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Thread: December Secret Pal Swap Closes Nov 30th 4pm CDST

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    Jan, I am so sorry to hear that you didnt receive your package for last month. I know exactly how you feel. Still waiting on a package from the secret santa swap. I am sure yours will show up soon as will mine. If not maybe we could be each others angels.

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    I use either emery sand or Crushed Walnt shells that I get from my LQS when I need them.

    Donna C.

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    I haven't used emory sand but would like to try it. I did try putting a piece of steel wool in a couple as I'd read it also helps sharpen pins and needles, but am concerned about possibly rusting.

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    Nevermind.
    Last edited by Belfrybat; 12-02-2012 at 08:37 AM.

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    I just got a magazine that has the cutest owl pincushions and
    would like to maybe make one.

    However scanning through the magazine slower (not reading it yet)
    I see that this was an ABSOLUTE treasure of an issue to buy, and
    glad that I didn't pass it up.

    It is the Winter issue Simple Quilts & Sewing projects GALORE I
    tell you.

    Here is the front cover in case you want to look for it.
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    Let's see if I can remember what I read with my slow mush brain as I'm waiting for the coffee to start kicking in and the stiffness leaves my hands. I am planning to put my Secret Pal gift under the "tree" if that is okay with my partner. With all that is happening since my 3 mth. DGD passed away, there won't be much Holiday cheer going on with the family.

    Luv what a cute snowman!!! He is such Jolly looking fellow!
    Jaba your house looks so festive ... Hubby did a great job.
    Quilty Louise when I made a pincushion I was desperate. I didn't have any poly-fil or anything so as I was sitting at the sewing machine my eye was drawn to my bowl of clippings of threads, trimmings of blocks and small bits of batting. Sooooo I "upcycled" them into the cushion. I got a nice "tight" fill and I was able to keep the square shape. LOL...anything that saves me a couple of pennies.
    Knitette I think receiving items that tell of your area is a wonderful idea. I know for myself I LOVE those kinds of things. I collect postcards, photographs, maps, local guides, pamphlets, candles, leaves, bits of rocks, etc. anything that come from the area. I like seeing things like local patterns, bottons, ribbons, scraps, yarns, charms, laces, etc. that I could add to "crazy" quilt blocks. I have think I would love to these kinds of things to make a "world" crazy quilt lap quilt. Humm that gives me an idea. LOL.
    Brenda Jester is cute in his little sweater.

    Well I know there was more that I wanted to share but the coffee is a bit slow this morning. So I'm going to try more human.
    Toodles,
    Tricia
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    Currently working on a "Flat Curtis" Quilt with boy child . He would like to TRADE some fabrics from each state FC travels to.

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    I bought 2 condiment bottles at the store while I was there
    because I knew they would be perfect to put the emery sand
    in and use the spout to fill the pincushions (thought it would
    work better then a funnel).

    I think each bottle will hold just about 1-1/2lbs of sand. The picture
    below shows an empty bottle and one with 1lb of sand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilty-Louise View Post
    Question for everyone who makes pincushions.
    Do you use (past, present or future) emery sand?
    (the stuff that sharpens pins & needles)?

    I am asking because I will send some to my SP when I
    get their name if they have responded.

    Have purchased approximately 6lbs worth of the stuff
    and have not yet made any pincushions using it (but I want too).
    Louise, haven't used the sand, mainly because I don't have any. You have to make a special bag to put it in and then inside your pin cushion, right? I'd love to try some in the pin cushions I m ake
    Kathleen

    Live today as if it may be your last, for who knows...

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    LOL I don't know never made a pincushion using the emery
    sand. But I want to try one using the owl pattern from the
    new magazine I just got. I scanned that pattern to resize it
    and try them out.

    But that is my goal is to make a little "muslin" bag to put the
    sand in them "wrap" some poly-fil around that and stuff in the
    pincushion.

    Will let you know how that turns out for me.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vanogay View Post
    Louise, haven't used the sand, mainly because I don't have any. You have to make a special bag to put it in and then inside your pin cushion, right? I'd love to try some in the pin cushions I m ake

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    I haven't used it either, but would sure try it....anything to keep those needles nice and sharp.

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