Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pincushions

Ida, over at My Sister Made Me Do It..., is hosting a linky party where we can show off our favorite pincushions.  I’ve made a few as gifts over the years like this one, which I actually had requests to make for friends.



And this one made one night from a failed Jane Stickle block and gifted to a blog friend.




However, my favorite is one I purchased a lifetime ago, long before I retired, moved back to Texas and resumed quilting.  



It is a reproduction of a pincushion designed and used by the Shakers and is a souvenir of a trip we made to Kentucky to one of their former community settlements. The Shakers had a gift for making purely functional items beautiful.  Their history has always fascinated me.  I really enjoy this practical little cushion that I can clamp to the edge of my sewing machine table where it is stable and out of the way. 


Be sure and check out what others have to share at Ida's blog.

14 comments:

Needled Mom said...

I love the idea that it clamps to the sewing table. That is such a great idea - and cute at the same time.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Mary, thanks so much for joining the fun! Isn't it wonderful when we can give a "failure" a whole new beautiful life? Your pin cushions are beautiful and I can see why the Shaker is your favorite.

Quilting Babcia said...

Your Shaker pincushion is beautiful, so perfectly functional with that clamp. Thanks for sharing -I'll be looking for one!

Debbie said...

Love that Shaker pin cushion, too......no matter where I tend to put my cushion it always moves. Of course, I have a dozen in different places...lol.

creations.1 said...

Love the quaker pincushion - very different!!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I've never seen a pincushion that clamps to the sewing table - how ingenious! I can see why it's your favorite.

sunny said...

I love the one that clamps! You can never have too many pin cushions.

Lara B. said...

Hi Mary! The shaker pincushion is so ingenious! I thought it would tip over easily until i saw the way it clamps. I love how you made a pincushion from a Dear Jane block!

Maria said...

Lovely pincushions Mary. Great idea clamping to the table...

kiwikid said...

Beautiful pin cushions and so good the Shaker one clamps onto the table...no knocking that one off while trying to quilt!!

janie krig said...

Lucky you, we lived in Texas for a while, Austin, great place to live.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful pincushions.

Lin said...

Lovely pincushions that you have made but I too adore the Shaker one. xx

Magpie Sue said...

I'm glad you mentioned the clamping feature. I'd have missed it otherwise! That does make it a stand-out pin cushion. (or maybe I should say, stand-up!)

desertskyquilts said...

I like them all (well, I never met a pincushion I didn't like!), but that Shaker one is very special.