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Posts Tagged ‘Cruising with Road to California’

Road’s Fall Cruise Faculty: Meet Award Winning, Modern Quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe, founder of the New York City Modern Quilt Guild and winner of QuiltCon 2013 Best of Show for her quilt, Double Edged Love, was introduced to Roadies at Road to California 2015. She was the curator of the Special Exhibit, Double Wedding Ring Challenge, partnered with Simplicity and Interweave Magazine.

[caption id="attachment_3017" align="aligncenter" width="606"]IMG_8536 Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]

Victoria was born in rural Minnesota and learned to sew and quilt practically as an infant. Both her mother and grandmother were quilters and her father, a farmer, also had an upholstery business. A graduate of the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, she landed in New York City in 1994 and has never left.  

[caption id="attachment_3016" align="aligncenter" width="641"]Photo by Gregory Case Photography Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]


In addition to her business making custom quilt commissions, Victoria is a fabric & thread designer, author of the books, Double Wedding Ring Quilts and 15 Minutes of Play and was the Modern Contributor to Quilt Life magazine.Victoria Findlay Wolfe

In 2010, Victoria started Bumble Beans BASICS, an ongoing quilt drive bringing quilts to homeless families being put back into transitional housing in the NYC metro area. Through this outreach program, over 3000 quilts have been made and donated from quilters all over the world.Bumble  bee Basics

Road to California welcomes Victoria Findlay Wolfe as one of the faculty for Road’s New England Fall Foliage Qult Cruise September 27-October 5, 2015. On the cruise, Victoria will be teaching two classes. She will be sharing her method of improvisational piecing from 15 Minutes of Play, helping students “play” with their design skills while learning to combine colors and prints in new ways. In her other class, time will be spent learning how to sew together the pieces of a Double Wedding ring so that students can conquer this beautiful quilt.

There are only a few spots left on Road’s fall cruise and to experience Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s fun way of quilting. Will you be sailing away with us?


At Sea With Deb Roberts' Tours And World Of Quilts Travel

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Note: This is first in a series detailing Road to California’s recent sponsored cruise, Quilting Through the Panama Canal, that took place April 15-29, 2014.  Guest writer, Stevii Graves, shares her personal account of Cruising with Road to California with Carolyn Reese, talented quilt teachers, and a fun group of Road quilters. 201404_cruise

Road to California sponsored its first quilt cruise in April. Eighty quilters and quilt spouses rushed aboard Holland America’s Westerdam in Ft. Lauderdale. First stop…. The Lido Deck for some food! Always the food! 

On board were several Road workers: Cathy Norell, Sharon Chaffino, Barbara McDowell, and Carol Marchant. Naturally, Mrs. Road, Carolyn Reese, was there to try to keep us all under control. 

The first two days on board were spent at sea. At sea days meant classes! Lots of classes! Gregory Case taught photography classes as only he can do. Frieda Anderson taught fused applique and machine quilting. Melinda Bula also taught fused classes. Anita Grossman Solomon taught her innovative piecing techniques. And Patt Blair taught fabric painting with inks as well as machine quilting. Every night was “free-sew” in the two sewing machine classrooms. 

[caption id="attachment_1861" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Carolyn and Carol Marchant sewing pineapples in Anita Grossman Solomon's class. Carolyn and Carol Marchant sewing pineapples in Anita Grossman Solomon’s class.[/caption]

Carolyn, Cathy and I took two days of painting with Patt Blair. We had success with both projects and no one except yours truly managed to get ink on their clothing! 

Our first Port of Call was Cartagena, Columbia. Cartagena is a beautiful Spanish colonial city. Many of the quilters took shore excursions around the city or out in the countryside. 

The following morning we were up bright and early for the highlight of the cruise: going through the Panama Canal. (Truth be known, Carolyn was bright, I was just up). Carolyn had requested a room in the back of the ship which was the perfect place to watch the locks close behind the ship and to watch the progress of a container cargo ship that was coming behind us. It took us all day to travel the 48 mile canal, going through three sets of locks and Gatun Lake. That was long enough for three meals and two ice cream snack times! 

[caption id="attachment_1862" align="aligncenter" width="356"]View of closed lock from Carolyn's veranda. View of closed lock from Carolyn’s veranda.[/caption]

We all laughed a lot, but the funniest thing we heard was a guy walking to the dining room who said, “Ok, we have now fasted for two hours. Time for another meal.”

The funniest sight was Gregory Case’s plate the night he ordered a steak and three scoops of plain mashed potatoes. The plate arrived with one scoop of potatoes and three steaks! 

Next up… Costa Rica and Mexico!

Have you ever cruised before? What is your favorite thing to eat on board?


Road 2014 Faculty Spotlight: Meet Patt Blair

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Patt will be teaching a two day class on Monday and Tuesday, 1202 Painted Quilt Art and two evening classes, one on Thursday 4030 Media Mixer and on Saturday, 6034 The Art of Quilting. Patt will also be one of six instructors on Cruising with Road to California April 15-29, 2014.Patt Blair

Personal: The two t’s in Oklahoma born Patt Blair’s first name can easily stand for teacher-traveler. Patt loves traveling to find interesting new places and people as well as relaxing in familiar surroundings with nature all around. She has done quilt traveling to such faraway places as the Baltic and Ecuador. And as an experienced teacher, she “LOVES the peaceful, playful rhythm that materializes in a classroom of happy quilters/artists…Many of my students are new to my artistic approach to quilting and I work hard at making them a success.’

How did you get started in quilting? Had To!! Weekend walks with quilter friends left me out of conversations for a long time so I had to get into it and of course was hooked.

Does anyone else in your family quilt? My math minded fire captain brother in law  abandoned his wood shop for a while as he loved  quilters tools so he jumped in to learn and produced 2 beautiful quilts so far.

Where do you find your inspiration for your quilting? Having been born on the plains of Oklahoma with nature and a special dog being my earliest ‘friends,’  I find my favorite subjects in nature and am generally drawn to images that include a heartbeat.  I love driving home the connection between two beings. As to the actual quilting of the piece,  I sometimes think I need to join(or maybe just start)  a special addiction group for quilters as I find interesting patterns of line everywhere… freeway walls, advertisements, bottoms of shoes, floor mats, fabric samples, etc., etc.Blair_MyGentleGiantBen_FULLJPG

My Gentle Giant Ben ( Best Painted Surface Road to Ca 2012, Master Award for Machine Artistry 2012 Houston International)     

What is the one quilting tool you can’t live without? I used to say my seam ripper 🙁   … but now I would say it is a Supreme Slider.  Quilting atop this product makes my quilt life MUCH easier and eliminates some occasional stitching problems.

What has been the best class you have taken? That is easy to say… the one that got me started painting on fabric. In the year 2000, I took a two day, Hollis Chatelain painting with dyes class, at Road to California.  I had been a long time painter on canvas and paper, and longing to transition to painting on fabric. That class opened the door for me to search for a medium that possessed the elements of transparency I so loved in watercolors.   I eventually found permanent inks as my most used medium for painting fabric and  I am eternally grateful for that first chance to explore wet medium on fabric.In Quito's Market

In Quitos Market 

What is the funniest or most embarrassing moment you have had while teaching? I find the funniest things often come up in class from lips of students… all in fun. 

What do you want your students to get out of your class? I have always said I have one rule and one goal in my painting classes. The RULE is theirs ( no self-criticism) so they have a freedom to explore without anxiety.   I do say that they can criticize me but hopefully when I’m out of earshot. 😉   And the GOAL is mine.  I want students to leave at the end of the class feeling a wee bit “cocky” that they produced something of which they are enormously proud.