Friday, September 18, 2015

good neighbors :: a pincushion party!

A first fabric collection is definitely reason to celebrate, and I'm joining in to give a shout-out to Amanda Jean/Crazy Mom Quilts' as her new collection, Good Neighbors, is now available through Connecting Threads.

Amanda Jean is a real encourager, scrap-happy and then some, gathering oodles of us up each week for her finish it up Friday link-up. AND she is an avid pincushion maker and collector so a pincushion party made perfect sense! Her Good Neighbors collection is a colorful and delightful mix, with white thrown into every piece. I chose one of my favorite prints for the top of my pincushion - the "X's". The charcoal makes a great low-volume choice, and I know it'll be making its way into other projects.



The little bow-tie blocks are 2" finished, so this is one mega 6" pincushion, quilted in a dense grid. I hand-washed the quilted patchwork to add more texture before continuing on with construction.



By continuing on, I mean I was having so much good neighborly fun, I had to make the "bottom" as interesting as the "top", so I make some cross blocks (2 3/4" finished) and matchstick quilted them, again washing before the final step.


The Silver Lining "Cross Stitch" print was perfect for the sides, adding just a bit of calm to all that color. And per my norm, I filled my pincushion with crushed walnut shells. 
Lucky us, as part of my participation in the pincushion party, I'm able to give away a charm pack of the Good Neighbors collection to one of my US or Canadian readers! So if you'd like a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post, and I'll choose a random winner after the weekend. This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Helen, commenter #21!

Meanwhile, enjoy the party and check out these hashtags on Instagram to see more Good Neighbors fun: #goodneighborsfabric and #connectingthreads.

9/1/2015    Amanda Jean – Crazy Mom Quilts
9/2/2015    Anna – Noodlehead
9/3/2015    Mary –
Mary on Lake Pulaski
9/4/2015    Svetlana – S.o.t.a.k Handmade
9/5/2015    Debbie – Esch House Quilts
9/6/2015    Holly – Bijou Lovely
9/7/2015    Carla – Grace and Favour
9/8/2015    Faith – Fresh Lemons Quilts
9/9/2015    Vanessa – V and Co.
9/10/2015   Anna – Thimbleanna
9/11/2015   Krista – Poppyprint Creates
9/12/2015   Erin – Why Not Sew
9/13/2015   Lee – May Chappell
9/14/2015   Alex – Teaginny Designs
9/15/2015   Cheryl – Nap Time Quilter
9/16/2015   Penny – Sew Take a Hike
9/17/2015   Amy – During Quilt Time
9/18/2015   Debbie – A Quilter’s Table (you're here!)
9/19/2015   Anne –
Spring Leaf Studios
9/20/2015   Melissa – Happy Quilting
9/21/2015   Amber – One Shabby Chick
9/22/2015   Nettie – A Quilt is Nice
9/23/2015   Adrianne – Little Bluebell
9/24/2015   Cindy – Live a Colorful Life
9/25/2015   Amy – Diary of a Quilter
9/26/2015   Chase – Quarter Inch Mark
9/27/2015   Rene – Rene Creates
9/28/2015   Erin – House on Hill Road
9/29/2015   Nicole – Modern Handcraft
9/30/2015   Teri – Connecting Threads


157 comments:

  1. I know are can't win, and I hope it doesn't mess your random number generator up too much, but I just had to tell you how much I love your sweet pincushion! The little bow ties are so sweet! The 'X"s fabric will be a great low volume addition too!

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  2. Sooo cute and tiny!
    Best regards from Germany,
    Kathrin

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  3. Your cushion is fabulous!! thank you!

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  4. I think I like the backside of your pincushion best, but the front is also great!

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  5. Your pincushion is adorable! I love the quilting and the extra large size. Thank you for a chance to win this new gorgeous favbric.

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  6. Everyone needs a monster pin cushion, right next to their trusty machine! It's better if it's made with fun fabric, designed by a friend. And are those scrumptious Tulip pins? I bought some from the Quilting Loft when I last visited Seattle, and alas, that store is now closed. Have fun using the cushie!

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  7. I absolutely love the pincushion. It is inspiring me to try the pattern and method of quilting and washing before construction.

