Thursday, September 14, 2017

A New Pattern

For my newest project I've been working on an upcoming Fat Quarter Shop pattern.

I chose Hometown Christmas Edition fabric by Sweetwater (which I absolutely love).

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Pincushions Galore!

The beginning of August I found a neat "sew along" on Instagram that was 31 pincushions in 31 days.  I quickly jumped in because of course I love pincushions, and how hard could that be?  Well, it proved to be quite an adventure.  It forced to me to do things I had put off before like paper piecing, learning how to use EQ7, and finishing something everyday.

These were made from left over scraps and using my GO!  It seems saving scraps came in very handy, as the two in the back were made from strip sets from the Cracked Pots quilt I finished a couple of months ago.

I learned how to make a cathedral window (the one in the middle).  I think a pincushion is the best way to make your first cathedral window.  It is one and done.  Tiny hexagons also worked well, as did the left over corner half square triangles from the Rush Hour quilt.

Paper piecing small items can prove to be difficult.  I had a couple that just didn't make the cut, but I'm not giving up yet.  It was also fun to make some really small blocks and to fussy cut.  I think I see some mini quilts in my future.

I found a lot of patterns (or made my own) for fruit pincushions.  I just realized I never made a tomato.  Next time.  :)

These five were all made with Thimbleblossoms patterns and Bonnie and Camille fabrics.  Easy to make and just the right size.

I had tested the hexagon block for Geta Gamma a long time back, but had never used it for anything.  I figured out how to put sides on it, and it makes a great sized pincushion!  The long one fits perfectly on my Adirondack chair which is nice to use when I'm on the patio.

These two were made from the Sew Perfectly book, and they were so much fun to make.  I made the red and white one first and then realized I had put the pocket on the wrong way so I made a second.  The red and white pocket is just the right size for a longer scissors, so I guess I needed one with the pocket on the wrong way.  I've seen a lot of these made and now I know why, they are wonderful to use!

Last but not least was this 5" pincushion made using wool for the flower petals.  (I'm trying to remember the name of the pattern).  

Whew, that is a lot of pincushions.  They were all enjoyable to make, but maybe I won't do as many in such a short time period next time, or maybe I will, as this forced me to expand my horizons and see just what I can accomplish.  Now to figure out what to do with them all.  :)  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen