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July 26, 2019
Sewing ✖ Orange Peel from Charm About You

This is the stack of quilts I took to Leicestershire and Rutland Guild, where I was invited to give a talk and teach a workshop. It's always exciting and slightly nerve wracking for me to visit somewhere new. All the ladies that weekend were so welcoming and it was great to arrive on their Area Day at the end of last month. It began with everyone working on their own projects and there was a wonderful show and tell. I really enjoy seeing peoples creations and hearing stories of how it was made. Sadly I didn't take pictures ...

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June 22, 2019
Pincushion Tutorial from In the Boondocks

Hexagon Flower Pincushion 
Fabric - Heather Ross Trixie

Back of pincushion- Heather Ross Strawberries 

I keep them in a little tin!

Sue Daley Millners Needles 
Size 11

Walnut shells

Small scissors and a needle threader!

Aurifil 80 weight thread

A hexagon flower sewn by hand using Aurifil 80 weight thread a piece of backing fabric! 
(2) pieces of Pellon SF101 cut to size!

Iron the Pellon 
to each back of fabric!
It will strengthen 
the front side of each side!

Draw a circle on the backside 
of your flower!
I used a measuring cup, 
to draw a circle!

Put fabrics ...

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June 12, 2019
Decorative Pot Pincushion from Wedding Dress Blue

After the success of yesterday’s pincushion, I wanted to try another one.


This was another decorative pot.  The plant that was in this one outgrew the space and lives in larger quarters on the sill of my kitchen window.

But, such a cute pot wanted a future holding SOMETHING useful (besides that flower).


So, it became a pincushion.

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June 11, 2019
Teacup Pincushion from Wedding Dress Blue

Recently, I was gifted a tiny plant in a cup.  Alas, the plant did not survive very long, which is unusual around here.  I am pretty good at keeping plants alive. But, the cup remained.

It was decorative and not really intended for drinking.

But I thought it might make a cute (and functional) pincushion.

This TUTORIAL gave me a good starting point.


And before I knew it, I had a new super cute (and functional) pincushion.

It was so much fun, I made a second one, which I will share with you tomorrow.

Do you have a little pot ...

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May 28, 2019
Chicken and Rooster Pincushion from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Wanna make an adorable pincushion with me? I have never been a big pincushion gal until I started using a pincushion. Holy smokes. And why not have an sweet little chicken pincushion? Side question:...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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March 8, 2019
pin pillow [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

pin pillow

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February 14, 2019
How to Make a Felted Wool Pincushion from Patchwork Posse

Learn how to make a felted wool pincushion….there are lots of options when it comes to felted wool and what pincushion designs you can make. Strips of felted wool make the perfect material for making pincushions. 
For the materials I went with felted wool sweaters, but the process is the same for using strips of wool felt. So, either will work. 
Because of the subject of the final pincushion, I choose my colors accordingly.   This is a great way to explore some fun wool colors though and think outside of the box. 
How to make felted wool pincushions. Perfect for wool strips and shrunk sweaters. so cute!
wool sweaters-  100% wool sweaters. You ...

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January 15, 2019
business as usual from easypatchwork

What can I say? It's business as usual, or is it? The longer I have a blog, website and pattern business, the more I get frustrated with the whole deal. Please don't get me wrong. I love designing, writing patterns and teaching. I truly do. It is just the flip side that I don't like. Let me give you a little peak into the other world. I have been publishing my patterns and free tutorials in the

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October 18, 2018
Stitch Gathering 2018 from Charm About You

Real life wobbles, true friends and bunches of creativity! //

There is something so special about spending time with kindred spirits; especially those people that understand fabric love, why we cut up fabric and sew it back together, the procraftination brought about by a quilt needing to be basted, etc. Quilt retreats are the place where we can enjoy talking about sewing and actually doing it! Earlier this month I went to the Stitch Gathering, organised by lovely Jo Avery of mybearpaw. I taught in 2017 and was thrilled to be asked to teach again this year. 

Jo has this fun ...

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BLOG REMIX – Pretty Pincushion from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’re shaking things up on the Jolly Jabber! We are bringing life back to our old projects with Blog Remixes! Every other Thursday from today until November 15, we will be throwing it back to one of our tutorials with new fabrics, notions, tips and tricks to inspire you to make your next project. Whether you’ve seen this project before or it’s your first time, there’s a remix project for everyone. This week’s remix is the Pretty Pincushion we did with Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life back in 2016! This is a fast and ...

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September 21, 2018
Quilt Block Charms and More Sunnyside Avenue Projects from Tea Rose Home

I have been making some fun things with Sunnyside Avenue fabrics designed by Amy Smart. This is her second fabric line and it is such a fun and cheerful collection. I have been playing with them and made a couple things in the last few month.

Have you had a chance to take a look at the bag I made back in June? If you missed it, here is the link to the tutorial.

