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Spreading warm wishes one quilt at a time…


Who knew?

I signed up to partake in the National Pincushion Swap that the Modern Quilt Guild organized in honor of QuiltCon.  I was very excited about doing it but a little wary of the “modern aesthetic” reference in the guidelines.  That “modern aesthetic” guideline has plagued every decision I’ve made in my attempts to make a FABULOUS pincushion.  I mean really, I don’t want to be the dork that just makes a wonky cross block because I’ve seen what some people have done.  Someone posted a beautiful cathedral windows cushion so I knew I didn’t want to do that since it had already been done (and ahem, a bit out of my technical/patience level).

I saw a cute little turtle pincushion pattern that also doubled as a sewing caddy for needles, spool of thread and small scissors–I was never able to actually download the pattern though.  I finally decided that it wasn’t modern.  Next I decided I should do something with a hexagon.  Thus the below attempts–which I decided just weren’t up to par.

Scrappy hexagons

Cute but just not pincushion worthy

I then decided I wanted to do something with linen.  I’ve ever sewn with linen before but I’ve heard it’s slippery.  My machine did not like sewing this fabric–not sure if it was just bad quality or the inherent nature of linen but it was a struggle to just get what you see below.  I was thinking of trying a cute little house out of linen–I may give it another go–we shall see.

Linen with stripe block

Just ho hum – not worth the effort it took to get it completed.

You can probably see where this is going.  I next decided that I would just sew put a block together and be done with it.  The green and blue one was completed and it was okay…if it was for me.  Next, I decided to just sew 2 of my hexagon flowers together and stuff it–the problem with that was the sand was too fine and I didn’t want to put a muslin insert inside to hold the sand so I tried stuffing it with rice but there were still little areas in the corners of the hexagons where the rice was falling out.  Next, I got the bright idea that I should use the Anna Marie Horner feather pattern for a pincushion.  I didn’t want it as big though so I reduced it to 25% of its size and ended up with such tiny pieces that my machine just would not sew together and I doubted that I could get my hand stitches small enough for those pieces.  Thus, 8 hours later, I left for my guild meeting –without a pincushion –resigned that I would not do one.

Hexagon flower

the rice leaked out of these..

Green and blue pieced block
this might have worked if I had had some cute fussy cut owl fabric left from Mr. H’s quilt


this might have worked if I had time to plan it out

Feather block

Failed attempt at miniature Anna Marie Horner feather block. I had to cut the tip off of the feather because my machine had shredded it up.

So anyways, my fellow guild members had some amazing pincushions (as I had expected) so I was glad that I didn’t bring my pathetic attempts.  I was informed though that I still had until November 10 to submit a pincushion if I needed more time.  If I do so, it will have to be even more fabulous than I had previously planned (I mean whenever you turn in the assignment after everyone else, you have to step up your game, right).  So do I make another attempt or forget it?