Monday, September 16, 2013

Pin it!




Do you do this too?

As adorable as pincushions are, as much as I like making my own and drooling over other people's creations, I'm more likely to just stick my needle into whatever spool of thread I've been working with. And I keep my pins in a wide mouth pint jar.


When I was brainstorming ideas for my pincushion, I had to pry a needle out of a spool and decided that if I was going to stick them in spools anyway, I might as well make a quilt designed to stick pins in.

It took me three tries to get the ends right, and I'm still not sure I nailed it. But looking at my collection of wooden spools, they've got all sorts of angles and proportions.


The strips of red fabric I used are 2 1/2" x 7/8."  I figured out the hard way that when you're turning and stuffing something with this many seams that close together, you'd better back stitch at the beginning and end of every single line of stitching.

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71 comments:

Kristen King said...

I think you did a great job...and oh yes on the back stitching. :)

jan said...

I learned the hard way too to backstitch! I haven't see a spool pincushion before. i love it.
Thanks for sharing.
xo jan

Scrapatches said...

A thread spool pincushion ... what a cute idea! Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

How cute! It took me a minute to realize that was your pincushion! That's a terrific idea!

Susan said...

Very cute!

Judy B said...

Great idea using a vintage spool! Thank you for sharing.

Lydsfire said...

Thanks for sharing!

Sunshine Girl said...

Its very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a cute idea...thanks for sharing :)

Britt-Inger said...

Your thread pincushion is awesome. Thanks for sharing

Heleen Groot said...

Tell the truth now, did you or did you not try to put that spool on the machine? It looks amazing! Well done you!

baukje said...

Very cute and original.

KaHolly said...

Clever idea!!

charlotte said...

Sew very cute. A great idea. And yes, I used to do that too.

Vera said...

Cool idea!

Marga (MarPie) said...

It is what makes you happy I think.
Love the spool you made.

warm regards from Holland,
Marga♥

Amy DeCesare said...

LOL...sew clever! I must admit I've done that before, too, especially with needles. And I have bunches of pincushions, so there's no excuse! Gonna have to make one that looks like a spool...yours is very sweet!

Thearica said...

Sweet spool! Thanks for sharing!

DeborahGun said...

fun idea :-)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

really cute

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Great idea to create a pincushion that looks like a spool!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

The spool pincushion is a great idea!

Michele said...

That is a really cute idea.

Madame Samm said...

I found it...the spool right...like finding the needle in the haystack, so clever lol

Carol said...

That's exactly what I do with my needles...stick them in a thread spool. I love your sweet spool pincushion!

krislovesfabric said...

How fun, love your spoolish shape!

Needled Mom said...

That is a great idea!

Emily C said...

How cute. I have learned that same lesson the hard way.

patchouli moon studio said...

That's a great idea to make a spool of thread pincushion...and yes I do that too with the needle, lol.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Great idea, now you gCan go on as usual :-)
Thanks for sharing!

Vickie said...

Your new spool is a much better choice !

Theresa said...

Very nice, I love vintage spools.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Very cute idea!

DeAnna S. said...

Very nice and a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

JanesQuilting said...

That is cute. Yes, I can see why you said you have to knot all the seams, starting and stopping. Looks like you did it. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

Love it! What a great creation :)

sandra said...

Very cute and creative, I almost missed it, it was so good.
Thanks for sharing.

legato1958 said...

What a cute and clever pincushion! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Susie

Margaret said...

Thanks for sharing. Your pincushion is adorable.

Mara said...

What a great idea and looks so neat with all of your real spools of thread.

Pauline said...

You made a great pin-spool-cushion! Thanks for sharing!

Lou said...

What a sweet pincushion! I always have one right next to me but I always seem to stick the pin where it's not suppose to be or lose it:(

Just Quilt It said...

Great pin cushion! I'm sure we all stick those needles in the spool a good bit of the time--I know I do!

Linda said...

How cute! That's a great design for a pin cushion!

Createology said...

How very clever of you to create the correct pincushion spool for your needles and pins. Creative Bliss and very fun hop...

MooseStash Quilting said...

I love the looks of old canning jars and threads. What a great way to add to that look!

Rebeckah Austin said...

Clever girl!

carla said...

Hi!!! Very cute and a great idea!!!! Thank You

feltfree på Åsly said...

So cute!!!

LJ said...

Your spool is really cute; I hope you've caught the pincushion fever!! I have a few wooden spools but yours is a REAL collection.

Amy said...

Ahhh, how clever of you. It is very cute. Love your wooden spool collection.

Joke said...

LOL I have the same habit. Lovely spool you made!

Tammy said...

What a super idea on the spool pin cushion. It turned out fabulous.

Quilting Tangent said...

Like your spool of thread pincushion.

Linda J said...

clever! And it still looks vintage with all the wooden spools.

I was amazed just how many needles I lost in an old chicken pincushion when I pulled it apart. Now I tend to use the magnetic thing and a needle book in my project bags instead. I was forever looking for the "good kind" to stitch binding down with.

Kathy H said...

Clever idea to make the spool pin cushion. I have lost many a pin into the spools myself.

Debi said...

At times, I stick my needle in the spool too! Pins are always in a pin cushion though. Your spool pin cushion is cute and so appropriate:) Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

That's a very cute pinnie!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Very cute and clever--and I love the jars of spools!

madebymeinred said...

Another smile from such talented folks. Cute.

maggie said...

Very nice! I think that the spools is a great idea. They are very cheery!
Cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

pinsandneedles said...

Yes I have done the needle in the spool of thread before but I do use pin cushions and my pin dishes most often. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy said...

Such a cute idea...it looks great. Thanks for sharing with us.

Connie said...

What a cute pincushion! I have to admit I used to always stick my pin in the spool of thread....

Audrey said...

Cute little pin cushion. A real good take along one. Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

yep, I am just like you. I have pins in almost every spool. Cute pin cushion. Thanks for sharing.

Denise Russell said...

What a fun idea! I love it!

Gingini said...

Good idea! And yes, I have pins in my spools too.. ;)

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Nice idea!

Janarama said...

Such a fun pincushion! My mother taught me many years ago to never stick pins and needles in the thread. It splits the thread and weakens it.

Cindy said...

Spool pinnie...yay...its so cute!

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