I have a confession to make, I hate pin cushions! I started out using a pin cushion, one of the traditional tomato ones, but I find it cumbersome. I find that it takes way to much thought when I am removing pins as I am sewing to get the pin stuck back in the cushion. Does anyone else share my problem?
I solved my pin cushion aversion by picking up a magnetic pin tray from a LQS, but it was ugly and bulky. Basically, it was not something that I was happy looking at every day. So I made one myself.
This is something that makes me happy and I am not embarrassed to leave it out on the table at the end of the day. I picked up a pretty bowl at Target along with some superglue and ordered some super strong magnets online. This bowl is tiny so I only used one magnet.
After few minutes of holding the magnet in place while the glue dried, I had a functional, pretty pin dish. It is much easier to toss the pins into the bowl as I am stitching away.
How about you? Are you a fan of the pin cushion, a pin bowl, or do you have some other system for keeping track of your pins?
I must admit that I had a great time this week reviewing everyone’s comments about their favorite notions, checking out new IG feeds, and discovering some great new (to me) blogs with the Quilter’s Blog Hop! A huge THANK YOU to everyone that stopped by, commented and followed. I hope you will stick around for awhile. I love feedback and getting to know my readers.
Welcome! I am happy to announce that from November 21st – 26th I will be participating in the Quilter’s Blog Hop Party plus doing a fat quarter giveaway.
Welcome to andpins! My name is Elizabeth from Philadelphia with a thirty+ year old Bernina sewing machine (the lovely 801) and a teeny-tiny kitchen with a new found love for quilting and a passion for baking, hence the blog name. This is a space for my work, my musings, favorite recipes and other things I like. I am an active member of the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild and I am always on the lookout for swaps and bees. Feel free to follow me here or on Instagram.
Enough about me, on to the giveaway! I’m giving away a fat quarter bundle Bella Solids in my favorite colors: charcoal, red, black, and snow.
The giveaway is now closed. Check this post for a list of everyone’s favorite notions and the giveaway winner!
How to enter? All you have to do is follow @andpins on Instagram and leave a comment on this post with your Instagram handle.
Don’t have Instagram? Just leave me a comment telling me what notion you cannot live without.
The winner will be announced on November 26th at Noon EST. (Sorry, I can only ship within the United States.) Thanks for stopping by and happy blog hopping!
One of the things that I enjoy most about quilting and sewing is learning new tricks and methods to accomplish things. I learned the Missouri Star Method to make these half square triangles out of feed sacks for another work in progress. They are three inches when trimmed. The Missouri Star Method is so much easier than the method I used to get the triangles for last weeks work in progress!
It all started with a Rainbow Fat Quarter Bundle and my desire to do something new, something outside of my comfort zone of rectangles and squares. I decided that I preferred the look of a taller triangle (as opposed to a half square triangle) and found the To The Point pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew.
Not being someone who can settle for what I am given, I decided to make a larger, throw size quilt without the sashing. Of course, this meant that I needed more fat quarters than I had so I altered the pattern, leaving four large negative space triangles to make up for the missing fat quarter. I spent a few hours on Sunday laying out the triangles into an arrangement that I was pretty happy with (there are still a few that I am not thrilled with, but I am going to live with it) then I sketched it into my notebook so I had a pattern to follow as I sew the pieces together.
(Yes, that is a basted quilt behind my machine, waiting for attention. That quilt is my project for this weekend.)
I have begun the process of sewing the large triangles together into rows, double and triple checking that my stack is in the right order. I am so thankful that I took the time to make the sketch instead of just relying on my stacking.