VFW NYC Quilt 3 Day retreat! June 15 2017, 0 Comments

 This week I am hosting my Annual VFW NYC Retreat here in my home, hosting 8 quilters from the US and Canada!  Day one is spent on cutting, designing, and all things inspiration!

Many folks come with a set idea, and then we tweak it as they go... we talk about color, placement, pushing what we first "see" into a new creative space.

We look for more ideas to change up the pattern, and see where else we can stretch ourselves.

It's always very exciting to watch people make their first cuts, wary, then, I turn around again, and a million pieces show up on the design wall.  

I love watching them work. It inspires me to see them make the connections.

I'm pleased to be hosting these lovely quite folk!

I'll share with you as their work changes and morphs!

 

 

 Someone is plum-tuckered-out in the scrap pile!!

Socializing is exhausting, she says...

If you are interested in my VFW NYC 3 day quilt retreat, I announce the class only in my newsletter. It does fill very quickly... You can sign up for my newsletter here.

At the end of the day, my New "GARLAND" quilt,  (Double Wedding Ring pattern, kit and templates)   now in the store, came back from Mandy Leins who quilted it.


Home again from Lincoln, NE! June 11 2017, 0 Comments

I'm just back from a Lincoln Nebraska, to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum

where I am on the Advisory board. It was our yearly meeting, and always a huge treat to get to spend time at QuiltHouse!  

 

Currently, Bill Volckening is having a exhibit of some of his Double knit polyester quilts... 

We both collect, he has more. ;-)  We have a huge fondness for these quilts...Here isa flash back on an article on the two of us, My Double knit twin. ;-)

 

    

 

 

Reunited!  Sort of. ;-)

 

We get a peak at many new acquisitions when we are there... Here is a new Hawaiian quilt they now have. it's always fun to see what new quilts are now part of the collection.

 

Another beauty....

 

Geeta Kandlewhal is also in the board with us, and it was inspiring to hear her talk about this quilt she made on the Ghandi.  She is n amazing quilt Artist and collector from Mumbai, India. Greta is the author of Godharis of Maharashtra. She told a very moving story about this quilt. 

 

 

Thank you Geeta for my pin cushion.  *wink!

 

I'll share more pictures this week! Happy to be home!


Preparing for QuiltCon January 30 2017, 0 Comments

Laura is busy cutting BUNDLES to take to QuiltCon!

The VFW Quilts Staff is hard at work getting all our inventory ready for vending at QuiltCon! Fabric bundles, and bolts and all my templates and goodies will be available for you there! Road trip! We will be Booth #338!  Will you be there?  Come by and Say Hi! Not going to  QuiltCon? That's OK, you can visit my webshop or my NYC STORE! ( and get your goodies now!) 

 

Laura and Kim will be working the booth, I'll be around, but will be teaching all day Thursday and Friday... I'll sneak in at lunch time to say hi. Saturday I will be in the booth, before I fly off to California to Empty Spools Seminars to teach a five day Double Wedding Ring Class.

 

 

Besides finishing up NEW quilt patterns and products for QuiltCon, I am finishing up this customer quilt. It's so much fun! I just love this quilt. She loves all color and Black and White, so... Here's my interpretation of that! It has all kinds  of crazy-fun-fabrics inside of it... I'll have this wrapped up by Thursday.  These larger shapes go together so nicely and get big fast!   Then work on a border... Stay tuned!  This quilt is a version of my Bright Lights Big City Quilt... pattern is in my Double Wedding ring Book

 

I wanted to thank you all for you thoughtful comments on The Quilt Show Episode. I asked that question to see what rings true for people. So thank you for sharing what you tips you picked up on. It's helpful to me as a teacher!

 

And I suppose you are awaiting the Winner of the Double Wedding Ring templates, right??

The winner for this post, is: Jennie B!

Congrats Jennie!

And thank you for your comments! It encourages me to blog more, if I hear your thoughts. ;-)


Podcast today! January 27 2017, 2 Comments

Process!

 

Today I am talking process with James Swan at Million Dollar Decorating! 

Pop on over, have a listen and please leave comment about what you enjoyed!

 

Thank you for tuning in!

 

Have a fabulous weekend! 

Dont' forget to watch eh quite show before it closes for members! (See last post for details!)

and comment  for a chance to win!


Aurifil Interview December 29 2016, 2 Comments

 

Hi!

Many of you know me, but a few newbies maybe be popping in from reading out about me at the Aurifil blog today! Pop over to read a interview about my work, and my current collections with Aurifil!  Enter the giveaway at the Aurifil Blog.

Click here for Aurifil link.

 

I do adore my Aurifil threads. A product that consistently gives me the look I want in my work is very important to me. I love having thread that match with my fabric collections.  I collect thread like I do fabric...so many lovely colors!  Behind me is my STAR STORM pattern and other blocks made using Meadow Storm Fabrics. All available in my website shop.  Please stop back at the webshop or my 

 

VFW Quilts NYC STORE!

