A pincushion, a WIP and a big thank you

Hi everyone.  I have an easy pincushion and a few works in progress (WIP’s) to share with you, but first I want to say a big “THANK YOU” for all of your sweet comments on the birth of my first grandchild.  You guys are amazingly supportive and kind!

Thank you vector stock

I haven’t had a chance to reply to each of you yet, but I will be working on that next week. We fly to Austin on Monday to visit little Miss Amelia.  While I’m there, I should have time to catch up on some emails in between snuggles and diapers!

My latest video on The Quilt Show just came out.  I’m showing you a quick and easy pincushion demo.  I used a small picture frame as the base for a pincushion.  It’s easy to remove the glass and insert a rectangle of fabric and some polyester stuffing.

Picture Frame Pincushion @ The Crafty Quilter


You can watch the video for details of the process, but I’ll give you the basic scoop here.  I bought my picture frame at Cost Plus World Market for $1.99.  It has an opening that fits a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ picture.  I cut my fabric into a 5″ x 6″ rectangle.  One handful of stuffing is plenty to put in the center of the fabric.  The hardest part is getting the back of the frame to fit inside the opening with the fabric squeezed in between.  The first time I tried it, it worked like butter.  On camera, it was not cooperating at all.  I started laughing as I was trying to force it into place.  Needless to say, we cut that part out.

Picture Frame Pincushion @ The Crafty Quilter


The fabric is secured to the back of the frame with fabric tape.  You could also use regular masking tape or Washi tape.  Deciding on which fabric to use is probably what takes the most time!

Picture Frame Pincushion @ The Crafty Quilter
Photo courtesy of The Quilt Show


You can use the pincushion standing tall or sitting down flat.  It would lay flatter if you removed the “arm” on the back of the picture frame.

Pincushion flat copy


You’ll soon see me in another video on The Quilt Show, but this time it will be in the BOM classroom.  I’m covering the August instructional video for this year’s My Country House Block of the Month.  Are any of you participating?  I couldn’t squeeze this one into my schedule this year, but I did make some cute churn dash blocks for the video.

churn dash blocks copy


They look like a summer picnic just landed in the middle of a churn dash block!  I love the 9-patch unit in the center.  It’s so cute!

The other project I’m working on is for Blank Textiles and I’m having fun using a rainbow of colors for this quilt.  I can’t show you pictures just yet, but I think you’re going to like it.  I need to get back to the sewing room to get this puppy done.  I hope you’re all having a great week!


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  1. What a lovely idea .As I am in a wheel chair I am always looking for little things to make for family and friends thank you so much for such a lovely Idea Heather From Australia

  2. Thanks what a cute idea! I will check out your video today. On another note, I had a question. I’ve made a block that is 10 1/2 in square and wanted to add the triangles on each side like in the Spring Petals QAL. Can you tell me how can i determine the size of fabric square to cut for the triangles so this looks proportioned with my block. Thank you!

  3. I love the idea for the pincushion. There are some great shaped photo frames in a shop near me. I think I’ll pick a few up and have a play

  4. what a good way to make a pin cushion will pop over and watch the video in a minute, have a lovely visit with your granddaughter. Churndash block looks good too

  5. What a great pincushion idea! I will have to look for some neat frames to use. Love churn dash blocks, have not made any in a while so should add to the list. I have few new fabric packs with no plans yet….

  6. Adorable as usual! Love the churn dash blocks! So happy! The pin cushion is a pretty cool idea. I really need a cute pin cushion.

  7. Hi Julie, Cute pin cushion idea and video. Love your blocks! Please don’t use your “With My New Grandbaby and Daughter/Son-In-Law Time” writing a thank you to me. I will feel great just knowing you are squeezing, smelling, and loving little Miss Amelia! 🙂

  8. I love the churn dash blocks. They are so fresh looking. You pick adorable fabrics. Enjoy your grand daughter. They are blessings!

  9. Cute pin cushion project and I love the churn dash blocks! I look forward to your videos on the Quilt Show. Last week I sewed lots of pieces of batting together. Enjoy every precious moment with your sweet Miss Amelia!

  10. Love the idea using the picture frame for base of pincushion!
    I hope you have as much fun with your new Grandaughter, and I hope the heat in Austin is not too bad. My daughter and family live there, so I get to visit quote often.
    Have a great time.

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