If you watched the Craft in America episode on Quilts, and you paid close enough attention during Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s portion, you would have seen her working on a quilt on her design wall during the episode.
After Victoria finished the top, she sent it to me for quilting, and we had several discussions about how I was to quilt it. As she usually does, which helps me a lot, she sent me a full photo of the quilt top, and I printed out several copies and scribbled my ideas from our conversations all over them until I had something I could go on.
Victoria calls this quilt “The Space Between Heartbeats”. She says that when she’s working in her studio, it’s quiet, and she gets in her zone, and it’s sometimes so still that she can hear her heart beat. So this quilt earned its name that way. (If that were me, I’d just think I had high blood pressure! Plus, I listen to classic rock while I’m quilting, which, believe me, has spawned plenty of ideas in my head in its own right!)
Here are some close-up shots of the quilt while I was working on it. You can see some of the tools I used, and sort of follow the evolution of the quilting design.
“The Space Between Heartbeats” hung in the Craft in America Gallery in Beverly Hills, California, during January, along with several works from the other artists who were featured in the episode, and Victoria and I both got to attend the opening reception for the exhibit.
I took some more close-ups while it was hanging there, after it was finished.
This week, at QuiltCon, the Modern Quilt Guild’s annual quilt show, Victoria has an exhibit of 30 of her quilts, and “The Space Between Heartbeats” is one of them. If you’re there in Austin for the show, be sure to catch the exhibit, and Victoria’s lecture on Saturday at 12:15.
And there is a short clip of Victoria speaking about her work HERE on Instagram.
Here’s some of the quilt details:
Size: 92″ x 92″
Quilter’s Dream Wool batting, one layer
Superior OMNI thread in 4 colors: Almond, Black, Navy Blue, and Indian Paintbrush
All free-motion quilting on a Nolting 24 Pro, partly stitch-regulated, using rulers, but not computerized.
There was another quilt in the episode that is hanging in the exhibit, called “Marshmallow Rain”. I’ll be back later to tell you more about this one.