Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Pincushions and Red Nickels





Evelyn asked to show our pin cushions and asked whether or not we use them. Here is a picture of pin cushions I got in a swap last year. I keep them on top of my scrap cabinet along with Miss Rose. This is a doll that is holding a quilt made of 1 inch squares. I bought her at the first quilt show I went to last summer. Her body contains pebbles or small marbles, something that is weighty so that she stands up very straight. I think of her as my quilt studio mistress.

I don't use my pincushions. I prefer to keep my pins in a magnetic needle dish. It's not the most attractive way to keep pins, but it works for me. I have spilled my pin dish a couple times and I keep a mganetic wand handy to pick them up. Maybe if I used a pincushion I wouldn't have pick up pins from the floor?

I suppose you're wondering what's up with the red fabric in the picture. Well in yesterday's blog I mentioned a red and white scrappy quilt I want to make. Believe it or not I do not have enough red and white scraps to make the quilt. This is my collection of reds so far. Even though the picture looks like bright reds, I'm aiming to use deep or dark red prints that read red. I'm also want to use bright WOWs. So here's my question - would anyone like to trade some red or white nickels or scraps for nickels or scraps of another color? If so, let me know.

7 comments:

Hedgehog said...

Those reds look like the might make a good block for Clare's Leukemia project! http://dordognequilter.blogspot.com/ Don't mean to be too pushy!

Laurie said...

Ooh, this red and white quilt is going to look nice. What pattern are you going to use?

Linda_J said...

Those are too pretty to stick full of pins, Paula!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Wow, you got some fun pin cushions in that swap! You might want to try dying your fabrics to get a darker tone? Maybe with tea - not sure as I have never done that before...

Cheers!

Evelyn

Cynthia said...

love your pincushions.
I don't have any red fabric so i can't trade with you. Perhaps you could try what Evelyn suggested and try dying them with tea. Maybe cut a 2" square from each piece to see how it goes.

Marcie said...

I can send you some red nickel squares. E-mail me back with an address.

Nancy said...

email me your address to blogmail@nancyquilts.com and I'll send you some reds.