Happenings January 09 2017, 0 Comments

 

 

We added Solid bundles ($14!) to go with the light bundles this past week.  We have some ideas to play with these around here! So exciting!  

Bundles: 

top  row: L to R morning light bundlepop solid bundle

 

 

 

 It's been so much fun seeing STAR STORM quilts popping up online!

pattern and/or  kit is available in my website and VFW QUILTS NYC Store

 

 

 

Don't you just love this Dallas Cowboys quilt? She also made the yellow, pink and orange one below that! Made by: Thebootscootinquilter  ( Instagram images)  She said :

#starstormquilt by @victoriafindlaywolfe 💗🌟 loved this pattern and how easily it went together!

 Below: Deb is making a Beach themed star! I love the softness of her palette!  

 

Another good instagram find, was this quilt made by Trudy, using my Tumbling arrows pattern and acrylic tumbler template.

 

 

It's freezing here in NYC today (15 when I walked the dog this morning)...Our building's steam heat is not keeping up with the cold, so it's very COLD IN MY LOFT right now...as I write this, this very moment, this is what I look like..

I have silk long underwear on head to toe, a wool sweater, a fleece jacket, and my hat!!!

Classy huh?

hehe.

 

On a warmer note: I head to CRAFT NAPA on Wednesday... I will unthaw then.

(No, being a Minnesota gal does not mean I should be used to the cold. That is why I don't live there anymore... LOL)


LIGHT WORK IS IN THE HOUSE! January 05 2017, 0 Comments

 

Light Work has arrived in the STORE! My Third Fabric line with Marcus fabrics, Studio 37 Fabrics, has arrived in house!!  

 

I have been anxiously awaiting this line! You all know how much I love a good scrappy quilt, well this line does all the WORK for you!  LIGHT WORK!

 

This line focuses on "light" background fabrics, (Low volume, neutral base.) You can use the whole bundle of lights, all together in one quilt!  Each light print has various soft colors in them, that make it easy for you to add other pops of color to your design.  Blues and whites always look so good... Add in some yellow for soft, french feel, and then take it further with fresh limes, and pinks to make a incredible cozy project...

 

 

LIGHT WORK Yardage, Bundles etc are all available at my website, and my NYC STORE!

This line also includes my Popular Manor Stripes in:

 WHITE ON WHITE AND GREY WITH WHITE!

Which are amazing alone as background fabrics!

 

My NEW Favorite quilt!   This LIGHT WORK Quilt KIT will be available online, later today. I'll add a link as soon as it's available.

 

The PATTERN for this  Diamond Work Quilt is coming soon!

 

This a quilt my daughter and I designed together... Using my BOW TIE Template set, and focusing on the brights with less lights.  This fun design gives you multiple shapes and patterns depending on how you layout the blocks with color.

 

More fun options coming soon!

Hop on over to the site now to get your goodies!

 

Or come by the store to see them for yourself!

VFW Quilts

325 West 38th St Suite 811

 10-1pm Mon- Thur

12-6 Friday and Saturday

 

I'm working in the store Saturday! Come by! ~ Victoria


A Simple Life, Quilts inspired by the 50's May 31 2016, 1 Comment

Above are my blocks from Shelly Pagliai's Book, A Simple Life!  I LOVE this BOM quilt of hers, and I have to make my own as she won't share...  ;-)
She's my friend, I can give her guff!  
I LOVE the quilts in this book, perfect scrap quilts!  I am using all Mostly manor Fabrics in my quilt, which you can purchase in my shop!
and also Hazelsdiary.wordpress.com  for an upcoming quilt-along!

My Hex Star Sizzix Die! May 24 2016, 1 Comment

 

 

My Videos are back!  Subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you don't miss the "up close and personals!"   ;-)

Hex Star!  I LOVE THIS DIE... Well, actually I love them all. I'm making several king size quilts for myself from these dies, and even another geese crossing version that I started today. It goes so quick with my Sizzix!!

 

Three machines sizes. (Think, Small, Medium and Large) 

Big Shot, ( the small machines, take the 6" dies... 

Big Shot Plus, ( medium machine) uses The small 6" dies,AND the 9" dies... 

Big Shot Plus,(the LARGE) can use ALL the dies, 6", 9", and 12" dies... 

These sizes are the WIDTH that can go through the machine.. It depends on how you want to use them... TO carry with you on retreats? Small one... 

Medium for more flexibility uses two die sizes, can still carry it with you... 

