Saturday, November 1, 2014

MN/WI week long trip!

I'm super excited to come back to Minnesota to lecture and teach in my home state!

I'm coming to teach and lecture Nov 8-15th.Many of the guild workshops are filled, but we added one new location on the 9th!  And also note the LECTURE in henderson, is open to all! Please come on by! Let's talk quilts!

Since It's cold there, I plan on bringing my DOUBLE KNIT POLYESTER patchwork JACKET too... HEHE!  (Don't be jealous!)  and a few Double Wedding Ring quilts as well!

See you all soon!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A short video to share!

This is my "Color Study Crosses" quilt, that is actually, one of my all time favorites. 
The entire PLAY in the design was adding and subtracting various shades and values of similar colors...both warm and cool. 
It really gets you to look at your fabric choices! 
 But can be done with any variety of fabrics...

My Sizzix new listings!

If you have questions about how to use the dies in other machines
this site may give you what you need.

Gen Q shout out. Thanks!

Thanks Gen Q for an article that made me laugh when I read it...

Victoria's Heavy Metal!
on my new dies with Sizzix.

Does that date me, in a 1980's sort of way?
To bad I don't have the big hair to go with it. 
( well, I did... way back when...)

Rock on!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Quilting the NEW classics!

Hear more about Michele's New Book! I love the combination of Vintage/Antique quilts with a traditional take and a Modern take on each version!

Above, Shelly Pagliai made the Traditional version of the DWR and I made the Modern Version.

It's great new book, I hope you will check it out! So shall we give a copy away?

Please leave a comment about your favorite quilt block. 
Do you have one?
  I'll pick a winner when I return home from Houston Market & Festival
on November 2nd, 6pm.

 Blog Hop Schedule:

Oct. 20th Michele Muska
Oct. 21st Leslie Jenison
Oct. 22nd Janneken Smucker
Oct. 23rd Valerie Bothell
Oct. 24th Kaari Meng
Oct. 25th Elisa Sims Albury :
Oct. 26th Heather Jones
Oct. 27th Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Oct. 28th Amy Smart
Oct. 29th Jackie Kunkel\
Oct. 30th Pat Sloan
Oct. 31st Shelly Pagliai
Nov. 1st Allie Aller
Nov. 2nd Kristin Omdahl
Nov. 3rd Pat Sloan 4:00pm eastern time

Sunday, October 26, 2014

to market to market

A quick Market update!!
Market, the Industry trade show kicked off!  Above Jenny Doan and I a re both Designers for Sizzix, so it was fun to meet up and chat!

To answer quickly a few questions, my Current Dies, work with the Big Shot Pro. Yes, they work with other brands, which a google search will answer for you.(CLICK HERE)  The dies are a different thickness, so you need an adapter tray and shim...  This works both ways, their dies in the Sizzix as well...

 Displays are up, chatting and demos are taking place,

Friends are sported from around the globe. Kathy Doughty's fabrics were used in the above quilt, and look who came strolling by!  Kathy Below center, and also QuiltJane!  I adore both. Good people!

 I scooted over to see my LACE quilt hanging in Houston!!!  I have yet to see all the quilt, But, Oh My, I am so honored and am so proud of this quilt... Blurry pic for now... I only brought my cell phone... sorry!

 Those who love the wave die of mine, you can grab the new quilts and more issue and Hand cut your pieces! yes!  The current issue is just being sent out...

My best Bud,m Shelly Pagliai got to announce that her Quilt is the 2015 BOM for Kansas City Star Quilts.

Yes, it all looks like fun, and it is, I have a good portion of a quilt top done already, so where is that line between work and play? LOL.

 Schoolhouses went great! I did my presentation on my Sizzix Dies and also on my book. Thanks to those shops who came! We had fun! this Santa pillow was made using my TULIP die!  They were all laughing because I was sharing that, Yes you can make Santa's with the tulip die, or elves, or gnomes, or....

the entire band of ZZ top, and or, the cast of Duck Dynasty!


 Alright, I'm off and running... days start around 8 and go til midnight...

oooh, my feet!

If you want, FB me, I post all day on it...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dies: Pushing a bit further...

Once I start to play I want to do MORE with my dies than the obvious. Here I took the wave die, and experimented with how I use my Sizzix WAVE die.

By using my die to cut other shapes depending on how I lay the fabric on the die, 
I was able to make this quilt.

I had a lot of fun playing on the quilting. I used it as an opportunity to practice my free motion only hand quilter fusion long arm machine.  Practice, Practice, Practice! (fabrics are Kathy Doughty's of Material Obsession. LOVE THEM, (order through AU shops only)

Adding in some hand work details.... Love it.

The possibilities are endless... What else can you do with your templates and dies?

