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Friday, January 27, 2017

a trio of pincushions

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I had very little sewing time this week, so all I managed to finish is these three pincushions. I guess that's better than nothing!
The black and white pincushion was made from scraps leftover from piecing my kindness pillow top. The other two were made from patchwork pieces that were floating around in my orphan block pile. At least they are usable items now! I think they make pretty cute pincushions.

I've also put my favorite tools for making pincushions in the photo. The first is invisible thread. It's a bugger to work with, because it's basically clear, but it makes the hand stitched opening almost invisible. It's amazing! A needle minder is essential because both needles and invisible thread are really, really hard to keep track of. My other favorite tool is a bamboo point turner. (Made by Merchant and Mills. I purchased mine at Modern Textiles.) It's such a handy tool for turning out the corner of tiny pieces like this. I would highly recommend it!

Since pincushions are the topic of the day, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway, too! If you would like to win a PDF copy of my Plenty of Pincushion Patterns, Volume 1 and 2, please leave me a comment in this post. In your comment, I'd love to hear if you have sewing plans this weekend. If so, what do you plan to make? I'll pick a few winners tomorrow morning. If you win, perhaps you can make a few pincushions before the weekend is through. :)

edited to add: the giveaway is now closed, winners have been posted.

Now, it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank you, as always, for joining me for finish it up Friday!

174 comments:

  1. Your pincushions are so beautiful. I love your scrappy projects!

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  2. I just love all of your pincushions!!! I have made 1 and every time I see all of yours it makes me want to make a whole lot more than 1 :)

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  3. So cute! You're so good with scraps. And the photographs are just delicious!

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  4. So cute! For this weekend, I plan to work on quilting my Park Bench quilt - it's taking forever, and I just want to finish at this point!

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  5. I absolutely adore your pin cushions! I haven't made any yet, but on my list of things to do this year is to make a whole bunch to give as gifts for the ladies in my stitching group. I certainly have the scraps and your pictures for inspiration. Maybe I'll even be able to make several extra and start my own "bowl of pin cushions" like you've done. I think that's such a great idea!

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  6. I've been sitting with my granddaughter this week while she has been recovering from a horrible cold/cough. Looking forward to being in my sewing room and hearing the purr of my machine. I'll grab one of several in-progress projects and sew to my hearts content.

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  7. I love that black and white one. I hope to finish up a scrap quilt from more orphan blocks this weekend. They go pretty fast because most of the work is already done. Thanks.

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  8. Your pin cushions are always so cute. I can't pick a favorite.

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  9. Oh I would love to win this pattern! I plan on making a bunch of slab blocks this weekend because I'm making The Missing U quilt from your book Sunday Morning Quilts. :-)

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  10. Your pin cushions are so cute and functional. I am interested in your books not only for the great, fun ideas, but also for your suggestions on fillings. That seems to be what is holding me back and I'm sure you have a lot of good suggestions.

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  11. I love that even without a lot of sewing time you manage to get even a little something done, Amanda! I am making pouches this weekend for my daughter for her birthday. Again, a small project but one I know I can complete in a weekend! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I hope to get some sewing in amongst the birthday/party sleepover events. I'd love to finish my "be kind" mini.

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  13. I'll be working on pillows for Hospice.

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  14. I've finished the blocks for a lap quilt and am now sewing the rows. I like when I get to this part because I can see the quilt top coming together.

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  15. Pincushions are great fillers to make when you have a few moments. I am working furiously on Love Entwined for my appliqué fix and Austin Bluebird for piecing.

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  16. I'm finishing up some quilts for the upcoming Stunning Stars series on my blog! Good thing it's too gray and cold to go outside today! Thanks for the chance at winning a copy of your patterns!!

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  17. So sweet! Thanks for all the Inspiration!

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  18. Yes, I hope to do some sewing this weekend! Not sure what, though - I am tempted to start a new project (new year, new project, right?), but I have several WIPs that should get some attention, too. Love your pincushion patterns!

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  19. Hi! This weekend I hope to finish up the remaining churn dash blocks for the Jenn Kingwell "Long time gone" pattern and hopefully finish free-motion quilting a 3 year old WIP!

