Monday, March 4, 2019

Pincushions on Parade

This month's Parade is all about pincushions!

I've got a little collection of pincushions going on and I was happy to add to it this month.

I've always had a thing for Cathedral Window quilts, pillows, and all crafts that have to do with Cathedral Windows

 When I was looking up some free pincushion tutorial links to add to the last Minis and More Parade and I discovered that there was a Cathedral Windows Pincushion, I knew that was the one I was going to make.

Right, like I'm going to be able to just make one.

I started out thinking that I'd make just one, but when I was picking out fabric, three different piles of coordinating potential pincushion fabric appeared in front of me as my stash fabric started flying.

I guess it will be three Cathedral Window Pincushions for me!

So far, I've only finished the one you see pictured above because I have a few other projects in the works.

It didn't take me long to finish this white and blue pincushion because of Kim's great tutorial and I'm sure I'll be even quicker on the next two, since I've got the hang of it now.

I used extra charm squares of some random fabric lines that I had used in quilts in the past. 

I noticed that I had lots of extra charm squares with white backgrounds that were leftovers, probably because I tend to use white background fabric, and the charm squares with white backgrounds themselves tend to not show up as well when using a white background fabric with them.

Does that make sense?

As not to let those white charm squares go to waste, I thought I'd use some solid Kate Spain Bella Solids for the window frame, I guess you would call it, and the charms for the squares I needed. 

I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Another pincushion for my collection!

Speaking of collections, you need to see Mary's sweet collection of patriotic pincushions!  Mary said that for years she's been thinking about starting a basket of holiday themed pincushions.  She started adding to that basket this month with these cute patriotic ones.  She told me that she thinks the grandchildren might use them as beanbags, but she's okay with that.  Mary is always so much fun!  You can find her enjoying sewing and spending time with her grandchildren over at her blog, Needled Mom.    

Next month, we'll be well into the season of spring, so let's have a Parade of spring projects!

If it says spring to you, you can make it for the Parade.

One of my favorite spring mini quilts is this Vintage Tulip Mini pattern by Camille Roskelley.

I also love the Mini Painted Ladies Pattern by Fig Tree and Co.

We did it for the April Parade last year and I've still got a ways to go on it.

While doing a little research for this post, I ran across this list of free Easter and spring quilt patterns on a blog called Quilt Inspirations.

There are lots of links to great free patterns there if you're interested in taking a look.

Well I've given you some pattern ideas for the next Parade, I hope you're inspired to join us!

Just send in a picture of your spring project to me, or to Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, before the end of March and we'll be happy to get your project in the Minis and More Parade at the beginning of April.

Before you take off and start sewing don't forget to look at the other half of today's pincushion Parade on Sherri's blog.

She hosts one half of the Parade and I host the other half!

I'll let you go so I can make some chocolate chip cookies for my college son who's home for spring break.

It's an amazing recipe using coconut oil that was going around a few years ago.

If you didn't make them then, you might want to try them now.

 My family loves them!

You can
 click here to find the recipe for Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies on the blog Gimme Some Oven.

Let me know if you give them a try!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you here in April.