325 West 38th St Suite 811

718-877-6710

vfwquilts.com

 

LIGHT WORK (my newest fabric line) to the shop in just a few weeks!

 

 

 


Holiday week! December 18 2016, 0 Comments

 

It's been so nice to be home for this long stretch of time!!  I am getting so much done in the studio, it feels so good to start new projects!  

 

This quilt above, is a group quilt, made by myself, Kim and Laura, and beautifully quilted by Shelly Pagliai. It's called Fade to Purple, and it will be a pattern soon. (Stay tuned, we are all on Holiday until Jan 2nd)

This quilt was made using my Victory Block templates! Isn't it fun? We hit the solid scrap bin, and I played with the various shades of purple for a modern gradation of color and graphic punch.

I loved the play on positive and negative space with in a traditional pattern. We entered this quilt in QuiltCon 2017, and it was rejected.

Oh well.  No biggie, because you will see this quilt in out booth at QuiltCon!  We are vending, and I am teaching as well. In fact I am teaching aversion of this template set using improv! Go figure!

 

So why do I enter quilts if rejection is a part of it?  

(These are my personal feelings, take it or leave it...)

Big deal if it gets rejected! I can't take that stuff personally. 

Three people juror in quilts. (usually) That is three people's opinion, who are selecting quilts from a large pool, which has to be sifted through to put together a selection of quilts, that are not all the same, varied enough, and feel like a interesting group. Not everyone gets in. That's a part of the  process.

 

I enter my quilts into shows, not to win anything, but for the chance for the work to be seen.  

This can happen in many venues! QuiltCon is not the end all of your creative journey!  

Support your local quilt events, State and County fairs, local Art centers, local galleries & larger quilt shows! I suggest only submitting your VERY BEST WORK.  Some shows, allow you only two entries, some allow 3-4, some allow 10, (usually those that except more the 4, are so they can grow their FUNDS to support the show)

 

I never enter for examples 5 quilts in one show... 

Do I have 5 quilts that fit the criteria?  My money is best spent on quilts that fit criteria well.

Are they all my best work? Submitting best and less then best, can take away from your "best work" visually.

 

If I am entering things that I kind of "know" do not really fit the criteria, then I am only adding my dollars to the shows "funding," with my entry fees... and I should not be surprised if it does not get in...

 

I entered three quilts into QuiltCon. One I had a strong feeling about, (it got in) and another I am quite proud of its complex construction, (and it did not get it), and this group quilt, (Which did not get in.) One out of three... We all get rejects.

 

Getting rejections does not stop me from entering shows. It's not a personal affront to me. If they say no, I enter it elsewhere, (already have entered the others elsewhere) or not, I can post it here and have it seen, by all of you!

 

Why else do I enter? 

It pushes me creatively. 

My skills get better, when I focus on making a better made quilt, so that the quilt is the best I can do. 

It pushes me to think outside my own box. 

It forces me to grow, and hopefully inspire myself, or you, to try something new.

 

Lastly, I have more quilts to make to fill my creative desires!  I won't let one (or two, or more!) rejections stop me from submitting...

 

Final thoughts:

Be smart with your entry fees... 

Read the entry/category info carefully.

If you don't want to be judged, then enter it in the non-judged category so it can be seen! 

 

Because ultimately, we all want to OOH AND AHH one your beautiful work!

 

Just keep making!!! 

 

Because quilting is so fun!

 

See? Look at our smiling faces!

 

 

This is the fabulous VFW Quilts team! Kim, Crystal, myself and Laura.   You may have met them working in the VFW QUILT NYC store.  If not yet, come by and say hi!

Clearly we are all having fun! Laura is making a double wedding ring from the Meadow Storm line, Isn't it lovely?  Blue Perennial, Coral Misty, Mint sun shower dots, and a white on white...

 

Holiday STORE hours!

I am working the store all this week.  

So come on by to say Hi to me!

We are closed Dec 24th Through January 1st. We all need a break!

 

HOLIDAY HOURS:

 

Monday through Thursday 

Dec 19 - Dec 22, 10 -1 pm

Dec 23rd, 12-6pm

 

CLOSED DEC 24th- January 1st.

 

Then we are back to our normal hours:

Monday through Thursday 10-1pm

Friday and Saturday 12-6pm

 

VFW QUILTS NYC STORE

325 West 38th St, Suite 811.

 

 

Heads up:  January means LIGHT WORK will be in store! Most likely mid month... Stay tuned for new fabrics, and a few new template sets, patterns and thread!  

Be sure to get your fix of my Aurifil thread sets where are on sale!  Four spools are $30!!

 


HOLIDAYS! December 11 2016, 0 Comments

 

Ahhhh! A  few quiet moments at home before everyone is awake!  The house is all decorated for the holidays, and I am taking a few minutes to write a few Christmas cards and have my coffee and nosh.

