pleased to bring you our next interview with
Victoria Findlay Wolfe!
I've had the
pleasure of meeting Victoria several times, mainly through our connection with
. You may know
her best through her blog and book
15 Minutes of Play—Improvisational Quilts and her book Double Wedding Ring Quilts—Traditions Made Modern. Victoria is a prolific quilter (read
more about her process
here), world traveler, teacher, author and just a super nice gal!
What are you working on now?
finishing up my next book! I can’t wait tell you what it is! Coming out next
Do you have a favorite quilt you've
If you were
going to twist my arm really hard and force me to pick one, I have this one
red/green quilt that I made in a weekend… it has my
15 Minutes of Play “made fabric” in it, made up entirely of shirts purchased the same weekend I made it.
It’s only partially quilted (been like that for at least four years… every time I
see it, I think, that quilt is just right). It ranks up there with my
Lace quilt which is in my Double Wedding Rings—Traditions Made Modern book… it has kind of the same feel to
me, even though the stories are so completely opposite of each other… they
actually have not a thing in common, but somehow in my heart they do.
They are all
my favorites when I’m working on them. Once I work out what they are going to
look like, I lose interest and start making another… it’s the journey of making
that I enjoy most… I love the stories
that emerge during and after I’ve made a quilt. I love how one quilt often
inspires my next one… I have one I’m
making now that I think is pretty special…. it’s… oh wait, I can’t tell you
yet… it’s in the next book. (Don’t you
hate that? Hehe.)
Do you have a favorite quilt you own
(not made by you?)
I have a
small portrait quilt of Salvador Dalí made by Sheri Culver that I won in a
quilt auction at Houston. Every day I see it and think, that is the coolest
thing ever… mostly because of all the stories I can connect to the artist and
myself. I’ve been to his house in
Portlligat, and his museum in Figueres,
Spain, which was on a family trip, a highlight
for all of us. We have very fond
memories of being in Cadaqués, Spain. I could have stayed forever. Just a
jewel of a place, hidden away.
What's on your Quilter's Bucket List?
are looking for a type of quilt? Nothing really. Whatever floats my boat on any particular day… What I do want to do is to
get all my quilts cataloged, to see what the actual number is of quilts I’ve
made… I’ve actually started that process, photographing and documenting every
quilt that I own, have given away, sold, donated, etc. It will take me a while.
I’ve made a lot of quilts since 2008.
to Cadaqués, Spain, should be on my bucket list… (hmmmmmm, ponder, ponder, tapping
the side of my head…)
Speaking of other places, I have two states left that I have not been too: Alaska and Idaho! Perhaps I need to go teach there… anyone?
Your catalog sounds like a wonderful
(and major!) undertaking. What a fascinating journey it must be!
Anything non-quilt related on your
I just went to Antarctica, to see penguins and
whales… now I want to go to Churchill to see the polar bears, and beluga
And just for fun, here's some
lightning round questions about how you quilt:
Barefoot or shoes?
constantly. As soon as I get into the studio or to a class, my shoes come off.
Quiet or music/movie/tv/podcast?
All of the
Salty or sweet?
simultaneously, I can’t eat chocolate without eating chips afterwards.
Self taught or schooled?
Planned or scrappy?
Perfect or done?
the best of my abilities
thanks so much! It's been a pleasure!
Heather Kojan is a quilt teacher, lecturer, and author living in Baltimore, MD. She's the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and a contributing author to Classic Modern Quilts. You can read more about her quilting life on her blog www.heatherkojan.com.
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