Congratulations to Sheryl K.!! She was in my class at A Quilter’s Affair in July, and entered her Color Wheel Footstool into her local county fair, taking Best of Show! Not surprising to me, as the fabric choices and construction are perfection. What a way to celebrate the end of summer with a great project!
You can get a kit for the Color Wheel Footstool in my SHOP, and then watch the video tutorial about foundation piecing the strips. It is wonderful to see this three dimensional project blossom!
That’s right! I’m headed back to see all my coastie buddies! I’ll be at Forget Me Knots in Bandon, Oregon with Michelle and her crew. Such a wonderful shop/retreat center and in a great location. I think next Saturday 1/14/17, will be the perfect day to start a footstool!
Here’s what happens: The class is taught in two parts. The first class on the 14th, you will learn how to foundation piece the panels used to make the footstool “upholstery”. By the end of class you’ll be totally ready to finish the homework and come back in two weeks. Then, on the 28th we will get together again to build the footstool! I bring all the tools and the kits. It is a remarkable day as these wonderful pieces of fabric blossom into a finished footstool! It is so fun to see all the happy faces at the end of class.
Call Michelle to reserve your spot: 541 347-9021
If you can’t make the class, or live in another location I’d love to come to YOU! You can also see my SHOP page to purchase a kit and I can send it off tomorrow!
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How much do you LOVE this footstool made by my friend Pam!!!! I can’t get over the sophisticated look she got out of some recycled sweaters! Here’s what happened: A VERY talented group of women in Seattle found a wonderful way to support Green Eileen, by participating in the Chop Challenge! The challenge is to create an auction piece by using materials which have been provided from donated clothing. Please go to the Green Eileen website to find out more, and to see the events coming up soon in the Seattle area, including the “Chop Challenge” on October 3rd from 5-8pm.
In the meantime, let me explain that Pam used her creativity, imagination, and one of my footstool kits to make this piece for the auction! I don’t know how she will be able to give it up! Seriously!! I may have to copy her idea! You can too, by ordering a kit from my “Shop” page, and adding your own collection of recycled materials!
Just finishing up a few new pincushions this weekend. I love have some ready for a last minute gift! But I also LOVE thinking ahead and putting together fabric collections for specific people. Greens for Cheri, polka dots for Ellie, plaids for Jenn. Then there’s the fun of choosing the buttons to complete the mood, or punch up the personality. I always have the kits available here on my SHOP page! When you’re finished with yours, be sure to send a pic, seeing your fabric collection is a highlight of my day!
I have finally been able to find a reasonable price for international shipping, at least for Canada, the UK and Australia–where I’ve had inquiries. I will be able to add these into the shop buy buttons soon, but in the meantime, if you want to shoot me an email I’d be happy to answer any questions! There is a SIGNIFICANT price break for shipping two kits, so hopefully you will have a friend who’s interested too!
A fun group of girls and I just finished the latest Footstool Class at Piece By Piece Fabrics in Eugene! This class had no problems diving in with both feet and sewing up a storm! They easily finished the “Part One” class, learning how to foundation piece the panels that eventually become the upholstery for their own amazing footstool. “Part Two” brought us together again, and in about 2 hours we were taking pics of the finished projects! I LOVE to see the fabric combinations come together, the button choices and the embellishments. What fun to have a student use Guatamalen fabrics, and then add embroidery!
Everytime I teach this class I wonder why I don’t do it more often! Hope you can join my next class. Shhh! (It’s not advertised yet, but the dates will be April 4th and 18th). The best part–everyone was saying–is taking home a finished project! Whether you live close by, or far away you can always get the KIT, I ship them all over the country including a 9-page instruction booklet to make sure you won’t have any trouble finishing.
Just an update on Pincushion orders! Yes, Virginia was at the front of the race, but holding steady wasn’t enough and New Jersey has taken the lead! Oklahoma, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are showing well! Thanks to my recent article in Quilts and More, I appreciate all of you checking out my site, and my shop page. Be sure to contact me directly if you need more, as I can save you some shipping costs by bundling multiples together!
In the meantime, I felt like I just HAD to finish something and didn’t have a project even close, but LOTS needing more hands-on time than is possible with my regular job, home responsibilities and a holiday looming LARGE. So! Since I needed to test the pattern for a Christmas project, I was able to put together a fun 24″ x 42″ table runner on Sunday. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not quilted yet, but I’m looking forward to that since there is a lot of background negative space where the quilting will show nicely. More later when I get to that! This is a project I’m preparing for P&B Textiles, one of the many fun patterns they give away on their web site!
If you haven’t seen it yet, run out and get the latest issue, Winter 2014 of Quilts and More! Then turn to page 10 to find my Pincushion Kit featured in the HOT STUFF review. It includes a fun pic of some of my finished pincushions, and one of the components that are included in the kit. It will direct you RIGHT HERE to my site so you can find out more! These little guys are such a fast and fun project that you’ll soon have a list of people you want to make them for, or on second thought, maybe give the kit as a gift so the recipients can personalize it themselves! You can see my neice Beret made one with me when she was only seven!
Check my shop page to purchase one, or email me for multiple orders!
The latest footstool class started up yesterday at Piece By Piece in Eugene! What a fun group! Everyone is making so much progress with their sewing. The first class is centered around learning how to make the “upholstery” for the footstool, as well as getting to know each other, seeing everyone’s fabric choices, and plenty of laughter and encouragement all around. The sewing machines were humming, and the conversation was lively! We’ll get back together in two weeks to actually construct the footstool! There’s a little homework to be ready for that class, and that day is so remarkable! Everyone will go home with a completed project! I truly cannot wait to see them finished, stay tuned for more pictures of that day.
Of course you know you can make one for yourself by ordering the kit! It comes with a 9-page instruction booklet and all the “parts” you’ll need. Of course you get to choose your own fabric, feet and decorative button to personalize it. Scroll down on my shop page to find it here!
My footstools always get a lot of attention, and YES they are a fun addition to my classes. I teach the class over two days, generally about 2 weeks apart (since there is homework to do between the classes). The classes are so fun! At the end of the second class you end up with a FINISHED project, not something you have to take home to finish! Of course I’ve seen it done in dozens of different fabric collections and from cotton, flannel, silk ties, fleece, home dec fabrics and corduroy!
There are a couple of opportunities coming up soon to join a class! For any of you in the Roseburg, Oregon area, call The Country Lady quilt shop for a class scheduled March 30th and April 13th.
Just a few weeks later there will be a class in Eugene, Oregon at Piece By Piece on May 4th and 18th. I’d love to see you at either of these classes. They tend to sell out and have a waiting list, so don’t wait too long to join the fun!