Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gifts from friends!

A while back I read on Facebook about a source for 100% cotton velvet.  

I designed a few things that I wanted to make from velvet fabric so I book marked the site...or thought I did...to save for a 'rainy day'.  That day came a couple of weeks ago but when I went into my bookmarks to pull up the site, it wasn't there!

Horrors!

I belong to a couple of forums on Facebook so I posted on one of them to ask for the source and of course the help arrived probably a minute after I clicked on "post".  So off I went to the site with every intention of placing the order but hemmed and hawed after choking at the shipping charges from the US to Canada.  I just couldn't justify spending that kind of money on shipping for a relatively small order.

Lo and behold, a couple of days later, I received an email from Shirley, a new quilting, rug hooking and painting friend who happens to live in close proximity, telling me that she had some velvet upholstery samples that she'd be willing to part with if I would like them.

Well, Y-E-S!!!  

To make a long storey short, Mr. Painted Quilt drove me over to Shirley's place where she gifted me with these!



Aren't they lovely?

I have so many plans for all the things I'd like to make with the rest of the samples but here's my first project.

A velvet pear pincushion!



Oh, and the stem is actually made with a branch from our pear tree!

Thanks so much again for your generosity, Shirley.

NOTE:  If you'd like to make one, just let me know in the comments and I'll PDF my pattern for you to download.



Happy stitching!

67 comments:

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Wow! That pincushion is beautiful! Yes, please, I would love to have a pdf of the pattern! Thank you Kaaren!

Cidiana said...

So beautifull. I'd like to make one. Thank you

Loris said...

That's really a nice design. Lovely with the velvet and special stitch.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous!! I would like a copy as well.

~Kristie said...

Love the pincushion and would appreciate a PDF copy!

Mary Jean said...

I love your pear in velvet ....it is beautiful. I have seen pumpkins made in velvet with dried pumpkin stems and they were sooooo expensive!I would love the PDF if you could send it to Mjrgprice@aol.com. Thanks Kaaren!

Carole Y. said...

I love your pear in velvet. My mum used to have a tomato pincushion made of velvet.
I would appreciate a PDF copy of the pattern. Thanks,
cyeon at videotron dot ca

Jean said...

Very cute, I would love the pattern! Thank you!

Debra G said...

I'd love a PDF of the pattern, too. Your pear is lovely in velvet.

Terry said...

Your pear is wonderful! I'd love to make one. Thanks you! :0)

Sheila said...

Would love to have the pattern.

Debby said...

Oh, my stars. I love the pear. Please send the PDFs my way and thanks for sharing it.

Pat said...

Your pear is lovely and I'd love to have your PDF pattern - thank you for sharing it!
peks1001(at)yahoo(com)

Clare said...

What a beautiful pincushion. I would love to have PDF pattern. Thankyou for sharing this. Happy Stitching.

Lorene Holbrook said...

great idea using cotton velvet! oh yes please. would love the pattern. your pincushion is beautiful!

suesinger said...

I would love the pattern.
Sues089@gmail.com
Love your blog.
I will b I. Halifax in Septmber. Too bad you live outside of the city.


Thanks
Sue

linny said...

Love your pear. Could I please have the PDF for it.
Thanks so much. lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com
Lyn Smith (Australia)

Patti said...

Kaaren, you always do such lovely work! I would much appreciate a copy of your pear pdf. Thanks for sharing!

Glynis said...

Kaaren, your velvet pear is gorgeous and I would love to have a copy of the pdf so that I can make a few of these, would make lovely gifts for friends.
Thanks for your generosity.

Karleen said...

Love your pear, would like to make one to add to my to my collection. Thanks for the offer. karleenm@msn.com.

Gayle said...

I'd love to make this pear too, but will probably use wool - it's lovely and your stitching is perfect! Thanks!

Teatime Creations said...

Would love to stitch your sweet pear. Thank you for the pattern.

Janet said...

I agree with all of the above, gorgeous. I would love a PDF of the pear pattern.
mudd4chewee@gmail.com. Thank you in advance.

Dianne Cook said...

Hi Kaaren,

Love the pear pin cushion. Would love the pattern. Can't wait to see your future ideas.

Dianne

manos de chicureo said...

Hello happens to me like Also when I want to buy something from the United States (I live in Chile).
Very cute your work with pear. I have saved a cotton velvet green. I would make one. I would be very grateful if you send me the PDF and instructions. Shirley was a great person with you.
Greetings and thanks for sharing.
Yasmin
manosdechicureo@gmail.com

Kay Sciullo said...

I love pears and would love to have the PDF! Looks like you will be busy sending it to us all :-)

Kate said...

