NEW VIDEO!! Quilting a Pincushion on the LONGARM!

pincushions | January 4, 2021 | By

It’s READY!! The longarm, pincushion class! You will find this singular class, sort of an add-on for longarmmers, at 30 minutes in length and $15. It will show you how to load and quilt a pincushion top on the longarm, along with tips, helpful tools and techniques to make your quilting successful. For the complete process of making a pincushion class, you’ll need the “Create Your Own Vintage Pincushion”, 1 hour and 20 minute long class. You’ll own the class(es) forever and learn at your own pace. There are 2 tabs for courses, choose whichever you like.

I’ve enjoyed having Madison, my University of Kansas student, videographer extraordinaire, here to help me. She has crazy good editing skills and such an eye for filming. If you are in need of a service like this in the Kansas City area, send me a note and I’ll share her information. Her major is Creative Communication and she couldn’t be more suited to this future career!!

Madison, my videographer extraordinaire!!

Thanks to Madison, we’ve finished filming the longarm segment for quilting a pincushion on your longarm! I always dread doing these things as they are out of my comfort zone, but I’m also thrilled when they are ready to publish. Especially during this time of no travel and no teaching, this is a way to connect with quilters everywhere. Pincushions and videos have also given me a focus that I never knew would be so rewarding. I spend much more time over on Facebook with daily posts, so visit me there if you frequent social media.

The most recent sale of pincushions. They are a pretty bunch!

I have thoroughly enjoyed this last year of pincushion making and plan to continue the creating this year as well. As long as I’m home, I’ll make pincushions! I have been having weekly sales that post on my Facebook page, but will slow down some this year and probably limit the sales to every 2 weeks. That way, I might be able to get some quilts quilted! I’ve fallen behind in the tops I want to quilt for myself and a few for family and close friends. That’s my limit these days!

Each one of these is different and definitely takes on a personality of it’s own. It’s also a great way to use up embroideries and vintage fabrics from generations before us.

If you’re looking for a winter adventure, try pincushions! They are terribly addicting! Maybe it’s because unlike a quilt, they can be finished quickly. They are beautiful when completed and can be gifted to all your sewing friends. During the holidays, I turned many into tree ornaments by adding a ribbon and turning them on point. They can also be filled with lavender to be used as sachets for non-sewing friends. Pincushions are filled with crushed walnut shells, but with this ornament, I used half polyfill and half walnut shells. I liked the weight of that combination!

You’ll find the link with the 2 classes below. To add to the fun, at the end of either video, you’ll be invited to join the private Facebook page full of information! There, we have show and tell, LIVE tutorials, random giveaways, and lots of new forming friendships through pincushions.

I hope you’ll join us! Happy 2021 everyone!

Create Your Own Vintage Pincushion Class!!

It’s finally ready, my online class, “Create Your Own Vintage Pincushion”. You’ll find it in the link below. It’s $40 and you’ll own it forever. You have the ability to stop, go back, repeat, learn at your own pace! If you are a Facebook user, you will also be invited to join the private Facebook group where you can share your pincushions, ask questions, and get to know other pincushion lovers!

Join me for this 1 hour and 20-minute video, where I’ll teach you everything from cleaning your linens, cutting them, piecing your pincushion, quilting it and then finally, all that’s involved with the finish. Who knew pincushion making could take so many steps!

Let me help you to use those beautiful embroideries that may be hidden away in your drawers. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Sweet New Pincushion!

pincushions, SALE | October 13, 2020 | By

How’s this for the cutest couple EVER?!! This began as a towel and has probably been in a drawer or tucked away for years. It’s finally time for them to live on in a pincushion!

I used two of my favorite rulers to quilt this one, the 9″ Slim and my Kelly Bean notched ruler. You can find them here in my online shop Use the code LOVE10 in the discount box at checkout for 10% off anytime!

I like to ditch stitch these small pieces before doing the free motion quilting. This particular ruler is 9″ x 1 1/2″, making it easy to manipulate. I created the curved ends so it would move freely with no sharp corners to get caught up in the seams.

The other favorite ruler I find particularly helpful is the Notched Kelly Bean. This ruler has a notch to nest around the hopping foot. It’s great to help guide the machine around shapes, applique, or embroidery as I did here. The notched rulers are ONLY for use on a moving machine (longarm). You can see how they work in this video.

