Wolfe Creek

This is a fun finish to share as I’m really happy with all the things I accomplished with this quilt.  I’ll be honest, it is probably not going to be one of my favorites astetcically, but in terms of taking on challenges and working outside my comfort zone it is one of the favorite quilts I have ever done.

I wrote about where this quilt came from and the process to create it in two prior posts (here and here).  In short, I got the 4 fabrics for the river hexies from my Albuquerque Modern Quit Guild meeting in June, where we were challenged with the random fabric swap to create a Modern Quilt.  I made the hexies after my Victoria Findlay Wolfe workshop later in June.  The red background fabric is a Modern Grunge, and is also all hexies (so lots of y-seam piecing!)  I am calling the quilt ‘Wolfe Creek’ because the ski area near Pagosa Springs, Colorado where we spend a lot of time, and whose rivers inspired the river in this quilt, is called Wolf Creek.  I changed the Wolf to Wolfe in honor of Victoria Findlay Wolfe, whose class was also a huge inspiration for the project.

We got to go to Pagosa this past weekend, so I took the opportunity to do a quilty photo shoot!

Here she is:

Wolfe Creek - in front of Pagosa Peak
Wolfe Creek – in front of Pagosa Peak


full quilt bench


full quilt grass

full quilt inside

I used my walking foot to do meandering lines through the river using Aurifil 4663 – a blue and white variegated thread.  The background is free motion quilted using Aurifil 2605 – a nice gray.  I quilted leaves in the bottom third of the quilt, smaller spirals in the middle, then larger spirals in the top third.  The leaves represent the land and growth around the river, and the spirals the air and the wind through the mountains.  I’m really happy with how the quilting turned out.

Some close-ups so you can see the quilting:

front detail

front detail 2

From the back:

back w detail

back river detail

I’m also pretty happy with the label on the back.  I made a bunch of mini-hexies to mimic the river hexies on the front, and added reference to ABQMQG challenge and Victoria’s class.

full back grass

patch detail

I had a great time making this one and was so happy with how it came together.  I’m looking forward to taking it to my next Guild Meeting where we all are going to reveal our challenge creations.  Should be fun!

me by river


This quilt was on my Q3 FAL list, so I’ll be linking up there at the end of the quarter.


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Linking up with the Q3 FAL finish page.

7 thoughts on “Wolfe Creek”
  1. Oh this quilt is so lovely! Your quilting is perfect and really enhances the quilt design. Isn’t it wonderful to challenge yourself and to learn new things? It’s even better though, when you end up with something so awesome like your quilt.

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