Beautiful velvets and pear, Kaaren. I'd love to have your pattern and thank you for your generosity. I just happen to have a stray piece of velvet that might be perfect for the pear. :)

KarenQ said...

Oh Kaaren, I would love a copy of your PDF of the pair pincushion! I have become obsessed with pincushions in this last year and have not seen a pear as beautiful as yours! Thank You for being there and may God bless you and continue to give you a healthy life.

Sandy said...

So cute! I would love to make one...thanks for sharing.

maxzoe said...

Kaaren, you amaze me! You are so creative. I would love to have a copy of your pattern. Thanks for all you do for us!

Criterion Ranch said...

Dear Kaaren, The pin cushion is just beautiful. I really love your blog and all the fun things you are doing. The best, Loretta

Leona said...

I want the PDF.
THANK YOU

lynn jarzombeck said...

What a great idea for the use of velvet. We love to touch the stuff and a pin cushion makes that possible. Of course, I'd like the pattern and I too will have to find some velvet. Your stitching is adorable too. Been reading and following your blog for a long time now. Good to know you're doing better. Thanks so much.

Janet O. said...

How very clever. It looks wonderful in the velvet fabric.

Virginia Wilson said...

What a treasure trove you've found. I especially liked that you used a pear tree branch in the pincushion. You've inspired me to make a pear too! That being said, I would also like a copy of the pattern.
Thank you so much,
Virginia Wilson

barbidule said...

Cette poire est superbe
J'aime beaucoup cet ouvrage
Bravo

Gros bisous
Béa

Baa. xxx said...

What a lovely pear - we would love the PDF if possible to trying making one. Love your stitching on the sides.

Sandi said...

I think you better off .pdf the pattern Kaaren!

margaret said...

how lucky you were to have these samples, did you know that bleach does wonderful things to velvet, it changes the colour but not to white

marie said...

Your pear is beautiful and I'd love to have you seen me the pattern. Thanks for being generous and sharing with all of us.

Laura T said...

What a beautiful pear and I would love to have a copy of the pattern. I have some hand dyed velvet that would be perfect! Thank you,
LauraT

Brigitte POTTIER said...

Oh i love the pears and i am so happy to receive the pdf pattern. Thank you very much for your kindness

Maria said...

On Kaaren aren't blogging friends great. I have a swot of those fabrics and wondered what to make with them. I love your Pear and would love the pattern thank you X

marc wirth said...

Really beautiful, would it be possible to get the pattern?
Marc

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Karen,
the pear is just adorable and thank you for the offer to send a PDF file with the pattern. I would love to receive the pattern from you.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Marilyn said...

What pretty fabric.
I would love the pattern.
Thanks!

Marilyn

Marlene Haller said...

Oh yes, I would also love the pattern.

Sue at The Boar's Breath Ranch said...

Lovely. I'd like a copy + where do I get the velvet?
Suejswank@gmail.com
thanks

Susan Torrens said...

Yes please! Love a copy.....I have some samples that would work for this too.

Patti said...

Karen, I really like the pincushion. It is the best pear that I have seen. I would love a copy of the pattern. Thanks.

SLY said...

Yes please...I would love a copy of the pattern...fabulous!

deb-bee said...

I would love to have the pattern of your beautiful velvet pear. Thank you.
Dkrzyston@me.com

Lisa Angel said...

I would love a copy of the pattern. It's awesome and the fabric just made it. Thanks for being so generous.

Lisa

langel@triad.rr.com

Maxine said...

Please, send the PDF for the pear pincushion. Will make my collection really special.

Seams So Right said...

I would love to have the pear pattern. Thank you, Linda

wendy@iqlt said...

I would love the pattern. Thank you, from Wendy

Ronda said...

I would love to make one! Thanks Ronda

Karel Hamilton said...

I would absolutely love to have the pear pattern. It is SO adorable. Thanks so much! Karel my email is karel@redmons.com

Sherry said...

I love your pear and would like to have the pattern. It is so great that we are able to share with each other and can communicate with people who like similar things all over the world.

nlcalendar said...

Would love a copy of the pincushion pattern Thanks M

Gloria Galiana said...

What a lovely velvet pear! I would love the pattern. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I would love a copy of your pincushion pattern. It's so pretty!

Sue... said...

I would love a chance to make this lovely pincushion, thanks so much,
Sue...

lou said...

I would love to make a pear pincushion like yours. Thanks for the opportunity to have the pattern.

gracie said...

I would love to try this wonderful pear pincushion...I love pincushions!

cheri yurtin said...

I love your pear, I would like to have the pattern please.

Christine said...

I would like to make one. Many thanks !