Monday, March 14, 2011

the neighbors are talking

So I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to walnuts. There I was, all proud of myself for trekking up to Pet Supplies Plus to buy a bag of lizard litter so that i could fill my pincushion for the scrappy pincushion swap with proper ground English walnut shells.

And shortly thereafter, I was a splotchy, sneezing, snotting, scratching, swollen, eye-watering mess. And, NOT the hot kind of mess. The real kind of mess. The kind of mes that must quickly be quarantined lest her husband see her in a state of such immense unattractiveness.

Luckily I got the little bugger filled before I realized what was going on. But what I did NOT get done was to sew up the opening. With my due date fast approaching, I called in a favor with one of my sewing sisters, and she was nice enough to meet me in the parking lot of a closed-for-the-winter swim club to sew it up for me. It was dark outside, and pretty cold, so pulled our cars up next to each other and passed "the goods" back and forth through our car windows.

I wonder what the neighbors thought, seeing two SUVs at the Smoky Row Swim Club in the pitch dark. Whatever they thought, I'm sure it was NOT that she was sewing a pincushion closed for me. Thanks to our PM meetup, I was able to get the pincushion photographed and packed on time. Otherwise, i would have had to send it with a little note, "Dear Partner, I'm sorry I couldn't sew this shut for you. I've included a needle and thread so you can do it yourself."

Anyway, I'm SUPER happy with how this turned out. My partner for this one made a mosaic that, frankly, had me totally bewildered. So I began the arduous process of stalking her. Honestly, stalking is something that I excel at. I dominate. If this was suitable for a resume item, I'd include it.

Activities: Master Gardener, Tree Steward, Blood Doner, Semi-professional Online Stalker

Back to the pincushion. My partner's mosaic was cra-zy. Really weird and cool stuff, and quite a bit outside my general comfort zone, which I love. I was all set to make something really insane, and then the basement flooded and I lost about a week of my life dealing with insurance and service companies, etc.

So with time running out, I proceeded to stalk the heck out of her in hopes of coming up with a simpler idea that I could whip up quickly. Turns out we both love this OOP fabric line from Anna Maria Horner - Chocolate Lollipop.

Ta da.
Scrappy Pincushion Swap - sent

Check it. It's 3-D.

I floated some flowers on top for a bit of flair. They're backed with medium weight interfacing to prevent a bunch of fraying, and I created some dimension by layering them with wee bits of batting between. There's also a circle of batting between the body of the pincushion and the quartered circle on top. I hope she likes it! It's the one and only walnut-shell-filled pincushion I'll ever make!


  1. sorry to hear that you are allergic to walnuts. But great pincushion! Good job girl!

  2. One of my fondest pincushion experiences ever!!!

  3. Beautiful work.
    Very creative!
    Argentinian Greetings!