New Release! 15 Minutes of Play from Victoria Findlay Wolfe … and a Giveaway!

15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for C&T PublishingWe absolutely adore when our authors write about their new book for the first time on our blog!

Victoria’s book, 15 Minutes of Play is a wonderfully vibrant, totally fun book that is proof positive that you can achieve a LOT in a little bit of time – please enjoy what Victoria has to say about it!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway – details at the bottom of this post.

 

 

 

“Why did you write the book?”

15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for C&T Publishing

People were often wondering if I had elves in my studio working as I get so much accomplished. I started 15minutesplay as a way to share my creative process.  The book, 15 Minutes of Play, is an extension to the website, giving a clear picture how to start from nothing and build a quilt organically, into something that is completely your own design.

“What can you ‘really’ do in 15 minutes?”

15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for C&T Publishing

I am an artsy person who needs to create daily.  When I became a mother, and I had little time for myself, I had to find a new way to fulfill my “need to create”, in just 15 minutes.  I started producing a useable piece of FABRIC, just a 6″ square, as it was all I could do in that amount of time.

15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for C&T PublishingI found that two things happened by doing this exercise: One, I was completely satisfied creatively for the day, and two: That 15 minutes of play, was keeping me connected daily, to my creative process. There is no disconnect like there is when I sit and sew for 3 hours, then come back to it a week later, and have to build that momentum up all over again… We waste valuable creative time, getting back to that flow we were in.  So, if I exercise that PLAY daily, I can get an exceptional amount more work done.

“What is your favorite project?”

15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for C&T Publishing

“Crown of Thorns” is probably one of my favorites. The central part of the quilt had been a UFO, (Unfinished project) that I had put away waiting for a bright idea to come bounce a long. When I feel like my ideas have run out, I focus plainly on, “What do I like?” Stripes in general, are a favorite, so cutting up all my stripes to MAKE FABRIC, was a simple, fabulous, answer to finishing this quilt. The unexpected movement in the border, makes the whole quilt, say, WOW! It is discoveries like that, that make the process of creating so fulfilling for me. Pure JOY!

The giveaway – To enter to win a copy of 15 Minutes of Play, leave a comment here telling us if you are ready to play! Deadline to enter is 11/13/12.  The winner will be drawn at random from the comments section and will be notified by email. Our winner’s name will also be listed here as an update to this post. *Note: Only entrants with U.S addresses are eligible to win the actual book. Winners with addresses outside the U.S. will win the e-book version.

11/16/12 UPDATE: Vicki is our winner – congratulations!

 

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294 Comments

  1. Posted December 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this book and try soe of the beautiful designs

  2. Posted December 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    i would love to win this book and try some of the beautiful designs

  3. Veronica
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    What a great way to encourage time to be creative. We all need to know that it is in us all..not just others!

  4. Sandra Rocco
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    Total scrappiness is total happiness to me! This book opens up the 4th dimension of quilting that was bubbling under the surface waiting to break free! Thanks from Sandra in the UK!

  5. Karen
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I would love to have Victoria’s book. I would like to add 15 minutes of PLAY to enhance my creativity.

  6. Sandra young
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    This book looks amazing. I love her style.

  7. Candy Walker
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on launching the book. A great plan to achieve most things in life. One 15 minute bite at a time…..And ‘Play’ is a smile word!

  8. Katherine
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    would love to win this book

  9. Gail Angiulo
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! Many of us can find 15 minutes a day. I’m willing to try!

  10. Lindsay Mattison
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    I would LOVE to win a copy of your book… looks like too much fun, and YES! I am READY!!!

  11. Paula G
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Putme in coach I’m ready to play!

  12. Posted November 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I’m ready to play!

  13. Dale Bolton
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I have been following Victoria for some time and have been waiting for a chance to get her book.
    Winning it in a giveaway would be great but if not I will be buying one for my library. Hope I will be lucky.
    Dale in Anaheim, Ca.

