Life is starting to take some semblance of order now that kids have returned to school. I had been working on a number of projects over the holiday season in preparation for Christmas when my life came tumbling down less than a week before the big day. The light that Christmas brings was dimmed and so the projects were put on hold and thus there haven’t been any to show you for some time. I have slowly been putting the pieces back together and completing what I had begun.

The little gems I have to show you today are fun and fast to finish. I had hoped to complete several but I am happy with the three I have so far.

I had never heard of the term ‘tuffet’ before when referring to a pincushion. I discovered this pattern from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. They are a darling set of 6 different tuffets done in various patchwork blocks.

I chose a couple of different ones and the third was a creation of my own. They are a great way to use up small scraps of fabric. They measure about 4.5″x4.5″ and the 6 shown on the pattern picture were originally made from a charm pack of 40 different fabrics.

The first one I chose was the Courthouse Steps. I made this one from some bright and colourful fabrics. Although not perfect (and who needs perfection anyway!) I do love the result.

Just to show you a bit of the process I have included a few pictures for this first tuffet.

The next tuffet I made I added my own touch to. A bit of Christmas whimsy.

The tree and angel were cut from some of my Christmas fabric stash. I appliquéd it onto the base then beaded in some of the areas in the angel and some garland in the tree. I finished by quilting some little snowflakes on and around the tree.

The last tuffet I finished was taken from the original pattern again. This time I chose the Shoo-fly block. The back of this block was pieced with some co-ordinating fabric bits.

These were fun and easy and I can see a few more of these appearing on my sewing table soon.

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