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Openings in the Footstool Class!

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Hey peeps!  I just heard through the grapevine, or was it email (?) that there are still a couple openings in my next Colorwheel Footstool class!  NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!   Here are your instructions:

1.  Call or go over to Piece By Piece Fabrics.

2.  Sign up for the class scheduled for Saturday April 4th and Saturday April 18th from 10:30-1:30.

We will have more fun than a barrel of monkeys, and you will have a finished footstool to cherish or to give away.  I’ve made so many now, I almost think I should make one for every quilt.  Seeing the different fabric collections and artistic choices for the feet and the tufting button is always inspiring!

Hope you can join in the fun!

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Footstool Class? Check!

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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.

 

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A Quilter’s Affair 2014

What a wonderful week in Sisters, Oregon of teaching, special events, meeting up with old friends and finding some new friends too!  I’m in awe and grateful for the experience in such a wonderful setting.  The students were absolutely wonderful, making great progress on their projects each day.  It was fun to meet up with several later in the week as they let me know that they had finished their quilts!  I had several groups attending my classes who came together including a set of sisters I’ll never forget as well as a set of Grandmother/Mom/daughter who spent a remarkable day together with me.  My youngest student is pictured above, a teenager who did an outstanding job on a complicated pattern! The middle pic is a fun and colorful version of my Hot Ziggidy! pattern from Friday’s class.  The pic of me is from the instructor’s show and tell on Thursday night.  I decided to show a footstool instead of a quilt!

Thanks is hardly expansive enough to cover the amount of effort Jean Wells, Valori Wells and all the Quilter’s Affair staff, as well as the townspeople of Sisters, Oregon put into this event.  It is humbling to see how well everything works, and to be included.

Stay tuned for more pics and thoughts about the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show which is always the second Saturday of July.

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Footstool Mania!

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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!

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New supplies just in!

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If you’re like me, you’re planning your projects for the next few months! I had some ideas for great gift projects that didn’t get past the drawing board before Christmas! Getting a jump start on those, as well as some new designs that I’ve saved for winter will be fun. My husband and I drove over to Sisters on Friday so I could see what’s new at the Stitchin’ Post. The shop there is always inspiring, and of course I know a few of the employees so it’s a fun reunion too! I picked up some “yardage” for two projects.
On the way home we stopped at the Lodge at Suttle Lake for a wonderful late lunch. It was over 50 degrees! Such a beautiful sunny day in the mountains, especially compared to the fog we’ve had in the valley. There was a nice breeze, hence, the flying hair in the photo!
I have a footstool class coming up at Piece by Piece at the end of January, so I needed to order supplies. They are all in now, and ready to ship out to those of you who live far away. Some of you know that when you get the kit through the mail it comes with a NINE page instruction booklet that is filled with pictures of the process so there’s no question that you’ll be able to finish the project! You can order one here!

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Footstool for a Fairy Princess!

 Baby Grace

What a beautiful baby! So sweetly sleeping on a footstool made by my daughter-in-law Samantha and I for this wee little one, the one week old daughter of Samantha’s boss.  The photographer, Nicole Hart of Portland, OR. added her deft touch and Ta-Da!  Pure magic! I’d love to see birthday pics of this baby with her footstool as she grows! May she have a happy and healthy life!

Of course, you could make your own footstool in my next class at Piece By Piece Fabrics in Eugene, or order the kit if the distance is too far. Naturally you will add your own fabrics and finishing elements (feet and buttons). Included are 9 pages of pictures throughout the narrative instructions making it easy to be successful.  I always have them on hand, so there is no delay.

My next post (you will see later) is related to this, an idea using up the left-over fabric from the footstool, you’ll probably want to make that too!

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Footstool classes coming up soon!

photoMy 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! IMG_0066

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.IMG_0414

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!Footstool Project

Sheila's footstool