My attempt at making a quilt I will actually sleep under! You may notice in the video that Jenny Egg does not stay of my bed... She has to sleep with me, touch me, and snuggle... So I need a quilt that is not WHITE! The quilt I currently have on my bed, is laying upside down, so the backing is face up... It looks great in my rom, but I want something a little more patchwork-y!
So here I am using Browns and pinks. The fabrics I am using are:
Using easy HST's and Four patches, I am getting a lot of movement among these blocks. I'm loving it, but need some selfish ME time to get it finished...(things with no deadlines seem to take me a lot longer to finish!) It will be a KING size quilt.
My current quilt which I made YEARS ago, before I was serious about quilting, uses a random dresden wedge shape. I sifted through my scrap bins and stash and puled all my "not so pretty fabrics, and then added in a pretty fabric to each set, to make them all look nice together, Which, actually made a really beautiful quilt! (it's a good challenge and a great way to get rid of a few old fabrics in our stash! How can you bring new eyes to old fabrics and make them look vibrant and pretty? PLAY! VFW QUILTS DRESDEN TEMPLATE
Now I use my VFWquilts Dresden template. I have a new quilt pattern coming soon, but this is a very easy handy tool to have in your stash... 22 blades makes a full circle... I used appliqué glue to hold my dresden circle in place on a giant quilt block, next used Bias tape to top stitch the circles into place on the basis tape. easy to deal with that raw edge! No appliqué!
I also used it to make this sweet customs quilt before Christmas... More on that coming soon!
Last weekend, I taught at my annual 2 day retreat with friend, Maureen in Salem, MA, at the House of Seven Gables. It's by far one of my favorite places to teach! Being able to come back each year and having a group of quilters that I get to spend more and more time with each time, is a real treat as a teacher... I get to know you better, I know your skills, I know how far you you can go beyond a pattern! It's very satisfying to watch everyone grow and change as a quilter!
This weekend was no different! We had one big design wall, so all the various blocks could be added to see each others work. It's such a learning experience to see how the block changes depending on all the variations of color placement in this traditional block.
We focused on two patterns based on my Victory Block template set: Dancing legs, and Fade to Purple. Next, students got to choose to follow the design or go improv and come up with their own design with the pattern... I think they all did beautifully, and I came away inspired! (...and eager to sew!)
Way to go Ladies!!! You all played Beautifully! ;-)
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The SPLENDID SAMPLER book is here! Jane and Pat did an amazing job getting this organized and I'm so happy to have been a part of it! My little Full Circle Block landed on the cover! Adorable!!
Jane and Pat have a giveaway happening an you can join in by clicking here.
It has been so much fun watching all the different quilts come together! All the various blocks are so adorable! If you haven't made one yet, you can join in on the FB page, as they start the next round.
I encourage you all to go back and learn my block.. You build your appliqué skills and learn how to make easy little circles! They are not hard, and what better way to learn a new skill on a small project! My video is always listed on my website.
MQX New England was a lot of fun! The Exhibit of Double Wedding Rings was so lovely to have! I took my classes to the exhibit and related all the things we talk about in class, to the quilts we were looking at... Its such a treat to have that many pieces of work available to share! If you have my Double wedding ring book, you will have seen many of these quilts! Although I did have quite a few pieces that are not in the book. So the next time you can see them is at Paducah the end of the month! Come by as I will be lecturing at the exhibit several times that week Hours will belated in the catalog... I have to look that up yet. I am also Lecturing on Play and Creativity! Don't miss it!
I taught a 15 Minutes of PlayClass and a Double Wedding Ring pillow class. When I only have one day to teach DWR's, we really only get on ring made in that time frame. But that ONE ring, is all you need to know to make an entire Double wedding ring Quilt! Did you know that? All the tricks you need for success happen within the ring, and then you constantly use those same tricks through the entire quilt. The students made some really fun pieces! Here are just a few of the pieces... My Double wedding ring templates are available here!
It was nice to see some of my 15 Minutes Players at MQX! They even brought in their lovely pieces that they made! I love seeing what you've done with your 15 Minutes or your double wedding rings! Keep those emails and pictures coming!
Kim was with me, as we also vended at MQX. it was so nice to see so many of you there!
Using my Large Diamond Template to make this quilt. It is THE MOST used template I have. I can make big, impressive quilts quickly by using up large pieces of my stash, cut up old quilt tops with it, (which I did in the red stars on the quilt that hangs in the video) Fusy cut my fabrics, piece something fun and fabulous! My Manor Stripe fabrics look fabulous as back ground setting fabric!
This is one I have started but have not finished yet... Using up all the Kaffe shot cottons I have... Looks so yummy like this!
