- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: C&T Publishing; 11/15/12 edition (December 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607055864
- ISBN-13: 978-1607055860
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
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15 minutes of Play -- Improvisational Quilts: Made-Fabric Piecing • Traditional Blocks • Scrap Challenges Paperback – December 16, 2012
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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)
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. (Stevii Graves, Journal of the International Quilt Association, July 2010 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 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. (Australian Homespun Magazine, May 2013)
About 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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This book is for beginners and advanced quilters. It's fun for all of us.
I came back to Amazon today to order one for my sister. If I loaned her mine, I would never see it again!
In 15 Minutes of Play, Wolfe recommends playing and sewing for 15 minutes of sewing this made-fabric every day, but I like to do this a couple of hours at a time, whenever I can, and having a stack ready for making the blocks. If I keep at it, I may be able to use up all my scraps! (not likely!)
Most of us live pretty structured lives (enough said). We need time and space to stop following someone else's rules and to do something for the pure joy of doing. This book can help.
For those of us who are comfortable with improvisational piecing, V. encourages us to keep going.
For those who are still locked into following patterns and directions, there's plenty of information/encouragement with lots of photos to help you take those first baby steps towards playful independence.
Go for it!
The string in this book are different of course, but the lessons of throwing nothing out are what you need to learn here. You can make simply the most beautiful quilts from any little scrap (within reason - allowing for seams of course). Love this book too, and it will see me busting my stash wide open.