A Rockstar Pin Cushion

I found a fabulous package in my mailbox over the weekend! My new friend Cindy made this amazing pin cushion for me. Just for me!

I recently sent her a package full of selvages I had been collecting for the past several years, so this was our trade. She knew the fabric designerslove, and she even included an appropriate saying at the bottom of the round. She knows I like rock music, so she picked out this awesome fabric for the back.

I think it’s perfect, Cindy! Thank you!

15 Minutes of Play – Pin Cushion Experiment

Ever spend 15 minutes to work on a new idea (or an old idea), try a new technique, or just mess around with your fabrics or scraps? I set aside 15 minutes a few weeks ago, and ended up with the start of some cute pinwheels from a pile of scrap squares (still in progress).

Lately, I wanted to use an old orphan quilt block to make a travel size pin cushion. I also wanted to try making a mosaic-looking pin cushion (inspired by this one) using extra-small scraps. It was like making a tiny version of a ticker-tape quilt.

It was quite fun to spend 15 minutes playing with these scraps, and especially freeing since these were sort “improv” for me.

Whimsical Projects

I took a personal day off from work last Friday after New Year’s, and enjoyed it so much! The sun was shining, lifting my spirits and providing wonderful natural light.  As a part of my resolution, I was quite focused and productive in my sewing workshop.

I started out with these adorable pin cushions made from none other than my favorite – chocolate lollipop fabrics. They have embellished felt leaves for a base.

Chocolate Lollipop Pin cushionsI used Kathy’s pattern featured on the cover of this issue of Sew Simple Volume 11 to make these.  She’s that great designer from Pink Chalk Studio.  This pattern was quite similar to making a fabric yo-yo but then you stuff it and embellish to your heart’s desire. Very easy and fun to make.

Next up are my sweet cottages made from three collections of fabric by Anna Maria Horner.

Three AMH CottagesI used Linda’s pattern featured in that same issue of the Sew Simple magazine.  Aren’t they sweet?  I just love them! The pattern was easy and these are my three favorite collections of fabric (Bohemian, Chocolate Lollipop and Garden Party).  It’s about time I start cutting into them, after spending a year hoarding, I mean admiring these precious fabrics on my shelves!

Finally, the grandest of all projects for the day – my new pin cushion caddy!

Pin Cushion Caddy in Garden Party…applause applause…  (thank you thank you)

I used Anna Maria’s pattern from her most wonderful Seams To Me book.  I have been admiring this project ever since a signed copy of the book arrived on my doorstep a couple months ago, but for some reason, I was a little intimidated.  No need for that cuz the pattern was easy to follow and fun to make.  I used big pieces of Garden Party fabrics that came in my scrap bag order.

Having an entire day to sew makes me giddy!  Now I’m off to cut fabric for the next line-up of projects – a few quilts. Thanks for stopping by today.