Saturday, July 1, 2017

Miss Graces' Tuffet

Grace has been asking me for sometime now... several years to be exact... if we could make a tuffet. Remembering back to when she was about 2 1/2 years old... she said, Miss Moppet had a tuffet... so I think Miss Grace should have a tuffet!

So the adventure begins... looking for the fabric, I started looking for something that had.....

      YES... that's it, just a Touch of Whimsy!"

We found this real cute print with kitties in a library, which we thought would be just perfect for the tuffet...  It also blended with the color palette of my family room, which was very important to me!  

I will share more on our tuffet making process, but now here is just a little on what inspire our design for our tuffet. 

My hats off to all the ladies who made these tuffets, I'm not sure where I found them, to give them each their proper kuddos... but they were all inspiration for our project.

This tuffet is just beautiful... It is made with some of my favorite fabrics... satin and velvet.  It also looks like they might have used upholestery fabric for the larger color strips.

I just love putting a unique and personal touch on things, like they have done on this tuffet.  

No tuffet is complete without a beautiful focal point button, like you see on these, what a great addition to any tuffet.

Thank you Christine for sharing your beautiful display of color on your tuffet.

Dressing up your tuffet bottom for a clean and crisp look.  There are several ways that you can do this, here are a few.

Here in Riverside California at the Quilters Cocoon you can take Tuffet Class and make your own Tuffet.  All you have to do is choose round or square?  

Here are a few of the square tuffets that they have made at the Quilters Cocoon.

Look closely at this one, they have added some piping to the design.

This one has fringe and beads on the bottom.

This designed fabric gave the tuffet an extra bit of bling.

Here is one that is very girly... would look great in a little girls room.

Here is a real masculine looking tuffet, fit for any gentleman. Another high five and kuddos to this tuffet crafter for their repurposing of those old men's ties...  and for crafting this tuffet.  I truly like this beauty!

Now back to the process for our tuffet.  
Cutting all the strips that is needed to complete the tuffet.  
We needed 16 of the charcoal crinkle print fabric strips.

Gracie is so happy we are finally making her tuffet.  

We needed 8 of the grey marble print fabric strips.

Looking to see how many full kitties that I might be able to get on our tuffet.  I really want as many whole cats as possible or heads with half bodies.... no half bodies with rear ends, if at all possible too!

We also need 8 strips of a focal print in which we choose the cats in the library.  
(the 4 above and the 4 below).

Well I think that we accomplished the no half rear ended cats that I mentioned earlier.  I'm so very happy about this little detail.

Needed fabric for the bottom of the tuffet and fabric to cover the button.  Everything laid out and ready to sew.

After planning and cutting out my focal fabric, I was reading the directions to start sewing on my own, and I read about using the add a quarter ruler for this project, well I had never used one and didn't know quite how to move forward. I surly didn't want to mess up and ruin my fabric to a point of no return. So I decided to take the class.

This class for the round tuffet is 2 day class, and the class for the square is 1 day..

This first class we sewed our 8 panels.

The second class we sewed the panels together and assembled the tuffets.

Came home from the class and noticed that the lighter colored feet that I bought specifically for the tuffet clashed with the floor. So I put the ones that came in the kit.  

Now for the bottom of the tuffet.

Voila!  One more project completed!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Quilt of Memories for Gracie #2

Back a few years ago, I had made Gracie a quilt out of all her baby receiving blankets.  I had taken all the receiving blankets and cut them into 5 inch squares and added some solid colors to make it pop. This quilt you can view under the heading (A Quilt of Memories #1).  I had a lot of squares left and I just couln't bring myself to the throw them away, so I tossed them in a box and put them in the craft room closet.  Well it has been about 3 years now, I was going through the closet and of course Gracie was there and she says, Nana there is my squares, we should make a blanket!  So we pulled them out and I decided that she could help me design a rag quilt, kids can never have to many blanket for such things as forts and castles!!!  Of course there wasn't enough to make a blanket to we had to add more squares... just enough to finish this project.

She helped me pick out some extra flannel solid and print fabrics and we had a beautiful design all laid out on the floor and then I forgot to take a picture before I picked it up off the floor for the sewing assembly portion.

I do wish that I had of taken a picture of the design we had laid out on the floor before we picked it up. Because when I was sewing it together, Gracie decided to help by giving me the strips that I had all laid out in order.  Well let me just say while I was busy sewing and she was rearranging the order as she handed them to me.

So she had the final design say in this quilt.  After this she told me, thank you Nana for making me another quilt, now I have twins!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Frozen Throw Quilt

Making the final decisions on the layout for this frozen theme throw quilt, as you can see in this picture there is a light blue square in every four patch block and either a dark wine or dark teal square in every four patch too.  Looking at the layout I have decided to change it up just a little, I want to make sure that the dark wine and dark teal blocks are not touching one another.

Here in this photo below, it shows the wine and teal squares above the blue squares touching each other and below the blue squares it shows the wine and teal squares in the same corner of the four patch square which to me looks better.

I'm not sure what just happened here, but I think I just got out voted by my daughter-in-law and grand daughter.  Either way is fine with me... its just a personal preference.

I'm not making this quilt for no one in particular, but just using up scraps that were left over from making my grand daughters quilt and pillowcases a year and a half ago.  But knowing my Gracie... she will say, but it has Elsa and Anna on it.... it should for me.  Please, Please, Please Nana!

Well whether or not she ends up with the quilt throw, she loves to help with everything, especially when I'm sewing.  She loves to sew on Honeybee.  Over the past couple years she has been sitting on my lap and putting her hands on my wrists/hands as I sew, and we talk about sewing and safety.  So because she is wanting to sew more and more, I have bought a needle guard to help protect her as she is learning to sew.



When I had this frozen blanket finished, I folded it and put it on the arm of the chair.  When Miss Gracie saw it, she snuck it, and this is what I found next......

One might say... Look at those puppy dog eyes...  You know what that means!