Fabric: from this charm pack (I could easily make five more; the tuffet uses very little fabric), and stash brocade backing
Notions: walnut shells & dried lavender (from the heartbreakingly discontinued Trader Joe’s dryer bags) for stuffing
On a recent trip to Nashville, I visited a few quilting shops, including the delightful Quilting Squares, where I bought the pattern and materials to make this little tuffet. This was a fun project and quickly finished in a couple of hours. Even if you’ve never done foundation piecing before (I hadn’t) you shouldn’t have any trouble. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Two things I learned:
- My scant quarter-inch seam is really more like a generous eighth-inch! There should be at least one more “step” on every side of the tuffet. However, I think it still looks nice.
- Even if the pieced top comes out a little skewed, you can fix it by trimming to size. Just align the center square so that it’s in the exact middle and trim all four sides to the desired size. Mine actually came out much more evenly than I thought it would before I trimmed it.
I’ve been excited to learn more about quilting, and I’m taking another class this Sunday. I’m hoping to finish my first quilt this year. Apparently my father-in-law has also begun quilting! With so many crafters in one family, it’s only a matter of time until we have the Professor doing cross-stitch or similar. I’ll keep you posted on his progress.
I am still knitting, and I have so many things to show you: a vest, musings on the sweater project, a new shawl and the beginnings of yet another shawl, a sad sad sock…