We had a big class at Quintessential Quilts in Madison this spring. Check these out! (Pssst... I'm up to March now!)
private tuffet class!
Hey, did you know that I'll run private tuffet classes? This one happened to be at my house, but I now have a space in Madison where I can teach small private classes! So if you have a group who wants to make a tuffet, contact me! This particular group is a craft collection of moms from my daughter's school.
New year tuffets
Hey, I have finally reached the current year in my tuffet post backlog! Time to celebrate! (woohoo)
This post is brought to you by Quilt Play in Grayslake, Illinois. Yes, this Cheesehead made her way across the border, and not for the first time! Quilt Play is an awesome, modern shop and I want to buy everything there.
Lots of tuffets!
Last December (yep, I'm still catching up on tuffet posts), I visited Attic Quilts in Beloit. We had a fantastic class and made a boatload of tuffets! Since I was there, Attic Quilts has moved to a new location across the street, and I can't wait to visit their new shop!
Sheesh.... I need to learn to line up my photos so the tiles on the floor don't look like our tuffets have been hitting the bottle...
a trio of tuffets in reedsburg
We had a very nice class (including a mother-daughter pair) at Quintessential Quilts in Reedsburg. Here's what we made!
Last fall, we had a tuffet retreat at Jones Mansion in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Tuffet retreats are always a lot of fun and are a great way to get more than one tuffet made (within reason, of course). I don't have any retreats planned at the moment, but if you have a group or guild interested, please let me know via my contact page!
We had wonderful food thanks to Trish...
And worked hard building our tuffets!
And what wonderful tuffets they were! Check these babies out!
Aren't they wonderful? I also took a stab at making a square ottoman. I need to tweak my measurements, but I'm pretty happy with it for a first attempt...
two terrific tuffets
Check out these great tuffets made at Patches and Petals in Belleville last fall. This is a great shop with lots of character. It's worth the drive if you haven't been there before!
memory lane tuffets
I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again: I'm terrible about updating blog posts! So right now i'm sitting in a Starbucks and will be writing several of them, posting every few days, to try to keep up with tuffet posts. I'm really sorry to those who have been in the classes and may have been waiting to see your tuffet featured. These posts are from a long time ago! So let's take a trip down memory lane.... We'll start with an October class at Quintessential Quilts in Madison... look at these beautiful tuffets!
I'm not sure why I don't have a top-down photo of every tuffet in this group. Mysterious. But they're all great!
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.
Sorry. I am trying to catch up on blog posts and so I'm doing them all at one time (did you know bloggers can do that?) and I'm getting a little punchy with the tuffet post titles. Aaaaaanyway, another group of tuffets came out of Mukwonago in August. Quilt-agious keeps pretty busy with them!
I had a wonderful time teaching tuffets for the first time at Attic Quilts in Beloit, Wisconsin, several weeks ago (yes, I'm behind on blog posts again). I have to tell you, I had no idea that downtown Beloit was so vibrant! The shop is right near the square, and there was music playing and the whole place just seemed so festive! And so were the tuffets!
I'm not sure how many of you know this, but Quilt-agious in Mukwonago was the first shop I taught tuffets at (in fact, it's the first shop I taught at in Wisconsin). So of course I love to go back there to teach. It's still a fairly young shop (a couple of years old) but you'll find a great assortment of beautiful fabrics if you go there. They have an especially great Kaffe Fassett collection, and lots of patriotic and modern fabrics.
And of course, they have great tuffets! And great tuffet students. Here's the latest batch...
I've just scheduled two more tuffet classes at Quilt-agious this year, Sundays, October 16 and 23, and Thursdays, November 17 and December 1. Call them at (262) 363-3066 to sign up!
retreat at jones mansion
Picture staying at a beautiful, three-story, hundred-year-old mansion atop a hill in a town filled with artists and craftspeople. That was our setting when we had a retreat at the Jones Mansion in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for some great news!
Now, often times, as is true in this case, I'm so busy when I'm teaching that I forget to take photos. So instead, for the next three, I'm borrowing some photos from the Jones Mansion website so you can see the lovely accommodations. Here you can see the gorgeous skylight (which is actually in the workroom!) and lovely curved banister on the second floor.
Here's a photo of one of the bedrooms. It's the only triple room; most are doubles, and there are a couple of single rooms. All of the beds are topped with a handmade quilt.
And the bathrooms are wonderful too -- each has a claw foot tub and lots of character (and no, I don't mean that in a "nice personality" way, either)!
Okay, we're on to my photos now. There is a large workroom (you should go to the Jones Mansion website to check them out) and off of it are two rooms with cutting mats and ironing boards.
Now, why were we there? Oh yeah, tuffets! First I have to show you the table full of feet choices:
Let's check out the wonderful tuffets made by everyone!
