I liked that first cupcake pin cushion enough that I've made a second, slightly different one. I modified the pattern slightly, but I have to say that these cupcakes are pretty easy to make, and they definitely don't take a huge outlay of cash to do. The only part that was a bit funny was having to buy a package of floral stems to make the cherry stem. To get that 3" piece of stem, I had to buy a package of 30 stems, each 18" long, but the package was only $1. LOL! I now have enough stem "stuff" to make 90 pin cushions — but I think I'll stop at two for now. ;)
Here are my two together. You can see that the cups aren't exactly the same size, so this is pretty adaptable to whatever is available, in case I do decide to make more at some point.
As you can see from the photos, I did decide not to do any filler quilting in the corners of this piece. After trying two different fillers and having to pick them out, I just couldn't bring myself to do a third. If I'd had to pick that one out, too, I think the fabric would have fallen apart. I didn't have any of the fabric used in this one, so the binding is just another piece I had lying around and that I thought worked okay. This will work as a table topper, as it's fairly small: only 17" square. Below is a detail of the quilting, though I apologize for the color being off.
During the class I took in Phoenix last month, I drew out the designs for two wholecloth quilts. One of them must be redone, due to slithering problems, but the other (smaller) one is fine, so I began quilting it a few days ago. I quilted all of the main motifs and then added some cross hatching around the central wreath. So far, so good.
Then I decided to do pebbles as the filler around the corner motifs; pebbles are one of my favorite fillers. After doing half of one section, about 10-15 minutes' work, I decided that this just wasn't going to look right this time. Okay, so I spent the next three hours unpicking that mistake.
I really don't want to do a "traditional" stipple, so the next thing I tried was echo quilting around those corner motifs. It was looking pretty good until I realized something. The instructor for the class had required us to use the standard blue markers when doing our drawings — not the fine line type. So when I removed some of the blue lines to see how things were looking, I realized that the corner motifs were completely lost in the echo quilting! Ack!
Last night I began unpicking those echoing lines, and I'm only about halfway done now. I may decide not to do a filler at all at this rate!
Last fall I saw some absolutely adorable pin cushions at the Houston show, but I remained strong and didn't buy the pattern to make one. However, last month when I was in Phoenix and went to a sewing expo there, the same company was showing the pin cushions again. How could I resist? I mean, wasn't it meant to be? I didn't buy the pattern, though; I bought the kit in order to make life easy. I also bought a second little cup for the bottom, and I'm thinking I'm going to be making a second one of these very soon -- though I'll have to go look for the rest of the materials.
So what kind of pin cushion am I talking about? A cupcake! Isn't it cute? :) Sorry the photo is a little fuzzy, but you get the idea.
It's finished! I really wanted to get this done before the next meeting of our local group, and I made it. Whew! ;) This was a fun table runner to make; we took strips and watched as they magically became this simple but very interesting pattern. (Click on the photos for a larger view.)
I couldn't remember how I'd wanted to quilt this, so I resorted to more of the feathers I love so much. :) Since nothing was really going to show in the busy border, I did some basic straight lines before adding corded piping and the binding. I'd have liked to have used more of the border fabric as the binding, but I just didn't have enough. This entire table runner came from my stash! :)
Yes, I know I missed the season, but this piece will be ready for next fall. ;) This is wool appliqué, all done by hand, and I began making this while in Phoenix last month. Most of the fabrics were from a kit, and the thread is Valdani perle cotton in size 12; the Valdani has a lovely sheen, much nicer than DMC.
The biggest problem with this pattern (created by Cathy Skow) is that it was literally impossible to see through the background fabric (the olive-y green) to trace the layout and the embroidered tendrils. I made a plastic overlay to place the wool bits, but then I had to make a stencil for the embroidery -- not an easy task with scissors. ;) I will say, however, that this fabric was quite easy to appliqué to the scalloped backing. The original pattern showed that scalloped backing in a little brown plaid, but I couldn't find anything similar for my version. In fact, I couldn't even find a good range of colors in solid colors of wool felt! However, I think the green I finally settled on works well enough.
This was fun to do, but now it's back to quilting! :)
At last month's meeting of the local group I attend we made table runners. I finished the top of mine, decided just how I wanted to quilt it, and then left town. Do you think I can remember now what my plan was? Of course not! :S The runner is all pin basted and ready to go, but I'm stumped as to what I want to do and will have to ponder a bit longer. This photo shows part of the runner. It's the "almost" from the title of this post.
So what was the finished item? First, a bit of background. Remember that Winding Ways quilt I've been working on for quite some time? I finished the top, which turned out to be enormous — about 95" x 112" or a bit more. Gulp. It sat, basted and ready for quilting (and I did remember what I wanted to do on this one!) for a while as I procrastinated about beginning. It was just so big! I had serious doubts as to how I was going to manage on my Bernina, much as I love that machine, and especially since my back had been bothering me — how was I going to wrestle this monster in my limited space? I wasn't; I chickened out and asked a good friend of mine to long-arm quilt it for me. She used most of what I'd originally intended to do myself, with some tweaks of her own that came out great. :) The quilt is so big, though, that I can't take a picture of it yet! However, it will be going into our local show in a few weeks, so I'll hope to get a photo of it hanging at that time. Meanwhile, here's a "teaser" of the result!
Gosh, I hadn't realized it had been so long since my last post! A couple of days after that one, though, I went to Phoenix for Quilting in the Desert, staying with a dear friend and her three dogs for almost a week. You may remember that I have a little cocker spaniel; however, what you don't know is that I used to have Dobermans, so it's not as though I've never been around large dogs. In fact, up until not too long ago, we had a big lab-chow mix! Phyl's family includes a Golden Retriever and two black standard poodles. What is always a surprise to me about them is that they're so light on their feet! I was used to big dogs having a certain amount of "heft" to them, but these poodles can jump on me, and I have absolutely no chance of being knocked over. (G)
As for Phyl and me, we stayed pretty busy during my stay. We each had a class to attend, and we went out to dinner a couple of times (YUM!) and to the theater (great play!) once. We did our own mini-shop-hop one day, updated some computer stuff for each of us, and did our own "class" on wool appliqué (Phyl was the instructor, and I was the student). Above all, we laughed and had a great time. :)
I don't know where my head was, but I completely forgot to take pictures of most of what we did. But I did take a picture of the three dogs waiting for their treat. I guess that tells you where my priorities were. ;)
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