Monday, September 16, 2013

Pin it!

Oh, I hate being the last day!  The standard has already been set soooo high with sew many great pin cushions!  How can I begin to share what I have done?  And, if you are doing this in order, I'm being followed by the expert!   Anyway, here it goes.  I've been throwing ideas around since I signed up for this hop.   I knew it needed to be an original pattern, and I do much better following someone else's guidance. : )

Anytime, is the right time to sew, so I decided to make my pincushion a clock pointing to every hour, yes, every hour because anytime IS the right time to sew.  I'm always looking for a pin cushion at my machine, so why not make one that attaches?

I calculated how large I needed my pin cushion to be and got out my compass.  I made the circle on a piece of yellow fabric.

 I used the compass to divide the circle into 6 parts, then further divided it to make 12 equal parts.

                         Next, I used my machine to embroider the numbers and the hands of the clock.

                               I didn't trust my freehand sewing, so I added the arrow tips by hand.

                                            Next, I pinned the lace around the edge of the clock.

 I sewed a circle the same size, right sides together.  Next, I cut an X in the back and turned the clock right-side-out.

I stuffed the cushion with filler.  Then, I cut a smaller circle out of a plastic lid and inserted it into the back to keep the pins from sticking through.  I added a little glue to hold the plastic in place and close up the X that I had cut into the back.

Next, a pink ribbon was added, pinning it to the back first; then, stitching it in place.  Decide where on your machine you will attach it so you can decide which direction to attach the ribbon.  Velcro is used to hold it closed.  I made certain that it didn't interfere with the mechanism of my sewing machine.

                                I think it will work very well.  I will always have pins or a pin cushion in reach.  

Thanks for visiting my blog and taking a look at my project.  You are almost done if you are following today's list.  Thanks to Madame Samm and Kristen  for setting up our hop.  If you still need to visit today's sites, they are listed here:
September 17
Just Quilt It  (you are here)

Aren't Grandchildren the Best!

My DH and I are visiting in CO from Illinois for a couple of weeks while our son and daughter-in-law are in Italy.  Oh, the fun we are having with our granddaughters, Julia and Lauren.

                                      We did a science experiment--we made rock candy!  Yum!

                           We ordered pizza and watched "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".

We baked pies--Julia made chocolate cream,

and Lauren made Kentucky Derby.

The girls made chocolate chip pancakes for supper--no help needed from Grandma--I fried the sausage and baked the bacon.

 We've practiced the violin and the cello.  Well, they have practiced, and I have enjoyed listening.  Plus, we have been to cello and violin lessons--along with acrobatics.

We still need to go out for frozen yogurt, do some crafts and sewing, and make home-made noodles.
I'll be tired when we leave next week, but I am certainly enjoying the time I spend with them and the memories we are making.  Thank you, Luke and Susan, for going on vacation and leaving us with your precious daughters.