 

Today we are having SAQA members over for a December meeting/holiday event for a bit before I head over to the Store, and work for the day.  So  I you are in NYC, come by the store from 12-6 and say hi!  ;-)

 

 

Speaking of Christmas cards... I posted on Facebook this week about weather or not people still send them.

There were a whole lot of NOPE!

And a few yes's.

The answers are all quite funny and it seems many have very strong ideas about them.

From:

no, it's a waste, 

to no it's a silly tradition, 

to no, it's a waste of money, 

to No, to busy.

 

To yes! and I send them early, 

to Yes, I love sending and receiving them!,

 to Yes, but not as many as we used too. 

 

 

Well, I am still a card sender... We send 250+ cards out every year... I actually prefer cards to gift exchanges!  I love getting a card in the mail at the holidays, I know we get busy, so this is a quick,

"Hi friend! Thinking of you over here!"  I miss letters, mail etc... I think that whole personal letter from someone who thought to care to stop and do that, I still really special, and  is a tradition I really love.

 

Christmas shopping is one I can do without... I prefer to go out as family and find things to do together. If we have need, we take acre of it, but ultimately, we all have enough stuff... The pressure of finding the best gift or the right gift, is highly over rated.  Christmas for me is about being together, with my family, snuggled up on the couch, watching a silly movie and eating good food.

 

I did, by the way, also ask if I was the only one who had not started Christmas shopping on FB, and had MANY VERY FUNNY (155) responses...  

Best ones:

Is it Christmastime? Uh oh...

Nope I'd rather be quilting.

I spent all my money in Houston (Quilt festival) , so....

No time and I hate crowds and long lines....

No shopping but I've made Fruit cakes...

No I'm a professional procrastinator

You mean we were supposed to start by now!!!

 

Apparently, I am not alone!

 

 

Speaking time... My tree skirt that has been under my tree for the past three years, with it's binding unfinished....

 

 

BTW, the winner of the CROSS & CROWN set is Christine!  Congrats Christine!  Here's to making More Christmas quilts!  ;-)  


I just finished it! YAY!!!   haha!



Be sure to swing by my STORE either online or when you visit NYC!


Giveaway Monday!! December 05 2016, 3 Comments

 

We had such fun Saturday at the Store!  HATS AND GLOVES GALORE!! We recvd a very large bin overflowing, and all the gloves and hats that are decorating the store.  Thanks so much for those who sent Gloves & Hats in!  There will be many happy kids staying warm this holiday!  Thank you!

 

 

Before the Store opened Saturday I did some sewing for fun!  I made a few blocks using my CROSS & CROWN template set, and cut up some Red and Green Manor Stripes, and Overcast from Meadow Storm.  Throw in some Red and Green solids, and ta da!  Xmas quilt in the works! It's not done yet, but it's fun to see how it could look! See below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to WIN a set of the Cross and Crown templates?

Leave me a moment, about which is your favorite holiday to make quilts for?


TREE IS UP! December 02 2016, 0 Comments

 

Tree is up! It's starting to look a lot like Christmas!  Botha t home and at the VFW QUILTS NYC STORE!  Do you have your wish lists ready?  

 

 

I'd be adding my NEW STAR STORM patternand QUILT KIT to that list along with the New CROSS & CROWN  kit!  You know you always need a fun new project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been receiving so many awesome gloves and hats for our drive!  We look forward to seeing more of you at the Party on Saturday at the store! We have a lot of them hung up, and it's so COZY in the store! Holiday hours are party hours are listed below, and at VFWquilts.com

 

 

 

We may have gotten carried away on the decorating!  hehe!

 

Need one more item for your WISH LIST?

Come take a class with me at CRAFT NAPA!!!

 


SHOP SMALL SATURDAY! November 26 2016, 0 Comments

Hello all you HOLIDAY SHOPPERS!

It's been an amazing year.  Yes, it's hard work being a small business owner, long days, long hours, but ultimately I am doing something I love.  I share that love with you all.

Today I am encouraging you to SHOP SMALL. 

My shop carries all my own products, My fabrics, My books, my Acrylic templates, thread sets, patterns, and other goodies... All of these items, is how you survive in this industry by having my hand in multiple areas: Plus all the travel, and teaching that I do.  VFWQUILTS.COM

What I love about this industry is that I meet the most amazing people. Quilters are the best!  My shop allows me to meet you here, when you come to NYC.  If you can't come to NYC, please visit my website shop.  If you are over seas, please email us to get you accurate In't shipping quotes... We are always here to help. 

We being , Me, and my small staff.  We all work hard at our job, we love being creative, we love being creative women building a small business... We need your support to shop small.

 

Stop by the store, we are always happy to do some show and tell for you of the quilts we have on hand.

325 West 38th St Suite 811, NY NY 10018

Thank you!!!  Happy Holidays!

Don't miss our Dec 3rd Holiday party! Info below!

Victoria, Kim, Laura, and Crystal.