Tuesday, May 18, 2010

With a little help from my friends

This is the pincushion that is being given away this week in connection with Sew Mama Sew. Thanks for everyone who has left such nice comments about the giveaway and the pincushions in Sewing on the Edge. You have until the end of Thursday, the 20th, to leave a comment for a chance to win.


So where do I get all these selvages? Hmmm....well, if you have followed for a while, you may have noticed a few posts with photos of fabric. Let's just save I have a nice "collection."

I also have some really great fabric-obsessed friends...friends who don't feel the need to hang on to every little selvage they cut off. Nope. Instead, they pack them in bags and send them to me. And while it may seem odd, it is like receiving a valuable gift when I open that bag up. To thank these generous friends, I have been making a pincushion for them. These are going out in the mail tomorrow:


I try my best to customize them a bit.

Crystal from Modify Tradition is from Minneapolis. Believe it or not, I actually have some fabric from a shop hop that was held in Minnesota last summer. I tried really hard to piece together "Modify Tradition," but the closest I could get was Modern Tradition. Hope this is close enough for you, Crystal.


Terri from Sew-Fantastic has been very generous and requested aqua and gray. She even got a strip of the fabric that started this whole obsession: dumb dot. And on a fun note, she will be moving to Bakersfield, just two hours from where I live. I'm hoping we will have a chance to go selvage fabric shopping together sometime.

Amy from Amy's Creative Side (and don't forget, Blogger's Quilt Festival is just around the corner--too much fun going on this week!) gave me a list of some of her favorite fabrics/designers. Those super cute color registration dots in the center are from the Hunky Dory line, and I even got her name in there as well. Well, Amy Butler's name actually, but close enough.

And Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio has been a complete inspiration. Remember the quilt she made from selvages? I think she used most of her selvages up, so while I didn't get a package from her, I have gotten a lot of inspiration. She is from Kansas and loves modern quilting. So...don't you think she should have a pincushion with selvages that say Midwest Modern and Kansas Song? I thought so too.


And look what came in the mail yesterday? Laurie Wisbrun from Scarlet Fig has been designing and printing her fabric for a while. I'm a huge fan. And then she was picked up by Robert Kaufman and her fabric will be debuting some time this month. Can't wait. In the meantime, I get to play with this

and this.

Thanks again to all my generous friends.

And if one of you readers out there has been wondering what to do with the selvages that you cut off, well, I made sure my contact information is handy. You know, in case you need a new pincushion...

15 comments:

  1. What a fantastic thank you gift! Are you from Minneapolis too? I don't live there now but grew up there and will always call it home.

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  2. I love your pin cushion. Seeing your stuff makes me want to try something with selvages.

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  3. Those are the cutest pin cushions I have seen for a very long time. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. lovely, lovely pincushions! and I know this to be a fact, since I use mine each and every day! thank you again for such a wonderful gift! (in fact, I love mine so much that I'm tempted to buy another, just so I'll have one downstairs and one upstairs!)

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  5. I love that pincushion....I only live about what, an hour and a half to two hours in the other direction (away from Bakersfield) in Tracy....what fun to maybe meet in the middle and do fabric shopping there? let me know :-)

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  6. That is a great way to say thank you!!

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  7. I hardcore lust after that selvage quilt.

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  8. Oh! Cindy!! It's beautiful!!! I LOVE it!

    I can't believe you found some Minneapolis fabric...that's so awesome! (and Midwest Modern...how perfect is that!)

    You ae so, so very thoughtful and I can't wait to get it and treasure it always! I'm so excited! Thank you!

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  9. Those are so cute! I love how you personalized each one... super creative!

    Jennifer :)

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  10. these pincushions are lovely!!!

    shannon.mangerchine(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! What a great idea!

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  12. Cindy- I've been stuffing you selvage bag to the gills...I think it's finally ready to ship out to you! Love seeing what you make with all these finds. Each time I see a piece of selvage now, I think- wow, Cindy will love the colors on this one :)

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  13. Thank you Cindy! I love my pin cushion - the weighted filler is so nice, and I love all the selvages that you included! perfect!!

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  14. I just got mine in the mail thank you . It was a surprise cause I had not read any blog posts yet. (I am really behind on my reading)

    Thank you thank you I love it!!!!

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