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  20. Planning to finish quilting 4 more baby quilts for charity. Hopefully I'll also be able to quilt a tiny doll quilt for myself so that I have a hand work binging to turn during tv time!

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  21. Your quilting inspires me. I love your use of colour! I will be making 35 nine patches for a mystery quilt and skyping with my buddy. We both get to sew in our own sewing rooms, but together. We can even sew in our pajamas if we want to!

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  22. While I wish I could say that I was going to finish a quilt this weekend, I really need to hem some jeans before I go on a trip (and it wouldn't be bad to attack the ever growing mending stack)

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  23. I wrote to you a while back asking if you would do a tutorial showing how to close the edge of pincushions without it looking mangled (mine always do). You answered you might do one later. I think you just gave me the secret, invisible thread. Thanks!!!

    My sewing for the weekend will hopefully include getting caught up on the blocks for the Pat Sloan Solstice Challenge. Thanks for the chance to win. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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  24. I'm hoping to get a king sized commissioned quilt top finished this weekend. And maybe if I stay on task, I'll get to plan and shop for a new quilt! 😊

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  25. Recently I've gotten out of the habbit of quilting and started altering clothes! It's fun. And it's probably a phase. Love the pincushions!

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  26. I love seeing all you pincushions. You inspired me this Christmas to make pincushions for my friends. I just came back from a quilting retreat, so my sewing this weekend will be finishing off the quilt tops that I started in my two classes.

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  27. Your pin cushions are such fun! I have plans to make sandwich wraps and snack bags this weekend. We gave up plastic a year ago and I have three little girls whose lunches I pack. I love getting the chance to use my fabric in a sustainable way that brings some fun and color to their lunches. 🙂

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  28. Your pin cushions are always so fun and colourful !

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  29. Love your many pincushions! I would so love to fill a big jar with pincushions made from all your patterns. They're like little poofy fairy pillows. My plans for this weekend unfortunately do not include sewing. It's a weekend for planning, list-making, intensive cleaning, and yard clean-up. I may not survive.

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  30. I'm going to my quilt guild meeting this afternoon and I'll be cutting HSTs for a new Kaffe quilt tomorrow.

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  31. I am planning on finishing a quilt for my son's school band fundraiser. It is a grey, black and beige jelly roll type quilt - all strips are cut 3 x 9 and you just keep sewing them together.

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  32. I really enjoy your project posts and am loving the pincushions. I have just got a new machine so am planning some mini projects to familiarise myself with it...your pincushions are the inspiration!
    Thanks

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  33. Planning on finishing up some Pokemon placemats for the kids - they are still messy with syrup so we wash a lot =)
    Happy weekend to you!!

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  34. I never thought of using invisible thread for that! Great idea!! I DO have some pincushions ready to sew together. You can never have enough, but first I must finish quilting my Easy As Pie quilt for my bed. ( 5th one of that pattern - thank you, Amanda!!!) It's just such an easy one! This one uses Quilter's Dream Request, as someone recommended on IG. I am anxious to see how I like it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!😊

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  35. I'm hoping to finish stitching up a scrappy quilt made from orphan blocks this weekend. I love your pincushion ideas; thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. Too much fun! This weekend I am working on some secret sewing, more than one project!

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  37. Such a cute pincushions! I'm willing to test some miniature pp patterns that have been waiting for me to give them some TLC for months now!xxx

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  38. My weekend sewing plan is to finish up a Valentine table runner - better get it done so I have time to enjoy it!

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  39. I will be working on a couple of pillows (gifts) and a bag (for me), as well as doing some knitting.
    Love the blog!

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  40. I love seeing all your pincushions! I will have to try incorporating orphan block leftovers, seems like a good way to use them. I haven't sat down at my machine since before Christmas (eek!) but I'm hoping I'll get a chance to make some bee blocks this weekend. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. I would love to win a copy of your pincushion patterns. My sewing plans for this weekend is to work on my Splendid Sampler quilt.

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  42. Making a pillow for my son and daughter in law....to go with the quilt I am delivering to the long-arm quilter today!

