Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A present for you

I'm so sorry for the long silence but life is still busy. My Mom is recovering from her broken elbow but it will still be several weeks before she is out of the cast. Fortunately it is the time of year when people visit so there has been plenty of company (and baked goodies) to fill her days!

I've been working on my 2016 quilt along project and a number of other projects. One of them is an English paper pieced Ottoman pincushion pattern. As a thank you to all of you lovely readers I am making this pattern available to you free-of-charge until January.

I used a variety of fabrics to make these pincushions. The pink and gold one on the left is made with scraps of Dupioni silk! How luxurious is that?

I also used scraps of upholstery fabric to make a couple of the pincushions. I was given small squares from designer fabric sample books  and I used them to make these two.

Want a closer look? Is this cute or what?

I also love the warm colours of this one. The fabric I used for the to is a heavy upholstery fabric but it was perfect for the Ottoman and oh so pretty!

You can get your copy of the pattern in my Craftsy Store. To go directly to the pattern click here.

I hope to get back to posting on a regular basis in the very near future. Wishing you all a very happy, healthy holiday season. Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. These are really sweet. I just love pincushion, they are like pearls in my life. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Your pincushion is darling! Thinking good thoughts for your mother's healing and a wonderful holiday season for all.

  3. They are all so cute! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family !

  4. Wow these are adorable! Thank you so much! I hope your Mom heals quickly and the holiday season is enjoyable for you.

  5. These are just adorable-love those little feet too. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a speedy recovery for your Mom

  6. Thanks, Karen! I just downloaded it, and the instructions are excellent. Plus, it's super cute. Have a great Christmas!

  7. What darling pin cushions. The fabrics are so pretty too :)

  8. What a nice Ottoman. It is to small otherwise I 'll take a seat or put my legs on. Haha. I like them all. I wish you and your family a merry Christmas. Groetjes, Dientje

  9. So pleased Mum is okay, bet she is champing at the bit mind you to get going on something else lol
    Love, love the little ottoman!
    Thank you so much for letting us have the pattern.
    I will definitely make myself one of these, they are delightful!
    What a clever idea in the first place.
    I wonder if I can enlarge it to cover my poufe!!

  10. Many thanks for the pattern. Tell your Mum to sit back and enjoy all the joys of the season. She'll be able to get back to work in the new year. Merry Xmas!

  11. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a happy and healthy 2016. The pin cushions are really pretty. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  12. thanks for this fabulous present of yours,Karen
    merry christmas to you and all your family and best wiwhes fir the new year2016

  13. Thank you for the free pattern. It's a wonderful gift. Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Holiday Season.

  14. Thank you Karen,
    how sweet.
    Merry Christmas and best wishes to your Mom.

  15. Thank you Karen for the very fun pattern--I can make too many pincushions! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  16. Thank you for your pattern. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. You are welcome Severine! Happy New Year to you. I wanted to send you a personal note of thanks but you are a no reply blogger. :-(

  17. Many thanks Karen !
    I wish you a Merry Christmas to you and all your family !

  18. Merry Christmas and festive season, Karen. This is a gorgeous wee pattern and I look forward to having a play with it :-) Many thanks!

  19. Oh so cute Karen! Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year. I'm starting out my year with a retreat! I have downloaded this beauty of a pin cushion and I think I'll make a few at the retreat!

  20. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern with us, Karen!

  21. lovely little pincushion, such a good way to use up scraps. Thank you for sharing the pattern.