February 23, 2011

Pincushions are cute

I heart cute things. On my desk at work lives a solar powered, dancing pink flower. Can't get much cuter than that, right?  I don't have a solar powered, dancing pink flower in my sewing room at home.  But I do have pincushions.  Pincushions have a lot of cute potential.  I was wasting a lot of cute potential by owning a boring, red tomato pincushion. So I decided to try my hand at the art of pincushion-making this weekend and I must admit there was quite a bit of squealing when the cute potential started to emerge.  Now for the show-and-tell portion of today's post.

I had so much fun working with the bright colors while making this one.

I used canvas for the backing to make it extra sturdy and I just love the vibrant stripes.

The second one I made is pink, white and girly.

I used pink denim for the backing because I thought it added a nice contrasting texture.

Both pincushions are filled with crushed walnut shells which give them a nice, heavy weight.  You can purchase a large bag of it at most pet stores. I found mine in the reptile section. eeek.  
I see a lot more pincushion making in my future. If you see one of these pincushions in your future, head over to my etsy shop. :)

February 7, 2011

What I did this weekend

Did you all have a fun weekend? In addition to watching a very exciting Super Bowl game this weekend, I finished a baby quilt for a friend who ordered it from me for a baby shower gift. She is the same friend who ordered the first Hawaiian Quilt I made and she had requested a baby quilt using the same fabrics.  Since I had so much fun making the first one, it was a lot of fun to be able to use the same fabrics in a different way and enjoy them all over again. Here are some pictures from my morning photo shoot with the quilt.