Saturday, May 4, 2019

A Convo with V

I sat down to talk a bit about my newest book, Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Playing with Purpose. This book has been the biggest joy to work on, and digs into some of my most favorite parts of quilt making. Why is it so precious to me? What do I get out of understanding my process, or at least attempting to explore it... What brings me joy, what makes me keep going... As an artist, I will continue to make no matter what, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is always joy.

I hope you all will enjoy "looking back" with me, and will ponder your own path, and where it will lead you.
Signed copies are available through my website, and will be shipping soon, I hear!
Thank you for listening, and following along with me! 
~V

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Block of the MONTH block is up!

The May Block is up, for my Off The Cuff Block of the month! Each month so many tips, skill building, videos, and fun! You can still jump in at anytime! If you’ve wanted to take a class from me, here is monthly way for you to do so, at your own pace! May Block is the Playmaker center! You can purchase just the instruction or the kit through my shop. Whatever works for you! 


Monday, January 7, 2019

Block of the Month!!


Long time no see!
LOL!

NEW!!!

Off the Cuff Playmaker Block of the Month 

I'm so excited to share my new BOM program with you using my new Playmaker Fabrics (were shipped this week to us..Stay tuned)
 
Looking for a monthly jumpstart to your creativity in 2019? Join my Off the Cuff Playmaker Block of the Month party! It's a 9-month, March to November program that features a great mixture of techniques, improv and precisely-pieced blocks, template and freeform curves blending traditional and modern, with a whole lot of PLAY!
Choose from one of my three colorway options- Red, Blue, or Light.


My Neutrals have been super popular! Have you picked up a few yet? So pretty!  We have several new quilt patterns coming out soon, using these as well.
Great  backgrounds... for those beautiful scrap quilts! Use the whole collection Or savor  your favorites!  Check out all of the new products here.  


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

NEWS & Quilt Market


Happy to Announce!! My newest book (hardcover, aprx 140 quilts included ) will ship in May! 
Pre-order your autographed copies from the author 😊 click here.
So many thanks to you all, for these years of support! This book is essays and images of my quilts covering 35 years of making quilts. It’s been a fascinating journey to look back at my early quilts, where my focus changed, and where it came back strong. It’s so inspiring to look at your old work to see how far you’ve come. Each quilt along the way, has been a learning experience and feeds my soul with joy. Don’t forget to play with an open mind. Creativity flourishes when your expectations are open ended.



QUILT MARKET!!!
My Industry Trade Show Schedule!


Are you a Quilt Shop? Coming to Market?
Come by and say Hi!
Where to Find me:

Quilt Festival School House presentation:
Friday Nov 2nd
12:10 - 12:40  -  Room: 352D 
Transport yourself into Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s wonderful world of color.  Bold, vibrant patterns of Stripes, subtle delight of Neutrals and colorful fun of Playmaker will certainly provide visual satisfaction.

Saturday Nov. 3rd
RJR Fabrics Booth 1034,
10am-12pm
See my Newest Lines of Fabric, "Playmaker", "Neutrals" and "Stripes" collections.
I'll be demoing little goodies, stop by and see, and receive!
C&T Publishing Booth 838
1:30-2pm
Modern Quilt Magic Book Signing 


RJR Fabrics Booth 1034,
4-5pm
See my Newest Lines of Fabric, "Playmaker", "Neutrals" and "Stripes" collections.

Sunday Nov. 4th
RJR fabrics Booth 1034
10am -12pm  
See my Newest Lines of Fabric, "Playmaker", "Neutrals" and "Stripes" collections.
I'll be demoing little goodies, stop by and see, and receive!




My "Sunny Side Up
 " quilt , in the IQA quilt Auction- Don't miss putting a bid in on my Auction quilt for IQA behind the front IQA booth!

You can also find several of my quilts in these exhibits:

"Soigné" quilt is hanging in the Judged Section of Quilt Festival

"A Year of Moments" 
 is hanging in the Dinner @ 8 Exhibit

"Crowd Pleaser" 
quilt is hanging in the Red & White Quilt exhibit-and is included in the NEW Red & White book by Martingale.

"Stitched Together" is in the Power of Women exhibit  


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cottage: Tulip, Daisy and Clover!

                     

               Have you seen my Newest templates??     So cute!! 
Cottage Tulip, Cottage Clover and Cottage Daisy
...all work together!

Cottage Daisy: 
Cottage Clover:
Cottage Tulips:



Response to Gee's Bend Quilts, Swarthmore College Exhibit



I snuck off to Swarthmore College yesterday to see the Mary Lee Bendolph quilts at the List Gallery and also at the Library, where more of her quilts were hung and the exhibit of "responses to Gee's Bend" Quilts were hung, including mine!  Here I am with my "Full Circle Moments" quilt.