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  43. It would be so fun to win! This weekend I am working on finishing a quilt for Lifehouse which is an organization in Duluth, MN that empowers youth experiencing homelessness to find work, housing and gain life skills.

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  44. I'll be making some zipper bags this weekend. Scraps, of course!

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  45. Gorgoeus pin cushions.....
    I am UFO sewing ths weekend... (again!).. a binding to sew on, a hanging sleeve to sew on another project, a bit of quilting to do on another, etc etc....and a pair of jeans to mend for hubby....

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  46. I'm hoping to finish putting a baby quilt top together. The blocks are all done so I just need to add sashing and borders. Love your pincushions!

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  47. I always love seeing your pin cushions. I'm sooo behind in my sewing that I'll be burning the midnight oil all weekend long. A quilt, a stuffy, 20 essential oil wraps, and project quilting starts another challenge on Sunday.

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  48. Your pin cushions are always so cute!

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  49. Your pincushions are always "squeal worthy." I am basting today so I can get some of my quilt tops quilted over the weekend.

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  50. Love your pincushions. I am hoping to work on a Carolyn Friedlander quilt I am making for a friend.

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  51. A giveaway--Yay! I'm just so impressed at your sticktuitiveness with regards to reducing your WIP pile, but you had to go and enable the rest of us to start new pincushion projects :) This weekend I will be working on a couple of flannel dog coats for my pugzu Milo. I'm sure you understand that a little naked dog and a Maine winter don't go well together!

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  52. I hope to cut out a couple of dresses for my granddaughters, but I don't know if I'll get them sewn. Love the pincushions!

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  53. No sewing plans for this weekend but I have plenty of sewing projects that need attention! I'd love to win your books, thanks for the chance!!

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  54. I'm working on an equilateral triangle quilt as a surprise 18th birthday present for my daughter. I have a lot tiny scraps that would be ideal for pin cushions! Thanks for the inspiration.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  55. Isn't it fun to use those last little scraps? I'm workin on a back for a quilt trying to use all my leftover pieces. But it got set aside so I could finish my Jan. UFO. I only have 10 French Roses blocks left of 72 and I can put it together.

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  56. I hope to get a quilt for my soon-to-be-born granddaughter quilted this weekend. It all depends on whether I can shake off this cold! If not, I'll be lounging on the couch - again! *sigh*

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  57. Love those. I'm headed to winter quiltfest!! Looking forward to my first quilt retreat :D

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  58. I always give a little squeal when I see another set of your beautiful pincushions ! The black and white one is definitely my favorite from this set. Hoping to work on my Irish chain quilt I started a year ago this weekend - wish me luck. royalquilter7(at)gmail.com

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  59. Thank you for introducing me to the concept of a needle minder - I need this in my life! Tomorrow I'm starting on my pattern for a Marilyn Monroe replica dress. I've been thinking about this project for months so it's time to dive in at last! Thanks for your awesome blog!

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  60. I hope to have time to trim some blocks and sew them together this weekend. Love your pincussions! Have a great weekend! Jsbailey99 at gmail.com

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  61. I love your pincushions! This weekend, I hope put a backing on a quilt, and make the quilt sandwich. I hope to make it a gift for my aunt.
    Susie

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  62. You make the best pincushions! I'm going to finish quilting a valentine quilt I made 2 years ago. Really really want to see it on my sofa this year!

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  63. This weekend I am finishing a quilt for a friend who is retiring. Also on my list is to make a pin cushion so winning your pattern would come in handy! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  64. Love your scrappy pincushions. Might be just what I need to do to use up some of my orphan pieces!

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  65. I always love your pincushions. I especially enjoyed following your progress when you made one every day for a month. My quilty plans for the weekend include finishing three "we care" quilt tops. I am working with some beautiful and bright fabrics that simply chase away the winter blahs with their cheerfulness.

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  66. Lovely pincushions again! This weekend I will be attempting two little fabric birds to go on top of my wedding cake. One will be dressed in a veil. The other (all being well) will be wearing a kilt.... Fingers crossed!

