Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pincushions for Christmas Through The Year

I've been making little pincushions for gift giving through the year. I'm linking up with Christmas Through The Year HERE. One of the reasons I've decided to make some pincushions is the simple fact that we have a huge box of crushed walnut shells that my DH thought he would use to sand blast his jalopy. As it turns out black diamond sand works better for his project and he ask me, "Do you have anything you could use crushed walnut shells for?" I used stuffing in the Cathedral Stars though.

Recognize that little house? I paper pieced a few of them weeks ago. I've decided that I made plenty and now will use them for this project. "My home to yours" sort of gift.

The spool pincushion is a free pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts that you can find HERE.

The star below is a leftover block I had laying around from another project. When I saw the pincushion at Merumo's blog I just had to make it.




This one bothered me because it didn't have that aged look. The background shirting was just to "white" for me and now I know why it didn't make the cut into the quilt it was intended for. The pincushion was already made and stuffed with shells so I couldn't exactly tea dye it. So here is how I "age" alot of my projects. Wow...what a difference!


48 comments:

Carol said...

Oh Mary those are so, so cute! I love the way you antiqued the last one...great idea! I'm going to have to remember that.

Carol said...

Love your pincushions Mary.

Brenda said...

fun pincushion. I've been trying to find crushed walnut shells in my city -- do you have a source to recommend? any other suggestions as to what to stuff a pincushion with?

Rebecca P said...

Hi Mary,
Those are such cute pincushions. Crushed shells in pincushions is so nice, just not sure where to find the. Love the little house.
Hope you are feeling well.

Darlene said...

Hey Mary, I love, love, love all your pincushions. Very difficult to pick a favorite, although I did try. LOL

I hope you're feeling good.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, those are all so great. Neat idea to use a house for one too.
I like your idea to age the fabric too.

WoolenSails said...

You are doing beautiful work on your pin cushions.

Debbie

Shakerwood said...

Great little gifties! Aren't the crushed walnut shells great?

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Adorable pincushions Mary! Anyone would be thrilled to have one.

sunny said...

Great job and great idea for the antiquing. I think I have a couple of little orphan blocks down in the sewing room. Is one destined to become a pincushion? Hmmm.....

Karen said...

The house pinkeep is my favorite! And what a good way to antique your blocks. I have some distressing spray I use but I think the antiquing medium like you use might be better for some projects.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just wonderful pincushions for great gifties.

Quilt Rat said...

Pssst........your artist is showing. :-)

Leeanne said...

You are all set for gift giving & they are all beautiful. I like how you 'aged' the star pincushion.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Very cute pincushions!~ I love how the star turned out~ did you just brush it on straight from the bottle? Have a happy weekend!

Fiesta said...

They are cute Mary. I love your aging technique too.

Cheryl said...

Your pincushions are perfect. Very clever what you did with the little houses...I may have to be a copycat!

Sharon said...

Love all three of them! Now, which one shall I copy first??????

Joyful Quilter said...

Cute pincushions! The star is my favorite - great aging idea!

AnnieO said...

Darling! That is a lot of walnut shells to find a home for--love the star's aging process :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Mary, your pincushions look great!

Kaaren said...

I'm in L-O-V-E again, Mary. Every time I visit your blog there is something that becomes my newest fave except this time there are three of them!!!

I wasn't too keen on making a mini house quilt but pincushions? You bet!!! Same with the spool. I know what I'll be doing very soon. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

Janet O. said...

Those pincushions are a wonderful idea. They are each adorable in their own way. Your aging technique me think of when I was a waitress at a private fly-fishermen's club on the Snake River in Idaho in my college days. The chef would brush beet juice on the slices of roast to make it look more rare when the guests dawdled coming to dinner from their happy hour. She said they would be too sozzled to taste the difference anyway. Don't know why that came to mind. : )

StitchinByTheLake said...

I haven't seen AgeALot but it works great! I wonder where he got the walnut shells? blessings, marlene

Sisbabestitches said...

They are all lovely, such a unique take on all of them, I can't pick a favourite.

Karen said...

these are just lovely!!

Betty Lou said...

Love all your pincushions, now you have me thinking for next month's CTTY projects.

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Pretty pin cushions, love all the designs.

Cheryl said...

Each and everyone is wonderful!! What great gifties!

Cheryl said...

Each and everyone is wonderful!! What great gifties!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

I am smitten with your pincushions and would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite. I have sewn without a pincusion for years and suddenly I can't get enough of them. I love how you aged that last pincushion - clever!

Cyndi said...

Hey Mary! Great little pincushions, and they will make very nice and useful gifts! Now I know what I can do with some of my orphan blocks. And how clever of you to "age" your fabric like that...never would have thought to do that!

Been crazy busy the last few days...but I'll call you soon! :o)

XOXO,

Cyndi

Cyndi said...

Hey Mary! Great little pincushions, and they will make very nice and useful gifts! Now I know what I can do with some of my orphan blocks. And how clever of you to "age" your fabric like that...never would have thought to do that!

Been crazy busy the last few days...but I'll call you soon! :o)

XOXO,

Cyndi

Wendy said...

Sew much fun, the pincushions are adorable.

Val said...

Lots of great pincushions. The tea dying really made the star one look better. Good idea.

Miriam said...

Love your pin cushions, especially the star one.
Love how you "aged" the fabric.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Just love them...

Karen said...

So cute - and aged is so much better! I do like the spool one though.

Libby said...

Pincushions are fun to make, to have on hand and to give away. Yours are darling.

andsewon said...

Wonderful pin keeps Mary! You aged that one well! Need to get busy on my Christmas gifties for my sewing pals!
Lola

Lori said...

What fun pin cushions!! Love your aging technique!!

Shelley said...

You're not going to believe it...I made a pin cushion this month too lol! for the same event. I have to go get that spool pattern! I have used a wetted teabag to dab stain items that I didn't want to get completely wet...it works too. Glad you stained yours...it does look so much better :)

Pokey said...

They are all so sweet, I'd have a hard time parting with any of them! Thank you for sharing the antiquing method, too, I love learning new to me methods!
:-}pokey

Bari Jo said...

That looks sooo good! I love the cushions in the wooden bowl! Thanks for the tips! :O) And the freebie link! Hugs!

merumo said...

Great pincushion collection going there! I love them all :) Your star block one also turned out really nice, especially after the aging process. How creative you are!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Cute pincushions!

Tatkis said...

All the pincushions are so lovely and cute! I can't choose a favourite :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

raima said...

ALL pinchusion are fabulous color contarst are just awsome

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