Sparkle Sweat Shop

When it is time to make pincushions, one must  be very careful to gauge what you are getting yourself into.

I had selected about a dozen pairs of 5″ squares (Each pair makes one pin cushion.) from my mom’s and my’s 5″ square box when I decided to call one of my friends over for a while. She prefers hand sewing to quilting, but she understands the obsession and has excellent color sense. While she was over we were talking, and I was doing a little cutting, seems pretty harmless, right? But the 5″ square box was sitting right there and right on top was a good color combination. Practically before either of us really knew what we where doing we had 38 pairs! They where all equally cute, so how on earth could we downsize? Oops, maybe we’re a little  too enthusiastic! Oh well, what are two twelve-year-old sewers to do?

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But of course, my friend was a gigantic help. Buttons and ric-rac were rummaged through in abundance (on my bedroom floor, which I might add did not make my mother terribly pleased, but I was finishing that project so I didn’t get in too much trouble ) to find just the right match. Thanks to my mom’s big pile of junk (or so she calls it) we completed the task.

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So now all 38 are completed pin cushions. And what a massive pile it is!

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Of course, my friend was sent home with a pin cushion as a present for her mom, which we accidentally made in perfect colors to match their house.

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The owner of the quilt in the post Not As Scary As I Thought It Would Be ordered four pin cushions,  two from the leftover quilt fabric, and two of my choice.

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Another was set aside as a present.

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That means 32 brand new never before seen pin cushions! I won’t post them all here, but here are a few.

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Thanks for reading!

Sparkle Jane

P.S. All of the cushions can be viewed in PIN CUSHIONS FOR SALE above.

Pleasing Pile Of Pin Cushions

Well, you might say that my pin cushion stock is back up to standard, or maybe a little over standard. I make the pincushions with two matching 5″ squares, so I went to the sewing room and picked out 28 matching sets. I then, of course had to go into major sewing/stuffing mode. But how could I put on all the decorations by myself? I couldn’t think of a way so one of my friends came over and we got it almost finished.

The next morning my mom and I got them finished the rest of the way. So glad we had enough trim to do the job.

( The picture above was when we were picking buttons.)

Here are some of the finished ones.

If you want to see more of the pin cushions, go to the PIN CUSHIONS FOR SALE section above.

Thanks for reading!

Market Report

Yay!  Success!  The weather, you ask?  Couldn’t have been better!  Last time I went (last year) it was so hot I almost didn’t want to be there.

Saturday was warm, but lots of cloud cover so we weren’t getting too hot. And, being right under a tree probably helped some. Now that I think about it, I should probably tell you where I was.

 

Every Saturday from July to September there is Farmers and Arts Market where people have booths and sell stuff.  There is a special program for young entrepreneurs. They call it Little Sprouts, which I HATE! But, it is a great opportunity since the booth space is only $5, and you have a good chance of being fairly compensated for your investment.

The day started out fairly slow, but by the end I sold three quilts and only had three pincushions left.  Note to self:  Make more pincushions. 🙂

One thing annoyed me.  Many, many people who walked by stopped and touched the quilts.  Well, really, they touched ONE quilt:  Lilac Hills.  That poor thing was so fingered up by the end of the day, that I just wanted to say, “Go ahead and BUY it already!”  But, alas, it came home and is sitting in my inventory pile still.  Oh, well, I am sure I will find its owner sometime.

 Thanks for reading!

More Than I Ever Expected!

Do any of you remember the post I did a while ago! The one called The Horror Of… The Big Clean!? Well at the end of that post I mentioned that I thought I had about, say, twenty projects. I was not even close! I need to get to work!

  1. Dino quilt
  2. Red quilt
  3. Teddy bear
  4. Mancala
  5. Flannel quilt
  6. Lady bug wall-hanging
  7. Bright baby girl quilt
  8. Schulte place mats
  9. Crocheted bag
  10. Quilted key chain
  11. Ducky quilt
  12. Old fashioned fabric quilt
  13. Pink pin wheel top
  14. Winter quilt on point
  15. Winter strip quilt
  16. Antique flower quilt
  17. Patriotic place mats
  18. ballerina mice quilt
  19. Valentine quilt
  20. Christmas stockings
  21. Halloween quilt
  22. Story block quilt
  23. Blue, yellow, and brown quilt
  24. Christmas quilt
  25. bumblebee quilt leftovers
  26. Purple and green quilt
  27. Pink and green triangle quilt
  28. Brown bee quilt
  29. Big pink and white blocks
  30. Christmas ornaments
  31. Blue and yellow quilt
  32. Picture frame
  33. Old fabric quilt
  34. Pink and red kitty quilt
  35. Bow tie quilt
  36. Painted kitties
  37. Antique cats quilt
  38. Berry quilt
  39. Boy and girl strip quilt
  40. Spring snowballs quilt
  41. Pin cushions
  42. Bugs quilt
  43. Civil war quilt
  44. Humming bird crosstitch
  45. frogs crosstitch

Oops… maybe I should work on those.

Oh So Colorful Cushions

Oh so colorful cushions! Aren’t these adorable? This is such a fun, easy pattern.

All these pincushions can be purchased in the PINCUSHIONS FOR SALE section above. Custom cushions needed? Just let me know and we can work something out. Keep being colorful!