Monday, March 25, 2013

The Pincushion Project

So I've mentioned the pincushion project a time or two, and we are making great progress now that the tops are all made - mini (4 1/2") patchworks in a variety of patterns, all stitched from the scrap basket.
And I say 'we' because my mom kindly offered to fill all those pincushions while I kept the assembly line going. They were filled with crushed walnut shells, which I found in 1# bags at a local quilt shop. (Just under $2/pound.) I had only heard about using these shells before, so was anxious to see what we thought. And mom and I agree it's terrific. Ignore the hole in this bag, but it really was a relatively easy process - mom figured out each pincushion loosely held 3/4 cup of shells, which she poured in a small opening left in each pincushion via a funnel. So one bag was enough for 3-4 pincushions, and we are really pleased with the result.
Per the recipient's request, I stitched on ribbon and a button. Thanks to my granny's button tin, we found a sweet vintage one for this 'sample'.
And a cute  (and sentimental) little airplane to secure the back of this first cushion, which was gifted to mom as a little thank you.
So we've a ways to go. All the cushions are filled and pinned shut, so I'll be sewing them closed through the week. Then we'll reconvene to finish them all off with ribbon and buttons. So a ways to go, but they are coming along sweetly!

18 comments:

Katie said...

Your little cushions are super cute and a great way to use up scraps. thanks for the tip on this -- would it be possible to add half fiberfill and half walnut shells to help with the shape or is this not a problem. I have been trying to think of other smaller items (lower price point) to start making to take to upcoming craft events and think I may be giving this a try.

Heather D. said...

Very cute! I was wondering who the "we" was. Yay for Mom's help.

krista said...

These are adorable! I'm so fond I miniature patchwork pincushions, and I'm stoked that you're making these! How fun that you and your mom work on them together :D

Julie said...

what a great variety!

Svetlana said...

these are adorable, Debbie. Now I really want to give crushed walnut shells a try. Thanks for the idea.

Kelly said...

Love these. I have some crushed walnuts to try, glad to hear that you think they are worth using.

DebbieS said...

Lovely! And the vintage buttons are awesome!

Tina Craig said...

Oh, how I love the gray and orange! (No surprise!)

Erica said...

This is so cute, I love that vintage button. My daughter is deathly allergic to nuts so I don't think I could even have them in a pincushion. I wonder if there is a suitable non-nut alternative.

Patchwork and Play said...

Great jobs! These are going to be fabulous! And how wonderful that you have your mum helping too!

Kirsten said...

I havent tried walnut shells but they are a great idea for the pin cushion filling.

beaquilter said...

what type of walnut shells? I shop on amazon, and I can get 4oz POWDER for $4 or a 7lb BAG of bird LITTER that's crushed shells for $9, oh I'm so confused

Leanne said...

I love pincushions, these are all going to be so lovely.

Rachel said...

Love the airplane button!

Carla said...

Aren't they sweet Debbie. You make a great team ; )

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Cute cute! I used crushed walnut shells too. I bought a mason jar full for too much money at a quilt shop then found out you can find them in pet stores for super cheap.

Katy Cameron said...

Fab production line they look great :o)

Marci Girl said...

Awesome, and thank goodness for mamas!