Monday, November 23, 2015

pincushions galore

I thought it would be fun to show my entire pincushion collection with you today! Some were made by me and several were made by my friends. I love them all! I could barely fit them all in one frame (hahaha!)....no surprise there!
These two are my favorite ones to use....at least this week! :) I love that they have a firm base (a repurposed tuna can) and that they sit up higher than most pincushions. There is a tutorial here, from a long time ago, if you care to make one of your own.
 My pincushion "candy bowl" is full! This makes me super happy!
And one more...I made this little one on retreat this weekend. I found a scrap with my birth year on it and it was centered on the piece of fabric, so I just HAD to make a pincushion out of it. Isn't that the cutest? It's scrap project # 116!
If you are curious to know how I make my pincushions, I basically follow the directions in this tutorial...I just change up the patchwork on the top panel. I like to fill my smaller pincushions with crushed walnut shells, which I purchase in large quantities from the pet store. (They are sold as lizard litter). If the pincushions are over 5" or 6" I fill them with poly fiberfill, so they don't get too heavy. I hope that helps to answer any questions you may have!
 
Happy Monday to you!

25 comments:

Andrea R said...

The armchair one is adorable!

Pip said...

I love the tuna can pincushions, one of my peeves with some pincushions is when the pincushion is too thin and the pins poke through and stab you, the tuna can would prevent that quite nicely.

Cut&Alter said...

Just wonderful!!! I have been trying to find crushed walnut shells over here in the UK since reading your tutorial - all the people who work in the pet stores think I am crazy!!

Emily Camfield said...

I love the little tiny dresden!

Crystal_235 said...

Love all your pincushions. I have the tuna can tutorial printed out and ready to make, hopefully after all my Christmas sewing is done.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

great idea for a tuna can - I am curious as to what you are going to do with all of them!

Clair said...

People can be so creative. And to think that I just have one!

Mystic Quilter said...

I always love seeing your posts with a pincushion in there so seeing this superb collection is a bonus!
I think I may hop along to your tutorial for the "tuna" pincushion!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Goodness! I thought I had a pincushion problem!
I bought my giant sack of walnut shells from a specialist snake/reptile pet shop. Going there was an experience in itself.

SarahZ said...

Why do I foresee a larger "candy bowl" in your future? :) Thanks to you, I have actually made a few pincushions, but they drive me batty to use...I am too accustomed to my faithful "Grabbit" magnetic thingy :)

Lorri said...

I love the pear pincushion!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

A bowl of pin cushions...how awesome is that. I need to give your tutorial a try

Bernie Kringel said...

These are so pretty! I love the mini Dresden. Actually ... who am I kidding? I love them all.

Kay said...

Absolutely wonderful, a girl can never have too many pincushions. x

Heide said...

What a fantastic collection of pincushions! Thanks for the tutorial on the tuna can pincushion, I may have to make some chicken salad this weekend ( Not a big tuna fan) so I can give this tutorial a try.

KaHolly said...

Wow! That's alotta pincushions.

Daytona Damsel said...

Oh I like the tuna can pin cushion. I am going over to check out the directions. Thanks, Debbie

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Every time I see your pin cushions it makes me want my own bowl full of them even though I rarely use one. I use a magnetic bowl instead. Happy Thanksgiving

Just Another Quilter said...

I just love your pincushions. I made a couple of the tuna fish style pincushions when your tutorial came out. These are also my favorites. I have used a small peanut butter container. I picked the height by using DH's Dremel tool to trim the container where I wanted.
Thanks for the great show of your pincushions.
Just Another Quilter

Suzanne said...

I could really sit down to a bowl of your pincushions and fill up on the eye candy inside.

Cheryl said...

I love pincushions and yours are so full of scrappy goodness, just beautiful!

Liz Rehrauer said...

My grandma crocheted pin cushions just like the lavender one you have right in the middle of the picture. I wish I had one of those now. Problem was I was only 8 years old or so, and I had no need for one.

Baa. xxx said...

What a super pincushion photo!

cityquilter grace said...

such cute pincushions and a stellar day at the thrift too!

Jolly said...

Oh, so extremely cute! Lovely tiny pillows! Writers from pinkelstar.com loved them so much!