Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pincushion Indecision


I'm off to sewing camp this weekend and we're having a secret pin cushion swap so I've been making pin cushions! It would be easier if I knew who I was making it for but it could be anyone of a group with very diverse tastes.

I started with this idea centered around a cute little pig. I thought fun fabrics, not too bright but not too dull, a few sewing themed fabrics.
Some fun Lakehouse Drygoods fabric on the back.
But then I wondered if it was good enough, or quirky enough. So I made one using selvages.
With some fun Suzuko Koseki fabric on the back.
But then I worried that one was too simple.

My next attempt went a little crazy when I added the pom poms! The button in the middle is actually fabric, not a real button.

This one is much tamer in colour choice but it was a bit puckery around the edges and not good enough to give to the amazing sewers that will be at camp.


So I ended up deciding to use the first pincushion I made. After all it does say "Happy Stitches" along the edge, who could argue with that! Though I will say if the recipient of my pin cushion is a reader of my blog and they want to swap pin cushions with any of the others I've made I wont mind.
Oh and the first photo of the PINS pincushion.. that was another one of my attempts. The bright letters used on linen was inspired by this cushion made by the wonderfully clever Mary of Molly Flanders. So why didn't I pick that one? I wasn't sure if the recipient would have the same sense of humour as me...



Which one would you have picked?

34 comments:

Lindi said...

Pins and Ouch! I love the humour. :) @nd choice, Happy Stitches. You did well. They are all lovely.

Janet said...

They're all great Rachael but I know how you feel about the "ïs it going to be good enough" thing, I do the same. I love the ouch one the bestest, it's so fun I might have to pinch that idea.

Sally said...

Def the pins one!!

Marg said...

I love them all, and I would have done exactly the same thing and kept on changing my mind from worrying whether each one was ok. I must say the one with the pom poms is so very cute, but I do love your sense of humour with Ouch.

melissa said...

Theyre all gorgeous, and im sure the recipient would be happy with any of them. I know I would!

x

Patchwork and Play said...

I LOVE the "Happy Stitches" one for lots of reasons- the fabulous fabric on the back, the safety pin and tape measures on the front, but especially "petite maison" on the front! The restaurant my son was working at in London was "La Petite Maison"!!!! Where do I get some of that fabric???

Quiltbenaco said...

Sono tutti belli, ma per me il primo e l'ultimo hanno una marcia in più....
Ciao

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Rachael I love them all! The PINS one really caught my attention because of the colors, the OUCH is so funny! You have a tough decision but I think your secret partner would love any of them.

Shay said...

Yep-pins and ouch would have been my pick, but they're all fantastic.

(This is why I dont do bees and swaps -I'd always be second guessing myself !)

Adele said...

I would be so so happy if i got the PINS pincushion i would be well and truely over the moon.

Adele

circle retreat quilter said...

oh it has to be ouch so perfect. I love that you kept pumping them out. a true kindred spirit.....indecisive

Suzee said...

I like the ouch ..thats cute. love them all! I really love that Drygoods fabric. Have fun at camp!!sounds like fun!

Mary said...

Love them all! I definitely would have chosen 'OUCH'!!! Have a great time Rachael!

Laura said...

I love them all but the pins/ouch one is my very favorite!!!

beth said...

Love them ALL!!!

Leuchtzeichen said...

... so sweet!!!!
I ♥ them all !!!

Melissa P said...

What fun! They're all wonderful but I'm partial to the red one with the dot fabrics and the pom pom trim. It's so festive.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

They are all cute but I love the one that says OUCH. :)

Staci said...

Pins and Ouch! Those are my favorites! Have a great time!

smazoochie said...

Lu-u-u-v them all! But really especially love the "ouch" one. You'll probably be needing my mailing address ;-)

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

I LOVE the OUCH one!! Too funny!!!!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

They are all brilliant Rachael...I love the OUCH one as well. Looks like we all have a fun sense of humour! :-)

Lori said...

They are all lovely! I'm sure whoever gets one of them will be thrilled. I know I would be.

Heidi said...

me too, i'd choose the OUCH one :-)
What a fun idea. and like everyone else said, they are all gorgeous !

Di said...

"Ouch" wins hands-down for me too, Rachael. Might be "inspired" to make my own one day (if that's OK?). Keep making us laugh :-))

Kathie said...

very cute pincushions, aren't they just fun?
of course I have to pick the one with the red toile on the back ohmy gosh that one is just so beautiful...
the pompom one just made me lol and well love the ouch too!
very cute but the red one hands down is just perfect in mho
Kathie

Karen said...

You HAVE been making pin cushions!I like the pom pom one and the circular one. Having said that, the little piggy is pretty cute. Have a FABULOUS weekend!

Lynn said...

LOVE the pig!

Mary said...

I love your pincushions! Your blog is great!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Rachael....catching up here after a week away...and you have been busy sewing pin cushions...they are all great, but I do like the pom pom one...I bet you are having a wonderful time...enjoy...Dzintra

Jennifer said...

I love everything you do..The ouch is so freakin sweet!

Kim said...

Was that you who won those fabulous Amelia fat quarters from "My Sister and Me"?

Happy sewing

Barb said...

what cute pin cushions! I especially love the selvedge one with the green back and the pom pom edging is a hoot -

VeeV said...

you asked which one would i have picked.... i can't choose only one..
i like them all....but....
i LOVE pins/selvages/green w-buttons/ouch
xo
eva

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