|DC Beltway Travelin' Pumpkin|
I couldn't take the "where to move" problems any more, so when I saw a pumpkin pin cushion tutorial, I knew I wanted to try it. I really like making soft sculptures and pin cushions fall into that.
I like whimsy and scraps. I like orange, I like pumpkins, so I finished the handwork on the way to the craft show yesterday.
The tutorial is so easy to follow and the link is:
I used my circle templates and marked around one that fell within the 4 patch size. I poured in some ground walnut shells first then stuffed with polyfill. I didn't really want a real twig, so I took a 1/4" X3" strip of peltex and a 1/2" fraying edge scrap strip of a multi color (brown/orange/blue) to make one.
I wound the strip around the peltex on the diagonal, round and round til it was used up. It has a wonderful texture and color mix. The leaves were made with peltex and a green scrap. I just quilted in leaf lines, used pinking sheers to cut a wavy leaf shape.
Insert all three into the opening and stitch closed. Then I added a button at the bottom for stability, thick orange thread to shape it and a long sturdy needle. I think I might add some beads around the leaf edge with a buttonhole stitch just because.
I could make a dozen if I had time. So cute!
While reorganizing my stuff/quilts this week I found this little runner made in 1999.
I love a cute print!
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