Monday, October 23, 2017

pumpkin pin cushion


DC Beltway Travelin' Pumpkin

I couldn't take the "where to move" problems any more, so when I saw a pumpkin pin cushion tutorial,  I knew I wanted to try it.  I really like making soft sculptures and pin cushions fall into that.

I like whimsy and scraps. I like orange, I like pumpkins, so I finished the handwork on the way to the craft show yesterday. 

The tutorial is so easy to follow and the link is:
 http://theinboxjaunt.com


I used my circle templates and marked around one that fell within the 4 patch size. I poured in some ground walnut shells first then stuffed with polyfill. I didn't really want a real twig, so I took a 1/4" X3" strip of peltex and a 1/2" fraying edge scrap strip of a multi color (brown/orange/blue) to make one.

I wound the strip around the peltex on the diagonal, round and round til it was used up. It has a wonderful texture and color mix. The leaves were made with peltex and a green scrap. I just quilted in leaf lines, used pinking sheers to cut a wavy leaf shape.

Insert all three into the opening and stitch closed. Then I added a button at the bottom for stability, thick orange thread to shape it and a long sturdy needle. I think I might add some beads around the leaf edge with a buttonhole stitch just because.

I could make a dozen if I had time. So cute!

While reorganizing my stuff/quilts this week I found this little runner made in 1999.

It's a simple applique, and I put the pumpkins onto a border print. It's on the front sofa for a bit to bring some fall color into the chaos.
I love a cute print! 
linking to a few sites:
design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts
lovelaughquilt.mondays
Main Crush Monday
sew can do mondays
http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com/








30 comments:

  1. What an adorable pumpkin! And a nice distraction from the moving woes. I agree, it's incredibly stressful. Nice that you found the little runner, though, just in time for the season. Have a lovely day!

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  2. The pumpkin pincushion is adorable but the sofa runner is gorgeous! I need to try that applique on a print! have a great week! mary in Az

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  3. Cute pumpkin pincushion LeeAnna!
    Great to see touches of Halloween in your house!

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  4. Cute pumpkin pincushion! I like pumpkins, too, and it always seems just right to sew one this time of year!

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  5. Darling pin cushion and I love the idea for the stem. Clever girl!!

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  6. Love the little traveling pumpkin! Cute and useful! The pumpkin table runner is gorgeous, glad that you 'found' it and have it displayed. Good luck with the moving. One step at a time, you will get there.

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  7. Neat little pumpkin..and I love that cute print--looks like a Debbie Mum --cuties like that are hard to find...hugs, Julierose

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  8. I loved Debbie Mum fabric back when, (the fabric made great dresses too.!) i also am a pumpkin fan or a fan of pumpkins..i have two little guys left; one a painted fabric and the other a coffee filter painted, of course, just to see if i could! I could! i used chop sticks for the stems. heck i just might send you a photo of the last two. AND When i trim up the quilt i am working on, i shall have more mangoish colored fabric to manipulate! happy Monday!

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  9. That is a lovely pincushion. Beading will add a nice touch to the leaves; the stem change is much better than the original. You are a champ at individualizing designs.
    I'm glad you are taking a sorting break. I feel your pain; it distresses me. All I can say is I felt much better when it was over. Tough as it was to go through, there was a "lightness of being" when I finished.

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  10. So very cute pin cushion! Can't blame you for escaping. We all need that now and again!

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  12. What a cute little pumpkin...just when I think I've seen them all and thanks for the tutorial link!

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  13. Love the pumpkin! What a fun distraction.

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  14. I love your little pumpkin! I think I will have to make a few of those! I would like to send some to my sisters in California. It's a little late for Halloween, but they could use them on their Thanksgiving tables and that way I will be there too! (in the pumpkins!)
    The table runner is cute too!!!

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  15. Good Morning!
    What a cute little pin cushion! It absolutely had your name on it - orange, pumpkin, soft sculpture and scraps. I wonder if I need to make one of these . . . ~smile~ Roseanne

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  16. I do like your sweet pumpkin pin cushion. Not only a pin cushion, but could also be a decoration for Autumn. Cute!

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  17. Lovely stitchery with a pumpkin theme.

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  18. Lovely creations, fitting the season, lovely

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-WEDNES-day / – week
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  19. Sweet pumpkin pin cushion, thanks for the link. Love the little pillow too.

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  20. I feel for you as you go through this process, though like Ann I remember feeling much better once it was done. In the meantime the pumpkin pincushion is a great distraction, and looks fantastic.

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  21. Lovely work and always. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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  22. That is so cute! Love the fabrics for the pumpkin, and the shape of the leaves - well done!

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  23. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!

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  24. I love the pumpkin pin cushion! That is so cute, and very creative with how you made the leaves and stem! Love the table runner too!

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  25. What a neat little pumpkin pin cushion and isn't it fun to pull out projects that we have made in the past! Looks beautiful on your couch.

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  26. Why am I always late to the party? This is great. I love the pumpkin and all of your cute additions. I'll mark it for next year. Thanks, it's a beauty!

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