After I’ve outlined all of the embroidery, I go back with a very tiny fill. I call this the bubble, spiral and belly button design. I’m using Glide 40 weight thread and a Schmetz #16 ballpoint needle (find these in the shop, for longarm only)

The stitch length on these is very small, about 14 stitches per inch. When working with curves and circles, a tight stitch length is your best option for creating a good looking curve!

TA-DA!!! Aren’t they just precious?!! You can find many more pincushion posts on my Facebook page. Don’t forget, use the code LOVE10 anytime in the discount box at checkout for 10% off.

Have a fabulous Tuesday everyone! Stay safe and sew, at least we have that!!

Creating Vintage Pincushions on the Long Arm Machine

pincushions | June 28, 2020 | By

I’ve just finished a 4 part type ‘series’ (very casual, mind you!), creating and quilting vintage pincushions on my longarm. The quilting can, of course, be done on a domestic machine or a longarm, I just work best on a longarm. If you’re looking for a free class or something to maybe inspire you to do something with vintage parts and pieces, here they are in order from #1-#4. Feel free to ask any questions. Hopefully, I cover lots of answers in the videos. They run about 30 minutes each and you can watch anytime. They were shown in a live Facebook feed, but recorded and posted forever now. 






pincushions | December 19, 2019 | By

I have become ADDICTED to making pincushions! It all started this summer when I was homebound (well, not traveling anyway) to undergo radiation treatments for breast cancer. This is where I scream, GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS!! Seriously folks, mine was found on a 3D, annual screening. It was extremely small and easily treatable. SOOO, back to pincushions. They exist in my world because I was home and looking for a distraction I believe. A pincushion is the perfect small project! Fun to make, uses scraps, and it’s hugely satisfying to finish a project in a few hours.

They also were an accidental beginning because I had bought a cute little used, Hello Kitty sewing machine for my granddaughter. I started pulling out scraps to sew on that machine and had so much fun, that it never left my dining room table!

The first pincushion, made from tiny half square triangles

Honestly, the last few months have gone by SO fast! I’m not very good at keeping up my posts here, but check out my Facebook page for almost daily pincushion ideas. They’ve grown into vintage focused pieces. All I need to do is look around my studio and I find inspiration. My stash is probably on the ridiculous side of LARGE!

This pincushion started with a piece of vintage embroidery

Each pincushion has a personality of its own. Depending on what machine I’m working at, the Hello Kitty, mom’s Singer 401A, the Bernina 440, or even my longarm, they all look different! I’ve enjoyed free motion quilting on some, ruler work on others and sometimes I’ve used the computer on my longarm machine. It’s pure fun just trying so many techniques and playing on different machines.

Free motion quilting on a hankie corner

The smallest pincushion is probably 3″ square and the size is only determined by the original embroidery or handwork. Some are large, going up to 5 or 6″. I find it’s difficult to cut into really beautiful embroidery, so I try to keep intact what I can.

Sweet vintage bird embroidery with 1930’s prints

I’ve also tried to keep the fabrics I use in line with the era of embroidery. I’ve been gifted so many beautiful feed sacks recently, so those have been my choice when they fit the embroidery. I also love to use Dupioni silks with some of the fancier cut work and drawn thread handwork. They show off nicely with the sheen of the silk.

Beautiful crocheted butterfly, hankie corner

Where do I find all of these beautiful vintage pieces? Mostly antique and thrift stores. I’m also gifted so many fabulous hankies, embroideries, tablecloths, you name it! Most people don’t know what to do with their generations of linens. It’s become my passion to teach, share and inspire, to get those wonderful pieces out of their drawers and made into something usable. (I keep a class schedule in the tab above of where I’ll be teaching, 2020 added soon!)

Always one-of-a-kind, never duplicated

I’ll be spending my winter mostly holed up in my studio, quilting and probably making pincushions, along with a few other projects. I don’t travel during winter months and leave that my time to really create. When I have a group of pincushions, I will sell them in my online shop . I never know when that will be, but I usually post on Facebook when it happens.

Thank you all for following my quilting journey. The adventure is ever-changing and I love to see what happens next. Creating is like breathing for me! Happy holidays to you all and I hope there will be some sewing in your winter months!

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