Giveaway at Okan Arts! May 06 2017, 0 Comments

 

Have you seen the awesome give-away at Okan Arts??  FOUR large bundles of my LIGHT WORK collection, AND four 4 packs of my Light Work threads!!

 

Get on over there to enter, 

 

If you want to play right away, hop on over to vfwquilts to pick up your templates!

 

Then be sure to JOIN our FACEBOOK Snack set Sew-a-Long group!

 

 

I'll be in the STORE today, come by and say hi!

 

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Snack Set Sew-a-long May 05 2017, 6 Comments


 

Happy Friday!

Need a project to start?  

 

Hahaha! Funny right?

Well I alway have multiple projects going on, and sometimes, they are lifetime projects... One fo my current favorites are making my Variety Block templates, or the "snack sets" as I like to call them, as  You can't just make one!

I started a sew-a-long Facebook group where we can all share our progress of our little cuties... We all love to show our work, talk about fabrics, and this make adorable things, so this is a place for you to play along!  No hurry, no deadline, join in at any time... Just pop over to Facebook, and  join/request to join my:

 

VFW Quilts : Snack Set Sew-a-long

 

I will be providing inspirational ideas on ways to use your sets, 

(which have sold very well! I can see you are all enjoying them!)

 

And I will do video's on each of the blocks one the next several weeks.

The blocks can be hand or machine pieced. Perfect for scrappy quilts, and just frankly, very addicting to make!

 

You can use the WHOLE Variety pack set, or pick up just ONE set that intrigues you! 

They are all easy to piece!

 

The Variety Pack includes All 7 snack set template sets.  

Bonus* Snack set #6 block makes TWO different blocks, which means, you get 8 Blocks from a 7 block set!

 

Snack set One

Snack set Two

Snack set Three

Snack set Four

Snack set Five

Snack set Six

Snack set Seven

 

Variety Pack

 

 

Come play along! An easy FUN sew-a-long!

 

 

 

 

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Home from AQS Quilt Week! April 30 2017, 1 Comment


 

This Amazing quilt "Captivated By Nature" is by Olga Gonzalez-Angulo, from Spain.  I have no words to explain how much I love this quilt. It's quite amazing... Just absorb the photos... check out the detail shots, (and yes is the answer.... All hand cut dots...) Congratulations Olga on your win fo this beautiful quilt.

 

 

 

These are a few others that I quite enjoyed.... "Z is for Zinna, C is for Cosmos" by Kathie Kerler, Portland, OR

 

 "The Elephant in the Quilt Room" by Elizabeth Owens, Defunak Springs, FL

 

 I love this mini quilt so much.... "Copper Pennies" Amy Pabst, Le Roy, WV  

( guessing it's about 24" X24" ?? ) Just elegant, and I love the one bottom right corner... perfect.

 

Mikyung Jang, from South Korea. her quilt is painted surface, and quilted and embroidered/beaded etc... So much to look at, and I love all the color!  I met Mikyung last year at Houston, and that quilt was so different, it's fun tot see more work by her.

 

 

 

I also taught a Double Wedding Ring Class, (and gave demo's & several lectures) and I had exceptional students!  If you are in my Instagram page you will see nearly all for them from class... Here's just a few... It's always inspiring to see what fabrics people bring to class, and then I have to go buy my favorites... Yes, That's who I shop, by looking at other peoples stash!

 

 

 

 

I had some fun with people taking photos at my quilt "A Garden for All Seasons." I may or not have photo bombed a few when they weren't expecting it!

 

This quilt was made using my Large 10" and Small 5" Hexagon templates available at my website vfwquilts.com

 

You may also see at my Website, that Pre-orders are available there, for my new book 
which will arrive late August early Sept!
Please note, if you pre-order, you can NOT combine that book with other items on your order...Please order it on it's own.

 

Thank you!

There will be more info coming shortly, now that I am home! YAY!!

 

I can't wait share this book with you!!

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What's new from Paducah? April 26 2017, 0 Comments

 

It's up!! "A Garden for All Seasons"is up and hanging at AQS Paducah in the Dome Pavilion!

9' X 30'

Quilted by Shelly Pagliai

 

aprox info:

It weighs 28 lbs.

462 Large 10" hexagons ( my large and small hex template were used, purchase here )

about 38.5 yards of fabric for the top

27 Yards of Fabric for the backing.

30 yard roll of Polyester batting

 

Made as a Public Art Piece,

Inspired to make it, because my bank just redid their lobby, and I really thought they needed a  great quilt hanging on the art free walls...

