Friday, February 27, 2015

Pin-up Girls

This post is dedicated to Kate, who was lamenting that she had left her favorite pin cushion at home while we were sewing at our February Cape Cod weekend.

As  a quilter, I don't typically use a lot of pins. My pins of choice are the flat flower head pins. They are extremely thin and very sharp. Especially when you prick your finger or your boob.
I use three boiled wool pincushions that I bought at the now defunct Heartbeat Quilts in Hyannis. I have two large ones that I keep at home (one has flat flower head pins, the other holds cheap pins from Walmart), and one smaller one that I keep in my sewing machine case.
I was surprised to see that Pat had one too, until she reminded me that I had bought it for her.
Not surprisingly, Pat's pincushion looks like mine.
Here is a round-up of the girls of the Cape with their pincushions.
Cordula's pincushion is felted wool. She bought it at a craft fair in Germany.
Sally's pincushion, also boiled wool, sits on a wooden base.
It was a gift from her kids. Sewing gifts are the best!
Here is Kim G. with her magnetic pincushion.
She is showing us her best pin-up girl face!
Sisters Kim and Karen must have a secret sweet tooth because both of them keep their pins in candy tins.
Karen uses a mini Whitman sampler tin. Makes me wish for chocolate.
Kim P.'s Valentine tin has Elvis on the cover. My friend
Toni would want this one. She loves Elvis Presley.
My heart belongs to Elvis, my black pug.
Joannie and Sue show off their Hawaiian pincushions that I brought
back from my honeymoon. Sadly, I think the pincushions were made in China.
Marion's pincushion was hand made by Jean, another Brown Bagger.
Jean made one for each of us as a thank you for her birthday quilt, many years ago.
This is not a pincushion, but Cordula wanted me to share this adorable needle
book that was hand made for her by a friend in Germany. Isn't it cute?
Here is Kate with her special pincushion as seen on her laptop. It is
a cupcake. It was a gift from Karen, who is behind her in the photo.
This cupcake pincushion is also a favorite of Kate's granddaughter
Penelope when she comes to sew with Nana.
Hope you enjoyed our pincushion parade!

Thanks for visiting.

Pugs and kisses,


  1. How fun! So many wonderful pincushions are being used and yet they all have the same purpose.

  2. Good Afternoon Nancy, I am back! How wonderful to catch up with you again.... and what a day to choose. I am a secret pin cushion hoarder I'm afraid, so I can honestly say I loved each and every pin cushion which you showed us.
    Kim's Elvis Pin tin made me smile.... who doesn't love Elvis and Cordula's needlebook is lovely. I am aiming to make one each for my daughters as I think they make beautiful gifts.
    I have to say Kate's Cupcake Pin cushion is truly something to behold, I have never seen one like it.... so much fun.
    It was lovely catching up with you again, and now that I have a little more free time, I will be able to read all your wonderful posts again.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best Wishes to you and the 'boys'.

  3. Boiled wool? I've never heard of that. Interesting. I have one pincushion and it's attached to a thread catcher. It's great at home, horrible to take anywhere. I just use the pin case the pins come in. I have butterflies, yellow glass head pins and multicolor pearl glass head pins. Now I'm thinking I need to make a cute one to take on retreats with me. ;)

  4. I have a boiled wool pincushion, but I love my chicken one the best even though she is just a small girl. The one I gave to my daughter goes to hang out in the kid's bat cave while they are playing with their playset. Glad it is the bat cave she would look mighty silly on the pirate ship!

  5. I just stumbled upon your blog. What could be better - Pugs and Quilts!!!

  6. Once in awhile I go somewhere and see someone using the cutest pin cushion. But I have yet to make one for myself. I am still using the magnetic one.

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    1. what I MEANT to say was what fun to see all the different ways to collect your pins. The boxes look dangerous though, and Nancy, I have stabbed my upper bits with pins too... and once my dog ate some flower head pins.
      They came out in a bit of toy he also ate. After an expensive trip to the vet.
      We keep pins out of reach now, and he keeps himself out of the studio.