Tuffet In A Day

I took Tuffet In A Day at my local quilt shop, Linderella’s Quilt Shop.  This is the brain child of Sharyn Cole who has a pattern, classes, and website to order supplies.  You have got to check it out. Be sure to visit the gallery.  The possibilities are endless.

Since I have done some upholstery, I wasn’t sure that I needed the class but I am so glad I took it.  She has so many tricks and tips that she has learned over the years.  My tuffet just wouldn’t have been so nice looking without them.  And her foam and base are the best.

Since this was tuffet in a day, all I did at home was to sew 30 strips together on the long side and then sew it into a tube.  I also fused the interfacing that comes in the pattern to muslin and cut out the 8 sections.

Class lasted 5 hours with time out for lunch. I came home with my tuffet complete. As soon as I bent down to take a picture, look who jumped up.


Since I use a jelly roll, I didn’t have any fabric big enough for the button.  I tried creating something out of the strips, but it didn’t look good.  So at the quilt shop, they gave me plain black fabric and some fusible.  I fused the back of one of the strips and cut out the flowers and then fused them to the black fabric.  Turned out good!


I used the Pauline 7″ legs which I actually thought was going to be too low for my legs when sitting in my chair.  But turns out that it is perfect.


I couldn’t be happier.

Check out the class that Sharyn teaches at iquilt.com if you aren’t near Linderella’s.  Just click this link to go directly to her tuffet class.  It would be well worth the price and you can view your class anytime you want and over and over.

I think another tuffet is in my future!

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Zippered Pouches For Christmas

My husband and I made all these Quick Zip Cases by Patterns by Annie for Christmas gifts for all the family.  I bought the pattern from Linderella’s Quilt Shop in Southern Pines.  There were 11 more than this but some had to be given away before they were all finished.  It was fun to match fabric to the person-football for 2 boys, soccer for 1 man and 1 boy, comics for 1 boy, and of course Star Wars and “texting” abbreviations to name a few.

If I have the hair brained idea to do this next year, I hope I start in June (but I probably won’t).

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts

I reserve the month of December for baking, decorating, and any other Christmas celebrating I choose to do. So no customer quilts to show you today.

I did decide a week before Christmas that I would make my grandson, who is attending App State, a wall hanging of his music fraternity letters. His Mom had sent them to me along with the suggestion. He was truly pleased when he unwrapped his present.

Fused appliquéd letters with swirl background quilting.

Since I made something for him, I had to make something for his sister. So she got a pillow sham that matches the quilt she got last year.

Then I decided my step-daughter, their Mom, should get something handmade too. Everyone can use a zippered pouch.

I had bought something for my son’s girlfriend who would be spending Christmas with the family, but needed something for her kids. Her little girl wanted to buy an apron for Mom, so I thought she might like an apron too. Mom’s had cupcakes on it. I had a piece of fabric with birthday cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and other goodies. I figured that was close enough.

I partially used 2 free patterns I found on the Internet and added my own touch. It is reversible and is sturdy. I really liked how it is made. I need to take notes of what I did before I forget. (It might already be too late.)

Her son likes to do art and was given a sketch pad and colored pencils for a gift. I made him an artist tote for his drawing supplies. He also likes cats.

This was the most frustrating gift I made. I put heavy interfacing in it to help it hold the drawing pad. This kind of project is definitely not my cup of tea. I’d rather do something I need to quilt!

Perhaps one holiday I won’t leave these decisions to the last minute. I can dream can’t I?

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Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

Okay, so this wasn’t exactly desperate times but when you are the Mother of the Bride and you can’t find a purse that goes with your dress, what do you do?  Make one.  The fabric is silk dupioni with silk ribbon embroidery and beads.  This was the first time I had made a purse with a frame and this was a sew-in frame with holes.  I followed the instructions on http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/  for how to make a pattern for a frame.  However, I couldn’t find any instructions on the web for sewing it on.  I tried just using thread but didn’t like the thread showing, so I strung 3 beads on my thread as I sewed it in.  Here’s the result.  Click on an image to enlarge it.




Beads on edge where bag is sewn to frame.


Side View






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