    Scottish Jen

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  67. So inspiring...your pincushions! Quick to do, that is the ticket! I am making some hexagons for a small mat. I am excited to do paper piecing!

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  68. Those are cool looking pincushions - cushion shaped pin cushion. ha ha.
    i have no idea why that amuses me.
    Anyway, not planning any sewing projects this weekend.

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  69. If all goes well, I will finish the last of the Beta costumes and deliver them by Monday. Otherwise, it's a busy weekend with very little sewing.

    I've become a pincushion princess. You know, one of those people who make pincushions just because. Yep, that's me. Thanks to you, Her Highness Pincushion. Your pincushions have me making pincushions. They are just too sweet to quit.

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  70. I love your tiny precious pincushions. I well be finishing the scrappy borders of a Crumb quilt. It is a first try for me and I am happy with it. All from my stash and my scraps and crumbs were not diminished nearly enough. So there will be more scrappyness in the future. I am drooling over your birches pattern. It is next on my list to order...new month, new SS check!! haha!

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  71. Ugh. I started cleaning out my sewing room, and kept running across pieces of flannel and half-finished pairs of pajama pants. So---I have been trying to work on them everyday and get them finished up so I can move onto something else. My quilt guild is having a selvedge challenge this year, so I want to make SOTAK's "Lola" pouch out of selvedge and Essex linen. I love to work with selvedge, but it is time-consuming.

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  72. Would love to win the pincushion books. I plan to sew this weekend. I am working on my annual Mystery Saturday Quilt that I teach each year on the Saturday before Halloween. Love having really cold weather and snow so I have an excuse to stay in and sew. Paula in KY

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  73. I plan to make progress on a half square rectangle quilt. The blocks are small and require such careful trimming in order to avoid a hot wonky mess. Nobody told me HRT's were so hard. They look so simple😬.

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  74. No sewing for me this weekend but, I'll be gathering for the pj sale retreat next weekend!

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  75. Hi Amanda! I am an on-going mitten finisher-upper�� But this weekend I want to make one of your pincushions for a mitten-making friend of mine! Miss you, friend❤️

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  76. Your pincushions are always great! I hope to make a bowtie for my nephew and prepare for quilt camp next weekend!

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  77. I'm going to be working on some pajama pants for my kids this weekend. I had hoped to have them done as a Christmas surprise, but never had time. At least I'm ahead of the game for next year! I'd love to make some of your pin cushions, too!

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  78. I plan to attach binding to 2 quilts that I got back from the longarmer this week and start sewing them by hand. I have made a few pincushions but would like to make more.

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  79. I always love seeing what new pincushions you come up with. My sewing plans for the weekend include trying to get the last of the In Our Garden BOM blocks finished so I can start putting the quilt together and also working on quilting the Tardis quilt I made for our son.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  80. Your work is so inspiring !!! When I read your blog, I just want to go sew ! I have difficulty getting my pin cushions filled enough. I might try clear nylon thread.

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  81. I'm working on a cuddle quilt for my daughter's boyfriend. Love your pin cushions!

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  82. Adorable pin cushions. Thanks for sharing your favourite tools. My guild is having a sew in tomorrow. It's been a looooong week at work, so I'm hoping to spend a good part of the weekend in my sewing room.

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  83. Thanks for the opportunity to win your patterns. This weekend I will be attending a charity quilt sewing day with my Guild.

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  84. I love reading your tips and wish I knew them before I made my forty owls which I completed this week. I definitely will use them for future projects especially pincushions.

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  85. I love your pincushions. This weekend, I'm tackling a few wips. I want to start something new, but I have to get the wips under control! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  86. I'm going to work on BOM for the club I joined for the new year. Love your many pin cushions and believe it or not, I have never made any myself. Looking forward to winning!

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  87. Last week, our guild did a service day of sewing for several charities. I started quilting a twin size quilt full of rockets and astronauts for a local homeless shelter today. Tomorrow, I will finish it!

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  88. I love your pincushions! They're so cute! This weekend I'm going to work on piecing a great granny squared quilt.

