Kristy is our featured quilter of the day and she also recently shared her Oakshott Ruby Mini Quilt in our latest challenge. Don’t miss it!
Kristy of St. Louis Folk Victorian says she “wants to live in a world where quilts are touched by a child’s hands and dirtied by sun-kissed grass; because to her it means that they are well-loved.” What a beautiful sentiment. As a quilter and pattern designer, Kristy has been featured in Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine, Fat Quarterly e-zine, Moda Bake Shop and on countless blogs. Be sure to check out her Etsy and Craftsy shops. When she’s not playing with fabric scraps, you can find her watching Doctor Who (have you seen her pixelated The Tenth?!) or renovating her century-old farmhouse.
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
It is quite hard to choose my favorite out of the many quilts that I have made thus far, as most hold sentimental value for different reasons. Yet, my STAR’D quilt is by far one of my favorites. This quilt was the result of a guild (St. Louis MQG) challenge in the Fall of 2013, as we were asked to “modernize” the traditional Ohio Star block. As with a lot of things in my life, I tend to over-think things, and this quilt represents that process. As you see there is one complete Ohio Star block (pink), followed by four incomplete iterations (blue, green, yellow and orange) of one. I sort of feel like the flying geese represent the different directions my mind would pull me in during the design process.
With the exception of the background fabrics– most of which are from the Adorn It collection– the balance is a mix of prints pulled from my stash.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
This quilt was shown as part of our guild’s challenge but has not been entered into any contests.
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
This quilt holds a lot of memories since it was part of a guild challenge. I automatically think of all the talented people in my guild, and all of the amazing quilts that they made as part of this challenge too.
What do you like best about the quilt?
Honestly, I adore scrappy quilts, so the bright pops of color scattered across the black and white prints make me smile.
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
The quilts that I tend to make are usually very free-form, so challenging myself to use a well-established and well-loved block was a newer adventure for me. Also this is one of the first quilts that I really stepped out of my comfort zone when it came to thread selection and quilting design.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
For starters, probably make it larger… At least that is what I keep hearing people ask me to do!
Where is the quilt now?
Since September 2013 it has been hanging at Janie Lou, a local fabric shop in St. Louis, Missouri. I published a pattern for this quilt, and the shop owners asked if they could display the quilt in their shop. I’m in that shop quite a lot so I see my quilt often.
Would you like to add anything?
Thanks for letting me participate in this series, I enjoyed looking back both at this quilt, and many of the others as I was narrowing my options! If you would like to make this quilt, it is available as a downloadable pattern in my Etsy/Craftsy shops and printed patterns are available for wholesale partners. You can see more about this quilt on my blog.
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.
- You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
- Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
- You can answer all or some of the questions below.
- Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.
- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
This series is sponsored by Fabricworm, your source for modern, designer and Japanese import fabrics, perfect for crafts, quilts and home decorators.