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10 thoughts on “15 Minutes of Play Improvisational Quilts: Made Fabric Piecing Traditional Blocks Scrap Challenges

  1. Claire Claire says:

    I came across Victoria Findlay Wolfe by buttons on quilters' blogs directing me to her 15-Minutes-of-Play blog. There I found fun, some quilting challenges, and that there was a book of the same title. To the library I went.

    Wolfe, who studied fine art, creates with fabric. She traces her interest in made fabric to her grandmother's crazy quilts that fascinated her as a child. She tells of finding her method validated in a book by Tonya Ricucci and finding her place in the community of improvisational quilters.

    There is an idea in the water as it were of taking left over scraps and sewing them together and using the resulting piece. Some assemble them randomly, some sort by color. Variously called crumbs, improv fabric, and Wolfe's term, made fabric. Wolfe uses it to jump start creativity, and I am reminded of free-writing, used to get ideas for written pieces. Assemble the pieces almost mindlessly, observe, get inspired and start a project is her process.

    Wolfe gives several approaches to creating made fabric then some suggestions for using it in traditional blocks. Because one is a LeMoyne Star that requires Y-seams, she gives an easy-sounding method for handling them.

    I appreciate any writer who helps remove the inner critic and encourages trying new things. Wolfe has many encouraging words: a challenge to creatively use a mistake and a reminder that we have enough fabric to make another quilt. She ends the book with challenges that are designed to loosen up creativity yet more.

    Over the years I have learned to get quilting books from the library. Rarely do I find one I need to own. This one, like most, has some good ideas, ideas that can be absorbed and used long after the book has been returned. Less experienced quilters and quilters more wedded to patterns may find the book worth owning so they can refer back as they embark new paths.

  2. Jkrontirislitowitz Jkrontirislitowitz says:

    Great book about using scrap fabric to create whole fabric.

    Some ideas I want to review
    How to do it p.66

    Quilts that I liked
    Making me crazy quilt p.125
    Crazy geese p. 164
    Indications of rhythm. P. 184. I want to make this one.
    Sherbet. P. 216. A very interesting idea for a wall hanging

  3. Leslie Leslie says:

    I've never really cared for crazy quilts but I liked the whole idea of made-fabric and the creative uses for using it in this book. I hope to get out some scraps and play soon. I agree that sitting down and doing 15 minutes of play like this can get creative juices flowing to create something fantastic.

  4. Sandy H Sandy H says:

    I did get some ideas for projects out of this book, and her writing style is good. However, the concept isn't new--although she refers to it as made-fabric, it's simply crumb blocks. One probably doesn't need a book to figure out this ages-old technique. When I decided to buy the book I thought it would be something different. That being said, I hadn't made crumb blocks before buying this book, and now I've used the concept in a project and enjoyed the results. So the book did serve its purpose for me. In theory, I like the idea of sitting down every day and just sewing a few scraps together randomly before starting whatever quilt project you're working on or doing it as leaders/enders until you (suddenly, surprise surprise) have enough blocks made to create a quilt...but in practice I never get to it. It would make a good retreat project, though--something mindless, random, and easily distractable! Back to the book review...She does have lots of good ideas for ways to use crumb blocks, and even some basic block patterns to use your crumbs as the foundation of flying geese units and several other blocks. She also has a series of challenges to encourage you to use your crumbs in interesting ways. So if you're unfamiliar with crumb blocks or are looking for new ideas to use yours, you may find this book useful.

  5. Liz Liz says:

    Wow! This book is a scrap fabric keeper's dream. Connecting little pieces of fabric to make bigger pieces of fabric (what the author calls Made-Fabric)that you then use to make parts of blocks blew me away. It was fun to look at the blocks and finished quilts to see both the depth and the hidden surprises when figuring out how these blocks and quilts were composed. There are a lot of great exercises and projects in this book. I definitely want to try some 15-minute sessions.

  6. Debbi Debbi says:

    An inspirational book that has moved me back into my quilt studio when nothing else seemed to. Though the aesthetic of most of her quilts is a bit busy for me (I'm pretty contemporary in my approach), her philosophy is marvelous, and her creative prompts stir things up. Terrific.

  7. Caro Caro says:

    I was lucky enough to take a class with her, which is how I discovered her book. Ir's in the best Gwen Marston tradition of inspiring you to learn a technique and then take off from there. Will be buying this.