And last, the Big Shot PRO- A stay in one place machine, I'll do a video soon on them.

 

Above on the left is the BIG SHOT PLUS, all three dies shown above A 9" platform die,under my hand, and two 6" platforms dies beside that.

 

on my Right, is the Big Shot, (otherwise known as a fabi)

Uses only 6" platform dies... that 6" is what fits through the opening the machine.

 

All my Sizzix dies are available HERE.

 

 

 

OK, My HEX STAR die. You can use this die in a couple different ways, I like to design dies that give you a multitude of options!  Loving HEXIES? The star without the half rectangles, gives you just a nice big pieced hex. I have a video on making all the die shapes at my website.

 

This red and brown version is going to be king size. I already raided my friends stashes for more Reds and browns, as I depleted most of mine!  My bed.  Can't wait.  Must get busy!

 

 

But you can also square out the Hexagon to make it a block, like this one below! Isn't it so fun? I even fussy cut on my die!  Fabulous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the last minute I made up a small wall hanging, that I can hang in my kitchen... using my Yellow Leo Diamond print from Mostly Manorfor the background. Next I  dug out some favorite golds, and bright yellows to make this version. Using the half rectangle, finishes my hexes so they have a straight edge...

 

So much fun!

 

One more die to go!

 

 

All my Sizzix dies are available HERE.

 

 


My Signature Block quilt grows! May 24 2016, 0 Comments

I've been obsessed lately with big quilts, with small pieces… Last September, I started gathering signature blocks from any quilters I know… And will continue to ask for them when I teach or lecture etc…
So now I realized, I missed a bunch of people this past year that I'd like to have in my quilt...
Have you ever taken  class with me? 
...or my come to my lecture? 
or met me somewhere along the way, 
or not even met me but want to contribute a tiny block?
ha ha!
 
I'd love to get a signature block from you, for a quilt I'm making…
Pass it on, ask your quilter pals...
 cut  TWO - 1.5" X 3.5" strips
 of 
A SOLID COLOR
 
NO PRINTS OR HAND DYES PLEASE!!!!
 
Please make it this size, or I can use your block.
 
cut ONE - 1.5" X 3.5" strip 
of WHITE for signature
 
 
Sew them together, press seams open
….and sign, (fabric pen) Pigma Microns are great!
Keeping your signature at least a 1/4"
 in on the sides,
so it doesn't get cut off in the seam allowance…
 
**I am trimming these blocks down smaller, you don't have to worry about doing that.
 
THANK YOU!!!
If I came to your guild, can you ask your peeps and gather some blocks for me from the  members?
There is no deadline…. this quilt will just grow and grow…
Putting all my happy memories all in one place. :-)


NOTE:
I want to be able to use all the blocks coming in, so if your block is TOO SMALL OR TOO LARGE, I can't make it fit in the quilt…

 PLEASE NO HAND DYES!!! 
If I don't know where they are, they will bleed all over the quilt!  
NO cherrywoods, NO hand dyes…

***If you do not have a solid color, 
just send me the white strip 1.5" by 3.5" long, with your signature, 
and I can add the solid. 

Thank you! The quilt is looking so great so far!!!

Home again! May 04 2016, 0 Comments

This past weekend, I drove to Virginia, (8 hour drive) to teach at the Virginia Consortium of Quilters!  200 ladies, all at the 4H camp in the Mountains.... Yes it was beautiful!  I taught my Florid Blooms quilt pattern, getting the quilter's used to curves, and I can say, that they all achieved success! I was quite impressed with the amount of work they got done in one day!  Way to go Ladies!

 

Not only did they get their quilts into shape, but I now have yet another Double Wedding Ring quilt! I was at 60ish a while back, then I quit counting. I think I'm near 65 now(!!) Every time I teach this class, I get another double wedding ring quilt.

 

Below you can see I finished my 4th Christmas quilt for this year... I dug through my scrap bins to fussy cut the fun fabrics to highlight in this version.  I took liberties with the 6.5" squares that fit the melons, to drop in some Drunkard path blocks to make those cool dots, and also the Saw Tooth Star in the center of the quilt!  I will go back in an appliqué some red dots, inside the big green dots, and I plan to piece an interesting border around it. I have not decided what yet... but probably something intense and small pieced... That seems to be were my head is these days...and in solids.

