Friday, January 11, 2019

OLFA Creator : January (Introducing ECHO)

If you are visiting me for the first time, Welcome! and if you have been here before, Welcome Back!

When OLFA asked me to be a part of their Creators Team, along with it came the responsibility to create (obviously) something for you; which I was thrilled to do.

Introducing ECHO

ECHO Quilt - Kristy Daum || OLFA Creator - January 2019 #quilting #sewing #babyquilt #quiltpattern

I designed this quilt some years ago, and am so excited that I could finally bring it to life and share the pattern with you (pattern link here).

ECHO measures approx. 50" x 50" and is a beginner-friendly pattern perfect for that new baby or toddler in your life. It would also make an excellent center-piece to a much larger quilt; just add some borders or additional HST around the exterior and there you have it...Hahaha!

So what fun prints and patterns will you choose?

ECHO Quilt - Kristy Daum || OLFA Creator - January 2019 #quilting #sewing #babyquilt #quiltpattern

The ECHO Pattern is available on the OLFA blog.

If you make this, please be sure to tag me on social media @KristyDaum and use the hashtags #OLFAcreates #kristydaum #ECHOquilt

Here are some of behind-the-scenes photos I snapped while working on ECHO late November/early December 2018.

ECHO Quilt - Kristy Daum || OLFA Creator - January 2019 #olfacreates #sewing #quilting

ECHO Quilt - Kristy Daum || OLFA Creator - January 2019 #olfacreates #sewing #quilting

Additionally, OLFA interviewed me about my work, my process, my company, etc.  Go check it out!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

OLFA Creator

OLFA Creators & Ambassadors #quilting #sewing #crafts #tools #notions

I'm one of several selected to be part of OLFA's 2019 Creators, and am looking forward to sharing a little bit about myself, and a brand-new project I created just for you.

Stay tuned...and I mean real soon!

But before I get ahead of myself, let me back up a little. You see, I have always loved OLFA and have been using their rotary cutter for over 20 years. Well, technically I used my Mom's OLFA rotary cutter for the first few years; but then I bought my own. Hehe!

In 2018, I was part of their Ambassador team...and was thrilled when they asked me to continue on with them as a Creator.

This year the OLFA Rotary Cutter turns 40!  

Can you believe it?  

Coincidentally, I will also be turning 40 this year...Woot!

OLFA has some big plans for 2019, their Ruby Rotary Cutter is just a part of it.  If you haven't checked it out yet, it's so sassy!

2018 Recap

It is nice once in a while to take a leisurely stroll down memory lane and remember some of the things that I did in 2018. This is like 5% of it, you can see much more on Instagram @KristyDaum.

While I did have some finishes this year, six to be exact...they weren't all started this year, most were simply finished. Done is done in my book. 

I finally decided to give "quilting by paycheck" a try and I'm glad I did because otherwise these would still likely be unfinished. Big thanks to Stitched in Color and Trace Creek Quilting for their creative long-arming.

2018 Quilt finishes - Kristy Daum  #quilting #modernquilting #sewing

I also published my quilt pattern, Modern D9P; which has been a hit since it's debut in August. You can check out the details here, and pick up a PDF here

After 7 years as President of the St. Louis MQG, 2018 was my first year as a regular member having stepped down in 2017. The guild was left in the hands of a fantastic panel of Officers and I've enjoyed being part of the audience.

I saw several shows at the Fox Theater with my Sister and Sister-in-Law including HAMILTON.

My external hard drive crashed in the Summer and left me completely freaked out, thinking I lost everything. That was until my Dad came to the rescue, took it apart and frankenstein'ed it together with an old computer so I could save everything. 

In July, I traveled to Maine (my first time there) and taught several quilting workshops and gave a lecture / trunk show at Maine Quilts. Yes, I did eat lobster.

In August, my Sister and I took a road trip to Chicago and had a blast at the museums...even if I did have a panic attack surrounded by all of the taxidermy'ed animals.

I started reading novels again after a long hiatus, and fell in love with the A Discovery of Witches series, coincidentally the author was coming in town in Fall and I was able to hear her lecture.

In September, I experienced my first "real" concert, when my Sister and I saw Ed Sheeran at Busch Stadium.  

Looking Forward
2019 has already started off on a high note and I'm looking forward to trying lots of fun new things.