Friday, February 12, 2010

One in Fifty Million . . . . . .

I heard on the news that 50,000,000 Americans have been impacted by the snow storms hitting the nation.

So while I may not be special, I still think the snow sure is pretty.

Looky what I made....my first Tuffets!!


I used Maison de Noel scraps, and I mean scraps, to make these. I was surprised that it took me pretty much all day just to make 3. But I think it was time well spent, I'm pleased with how they turned out. I'm also glad I got around to trying out the Tuffet pattern because now I have a better idea of what I should be keeping instead of throwing away. In the past I would normally only keep strips and larger pieces of leftover fabric, but these tuffets can be made out of fabric that usually goes into my trash. So now I'll have two bags of leftovers, large pieces and Tuffet pieces.

I used crushed walnut shells to fill them. The Maison de Noel family of fabric came with linens, cottons and velveteens. The velveteens made horrible geese but great backs for Tuffets.

I'm hoping to make tuffets from all my finished projects .

I'm still trying to decide what to do with Paprika but have really appreciated your comments. Yes, I agree, your eyes don't have any place to settle when you look at those blocks. I think I have too many print fabrics. As someone told me, "you need some prints that read as a solid". I also really liked what Quilter Kathy said, ask the quilt "what do you want from me". Right now I want Paprika to appear less busy and Paprika wants me to accept her as she is.....we'll keep talking this weekend!
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14 comments:

  1. Your tuffets are adorable! What is the smallest size scrap that you used for this project. I don't save anything less than 1.5" and now I wonder if I should re-think that. Fabric is expensive and I love the idea of using it all!

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  2. Yes, snow is everywhere! Ack! I have had enough. Love the tuffets and I use the crushed walnut shells as well. They are weighty and really make a great pincushion. I am sure that you will get things "ironed" out with your paprika quilt for sure.

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  3. Oh Thelma I love your Tuffets! They sure are fun to make.

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  4. Tuffets breed worse then rabbits. They are all cute and innocent and then you turn around after a few projects and you have way more tuffets then you could possibly have made.

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  5. I really like your black blocks scrappy in your Paprika. I think it will look a lot better once the blocks are sewn together. The quilt is right...leave her as it is! Be Brave! That jumbliness was what drew you at the show, after all.

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  6. okay, okay - now i'm convinced ... i've seen them all over blogland - and i have resisted ... but now i'm gonna hafta break down and buy a tuffet pattern ... those are really suh-weet!

    i dunno ... i get enough backtalk from humans and sewing machines - if my quilts decide to start voicing their opinions ... well ... i just might go off the deep end

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  7. Those tuffets are wonderful. I'm always trying to find something to do with my leftover fabric. These are great, and would make great gifts too!

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  8. Those tuffets are cute. I finally broke down and ordered that pattern when I ordered my Schnibbles State Fair pattern. Haven't made either one yet though. Love yours. Happy Valentine's Day weekend.

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  9. I posted on my blog about your Tuffets today too. I love mine - thank you so much. I hope you and Paprika can have a heart to heart and come to some kind of an agreement soon. Stay warm!

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  10. After seeing your Paprika I searched all over the internet and finally found all the fabric. Yes, you have inspired me to make one. Scrappy quilts are my favorite and I think the scrappiness is what draws me to this quilt. I have to fight myself to keep it scrappy, but in this case I will! Love your blog, thanks for sharing with us.

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  11. Hi Thelma, I'm here but not with bells on yet. Still trying to get over the sedation from yesterdays tests. One more next week. I certainly hope it's my last. Anyway, I digress, this is not about me, it is about your darling tuffets. I save everything 1" wide and over, just incase, lol. I have GOT to get the Tuffet pattern because I do love them and I have 5 lbs of crushed walnut shells (my daughter is a manager in a local Petco) I've use some of it is just plain easy quick pin cushions because I love how easy the pins go into them and come out. As for Paprika, I love it, just think it's beautiful. Thanks for another wonderful post and more inspiration. See you next week, hopefully with the bells on, LOL.

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  12. I have one of the Tuffet patterns. I was cutting some fabric last night and thought the scraps would be great for something...now I know what I can use them for!
    Yours are so cute! Can't wait to see Paprika!

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  13. Hi Thelma, You got me hooked again! I have to find a Tuffet pattern, and it sounds like crushed walnuts. I didn't know there was such a thing. Where do you find them? Love your blog. I learn something everyday from it.

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  14. I made almost 20 tuffets because I was so addicted to them! Everytime I see one on a blog I think about making one or two more. I think I have a problem! Yours are very nice.

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