January 25, 2020

Sew Organized | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge


Sew Organized Pin Cushion | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge | Shannon Fraser Designs #pincushion #sewingnotions

Do you remember the first thing you ever sewed? Mine was a pair of gym shorts back in high school home economics class. I loved those shorts!

Looking back, I should have known there was a talent there. I totally nailed the sewing lessons and walked out with an A in the class. But sewing just wasn’t a focus of mine back then. So, once class was over, I never really tried sewing again until several years ago.

Sew Organized Pin Cushion | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge | Shannon Fraser Designs #pincushion #sewingnotions

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When I did set out to learn how to sew, one of the very first projects I tackled was this pin cushion with hanging sleeve.

First off, they’re super cuuuuuute!

They give you the chance to raid your scrap stash, looking for those fun itty-bitty pieces of your favourite print that you can’t bear to toss.

Plus, they’re beyond practical. They keep all my essentials close at hand and right at my sewing machine where I need them the most.

Sew Organized Pin Cushion | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge | Shannon Fraser Designs #pincushion #sewingnotions #diy #modernimprov #scrapbuster


I’m never on the hunt for misplaced sewing tools – they’re always safely stored in their dedicated spot of the hanging sleeve. I don’t even have to look; I can just reach for the tool I need and keep working.

I love them so much, I not only have them next to my sewing machine, but at my ironing table and next to the sofa (where I do a lot of hand stitching) too! Did I mention this style drapes so nicely over the arm of your sofa?

Pretty and practical. Two features I’m always looking to incorporate in my makes.

Handmade Pin Cushions | Sew Organized Pin Cushion | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge | Shannon Fraser Designs #pincushion #sewingnotions #diy

Since the original versions were made all the way back in 2011, I made myself a refreshed batch just a few months ago. Both feature fabric scraps leftover from projects I was working on at the time (namely Harvest Falls quilt & mini + Sonata Modern Aztec Table Runner).

I’ve got lots of love for this design with several inquiries for a pattern. When the Aurifil January Challenge turned out to be Sew Organized, I knew instantly this would be the project I would share with you.

Kona Cotton Solids | Sew Organized Pin Cushion | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge | Shannon Fraser Designs #pincushion #sewingnotions #scrapbuster #fabricscraps

This one features scraps from my Weight of Love quilt that I started working on back in 2016 (and happens to still be a WIP…eek! Just one of the many on my Q1 2020 FAL list.). These colours are truly an expression of what I love and also represents one of the first fabrics pulls I did that wasn’t meant for someone else. Early on I was clever to pick-up a Color Card. Since I do so much ordering online, I needed a way to see what colours I was working with. I’ve raved about stocking colour cards before – you can read about it here. Coles Notes – let’s just say, I thought they were pricey, but find myself using them all the time. Best investment I made.

While you’re at it, grab one for thread too! 


Ok – back to these scraps.

This really is a case of scraps begetting scraps, as I used so much of the trimmings and scraps during my first 100-Days Project. I not only made an entire quilt out of them, but also made several minis. And, yup, after all that, I still have some kicking around!

Since they bring me so much joy, I thought why not feature them in another pinnie 😊

I then threw in some of this Brussel’s Washer Yarn dyed linen – which I really can’t get enough of (also leftovers from my original Double Windmill and Scrappy Irish Vortex quilts.. The texture is scrummalicious. And you know me, I love throwing a little linen in whenever I can.

Aurifil Thread featured in modern improv pin cushion | Sew Organized Pin Cushion | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge | Shannon Fraser Designs #pincushion #sewingnotions #aurifilthread #moderquilting

From there, I entertained my thread options.

When I don’t have an original plan, there’s often this dilemma I encounter: to match or not.

Easy enough, right?

Just two options.

But each result in 2 very different looks.

As I tend to do, I went bold – ha!

And opted not to match my threads, but I did coordinate so there was continuity in the design. Enter: Light Turquoise, Fleshy Pink, and Salmon. The light peach is a recent new addition, but one I can see returning to very soon!

Sew Organized Pin Cushion | January Aurifil Artisan Challenge | Shannon Fraser Designs #pincushion #sewingnotions

As for filler? If you’ve caught my DIY Pin Cushion tutorial, then you know I’m all about this stuff. I like the weight it offers. I used to use dried rice, which also works, but I find the fill ends up being more loosey-goosey.

I’d love to know what the first thing was that you ever stitched?

Happy quilting!

xo,
Shannon

PS I’m crossing this one off my Q1 2020 FAL List. That makes 2 of…let’s not count…done!

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4 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea. Is the pattern for sale?

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    1. Thrilled you like it, Kat! The pattern is currently in the works – stay tuned!!

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  2. Love this! I have a pincushion/organizer combo in my sewing room that I got in a swap at the MMQG years ago and I absolutely love it!

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    1. Fun!! And love that you have a memory associated with yours 😊 Makes it extra special!

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