Sunday, December 18, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up

I have to be honest...I feel cheated.  I really enjoy this time of year, preparing for the Holidays, trimming the tree, baking cookies, hanging with family and getting in the Holiday Spirit; but my work schedule the last month has meant that I've missed out on alot of that and I'm sad :-(

The good news is that the next few weeks are guaranteed to be better and I plan on taking full advantage of it.  I even started sewing again; and judging by how much I got done in a short amount of can tell that I've been missing out.

I've been itching to try this coinpurse pattern by Freshly Picked, gently altered by Me? A Mom? allowing me to include a lining as well.  It went together super fast and as you can tell by the next picture...I might have gotten a little carried away.


This has been on the To-Do list for a while and will eventually become part of a larger quilt for someone.  For now I'm glad that I tackled this project...even if I had to use my Seam Ripper on probably a quarter of the seams.  Sometimes Paper Piecing boggles me; then I get 3 good seams and then 2 bad ones.  

If you'd like to make your own Hogwarts Crest, or over 50 other Harry Potter-inspired must check out Owlsea's Patterns.  Fortunately for me, this is the one and only HP block that I am making, the rest of the quilt will be scrappy. 

Well my weekend is coming to a close.  I'm gonna spend some time with the twinkling lights on my tree; before calling it a night.  Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Giveaway Day -December 2011- Results Giveaway Day has ended over here at St. Louis Folk Victorian. 

I really did enjoy hearing about everyone's "Go To" Movie...and clearly there are some
movies that appeal to a wide variety of people as they came up multiple times.
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Princess Bride
  • Love Actually
  • Dirty Dancing
And there were some surprising Movies named as well:
  • Armageddon
  • Interview with a Vampire
  • 5th Element
  • Napolean Dynamite

Thank You to all 168 of you who ventured over here to check out my blog and to take a chance at winning the panel of Anna Maria Horner LouLouThi Needleworks fabric.

The time has come to pick a winner and Random Generator has chosen # 16 .

Congratulations Katey...who had this to say:

Katey, I've sent you an email.  Please make sure that you respond back no later then Sunday, 12/18 or else I'll have to choose another winner...and who likes to do that.

Thanks Again to Sew Mama Sew! for hosting Giveaway Day.

Happy Holidays!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fat Quarterly Designer Challenge

Looking for my SewMamaSew Giveaway Post, click here.


Have you checked out Fat Quarterly's blog recently? 

Have you heard about the "12 Days of Ruby Star"?

Did you see this...

That means that you saw me, well sort know what I mean.

You see the lovely folks from Fat Quarterly were looking for some Designers
to participate in their next "Designer Challenge", and
what do you know...I'm one of them.

I'm estastic to be participating in "The 12 Days of Ruby Star" and even more
excited to be kicking off the event.  I hope that you like the tutorial that I have posted. 

Make sure that if you make one of these lovelies that you post a photo of it
on Fat Quarterly's Flickr Group and maybe even drop me a line.

For those that don't know me; let me introduce myself.


  • My name's Kristy Daum and I'm from St. Louis, Missouri.
  • I founded the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild (STLMQG for short) and love being President of such an amazing group of inspiring talent.
  • I once owned Po-Ka-Dot, a small crochet-accessories business that was featured in several magazines including Knit Simple, Knit.1, Easy Crochet, Easy Knitting, etc.  I learned alot back then and now hope to one day share my quilt patterns with a wider audience as well

 Thanks for visiting!

Until next time, you can find me on 
Pinterest: LoveOldHouses
or right here on my blog

Monday, December 12, 2011

Giveaway Day - December 2011

---------  Giveaway Closed, Thank You for your Participation -------
------------------- Will Announce Winner Soon -------------

Hello Giveaway Day Friends!!

First I have to Thank Sew Mama Sew! for hosting such a wonderful event each year.  I encourage you to visit all of the wonderful blogs and shops participating in today's event.

While this event gives you an opportunity to win some pretty nifty things, it's also a chance for you to visit some "New To You" blogs/shops.  I do hope that you will spend a little time checking out the participating blogs/shops before you go on your merry way to the next giveaway.  You might just find a new blog to read, or someone new to follow on Pinterest, Twitter, etc.

Now, what am I giving away here on St. Louis Folk about a panel of Anna Maria Horner's LouLouThi Needlework Fabric called Crossing Paths.  Oooohhhh!  Aaaaahhhhh!


 To Enter:
1. Leave 1 comment below telling me what is your Go-To movie in your DVD collection. 
What movie or two always tops your list?
        For example: With me, it has to be "13 Going on 30" or one of the Princess Diary movies.  There is just something about them that sucks me in each and every time. 

2. Make sure that you include an email address, Flickr Name, Twitter Name, etc...if you are a No-Reply Blogger.  If you don't know what a No-Reply Blogger is, check this out.

--Drawing will close on Friday, December 16th at 7pm (CST).
Giveaway Now Closed, Thank You

--A winner will be selected by Random Generator, contacted by email and
their name posted on this blog.

--If I cannot get in touch with the winner by Sunday, December 18th
another one will be drawn.

--International friends are welcome to enter too.

Good Luck!!

Oh, and one more thing...I have comment moderation on because of those Nasty Spammers,
so your comments will show up throughout the day, NOT immediately

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holidays, Hexies and Giveaways

The Holidays are quickly approaching and I'm NOT ready; but hopefully that will change by the end of this coming weekend.  So much to do and NOT alot of time...literally just got our tree up and decorated last night.  While I think I work best with concrete deadlines, I'm going to have to start planning for the Holidays beginning in September or October.

So, what have I been doing you ask.  Well, I've been making these most recently...

These are lovely little hexies, made using Melody Miller fabric that she graciously sent to me earlier this week.  While I've admired her fabrics from afar, I know that sometimes the scale is quite large; but I didn't let that stop me.  I started doing a little fussy cutting and was quite surprised at how many different areas I could actually highlight...both expected (flowers) and unexpected (check out the clock faces above). 

What am I doing with them?  Well, I was asked to participate in Fat Quarterly's next "Designer Challenge"; which thanks to Twitter...I caught the "Call for Entries" about a month ago.  Several of us will be showcasing a tutorial on Fat Quarterly's blog later this month.  While I can't tell you right now what I'm tutorial should be up on Tuesday if all goes well.  Eeeeeee!

Additionally, I'll be participating in Sew Mama Sew!'s Giveaway Day next week.  If you haven't heard about this, you are missing out and MUST check out this post to get in on the fun.  It's a week long event where literally hundreds of blogs and shops offer the chance to win some fabulous giveaways.  And even if you don't sew or quilt...don't let that stop you from participating.  People give away lots of things including handmade items for the home, acccessories for your wardrobe, etc. 

I'll be giving away a panel of Anna Maria Horner's LouLouThi Needleworks (as seen below). 
Come back to my blog beginning on Monday for the opportunity.

Until then, wish me luck...and I hope to see you back here next week.