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!
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.
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!
Every once in a while I get a request to make a custom tuffet for someone. Well, the client in this case sent over this adorable elephant fabric. This whole tuffet only uses three fabrics (four if you count the button), and they're a heavy weight, either outdoor fabric or at the very least, upholstery fabric.
When it came to choosing feet, I didn't want to take away from the rest of the tuffet, so I asked the client if I could paint them. I happened to have a set of Stephanie feet with finishes that didn't match, so I sanded them and used chalk paint. I think they came out great! Since then I have added some unfinished feet to my inventory (I'll link them up as soon as I add them to the store), which I plan to use on an upcoming tuffet soon.
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.