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  89. I'm working on a pattern testing quilt and a couple of other projects in between sections. I have 8 groups of fabric scraps waiting to be made into pincushions and I just got a 10 pound bag (I know, 10 lbs!) of crushed walnut shells so your Plenty of Pincushions patterns would be great! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  90. Every time I see your pincushions I feel like making some more. My plan for the rest of the weekend is to finish sewing together two charity tops so I have a full 5 Kg envelope to send off to my charity buddy for finishing. julie dot clarke at bigpond dot com

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  91. I've got plans to work on a baby quilt, that has taken me so long to design, it's threatening to have to be made a twin. Your pincushions intrigue me. I have none, yet have pins scattered all over my sewing table!

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  92. I'm finishing up a quilt/sham set for my MILs guest room. It's a Christmas present-- yes, I'm 11 months ahead! I think this is a record for me.

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  93. This weekend I plan to work on my Splendid Sampler blocks as I am getting close to my goal of 80 blocks. I might quilt and bind a monthly challenge piece. It's a mini so it shouldn't take too long. I love your pincushion ideas!

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  94. I've already pieced backing for a baby quilt and I'm ready to baste it, and also have plans to work on some EPP during a plane trip tomorrow, but I'd love a quick little fun pincushion project

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  95. Your pincushions are always amazing! I am finishing up one more border for Bonnie Hunter's Mystery quilt and starting to cut "pies" for Lori Holt's Sweetie Pie sew along. I traced 50 daisy petals today and have another 70 to go! Thanks for Friday night Finishes. They are so inspiring! K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

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  96. Great pincushions! As you asked for our plans for the weekend, I am teaching a workshop today on book cover, pincushion and needlebook making (and other small objects using scraps) in my Café this afternoon. There is a workshop once a month during the winter with the main title "Nähcafé" which means something like sewing café.
    Thanks as always for your inspiration. Have a great weekend, Astrid

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  97. I have two skirts cut out just waiting to be stitched up. I hope to do that this weekend!

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  98. I love your pincushions but I hate invisible thread!
    I'm busy making marmalade this weekend so no sewing plans!!

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  99. Every time I see your petit cushions, I want to make one...or many!...maybe this weekend ....

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  100. I am in Ohio Amish country for the weekend and brought a hunter's star quilt to work on while I'm here. Made some headway last night and hope to get even farther today. Love seeing your pincushions and all of your projects!

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  101. I love pin cushions and would love to see a mini one which could go in my needle holder. Yes, I have plans to sew with my mini-group tomorrow. Once a month we meet on a Sat. at someone's home and sew. The host provides space (tables, ext. cords, drinks, and sometimes a snack) and everyone comes prepared to sew by hand or machine. Each person brings their own lunch so breaking for lunch is fast so we can spend 4-5 hours sewing. Thanks for the idea of using clear thread for closing the seams on pin cushions. I'll try it next time..

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  102. You inspired me to try a pin cushion and I can see how having that wooden thingy would be a big help. I would definitely get one ready for you if I won your pattern. Thanks for the chance to win. I don't have the courage to use the invisible thread though.

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  103. I love all of your pincushions and the way you use up every single scrap. Funnily enough, my plan this weekend is to make a pincushion from an orphan 6" block that I found when I was tidying up my sewing room.

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  104. I plan to finish a caenter's star quilt top this morning. Going to work on that now!

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  105. Love your pincushion posts, so many on my list to make. Working on a Valentine table runner, hoping to get it done by then. Thanks for all you do and for the chance to win!

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  106. You make the cutest things! I am planning on making some products for my Etsy shop which includes drawstring bags and needle cozies for knitters and crafters. It's called Woollybags if you're interested:) thanks for the giveaway!

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  107. Your pincushions are AWESOME, and I would love to have your pattern. This weekend I am working on constructing a quilt from a Connecting Threads kit, Move Over.

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  108. I'm planning on starting a new quilt this weekend. It's a paper pieced boat quilt (it looks like origami). It's for my 12 year old son who loves origami

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  109. Three more pretty pincushions!! The black and white pincushion is unique...love it!

