Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Cat Love is back! Its a new print by Mia Charro called Kitty Wreaths. It is just as adorable as the original print. In fact I had to hunt down the changes. All I know is that I am so happy to offer my original Cat Love Pincushion again. I've had so many requests for this pincushion. It is so sweet in pink. I also use a Basic Gray Grunge in Duchess. There are 4 cats in the print, but you have to choose 3 for your pincushion. When you order you can choose specific cats, all one cat or just let me surpise you. This pincushion is special for so many reasons. Just look at that silk velvet button on top. I use a hand dyed velvet with lots of coordinating colors. Everything about this pincushion is fun and functional. It has an emery core for sharpening your pins and needles. It's surrounded by fiberfill, so it's nice a fluffy. This pincushion is large. It's 4 1/2 inches across and 2 1/4 inches high. Here are the kitties in this print. Maybe one resembles on of your fuzzy friends! Fiberluscious. Autumn Pincushion with pretty mugs of coffee! There are more. Come to my Etsy Shop and check them out!
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Cardinal Pincushion embodies my love of being outside, bird watching and gardening. I have also spent the summer trying new things and trying things I have on my bucket list of patchwork and sewing. I think I dreamt of this new pattern. I always love to do applique, but I rarely have the time to just sit down and get back to some nice slow stitching. I don't know why. It always relaxes me and it opens up a whole bunch of new ideas. I combined applique and some patchwork to make my Sun Shine and Moon Shine Pincushions ASpoonFullOfSugar. Lisa Cox is a talented designer of patterns. You will find PaperPieced Patterns featured on my Cherry Pincushion and the Pineapple Pincushion. It doesn't stop there! She has applique, bags, placemats, quilt patterns and so much more. Just browsing her shop will make you smile and get your creative juices flowing! LizTaylorHandmade to create my Daisy Pincushion. Liz Taylor is another talented designer. The patterns are beautifully designed. There templates are clear and the instructions are great. Like most paper pieced patterns, you will get pattern guidance. You will have to learn basic paper piecing techniques on your own. Don't fret! There are some awesome YouTube videos and blogs to help you out. All the patterns I used for my pincushions were beginner level blocks. If you are new to the technique, start larger, be patient and have some faith. They seem to go together like magic in the end! I made the 3 inch version of this block. Sometimes working small can offer a whole lot of challenges. Bulky seam allowances being one of the problems one can encounter with small patchwork. I recommend grading or trimming down seam allowances when things get tiny. If you are new to paper piecing, be patient. Its like walking backwards. You know how to walk, you know how to sew, just take a breath and do your best. Once again, I think challenges are so good for us. They can teach you so much. Here is my Daisy Pincushion. I used lots of ombre, textured and plain solids. I love how it turned out! Fiberluscious. It won't be free anymore but it certainly will much easier to get everything you need to make it in one place. I'm just starting the process but hope to have it ready for sale before autumn. Its such a lovely pincushion and I would recommend you try it if you love embroidery!
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Brilliant Butterfly is a pattern by Charise Creates. The Precious Heart Gem Pincushion and the 1930's style Welcome Home Little Robin is a pattern by CenterStreetQuilts. The above "Welcome Home Little Robin" Pincushion is a paper pieced pattern by CenterStreetQuilts. If you love to paper piece, she has lots of adorable patterns. The pattern is easy to follow. I'm grateful she has given permission for limited use so each one I make will be a limited edition pincushion. She has 71 paper pieced patterns in her shop. Check her out! I am also working on more patterns from her shop as well as from CheriseCreates, EllisandHiggs, and Sugaridoo. I'll try to post those projects here as they go into my shop. I encourage you to check out Sugaridoo on YouTube. You will adore her cheery smile and her fun, modern projects. She has fun quilt patterns for kids too. Find out more on her Sugaridoo blog. Maybe your mom could use a little scrap basket, I have lots in my shop! Here are just a few... pincushions in my shop, with my special ingredient, an Emery core. Here are a few. here.