Friday, September 13, 2013

Pin It! Palooza

It's finally here, my day to share my pin cushion and on Friday the 13th no less!  First, thanks to Madame Samm for hosting the hop, Kristen for cheering us on, our sponsors for their generous support, and everyone who has taken the time to enter the hop and visit each blog.

I had planned to make quite a few pin cushions for the hop but ended up making just one.  It's a Union Jack--surprise--LOL!

My Jack is made of recycled wool and weighs a whopping 478 grams.  You might ask why I weighed my pin cushion.  What?  Doesn't everyone weigh their pin cushions?  Well, when Madame Samm mentioned That Other Lady had a pin cushion that weighed 2 lbs. it made me curious as to how much mine weighed.  It came in at just under 2 lbs. so I decided it sounded heavier if I used grams! 
My Jack is also lined with muslin because I really don't want the stuffing to escape as I use it.  I used to make pin cushions with fiberfill stuffing and I was never really happy with the way they felt.  Eventually I found out that reptile bedding is used as stuffing for pin cushions and off I went to the local pet supply shop and came home with a huge bag of crushed walnut shells.  I just love the "feel" of a pin cushion filled with walnut shells.

A couple of months ago I made a clowder of cats and gave them away as gifts to a few sewing friends.  They were a big hit and I thought they needed to be shown again.

Cotton Ginny's carries the pattern for these pin cushions in case you want to make a few of your own.

I've had a lot of fun with this blog hop and I know my fellow bloggers are anxious for you to visit with them today.  Enjoy the show!



Cheers!

Debi  =^..^=


74 comments:

  1. Great pincushion...and now I know what to look for with the crushed walnuts! :)

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  2. I like your pincushion. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers!

    Jeanneke.

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  3. Very fun! I bet your friends liked the cats. I like walnut shells too.

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  4. Love your Union Jack pin cushion! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. The Union Jack is so great - clever idea! and the cats are so wonderful what a lovely gift to make for your sewing friends - bet they were pleased.

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  6. Great idea. I also like those cats.

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  7. Great pin cushions...thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Your union jack turned out great! And heavy! I love your cats....I don't think my cat would agree on another inhabitant of the sewing room. She finds it difficult enough to share her sewing room with me! Thanks for your post!

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  9. Great Union Jack! I had no idea that walnut shells are used as lizard bedding, thank you for the tip.

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  10. Like the cat ones a lot.

    Warm regards from Holland,
    Marga♥

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  11. What a great bunch of cats. Thanks for the link.

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  12. What fun!
    I love the cat pincushions - thanks for sharing!

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  13. The Union Jack pinkeep is great... love those cats too.

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  14. Super ! Great ideas :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing, your cats are really great!

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  16. Great idea and very cute. I love the cats too.

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  17. Your Union Jack is great, and the cats are really cute.

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  18. Great patriotic pincushion! I love the kitties and am going to try some myself.

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  19. meow debi...great collection of pc

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  20. What cute kitty pinnies Debi !

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  21. Love your Union Jack! blessings, marlene

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  22. Cute Cute Cute and heavy too! Perfect match! Love your kitties too!

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  23. I like heavy pincushions and yours looks just perfectly heavy to me...love it! Your group of kitties is so cute, too. I used to have an iguana and never even knew about the pet store walnut shells. I'll be checking those out!

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  24. I recently got the walnut shells too and love it!

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  25. I love it! And the cats are too cute! Since you like to work with wool, you are a perfect candidate to join my Wool Lovers blog hop. Check it out! Have a wonderful day...

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  26. Great job on the Union Jack, but those cats are sew adorable! Great work!

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  27. Love the Jack and the cats are too cute.

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  28. I like your Jack and your clowder of kitties is cute! lol Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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  29. Cute show of pin cushions! I like them all!

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  30. Thanks for sharing your Union Jack I love those kitties too.

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  31. Very nice. The kitties are super cute.

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  32. Your Union Jack is so pretty and the cats are adorable! I use that very same brand of crushed walnut shells. I also love the feel and weight it gives. Great job!

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  33. Nice pinnie. I love the plate its on!

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  34. First, I love your name, tho it's spelled with less letters than mine. Two - never heard the term "clowder" of anything. New to me. But, I've never been to England. Fantastic post today and I loved it all. Thanks for showing all the pics!

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  35. Your union Jack is truly unique. And the kitty ones are adorable!

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  36. Nice union jack, but the clowder of kitties is adorable.

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  37. The Union Jack pin cushion is very cool, but I love the kitties. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Cute pin cushions. I especially love those cats.

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  39. I am loving all the pincushions you have made. Creative Bliss and Happy Hopping...

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  40. Love the Union Jack and the kitty cushions. Your real kitty at the top is beautiful.

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  41. Love your pincushion and that beautiful live fur baby!! so sweet.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  42. Such clever pinnies! My sister also uses lots of walnut shells in her pincushions. They have a nice weighty feel and stay put.

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  43. Love your Union Jack pincushion, and adore all of your cats!! I am Amy's sister, and I use the walnut shells in a kitty litter. I laughed when I saw why you used grams !!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  44. A "clowder" of cats?? Never heard the word clowder...thanks for educating me. Love your cat pincushions though.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  45. The Union Jack pincushion is beautiful. Your kitty cat heads are adorable.

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  46. Wonderful pincushion! And, the kitty faces are quite charming. Not sure I could stick a pin into the kitty face!!!

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  47. Your Jack is cute! I love the kitties.
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  48. Being English I love your union flag! not tried walnut shells in my cushions but now I keep seeing and hearing about them I might give them a try. Love those cats too! Thanks for sharing and sorry I am late visiting.

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  49. Love the Union Jack pin cushion. Those kittens are mighty cute. Lucky friends. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. I love the kittens. Thanks for sharing

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  51. Cute Union Jack but I really like the cats. I had the pattern that they came from till I sent it on to someone for the sewing machine cover part of it. I don't know if I could make myself put a pin in those cute little faces, LOL.

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  52. I love that you weighed your pincushion - grams definitely makes it sound HUGE!! Really love your fancy dancy decorated pins, too.

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  53. The cats are adorable!
    Wow you weighed your cushion!Guess you can throw it at someone and it might hurt:) ha ha!!!

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  54. Nice pincushion. Flags always make nice pincushions. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. Lovely Union Jack... the cats are too cute! Fun.

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  56. Wonderful pincushions, thank you for sharing!

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  57. Hi!!! Wow!!! I love your clouder of kitties!!! So sweet and cute!!!!

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  58. Cute Union Jack....I also use walnut shells. A much better feel for a pincushion. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  59. Hahaha, those cats!! I love it! Great pincushions - very cool Union Jack, thanks for sharing these!

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