Friday, December 18, 2009

Quilted Sunflower Pincusion...

Another fun & fast project:

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Quilted Sunflower Pincushions
5 x 6 inches

Layer a gorgeous fat quarter of fabric with batting and backing fabric into a quilt sandwich. I spray basted it together.

Choose a thread to quilt it.
Audition several colors until one appeals to you.

Drop the feed dogs, put on a darning foot and free motion til the cows come home!

You could also put on the walking foot and stitch straight lines in a grid pattern.

If you choose a fabric with a large motif, like the sunflowers, it gives you a design to quilt around.......and it's lots of fun!
This is a very manageable size and very good practice for machine quilting!

Cut up the fat quarter quilted sandwich into 9 sections, like a 9 patch block.
These measure approx. 5 x 6 inches each.

Choose a backing fabric for the back side of your pincushion.
Layer it with batting and spray baste the two layers together.

You are ready to sew your pincushion together.
Pretty sides together, top and bottom of pincushion.
I sewed a quarter inch all the way around.....leaving a space for turning it right sides out.

Here is my first pincushion sewn and ready to stuff.
I like these polyester pebbles, the size of rice.

Fill the bags nice and full, then whip stitch the opening closed.

Quilted Sunflower Pincushions

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

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  1. What a neat tutorial! Now there is NO EXCUSE for not learning (or at least trying) to free motion. I think another idea would to be larger sqs to make pot-holders with. I think I am off to make a couple of Holiday ones just for fun! thanks cheryl

  2. Hi I'm new tro your blog and just had to tell you how lovely these little pin cushions are. I love Sunflowers and the tie-dye look of the backgrounds are wonderful. Thanks for sharing....

  3. What a nice effort you have done...its looking so cute...well done