Sunday, April 23, 2017

Paducah Quilt Week!



It's a been a BUSY month!  

Home pretty much to unpack and repack, I am now off to Paducah to prepare for a fun week! I hope to see many of you there!  I have never been to the Paducah Quilt Week Show, although I have been to Paducah to the Museum in the fall which was great.  So, this will be an all new experience for me to see what happens in the town for this week of quilting inspiration!

I have another first happening this week, when I emcee the Awards Presentation...Wish me luck!



I'm most excited about my exhibit of quilts that will hang in the "bubble" Pavilion... Yes the Double Wedding Rings quilts will be hanging, BUT... So will my "Garden For All Seasons" Quilt!  The 9' X 30' quilt will be hanging and that will be my FIRST time seeing it up vertical and finished!

I have news about the quilt as well...  It was made to be a "Public Art" piece to hang somewhere in NYC, it's now been finalized that it will be hanging in the New Simplicity Creative Group Office, (EZ Quilting is one of their brands) after Paducah....only a few blocks away from me in NYC.  I'm thrilled!

I have a very full schedule. I hope you will come by when I give a walking tour of the quilts:  ( meet at the 30' quilt at the stated times below ) 


Walking Tours of My Quilt Exhibit
Wed April 26th at  2pm
Thurs April 27th at 2pm
Sat April 29th at 3pm


Lecture on Play and Creativity #32803
Wed 12-1pm at the Eisenhower room, Advance tickets available click here.



Wed 6-8 pm is the All Star Review:  ( tickets here)
I'll be doing a 10 minute demo on Double wedding Rings, then a book signing and will have some double wedding Ring templates with me...
Saturday 1-3 All Star Review: (tickets here)
I'll be talking about 15 Minutes of Play and changing shapes! Come by!



ALSO, I will be in the JUKI booth each day except Friday and Sunday.  I will do a book signing in the Juki Booth Saturday 10-12, Come say hi, try out a JUKI and I'll show you what I love about them!

JUKI Booth 1208/12010
9-11 Wed April 26
11-1 Thur April 27
10-12 Sat BOOK SIGNING! April 29

I think I color coded that for myself! Hard to keep it all straight! Print out, come by and say hi.  I look forward to having some fun! 

See you in Paducah!


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dresden and the perfect quilt!

 My attempt at making a quilt I will actually sleep under!  You may notice in the video that Jenny Egg does not stay of my bed... She has to sleep with me, touch me, and snuggle... So I need a quilt that is not WHITE!  The quilt I currently have on my bed, is laying upside down, so the backing is face up... It looks great in my rom, but I want something a little more patchwork-y!

So here I am using Browns, Pinks and creams.  The fabrics I am using are:

Using easy HST's and Four patches, I am getting a lot of movement among these blocks. I'm really loving it, but need some selfish ME time to get it finished...(things with no deadlines seem to take me a lot longer to finish!) It will be a KING size quilt. ( no doubt!)



My current quilt which I made YEARS ago, before I was serious about quilting, uses a random dresden wedge shape. I sifted through my scrap bins and stash and puled all my "not so pretty fabrics, and then added in a pretty fabric to each set, to make them all look nice together, Which, actually made a really beautiful quilt!  (it's a good challenge and a great way to get rid of a few old fabrics in our stash!  How can you bring new eyes to old fabrics and make them look vibrant and pretty? PLAY!  VFW QUILTS DRESDEN TEMPLATE

Now I use my VFWquilts Dresden template. I have a new quilt pattern coming soon, but this is a very easy handy tool to have in your stash...  22 blades makes a full circle... I used appliqué glue to hold my dresden circle in place on a giant quilt block, next used Bias tape  to top stitch the circles into place on the basis tape. easy to deal with that raw edge! No appliqué!
I also used it to make this sweet customs quilt before Christmas... More on that coming soon!

This pieces uses all of Meadow Storm Fabrics plus Yellow Leo Diamond from my Mostly Manor Collection

Be sure to tag your photo to share the quilt you made and sleep under at Instagram @victoriafindlaywolfe  #quiltisleepunder  ( quilt I sleep under )

I can't wait to see!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Victory Block Workshop



Last weekend, I taught at my annual 2 day retreat with friend, Maureen in Salem, MA, at the House of Seven Gables. It's by far one of my favorite places to teach!  Being able to come back each year and having a group of quilters that I get to spend more and more time with each time, is a real treat as a teacher... I get to know you better, I know your skills, I know how far you you can go beyond a pattern! It's very satisfying to watch everyone grow and change as a quilter!

This weekend was no different!  We had one big design wall, so all the various blocks could be added to see each others work. It's such a learning experience to see how the block changes depending on all the variations of color placement in this traditional block.

We focused on two patterns based on my Victory Block template set: Dancing legs, and Fade to Purple.  Next, students got to choose to follow the design or go improv and come up with their own design with the pattern... I think they all did beautifully, and I came away inspired! (...and eager to sew!)

Way to go Ladies!!! You all played Beautifully!  ;-)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Splendid Day!


The SPLENDID SAMPLER book is here! Jane and Pat did an amazing job getting this organized and I'm so happy to have been a part of it! My little Full Circle Block landed on the cover!  Adorable!!

Jane and Pat have a giveaway happening an you can join in by clicking here.

It has been so much fun watching all the different quilts come together! All the various blocks are so adorable!  If you haven't made one yet, you can join in on the FB page, as they start the next round.


I encourage you all to go back and learn my block..  You build your appliqué skills and learn how to make easy little circles!  They are not hard, and what better way to learn a new skill on a small project! My video is always listed on my website.

