My passion has always been art in any form, but I have truly fallen in love with fiber art. My background is in fine art; drawing, painting and sculpture, and I use this experience in creating my quits. Although I have always viewed quilts as art, it wasn’t until recently that I have discovered the blending of traditional art mediums ; colored pencil, paints, and inks, with quilting. I love painting and working with fabric because of the versatility it lends to the artist and I like using a variety of art mediums along with longarm quilting on my art quilts.
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
New York, NY
15 Minutes of Play
Victoria Findlay Wolfe, painter, photographer, and quilter, was raised on a farm in rural Minnesota. She learned to sew and quilt when she was four years old. Her grandmother and mother were quilters, and her father, a farmer, also had an upholstery business. Victoria graduated from the College of Visual Arts with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1993. A year later, she arrived in New York City.
After some success as a painter, she discovered quilting blogs, returned to quilting, and started receiving commissions. Seeking the company of other quilters, she founded her blog, bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
. To satisfy a response to her creative philosophy, she started her teaching site, www.15minutesplay.com
Victoria began an outreach program for a housing project in the South Bronx, New York, through which hundreds of quilts have been made and donated from quilters worldwide (see www.bumblebeansbasics.com
). In addition, 60 quilts were auctioned to raise more than $30,000 for the Acacia Network (formerly BASICS/ Promesa).
Victoria is the founder of the New York Metro Mod Quilt Guild and a member of New York City Empire Quilters and Minnesota Quilt Guild. She is also on the board of directors for the Alliance of American Quilts. Victoria lives in Manhattan with her husband, Michael Findlay, an art dealer, and their daughter, Beatrice.
Jean Ann Wright
From 1986 to 2007 Jean Ann edited an international quilting magazine titled QUILT, plus a variety of special interest titles. After retiring she has written three books published by Landauer Publishing Corp: Circle of Nine
, Sashings and Settings
and First Time Log Cabin Quilts
. She is a freelance designer, designing quilts for several major fabric manufacturers. Her quilts are frequently shown in popular quilting magazines and frequently appear on the cover. She has designed two fabric collections for Newcastle Fabrics and a Log Cabin Trim Tool that is manufactured by Creative Grids, introducing a new quick and easy method to make log cabin blocks.