This Fall, quilting friend Victoria Findlay Wolfe has released her first book, 15 Minutes of PLAY: Improvisational Quilts. The book is filled with colourful inspiration, project ideas and challenges. I have been admiring Victoria’s quilts and her fabulous use of colour for a few years now, and am thrilled she asked me to be a part of the blog tour for her book.


In the beginning of the book, Victoria talks about PLAY and how to overcome some common fears or roadblocks we quilters and artists all experience at some time in our creative journey.

The next section of the book focuses on “made-fabric”. To quote, “Made-Fabric is created by taking bits of otherwise useless scraps and sewing them together to make a usable piece of fabric that can then be utilized to make a variety of blocks and quilts. It’s a chance to make something from nothing that might otherwise not have found a home in a quilt.”

Here are a couple of the quilts from the book completed with “made-fabric”. Since I absolutely adore scrappy quilts, this style of quilting is definitely a favourite.

Victoria Wolfe Quilt

Victoria Wolfe Quilt

Victoria includes four techniques for creating your “made-fabric”, all based on 15 Minutes of Play. She’s included 16 traditional quilt blocks to inspire you and 11 challenges to get you playing with your fabric and creating. The book is filled with gorgeous quilts that will are sure to inspire everyone.

If you find yourself in a creative rut, love scrappy quilts, have bins of scraps but no idea how to use them, or just want to step outside of your own creative box, then I highly recommend this book. You will be inspired!

Be sure to visit Victoria’s 15 Minutes of Play blog for daily inspiration!

My Questions

Victoria sent us a couple of FUN questions to answer as part of the tour.

Do you have a favorite color to use and why?

Purple is my favourite colour, but that is not necessarily reflected in my quilts. I don’t really have any one go-to colour that I use. The past year, I have been mainly working on scrappy quilts with wild colours. I do like to use a neutral or strong solid colour to help balance with the scrappy goodness (my postage stamp quilt below is a good example). I do think every quilt can benefit from a hint of yellow, orange or red.


If you are not PLAYING in fabric, what else do you PLAY in?

Since September, I’ve been taking a very intense dog training certification course to become a pet dog trainer. Unfortunately, this has left me with little time to play, except with Milo. Here he is after school tonight:


I do love to needlepoint and crochet too, but it’s quilting and playing with fabric that really feeds my creative soul.


C&T Publishing is giving away a copy of Victoria’s book to one of my lucky readers. US winners receive a hard copy of the book and international winners receive an electronic copy. To enter the give-away, leave a comment below answering: What feeds your creative soul?

The winner will be chosen randomly on December 12, 2012.

Blog Tour

Increase your chances of winning a copy of Victoria’s book by visiting the other participants in the blog tour and entering their give-aways too.

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Nov 26: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Nov 27: Bonnie K Hunter
Nov 28: Alissa Haight Carlton
Nov 29: Pat Sloan
Nov 30: Fat Quarter Shop
Dec 1st: Karen Griska
Dec 2nd: Angela Walters
Dec 3rd: Generation Q
Dec 4th: Tonya Ricucci
Dec 5th: Michele Foster – you’re here!
Dec 6th: Scott Hansen
Dec 7th: Amy Ellis
Dec 8th: Rachaeldaisy
Dec 9th: Jackie Kunkel
Dec. 10th: C&T Publishing

And the winner is…

Congratulations to #200 Sandy. Check your inbox for an email from Victoria.



Blog Tour and Give-Away: 15 Minutes of Play
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270 thoughts on “Blog Tour and Give-Away: 15 Minutes of Play

  • December 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    being with my grandchildren makes my heart soar!!

  • December 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    El no obsesionarse con una idea. Cuando piensas en cualquier cosa, de repente ¡puf! idea.

  • December 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I love purples and I love gardens. Can you beat a fushia with it’s pink and purple flower?

  • December 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Being around fellow quilters always inspires me :)

  • December 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Touring this blog is always an inspiritation.

  • December 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Being with friends that “speak my language”.

  • December 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Either quilting friends or quilt stores!

  • December 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Looking at pictures of other quilters’ quilts feeds my creative side. I see something I like and then try to figure out a way to change it into something I haven’t seen before.

    Thanks for a chance to win Victoria’s book!

  • December 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    It can be challenging for me. I’m a relatively new quilter.

  • December 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    We have a quilting day at the cabin (at my house) every couple of weeks, very inspiring to be with quilting friends!

  • December 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Getting in my car and driving to Amish country…taking the back roads and looking at the beautiful farmland!

  • December 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    There is not one thing that influences me. It may be a beautiful sunset or a beautiful view of a valley in the fall. It seems like everything or anything effects me creatively.

  • December 12, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I think color influences me the most. When I walk into a quilt store, I can look around and put things together that just belong, even if they aren’t from the same company or group.

  • December 12, 2012 at 5:24 am

    None of my friends quilt so I get inspiration from quilting blogs! What beautiful quilts there are online.

  • December 12, 2012 at 8:37 am


  • December 12, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Getting together with friends in person and on-line. Seeing what other people are doing. Color combinations everywhere. Patterns in tile. Aerial photos. Landscape painting. etc, etc, etc

  • December 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    depression drives my creative soul

  • December 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    When I’m not playing in my sewing room, I’m playing in my kitchen. Love cook books and cooking programmes on tv, but rarely follow a recipe! Just love getting creative with familiar as well as new ingredients :-)

  • December 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Quilting and making my own wool from the ground up(or sheep’s back) up:-)
    Having a “play date” with my wonderful quilt friend and friends. I need to create as much as I need to breath.

  • December 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Looking at all the pretty fabrics & quilts is very inspiring !!!

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