Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tiny World Demi Tasse Pincushion

It was a good news day! Mom (Anne H) broke her right arm (the humerus) and while we were hoping it would heal, at age 93 we weren't sure it would happen.  She saw the specialist today and surprise, surprise! It is healing. She'll have to baby it for the next couple of months but otherwise she is good to go! She has been struggling with her sewing but now that she is cast/brace free she can have fun with her sewing!

I've been sewing bits and pieces for Tiny World Pincushions and I managed to finish yet another. I have two little gold demi tasses and here is the first of the two. The other will be finished another day!

To give you an idea of the size here it is next to the Farmer's Home - Winter Pincushion. I really adding tree trunks! And they are both working pincushions! Can a quilter have too many pincushions? I think not!

I'm still working on the feathers in diamonds in Butterscotch Ripple - there are two or three to go. This quilt is going a little slower than I would like but hopefully I'll pick up steam tomorrow. I've been doodling away like crazy trying to decide how to fill the diamonds after the initial feather border. My doodling isn't perfect or even accurate but that isn't the point. The purpose is to help develop ideas. I might not be able to quilt what I draw but it gets the creative juices flowing! And it did just that!

The outer feather is quilted in the example below and I drew two inner diamonds that are 1/2" apart to create channels. I used my blue water soluble fabric marker.

Close-up of the blue markings.

I stitched two diamonds inside the feather to create the channels and then filled the outer channel with circles. I'll leave the inner channel empty. I've tested this on the first block and I am happy with it. The next step will be to decide what to put inside the centre diamond. I may use a couple of designs to fill the diamonds.

This is a close-up of the channels and the circles.

Now about those two rabbits I've been seeing in the garden. They were back again. They sure like the pond! Isn't he's a snappy dresser - blue plaid pants and a leopard print vest!

I was able to get fairly close - they didn't seem too bothered to have their picture taken but then in the blink of an eye they were gone!

Was it me or was it this??? The dreaded Grey Panther from two doors down!

Until I post again, happy sewing!


  1. Already knew this since we mailed, but so glad about your mum :)

    And your pincushions are so adorable. I love them!

    And I hope the dreaded grey panther doesn't have a full belly ;)

    1. Thanks Lia! The dreaded Grey Panther will be in BIG trouble if his belly is filled with anything other than cat food!

  2. Oh I am so very happy to read that your Mom is mending and is free of cast and brace. Thank heavens. Her talent is amassing as is yours. Those tiny world Pin Cushions ar so very adorable a little work of art. Are they made out of felt or do you felt wool?
    I love haw you approach the quilting, no wonder I am not that good at FM I have to start drawing and practicing in a book. I am learning so much from you thank you for all your wonderful posts.
    Give Anne H a big big hug and bravo to her.
    Hugs Bunny

    1. Thanks Bunny! We are all pretty chuffed about Mom's recovery but none more than her! I'll give her a hug from you!

      The pattern calls for felted wool but I just use plain old synthetic felt for the houses and trees. I've modified the house pattern to make different sizes. As for the "ground" I use all sorts of fabrics. And the ball inside is made of small balls of yarn. I got a large bag of assorted balls of yarn from the thrift shop for $5 and I just wind the bits until I have a ball that is the size I need!

      I'm glad my posts are helpful. I was so nervous to start machine quilting but once you get over that hurdle it gets easier and the quilting gets better!

  3. your pincushions are just so special-and those rabbits-lol-off to check the next one