Sunday, September 24, 2006

One more pincushion, trash and a block

I have lots of pincushions, tins and pin boxes upstairs in my longarm room, but most of them aren't at all interesting - just containers of big yellow-headed pins I use to pin quilts to the machine leaders. Only one is at all interesting, so I'll talk a little about it.

I made the eggplant from craft felt years and years ago when felt was thick and rich feeling compared to the paper thin stuff you find now. The pattern was from an old McCalls Needlework and Crafts magazine - anyone besides me remember those? I started buying them when I was about 12. I made very few things from their patterns, but spent many long hours drooling over page after page of wonderful things. I bought every issue and saved every one until sometime in my 30's. I imagine this pattern was from the mid-1960's. I made the first eggplant after we were married in 1969, and wore it out so I had to make another, which is also starting to show it's age. These pincushions were called "vegetable pillows", and there was also a bunch of celery, an onion, a tomato, a carrot and others. I made the celery for the neighbor across the street within a year or two after we moved into the neighborhood. Wish I still had the patterns - they would be great in felted wool.

I guess someone asked about trash, too, as several bloggers have posted pictures of theirs. You don't find much in my trash in the way of fabric scraps since I save crumbs and cut the rest into squares, bricks and triangles. I use tissue containers for my trash - they work wonderfully! Downstairs I have one on my cutting table, one at the sewing machine, and one on the ironing board. Upstairs I have one by my bobbin winder, one at each end of the longarm table at both the front and back of the table and one on my Pfaff cabinet. We have lots of them because we both suffer from allergies, and they are so easy to toss - box and all - when they become full.

Yesterday I finished the prep on the remaining two appliqué blocks for Heirloom Stitches, and finished the stitching on the small 6" block. Then I sewed the borders onto the auction quilt for Northwest Medical Teams so I can finish my appliqué where it overlaps the quilt body from the border. I cut into crumbs the scraps from the two months' of Heirloom Stitches blocks. Doesn't sound like that much now that it's written down, but it felt like a full, busy day! Today I have the baby quilt to quilt for a customer, and then I'll make the binding for Broken Dishes. Hopefully I can get it machine stitched onto the quilt today so I can do the handstitching while watching the last week of Mariners baseball for this year.

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Gratitudes:

1. Homemade sourdough bread
2. A perfect day of beautiful fall weather
3. The housecleaners that come every other week - the best gift I've ever given myself
4. Jim Shore figures for fall
5. A basket of gourds and Indian corn

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15 comments:

Darlene said...

Patti, I use tissue boxes for my snippets of trash, too. I started doing that during my x-stitching days and just continued when I started quilting. I get silly and buy some for different seasons - Christmas, etc. :-) BTW, love the eggplant!

Vinda said...

Love that eggplant! What a cutie!

Someone suggested that I save all fabric scraps in a pillowcase as as stuffing for dog pillows to be donated to the Humane Society. The plan was to stitch the case shut when full. I think this is a good idea, but I am sorry to say that I haven't followed thru. Since I do a lot of fusible applique, many of my scraps have glue & paper attached.

Thanks for bringing up the topic of trash. I think I will make a few simple pillowcases with some of the junky fabric in my stash. That will be a good way to use it up.

Vinda

Judith said...

The block looks great. I love the colors you are useing.

Nadine said...

Patti, your eggplant pincushion is sooooo cute !

Smiles !

May Britt said...

Your pincushion is soooo cute. And the idea using tissueboxes for scraps, thank you for sharing the idea.

Judy said...

Wow Patty I love the eggplant pin cushion!! I also love all the great blocks you have done lately. I have begun to really like this style of work and you do such a nice job with the applique too. I

Katjaquilt said...

You are baking bread yourself? So you can take part on this food-blog event on
world bread day on Oct, 16. More infos are here http://kochtopf.twoday.net/stories/2711089/
(I'm not only a quilter I'm also a food-blogger.)

Juliann in WA said...

your eggplant pincushion is wonderful - your weekend away from the quilt show seems to have been a productive one too
Juliann

MARCIE said...

You and your tissue boxes crack me up! I love your "Heirloom Stitches", so I Googled the name, and guess what? Your blog was listed! Pretty cool, huh?

just jenn said...

Those are a cute idea for Kleenex boxes! I love your little eggplant man.

Mary said...

I like the Kleenex boxes for trash but I can't keep the tinest pieces - I have 2+ tubs of strings and bits as it is and even when I make a quilt from them they never seem to decrease at all. Once I get settled I'm going to find a large clear jar and layer my tiny scraps as I make my quilts.

Libby said...

The eggplant is too cute -- such an expressive face.

Hedgehog said...

I love the eggplant!

Quilts And Pieces said...

That eggplant is too cute! And I love your latest heirloom stitches block, don't you just love that blue! And I'm not even normally a blue person!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

That Eggplant pin cushion fellow is just super!! Talk about make you smile.....