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Designer Interview: Kristy Daum

A blog that began as a way to show off the renovation of her 1800s home quickly morphed into a quilting blog for Kristy Daum. It turned out to be the start of her business, St. Louis Folk Victorian. Learn more about our OLFA Creators designer, then download her Echo quilt pattern to see how she sews together this amazing quilt. Echo quilt tutorial


O: Where are you from? What is your community like?  

KD: I am from St. Louis, Missouri, a city with a rich history that is home to several world-class museums, starter and established companies, and countless communities with their own distinct personalities.


O: Have you been quilting long? 

KD: I have been quilting on and off for over 20 years, although it wasn’t until 2010 that it really became a passion vs. a hobby.


O: How have your quilting and sewing tastes changed over time?

KD: Coincidentally, my style hasn’t changed much, though my fabric stash definitely has. Aesthetically-speaking, I have always been drawn to things that have a mix of history and modernity to them, and it is that juxtaposition that I find intriguing.


O: How did you get your start in the quilting and sewing industry?

KD: As someone who enjoyed the technical as much as the creative aspects of art and design, I challenged myself to try and write a quilt pattern. The design, PUZZLED,  was published on Moda Bakeshop in 2011. The positive response and feedback I received, pushed me to start my own self-publishing pattern company called St. Louis Folk Victorian. Soon enough I was creating more designs then I could turn into actual quilts; so I began doing freelance design work for fabric companies, to create patterns they could distribute to retailers or use to help sell new collections.



O: How did you choose your business name?

KD: St. Louis Folk Victorian is an homage to both my blog and my house. My blog began in 2007 as a way to document the renovation and history of the 1880s farmhouse I recently purchased; but soon enough the posts about quilting outnumbered those about renovation.


O: Do you specialize in a specific look or technique?

KD: My quilt designs tend to fall into the modern traditional category, and have a way of looking complex; while their construction is easier than it seems.


O: What’s new with the Modern Quilt Guild in St Louis?

KD: It has been a very busy year for the STLMQG. They completed a huge quilt collection for Nurses for Newborns, hosted both Latifah Saafir, and Beth Synder for a trunk show, finished up a Rainbow BOM, had another successful SewMeSTL retreat, among other things. I am looking forward to 2019 and the guild’s second quilt show coming in July.


O: What do you think are the differences and similarities between modern quilts and traditional quilts?

KD: Traditional quilts are the foundation upon which modern quilts evolved; but the history is certainly not forgotten. While many modern quilts can have their own aesthetic that looks different when using improv-piecing techniques as an example, I believe there are more similarities than differences; especially now that many quilters are branching out and trying new-to-them techniques. As with so many things, what is old is new again.



O: What do you enjoy about teaching and lecturing?

KD: When teaching, it is the joy of being able to help someone create something with their hands, and seeing those light-bulb moments. When lecturing, it is connecting with the audience and being able to show that we all start somewhere.


O: What does a guild or shop need to do to book an engagement?

KD: Super simple – just send me an email and we can work together to create a great experience for your members/customers. You can find my contact information on my website, or through Instagram.


O: What has been the highlight of your career so far?

KD: There have been a lot of great moments from being a QuiltCon Juror, and Judge, to having my work hang in not one; but two museums. Yet, hands down I would say that the highlight would be the people I have met in the quilting community; whether clients, customers, guild members, social-media “friends” or real-life friends, it is the connection that matters the most.


O: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

KD: My 1880s farmhouse is still a work-in-progress, so I try to fit in a project now-and-again. Yet, when I’m not working at my full-time job (because yes, I have one of those too), or quilting, you can usually find me in the kitchen baking something, or strolling the aisles of an antique mall.


O: Do you have a favorite color?

KD: Many would say my favorite color must be black, since I wear it so much, and it makes an appearance in many of my quilts. Yet, if I were to look at my fabric stash, I sure do own a lot of blue. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of black too; but definitely more blue.


O: Besides OLFA, what are your go-to quilting tools?

KD: I don’t own a lot of fancy tools; but man oh man, outside of OLFA … I don’t know where I would be without Clover Wonder Clips or Best Press.


O: Please give us a quick quilting or sewing tip.

KD:  I can’t claim this tip as my own, as I learned it from my Fashion Design professor while at university; but it has come in handy many times when trying to thread a needle on a sewing machine. While many of us may lick the end of the thread, a trick is to also lick your finger and run it along the backside of the needle where the hole is. As my professor said, the saliva helps to bring thread through needle swifter then without. It’s simple, maybe a little stupid; but it has come in handy so many times.


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