And if you want an even easier project then go ahead and try my small, 4" variety snack set templates! Easy to piece and very adorable!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MQX New England recap!

MQX New England was a lot of fun!  The Exhibit of Double Wedding Rings was so lovely to have!  I took my classes to the exhibit and related  all the things we talk about in class, to the quilts we were looking at...  Its such a treat to have that many pieces of work available to share! If you have my Double wedding ring book, you will have seen many of these quilts! Although I did have quite a few pieces that are not in the book. So the next time you can see them is at Paducah the end of the month!  Come by as I will be lecturing at the exhibit several times that week Hours will belated in the catalog... I have to look that up yet.  I am also Lecturing on Play and Creativity!  Don't miss it!


I taught a 15 Minutes of Play Class and a Double Wedding Ring pillow class.  When I only have one day to teach DWR's, we really only get on ring made in that time frame. But that ONE ring, is all you need to know to make an entire Double wedding ring Quilt!  Did you know that?  All the tricks you need for success happen within the ring, and then you constantly use those same tricks through the entire quilt.  The students made some really fun pieces!  Here are just a few of the pieces...  My Double wedding ring templates are available here!


It was nice to see some of my 15 Minutes Players at MQX! They even brought in their lovely pieces that they made! I love seeing what you've done with your 15 Minutes or your double wedding rings!  Keep those emails and pictures coming!

Kim was with me, as we also vended at MQX. it was so nice to see so many of you there!
All of these items are available at my website, Vfwquilts.com

I had to tease Kim, as my bed, I thought looked better than hers....  hehe. Cheeky huh?  This quilt was made using my Victory Block template set
I will be showing you the rest of my weekend, tomorrow where we were making quilts using that template set!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Big Block Star

Using my Large Diamond Template to make this quilt.  It is THE MOST used template I have.  I can make big, impressive quilts quickly by using up large pieces of my stash, cut up old quilt tops with it, (which  I did in the red stars on the quilt that hangs in the video)  Fusy cut my fabrics, piece something fun and fabulous! My Manor Stripe fabrics look fabulous as back ground setting fabric!


This is one I have started but have not finished yet... Using up all the Kaffe shot cottons I have... Looks so yummy like this!


I can also use the template along with my SMALL Diamond template, they work together!  You can make this quilt up in a day! Four of my Small diamond templates, together make on Large Diamond.  Sew together in rows! Bing Bang Boom, and you done! ( No Y Seams!)
 Here are some of the other awesome quilts that have been made using my Large Diamond template.... So many goodies, so many options!


I hope to see you at MQX New England this week!!



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Clear View!


I just finished this quilt, CLEAR VIEW which will be on exhibit along with 20 of my Double Wedding Ring quilts at MQX New England this weekend!  Be sure to come on by! 

The exhibit hangs in the Armory building, and my booth will be right near the exhibit! 

So after you see the quilts, please stop by the booth!  Kim will be working the booth as I am teaching Thursday and Friday, But I will pop over to her during lunch break.  I will also give a talk with my DWR class on the exhibit near the end of the class time on Thursday, you can tag along! Probably around 4:45.. swing by and ask Kim as I will know better that day what time...  I'm so looking forward to it!  See you there!!!

This quilt above is a variation on my Bright Lights Big City Quilt. The pattern is in my Double Wedding Ring book. It's quite large, no there is no acrylic templates for it, but I may do a special pre-order, so stay tuned....  ( but know I make all my quilts from paper patterns, so you can certainly make it with paper too. ;-)

Have you seen all the new products? Click to see!



The Center of NH / Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101


 MQX has added FREE shuttle service!
Pickup/drop-off between local parking areas, 
garages, and hotels. 

Classes begin April 5, 2017

Public Quilt Show -
     Wednesday, April 5th - NO DAYTIME SHOW HOURS
     Wednesday, April 5th - Preview 7-9 pm
     Thursday, April 6th - 10 am to 6 pm
     Friday, April 7th - 10 am to 5 pm
     Saturday, April 8th - 10am to 5 pm (Closed Sunday)

 $12 admission, good for all show days 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I'm back!

I'm home!
What a wonderful trip! Check out the video to see some of the goodies I brought back from Japan!
The Mirror Ball quilt behind me is a newest pattern and kit!  Be sure to get yours before they are gone!  The Market street hand bag pattern and kit have also been super popular as is the Variety pack templates!!  I will be exhibiting at MQX next week, and will be vending as well! Be sure to swing by the booth to get you VFW goodies!


Justcallmeelle won the BIRTHDAY giveaway! Congrats!!!

Here's a few pictures of our trip to Japan... I took a zillion photos, of course... I selected a few favorites to share with you! Don't want to bore you touch with vacation pictures!


Mt. Fuji.
 Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

 Kasha Taisha shrine, Nara

 Todaiji, a great temple in Nara


Arashiyama Bamboo Grove 


Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park,

 ryokan in Hakone

Best surprise?
Arriving at the foot of the entrance to walk a mile up the mountain to see the snow monkeys... 
A bus pulls up and off jumps my friend Linda from Ohio!
Can we all sing together.....
It's a small world after all....


;-)

Actually, I had another friend in Japan at the same time as well, but what are the odds you run into each other?  Even better, my daughter spotted two fellow school mates in Kyoto... randomly in the lobby of our hotel, having no idea they were in Japan...

It IS a small world after all!

Happy to be home, and had a wonderful birthday!


Need some hand work? My block is up on the Aurifil Reboot!