Last month, I shared a Sunday Stash post where I showed you an unusual purchase I'd made - that being a bottle of ground emery. What is emery? "The mineral emery is a hard rock. When pulverized into sand, it is used in many kinds of products, like emery boards and sand paper. Long ago it was discovered that emery makes a great pin cushion filling and has been symbolized by the old-fashioned emery-filled strawberry attached to a tomato pin cushion." [PlumEasy Patterns] The pattern for a sweet little PlumBerry "Sharpen and Shine" Pin Cushion is available on the PlumEasy website by the way.
I opted to make a small patchwork pincushion to fill with the emery. You know, the rummage-through-the-scrap-basket-for-scraps-that-make-you-smile kind of patchwork.
ETA: I forgot to mention that Trisch/hadleystreetquilts let me know that emery will leak through cotton, so it's best to line it with lycra. Trisch kindly sent me some scraps she had, and I basted a piece to each section of my pincushion before constructing.
I confirmed that patchwork is one thing, but constructing teeny-tiny 3-D objects is not my forte. Imperfect as it is, I'm happy with my little emery pincushion, and I think my needles will be too.