Saturday, September 24, 2016

Open for business!



Well, yesterday was sure a busy day! 

VFW Quilts NYC store is open for business!

We had a great day yesterday with so many lovely quilting peeps from all over, streaming in to help us open the store!

Vfwquilts.com


 
A few familiar faces dropped by: Alex Veronelli from Aurifil thread, Sarah Bond (awesome philly quilter) :-),  MaryKay Davis, (the Quilt Show, and quilter ) Marie Bostwick, (NY times Best selling Author, and dear friend and quilter) Allie Aller, (another amazing quilter,author, dear friend) and Maureen Clark (dear friend and quilter)

Tonight we have another opening party with special hours. 4-7pm

It's also Quilters Take Manhattan weekend, so we will all be at the event, next I pop up to my store, and next the After Dark Party at my home 7:30-9:30. 
A very full day and weekend!

I do hope you all will put me on your quilt stop list next time you are in NYC next time!
Starting next week: 
M-Th 10-1
Fri-Sat 12-6
Sun closed






Besides opening the store yesterday, I taught all day!  Nothing like packing it all in!  I taught two three hour Sizzix classes at my home, using my Sizzix Geese Crossing dies. We talked abou how to use them in ways beyond the obvious. So, instead of making just a traditional block we added strips to turn them into signature blocks, which they can then take to Quilters Take Manhattan today, and have people sign their blocks! 

We have Kaffe lecturing today, Marianne & Mary Fons, Carolyn Mazaloomi, Mark Lapinski being interviewed, and many others.  It will be a great day!
This is the Quilt Alliance's yearly fundraising event. Thank you for your support!







Everyone stitching away. The Juki's were humming! 


Jenny Egg enjoyed herself too. 

:-)

(Please forgive any typos. It's five am and I'm posting from my iPhone. Ha!)!

Monday, September 19, 2016

NEWS!!!! VFW QUILTS STORE!


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

PA Mancuso Show!

Int B, by Beatrice Findlay

Getting a Facebook message from my friend Bobbi, saying: "A lot to be proud of, Mom." Caught my eye, when the message came into my phone...    Quilts were hung for the Mancuso PA show.

When I opened the message, I found the image above of Beatrice's "Your Personal App" quilt!  

Yes, My daughter who says she is not a quilter, has made a few quilts in her day. (you saw I got her into EPP this summer? hehe score!)  I have to say, I've taught her the basics of using a sewing machine, but not much more...  She has always had a go-getter-I'll-do-it-myself, kind of personality, and I've always let her.  I don't push her to do my thing, I want her to do her thing.  When  I was asked to make my own "personal App quilt" they said, "Do you think Beatrice would make one?"  I said, "Ha!, I doubt it. "

She proved me wrong!  When I said the quilts would be a traveling exhibit, she said, yes!  
So, yes, Bobbie, I am so very proud of her.  

The challenge was to make a quilt that represented "you." What would that app look like?   Above you can guess what my daughter is into... Coding.  This was made, two years ago, now I think? Cant' real exactly, but her interests are the same.   She's a girl on her own mission.  Gosh, I do I love that. So Proud!

Spotted Joy, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, pieced, appliqué and hand quilted

Here's Mine. "Spotted Joy" ....Double wedding Rings, Polka dots... Go figure!  haha!
I'm one say read.  ;-)



Farm Girl, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Quilted by Karen McTavish


My "Farm Girl" quilt, ( quilted by Karen McTavish) which won Best Machine work at the World Quilt Show, will be at several of the Mancuso upcoming shows.    


OH, and also I heard that one of my newest quilts, "Cascade" was hurried into  the Mancuso QuiltFest Oasis Show in Palm Springs! You have not seen that quilt yet... I will wait for another day to share that quilt.  So if you get a chance to visit the upcoming shows, take a picture for me!



Friend and awesome quilters, Sarah Bond, Also had a coupe quilts at the PA show.  Her quilt above, was made using all of my Mostly Manor fabric line!(available in my webshop)  Isn't it stunning?  I was lucky enough to have her come to my studio one day, and she worked on it, in my studio... It's so pretty, I almost did not let her leave with it... Way to go Sarah!. You rock!

Now what can you do with Meadow Storm?  
The challenge is set!  hehe!

Instagram @slbphilly.


Thank you Bobbi, for sharing the photos with me!  I'm sorry I am missing the shows! 

*We spent a lovely weekend at our home on long Island, so, we are all OK, after last nights NYC explosion... Thanks to those who asked.

Friday, September 16, 2016

What a week.


It's been a bit surreal around here lately...  Settling back into fall with back to school, getting the studio back in shape for a fresh run at a crazy Fall schedule, Quilters Take Manhattan is coming fast, Quilt Market and Festival is around the corner...etc etc...  No wonder I'm gray haired! 
Forgive me for not being super active on the blog...  I have many new things to share with you, I'll share two here to get caught up.  These are fun! 

First,
My Quilt, "You Are Here" is a part of this exhibition.
 If anyone gets to attend the opening, please send me a photo, if possible? Wish could go! I'm honored to be apart of this competition.

