I had this idea the other day...and as with most of my ideas I allowed it to bloom and grow in my thoughts for a few days until it reached a point where I'd either drop the whole thing because it required too much time or more hurdles than I like to jump, or where my level of excitement and joy encouraged me to make a start.
So because we're mostly all at home these days, and if you read my blog there's every chance you're very creative, I thought why not host a series of tutorials and ideas for making things at home using pretty much what you have on hand?
From today I'll be sharing a tutorial every second day for the next two weeks, along with links to other great ideas I've come across which you may like to give a try. Hopefully having some fairly simple ideas to occupy your "Creative Hands at Home" and using bits and pieces from your sewing or crafting supplies will put a smile on your face and a little more purpose in your days.
I really love planning ways to add beauty, colour and life to each room in our house and especially as the seasons change there's a desire to freshen and shift things around for a new look.
But you know, the one thing I always do when I'm about to kick off a big project or begin a series of smaller projects like "Creative Hands at Home" is to make a new pincushion. And I thought that might be a nice place for all of us to start today...
Just before last New Year I shared a free '2020' pattern with you, one which was used on the cover of my gratitude journal, and at that time I had also decided to stitch a much smaller version of the tulips but put the idea aside for a while until I knew how it could be used.
This new version of the Tulips is very small but oh so cute!
Satin stitched tulips, a chain stitched flower pot rim, and a very buzzy bee...
...displayed inside a churn dash block (my favourite quilt block!) and made into a new pincushion.
I used a mix of tonal blue fabric, a small print floral (from Tilda), a medium print floral (also from Tilda) and the lovely white cotton/linen blend solid which I love to stitch on.
Would you like to make this pincushion for yourself?
Use the link below to download the embroidery pattern and accompanying materials and cutting list.
Here are the steps to making the churn dash block once you've completed the stitchery.
Trim the stitchery to 3 1/2" square and cut your fabrics using the measurements given in the pattern download.
Lay the medium floral fabric squares face down onto the right side of the blue squares and draw a diagonal pencil line across the back of the floral square.
Stitch a 1/4" seam either side of the pencil line.
Cut along the pencil line to give two triangles.
Open out the triangles and press the seams open.
Trim any excess so that you have four perfect 2 1/2" square triangles.
Sew the small floral and a blue tonal lengths of fabric together for the border and press the seams open. Repeat another three times to give four border sets.
Sew one set either side of the trimmed stitchery block with the blue fabric beside the white.
Sew the half square triangle blocks to both ends of the remaining two borders as shown below.
Sew all three sections together and you have a churn dash block.
Add a larger piece of scrap cotton quilt wadding behind the block and machine or hand quilt.
I chose to hand quilt as I find it nice and relaxing especially on small projects.
Trim away the excess wadding, and lay the backing fabric face down on the front of the churn dash block. Sew all around with a 1/4" seam, leaving a 3" opening along one side for turning out.
Turn right side out and fill with your preferred pincushion filling.
Blind stitch the opening closed.
Ta da!! (as Cully May loves to say)...you have a new pincushion.
As you know I'm trying to lessen my stash and make more visual space in my sewing room (I am not a fan of clutter) so even with small pieces of fabric there's opportunity to create and also to offer you the occasional opportunity to help me clear things out.
I had enough of the floral fabrics left over to make up 5 little kits for this pincushion.
Inside the kits are -
Fabrics to make the pincushion
White cotton/linen for the stitchery
Threads for the embroidery
Whisperweft fabric stabiliser to fuse behind the linen before you begin the stitchery
Vliesofix fusible web for the applique pot
Cotton quilt wadding
As I said there are only five of these kits and as I can post in an envelope they are quite economical at $12.50 post included.
BUT I'm only posting within Australia this time.
You'll find the kits HERE in my shop and if you don't see any you'll know they are all gone.
At home this weekend we had a veritable feast of fresh produce and many delicious meals were made which pleased my husband enormously!
More fresh homemade focaccia served with a loaded cous cous and cashew salad...
Freshly made plum jam and scones...
I had a handful of ripe plums on the bench so I used them all to make a single pot of delicious jam but it made an extra small pot as well so our neighbour gratefully accepted it with scones and some of our excess chook eggs.
The next day it was I who was gratefully accepting gifts when our dear neighbour handed me the most beautiful bunch of sunflowers over the fence!!
A large vegetable bake graced the lunch table on Sunday...
...and we ate it out back watching the birds.
Today I had a nasty migraine due to the very overcast skies and extreme humidity so I opted to thaw the coconut thai soup I made last week for our dinner tonight, adding baby corn, ramen noodles and loads of fresh coriander(cilantro). Mr E was a happy husband and funnily enough after dinner my migraine vanished....so I was able to do this post after all.
Darling Blossom has been working a treat at her sewing machine as now that she's expecting another baby she knows her sewing time will be limited at the end of the year.
These are the gorgeous new baby and toddler outfits she's made for her shop...
She posts worldwide (although the UK are not accepting parcels right now) so if you have a desire to purchase any of them just pop over HERE to her Lucy & May Etsy Shop.
I'm very proud of my daughter so excuse me for wanting to share what she's doing with you. I see the hard work behind the scenes, the many years of life struggles no-one else sees, and the LOVE with which she showers on her husband, children, father and me.
And then there is the deep devotion she has to Jesus.
Yes, I am very proud to be her Mumma.
Okay, I'd best sign off and go work on some more of Cully May's cardigan.
May your evening or day be filled with peaceful hours, creative ideas, praise and songs to the Lord, good food and laughter...much wonderful laughter.