I can also use the template along with my SMALL Diamond template, they work together! You can make this quilt up in a day! Four of my Small diamond templates, together make on Large Diamond. Sew together in rows! Bing Bang Boom, and you done! ( No Y Seams!)
Here are some of the other awesome quilts that have been made using my Large Diamond template.... So many goodies, so many options!
I hope to see you at MQX New England this week!!
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So after you see the quilts, please stop by the booth! Kim will be working the booth as I am teaching Thursday and Friday, But I will pop over to her during lunch break. I will also give a talk with my DWR class on the exhibit near the end of the class time on Thursday, you can tag along! Probably around 4:45.. swing by and ask Kim as I will know better that day what time... I'm so looking forward to it! See you there!!!
This quilt above is a variation on my Bright Lights Big City Quilt. The pattern is in my Double Wedding Ring book. It's quite large, no there is no acrylic templates for it, but I may do a special pre-order, so stay tuned.... ( but know I make all my quilts from paper patterns, so you can certainly make it with paper too. ;-)
Here's a few pictures of our trip to Japan... I took a zillion photos, of course... I selected a few favorites to share with you! Don't want to bore you touch with vacation pictures!
Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto
Kasha Taisha shrine, Nara
Todaiji, a great temple in Nara
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park,
ryokan in Hakone
Arriving at the foot of the entrance to walk a mile up the mountain to see the snow monkeys...
A bus pulls up and off jumps my friend Linda from Ohio!
Can we all sing together.....
It's a small world after all....
Actually, I had another friend in Japan at the same time as well, but what are the odds you run into each other? Even better, my daughter spotted two fellow school mates in Kyoto... randomly in the lobby of our hotel, having no idea they were in Japan...
"A Garden For All Seasons" is a 9' X 30' Quilt that I finished up this week! Along with a few other goodies! This quilt is a public Art piece that I made to hang in building her win NYC... It will also be on view at Paducah Quilt Fest end of April! I have a large exhibit of Double Wedding Ring quilts this year along with this quilt, and I will also be in the JUKI booth, teaching a class, and giving lecture! Come say hi! I'll also do a few walking tours on the quilt exhibit in the Main Pavilion.
As you can imagine a quilt this big took a few hands to help me manage it under the needle!
Shelly quilted it on her Long Arm, and her usually fabulous way! I set up five tables to be able to keep the quilt up even with my machine while sewing on the binding...It took two bobbins to sew on the binding all the way around!
We've certainly had a bit of fun with it.... There is a video of this on my Instagram account. I made this quilt using my LARGE HEXAGON Acrylic template set available in my website shop.
Now I wish I had a wall big enough to hang it here! hahaha...
It's a garden that makes me happy, and smile all year long!
I've been seeing many people finishing there Star Storm quilts! They are so fun to see!! I leo all the different color ways folks are making my quilt in! Have you mad one yet? Send me pictures! or tag me on instagram #starstormquilt #vfwquilts @victoriafindlaywolfe
Uniqueandnovel has a beautiful beach version made!
The Bootscootinquilter is in a roll! TWO STAR STORM quilts done!
Material Obsession in Sydney, AU! Helen made hers!
Speaking of STARS!! My THUNDER STRUCK class has been producing a huge amount of really awesome star quilts!! Here's a shot of the student work from QuiltCon! This pattern is also available at my website.
We have a big storm heading our way this week. I am hoping it and the following storm do not mess with my trip to Japan on Saturday!! Yep! Back to Japan! Family time!
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I added two new videos on using my super cute new 4" SNACK SET templates! Did you know you can MACHINE piece or hand piece?
You know people still hand piece right? LOL I love it on the airplane or car rides..small projects I can take along with me... So much fun, with these easy to piece cuties! I have two quilts in the works right now... These little gems are quite sweet, and can be used as the start of a larger block or a whole quit just with the 4" size... Possibilities are endless!
I realize I still need to show some QuiltCon photos! We really had a lot of fun vending and being able to say HI to so many people! Here's a few fun photos for you to see of our VFW Quilts booth. I also will be sharing pictures from my classes! Amazing students doing some very fun things! Stay tuned!
If you look closely at the bunting, you will see they are my SNACK set blocks set in a square in a square... SEE! Super cute!!
They also make great name tags, and mug rugs! (Did you see my last post?)
BTW, are any of you going to Paducah?
I will be there! As will my "Mr. Swirl E. Bones", and this quilt, "Negative Space, Positive Attitude"! which I found out yesterday have been juried into the Paducah show! YIPPEE! ( both quilted by my pal Shelly, at Prairiemoonquilts.com
(More details on Paducah to come! I have lots of exciting stuff going on at Paducah, including 30 Double Wedding Ring Quilts, and one 9' X 30' quilt! (yep!) (follow me at Instagram to see what's been up!) and I hope to see you there!
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