25 September 2006

Pincushions & a quilt

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I took a photo of my pincushions and containers for you. Clockwise from the lower left corner:

     • a white magnetic pin catcher for pins that only get used in my design wall
     • a gift of a fancy berry pincushion that holds decorated corsage pins
     • an old fruitcake tin that holds all the safety pins I use for pbastinging
     • a Doreen Speckman chicken I won at the quilt show on Friday! I want to restuff it with something beside fiberfill so it will sit right
     • the old tomato pincushion that I use for used sewing machine needles. Note the needle sizes written on it
     • "The Tea Cozy tin that houses (pun intended) all my small headed silk pins
     • a gifted fancy orpincushionncusion
     • my sharps container: for all the bent & broken pins & needles + craft knife blades. These will be disposed of like medical waste
     • my grandmother's crocheted pin duck that sits on the treadle machine
     • the blue wrist pincushion that I made that holds the thick flower headed pins that only get used in the design wall. These pins are soon joining the ones in the white magnet one
     • a couple of containers of t-pins used for blocking quilts
     • my grandmother's tin (Parker's Tar Soap) that holds my glass headed silk pins
     • and lastly the emory filled berry with thin flower head pins that I use when I teach Stack-N-Whack®. The students always bring the wrong type of pins and mine are fast disappearing

Speaking of sharp points: I picked up a nail somewhere and when I went to leave for work this morning my right front tire was flat. I don't think it could have gotten any flatter. CarGuy told me to take the truck. We have 2 trucks: an older model GMC standard pickup that is CarGuy's daily driver and a Dodge 4x4 that we use for the camper. I am sew glad that we took the camper off last weekend! Sew today I fit in with all the other trucks and SUVs. CarGuy is fixing my flat for me, what a sweetie!

Sew I promised you a photo of the Minnesota Hot Dish that I made from Atkinson Designs. Here it is in 1930's reproductions. I made the center portion in April at a guild retreat and added the piano key border later at home. This one goes into the giveaway pile.

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7 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:51 PM

    Mn. Hotdish was in my "to-do" pile once upon a time ago - I think I changed my mind and did Jewel Box instead.... (At least that is my hope because the book was not with any fabric....)

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  2. Love the hotdish pattern! Your pins are so organized!

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  3. I have the MN hotdish pattern. I bought because I am from MN and I love hotdishes. I haven't made it though.

    I love your color choices for the quilt.

    You have lots of ways to save your pins. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. A very nice give away quilt. I, too, almost made Hotdish - when The Princess had a boyfriend who hailed from MN. The boyfriend and the quilt plan have long since fallen by the wayside *s*

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  5. Oh my goodness, you DO have a system for organizing many types of pins (I have heard of labeling the segments of a tomato for sewing machine needle sizes). Your quilt is beautiful - I like the piano key border effect!

    Sorry about the flat - worth is to consider keeping a can of "Fix a Flat" in your car... When I bought a truck the salesperson just about fell over when I insisted he show me exactly the spare came off the holder from underneath in case I ever got a flat. He asked - haven't you ever heard of a cell phone? I told him I often travel, alone, with a 3 year old in "dead" areas - I don't want to wait to be rescued - I need to know how to do it myself! Trucks are a bit different with the spare tire thing.

    Cheers!

    Evelyn

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  6. Love your collection of pincushions and tins. The 30's Minnesota Hot Dish quilt is very cute!

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  7. I have a chicken pincushion that is stuffed with rice. I bought it at a quilt shop.

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