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  8. Debbie
    So thats the secret ..hand washing . Thanks for the tips and I also adore the bowties . its a great neighborly pinnie, top, sides and bottom. We all love a Silver Lining :)

    P.s. Thoroughly enjoyed you quilts via post

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  9. Such an adorable pincushion! I love the idea of washing the top before constructing the pincushion. I'm definitely giving that a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Really cute. Loving this blog hop.

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  11. Amazing pincushion! I love that both sides are beautiful :-) Good Neighbors fabric is so cheerful and bright. Im hoping I can see it in person someday :-)

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  12. Love love love this one. I should order some of the low volume prints

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  13. Holy cow! Those little blocks...are...so...dang...cute! I am in love with it! Great job, one of my favorites for sure!

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  14. I love the tiny blocks and your use of color - the gray is such a nice calming tone with the brights.

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  15. Your pincushion is ADORABLE! Such tiny pieces!

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  16. You are soooo Creative!! Gorgeous Pin Cushion!! Thanks for sharing all the lil' tips...like washing the pieces before finished construction & all. It is Awesome! & thanks for chance to win your Drawing too! :)

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  17. How interesting! Beautiful detail on both top & bottom of pincushion!
    This is one of my favorites!

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  18. I love me a big pincushion and this one is awesome from top to bottom! Adding it to my Pinterest board next. Gorgeous fabrics...I already have them pinned, too.

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  19. Your teeny, tiny patchwork is so amazing! Love your pincushion, and the Good Neighbors fabric!

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  20. Fantastic pincushion. Those are some really tiny pieces to work with.

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  21. Those are some teeny blocks. Love both sides. ALL of my pin cushions are big. I use lots of pins.

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  22. This is wonderful. Great use of some really fun prints. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  23. Very nice Pincushion! Very tiny piecing!

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  24. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I LOVE your bowtie pincushion. Sweetness!

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  25. So fun watching all these darling pincushions emerge, and I love Amanda's new fabric line! Your pincushion is one of my absolute faves :)

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  26. Two tiny quilts in one pincushion -- I love it!!

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  27. This is my favorite pin cushion at the "party!" And after having read your post, I know it's because you took the time to put that quilty texture into it. Your pin cushion is sooooo cute! If you enlarged it, wouldn't it make a great floor pillow?! :-D

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  28. What a great pincushion. If I were flipping it rather than a coin, I'd win no matter what!

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  29. Your pincushions are darling! I love these fabrics!

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  30. This is the cutest pincushion ever. I wouldn't know which side to use.

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  31. Wow, what a beautiful, detailed pincushion! sarah@forrussia.org

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  32. That is such an adorable pincushion! The fabrics are amazing first of all, and then your amazing design ideas for those tiny squares! Love the beauty on both top and bottom!

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  33. Love the two sided pin cushion. I love this fabric and look forward to owning some of my own. Thanks!

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  34. My favorite pincushion so far! Going to have to try this one shop123(at)elenabattles(dot)com

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  35. Nice job. I've enjoyed seeing all of the pincushions made with this fun and colorful fabric.

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  36. I agree with the others, this is my favorite pincushion at the party so far! Lovely work!,

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  37. Fun, wonderful 2-sided pin cushion! It's great that Amanda is designing for Connecting Threads.
    mfhagopian@aol.com

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  38. Love your pin cushion and love this line. :)

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  39. Adore that pinchusion! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  40. Love the tight quilting on your "mini quilts" and that you washed them to make texture!

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  41. Cute pincushion and I love that fun, cheery, colourful fabric collection!!

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  42. Oh! Your designs are adorable! I really like that you made this reversible. And the post-washing makes a difference in the finish. Such a cute design. I have only practical "pin cushions" (AKA store-bought), so all of these are great fun to see. Thanks for the chance to win too!

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  43. Super cute pin cushion, with super cute fabric!

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  44. Oh so cute, thank you for sharing. Have a great day! dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I'm so happy for Amanda Jean. She has a beautiful premier fabric Lin e. You did a great job showcasing her prints on this two-sided pincushion

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  46. Oh my gosh! I love BOTH SIDES of your pincushion! Awesome job!

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  47. WoW! You did a great job! Hand-washing - I'd have never thought of it. Have a nice weekend

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  48. Such bright cheery fabrics, thanks for the chance to win!

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  49. Love this fabric line! Your pincushion is really cute. Great job!

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  50. The more I see things sewn with this fabric the more I love it

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  51. Such a cute pincushion! Thanks for the chance to win a charm pack, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  52. These are so cute. I think its time I try to make one!

