Archive for the ‘Pincushions’ Category

2 posts in 1 day!

September 22, 2008

Oh my! Well, I said I set aside sewing time and I did. This is the result of my time…



I made this tiny pincushion, with a 2″ 60 degree diamond.ย  I glued a button on the bottom, for stability, and it works great! However I realized, that once the button was glued on, that was pretty much it as far as embellishment. Wrapping trim around it, sewing a button or yoyo in the center of the top was out of the question. But, it’s still cute and functional!

My next was this wool, utilitarian pincushion. I wanted something that would be ultra-functional. Sturdy. Still no reason why it can’t be pretty ๐Ÿ™‚


I used a 3″ 45 degree diamond for this one. I wanted to use the different colors of wool – everything shows up on black, and for the ‘black’ threaded needles, I added the white. Nothing will get lost in this pincushion! The other thing I wanted to do – to make it pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ – was to add the ribbon over the seam lines. Once the diamonds were sewn together into the star, I sewed the ribbon to the star, stopping of course, where the seam stopped, but I left enough ribbon to cover the bottom seam, once sewn. I found I could machine sew the ribbon on underneath, as long as I alternated the seams. On 4 of the ribbons, I added loops. Still not sure what they’re for, but I wanted them. I sewed on beads, rather than buttons at the curve, on each ribbon.


You can see the bottom here, and I still plan to glue on a button for a base. The layers of wool and ribbon are pretty thick, and adding a button in the center of the top will be difficult and I’m not sure I want to mess with it. I’m pretty happy with it as is.

Got any bright ideas for the loops?

Are you bored with Pincushions? I’M NOT!

September 22, 2008

Just a note – if you click on the pictures, you’ll go to the blogs or sites where these pincushions live full time.


Is that adorable or what? This is truly an Angel Cushion! Look at the other one she made…


Satu is the maker of these little darlings, she is from Finland. Spend some time exploring her blog, she made several of the projects from Stitchers Angels ย  and they are just as well made as these. I’d love to be her secret pal! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have some sewing time set aside today, and I’m inspired to make a few more pincushions. I’ll post them tomorrow!

We’ve got pincushions…. All over the place!

September 19, 2008

Look at this pincushion Lizzie made…All one color, what a neat idea! I like that and will have to try that myself. You can never have too many pincushions!


And Annette made this one – isn’t that cute, made from quilting cottons? The yoyo in the middle is a fabulous idea! Looks like this one is already hard at work, with all those pins ๐Ÿ™‚


I had to add a New Category – Pincushions! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anymore out there? Anyone make some a different size? It’s super easy to do, just use a smaller diamond for your pattern!

September 2008 Cotton Spice is online!

September 17, 2008

You can download the September issue over at Cotton Spice Quilting Magazineย ย  Once you get there, click on the link right there on the magazine and it’ll take you to the download page.ย  112 pages packed with projects, articles and stories. A very special Sunflower Section – don’t want to miss that!

Now… back to pincushions! Did you see this one? Rhonda made it. Her blog is definitely worth a trip over there, her handwork is exquisite! Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ย 


I’d love to see your pincushions. Leave a comment with a link to your blog. Over 700 people downloaded the pincushion directions, hopefully a few of you have made them ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a plug for my good friend Tammy, who does all the techy work on Cotton Spice. She is an absolute wiz at marketing and has a neverending supply of creative and fantastic ideas. If you have a quilt shop – online or off – or have a friend who does, she is now offering her marketing services for all you quilt shop owners.ย  Quilt Shop Marketing is a gold mine of information and believe me, I know! I did editing for her and I know what’s in there. Well worth your time and dollars, especially in this shaky financial period we are experiencing here in the US. Hop on over and check it out!

Now that the magazine is DONE ๐Ÿ™‚ I can relax for awhile. I’m working on some Christmas presents, which I can’t talk about until after Christmas.

Have you seen the blogs that were awarded the Cotton Spice Blogging Awards? They are listed in the magazine, but here’s a sneak peek –

Best Tutorial Blogย 

Best Quilting Blog and Judy has a free pattern for all you Cotton Spice readers!

Best Charity Knitting Blog

Go visit them, leave a comment with some Cotton Spice love!

Have a GREAT day!

Chenille Pinchushion

September 8, 2008

It’s my turn for Stitchers Angel week ๐Ÿ™‚ and I’ve designed a Chenille Pincushion. You can download the PDF file chenille-pincushion-karen-gass.pdf

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Click on each page to make it full size.

I’d love to see your pictures if you make one or four of these!

You can find more Stitchers Angels project on Helen’s blog…Hugs ‘n Kisses