Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cupcake Pincushions

I just love sweets! When I saw this adorable pincushion pattern at one of my local quilt shops (Wine Country Quilting in Paso Robles, CA), I could not resist. The pattern is called "Cupcake Pincushion" by Cindy Taylor Oates. These cute little cupcakes were just about as fast to whip up as a batch of real ones. I used weighted poly-pellets instead of sand as per the pattern to stuff them with. The poly-pellets are a lot let messy to work with and provide a nice weight to the finished pincushion. Best of all, unlike sand, they are washable. I made up this batch of cupcakes as surprises to send to some friends I am swapping blocks from the Bunny Hill Designs "Party Cakes" pattern below with.

"Party Cakes" by Bunny Hill Designs

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2008 Annual Christmas Stocking Exchange

Each year I try to participate in a stocking exchange through one of my online quilting groups. These exchanges a loads of fun. Basically, you are assigned a secret sister and given a few details about them and then you go ahead and make a unique stocking, fill it with goodies and send it in time for Christmas. I have received some of the most beautiful stockings over the years that I just treasure. The stocking above is one that I made this year for my secret sister "Brenda" who lives in New Hampshire. She loves dark colors and primitive quilt designs so I decided to use homespun plaids and wool for the tree along with country button embellishments.

Below are two more stockings I received this year. It is interesting how we all used the diagonal stripe base pattern. This is a very versatile, fast and easy pattern that can be found for free from Eleanor Burn's Quilt in a Day website here.

Stocking made for me by Kate for the "BHD Quilting Friends" group exchange.

Stocking made for me by Carol L. for the "Scrappy Quilts" group exchange.