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Jan 28 2022 - 07:10
While these might not be quite as good as a box of chocolates, or a dozen roses, they'll last longer than both.
Fabrics used for the Heart Pincushions - Holiday Essentials LOVE by Stacy Iest Hsu, and for the Xs and Os - Flirt by Sweetwater.
A couple of things to note about these pincushions:
- For the multiple-block pincushions, I trimmed the alternating strips to 7/8" before assembly. Then I trimmed the seam to a generous 1/8". No, I don't worry that it's going to come apart.
- I use a thin cotton batting to quilt my pincushions, and I do not put anything behind/under the batting. It's just the two layers.
- I use 50wt. or 80wt. thread for quilting these.
- After trimming the top and backing to size, stitch across what will be the bottom edges approx. 1/8" from the edge. This will make filling the pincushion a bit easier, and it will definitely help with stitching the opening closed.
- Stuff to your desired fullness. Then add just a bit more. The pincushion will "relax" a bit after it's stitched closed.
- If you're using crushed walnut shells to fill the pincushions, finish stuffing the pincushion with batting "shreds", and a small square of batting. It decreases the chance of spillage.
- "Batting shreds?" Huh? Using a leftover strip of batting approx. 2" x 6" long, cut 1/8" wide "shreds" using scissors or a rotary cutter. It's a bit like stuffing, and it uses up batting scraps that might end up in the trash.
And Happy Valentine's Day.