I have joined a quilt guild here in Colorado and have had the opportunity to make new friends, learn new things, and have lots of fun. On Wednesdays I go to Above and Beyond, a Sewing and Vacuum shop for a weekly meeting. The shop lets us know all the latest and greatest things going on in the sewing world, we have show and tell from those attending, and we have some sort of demo of something we can make. It can be a bag, an ornament, holiday pillows complete with lights or anything someone wants to share.
For Christmas we have a pot luck and a gift exchange. The gift is supposed to be something that we have made. We're all quilters, sewers, knitters or embroiderers so it only makes sense that we make something rather than buying something.
I was stumped as to what to make. Then I ran across a post from The Pattern Basket blog. They are a great pattern company and I just love their patterns. As a holiday gift, they graciously posted a free pattern for this darling pin cushion. You can see it here.
This is what I came up with. I am really happy with how it turned out and I hope whoever gets it will be pleased.
I made mine with Christmas fabrics to go with our holiday theme. I can see them made up in all kinds of holiday fabrics and I'd like to figure out how to attach other types of figurines on the top. I think I'll make myself one or two. Maybe a Fourth of July pin cushion and, of course, a Scottie pin cushion!!
Thanks, Pattern Basket, I don't know what I would have done without you!!!