  14. Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant! I love the concept, love the blog, would love to win the book. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  15. Lori Morton
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh Yes!!! I am soooo definitely ready to Play!! Woooohoooo!!! How fun!!

    Thanks for chance to win this cooool book! :)

  16. San-Dee
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win the book because I really admire Victoria’s style and I’ve learned quite a bit following her blogs. I can relate to only having 15 minutes a day to be creative.

  17. Vivienne
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    This would be a very new aproach for me – I would love to win a copy of this beautiful book.

  18. Miriam
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I have a little space in my library for this book.

  19. Chris
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    This book would be perfect for me a college student with limited time! thank you!

  20. lee
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I for sure am ready! Looks like a great book! thank you!

  21. Posted November 12, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I’ve followed Victoria and the 15 minutes of play blog for a while … and am definitely ready to play. I’d love to win a copy of her book. She is one of the most productive quilters I’ve seen.

  22. Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I’ve been following Victoria’s blog for a couple years now. It’s amazing how just 15 minutes really does add up. Unfortunately all my fabric is in the process of being packed up in preparation for a move.

  23. Patty
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Victoria’s work is wonderful! I read her blog and am always inspired!

  24. Kathy
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Just saw Victoria’s blog site for the first time. Love her work & would love to see her new book.

  25. Jean Moccio
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Have been following Victoria’s 15 Minutes of Play for a while and continue to be inspired. Would love to win a copy of her book.

  26. cindy
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I’d love to win the book. I’m ready to Play.

  27. Sh
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    OH I sooooo need this book! I am overtaken by scraps and this would help me and them to bond together so we could make something beautiful from them!! Thank you!!

  28. Lyn
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    What a great way to enjoy creating..breaking things down into 15 minutes of fun..and before you know it there would be a wonderful project finished ..

  29. Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    I’m ready to play! I live in Finland and want to win the e-book version .

  30. Nancy Ferree
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    I need inspiration to turn my collection of scraps into quilts.
    This book sounds like the inspiration I need.

  31. Nancy Ferree
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I would love to have more inspiration to turn the many boxes of scraps I have into quilts. This book looks like what I need.

  32. Posted November 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a book I need!~ I would love to play for 15 minutes everyday! What a great way to work off stress. Thanks for the chance!

  33. Irene Reising
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Lets play every day!! With all the constraints on my time, I think this is the perfect solution. Time set aside to relax and work on My projects. I look forward to perusing and using your book!!
    I love your blog.

  34. Secret Burkheiser
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I am ready to PLAY! Thanks for the chance:)

  35. Kelley
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Have been sewing since I was 7. However, just recently the quilting bug has bit and I really like the unique twist to traditional patterns Victoria creates. Would definitely like a copy of her book as my first quilt book!

    Pick Me! :)

    Thanks!
    Kelley :)

  36. Jill Klop
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been watching Victoria’s blog for a while now. She was the inspiration for a mini that I donated to AAQI! I would love to win this book and have even more of her inspiration!

  37. Debbie Gallett
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I have tried her method and it really works. Even if you can only sew 2 little seams it keeps you going on a daily basis. I’d love the book.

  38. L
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    All I have these days are little bits of time–I need to get better at using them! On that note, leaving the computer and heading to the sewing room!

  39. Adele
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I have been following Victoria’s blog since I satrted quilting 3 years ago. I am a huge fan of the “play” philosophy.

    I would love to win a copy of her book

  40. Posted November 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been playing with Victoria since she started making fabric! Fun, fun, fun!

  41. Posted November 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    This book is amazing. You really understand what you are capable of doing in 15 minutes. Like fixing a cup of coffee, you could be on your way to a new quilt.
    thanks so much victoria

  42. Sue
    Posted November 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I like the look of these quilts and I think all of us are interested in learning what we can do in 15 minutes!

  43. Posted November 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    absolutely ready!

  44. Posted November 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I like this kind of sewing and playing!

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