"Inspired by my grandmother's improved double knit polyester quilts, I started creating my own quilts, from a point of view of "not knowing that you should follow a pattern." This path lead me to start a website, 15 Minutes of Play, and then to my first book, 15 Minutes of play: Improvisational Quilts, when people wanted to know more about piecing quilts without a pattern. The waste-not approach is very much what I learned from grandmother, and can't throw anything away. Improvisation is the basis of all my work, with a heavy hand in tradition. Looking at the Gee's Bend quilts, I see the artist in each of them. For me quilting, is about looking, and making, and being the process of the quilt... and what an exciting experience it is! Improvisational quilts make my heart sing.

I first learned of the quilts of Gee's Bend before I was a full time quilter, and have been very much inspired by these amazing art works. I have gone to Alabama, and call Mary Ann and China Pettway friends. I feel very connected to telling stories in my quilts, and The Gee's bend quilts, helped me find that voice. I'm honored  to make a quilt for this exhibit."

Monday, September 3, 2018

Her Majesty!

UGG! I LOVE summer so much I always get a bit bummed when Labor Day rolls around. Anyone else relate?  I get so much accomplished in the summer, as far as new ideas, and new products. ( I just finished a new quilt that I'm just giddy over... Stay tuned, it will be a few weeks as we get it quilted up and the products and patterns ready)
 
One of my other finishes this summer tough, is my MAJESTY template and HER MAJESTY quilt pattern!
This Majesty quilt block, as all of my template sets, have many variations in the way you can sew them together. I love that you can make more designs with one template set, then you can with some other quilt blocks.
On the left is shown as it is in the Her Majesty Quilt.  

Or pieced this way, as a second configuration.
 
Or even a quarter of the block and used as a border. LOVE!
Get your curves on with this fun MAJESTY set! It makes lovely scrappy quilts!  I'm hooked!
Templates only ( with basic piecing construction) click here
Majesty Template and Her Majesty Quilt pattern set click here 
Already have the templates and just need the pattern? click  here

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

OH MY.



August is my time to reboot. It's family time.  Even though everything I do is family time based, August is a time when I really unplug, look at what I've done the past year, and then start looking toward projects that are upcoming.  September is actually the start of my next year of work. Re-energizing the brain, seeing what I can do next, and how can I get out and mini golf a few more holes and walks long the beach and can some tomatoes, all at the same time! ;-)

This year, fall is ... well, loaded for me personally because I am
preparing to send my daughter off to University! Those who have been following along with me all these years, can you believe it??

I'm not entirely sure I am ready for that, but it's coming anyway!  I have spent this last year, traveling less, and focusing on projects and events that have kept me home more... Or, I've taken her with me. We do love a good road trip. ;-)

I'm so proud of my girl.

In my very first blog post in Sept 2008, B had made a bunch of drawings that she wanted me to make into toys that she could sell to raise money for www.lovewithoutboundaries.com.  Ten years later she is still a go getter and self starter.  I'm so excited for her to to find her path.

I'm one lucky mama.

One thing I have always told her is to make note of the things in life that bring you complete JOY. I have focused my life, that if something wasn't bringing me joy, I'd change things to make JOY happen.


So I have a few changes coming.
One change, is that we are shifting our store  this week to a LARGER space on the same floor I am currently on. YAY!
So when you come to NYC to visit, Address is the same, just moved across the hall to give us a bit more space. It's been a JOY having you come to me, to say Hi, and talk quilts!
So, As of Thursday August 24th, we will see you in #803, instead of #811!  Don't expect the shop to be all organized yet... We are just shifting over, and I will deal with making it all cute again, once I'm back in NYC after Labor Day. haha! ( I still have a few days of vacation left!)

Other changes.
You will see more 3-5 day classes in 2019, and another road trip.  So check my teaching calendar at the bottom of this page (click here) GRAB A SPOT in my classes, join a guild so you can participate! Because in 2020, I will be traveling even less.  2020 is a big year for me personally, (50!) and I plan on doing some other things that bring me JOY.  So get those class spots now! You can see that even in 2019 many of my longer classes are SOLD OUT.

I will add more 3 day retreats from my home, and individual classes from my home ( just not on the road for 2020).  So sign up for my newsletter, as that is where those details get announced, scroll to the BOTTOM OF MY WEBSITE, there is a box to sign up for my newsletter... or a pop up may display saying sign up... DON'T MISS THESE CLASSES.

**Also, in guild that will be having a show in 2020 and it's drivable for me?  I am up for vending/lecturing/exhibiting and teaching multiple classes.  ( not just one class here and there) hit that contact page on my website!

That's it for now...  Gotta plan some friend retreats, and fun trips with my friends & hubby for 2020. ;-)

Wish me luck Saturday! Dorm drop off day.  oh my word.....!!!!