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  53. Loving these fabrics and everyone's pin cushions!
    Shellie
    quiltingbean1@msn.com

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  54. Really like how much of the fabric line you used--both sides are great! And the look of washed patchwork--mmm :)

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  56. Your pin cushion is darling...both sides! I might need to make a new one today, as my wine glass may have tipped over last night and those walnut shells in my pin cushion really soaked up the red wine well!

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  57. That is adorable! Love it.
    I hope I win!
    bcastiel at excite dot com

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  58. I adore your pincushions. They look like they'd be so much fun to make and perfect to have in your sewing room. Marianne P

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  59. So cute! Great idea to wash it and get it all crinkly before assembly.

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  60. Such a cute pincushion--and two-sided at that! Thanks for the chance. robinsheloratearthlinkdotnet

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  61. Cute double sided pincushion. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  62. Your pincushion turned out cute! I never understand why I shouldn't make fun for top and bottom/front and back. :)

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  63. Love that pincushion!! Definitely have to make a 2 sided one in the future. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. pincushion perfection!!!! I bet everyone who gets some of this fabric will make a pincushion before they make anything else!!! I know I will!!! :)

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  65. I'm greatly enjoying seeing all of the entries in the pincushion parade!

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  66. Your pincushion is adorable! Such patient stitching!
    Amanda's "Good Neighbor" collection is so pretty. I love the colors. I would really like to win some, thank you for the chance!!!

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  67. you're pincushion is fabulous! It's been so much fun seeing what everyone has come up with.

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  68. I love your pincushion. This fabric line is so cute and versatile. Love it!

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  69. Your pincushions look great and the fabrics are wonderful!

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  70. This is adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  71. That lovely pinnie could have its own zip code with all the detail and charm you put into it!

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  72. Pick me please.... Love, love Your pin cushions, would love to make some of my own. Thanks

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  73. Your pincushion(s) are gorgeous!! I may have to make a similar one one day :)

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  74. This is a great collection! I've enjoyed checking out everyone's pin cushions.

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  75. I love your pincushion. The quilting is beautiful too.

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  76. Love them ( counts as 2 right ). Great job on showcasing Amanda Jeans fabric line.

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  77. Sweet! Sweet! Sweet! I think this would also be so adorable in a full size cushion! Love it!

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  78. Who would have thought to make a reversible pin cushion? Great idea. Love Amanda Jean's fabric line.

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  79. Inspiring to see such clean work on tiny projects, beautiful!

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  80. I really love your pin cushion! Such details! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  81. Looks like everyone's getting pincushions for xmas this year!

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  82. Hi love the 2sided pin cushion! Thanks for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  83. Your pincushion is so cute. I'll have to try those little bow tie blocks. Neat quilting, too.

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  84. I guess that is a good sized pincushion! Love it! Amanda Jean's fabrics are beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  85. Such a cute pincushion. Love your fabric choices. So happy to see Amanda's designs with Connecting Threads.
    Thank for the chance to win a prize.

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  86. Loving this hop and your pincushion is adorable.

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  87. I love your little pin cushions! So cute. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  88. Wow, your pincushion is so nice and big and the fabrics are great! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  89. Great idea to patchwork both bottom and top!

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  90. I like your idea of having the bottom as decorative as the top, plus the added embroidery is so precious! This fabric collection is so pretty. I'd be so happy to work with it!

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  91. so pretty...thanks for the great giveaway and showing the beautiful pin cushion

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  92. Love your pincushion Debbie! And Amanda Jean's fabric is wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway ...

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  93. This is adorable! Love that it is two-sided!

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  94. Your piecing is adorable! And this is such a cute pincushion in Amanda's fabric. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  95. Adorable! Both the fabric and the project! Pbstrand@msn.com

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  96. What a clever pincushion! The fabrics are beautifully perfect for it! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  97. A double-sided pin cushion is a great idea.

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  98. Oh my gosh, your pincushion is just adorable. LOVE it! And those fabrics I was already checking those out and contemplating buying some. I'd love a charm pack for sure.
    Thank you.

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  99. You knocked this out of the park Debbie! I love the texture

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  100. Love your pin cushion, and Amanda Jean's fabric looks great!

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  101. Both sides are amazing, love the matchstick quilting.

