Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall - Blast from the Past

This morning I was talking to a friend about this old tuffet, I made few years ago. I don't remember if I ever posted about it. I figured, it's fall, I think it fits!  And you all are so nice to me, even if I repeat, you wont mind.

On the front porch of the home in Seattle

My friend, Myra Mitchell wrote the pattern for it after being inspired by seeing it in one of the books by Kaffe Fassett. I think, it was Passionate Patchwork. She taught classes for a long time. I wonder if she still teaches them. I recently posted this picture on my personal fb page and that brought back many memories, not only connected with this tuffet but also with the shop where I worked and taught for many years.

Do you see it peeking in the corner? That's my one and only,  king size quilt- folded in half hanging in the background. Love that one!

 I am going to be able to visit that shop in near future and can't wait to see my friends there.

I stopped at making just one tuffet being super busy at the time with three children and a job and teaching etc.You know how it all works. Myra on the other hand, being the passionate patchwork quilter that she is, has successfully made and taught many tuffets in different size and shape.

 My little tuffet has been around for a while.

Photography by Mark Frey, Seattle, Washington.
I take the credit for draping of the fabric to tie them all together. :0

And, here it is sporting with DS fabrics - made by Linda French - another friend from Seattle, who taught the tuffet class with Myra. That's my quilt pattern Box of Candies in the background. I had fallen in love with the Flea Market Fancy by DS fabrics when it first came out. 

 We had worked so hard for our booth at the APNQ show that year.

Quilt collector and fabric designer Mary Koval had joined us in the booth. It was quite the experience to put it all together with friends and feature the patterns, fabrics and quilts from the shop. I do miss those days of being surrounded on daily bases by fabrics and friends who live, breath and dream quilts.

Hope I have made you curious about the tuffet. I hope you make one. It is a lot of fun. I am sure Quiltworks Northwest still carries that pattern. I am going to find out myself soon enough when I visit.

Thank you my friend, for evoking the memories from the past!


  1. Thank you for the "tour"! I love your tuffet- Is it stuffed or upholstered over a stool?

    1. I think you can say it is upholstered since you make a separate cover first and tuffet is made form different components. I am sure you can make it on a stool too. I am not as clever when it comes to furniture pieces.

  2. I am simply in love with your TUFFET ... and I love it even with the Denyse Shmidt fabrics! Please, tell me more about the pattern...where can I find it? Thanks :-D

  3. I remember seeing and admiring you and your quilts at Quiltworks Northwest. But I don't remember seeing that king size one. It is stunning!

  4. What a colorful entry to find here today! That tuffet is wonderful and your booth looks like a beautiful pool that I'd love to dive into!

  5. Lovely tuffet--perfect for Autumn..hugs, Julierose

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    1. No. You will love it. With Bob's tools, I bet you would make many once you start. Will be fun to make in different sizes too.

  7. I love your Tuffet!! It's wonderful to hear the story and memories that go with it. Ps isn't tuffet a cute word!

  8. I KNEW I knew you! When I first started reading your blog I felt an instant connection but just put it down to loving your work! Later I read you were from Seattle but...QUILTWORKS! THAT is where I knew you from! My sister and I have taken many classes there over the years (both old and new store) and shopped there when I was on the Eastside. WOW!

  9. Yea - more photos of the tuffits! I really do want to make one. I checked the website but couldn't find it. You may have more luck visiting the shop.

  10. I think we need a fun sewing day to make a tuffet!

  11. Your tuffet has perfect autumn colours. They look beautiful in any size.


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