It all started back in the fall of 2016 when I designed my Playtime quilt. I had some little Playground fabric scraps left over that just kept calling my name. They were so cute and so irresistible I just had to stick them up. There was absolutely no plan. I just grabbed my little scraps and started sewing them in pairs. Then I sewed the pairs together. I thought they needed a little frame, and so I added the top and bottom strips. It was simple. It was carefree. And it made me ridiculously happy!
I added it to my design wall and that’s where my little patchwork sat for…months. I would look at it and think “oh, such a cutie! What am I going to do with you?”. Yes, I talk to my blocks! Don’t tell me I’m the only one?! 😉
I couldn’t fathom how I was going to use her up. Would I create more just like her? Or add her into some sort of larger scrappy quilt? Or even use her as a quilt label? Gah - the possibilities!
And then, last week in the midst of lots of pattern testing, I just needed some fun sewing. I needed to break out of all the quilting math and precise instructions and just let loose – quilting style.
The little patchwork caught my eye and had me wanting to create a project that would just focus on her simplicity; on the sheer joy that little block was giving me. That’s how this little pin cushion got started!
I decided to add some texture and detail with little big stitch hand quilting detail using 12wt Aurifil thread in the colour Pale Pink #2410.
On the back side, I stitched together some linen scraps and added some more big stitch hand quilting details there too, using 12wt Aurifil thread in the colour Pale Pink #2410 on the beige linen and DMC pearl cotton thread #8 in the colour Ecru on the coral linen.
From there, it was just a matter of stitching the front and back together, leaving a little opening for the filling. I finally got to use some of the ground walnut shells I bought wayyy back in early 2016! Plus I added some small cotton batting scraps to give her a soft pillowy feel. Not sure if that is even appropriate or whether it will dull my needles, but it seemed more in line with a scrappy project than pulling out some fresh poly fill. Ever tried that yourself? Let me know if there is a reason it shouldn’t be done.
All in all, for me, the moral of the story is that sometimes your creative soul just need a fun, impromptu sewing session to let your creativity shine through.
I would love to hear about an unplanned project that has brought you tremendous joy and reminded you of the importance of just having fun!
Happy quilting my friends!