Friday, 12 July 2013

pin cushions and more

Today I will share some pin cushions I have made recently,   they are nice little projects which stitch well whilst enjoying the sunshine in the garden


there are 3 star shaped ones,   2 made with 1.5" hexagons and the larger one with 2.5" ones. I found this tutorial on  the abyquilt blog. The small blue one is the same design but put together wrong so it came out flat instead of star shaped. The biscornu I think I have shared before on my biscornu collage.I rather like the green one below the biscornu made with 8 2" hexagons, this one I found on the  Lindlady blog. The oblong one I made years ago in the candlewick style and has been the one I have used a great deal. It is filled with sawdust so the pins do not rust. Think I have finally found someone who can give me some after a lot of searching, not sure if I will re stuff all the others or not, time will tell.. The pink and blue one is made from 60 degree diamonds that I found through a link on Anneliese `s blog the stitching lady, I am now doing one with 45 degrees and think this will come out longer. The final one under the large star is a whirly gig one from crazy mom quilts blog,  have just realised that I have got it sewn together wrong, the left hand bottom piece needs rotating,  will make another soon, hopefully correct this time.

I know I was given advice as to how to put a link on  to other sites so you can hop over to  from here but sorry cannot find the instructions, maybe one of you could let me know again and I will try not to lose it this time.

Here is my CQJP for july

  my flower for  july is the foxglove, I have lots in flower at the moment, all self seeded from next door,   the bees have been so busy visiting them. Only one or two are this pal lemon colour mostly they are purple but have stuck with my colour way and done the lemon one.I have also put Sharon`s stencils to good use,   they are a great buy and will have a play so I can make more of them but they only arrived the other day so rushed into them without looking at all her suggestions that I downloaded.  One of the best buys I have made for a while.The butterfly is rather blue but saw on this colour when I went to tropical World with Helen last month and thought I could get away with the colour as there is blue in the feather stitching and think it sort of pulls things together, likewise the tatted red piece in the bottom left hand corner linking up with the red in the top left hand corner.The snail was stitched as I am overrun with slugs and snails at the moment,   can`t pull pellets down as they are poisonous to the birds.

I also put together a rolling nine patch block which was in the popular patchwork magazine for june. Quite pleased with this one but would like to work out how to make it a smaller size as it measures 15"

21 comments:

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Sweet little pin cushions! :) x

Gaia said...

All the pincushions are pretty ! and the embroidery on the block is lovely; the snail is too cute :)

Cattinka said...

one can never have enough pincushions, right?
Have a nice weekend
KATRIN W.

Annet said...

Seeing all those lovely pincushions makes me want to make a new one for myself too. It's been years since I made the one I use now. Love the flowers on your CQ.

Starr White said...

Hi Margaret! You have been up to some wonderful stitching - love your beautiful collection of pincushions. I may have to try one!

Queeniepatch said...

What a show and t ell! You're so productive. The July block is looking great and I can you have used Sharon's stencils for some of the lines.
As for making a large block smaller and vice versa, take a sheet of paper the size you want your finished block. Then start folding the paper into equal blocks, in this case 5x5 squares. Some of the pieces are half triangles so fold or draw those too. Add seam allowance around each block and you can have it in your very own size.

Faye Cook said...

Margaret you have been busy.really love the last block you posted and loving the star shaped pin cushions so off to see how to make them cheers Faye

Jillian said...

You have been so busy! I love the star pincushions and the foxglove.

Jules Woolford said...

Lovely little pincushions and well done on that block! Hope you are enjoying the lovely weather and stitching in the sun!x

Anita said...

cute pincushions! love the tatted butterfly in your july CQ block and the floral print in the nine patch block.You have been so busy...keep rocking :)

cq4fun said...

Great pincushions, I love collecting them myself. Your CQ block is great. I'm still waiting to play with my stencils - maybe this weekend at my son's house. At least the stuff is going with me. =) That's an interesting 9-patch variation. I'll send you the link info. =)

Createology said...

You have been quite busy in the stitching department dear. Your little pincushions are adorable. I love your CQ block with the butterfly and little snail. Interesting quilt block but I had no idea it is large. If you have a paper pattern you could just reduce it on a copier. Lovely week to you...

Anneliese said...

Your pincushions are so lovely, wonderful to see all of them on one photo! And your crazy blo is marvellous. Love it, all the color so nice. The large June block

Anneliese said...

.... still me - to finish off with my praise. And thank you for mentioning me. And great astonishment! I can comment again.
Love

Mari Carmen, (Onox) said...

Me encanta todo lo que presentas, eres una artista. un saludo

Mary Ellen said...

I love your pincushions. They are nice projects that can be gifted later but are fun to make. And here is a link for several ways to control slugs without resorting to poisons: http://pestcontroloptions.com/slugs-snails/17-non-toxic-slug-control-method

Raewyn said...

Lots of gorgeous pincushions! I love your foxglove block and all the bits and pieces on it - beautiful! You are right, sometimes those smaller blocks can be so fiddly!!

Susan Hook said...

Wow! what a fun packed blog you have for us to see this time, I like all your pin cushions, what are you going to do with them all? Your block is lovely, I do like the foxgloves and the snail.To put links from other web sites you have to copy and paste the address that is at the top left of your page. send me an email if you have any problems doing it!

Pippas quilts said...

Great variety of pin cushions, those stencils look so good on your cqjp. If you still need help with the linking e mail me.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

What a wonderful post Margaret and great pictures too! Love all of your different pincushions. Nice to have such a variety. Your CQ stithing looks terrific! Really enjoy how it's laid out so nicely and you stitched the foxglove beautifully. Very nice tatting pieces and the snail is very cute.

Nana said...

Those little pincushions are all so very pretty!!!

Nana