Now that Eva has started kindergarten, I had my first free morning to work on whatever I wanted. My free days are Mondays and Thursdays and I plan to make the most of them. Well, that is my intention anyway.
Thursday I got up at the crack of dawn, dealt with Ozzie, watered the plants, read my email, had my coffee, and trekked upstairs to begin sewing the rows together for Raise the Roof. As I sewed, my mind was wandering.
A week or so ago, there was a blog post on the Moda website (Moda, Cutting Table by Carrie Nelson) on the subject of pincushions. Remember the old fashioned tomato shaped pincushions our moms and grandmas had? Carrie pointed out how far we have come from those days. Click on the link and go read her post, it was super entertaining, and she showed lots of photos of great pincushions used by famous fabric designers.
Anyway, I was sitting there sewing my rows, and pinning from my metal pin dish, and I kept stabbing myself when I reached for the pins. I started thinking about other options I had in my pincushion collection. I do have some fun pincushions, but I don't really use them for sewing. Just for eye candy.
I pulled them out for the photo above. Here is a close up of just some of my favorite pincushions I have collected or that friends have given me:
And these are the pincushions I am actually using:
Ho hum. Yawn. The little wool ball I am using for U pins and numbered pins is all right for what it is, but that magnetic dish had gotten on my last nerve. As I nursed the latest prick from the pin dish, I started thinking things had to change. I recalled I had a couple of pincushion patterns by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, called "Tuffets". I pulled them out and made one in no time flat. It was so cute and so much fun to make I made another one. The pattern does warn that making them is addicting.
No more boring pin cushions for me! One for my ironing board and one for next to the Bernina. They each measure 4 1/2 inches square and are stuffed with walnut shell litter from the pet supply store. I made both of them in about two hours, including hand stitching them closed after stuffing.
Cute gift idea, isn't it? But you know you want one for yourself.