December 17, 2011

New Pincushions...

I really had fun making these pincushions for my Saturday morning coffee group friends. (There were actually five, but I took this picture before the last one was finished.)

I used beautiful, glass containers that are reminiscent of mercury glass pieces. After the poufs were gathered, stuffed with a silk-blend fiberfill and glued to the tops of the candleholders, I set about creating the embellishments.
All of them are matching. I first sewed a blue crystal button onto the pouf. Then I cut a length of silk ribbon and ruched it around the button - gathering, sewing and securing as I went. My final touch was the little pewter thimble charm that hangs beneath the button and ruffles. Finished, they measure approximately 4.5" high by 3" across.

I signed the bottom of each piece and presented one to each of my quilting friends when we met for coffee last Saturday. We meet each week at the quilt shop (two of the members of the group own the shop), and Nora immediately loaded hers up with pins that we sitting next to her machine! I think that each one will see a lot of use, and will add a pretty touch to the sewing tables of my friends.

Oh, and a little good news: I have two extra pincushions that are available for sale! If you're interested in purchasing one for yourself or as a gift, just head over to the Boutique. (Click here to go directly to the listing.)

I had this list on my sidebar leading up to last weekend.
My Christmas Sewing "To Do List"...
  • Set of placemats and napkins (DONE)
  • 3 pairs of Grammies Jammies(DONE)
  • a lap quilt (DONE)
  • a stuffed animal (DONE)
  • a couple of totes (DONE)
  • two garment bags (ONE DONE. Don't like. Redo. Arrgh!)
  • mug mats (DONE)
  • 5 Pincushions (DONE)
  • my Blissfull ATC swap card for Dec. (DONE)
  • ...a small wall quilt and a few other items that I'll complete after the 15th and before the 20th. whew!
All the items marked (DONE) were completed by December 17th and were either shipped in plenty of time to arrive by Christmas or hand-delivered.

You can see that I still have to re-work complete the garment bags (for Handsome), as well as making that small wall quilt and the gifts for my friends in the Tuesday night Paneras group. Nothing like waiting 'til the last minute! I'll be working on those projects due tomorrow night today.

OK, Shell...Are we going to make a New Years' Resolution to have all of our gift projects finished by - oh, say - November 15th in 2012? That's my resolution and I'm saying it out loud now in front of you, God and all my blog friends!

I'm working to finish everything left on my list by Thursday. I want to roll into the weekend able to put my feet up and celebrate Christmas with decorations and a few special meals with friends.
A little reminder: Monday, December 26th is my next Memory Lane Monday. Perhaps you'd like to take a little time to reflect on Christmases past to share on your blogs that day. All you need to do is come back here during a lull in the after-Christmas excitement to link back to my MLM post. I'd love if you'd join the party.

I've sent the elves home to help Santa for the rest of this week. I assured them that I can finish up the last gifts on my own. Cross your fingers for me, ok?

9 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Lesley UK said...

Hi Donna, I love your pincushions, absolutely lovely! How do you manage to get so much done? All I did yesterday was embroider three little ducks, (but I was distracted by watching football on TV)lol. I really like the white fabric you've used. I think I've seen it (or similar) in your work before. It seems very versatile. I hope you and Handsome have a magical Christmas. Love and Blessings from the UK

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Those pincushions are gorgeous! You are plowing through your list! I'm envious, I still have several things I'm trying to get done! Thank goodness I don't have to include mailing time! Have a great day! Twyla

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

These are just stunning, Donna!
My goodness, everything you create is positively gorgeous.

And guess what else?
You won my giveaway!
Yay for you!

Mail me your snail mail and collect your loot from me! ;-)


Carol said...

Your pincushions are beautiful. What I hate about making gifts for the holidays is that I always run up to the deadline and I am ALWAYS wrapping on Christmas Eve. No dif this year either ~lol~

Merry Christmas.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Donna...these are just BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the containers and your special touches ~ just gorgeous! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas week sweetie! hugs and love, Dawn

Marydon said...

You just never cease to amaze me with your exquisite creations, Donna. Love these.
Merry Christmas to you both & 'the boys' ...

Queenie Believe said...

Very elegant pin cushions, lovely!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Terri Sue said...

these are absolutely beautiful donna. your friends are going to love them. have fun!

Karen said...

Donna, the pincushions are simply Gorgeous!! Your lucky friends at quilt club!!! Glad your list is DONE - I have 3 more things and I'll be DONE! yay :)


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