Yet more pincushions?

This was not what I planned to make this weekend. I blame the library. I borrowed a copy of Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts from the public library – and a stack of other books from there and my local guild library, but that is another story – and it is due back this week. Kelly McKaig’s pincushion pattern was the project that most appealed to me, so it had to be made before I returned the book. Yep. That is why I needed three more pincushions. Logical, really. Right?

Pincushions made using Kelly McKaig’s pattern from Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts

Why stop at one?

I challenged myself to use fabrics from my scrap box, and all but one fabric came from scrap. Sadly, the pieces are so small that I have not made a noticeable dent in the box’s contents.

As usual, I stuffed them with crushed walnut shells. In a break from habit, I did not line everything with fusible interfacing.

Pincushions made using Kelly McKaig’s pattern from Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts

They even hold pins.

There are no prizes for guessing which pincushion is my favourite. One day I would like to make a colour-wheel mini quilt a little like the one on page 107, but not this week.

Pincushion made using Kelly McKaig’s pattern from Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts

Look! It looks just like the picture!

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38 thoughts on “Yet more pincushions?

  1. Your favourite is my favourite too! I just had to take three quilting books back to the library because they were distracting me. There were all sorts of things that kept sparking ideas, and I need to focus right now, both to finish the current job and start the next epic. I know where they are…. I just can’t get at them any more!

    • Everyone loves a rainbow, right?

      All that idea sparking is a problem with library books. I now have a growing list of new things to add to the already arm-long list of UFOs. The public library books went back today. The guild library books can be drooled over for another few weeks.

    • I have tried all sorts of stuffings, Claire. The crushed walnuts are hard to find but they have a nice weight that polyester hobby fill does not and pins go in easily. I have also used chopped scraps of quilt wadding, but only the sharpest pins cope with such a dense stuffing.

      I even have a small bag of smooth crushed glass, but I have not yet tried that. I should have tried it with one of these, but I keep foolishly forgetting I have it.

    • You might be right. Would you believe that when I took these photos I could not find many pins? I had them in the dining room (where I have temporarily moved my machine for FMQ) and in the library, but none in the sewing room.

  2. I would call an invention meeting … but you’re just so good at making pin cushions, I wouldn’t dare stop you 🙂

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  4. Did you use the pattern included in the book? The shape looks different from the photo of instructions in the book. I made lots of these, but they never quite looked like the shape in the book. Also, how big was your seam?

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