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Thread: Glenn's Pincushion

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    Glenn's Pincushion

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Size:  13.0 KBOn 2-11-2011 Glenn posted a picture of a pincushion made by his late MIL. Several members suggested ways of reproducing it, including ghostrider who provided a link to a similar project. This is my attempt using ghostrider's link http://www.personal.psu.edu/axd2/quilt/qlt28.html and her sewing hints. It's my first attempt at EPP and I regret using perle cotton to join the twelve star units. Too difficult to needle and it looks sloppy.
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    Really nice, looks so complicated.

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    Did you mean to post a picture? I'm not seeing one. I did go to the link and it was very interesting. May have to try that sometime!

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Size:  13.3 KBI did post pictures but they were GIGANTIC, had to delete and try again.

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    An awesome pincushion!!! It looks like it is really complicated. The stitching makes it "folk-art." Thanks for sharing!

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    nicely done
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    Oh i love this. Did you leave the paper pcs in? How big is it finished. Do you use it as a pincushion.
    this is a fabulous thingy. I need one.
    You did a fab job on it.
    any hints for the rest of us who want to try it.

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    I really like it, great job!!!!

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    That looks too complicated for my tired, little mind--gorgrous, but complicated.

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    yes very nice..... looks hard

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    Oh i love this. Did you leave the paper pcs in? How big is it finished. Do you use it as a pincushion.
    this is a fabulous thingy. I need one.
    You did a fab job on it.
    any hints for the rest of us who want to try it.
    The best advice is to go back to Glenn's original thread: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...on-t98864.html and check ghostrider's suggestions. That's what I did. She's very clear. There are some examples as well as patterns if you follow her link. My suggestions: Don't bother cutting diamond shapes in your fabric--a rough rectangle works well. I found a dab of glue stick helped with the sharper points. Not being very handy with my computer, I copied the diamond on the link, pulled up a new email and found I could put 3 rows of 5 diamonds (rhombi) per sheet. I mailed it to myself, stacked the print on three more sheets of tag and cut the necessary 60 papers. The finished project is about 6 inches diameter, the rhombi just a bit more than 1 inch on each side.

    Three of the stars were fussy cut, the remainder in similar colors. I enjoyed basting and joining each star before beginning the next. I confess to pinning the first six stars correctly but when sewing I mistook which star was in the center and sewed the entire half wrong. It was such a fun project I didn't mind the ripping time.

    It is not as complicated as it appears (despite my six-star error) if you are able to see it as a central star with five surrounding stars stitched onto its five diamonds and those five then stitched to each other on their sides. Do this twice and then join the two haves, stuff and close. I used different color groups for each star to help me visualize the process.

    This is a small project: 12 stars of five diamonds--sixty in all.

    I did leave the (stiff) papers in. It seemed to me it might bulge out when stuffed if the papers were removed but it won't be a very good pincushion this way. Next one will be sans papers......we'll see what happens.
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    You did a great job!

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    That is a very unique pin cushion.

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    Greenheron, thanks for re-posting your pic. I wasn't even getting anything that indicated there was a pic the first time I replied. It does look challenging but doable. I will keep your suggestions in mind if this project makes it to the top of my bucket list. Thanks for the links.
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    I checked out the link to get a better view. WOW! What an awesome undertaking you took on. It looks great. I love the baby toy version too. Thanks for sharing!
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