Monday, April 27, 2009

Pincushion Distraction!

On Saturday, my DH and I decided that it was time to put our winter duds away and break out the summer stuff…just in time as well because the temperatures soared to the low 80’s, a bit early for these parts.

While going through his closet, Sam decided he was going to downsize his necktie collection and selected about ten or so that he didn’t want any longer.  As I was placing them into a bag that was destined for the nearest Goodwill store, I got to thinking about other possibilities for these ties.

Off to my studio I went, ties in hand.  To my utter amazement, they came apart quite easily.  I ended up with piles of fabric, most of it silk.

DSCN0381All of a sudden, the light bulb went on.  Be still my heart…a pincushion!

And so it began.  As I started to cut some of the fabric, I decided that I would try to make a ‘crazy quilt’ style pincushion.  I cut out a heart template and started piecing.  What fun I had watching the project come together.

After I had completed the top, I added some decorative stitching with some shiny rayon DMC thread that I had in my thread collection.  I then sewed it to some backing, stuffed it, added a few doo-dads and voila…a crazy quilt pincushion!

DSCN0382It didn’t take long to make and I had fun during the process.

DSCN0383 Sam couldn’t believe how his ties had been recycled and that my fabric stash had grown without spending a penny! 

And then…

More good news!  Carrie from A Passion for Appliqué told me about a pincushion swap!  Can you believe it?

A P-I-N-C-U-S-H-I-O-N swap !

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Sandra from Quilt At Home is hosting the pincushion swap.  She lives in the Netherlands and is inviting stitchers from all over the world to join in.  So if you’re even just a little bit like me and pincushions are your passion, visit Sandra’s blog to read all about it.

It didn’t take me long to sign up!

Happy stitching!

 

Kaaren

21 comments:

Stephanie said...

What a terrific idea and so beautiful. I was imagining the smaller pointed ends of the ties being dresden fan blades. :o) I'd love to participate in a pincushion swap but don't really have the skill to make something worthy.

Rumi said...

You clever girl you! Wonderful pincushion!

Sew Many Ways... said...

This is fantastic!! After this post, I can imagine alot of husbands saying...hmmm where did that tie go?!?. I don't think Scott would notice, he has a large rack of them!!
~Karen~

Carla said...

That is so very pretty!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

ha,ha, you sound like me!! I just can't bear to part with textiles :-) The last post on my blog is about a skirt I found for $1 which I am going to make into some kind of tote. I guess we have it really bad.

ranette said...

Very pretty pincushion! You are so talented Kaaren!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love it!! I love pincushions, but have never made one, I will watch the swap unfold, have fun with it.

Neabear said...

I love how that light bulb just goes on in your head. The pin cushion turned out wonderful!! I love it. Pin Cushion Swap huh? Hmmm.....I have never made a pin cushion, but I guess I could start. Actually I started to make the one you did as a tutorial. But I have not finished it yet. I need the insides first.

Quilt Hollow said...

Well, aren't you clever! Have a fun swap!!

Carrie P. said...

Love your new blog look.
And your little pincushion, girl, your are just so talented. My daughter has been taking her dads ties apart. Not sure what she is going to do with them. Have fun in the pincushion swap. You can never have too many, right? LOL

Sherri said...

What a great use for those ties!!! I can't wait to see what you do for the pincushion swap!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Kaaren, that pincushion is the cutest! and it reminds me so of an old crazy quilt I had as a child.

Mel said...

Glad you rescued the ties! Beautiful pincushion!

Candace said...

Genius, Kaaren! And your Sam isn't afraid of gorgeously, brightly colored ties!
Cheers!

Linda said...

How clever Kaaren . My you are so talented.

Jilly's Space said...

You are so smart!!
I just may join the pin cushion swap.
Loving your music selection by the way..I've been in my sewing room leaving your blog open so I can listen too it..my husband really likes it too :o)

Catherine said...

Brilliant use of the ties!! That is one of the prettiest pincushions I've seen in ages!

Robyn said...

Oh Kaaren,

Such a beautiful Crazy PW Pincushion!!
Beautiful!!

Robyn xx

Terry said...

Your pincushion is just beautiful! I'm going to check out the ties next time I'm at Goodwill! :0)

Janet said...

I had forgotten that neckties had been used to make crazy quilts. The pincushion idea is great. Now I'll have to go through all those ties Jack doesn't wear anymore.

Karen said...

Very clever and beautiful!