Opening Reception: Sept 24th, 5pm.

Nicolet College Art Gallery
5364 College Drive
Rhinelander, WI 54501
http://nicoletcollege.edu/…/northern_national_ar…/index.html
You Are Here, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, 2013



Second: 
 The Traditional Home Magazine which is out on newsstands now, 
also has the article online now! For all to see!

I think it's pretty awesome to be listed in the artisan section.  
We are quilters, but the are all artist as well.


Third:
Speaking of old Mr. Swirl E. Bones...  Shown folded up above on the Motorcycle...
Which took judges choice, viewers choice at Quiltcon, 1st place at MQX New England.
Well, now.  
He, Mr. Bones, has ribboned at the Houston International Quilt Festival.

I can't believe it. 
It took me three years of submitting quilts, to get a quilt into Houston Festival.
Then I've had several quilts in for the last four years, and this year, I bring home a ribbon. I can not believe it. I'm shocked, happy, excited... and this was never the plan!
I feel so humbled that I get to make and do what I love. 
Perseverance... Keep doing what you love... Make.  Enjoy the process... Share your work.

I wont' know what he has won, until the awards ceremony, November 1st.  I hope to see many of you at Market, Festival! Who is going?

Fourth...
Well... Fourth cool thing, I will announce Monday. So come back Monday. OK?
off to work/play for me...

Have a beautiful weekend.




Monday, September 12, 2016

Paducah


Hello from Paducah and the National Quilt Museum!
Well actually, I'm home now, But, I was in Paducah last weekend!  What lovely weekend it was! After an interesting 14.5 hours to get there sue to some interesting weather, and unexpected flight grounding in Indianapolis, I can tell you, flying is not what it used to be. LOL.
That being said, Paducah is adorable!  I have actually never gone to the Paducah Quilt Week, so i get see the town as a sweet sleepy town, and soaked in the Beautiful Quilts on display at the National Quilt Museum.

I am a part of the Manhattan Quilters Guild, and we have an exhibit "Here and There" up at the Museum, so it was really special to see it.

And teach!! I was there to teach a three day Double Wedding Ring Class, and we had an amazing class.



Pam N. came to take try class, we met last year at Quilters Take Manhattan when she took my scrap bag class. She was so clever, she turned her bag into a pin cushion, so she could pin the bag to the wall to always have access to her pins! CLEVER!


Here's a video from the classroom!


Here's a glimpse at some to the work done by the students! They go so much done it's ridiculous!  So many beauties! I'm humbled by watching these students be inspired by certain quilts, and how they interpret them!  It's a real treat for me to see these quilts come together!


Meredith Schroder, came by to see what was happening in the class! AQS owner, and the reason the museum exists!

A couple friends came and dropped by as well, you can see, a few laughs were had by all. 
Thanks Klonda and Edie for coming to make me laugh...


My big plane delay in Chicago, means I got to see some friends unexpectedly! I think it was meant to be... I needed some friend time!  Thanks Tracy (sew supportive) for coming to take me to dinner!

Is there anything better then quilting and friends??  Pretty darn good....

be well. be happy.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Off to Paducah



I'm
Off to Paducah!! I have my reading material! 
My Winter Blooms pillow is in modern patchwork!! 
Yay! 

I do love some red and green Mostly Manor! Still in the shop!! 
http://vfwquilts.com

Mag here: 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Quilt Alliance



Welcome to the Quilt Alliance Blog hop!  
I have been on the board of the Quilt Alliance since 2011! WOW! Time flies!!!  Can I share a secret with you?  The Quilt Alliance pulled me out of my shell...

I have always been a shy person. I loved blogging because it kept me behind a computer screen, where I didn't really have to talk to anyone face to face!  I know you don't believe me, but please do.
I've come a long way. 

When I first was acquainted with the Quilt Alliance, I offered up my home to host the After Dark Party of the event.  They said, well, we'd like to interview you for our Quilter S.O.S. ( save our Stories) series... I said sure!
Then they said, 
"And we will do it in your loft, with the 100 people in attendance!"

100 people??  Wait, What?  
and I did it, I sat in front of all those people, nervous as all get out, 
(the photo shows my pained expressions) and answered questions for 45 minutes.

I really thought I'd pass out and fall on the floor... I look back at it now, and think, Wow...
What did I even say!
Here's the cool thing...
You an go back and read all archived interviews at the Quilt Alliance website...
Including mine right here!! Search by interviewee, and my last name.
(I'm sure there are a lot of "ummm's" in there...)


I'm forever grateful to the Quilt Alliance for being my very first interview, I can go back now and see how much I've grown, how I'm not as shy as I was, Although I still am... PLUS, we are saving the stories of our work!

Have you ever come across an old quilt, and thought, "I wonder what the quilter was thinking when she made her choices, selected fabrics, and made this quilt?"

This is where the Quilt Alliance is so important, 
It's giving us a voice to record our history of ourselves, and our quilts that will out live beyond us!