Heres the bottom of Sandy's bee-themed tuffet:
And the detail of Toby's button. She did this by flipping button form over so the flat side was up and sewing the aqua button to the fabric before making it.
So, if you've read this far, I am thrilled to announce that we will be having another tuffet retreat at Jones Mansion! Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13, you can come and work on your own projects as well as make a tuffet (or two!) If you can't come Thursday, Friday arrival is an option.
Think of it -- you can make at least one tuffet in just a few days! What an opportunity to make that special gift, for you or for someone else! Come and join us; click here for information. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon.
Tuffet play at quilt play!
Time for another installment of "Cheryl catches up on tuffet posts"! This time we're visiting Quilt Play in Grayslake, IL. We had a great class, even though not everyone finished at the same time. I love being able to teach in so many different places!
If you haven't been to Quilt Play before, you should go. I couldn't resist buying some fabric (and socks!) myself.
mukwonago in may
Wow, May. It's been a long time since I've posted! Not that it's a good excuse, but since then I've camped twice, held a garage sale, went to an out-of-state funeral, held another tuffet retreat (post to come later), and am currently dealing with some water damage at my house. But you'll see a number of posts from me coming up because I have a lot to share!
So this post will be all about a tuffet class we had at Quilt-agoius in Mukwonago in May. As an aside, if you're a Kaffe Fassett fan, Quilt-agious has more KF fabrics than any shop I've ever visited. But I digress... on to the tuffets!
We had a fun class at Quintessential Quilts in Madison earlier this month. Not everyone finished at the same time, so no group photo, but check out these tuffets!
We had a great tuffet class at Patches and Petals in Belleville, Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago! Jean, Julie, Diane, Candy, and Leslie all did a great job!
So, you may or may not know that I'm holding a retreat at the Jones Mansion in Mineral Point, Wisconsin this June. If you didn't know that, you should check it out because it's going to be a lot of fun!
Anyway, I was honored to be asked to teach some members of a private retreat how to make tuffets. Lori, Hillyn, Jane, and Marcia all had a great time!
Sadly, I don't have top-down photos of all of these like I usually do -- it was dark when we finished. But I did get one of Lori's tuffet, which she created from fabrics that are already on furniture at the Mansion, so it fits right in! She also did a great job cutting her plaids so they all match, and working with very squirrely velveteen.
We had a great time making tuffets at Quintessential Quilts in Madison! If you haven't been to QQ in a while, you should check them out -- they've expanded their space and added fabric and a beautiful classroom. They share a parking lot with Target and Michaels behind East Towne Mall. Tell them I sent you! ;-)
more mukwonago tuffets
We had fun making more tuffets at Quilt-agious a couple of weekends ago. What can I say, I love that shop! And it's the only area shop that has a certified TuffetSource instructor (that would be me). Unfortunately, I'm better at teaching people how to make tuffets than I am at getting photos sometimes -- I'm missing one from this group. But on to the show!
We had a sweet Valentine's Day at Quintessential Quilts in Madison! Our small group persevered through the snowy weather. It's hard to believe it's supposed to be 51 tomorrow!
We had a fantastic time making tuffets at Quilt Play in Grayslake, IL, last week! It was my first time teaching at the shop and the students were very enthusiastic. That always makes for a fun time. Again, I was having so much fun that I didn't get any action shots. But I do have results!
And a bonus Wisconsin tuffet from my latest class at Quilt-agious in Mukwonago, Wisconsin (finished outside of class).
This last group of tuffet photos defies categorization. Actually, with the end of the year craziness, skating trips and competitions, people making their second (and third, and fourth!) tuffets, and everything else, I'm so behind on tuffet posts that I wanted to get them in before the end of the year. These tuffets were finished at nearly all of the shops I teach at, as well as my house! Some of these tuffets feature alternate layouts, and some are made of interesting materials such as ties, minky, and leather!
Before we get on to the photos, I want to thank the shops that have hosted me this year: Bungalow Quilting and Yarn in Ripon, Patches and Petals in Belleville, Quilt-agoius in Mukwonago, Quintessential Quilts in Madison and Reedsburg, and The Electric Needle in Madison. When you shop for quilt fabric, sewing machines, yarn, or notions, please consider one of these shops. They've all been wonderful. If you can't shop at one of these shops, please shop at a local (or small online) shop. Remember they won't be there any more if you don't shop at them!
On to the tuffet photos!
Thanks for looking through all of the wonderful tuffets in this post! And thank you for your support throughout the year. It means a lot to me.
I'll see you in 2016!
all in the family
We had a couple of repeat Tuffeteers in Belleville this past November. They are a lovely aunt and niece duo! If you've already made one tuffet, the second one goes much more quickly.