Beauty quilt; which has been on my Quilty To-Do list before I even knew what that was.  You can check out my progress on Instagram; but for now, I'll leave you with this beloved image of the nearly complete quilt top.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Introducing POINT OF VIEW Quilt Pattern

Today, I'm happy to announce that POINT OF VIEW is now a stand-alone pattern; which you can purchase in my shop. I first blogged about this quilt in early 2015, as it was the quilt that I contributed to the QuiltCon magazine.

POINT OF VIEW Quilt Pattern // Kristy Daum #quiltpattern #quilt #quilting #modernquilt #sewing

Making POINT OF VIEW a stand-alone pattern was my intention for quite a while; but life got in the way.  As I am putting the finishing touches on my Quilt Market preparations this week, I wanted to be sure and get this one completed and off of my To-Do list.  

The instructions allow you to make a quilt which measures 60" x 72"; which is a nice lap-size quilt. 

POINT OF VIEW looks great in lots of color combinations, and my pattern even includes a separate coloring sheet allowing you to decide color placement.

Head on over to my shop to pick up a PDF copy.  Paper copies will be available in a few weeks, so you can ask your local quilt shop if they carry it later this month. 

When you make this quilt, please be sure to send me a photo or use the hashtag #pointofviewquilt 

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!!