We LOVE Victoria Findlay Wolfe . It’s no secret that she’s a steadfast Aurifil champion and we like to think that the love and respect is mutual. It stands to reason, then, that we’re more than a little excited to present her brand new collection, Meadow Storm. These two thread packs were selected to coordinate with her new fabric line with Studio 37/Marcus Fabrics, a line inspired by prairie weather and family connections. Designs such as Cloudy, Misty, Overcast, and Sunshowers suggest the amazing displays in a prairie sky. Victoria’s thread colors are the perfect complement, available in 4 LG 50wt spools and 6 SM 80wt spools — everything you need for perfect piecing and appliqué.
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Meadow Storm, 50wt
4 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Cotton
2692 – 2479 – 2115 – 4654
Meadow Storm, 80wt
8 Small Spools, 80wt (300yds/spool), 100% Cotton
2110 – 2710 – 2423 – 2250 – 4182 – 2692
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Having grown up on a farm in Minnesota, what inspired you to shift gears and move to New York City?
I always knew I’d be an artist, and figured I’d live in a big city. The minute I graduated, I moved to Minneapolis, then that wasn’t big enough, and later went to NYC. I was always told if you were an artist, New York was the place to be. I followed my dream since I was 5 years old.
How did you first discover and come to love this wonderful world of textiles?
Growing up on a farm we grew and made everything. My mother was a seamstress and my father was an upholsterer besides being a farmer. My grandmother was the quilter,
Sewing was like eating, breathing and sleeping… Being an artsy kid, you could not stop me from creating with wood, fiber, twigs, wire… whatever I could get my hands on. It wasn’t until I was becoming a mother that I got drawn to making quilts. As one does on the farm, when someone is having a baby, you make them a quilt… And so my quilting journey began, It was easier to work in fiber instead of oil paint when my daughter was little. The obsession caught on quite quickly.
I do find that I paint the same way I build a quilt. If I had a canvas on my right and design wall on my left, I’d brush some red paint on the canvas, and lay on a piece of red fabric on the design wall… If I wanted to change it, I could easily do that on either surface. I do all my designing on the wall, not on paper. I need to see it in front to fly with all my fabric options…
Do you remember the process of creating your first quilt and how you felt once it was finished?
As a child, I was obsessed with “making.” This means, making ANYTHING. I was either sewing, coloring, or building… it never stopped. My first “quilt” was 2″ thick, because I used my father’s raw cotton upholstery batting. I tried to hand quilt it with a small needle — I think I got one stitch per inch, besides loosing the needle in a 2″ quilt. It was very frustrating as you can imagine! I still have it — I found it a two years ago, along with a quilt top that I abandoned, because it was all crooked and wonky. It’s very funny now, when I love improv. I guess I was ahead of my time and didn’t know it — haha.
What do you love most about quilting?
Building and finishing a quilt is like making a complete thought. It has a beginning , a middle and an end. Those final stitches on the binding are the most satisfying to me, as I am already creating the next quilt in my head at that time.
You have a number of wonderful industry partners, including Marcus Fabric, Sizzix, Juki and of course, Aurifil. What do you love most about working collaboratively in this industry and how does it help to shape your experience?
I’m a creature of “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.” When I find a product I love, I don’t waiver. I use what works, and helps get me to my end game, the finished product. I love having options around me, but many different options can overwhelm me, so I stick with what I know I love to use, and gives me the best results I am looking for.
Meadow Storm is your latest collection with Marcus Fabrics. Can you tell us a bit about how the collection came to be and what inspired these new designs?
Growing up in Minnesota I learned from a young age that conversations revolve around the weather, and how is your garden is growing… People love to talk about Minnesota weather, most certainly winter! I grew up pulling weeds and canning vegetables with my mother, so as I grew up, I found that I still love to garden. This idea of gardening and weather, inspired my collection of Meadow Storm. Designs such as Cloudy, Misty, Overcast, and Sunshowers suggest the amazing displays in a prairie sky. Combining timeless elements with a graphic approach to create a fresh and modern Storm of inspiration to cut up and piece together, just like the garden paths.
And my next line, called “LIGHT WORK” will be in stores in February!
Do you have a favorite project that was made with the new fabrics?
My Cross & Crown quilt is definitely a favorite, I used my black-and-white awning stripe, cut in different ways to create great visual effect. Dropping in other fabrics from the collection to great a modern scrappy looking quilt.
How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection?
Depending on my project, I’m looking to match my threads to the quilt, and I always include a variegated thread.
Do you have a favorite Aurifil thread?
YES! If I’m piecing I love the variegated thread #4651 as it blends from white, yellow, and pink, to lavender. When I’m making scrappy quilts, I like to have the thread color change as well, so that the thread is never visible on the top. This thread is available in my Mostly Manor Collection.
My thread sets are selected to go wth my fabric lines, and to add colors to your thread library. Having options I find is the best. Having the smaller sets of thread help me add to my stash in an affordable way.
VFW QUILTS – NYC STOREVictoria’s NYC store opened in September and it is all kinds of amazing! Walls adorned with quilts, stacks of fabric and rows of thread lining the shelves, it’s a must-visit destination on your next trip to New York. Meadow Storm fabrics and threads are available, in addition to a range of Victoria’s other collections.
325 W. 38th St., Suite 811
New York, NY 10018
To enter-to-win 1 Meadow Storm 4-pack of 50wt threads and 1 Meadow Storm 6-pack of 80wt threads, both by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 4! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, January 5. Good luck!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner Elizabeth Kuntz!
Meet Victoria right here on her website.
[Images courtesy of Victoria Findlay Wolfe]