Weighted Pincushion Organizer

I love pincushions, especially functional ones.  When I was at my LQS taking a class, I noticed a few of the women had a pincushion next to their machines that also held their scissors, ripper, and a couple other tools of the trade.  Some of them also had a scrap basket attached to it too.  I had seen patterns for this type of pincushion on-line, but when I saw them in person I fell in love.  I just had to make one for myself! 

The pattern I used is found on Sew, Mama, Sew! designed by Elizabeth Hartman in 2009.  This pincushion has become my favorite.  I love having my scissors, marker, ripper, pins and needles always in the same place.  Before I couldn’t remember which side of the machine I had set them down and I was always misplacing things.  I did not want my thread basket attached.  I like having it sit next to my machine.  Don’t you just love the spool of thread design around the top.  It’s just one of the special stitches on my Janome Horizon.   

I also like the strip down the center of the pincushion for needles.  If I only use a needle a little and I want to switch to a different needle, I don’t want to put the used one back in with the new.  This way I have my needles handy and I know which ones have been gently used.  My pincushion is lightly stuffed with a small amount of the finest steel wool to keep my pins sharp along with stuffing and weights used for toys and stuffed animals I had on hand. 

If you are in need of a pincushion yourself, or just like to make them, this is it!  I love mine and the pattern was easy to follow.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn


Fall Appliqued Placemats

I finished my fall placemats and it’s still fall!  I wanted placemats that went with my wall hanging and table runner, but I also wanted them to be a little different.  The patterns are from all over.  The flowers and the squirrel are from the same book I used for the table runner, The Quilter’s Home Fall by Lois Krushina Fletcher.  I drew the pumpkins freehand and found the birds, cat and scarecrow online.  For the tree and leaves I used a design by Heather Hale.  I guess I just did a little of this and a little of that – just doin’ my own thing, as usual.   The finished placemats measure 15″ x 21″.  

I would love to start on a winter set; wall hanging, table runner, and placemats, but I’m not sure I will have time.  I’ve got to get busy on making my Christmas gifts.  Happy Sewing & Quilting.  Kathryn

Spring Basket Quilt Top

I am finally quilting my Spring Basket Quilt top!  I’ve had the top sewn, pieced and ready to sandwich since July, but I’ve just been busy doing other sewing.  I guess you could say I’ve been procrastinating.  I love sewing and creating, and I love quilting small projects.  It’s just the big ones overwhelm me.  I can see why some of us have many quilt tops done and ready to finish, but just don’t seem to get to them.  This is a gift, so I have to finish it.

This week-end I put 4 large tables together, that we borrowed for a fall get-together we recently had, in the garage.  It was a perfect fall day and being we just had the gathering, the garage was nice and clean.  We will have to have a get-together next time I want to sandwich a quilt.  Anyway, I enlisted the help of my family to finally get the quilt top sandwiched.  It is my first attempt at using spray glue to hold the layers together.  I am sold on this method!  It worked great. I used Warm & White cotton batting.  I made sure my layers were smooth and wrinkle free before I started to sew.  Now I am not getting picked with pins.  I think it may take me a while to get it finished, but I’ve got time.  Happy Quilting!  Kathryn

The quilt top is about 100″ x 130″ and is so heavy!  I wanted to do some fancy stitching, but I’m not sure I will be able to.  I love using my new machine (Janome Horizon 7700) for quilting.  The large throat space is so nice.


While browsing the web, I saw that  American Patchwork and Quilting was asking for 1 million pillowcases to be made for a good cause.  The cause can be for foster children, cancer patients, domestic violence victims – any of a number of different causes – you pick.  What a great idea!  And, with Christmas coming up organizations love every little bit of help they can get.  Don’t know how to make a pillowcase, that’s o.k.  The site has many different pillowcase patterns available to choose from.  There is even a video on how to make the “roll it up” method.  I also like this video on making a pillowcase.

 This year I gave pillowcases to my grandsons for their birthdays.  Next year I think I will make the girls each one.  They are cute, fun, and the kids seem to like them.  Best of all they are made with love!  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

Extra Large Quilted Tote Bag

What do you think?  I decided to make a large tote bag to carry my quilting supplies in when I go to class.  My family thinks it looks like a beach bag.  O.K. – maybe I could use it for that too.  It took a while to make, as I didn’t have a pattern (go figure, why would I?).  I just had an idea – that’s all any project really needs to get started. 

This is how I did it.  I cut 2 1/2″ strips of 7 different fabrics – 11 for the front, 11 for the back, and 4 for each side.  The bottom is 8″ x 22″.  I cut 2 – 5″ x 21″ for the handles.  I also cut 2 1/2″ strips to make my bias tape for the top.  The front pockets are a  7″ x 22″ piece of material with a medium weight stabilizer as the batting and stitched to match the tote.  The inside pockets are 8″ H.  I used some leftover polyester batting and some remnants for the lining. 

The front, sides, back and bottom were each sandwiched and quilted separately 1/2″ apart vertically.  I then did my machines version of serging, using the M foot (overcast foot) on each piece all the way around.  I added a piece of batting in the handle to make it padded.  The finished tote measures 21″L x6″D x 17″H. 

I love my fabric choices and I wish I had some leftovers so I could make another one, only smaller.  I haven’t used it yet for class.  Right now it is holding a quilt top, finished and needing to be sandwiched.  I guess I best get busy!  Happy Sewing and Quilting.  Kathryn

Pop Flower Coasters

Pop Flower Coasters

During the summer I was looking for a cute, easy coaster pattern to make and I found the Pop Flower Coasters on Chasing Cottons blog.  She gives a very nice tutorial on how to make them. I just love these adorable flower coasters.  They were a quick fun project that brightened up my living room for the summer. 

To make them, I cut 5″ squares of unbleached muslin and used up scraps of various pieces of material.  I love how they turned out and think I might make some next spring for gifts.  If you are looking for a bazaar item or cute simple gift, this is it.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

Stitcher’s Garden-Month 4-Block 5

Stitcher's Garden Quilt - Month 4 - Block 5 - Groups


Stitcher's Garden Quilt - Month 4 - Block 5 - Mine


I thought I’d share another block in my Stitcher’s Garden BOM Quilt that I am happily creating.  As you know, I am making two quilts at once.  One quilt is the group quilt.  For that quilt our instructor is selecting the material for each of our blocks.  My other quilt is being created with fabrics of my choosing.  For month 4 we received two blocks.  The first block  for month 4 I shared with you last week.  This week I want to show you the 2nd blocks I made for month 4.

These blocks were a lot like block 4.  In the center of these flowers I made yo-yo’s to sew in later.  I also attached cording around the frame of the block using a beading foot.  This process is called “couching”.  I used Elmer’s washable school glue to set the cording in place, then using the beading foot, I attached the cording to the block with a zig-zag stitch.  I sure am learning many different techniques while making this quilt.  It is so much fun!  Happy sewing!  Kathryn