Besides Q.S.O.S. interviews, they now are doing video, short recordings, called, GO TELL IT!
Here is one of mine below, and I have others at my website, under VIDEOS.  
(Yes, I have videos at my website! Did you know? Loads of good info over there...)



        

DOCUMENTING
PRESERVING  (OUR HISTORY!)
and SHARING the stories of Quilts and Quilters....

The best thing is, YOU can do Q.S.O.S. interviews yourself! This isn't just for a select few, this is for all of us quilters... ALL OF US! You can get involved here! Find out how you can do this and be apart of preserving our quilt history.


SO! Besides that, Quilters Take Manhattan, Our YEARLY FUNDRAISING event (we are a grass roots organization after all) is here in NYC, Sept. 23-25th... The 24th is our big event at F.I.T., and we have Kaffe Fasset this year as our speaker!  The even is SOLD OUT, but we still have other events during the coarse of the weekend with tickets available, including, a AFTER DARK PARTY at my home... Remember, It's a fundraising event, we can do this work without your support. Thank you!
Come on up and say hi!  (keep on reading for info for giveaway below!)


About the Quilt Alliance:
The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993  with a mission to document, preserve, and share the stories of quilts and their makers. QA core projects include:
Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (QSOS), Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!
and National Quilting Day

About Quilters Take Manhattan: this annual fundraising event, now in it’s 6th year in the Big Apple, is a hybrid, weekend-long series featuring a full-day event at FIT and evening cocktail party on Saturday, as well as Friday and Sunday tours of the Garment District, area museums, workshops and a Broadway outing.


The Main Event at FIT includes a full day of lectures, interviews, vendors, an exhibition of quilts, trunk shows, and the Quilt Match Manhattan quilt design challenge. QTM 2016 will be held September 23-25 with Main Event speakers Kaffe Fassett and Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, and emcee Mary Fons.

Past QTM speakers include:
2011: Marianne Fons and Jay McCarroll
2012: Denyse Schmidt and Jennifer Chiaverini
2013: Hollis Chatelain
2014: Amy Butler and Mark Dunn
2015: Ricky Tims and Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Giveaway:
The QTM Moda Home Ticket provides a chance for those who can’t make it to the Big Apple to experience their own home slice of the event. Value of $35 ($30 for QA members). Winners of the Moda Home Ticket will receive a QTM Goody Bag stuffed full of samples and treats from our sponsors by mail, and email links to footage of the Sunday with Sponsors event, the Quilt Match Manhattan challenge and more.

Eligibility: Drawing is open to all, but international winners are responsible for any customs fees that may be charged when shipment enters their country.
This years Winning Quilt on the bag was by Margaret Cibulsky!



GIVEAWAY!
Wanna win a goody bag? Leave a comment here, Have you been to NYC?
and next visit the other bloggers along the blog hop for more chances to win! (Make sure I can reach you type out your email in spaces so it's not active.) i.e.: vfwquilts at gmail dot com












Day 1 - Monday, September 5

Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD



Day 2 - Tuesday, September 6

Victoria Findlay Wolfe @VFW Quilts
Erin Sampson - Aurifil @Auribuzz


Day 3 - Wednesday, September 7

Moda Fabrics @Moda Cutting Table
Denyse Schmidt on Instagram @dsquilts
Debbie Jeske @A Quilter's Table

Day 4 - Thursday, September 8
Jacquie Gering @tallgrass prairie studio
Jessica Skultety @Quilty Habit
Gotham Quilts @Fabric Nerd


Day 5 - Friday, September 9

Kim Niedzwiecki @my go-go life
John Kubiniec @Big Rig Quilting
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Meadow Victory!


HOME!
I'm always a bit sad when we leave our house, where we stay all summer, to head back to NYC. I love NYC, don't get me wrong, but it's so nice to have that break...  I love my summers at my home on long island.  BUT, good news is, we missed HERMINE!  YAY!  We bailed early as traffic is a nightmare as it is, and bad weather just makes it even more intense getting back to NYC... So we came back a day early.  But not before I got my tomatoes canned!  More salsa this year, as requested by my family!  So all is right. LOL! I'm whipping up a Meadow Storm in my studio anyway!



I came back to a clean studio! (Very Briefly! I fly to Paducah Wednesday!)  So I had to break into my MEADOW STORM fabrics!  Time to play! My Victory Block set is my current FAVORITE to play with.  SO many options with this block, today I was playing with piecing all the parts... ( you also get a full triangle if you didn't want to piece the bits...)


I cut random pieces, then I laid them out on my designs wall... Looks pretty good to me. 
Time o sew the V's!  (My walls are covered in Meadow Storm!!)


Having the dog eared templates makes for such fast easy piecing... I can chain piece these very quickly.


Next into halves, then, pin that center, and finish!


Four done!  I'm to sure what I'm making yet... Waiting for inspiration to strike! Yes, that's how I work! I never really know how a quilt will turnout... I just start making.... You can too! This is a perfect template set for scrappy quilt! SO many options! VICTORY!!!!!!

Here is another quilt I have in the works. Just scrappy blocks with a pink yellow blue and white palette, every one  a wile I just make another random block. I will figure out what happens to them later... For now. Just make.



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