Back in October we had a tuffet retreat at Prairie Star Lodge in Browntown, Wisconsin. The location is really nice. I'd recommended it if you're looking for a retreat location. If you're interested in attending a tuffet retreat, check out my upcoming one in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin the weekend of April 7 - 9. It's a great way to get one or more tuffets done in just a weekend!
We had a great class at Bungalow Quilting and Yarn up in Ripon recently. I love this shop. Have you been there? Judy, the owner, is a delightful person and a published quilt book author! Be sure to check out the last two tuffets in the photos -- they're made from wool!
We had a wee little tuffet class at Quintessential Quilts this past fall... just two people! But that didn't stop us from having fun!
I still can't believe how far behind I am on tuffet posts! Anyway, way back in September, I visited the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and we made tuffets!
If you haven't visited the museum, you should check it out. There are some wonderful works there, and lots of educational opportunities!
I was thrilled to be invited to take part in the Coastal Mist Blog Hop! This fabric line by Island Batik was designed by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis and it's absolutely gorgeous!
(Psst: Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for a giveaway!
For my entry, I chose to make a version of a pattern I'm working on called Organized Chaos. This version uses a bargello background. I really wanted to showcase all of the fabrics in the line.
I started by making a bargello style strip set, and then overlaying another fabric. After stitching, I cut away the top fabric to reveal the bargello pattern underneath. Then I couched on some silk slub yarn I picked up at the International Quilt Show in Chicago last year.
I hope you've enjoyed this project! I plan to publish instructions soon.
Be sure to visit the other blogs in this blog hop! If you haven't been following along, be sure to visit the previous blogs as well!
1/23/17 Tammy Silvers Tamarinis
1/24/17 Jessica Stewart Izzy & Ivy Designs
1/25/17 Susan Emory Swirly Girls Design
1/26/17 Connie Campbell Freemotion by the River
1/27/17 Katie Laughridge Live Originally
1/28/17 Julie Stocker Pink Doxies
1/29/17 Linda Pearl One Quilting Circle
1/30/17 Laura Conowitch LC’s Cottage
1/31/17 Cheryl Schenck Unspooled
2/1/17 Marian Pena Seams to Be Sew
2/2/17 Vanessa Fromm Fabric Confetti
2/3/17 Ebony Love Love Bug Studio
2/4/17 Erin Sampson Aurifil
And finally, the giveaway!
My daughter is a figure skater and one of the things I have been doing lately is making skating dresses. I love doing them! They're a nice change of pace from quilts nad tuffets, and the fabrics are so fun and sparkly. I spend a lot of time making group costumes, but am wanting to do more individual costumes. Here's a simple black dress wth lots of Swarovski crystals. I have worked with crystals before, but not in this quantity. I have to say, it sure is FUN! This dress has cyrstals in clear, two shades of gray, and black.
Here is one of her skating; it's hard to get action shots with an iphone through smudgy rink glass!
As I mentioned in my last blog entry, I'm way behind on posting.... so with that said, way back in SEPTEMBER (yes, September), I visited Olive Juice Quilts in Onalaska, WI. What a gorgeous shop! If you haven't been there, you should definitely go! Lots of modern fabrics, tons of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and a huge classroom/discount area. It's worth the trip, whereever you're coming from!
Here's a glimpse of students at work on day one...
And here they are with their finished tuffets! All of them came out so beautifully! I am often told by people that they didn't think they'd be able to make a tuffet; that it would be too difficult. I can tell you that they're NOT. Sure, there may be skills you learn that are new to you, but you CAN do it. As a teacher, I've seen students make hundreds of tuffets -- and do you know what? They all get done! The only time I've not had one get finished is if the student didn't finish their homework, and even then, sometimes we've been able to get them done. Don't let fear keep you from signing up for a class.
As you may know, one of the things I do is making skating costumes. My daughter is on a synchronized skating team (what's that., you ask? Check out this video to see more!) and I have been making team costumes for the past few years. Usually it takes a good amount of the fall, but this year was especially difficult, so I haven't done anything but make costumes and teach classes that were scheduled. Sadly, this means blogging fell to the wayside. The good news is that I can now sit down and write up a bunch of backlogged blog posts and your tuffet itch will be scratched! So, for the next several weeks, you'll be getting regular blog posts every couple of days. I'll be honest, most of them will have been pre-written as I try to catch up, but there will be a few timely ones slipped in there as well. And a few skating costume posts. And quilts! Can't forget about those!
In the meantime, here is a tuffet I made for my niece, who recently had a baby girl. Enjoy!
I taught for the first time at the lovely A Touch of Amish in Barrington, Illinois last month. The staff here is so friendly -- I really felt welcomed. And I have to say, if you use an Accu-quilt Go, this is the place to get dies because they have a ton of them! Wait, what? Did I get a photo? Well, shoot, that would have been useful. Oh well. Trust me on this one, though.
Oh yes, we made tuffets! And check out the punchneedle button!
More tuffets! This time from Quintessential Quilts in Madison. Since I've brought them up, I just wanted to mention that Quintessential Quilts very generously offered to donate some backing fabric for the Madison Modern Quilt Guild's contributions to the Quilts for Pulse project. This happened months ago, and their generosity was mentioned at our meeting, but I wanted to personally thank them myself. Thanks, Quintessential Quilts!
Anyway, on to our small tuffet show. But hey, I remembered to take some photos during class this time! They're all of people stapling, but hey, it's a start.