Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Easing In

I'm easing back into the sewing groove. There's definitely a learning curve with a new machine.
I made a bunch of pincushion pillows. I saw these on someone's blog, but I can't find the link for the life of me. I love the idea of a LONG pincushion. I just sewed a bunch of 1 inch strips and with the leftovers made one with little log cabin blocks. Mine measures 4 x 9. I'm keeping one (maybe 2) and the rest are thank you gifts. (It was Sherri's blog...thanks Michelle for jogging my brain!)
I finished this little doll quilt for a friend's son. The back is all Heather Ross dogs...he loves animals. Another thank you gift. I'm REALLY behind in my thank you's...hoping to be caught up soon. I'm in the middle of 5 commission pieces, so those are taking priority. Hope to be doing my own thing again soon.

34 comments:

Helby said...

Those are adorable.
It's just batting/stuffing inside, right? Does that really hold the pins? I always just use my store-bought tomato pin cushion b/c I'm afraid the stuffing wouldn't be enough to hold the pins in place.

Lynn said...

Really like the pincushions - What a clever idea making long ones. Darling quilt - lucky little boy!

izzy inspired said...

the pincushions turned out really cute...but I LOVE the doll quilt! What wonderful thank you gifts!!

Betty Crocker Ass said...

you are amazing.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Looks like you are "easing in" nicely! Love your pincushions and the doll quilt is going to be cherished for a long time :) Happy quilting!

Blue Is Bleu said...

I love the idea of a long pincushion! I might have to make myself one from scraps! Love the doll quilt... the doggies are so cute!

Jessica said...

very cute!!

Kathleen said...

you are busy ...five commissions...its good you are still doing a little for yourself otherwise the work could become a chore!

love the quilt

Stacey said...

wow...love the pincushions. Adorable.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Great pincushions.

Question about your commissions. Are you doing them in your style or have the patrons chosen a pattern/style/colour?

Ashley said...

love the pincushions! and really, you can never have too many of them...

look forward to seeing what else you're working on!

belinda said...

These are w-a-y cute! I've just been sewing up a storm this morning...smiling...loving my new machine....I was thinking of you and your new one....hope you are smiling too!!!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Love me those pin cushions! And that quilt is adorable!
ooxx`jodi

Cheryl said...

I love the pincushions and the doll quilt. I love all your stuff, really. And I totally understand having to do the paying gigs first. I have that problem myself.

MichelleB said...

Adorable! I love all of those fabrics together.

You're killing me - because I saw those same pin cushions and now I can't remember where either. lol

Team NE said...

Love the pin cushions! They are so cute and what a great little "thank you" gift! The quilt is also adorable!!

Stephanie said...

A long pincushion is such a terrific idea. Love your fabric choices for those and the cute little quilt. Paid work is nice--it helps keep us in fabric--but doing your own things is better.

connie said...

I love the idea of long pin cushions. I don't know about easing into things. Looks like you are in full swing. 5 commission pieces is very cool.

beth said...

love those pincushions...we can never have too many! and they DO make nice little gifts.
And the quilt is SO great!
love it!

corry said...

Wonderful pincushion and dollquilt! I especialy love the dogs fabric you used for the back.

Quilts on Bastings said...

I love the doll quilt, it is just gorgeous.

Allie said...

I love the quilt and the pin cushions. It is so fun to see what you are working on!

Quilt Rat said...

These are completely fabulous...and are those pins with button heads? I will simply have to find me some of those!

Jackie said...

Okay, so where have I been, you have a new sewing machine?? You definitely have to do lots of sewing. Lovely pincushions. I think they could be addicting. The quilt is just beautiful too. I am sure they will love it.

em's scrapbag said...

Love the pincushions. So did you use stuffing of something else? Love the dogs. I'm sure you are going to have a very happy little boy.

MightyMom said...

love the pincushioins! but it would take up too much space in my sewing basket that I have to put everything away in (sewing machine in full reach of tiny hands)

what's the purpose of those little buttons??

MightyMom said...

oh yeah, are you DUN with selvages yet? cuz in digging out fabric for my new conquest i came across a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNGGGGGGG selvage of beautiful fabric....the interesting side with the writing.

Laura said...

The doll quilt is adorable! Good luck with your commissioned work!

Victoria said...

I know what you mean about the learning curve with a new machine, even if they are made by the same company, they "ride" completely different. It's just like getting the feel of a new car.

The pincushions are very cool, and the little quilt, both adorable and modern at the same time. Great job as always!

Needled Mom said...

That new machine will soon feel like an old glove. Enjoy the newness.

I love the idea of a rectangular pincushion. One could actually divide it into sections for different types of pins.

amandajean said...

the pincushions are soo cute! i like the mini quilt, too.

i got my house block in the mail today. thank you so much! i love it!!!

bekhy said...

five commissions! congrats! definitely keep 2 pincushions :) that's the best tip I've read in recent months: keep one at the sewing machine for unloading, and one at the cutting table for pinning and then switch the two around as needed. this is not the first time i've wished you were a good friend indebted to me--those are beautiful gifts.

jaybird said...

love those pincushions!! if only i had time to make some!

nicolette said...

Great pincushions, great miniquilt, lovely fabrics!