Victoria and I (I'm the cheesy one on the left)
When I heard she arranged a day with Victoria Findlay Wolfe, author of the books, 15 Minutes of Play and the soon-to-be released Double Wedding Ring Quilts - Traditions Made Modern, I was like a five year old waiting for a birthday party. Yes, that excited. When I started quilting she was one of the bloggers I followed. I always wanted to meet her. And yes, she's one of my quilt heroes.
Spending the day with her yesterday was a thrill and a half. I was so incredibly geeked out. I love her sense of play, whimsy, and style. And yes, she is sweet, warm, friendly, and funny in person! Just buckets of personality!
And as you know, my focus this past year was learning improvisational techniques. This was the perfect way to cap off my classes this year. Absolutely perfect! If you ever have a chance to hear her speak or are lucky enough to take a class, please do. Her positive energy and enthusiasm is genuine. And she is one awesome teacher.
We tackled several subjects in class.
- How to create made fabric using bits, pieces, and scraps
- Using shape and color to your advantage
- Tackling Y-seams (above photos)
- And dealing with the dreaded curves (the bane of my existence)
The main takeaway I got was taking a block and working with it in a series. Change an element or two at a time and build that series into a quilt. Her lessons all came together to me when I listened to her talk on the creative process behind the double wedding ring quilt that won best of show at Quilt Con. Seeing that quilt go from concept to finished product and the steps in between, gave me a new understanding of how to interpret tradition and make it modern.
This was a big huge day! And like I said, it was the perfect way to cap off my year of improv! Big huge thanks to Stephanie and Victoria for creating such a wonderful, inspiring day!