Friday, June 13, 2014

More MMQG shenanigans!

Though I've known about it since not long after our meeting in May, I managed to procrastinate my contribution to the MMQG's pincushion swap until the night before! Honestly, you'd think I'd learn after 38 years!

Thankfully, I had been trawling Pinterest for ideas and had a few goodies filed away. After much deliberation, I opted for a Moda Bake Shop offering for Cathedral Window pincushion. I went for a lovely Valori Wells for my main print and dove into the low volume stash for the other windows. That should keep it modern, right?
Instead of doing the window frame in the usual white or cream, I decide to mod it up with Kona The Breakers. I might just be obsessed with this colour... I've done cathedral windows before, but never by machine. It was a little tricky and I stuck myself with more than one pin!
 But it turned out nicely nonetheless!
I even added one of my quilt labels. It had to be trimmed a little so it didn't take over! I really should have topstitched it onto the back before I constructed the pincushion. Hindsight is 20/20!
A couple notes about this tutorial. It calls for 9 charm (5 inch) squares, but I opted not to piece the back out of squares and to do a solid square. I would strongly recommend reading through the tutorial before cutting anything, as you might be able to make your pincushion with smaller scraps than 5 inch charms. The majority of the squares on the pincushion top get trimmed away. Apart from a little fabric wastage, the tutorial is very well written - especially the sections on how to fold and press the window frame. That can be tricky!

And here's what I got in our little exchange...

Photo by Linda "The ScrapMaster"!

Fun, huh? Seems almost wrong to stick pins in it! You can check out all the pincushion treasures by checking out this post from our guild's blog. There are also details about our upcoming participation in Amherst's Fibre Arts Festival in October, as well as quilts that were showed and shared!

I'm lovin' being a MMQG member. And not just because I came home from the meeting with a fun new pincushion! If you're in the HRM, you should come check out our next meeting on July 10th. We're always interested in new members. Heck, we're all new members.This guild's only been around since November 2013! Or you can subscribe to our blog. Our Social Media Goddess is always putting interesting stuff on there.



  1. Love the fabrics you chose for the Cathedral Window. Very mod! That might make an interesting technique to show at a meeting..hint hint.. Your Mars bar pincushion looks good enough to eat. I'm lovin' being a MMQG member too. Our guild rocks!
    We are a talented group and I am enjoying being the SMG.

  2. I really like how your pincushion turned out and the label looks very nice handstitched too. Super fun Mars bar!

  3. The Moda pattern is on my lengthy list of projects, to do. It's a well written and clear pattern. I adore your colour and fabric choices. I love the "Mars" pincushion, it's very yummy looking.

  4. Both the one you gave and the one you received are fab!


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