Sunday, June 28, 2020

WOOFA Project for June....

Now that I am out of Pincushion mode for awhile I decided it was time to get serious about finishing up some UFOs that I have had stashed away.........and I have decided to join my blogging friends from down under at lovely Cheryl's WOOFA ufo challenge.

WOOFA stands for "Working On Or Finishing A ufo"
So I have added the challenge button to my side bar, together with 10 projects I hope to be working on (and maybe finishing some) in 2020.

I am starting out with a mini charm Christmas Tree Wall hanging I think I could maybe finish in the next two days.....

I had this laid out on my living room floor and I've sewn several of the rows together already.  My plan is to surround the tree in a white on white fabric........countdown is started!  Wish me luck!  I am linking up today with Cheryl's WOOFA party at Gone Stitching......

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Perfectly Pleasing Winners 2020!

Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who joined the PPPP 2020 and showed us their pincushions!

Now, as promised, here is our list of winners:

Mary Ann from My Tate Gallery is the winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Green Fairy Quilts

Barbara from Barbara's Sew Day is the winner of the $25 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

Eli from Olvillo de Eli is the winner of the Round Tumbler Topper Pattern from Bejeweled Quilts

Shez from White Rose is the winner of the Sunshine Topper Pattern from Bejeweled Quilts

Mary from Needled Mom is the winner of the "Craft it Now" book.

Sara from One Stitch at a Time is the winner of the fabric, pin and zipper bag from Kelli Fannin Designs

Lisa E. is the winner of the Pink and Turquoise FQ's

Mary Ann from Magpie's Mumblings is the winner of the yellow FQ's

Congratulations to all the winners!  You will be hearing from me and thanks again to our wonderful sponsors and to all of you who visited or linked up to the PPPP 2020!  Hope to see you all again next year!

For anyone who hasn't visited the parade, you can click
to go there!

Monday, June 22, 2020

PPPP 2020

Well I first of all want to thank all of you, my friends, who linked up to this years Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade.
I don't think I have ever seen such a beautiful array of so many different kinds of pincushions!

Secondly I know I posted that the winners would be announced on the 20th but I hope you all will forgive me for missing that date and also please give me one more day to settle in from my week-long trip. 

 I just got back from the most wonderful  visit with my Mom, my brother and Sister-in-law, and my Sister too.  After a 2-month plus home quarantine it was just so nice to be with family again.  I am thankful that I do have a son that lives with me or I would have been totally alone during that time.

During my visit, my sister and I created this little gnome house for Mama out of an old Peach tree stump in her yard.  The gnomes moved right in and set up housekeeping, thanks to my Sis, who moved them from her yard to Mom's yard next door!


I also repainted an old frog my Dad had put out in the yard.  He had begun to wear away in some areas so I re-plastered him then doused him with a new coat of paint.   He seems so much happier now and I think I felt Daddy smiling from heaven when he looked down and saw his frog's new paint job!

So, again......thank you, thank you, thank you, for linking up and sharing your pincushions .  Stay tuned and I will announce the winners of the giveaways tomorrow!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sweet Eats Pincushions and some Dolly Dresses

I'm visiting my sweet Mom this week after being on lockdown and not seeing her since March. My precious Mom was born in 1921 and will be celebrating her 99th birthday next month!

So Mom is the reason I sew...She has made quilts for all her children and grandchildren and used to make dresses for us when we were little girls growing up and her embroidery is so beautiful.  She doesn't sew much anymore but she still loves looking at fabric.

I found these pincushions, which I had made for her a few years ago in her sewing ice cream sundae and a cherry pie! I had fun with these...

  I gave Mom this little satin box with pincushion top about 20 years ago...

While I've been here, in addition to doing a little yard work,  I have been finishing up a project for my Granddaughters...the oldest is into "Miraculous Ladybug " so I made a couple of costumes for her American Girl doll...I was able to find a similar doll in the same size for only $24 at Wallyworld to be my

 For my other granddaughter, who loves Hello Kitty and Minnie Mouse, are these outfits for her Raggedy Ann, who is named, "Nana Baby"(because it is the baby that Nana made for

The model below is a Raggedy Ann I made for my niece, Evonne, back in 1970....she didn't have a little girl to give it to so she was so sweet to give it back to me....

I tell everyone I will never be too old to play with dolls...  These will get mailed out to my Granddaughters next week when I get home.