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  110. I love all of your pincushions! This weekend I do plan to sew but it won't be quilty sewing! I sew for my son's business, making ultralight down gear for backpackers. When I get caught up, I hope to make progress on several WIPs!

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  111. I love my bamboo point turner too! It is great for all corners ànd awkward shapes and certainly for the corners in these little beauties

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  112. You inspired me and I made a bunch of pincushions that I keep on the coffee table. They make me happy just to look at them. The best part is this basket of pincushions has become a favorite toy for my granddaughters! Thanks so much!

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  113. Attaching dsashing to a toddler size QAYG quilt..machine stititching front side and hand stitching the back. of course you taught me to make pinnies w my leftovers ..all my quilts have a coordinating pin cushion . thank you. bluestarof2@yahoo.com

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  114. I love your little pincushions and all that you do with little bits. It is very inspiring to me along with your regular Finish It Up Friday posts. Some days we just get a little bit of sewing time but we can still finish things.

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  115. I plan to get one quilt on the LA. and I've got a couple of lap sized valentines quilts to get done to the top stage!

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  116. I love following your blog. I'm also really drawn to pincushions and love making them. You have so many different ideas that are so fun. I'm working on a rag doll this weekend for my granddaughter. Maybe I'll make a matching pincushion. Thanks for all your inspirations.
    pmmertz@yahoo.com

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  117. Your pincushions are really cute! I'll be working on a wool applique piece.

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  118. I love your pin cushions - and they make such a cute collection! This weekend, I hope to spend some quality time with my bento box quilt. I've cut most of it out, but I'm excited to start sewing the boxes together, so I can then cut them up again! Thanks for offering a give away!

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  119. Love, love all your pin cushions! The basket of them on IG is gorgeous! I have guests this weekend but hoping to sneak in a little sewing for the upcoming baby shower for my first grandchild!!

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  120. I am working on selvedge edge baskets and maybe a turtle pincushion. I just love pincyshions!

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  121. I'm planning to work on a paper piecing sampler quilt project I just got started on. It will be a lovely color wheel when complete. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  122. I am planning on finishing four projects this weekend, three bibs for my youngest grandson and a burpcloth!
    I love all your pincushions, I made purse sized kleenex covers for the holidays and I had them all piled in a basket, just like your pincushions! I loved it!

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  123. Love your pincushions - I am going to make a 'Tula Cat" out of cat fabrics - thanks the giveaway - :)

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  124. Luv pincushions. Want to make more, and more. . . .

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  125. I have admired your pincushions for a long time and would love to have a go at making some.

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  126. Love your pincushions. This weekend I plan on finishing the binding on one project and quilting a lap quilt.

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  127. I would love to win your books. My weekend project is an overnight travel bag. It took me an entire day to cut out and interface! Seems the sewing should be a piece of cake after all that!

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  128. I am hoping to get some sewing in. Have been down with the plague for a couple of days....welll really just a bad cold but still. I need to do the binding on a small quilt and add the sleeve and label and once that is done make a microwaveable hot pad for my aunt,

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  129. I am working on a zippered pouch, piecing my husbands quilt, and quilting a Christmas top. But, I also have pincushions on my to do list!

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  130. I plan to work on triangle units for Homey Triangles by Chicken Scratch Threads, and putting En Provence together.

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  131. I plan on UFO sewing this weekend....so many and so little time!

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  132. Love! I plan to work on a charity quilt that i have started but need to cut the last bits for the top.

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  133. Those pincushions are always so adorable. I have had a a bamboo point turner in my sewing kit forever, fantastic tool. As for stitching this weekend, I am currently hand piecing some scrappy blocks called farmer's daughter from Jen Kingwell. Lots of pieces to assemble but they are so rewarding, each one is really a little quilt on its own. Have a great sewing day.

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  134. So clever to use mono-filament thread this way; I never thought of it.
    Today I hope to work on a baby quilt--very simple squares of sewn together with a flannel backing. Thanks for the chance to win your give-away.

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  135. I'm cleaning my sewing room for the zillionth time and finishing my hussif in anticipation of the start of Sarah Fielke's BOM on Tuesday. Would love a good excuse to make more pincushions - they are addicting!! Thanks so much :)

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  136. I'm working on some improv piecing today, a first for me! Love, love your pincushions--they always inspire me, thank you!

