I needed a cutting template that I could find AND was the right size for cutting my pincushions. I had one made! This acrylic ruler in lime green is a great hand size, 4″ x 10″. It’s 1/8″ thick for cutting, not for quilting ruler work like most of my rulers.
I work on a small cutting table and mat next to my machine, so this fits nicely on the cutting mat. Most pincushions are between 3″ and 7″ in size and this manages to cover those cuts. Find it in my online shop for $15. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/product/4-x-10-quilting-template
You can see here how I create that little pincushion top. I’ve piece it ‘crazy quilt’ style and then square it to my liking. If you’ve been waiting for my online pincushion class, you can find it here. https://createyourownvintagepincushion.thinkific.com/
Now, let’s talk about scraps, FEEDSACK scraps in particular! I’ve just returned from 4 days on the road, between Kansas and Tennessee, stopping at most antique stores along the way. Did you know that antique shops are probably the safest places to go right now? There are not many folks in them and masked up, I feel very safe. FYI, they are also the best restroom stops along the highway!! Again, no one using them! OK, now you know my secrets.
Anyway, I bought about 30 feedsack bags and was able to buy duplicates of quite a few. Due to requests and popular demand, I’ve cut up loads of scraps and squares and I’m offering ‘feedsack scrap bags’ in my shop as well. They sell out fast, but I load at least 5-10 everyday. Check back if you don’t see them in stock. Each bag is a variety and will change with each posting. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/product/feedsack-scrap-bag
Maybe my favorite shop of all time is Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall, on the east side of Columbia, MO. I find loads of antique linens and feedsacks here on a regular basis, it’s only 2 hours from me and I can get there maybe every 2 months or so. Many of the feedsacks I’m sharing came from this booth! How lovely is this photo!!?
I have also been trying to organize and do some purging in my studio and closets. Collecting linens and quilt tops for years has given me way too much, so every now and then you’ll find treasures I’ve picked up along my journey in the online shop. I am parting with things I know I’ll never use and hopefully some of you will benefit from my travels and collecting (cough, cough…hoarding) adventures. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products
Have a great weekend everyone. I hope you can find some time for sewing or quilting amongst the leaf gathering. I know I’ll be doing some of that task this weekend. Enjoy the beauty of fall if you have it where you live!
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 https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products 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. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products The notched rulers are ONLY for use on a moving machine (longarm). You can see how they work in this video. https://youtu.be/D2cAVmhVdNA
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) https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/category/long-arm-machine-needles
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. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products
Have a fabulous Tuesday everyone! Stay safe and sew, at least we have that!!
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!
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 https://www.facebook.com/kellycline.quilting/ 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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 https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/ . 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!