Friday, December 11, 2020

A Pincushion Exchange

Last night our quilt guild celebrated the holidays with their annual Christmas carry-in meal and gift exchange, all socially distanced. Members were encouraged to gift a handmade pincushion and had three months to craft their gift.

Christmas Tree Pincushion Made From Vintage Fabrics By Thistle Thicket Studio.

I decided I wanted to make a pincushion from some of my vintage fabric stash and finally landed upon the idea of a Christmas tree pincushion. I chose some 30's fabric scraps that had either red or green in them. I used a muslin foundation topped with a piece of fusible batting. I then did a stitch and flip method of foundation piecing the scraps, adding some vintage lace and rick rack for finishing details.

Christmas Tree Pincushion Made From Vintage Fabrics By Thistle Thicket Studio.

Once pieced and the front and back tree shapes sewn together, the triangle shape was filled with crushed walnut shells. After sewing the bottom closed, I hot glued a vintage wooden thread spool to the bottom for the tree trunk base. A vintage button and metal bow topped the tree. I was happy with how my pincushion turned out, so much so that I almost hated to gift it!

Vintage Cat Planter Pincushion on Thistle Thicket Studio.

To exchange our pincushions, we played Quilt Bingo. As someone got a 'bingo', they selected a wrapped package holding a pincushion. We played one looong game of bingo until everyone had a bingo and picked a gift. Since I was calling numbers, I took the last remaining package which happened to be from my mom. My mom made a pincushion from a vintage ceramic cat planter. Isn't it cute!! And extra special since she made it.

Are you making any special gifts for Christmas using vintage fabric or items? I would love to hear about your vintage creations!

Happy Sewing!


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Monday, December 7, 2020

A New Hobby

Our family celebrated both Christmas and Thanksgiving over the week of Thanksgiving. That means my Christmas tree looks pretty lonely with no Christmas presents under it this year. But it also means I get to play with my Christmas presents earlier this year! My kids gifted me a Silhouette Cameo 4 and I thought I'd share my first project!

Vintage Sled with Vinyl Decal by Thistle Thicket Studio.
I'm not sure I need another hobby, but I can see this will get addictive! I have a lot to learn with it but I was pleased with my first project. This is an old sled that my mom gave me and it had plywood where I imagine it once had a nicer board with a painted logo or design. I decided to dress up the plain plywood by painting it white then applied a vinyl decal that I cut on the Silhouette of a red truck carrying a tree with a Merry Christmas greeting. The weeding was a little tedious on those snowflakes and I learned my eyesight isn't what it used to be (truthfully, I really already knew that). The sled now is part of my patio decor and greets visitors to our home.

What holiday craft projects are you working on this month? I'll share another project I made this week after it is gifted. I'd love for you to share your projects with me!

Happy Crafting!


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