Welcome to today’s stop on Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minutes of Play — Improvisational Quilts Blog Tour! We were so excited to be asked by Victoria to be a part of this tour, and we gladly share with you this amazing book.
Take time to play. Make the time. Carve out 15 minutes a day. These are the concepts that make up Victoria’s emphasis in this book. This book is heavy on the inspiration angle and light on the Quilt Police angle to be sure. You really do need 15 Minutes of Play just for the freedom it offers alone.
Two of us were able to get that time carved out of our crazy holiday and production schedules to share a little of our playtime with you!
Megan Dougherty’s take on Victoria’s book:
Victoria’s book came along at just the right time for me because I have been lamenting how little sewing I’ve done over the last few months. Being Creative Director of Generation Q is challenging and rewarding, but the very activity that led me to this position has taken a far backseat to Photoshop and InDesign. In her book, Victoria talks about being a new mother and having very little time for her art, and how she set aside 15 minutes each day for creativity. Fifteen minutes seems like such a small amount when we are used to having hours at our disposal, but when I read that, I realized that taking on this role here at GenQ is much like the days when I had a newborn to care for, and back then, I would have benefited so much if I had found a way to pull out 15 minutes a day of creative play time. Even though my job is a creative one, I find that it’s a very different kind of creativity than that which I use to create quilts. At the same time, Victoria’s improvisational methods are even farther from the type of work I do every day, and so I was anxious to carve out my 15 minutes and have some playtime.
I decided to stick with a limited color palette of purple and orange, since I’ve recently been obsessed with that color combination but haven’t had a chance to play much with it. I grabbed several scraps from my scrap boxes and sat at the machine, sewing on bits and hacking off other bits, only letting myself briefly consider what would go where. Once I had a good size piece, I took my 6.5-inch square ruler and laid it down at random and trimmed my block. I think that next time, I would pay more attention to where I place the ruler so as not to lose some of the smaller bits in the seam allowance, but otherwise I’m very please with my result and I hope to continue the process until I have a collection of these blocks that I can use in a larger project.
Scott Hansen’s Vibe on 15 Minutes:
Oh I was all over this book when I saw it. I met Victoria at Spring Quilt Market a few years back, but I hadn’t heard of her before. When I got home from that Market, I went to her blog and needless to say we are great friends now for we just think so much alike when it comes to color and fabric play! I have always been a big fan of using up scraps and have done so in many ways over the years. For this blog tour I decided to snag some of the scraps off my cutting table and make up some “playtime” fabric as Victoria does in this book. Some of these I actually had started before I even read her book! I have a small little project planned out for my own blog‘s stop on this Tour coming up on December 6th. So you can see what I manage to “do” with the play time results there as well as enter to win a copy of the book again.
I think my favorite part of Victoria’s book, besides all the stunning visual inspiration, would be the storyline behind her path into quilting via her grandmother’s style. This style of “crazy” quilting is nothing new, but every generation has a new twist on it making it fresh and “new”. That’s something we firmly believe around here. “Modern” quilting and “Traditional” quilting are Sisters of the same Mother and though there is a bit of quibbling and times between the two, Sisters they will always be.
To Win your own copy of 15 Minutes of Play leave us a comment telling us your favorite way to play with fabric, and we will pick a winner on December 12.
US winners will win a hard copy of the book and international winners will win an electronic copy of the book directly from C&T.
Here’s the whole list of stops on the tour. Make sure you stop and visit them all to increase your chance to win! Good Luck!
Nov: 26: “Victoria Findlay Wolfe”, http://www.15minutesplay.com/
Nov 27: “Bonnie K Hunter”, http://quiltville.blogspot.com/
Nov 28: “Alissa Haight Carlton, http://www.handmadebyalissa.com/
Nov 29: “Pat Sloan”, http://patsloan.typepad.com/
Nov 30: “Kimberly,” http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
Dec 1st: “Karen Griska”,http://selvageblog.blogspot.com/
Dec 2nd: “Angela Walters”, http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
Dec 3rd: Generation Q, http://generationqmagazine.com/
Dec 4th: “Tonya Ricucci”, http://www.lazygalquilting.blogspot.com/
Dec 5th: “Michele Foster”,http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/
Dec 6th: “Scott Hansen”,http://bluenickelstudios.com/
Dec 7th:”Amy Ellis”, http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
Dec 8th: “Rachaeldaisy”,http://bluemountaindaisy.blogspot.com/
Dec 9th:”Jackie Kunkel”, http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/
Dec. 10th: http://www.ctpubblog.com/