Victoria Findlay Wolfe, born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, is a much sought-after source of creative inspiration for quilters, as a popular author and instructor, whose fun, spunky designs are published in magazines regularly. She learned to sew at a very young age, watching her mother and father sew. Her father had an upholstery business on the farm and her Mother sewed for Finger Hut. But it was watching her grandmother, Elda Wolfe, make hand-sewn polyester crazy quilts that was the element that set Victoria's fingers itching to create (and kept her warm during those cold Minnesota winters.) Victoria's work is "improv-based", ultimately giving a giant nod to Tradition in a Modern perspective.
Victoria is trained as a fine artist with a Bachelors degree in painting, but her love for sewing quickly turned back to fiber when her daughter became part of her family.
"I love to develop new ideas based on traditional designs. I can start with something that exists and add to it, change it, give it new life, and let the tradition continue to thrive and inspire in a Modern way."
"My grandmother was the amazing quilter in our family... My work is 100% based on watching my grandmother make her polyester crazy quilts by hand. Grandma Elda and Grandpa Leo influenced my life and my work creatively, being makers themselves. They lived in a Mississippi river town in southern Minnesota, so different from where I grew up (on the farm in central Minnesota) that I could envision my life in an urban setting from a very young age, by surrounding myself with patterns and prints that give me that nostalgic comfort." Victoria makes her home with husband Michael and daughter Beatrice, in NYC.
As a result, MOSTLY MANOR, Victoria's debut line for the Studio 37 division of Marcus, is inspired by the Wolfe family home, a collection of Modern and Traditional styles of fabrics that would have been found in their surroundings. "I use in my work, fabrics that remind me of my grandparents' home. Prints that bring back that nostalgia of patterns from a variety of design eras, 1940's -70's. I love sharing with quilters, how to use various styles to give a "modern with a twist" effect in their work."
Specifically, you might know Victoria's work as an international teacher and lecturer, and author of 15 Minutes of Play and Double Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made Modern (C&T Publishing). She also designs for Aurifil thread and Sizzix and is a JUKI Ambassador. Victoria also serves as a Board member of the International Quilt Association and the Quilt Alliance, and an Advisory Board member of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.
Her quilts have been displayed all over the globe, including Japan, Australia, France, and in museums such as Connecticut Museum of American Art, International Quilt Study Center, San Jose Quilt Museum and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts and the international Quilt Festival Houston.
VICTORIA FINDLAY WOLFE
Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts