Quilts for Cure, Book Review, Creative Experimentation

Book Review: 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

My pile of Christmas Quilting Books. And look at that puzzle! My dad put it together, and my parents had it framed as my gift from them. It's perfect!

My pile of Christmas Quilting Books. And look at that puzzle! My dad put it together, and my parents had it framed as my gift from them. It's perfect!

Happy Boxing Day!

I hope all y'all had the merriest of Christmases! Hubster gave me a pile of quilting books (I think he's still puzzled why I considered it so essential to get such a big pile, but, hey, Christmas only comes once a year, and I own so many books that it's just about my only real excuse to get more. ha! Anyway...) so I'm going to use them as a launching point for a new series here. Each week or two, I will post a "review" of sorts of a new book. I put "review" in quotes because it's not going to be a critique or summary so much as me sharing the highlights of what I learned and, when applicable, showing you a sampling of some work I did that was influenced by what I read. The books I received today range in topic from improvisational piecing, to block recipes, to barn quilts, and more. I chose these books because they will expand both my knowledge and skill in this world of quilting. 

This week, I'm going to write about 15 Minutes of Play: Improvisational Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  I first heard about VFW from my friend Frances over at The Off-Kilter Quilt. My collection of quilts I want to make for Quilts for Cure will be improvisationally pieced, so of course I need to read and learn from VFW!

Let me tell you, this woman is a genius. I read the book in one furious sitting this morning while the boys napped to recover from new-toy-overstimulation. If you aren't familiar with VFW's work, her premise is Made-Fabric-- sewing scraps together to make larger pieces of fabric that can then be cut and used. This method brings new vibrancy, color, movement, and composition to your quilts. My favorite part of this book was the sense of freedom it gave me. 

Let the Light In

Let the Light In

You may remember the improvisationally pieced quilt I finished this summer, "Let the Light In." It was an amazing, exciting experience, but it was very time consuming, partially because I hadn't the faintest idea how to approach improv. I've been nervous about my Quilts for Cure Project because I want to make the collection relatively quickly. But VFW offers several strategies for making Made-Fabric as well as many suggestions for how to use it, which gave me the confidence to jump into the first part of the first quilt tonight. 

Cutting and adding sections to a larger block-in-progress

Cutting and adding sections to a larger block-in-progress

I used a charm pack tonight because ironing and chopping up a dozen or more of the fat quarters I've chosen for the project sounded totally overwhelming. Instead, I was able to jump right in. I used scissors for all of my cutting, and I pressed seams as I went with this nifty little wooden roller I got at Red Hen Fabrics this week. In what felt like no time at all, I made three blocks, about 12" x 12" each. 

3 of the 4 blocks I plan to make for the center of a quilt

3 of the 4 blocks I plan to make for the center of a quilt

Ta-da! More coming soon-- because this is SO MUCH FUN!

I hope y'all enjoy these new installments on here. I know FriYAY-Friends has been a bit spotty with the move and holidays, but, fear not, it's not going anywhere! I hope that I'll be resuming my creative adventures with the boys here soon, too, so those will be making Monday appearances, as well.

I'm excited to launch into 2017 with all of you--Thank you for reading and for being part of my creative community! I can't wait to see what adventures we have in these last days of 2016 and into 2017!

Much love,

HollyAnne

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