I am linking up to the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade which closes tomorrow.....I want to thank everyone for linking up.  I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone's gorgeous pincushions!

You can link-up HERE and visit the pages that have already linked up too!  CLICK HERE

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Perfectly Pleasing Pincushions!

I was looking through some of my favorite pincushions that aren't new but some I love....and I also wanted to work on my photograph technique....Some of the photographs I've seen on blogs that have linked up are so professional that I have been feeling inadequate with my photos.

Anyway...I found an old calendar with gorgeous pictures of flowers that I propped up behind as a backdrop and...well...not perfect but better than before

This beautiful antique I found at an estate sale and have used it for years.  The beautiful porcelain rose has a broken petal but I really never notice.  The label in the back says it was made in Italy.

This gorgeous felt pincushion was made by my Sis, Irene.  I love all the bead work and stitching...(but not as much as I love her).....  My sis also gave me the cute little teapot box because she knows how I love little boxes.  The teapot sits upon another very special item....a ceramic heart made by my middle son in school when he was about 8 years old.....(30+ years ago...)

Next is another special pincushion/sewing kit made by a special friend, Mary.....

When you open the little turtle's shell he has room for scissors, sewing notions and a special place to keep needles...

Last are some cute little cupcakes I made with my embroidery machine........I've made several of these....they make great gifts and are so fun to make!

There is still time to link up with the PPPP and show us your own pincushions!  Just click on the link below to go there!

Monday, June 8, 2020

My Entry for the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade.....

I am linking up today with the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade on THIS blog!  I have disqualified myself from winning any prizes but I have not disqualified myself from entering the parade and showing you my pincushions......after all, the qualifications for entering clearly stated,  (and I quote) 

                        "....bring em pincushion will be                                                              turned away at this parade!"

First of all, here is this year's parade's GRAND MARSHALL!  

My most adored and favorite pincushion was made for me by my eldest son, Jeremy, when he was 12 years old....some 30+ years ago.  (Because back then I didn't have ANY pincushions at all!)   It will always hold a special place in my heart.

Around the same time he also refinished a vintage sewing cabinet for my birthday that he had found....I posted a photo of the cabinet on THIS POST if you would like to see it.

My Pincushions below were either made by me or given to me by one of my sisters or my niece this year:

This kind of looked to me like they did in old Western times....They put the chuckwagon in the middle then "circled the wagons"
All these except for the one from my son were all acquired this year either as gifts or made during my pincushion making frenzy....

...oh! and this adorable turtle was busy in my sewing room when the wagons were circling the chuck wagon above......he is a gift from one of my Sisters.

More gifts! A sweet yellow flower, a 3-house village and a pretty calico fabric tomato pincushion.

I made these 3...from left ....
a jewel box pincushion, kaleidoscope/selvage one, 
and a little sewing travel case.

 Mini pincushion gifts to stick on my machine.

3 pinwheels

and, finally, a sugar bowl with pincushion in the lid, 2 Raggedy Anne mini's and a biscornu made from an orphan patch from another project

 I've had so much fun making and receiving pincushions for this year's parade!  I hope if you haven't already that you will link up too and show us your beauties!

Click HERE to go to the Link-up Page! 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade 2020 Link-up Page!

You are at the Link-up Page for the 
Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade 2020!

And we have some fabulous prizes that you can see by clicking THIS LINK

I hope you will visit our sponsors and see the awesome goodies they have available on their websites:

So without further us your pretties!


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

It's nearly here! The Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade starts tomorrow!

I've said it before and I'll say it again......everytime the PPPP comes around I start going bonkers making pincushions!

I have been trying to make a pinwheel pincushion from the FQS free pattern (click HERE for pattern) where the pinwheel contrasts better but to no avail.....I thought surely that using different colors would do the trick but I think to get that contrast maybe I should have used a solid fabric.  
But I still LOVE this last attempt because I love EVERYTHING Wizard of Oz.... it is.....front and back....

I also want to show you some sweet mini pincushions my niece and my sister made to stick onto my sewing machines.....
These little mini pincushions are just the perfect thing to have right next to you when you unpin something you are sewing!  They stick right onto your machine with a little double stick tape and are always there when you need them.........

My sis made this sweet little green polka-dot hat for me

....and my niece made this adorable kitty ..... I thought it was awesome how well they matched my machines!

Ok...........don't forget to link-up tomorrow and show us your pincushions!  Tell your friends to bring their pincushions to the parade too!