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  137. Love your new pincushion additions! I am working with scraps from a garment maker to create patchwork for her clothing. They are all silky, slippery gorgeous scraps that require using a cold fused interfacing. It has been a learning experience!

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  138. i love seeing all the cute pincushions you make. this weekend i am binding a baby quilt i just finished and starting some peltex storage boxes.

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  139. Every time I look at my raggedy pin cushion, I think about making a replacement from one of your adorable patterns! This weekend, I'm trying to finish a Christmas IOU to my husband for a queen-sized quilt for our camper in Holly Taylor flannels. He's on a business trip and doesn't know I've started it. Shhhhhh!

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  140. Love all the adorable pin cushions! I am helping my daughter sew more 16 patch blocks for her rainbow scrap quilt this weekend.

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  141. I love your pincushions. I made one the other day. I am trying to figure out how to get it tightly filled with the walnut shells. Mine is a little floppy.

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  142. Heading on vacation next week to some warm air and I need some small projects to work on. Pin cushions are the answer. Love yours for inspiration.

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  143. We are working on our house this weekend to get ready to sell and move, so no sewing for me. I do plan on making some more pin cushions once we get moved though. I would love your patterns to help me get started.

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  144. Amanda Jean, you rock my world with all the pin cushions and ideas for scraps. I loved your mini won't stars quilt. It gave me a use for all those triangles 've been saving. Thank you for your generosity. Shaleen

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  145. You come up with the greatest ideas for pin cushions. Thanks.

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  146. Love the pincushions. I'm working on a baby quilt for my guild. We give them to our neo natal unit. They use them for the top of the incubators to protect the premies from the bright lights.

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  147. Love your pincushions, ideas and projects. I am presently working on a epp jewel star quilt. It's a learning experience for me but I am enjoying the process and portability. I have a little rolling cart in the living room by my chair. When the grandkids come I can just roll it into my room. They are coming this weekend so we will be busy having fun with them.
    Thank you for a chance to win your pincushion patterns. Have a great weekend!

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  148. I'm obsessed with pin cushions. I love the details in your patterns.

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  149. Your "better then nothing" is so much more amazing than my "better than nothing"! And I will never get enough of your pincushions :)

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  150. This week...finish the baby quilt for my daughter's friend, start the tee shirt quilt for my friend's son, and work on a mini quilt for me!

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  151. I am working on finishing up a couple quilts for kids of deployed service men. This is such a worthwhile project that I love participating whenever the projects arrive for completion. So they almost qualify for finish-up Friday.

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  152. This weekend is "finish a quilt for the school raffle" but my guild will be taking a bus trip this summer and as president i would like to give a little something for each passenger. Wouldn't a pin cushion be perfect?
    Thanks for the chance!

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  153. Seeing your pincushions always brings a smile! My sewing plans for this weekend are to finish organizing my sewing room, so I am spending less time looking for stuff and more time sewing the stuff!

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  154. I'm planning to quilt a table runner that has been in the "to-be-quilted" bin for way too long!

    I love reading your blog and seeing all your scrap projects!

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  155. A weekend without football gives me reason to sew away most of Sunday. Working on vintage quilt repairs and planning and stitching a quilt top for a niece recently diagnosed with cancer. Have a great weekend and love ALL your pincushions. I would love to try making some for granddaughters school bazaar.

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  156. My weekend sewing plans including finishing a bright and sassy quilt top for a friend and cutting out a fun Violette Field Threads dress pattern for a deserving little girl. My rule of thumb is to not make sewing plans as something always goes awry and then my plans don't come to fruition! LOL, that's all okay as it all eventually gets done.

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  157. You've turned me into a pincushion addict. Can't stop making them and I love your style!

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  158. I plan to work on a quilt for my grandson who graduates from high school in May. I have a real weakness for little pincushions. Love to make them and I am always looking for new ideas.

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  159. I love your pincushions and I so admire that you've worked your kindness action plan into a quilted reminder.