 

 

 

 

I also taught my 15 Minutes of Play class, and talk about being impressed!, Everyone was working fast and furious to have their items to show at Show & Tell on Sunday morning!  Many beautiful projects got started. I was inspired as well, and now have an idea to finish a very old project of mine, that is sitting in a box, in my storage bins!  So it was a WIN WIN for me!

 

 

 

So now that I'm home... I'm catching up on things on social media! It' see so much fun to see what you are all making with MOSTLY MANOR!  My friend Maureen, made this super adorable mini dresden. LOVE IT!!

 

And I am Finishing up the ALS quilt for the Quilters Dream Auction. These blocks were hand pieced at QuiltCon, by those of you who swung by to help me out!

 

Remember my posting about all the blocks being made?  Here, Shelly and I, and a few peeps, were sewing blocks together at Quiltcon. OK, maybe we just finished sewing... and we were gabbing away... ;-) any who!

The top is nearly finished! It will be up for auction sometime later this year. 

 

 

Can't wait to show you the finished quilt!

 

Have you gotten Mostly Manor to play with yet?

 

Hop on over to my website quick!

 

We ship everywhere!

 

Be sure to request your LQS (local quilt store) to order 

Mostly Manor (out now)

 

Meadow Storm coming in August to your LQS. Have them order it now!

 


NEW! Coming to LQS August! May 04 2016, 0 Comments

 

 

Because I know you need to get inspired early, here is a sneak peek at what will be available at your Local Quilt Shop in August!

 

Please be sure to ask your LQS's to order the line! This way they know that you want it!

The line includes the Black and White MANOR STRIPE that was high in demand from Mostly Manor. I was saving it for this line! ;-) Sneaky of me, huh?

 

More colors are in the line, this is just a wee sneak peek....

 

Add it to your list of must haves for fall!

 

Marcus Fabrics has it up on their blog with some insights into the line.

http://marcusmentions.com/2016/04/victorias-fabric-sneak-peek/

 

 

 

DOn't forget if you need ANY mostly Manor fabrics, you can purchase at my website, 

VFWquilts.com

 

Patterns, Templates Bundles, Oh my!

 

Mostly Manor available at my website.

 


QuiltCon Recap! March 02 2016, 1 Comment

 

Shelly and I thank again the voters for picking Mr. Swirl E. Bones for Viewers choice! (and Judges Choice)  Shelly and I discussed this quilt, as I was making it, as I just knew I would not have time to quilt it the way I hoped too. Shelly quilts many of my quilts, so we have a great partnership and she understands my work.  It certainly helps to have a best friend quilt your work!  For a quilt of this nature, (meaning I made it to be entered in the show) do not pay her to quilt it.  It is a collaboration. We talked about what the quilting needed to be, and what I was thinking. It was a true collaborative effort between her and I. 

I designed the quilt, and I gave my ideas to Shelly about elements I'd like to see in the quilting carried through the quilt. She was free to add her story to my quilt. I often work this way.   This also means, the monetary award is half Shelly's and half mine...  This is OUR quilt.

 

I think this is important, just like when I won Best in Show for Double Edged Love, Lisa Sipes is credited for her beautiful work, half the prize money went to Lisa. Lisa also, was not paid for her quilting on Double Edged Love. It's a collaboration, it is OUR quilt ,We put our two brains together so the award is split between the two of us.  

 

Giving credit where credit is due, is very important. Personally and historically, and in this day and age where inspiration is plentiful, why not share where/who you were inspired by? 

It's an honor an a "good humanly thing to do." 

 

 

 

Tricia Royal's beautiful quilt, "A Kiss for Paul" was inspired by a block and Play process from my 15 Minutes of PLAY book, and I'm honored that she emailed me and asked me about submitting this and mentioning (and giving credit) where her inspiration came from. (This is an honor, Thank you) It is her beautiful artistic vision that put this wonderful quilt together, her color choices are fabulous, I love what she did, and thank you again for giving the credit. Frank Palmer quilted this beauty. Frank does some quilting for me too.  So many talented people out there...

 

 

 

Other Personal Favorites from QuiltCon:

 

 

By Leslie Tucker Jenison, the graphic design power and simplicity of this quilt knocks my socks off... I love the color. Design wise, probably my most favorite quilt at the show.

 

 Kerri Green... Design and color, Fabulous. Well done!  (Anyone know a link for her? Thank you)

 

 Plaid on Point: Jennifer Jones Rossotti Quilted by Darby Myer

What's not to love? Great use of color.

Color definitely caught my eye at this show...Obviously!

