Friday, September 25, 2009


Mark and I are leaving this morning to be vendors at Quilting in the Garden. We had a lot of last-minute things to do: final jewelry assembly, pricing, packing, loading the trailer. So what was I doing yesterday afternoon? New product development. Seriously?? What was I thinking??

I have long been obsessed with fabric selvage edges. That has already been established, I think. Since we are going to be at a quilting show, wouldn't pincushions be a good idea? Wouldn't thinking about this a couple of months ago have been a better idea?

What have I learned from this?

1. It's kind of a messy process, but really fun.

2. I have a "piping" foot for my Elna...and I now know how to use it. This is my first prototype. No close-ups allowed, because you don't want to see the mistakes I made when learning how to use my piping foot.

3. I used crushed walnut shells to stuff the pincushions. Eco friendly, nice and weighty. But I need to find a bulk outlet. I only had four cups and then had to slit my prototype open and steal from it to stuff the other two.

4. Procrastination--not such a great idea. Two pincushions ready for sale. Two....for a two-day show. Planning ahead would have been a really good idea. Can you say "special order and free shipping"?


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k said... #

While maybe last minute, SOOO cute. Love them!

I can picture them larger as a cute throw pillow.

(Does that totally decimate your original idea?)

Grandma G said... #

Those are so CUTE!!

I'm glad I'm not the only one who procrastinates! :-)

JHNickodemus said... #

Oooh I agree with K! Throw pillow! I COuld have ,looked at those pin cuhions all day long!

elizabeth ~ so wabi sabi said... #

what a great last minute idea...we do a lot of shows so I can appreciate how full your day must have been. best wishes for your show.

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Little Spouse in the Old House said... #

Hey, I'm interested in this quilting -garden idea. I will check the site out. We are getting ready to announce our plans for our "giving" garden. Stay tuned to my blog! And recently I was on a blog where the lady made "selvage" purses. It might have been a link to your site. Love, Janice

Tanya said... #

Awesome idea! You're so crafty!

Maggie said... #

Last minute..... well, they ARE edges and if you had done them way ahead of the show, you wouldn't be living on the edge. Way cute!