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.
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
Alex began sewing at a wee age, due to her mother, Linda Lee, being in the industry her whole life. She would travel to her mothers shows and take her classes, however, love for sewing was not cultivated until a much later age...her mother even claims that Alex vowed to, “Never sew like her mother did.”
Alex then received her undergraduate degree from Manhattan Christian College in Kansas in Family Ministry with an emphasis in Pre-Counseling, while also taking a variety of fashion and textile courses from Kansas State University’s program. Upon graduation, she worked at Bernina Sewing Centers in Kansas City, growing in knowledge and skill in sewing and Bernina machines. She also enrolled in and completed a Fashion Design and Entrepreneurship degree program at Johnson County Community College in Kansas City. Through these experiences, she began to enjoy the art of sewing, and developed a vision ‘infusing’ both her love of sewing and helping people, and in turn, had an opportunity to travel to Uganda, Africa to work for an economic development program called Project Lydia, teaching widows and abandoned wives how to sew.
Other fun facts about Alex include (in no particular order): She loves to sail, play volleyball, and eat chocolate.
Gail Patrice Design
Gail’s original design sweatshirt jacket classes have been a consistent favorite at Manchester Sewing Machine Center in Connecticut where Gail has taught a variety of techniques for the past 7 years. Gail Patrice Design began when a gallery owner in Maine carried these designs as ready-to-wear jackets and sold out the collection each season! Gail has created a pattern line of jackets and is developing a series of DVDs to include her favorite design and embellishment techniques. She is an active member and the Manchester Neighborhood Group leader of the CT Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. Gail holds a BA in English and Dental Hygiene. www.gailpatrice.com