Introducing Krista Yokum: A Back to School Sewer

Several months ago, we announced on Facebook that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project for us. It’s been my pleasure to work with the nine women we selected as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them to you this week during Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party.

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Meet Krista Yokum from Corning, California.

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Krista Yokum from Corning, California

Krista sewed with Sunnyside fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. Her completed quilt is shown below.

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Playground in Sunnyside fabrics by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. Made by Krista Yokum.

pin it button Introducing Krista Yokum: A Back to School SewerAren’t the blues pretty? Add in the soft gray, orange and green and you have a winning combination. This quilt looks terrific!

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Krista and Diane at Quiltmaker’s Block Party in Portland, March 2013.

We first met Krista at Quiltmaker’s Block Party in Portland last March. We selected her for Back to School without realizing it was the same person! It’s rare that we have met a Back to School applicant in person. She’s every bit as sweet as she looks. (Hey, wouldn’t you like to join us for the next Block Party @ Sea?)

I asked Krista to share a few thoughts with QP readers.

What fun this entire experience has been for me! I have to say it was pure torture waiting for the fabric to arrive.

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My youngest daughter got married soon after my fabric arrived so I didn’t get to jump in as quickly as I wanted to.

I did have some trouble trimming the quilt center per the directions. After I attached the first two side borders, I headed to the ironing board where I noticed that something didn’t look quite right. I discovered I hadn’t trimmed the quilt in the right line. I was 1/4 inch too far out.

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I had to remove the borders to re-trim the quilt correctly. In doing that, I managed to stretch both sides since the entire center has bias edges. It would have helped immensely if I had stay-stitched around the quilt before adding the borders. I think one of the other ladies had mentioned doing that but I didn’t remember until after I was finished.

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Something that I learned in the process of making this quilt is that it’s okay to admit to other people that you made a mistake. And not to be so hard on myself.

When others were sharing pictures of their finished quilts, they voiced their displeasure at the imperfections in their work. Most of those mistakes were not even visible to me.

Quilting is supposed to be fun! Enjoy the process, practice your accuracy in piecing, and be willing to learn how to do things better or differently. There is more than one way to achieve the end result and I am a firm believer that what’s right for me may not be the right way for you. And that’s okay!

And I’ll let you in on a little secret. Krista reports that her husband “has already said that we can do another Block Party trip in the future.” That’s great news! We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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10 Responses to Introducing Krista Yokum: A Back to School Sewer

  1. Venus Cooper says:

    Great Job, Krista! We’re proud of you. It’s always a pleasure to see your work on display. I ended up with the ABC quilt that you helped complete. I am looking forward to seeing grandbabies sleep beneath it when they arrive.

  2. Sharon Gallegos says:

    Great job!!

  3. Barb Colvin says:

    I love your version, and many thanks for reminding be about the stay-stitching.

  4. Terri says:

    Hi Krista – nice job on the quilt. I think you only see your own mistakes when you are right on top of the quilt, working on it. Hang it up, step away from it and you will have a hard time finding what you saw at the sewing machine. I’m in California, too, and was part of the 2011 Back to School group with Nicole. Welcome to the “club”!

  5. Mary C in WA says:

    You did Great Krista! I am so glad you got to be on the BTS Team! Your Hubby is a Keeper. He helped you all along at the Portland Blocks Party, I remember. Congrats to your Newlywedded daughter.

  6. Karlene says:

    Great quilt. I love the blues. You did a very nice job on the quilt.

  7. Congratualations Krista ! The quilt is beautiful. I think this is amazing!

  8. Nicole says:

    Isn’t it funny how we all point out the mistakes that we made to each other? Most of the time no one would ever have noticed them if they hadn’t been pointed out. Great job Krista!! The quilt looks terrific!

  9. Barbara Corbitt says:

    I love this color combination. What a great choice. Keep up the great work. babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

  10. Sharon says:

    I love this blue version. And it is ok to make mistakes – I notice everyone stressing over this. And the comments on the bias trouble, yet no mention of using starch to stabalize.

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