Sunday, February 26, 2012

I am Smitten with my New Pincushion!

A few days ago I saw this post on Karen's blog and I was over the moon! I ran out to the shed and moved the tackle box, shoved the basket of baseball gloves and baseballs aside, reached into the dark recesses of the unknown whispering, "Please don't bite me. Please don't bite me", and pulled out the chicken feeder. Tada! I blew off the spiderless spiderwebs, dusted off the dirt and thus began my journey.

I have been stalking blogland for pincushions for months. There are lots of really cute ones out there and I have started a list of ones I want to make. How many pincushions does one quilting gal need?  Well I knew I wasn't going to stop at one and when DH asked me to haul him into town to pick up the feed truck, I was game. He was a little perplexed at my excitement. The girl that avoids town at all costs, and can often be heard chanting, "Please don't make me go. Please don't make me go", was in the truck before he finished his sentence with her sights set on the Farm Store. $2.89 later, I was a happy camper. Its a little embarrassing how giddy I am with this purchase.

I picked up a bag of crushed walnut shells at the pet store a few weeks ago. I  chose the smallest bag they had, and I'll be making more pincushions, but I'm pretty sure I have enough walnut shells for all of blogland. One thing I did differently besides use the walnut shells, was I encased the shells in a  gathered muslin circle and stitched the heck out of it so that the little grains would not escape. Then I gathered a second circle of my chosen fabric for the outside.

Its close to the end of the month and almost time for:

This is my addition for  the Christmas blog train this month.



Cheryl and Darlene are hosting this. So if you've made something this month to add to your Christmas gift stash, hop over and add your link today. Lots of great ideas are popping up!
Marquita and Lora, you are banned from making these because there are only so many adorable gifts I can come up with. I figure you'll forget about these by the time Christmas rolls around. Ducking...

The other thing I did was cut a circle of scrap wool and tuck it in the bottom of the feeder. It keeps the little spools from rolling around and trying to duck inside. Works like a charm! I just used hot glue to attach the pincushion to the feeder.

Also jumping in for the  Sew Darn Crafty Party:



Another great spot for you to add some new projects to your list and discover some fun new bloggers.
So, Karen, thank you, thank you, thank you! These are just perfect! You've created a monster because I picked up something else while I was at the Farm Store...

19 comments:

Doniene said...

This is way too cute!!! What a great idea!! I might just have to make one - for myself even!!

Blessings

Denise :) said...

OMGosh! That's about the cutest pincushion I've seen!!! Next time Todd goes to get feed, I'll be riding shotgun!! :)

Kathy H said...

That is such a cute pin cushion. And such a clever idea. Now I am going to be looking at all sorts of things to use as a pin cushion.

Julie said...

I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:
http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/02/stuffed-green-peppers-show-your-stuff.html

Martha said...

I'm a farmer's daughter. I had a good laugh about going to town. I adore your new pincushion. Such a fun idea!!

iluvmybugs said...

What a cute idea!!! TFS
~Terry~

NaomiG said...

I live in town now, and I hate to go to town, haha.

I LOVE the pincushion! I don't even know where I would get one of those here, although I'm sure I could find one if I looked hard enough. It's moments like these where I realize how different my life is now than just a few months ago. Weird.

Paula said...

Oh that is adorable! Never thought I would say that about a pincushion (cause I kinda prefer the magnetic kind) but that is really cute!!

Cow Pies & Mud Pies said...

That is Really cute!!!

Deanna said...

That is wonderful! Well worth braving spiders or whatever else might be lurking in dark corners. I wonder what might be hiding in my shed? Probably just the spiders.

JMF said...

So cute:) I might have to try one.

Robin said...

What a great idea! It turned out so cute. Good luck in using up all those walnut shells - ha!

Kathy said...

This is so cute! I think this just might be my March project!

Laura said...

What a great pincushion! A chicken feeder, huh? I always wondered what those were!

Sandy said...

Oh, Oh, I am going to have to check ebay for a chicken feeder! Yours is darling!

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Cute pincushion!

Cheryl said...

This is the cutest pincushion ever!!! Thanks so much for joining us in Christmas Through The Year this month!!!!

Quilter Kathy said...

A brilliant idea!

Betty Lou said...

Cute idea----who would have thought you could make a pin cushion/thread holder out of a feeder? Smart idea.

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