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  102. I love your little pincushions. I collect and make these so thanks for the inspiration and giveaway.

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  103. Thanks for the chance to win. Love your pincushion!

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  104. I think the patterns you chose for your pincushions are pretty darn cute! The fabric is wonderful too. thank you

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  105. Such bright colors - I love this fabric line.

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  106. Love your matchstick quilting! Adorable. Thanks for sharing

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  107. Once again--sooo cute and useful. I love it!
    Gone are the days of wool pincushions! Ha!
    Great photography, too!

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  108. Good Neighbors needs a Sew Together bag in honor of Amanda Jean. I volunteer! Melody mmsrygley@gmail.com

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  109. Sooo cute! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  110. I love the new Good Neighbors fabric!

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  111. I love your pincushion. Such cute blocks!

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  112. I love your pincushion! I really like how you quilted it as well.

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  113. Fantastic pincushion and fantastic quilting!

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  114. I love this fabrics and your pincushion is super bright!!!

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  115. I don't know how you made such small blocks! Your pincushion is super cute. I think I'm going to try to make myself one today - I really need a pincushion! And if I am lucky enough to win the charm pack, I would have to make some more in honor of Amanda Jean and her love for them. I really love the fabríc! But I don't think I'm ready to try the super tiny piecing yet, plain squares for me :)

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  116. Love the fabrics and your pincushion is fabulous!

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  117. It amazes me how cute all the pin cushions are turning out - and so different! I think it's interesting to see which fabrics are chosen. I'd have a hard time deciding because the whole collection is super cute. ktsquiltdreams (at)gmail (dot)com

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  118. Very nice pincushion. I like big ones so they don't get lost. But then again if I'd clean off my sewing space more often that wouldn't be an issue. I too like crushed walnut shells. I've been busy making pinky ring pincushions. Do you know what and where to buy the kind of stuffing found in the small strawberry pincushions that is supposed to sharpen the needles? Karen

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  119. Love that you made a top and bottom. Sew cute.

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  120. Love your Good Neighbor pincushion ! You made such a beautiful top and bottom!
    Susie

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  121. What a cute pin cushion, thanks for the giveaway x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  122. I love that this pincushion is pieced on both sides. Very cute!

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  123. So cute! Seeing all the lovely pin cushions is making me want to do one.

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  124. Love your pincushion! lkline2010 at gmail dot com

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  125. Your Pincushions are delightful! Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

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  126. I love that you hand washed them before finishing. They look great!

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  127. Love your pincushion - practical and cute!

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  128. Sweet pincushion & it looks like a great fabric collection! annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  129. I cannot believe how tiny and perfect your blocks that make up this pin cushion are! beautiful! buffyh_6 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

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  130. Awesome pincushion - love the matchstick quilting!!!

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  131. WOW! Great pin cushions. Thanks for the chance to try this fabric line.

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  132. Love, love,love! Very cute. Thanks for the chance!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  133. front and back!
    Double the patchy fun.

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  134. Love the little bow ties! Thanks for the chance! onlydiamonds[at]hotmail.com

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  135. The little bow ties are so cute! Thanks for sharing your ideas! cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  136. Love your pin cushion! Would love a chance to win some charm squares of the cheerful Good Neighbors collection!

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  137. lovely pincushion. thanks for sharing and the chance to win your giveaway

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  138. I love that you made your cushion two sided! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  139. Oh!! What a *great* idea, to wash the quilted parts before final assembly of the pincushion!!
    I love all your choices... colors, fabrics, patterns... And the washing is a brilliant idea, to bring out the texture of the quilting!!
    Thank you!
    (Another wonderful pincushion I have to make!!)

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  140. Cute pincushion! Would love to win some Good Neighbors fabric. Thanks for the chance.

    Vicki

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  141. Love the twosidedness idea! Love this new line also! Thanks!

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  142. Debbie, Thank you for playing with my new fabric and for being a part of the pincushion party! I am so glad you did! I Love that the pincushion is large and that you match stick quilted it AND made it two-sided. You aren't an overachiever at all, are you?!?!?! :) You did an amazing job...and I love the tip of hand washing the patchwork before you assembled it for added texture. What a great idea!

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  143. Your pincushion is fabulous. Such detail. Thanks for the chance.

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  144. Wow! I just love your pincushion. So much tiny detail, it is so fun.

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