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  160. Amanda Jean I will never get tired of seeing your pincushions as you never tire of making them!! They are fantastic!!! I am making a baby quilt for a ahower in 3 weeks. This is one special baby since the parents are naming him after my husband!!! What an honor!!!

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  161. This weekend I'm making some house blocks (s/m/l) for a class I go to on Monday mornings.
    I'm using fabric that was left over from a quilt I made for my sister last year.
    I know I'll end up with some scraps that'll be perfect for making your beautiful pincushions!

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  162. I am going to pickup my machine from its check up. I sew so much it goes in about every 6-9 months. When I get home it will be back to a t-shirt quilt. Love your pincushions and will probably buy the patterns if I don't win.

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  163. Pincushion cuteness!
    Busy weekend with no sewing time, though I did finish up a table runner last night.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  164. I need to finish the Valentine pillow cover for my daughter's family this weekend. Love the pincushions!

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  165. I'm probably too late to enter, but I'm working on a pinwheel design throw. It's crisp, and pretty, need to choose a fabric for the binding.

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  166. I keep meaning to make at least one pincushion, but somehow my other projects keep taking precedence. This weekend I will be finishing the hand sewing of the binding on a lap quilt for my daughter, who just moved.

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  167. I hope to make some progress on Bonnie Hunter's En Provence MQ. I only have one pincushion and I am constantly moving it from room to room, or bagging it up to take to a class or other sewing opportunity. I definitely need more. poladydwd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  168. I have more pincushions than I will ever use (even though I somehow misplace them). I do love to make them when I just want TO MAKE something but don't feel like thinking anything out. Even my friends who don't sew have some of my cute pincushions. I have made red hats, ten gallon hats, shoes, birds, frogs, turtles and many others out of felt. Some are so cute they don't need to be pincushions, they are just art. I am taking radiation treatments that are kicking my butt, and then caught a nasty respiratory infection (because my immune system is all haywire), so pincushions are a good option right now. I have been making breast cancer awareness key fobs and donating them to my oncology center on the embroidery machine also. Those of you that machine embroider know that sitting by the machine while IT sews is a must, so I can make pincushions by hand while I wait. A win-win. Good luck on the give-away everyone! And thanks for the give-away.

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  169. I plan to work on a rag quilt for a baby boy who's expected in March. But I could definitely find time to work on a cute pincushion too!

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  170. I will have the whole afternoon to work on my Tula Pink/your good neighbors fabrics project. Earlier this month I started to make each of her 100 modern blocks with the 10 inch block sets of your fabrics I bought through connecting threads. It has been fun putting them together in different combinations and making blocks I've never done before. Only problem is I get sidetracked when I like a block and then decide to make a whole project from one of the blocks.

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  171. I made a beautiful bag for my daughter for Christmas. It had mermaids, and a bunch of sea creatures. It was in her car and her car got stolen - yes with the bag! She was in tears that she lost her 'Christmas' gift from me. So I made another one with beautiful Kaffee fabrics and I'm finishing it up this weekend for her. I love your little pin cushions and don't know how you manage to do more in one of your 'off' days than I do normally. I'd love to do some of your pincushions!

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  172. I have severe pin cushion envy, they are so cute. I was aiming to continue my scrappy EPP plus quilt this weekend, but the surprise arrival of my first grandchild put paid to that. I'll just have time to bind the Elephant Parade I made for her before flying from New Zealand to Houston TX to meet her. Thankfully I can stitch on the 15 hour flight to help pass the time.

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  173. I love all your pincushions. They are just the cutest. Thanks for sharing all the fun going on in your sewing room.

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  174. I have been making pincushions from scraps after being inspired by your first posts showing the cute basket of pincushions you kept for sewing buddies. I use walnut shells to fill the pincushions and love your tip about using invisible thread to close them. I also use a small piece of batting to tuck in around the shells in the opening before stitching shut to hold them in while I stitch. My favorite one that I have made was tiny 1/2" hexies from gifted Liberty scraps on Essex linen. It was a special gift to the person who gave me the scraps. I am sewing a Fancy Fox quilt. This weekend I am working on the Bunny blocks.

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