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Interview at the Bee Hive!

Anna & Sheila in the Bee Hive!

I want to share a video with you today from Anna of “Quilt Roadies on You Tube” fame, you may also know her blog “Woolie Mammoth“.  We talked together a couple weeks ago after a class I taught at the Stitchin Post in Sisters, Oregon.  Anna was in the class and invited me to her home studio, The Bee Hive for a visit.  Well, as you can imagine, when two quilters get together we have SO MUCH to talk about, and now you get to hear some of it too!

Click through HERE to see the video!  We actually didn’t talk all that much about quilting! It features my currently most popular classes–I think you’ll enjoy it, and you will see how much fun we had together!

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Footstool Upcycle!

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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!

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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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CLASS: Not Your Grandmother’s Footstool

Some may see it as a Turban Footstool, others may conjure up visions of Little Miss Muffet’s Tuffet – whatever it is to you, you have to admit is a fabulously charming. In this two-part class you will learn to foundation piece wedges of fabric together to be made into the upholstery for a footstool. You can use scraps or coordinate your fabrics to give your footstool a particular personality. This project is best suited for a confident beginner or intermediate sewer. A kit for the base and foam will be available for purchase and instruction will be given on putting your stool together once the cover is sewn.

Not your Grandmother’s Footstool Class Details

DURATION:  This is a 2 day class.
CLASS FEE:  $45
KIT FEE:  $30 – A kit for the wood base, foam, tufting cord and drafted pattern will be available for purchase from the teacher at the first class for $30. Feet may be purchased for $20/set of four, various styles and colors available.

Supplies List

  • 1.5 yard muslin for the foundation
  • 60 strips of fabric 2 inches wide and 22 inches long.  These can be coordinated or mixed and matched.  It is ok to repeat fabrics.
  • Marking tool (pen or pencil)
  • Straight edge for drawing straight lines – a cutting ruler works well for this
  • Thread to blend with fabric
  • Bobbin loaded with thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Basic sewing supplies:  pins, seam ripper, etc.
  • Sewing machine with attachments, cords, etc.
  • 1/2 yard coordinating color felt
  • One twin size extra-loft polyester batting
  • One 2” or larger decorative button, may be fabric-covered (preferably with shank)
  • One 1” flat plain button, two or four holes