15 minutes of Play -- Improvisational Quilts: Made-Fabric Piecing * Traditional Blocks * Scrap Challenges

15 minutes of Play -- Improvisational Quilts: Made-Fabric Piecing * Traditional Blocks * Scrap Challenges

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by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
     
 

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Scraps never looked so good! This is improvisational piecing reinvented—learn how to create a unique piece of “made-fabric” in just 15 minutes with Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s improvisational scrap-piecing methods, then incorporate your made-fabric into traditional quilt blocks. As you play, you’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about

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Scraps never looked so good! This is improvisational piecing reinvented—learn how to create a unique piece of “made-fabric” in just 15 minutes with Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s improvisational scrap-piecing methods, then incorporate your made-fabric into traditional quilt blocks. As you play, you’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about combining colors and prints in new ways…then watch your quilt design emerge. Discover just how distinctive classic blocks like Sawtooth Star or Flying Geese can be, when they’re constructed with more spunk and spontaneity! Includes 11 challenge exercises to strengthen your creative muscles, plus an inspirational quilt gallery.

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Take some time out of your day and play! Learn how to create your own collaged swatches of fabric in just 15 minutes a day using your own scraps. Victoria will show you how to incorporate your “made-fabric” into traditional quilt blocks like Sawtooth Star and Flying Geese. You’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about color combination as you play. A quilt gallery is included to inspire you.
--Quilter's Digest Issue #4; 10/15/12

Follow the 11 challenges to break out of your mold and make improvisational scrap-pieced fabric you can incorporate into quilt blocks.
--American Patchwork & Quilting; February 2013 Issue

Victoria recommends setting aside 15 minutes everyday to be creative and to play. Her idea of play is to freely sew to make "fabric" out of small scraps. Her made-fabric used in traditional blocks gives the blocks a modern look.

If the reader has forgotten how to play, the book incudes 11 challenges that are designed to loosen up the creative inner child.
----Stevii Graves, International Quilt Association Journal; May 28, 2013

More than anything else, this is a book about how to break away from making quilts by copying what others have done and following step-by-step instructions to systematically create a finished piece. Victoria's emphasis is on process, not product. While she does provide a fairly detailed guide to four different ways of sewing scraps of fabric together to make blocks that you can then cut up and use in your patchwork blocks - 'crumb piecing', as it is commonly known - her focus in on developing your creative spirit and giving yourself permission to have fun and go with the flow. She sets 11 creative challenges, such as "Use fabric you don't think you can use" and "Make a medallion quilt from a set of previously-made blocks that never grew into a quilt". A lot of readers will feel uncomfortable with Victoria's approach, but you'll be using loads of tiny scraps of fabric you possibly don't value all that much - that is, you don't need to buy or cup up gorgeous yar dage. And this approach might be a revelation that opens doors to all kinds of new opportunities. The book includes photographs of lots of quilts made by a cross-section of creative minds.
---Australian Homespun Magazine; May 2013

Issue 4; 10/15/12 Quilter's Digest
Take some time out of your day and play! Learn how to create your own collaged swatches of fabric in just 15 minutes a day using your own scraps. Victoria will show you how to incorporate your “made-fabric” into traditional quilt blocks like Sawtooth Star and Flying Geese. You’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about color combination as you play. A quilt gallery is included to inspire you.

February 2013 American Patchwork & Quilting
Follow the 11 challenges to break out of your mold and make improvisational scrap-pieced fabric you can incorporate into quilt blocks.
International Quilt Association Journal, May 28, 2013 - Stevii Graves
Victoria recommends setting aside 15 minutes everyday to be creative and to play. Her idea of play is to freely sew to make "fabric" out of small scraps. Her made-fabric used in traditional blocks gives the blocks a modern look.

If the reader has forgotten how to play, the book includes 11 challenges that are designed to loosen up the creative inner child.

May 2013 Australian Homespun Magazine
More than anything else, this is a book about how to break away from making quilts by copying what others have done and following step-by-step instructions to systematically create a finished piece. Victoria's emphasis is on process, not product. While she does provide a fairly detailed guide to four different ways of sewing scraps of fabric together to make blocks that you can then cut up and use in your patchwork blocks—'crumb piecing', as it is commonly known—her focus in on developing your creative spirit and giving yourself permission to have fun and go with the flow. She sets 11 creative challenges, such as "Use fabric you don't think you can use" and "Make a medallion quilt from a set of previously-made blocks that never grew into a quilt". A lot of readers will feel uncomfortable with Victoria's approach, but you'll be using loads of tiny scraps of fabric you possibly don't value all that much—that is, you don't need to buy or cup up gorgeous yardage. And this approach might be a revelation that opens doors to all kinds of new opportunities. The book includes photographs of lots of quilts made by a cross-section of creative minds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607055877
Publisher:
C & T Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
47 MB
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Meet the Author

Victoria Findlay Wolfe learned to quilt and sew as a child on her family farm; now she teaches and designs full-time. She’s also a painter and a photographer with a degree in fine arts, and she runs a community program that provides quilts to families in need. Victoria lives in Manhattan, New York.

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15 minutes of Play -- Improvisational Quilts: Made-Fabric Piecing * Traditional Blocks * Scrap Challenges 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jojoscircus More than 1 year ago
I love quilting books that show a technique, make their points, then show inspiration. This book is exactly that! Most quilting books you can't really read as they are simply patterns. This book is rather the opposite. It tells techniques, talks about the creating process and then sets you on your way to create your own quilt. This is a book that I won't sell and will stay in my quilting library forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was reading about this book on a bunch a blogs that I subscribe too...so I ordered one. It has great eye candy and inspiration for taking your scraps and making some really dynamic quilt pieces. I am already working on a Christmas piece right after I flipped through the book. I would heartily recommend this book.
roscoesma More than 1 year ago
I am not a person who owns a lot of books about quilting. If you are serious about quilting, owning this book is a MUST. It is destined to become a classic. The book is an easy read, the photos are wonderful, the instructions are clearly written, and the inspiration is pure joy. I am not a person who wants to copy someone else's quilt. Victoria leads you in the right direction to create your own style. I LOVE IT!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i've followed Victoria on her blog and just needed her book. I found it helpful and look forward to this process. The ideas are trying to escape from my head! A fun process that others would enjoy.
mmccb More than 1 year ago
My sister sent me a copy of "15 Minutes of Play" because she KNEW I would love it. She really knows me!  I DO love it! I read and enjoyed each page.  Since I had often sewn odd pieces of fabric together, I was excited to learn more about Ms. Wolfe's  "made Fabric."   My plan is to use the ideas to make an entire quilt from my large collection of scraps.   Thank you so much for a wonderful book.