Using only my FULL melon shape, I cut out full pieces of Cherrywood Fabrics, then made bias tape, and machine stitched them down onto precut squares... WA-LA! Super fast and easy darling DWR!  (finished quilting image coming soon!) 

Again manipulating the FullMelon Die above, to cut my pieces in halves, to show off some fabulous Kona Cottons, on this sweet baby boy quilt.

Full Melon Die
Tulip Die,
and Concave square of the DWR....
playing playing....

I cut up a vintage postage stamp quilt I had that was falling apart, and saved the good bits... next...

I added my WAVE die to cut pieces for a border... except instead of flip flopping them to make the curvy wave, I set them all the same way up... I now have a scalloped border...

I hit my scrap bins and shirtings to find as many different yellows as I could that worked so nicely with the vintage fabrics...

I cut extra yellow on the wave die but squared one end off so I could easily join them together to make the border...

I added lace around my DWR section, so I could easily turn overly raw edge, as I had done on the TULIP quilt, a few posts back... Machine straight stitched it on to my background.
Super Sweet Vintage baby quilt. Using all Four dies in one quilt--Super fast to cut out, fast to join...
My work here is done.

...And fresh of the long arm... My Christmas quilt. Using MADE Christmas FABRIC in the FULL melons, I  to cut my shapes using the FUL MELON die. Then some bright happy Kona Solids.... and I found that by adapting the FULL melons (by adding a free and red strip across the end) to make the STARS/Poinsettias! Cute!

Close up  to see what I did... weeeeee!

I'm having waaaaay to much fun playing with these...
I'm off to Houston...

Videos and fun Market and festival posts to come!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Market Schedule / Festival too!

Going to Market of Festival?

If you see me and want to say HI,  PLEASE grab me and say hi!!!
I'm actually very shy, and won't reach out unless I'm approached first... 
I'm an introvert at heart...what can I say...  

But once you get me talking about quilts, I may not stop... Just saying. ;-)

Market SCHOOL HOUSE presentations:

Traditions Made Modern with  C & T Publishing
12:25 pm Friday October 24th, room 362D

During Market, you can find C&T's booth at 2336, 2337
New Sizzix Dies by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
When: 3:10 Friday October 24th, room  362A

Quilt Market Schedule: 
Come by the Sizzix booth #124
Saturday 25th: 10am-12pm
Sunday 26:  3-5pm
Monday 27: 10am -12pm
I will be demoing the dies and showing how to sew curves, along with mini trunk shows of the quilts made with the dies, that I've been working on.

****Market goers:


My Sizzix dies will be CASH AND CARRY!  You can also swing by the booth, and check out great show specials on the machines... Come say hi!

Dies will be available at Sample Spree. They will also be available in the Market booth and Festival booth. Dies will be available to stores end of October/early Nov.


October 25th: 1:30 - 2:30  Meander Publishing #202

Book signing for  Michele Muska's Book Quilting the New Classics! 


October 30th 2-4 in Sizzix Booth #124
October 30th 4:15- 4:45 in Cherrywoods booth 

October 31st 10 - 10:30 in Cherrywoods booth 
October 31st 11-11:30 in THE QUILT SHOW BOOTH  demoing & questions
October 31st 1-3 in Sizzix booth #124

Also be sure to search for my LACE QUILT in the world of Beauty Judges quilts...

See you in Houston!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sizzix: Wave Die

I was playing around a couple years ago with curves, and wanted to make a shape that I could very quickly and easily cut and sew together to make matching curves... This shape is what grew from that playful experiment... I have a full twin size quilt made of this, using up many many fabrics to make a nice scrappy version of this, I figured it would make a great TWEEN/TEEN bed design. ( which  will actually be out in Simple Quilts Nov 4th)  Above, I mad sit for a baby boy quilt, mixing in sweet watery prints, and a few pops of fun color for a modern nursery.

By flip flopping this shape, it gives me my SIZZIX WAVE DIE , But I have found that I can really use it in  many different ways. I've made a flag, (below), 

..and also a Christmas tree skirt, by sewing together the shapes all in the same direction to make a scalloped border...

But I can't seem to find the photo right now,  So.... Will have to come back for that!

Be sure to stop by on the 23rd for ways I've used the dies together and also to manipulate how I use the dies for more designs!

Off to CT in the morning.. Hoping to see many of you there!

Presentation by exhibiting quilt artist and designer Victoria Findlay Wolfe
1-2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20
Free with Museum admission

Victoria Findlay Wolfe, called a “mod-quilt celebrity” by the Wall Street Journal, won the Best of Show award at modern quilting’s first QuiltCon in 2013. She will lecture about her quilts, history, and process and will also bring a selection of her works to be viewed during her talk.