I also couldn't resist maing some bottle cap pincushions with them. Aren't they so cute together? This is such an easy project to do ...

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July 14, 2018
Pinwheel pincushion featuring Sunnyside Up from Carried Away Quilting

I’m a big fan of Moda fabric designer Corey Yoder. I’ve made several projects with three of Corey’s recent collections (Sundrops, Flower Mill, and Pepper & Flax). So imagine my delight when Corey was kind enough to send me a scrap bag of sample fabric from her upcoming collection, Sunnyside Up! I picked through all of the yummy fabric morsels and selected these prints to make a dimensional pinwheel pincushion.

Besides her charming floral designs, Corey’s use of color always draws me in. She has a knack for selecting happy, cheerful hues that are warm and deep ...

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May 30, 2018
Rustic Romance Pincushions from Tea Rose Home

Look at this gorgeous new fabric line Rustic Romance from Riley Blake Designs. I had several ideas of what to create with these beauties and I finally decided to make pincushions.

My most favorite fabrics are these. I wanted to come up with the designs to showcase them better. I created small and large pincushions. I created a downloadable PDF for the hexagon in case you need it.

* Small Pincushion

1. Download the PDF and cut out the template. It would be great if you have thin plastic sheets to make the templates, but if not, you could still make ...

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April 7, 2018
More Pincushions and a Project from Richard from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Before I write anything else, I want to apologize to everyone who has sent me an email, left a note here or messaged me in any way. I've had Milly on my hip for days now. Everyone is away at work or school or playing with friends, so that leaves Richard and me to babysit. All. The. Time. 

She's even been sleeping here at night. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving having her, but a baby is work! And since she weighs 20 or so pounds, she's heavy work. She melts my heart, though, and ...

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April 1, 2018
More Pincushion Finishes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Somehow I'm going to have to keep track of which pincushions I've shown you and which ones I have left. I decided to show you in batches since that's how I'm making them. Plus, each batch kind of has a theme or colorway. Maybe it's more a colorway.
I wrote about the first batch here.

I'm sewing ahead of my writing because for some strange reason that's how it's going. Don't read too much in it though, I'm not that far ahead with the sewing. 

In the second batch, (here ...

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March 31, 2018
Five Little Finishes ~~ Pincushions from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been sewing a little, though not much. I had an idea last week that is sort of a secret. My guild has booked a bus to attend the Gulf States Quilting Association quilt show in April. 

The bus holds 35 people and I had 20 or so pincushions already made and sitting in the basket, waiting for a recipient. Making another 15 shouldn't be that time-consuming. I wrote about other pincushions for this project here.

I had to rip out the handwork on this round one.
That flat side was making me crazy!
These were quick and ...

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March 26, 2018
Try a Technique with Island Batik from Sew Incredibly Crazy

 I love a good challenge.
I actually try to challenge myself 
every quilting project that I 
pick up.
As an Island Batik Ambassador, 

every Ambassador has the same challenge.
This month was try something new.
I have tried so many different
techniques through the 6 years 
since I began to quilt.
I was totally unsure on what I should do. 

Then, I saw a picture of a cute little tuffet
pincushion, and I was hooked.
I had never made a sewn pincushion, so 
why not now.

I purchased the kit through Amazon
You can also find it at License to ...

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March 24, 2018
News on the Home Front from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Is that our daughter-in-law, Stacey, has a new job. She will become general manager of a restaurant not far from here. There's a caveat, however. Isn't there always? Stacey will have to attend a training which IS far from here, so she'll be gone for days at a time...for a few weeks. 

Since the other adults in their house are working adults, someone has been wrangled politely asked to take over babysitting services. Guess who that someone is? Why did I retire? Did I have big plans? Is it possible that the universe is conspiring? 

Now ...

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March 8, 2018
One Monthly Goal - March from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Well, the post title says 
One Monthly Goal, 

but I have never been one
to stick with titles.
Why start now?!?
So instead of one goal, 
I am going for three.
Crazy, I know!!
Especially since, 
we are already on the 7th day
of the month and 
I am on the computer rather
than sewing away.
So, here it goes....

Goal #1
(Image from Amazon)

I found the most adorable pincushion
kit on Amazon.  
It is not expected to be here until 
Friday, so I am excited to give this little
cutie a try.  
I have yet to make a ...

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November 17, 2017
My Sewing Tutu from Curlicue Creations

 No, I'm not dancing and quilting at the same time.  I'm nowhere near that coordinated!  The sewing Tutu came in the October Quilty Box.

I was excited to try it.  It fits over the top of  a wide mouth canning jar.  What a cute idea!

The pincushion top can be customized with the fabric of your choice.  I've been waiting for the "purrfect" project to use my "You've got to be kitten me" fabric.  This is it!  Meow.

I tried a few different jars before I found the right one.  The jar needs to be wide ...

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