 

 Frequency   (title correct?? Hard to read from my image, let me know)

 by Cheryl Brickey : Mini Triangle quilt challenge.

Very nicely done.

 

 Falling by Kathy York.  Impeccably made, clean, and very beautiful visually.... Gorgeous color.

Kathy won QuiltCon last year.

 

 

I'm sorry I did not get the name of this quilts maker... Anyone know?

I love it's simplistic pattern, and graphic punch.  Everything about it makes me happy.   

Love the color palette. 

It's bold and gutsy.

 

(Anyone know the maker?  Please let me know... Thanks!)

 

 

It's hard to pick favorites... I literally had one hour to walk the floor to see quilts, so I looked for what grabbed my eyes and allowed my intuition to guide me.

 

Well done to all who had quilts in the show. 

What I love about QuiltCon is that everyone is so happy to be there.  I also LOVE that they hang the quilts on LIGHT backgrounds. It feels so much air-ier and happier then any other show. (those black drapes really make for cave like viewing at other shows) The brightness really adds to the show.

 

I love teaching at QuiltCon also. Students are very happy to be there... And everything ran very smoothly, in my experience.

 

Images from my awesome students work, in the classes I taught, coming soon.

 

 

 

Till Next year QuiltCon peeps! See you in Savannah!

 

Sublime Stars! June 03 2015, 1 Comment


In my plodding along, (!!!) I am slowly getting my new quilt top appliquéd!  YEP! This baby is called SUBLIME STARS!

 

I am quite slow on my appliqué projects... I only work on them at night, when I don't have binding to do...I must have a some netflix to watch to make the time go by faster!  I think It will be my take along project not his road trip coming up...

 

And guess what? This quilt is made with my new Stretch Hex and Tumbler Set! 

SO MANY OPTIONS!!! Keep on reading for more goodness!

Find these in my shop here.

 

 

 

 

QUILTCON WEST CLASSES ARE UP for viewing!!

 

One of the classes I am teaching is using my two new templates...

STRETCH HEX &  TUMBLER

This post is showing you all the options and FUN we will be having in this class!

 

 

This quilt is now finished,  and off to be quilted by my friend Shelly, as I am still without my long arm... I used only the Stretch Hex template here... and made the entire quilt out of my scrap bins.  Yes it is wide, Y seams, and actually, goes to gather quite quickly, one you get your groove on.  ( it each the tricks... don't be Scared!  I then hand appliquéd it down on that fabulous yellow background... Mmmmmm, it sure looks good. I can't wait to snuggle up under it. it took my 12 hours alone to hand appliqué it to the background... you could just cut it and square it up... but I love the crazy shapes...

 

 Here I was mixing different blocks into the quilt with the Stretch hex and Tumbler, together.

The big shape is fun to see what else you can put into that space... PLAY IT UP...

 

And this was the "in progress shot" of my SUBLIME stars! I love seeing how many different ways I can use my templates together. This will soon be a class as well, but for now... We focus not eh two shapes, and I hope I see you at QUILTCON WEST, so I can show you all the options!!

 

I will do another post this week on the second class I am teaching at QuiltCon later this week...

 

Stay tuned!

 

OH! And... These are now in Stock in my shop!!

my NEW Aurifil 12 wt large spool set! 

Don't drool on the keyboard. Squeal! Yummy, right?

 

Aurifil has a nice blog post up on them here.

 

 

 


Big Diamond, Little Diamond! in SHOP now! May 25 2015, 0 Comments

I cut this quilt out Sunday morning, using two of my Acrylic diamond templates. My small Diamond, that makes 4 different sizes..Here I just used the Full small template, Four of them, make one of my LARGE diamond templates... So the two together, give you many fun options for PLAYING!

 

 SMALL DIAMOND ( CLICK)

I LOVE a star quilt! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape!  This diamond makes 4 different sizes of stars, with corner squares and quarter triangles marked on the template, for reference.  Finished Size of the largest size Star is 21.5"

 

The small diamond was used to make this wall hanging...

 

 

LARGE DIAMOND: ( CLICK)

I LOVE a BIG star quilt! It's nice to have options! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape! Corner squares and quarter triangles cutting instructions are marked on the template, for reference.  Finished Size of the largest size Star is 41"

 

 

MIX the TWO templates together to come up with your own unique designs! PLAY!

 

 

 

One day I will get back to finishing my liberty stars.... But for today, I'm off to finish my Memorial Day quilt!

 

Visit my shop for more QUILTY PLAY THINGS!!