Meant to submit a proposal for it to hang as Public Art...

Found its home, in the new Simplicity Creative Group- EZ Quilting offices which are now in....

 

wait for it...

 

In my Bank building that inspired me to make it in the first place... so it will live where it's meant to be!

 

 

 

 

I won an Honorable Mention Ribbon on my quilt "Negative Space, Positive Attitude, Quilted by my friend Shelly Pagliai from Prairiemoonquilts.com

 

Here is Myself, Shelly and her sister Katy. Sharing in the JUKI love!  


Paducah Quilt Week! April 23 2017, 0 Comments


It has been a BUSY month!  

Home pretty much to unpack and repack, I am now off to Paducah to prepare for a fun Quilt-y week! I hope to see many of you there!  I have never been to the Paducah Quilt Week Show, although I have been to Paducah to the Museum in the fall which was great.  So, this will be an all new experience for me to see what happens in the town for this week of quilting inspiration!

I have another first happening this week, when I Emcee the Awards Presentation...4:30pm Tuesday. Wish me luck!


I'm most excited about my exhibit of quilts that will hang in the "Bubble" Pavilion... Yes the Double Wedding Rings quilts will be hanging, BUT... So will my "Garden For All Seasons" Quilt!  The 9' X 30' quilt will be hanging and that will be my FIRST time seeing it up vertical (finished) !


 

I have news about the quilt as well...  It was made to be a "Public Art" piece to hang somewhere in NYC. It's now been finalized that it will be hanging in the New Simplicity Creative Group Office, (EZ Quilting is one of their brands) after Paducah....only a few blocks away from me in NYC. I'm thrilled!

I have a very full schedule. I hope you will come by when I give a "walking tour" of the quilts:  (meet at the 30' quilt at the stated times below ) 


 

Walking Tours of My Quilt Exhibit
Wed April 26th at  2pm
Thurs April 27th at 2pm
Sat April 29th at 3pm
 

Lecture on Play and Creativity #32803

Wed 12-1pm at the Eisenhower room, Advance tickets available click here.

 


Wed 6-8 pm is the All Star Review:  ( tickets here)

I'll be doing a 10 minute demo on Double wedding Rings, then a book signing and will have some double wedding Ring templates with me...

Saturday 1-3 All Star Review: (tickets here)

I'll be talking about 15 Minutes of Play and changing shapes! Come by!

 
 

ALSO, I will be in the JUKI booth each day except Friday and Sunday.  I will do a book signing in the Juki Booth Saturday 10-12, Come say hi, try out a JUKI and I'll show you what I love about them!

JUKI Booth 1208/12010
9-11 Wed April 26
11-1 Thur April 27
10-12 Sat BOOK SIGNING! April 29
 

I think I color-coded that for myself! Hard to keep it all straight! Print out, come by and say Hi.  I look forward to having some fun! 


 

See you in Paducah!

 


Dresdens and the perfect quilt April 16 2017, 1 Comment

 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:

Meadow Stripe beige

Felix in brown

Solid Brown velvet

Brown/cream  stripe

pink/cream stripe

Vivid in buff

Pink starflower

beige star flower

Pink Leo diamond

Elizabeth's dowry cream

 

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!

 

This pieces uses all of Meadow Storm Fabrics plus Yellow Leo Diamond from my Mostly Manor Collection

 

Be sure to tag your photo to share the quilt you made and sleep under at Instagram @victoriafindlaywolfe  #quiltisleepunder  ( quilt I sleep under )

 

I can't wait to see!

 

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Victory Block retreat! April 15 2017, 2 Comments


 

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 setDancing 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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A Splendid Day! April 13 2017, 0 Comments

 

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.

 

And if you want an even easier project then go ahead and try my small, 4" variety snack set templates! Easy to piece and very adorable!

 

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MQX recap! April 12 2017, 13 Comments

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 Play Class 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!

All of these items are available at my website, Vfwquilts.com

 

I had to tease Kim, as my bed, I thought looked better than hers....  hehe. Cheeky huh?  This quilt was made using my Victory Block template set

I will be showing you the rest of my weekend, tomorrow where we were making quilts using that template set!

 

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Big Block Star! April 04 2017, 0 Comments

 

 

 

BIG BLOCK STAR QUILT (click)

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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