Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pin Keeper That's a Keeper

Last week Susan, Pauline and I finished our Pin minders.  It was a fun project and I thought they looked so cute on Susan's hutch.

From the left it is Pauline's, mine and Susan's.

We stuffed them with wool roving, and some stones on the bottom and we made little walnut shell "pillows" for the top.

I love that it has a scissor tab for snipping thread.

My doll quilt swap finally arrived at Janet's house.  Here is what I made for her.  I used the tea dyed muslin that I brewed recently.

I used this playing card fabric for the backing.  I usually tilt my label so it doesn't look like its meant to be straight, but I don't think I tilted it enough this time, lol.   It was my first swap and very fun.  Thank you again to Christine who organized it for all of us.  She'll be posting a slide show on her blog soon.

Yesterday I went to the the AQS show in Lancaster and bumped into  Sujata and Kelly.   Sujata had her zig-zag quilt in the show!  Congratulations again.  It was wonderful to meet them in person and they are so nice!  Kelly did a wonderful post of the show and we had practically identical photos.

I'm off to a retreat tomorrow - so have a wonderful weekend everyone~


  1. Barb is was so nice to meet you too!

  2. I've made that pin cushion as a gift and it was so much fun!

    Your doll quilt is lovely! I bet Janet is over the moon about it.

  3. Love those little pin cushions and the quilt you made for Janet, just beautiful and I am sure she will treasure it too.
    Have added a slide show on my blog with most of the other quilts, still waiting for some more pictures to add.
    Thanks for taking part.

    happy stitching

  4. Barb,

    The quilt is gorgeous! I love your little pincushions. You have certainly inspired me to do more hand work.
    It was great meeting you at the show!

  5. I saw your quilt over at Janet's -- it's beautiful! You two were a perfect match. Those little pinkeepers are adorable too -- and that little tab is genius!

  6. I think you & Janet were well matched in the doll quilt swap. Unusual fabric that you used for the back of yours.

    How hard was it to make the drum shape for your pin minder? I am concerned about sewing in those circles for the top and bottom. Yours looks good. I have been tempted by a couple of cross stitch patterns using that shape.

  7. Your quilt is wonderful - very 19th century and you did a great job on the fussy cut border.

  8. If that isn't a dream team and Janet! What a lucky pairing for both of you. Wonderful quilts!
    The pinkeepers are charming!

  9. Your pin minders are wonderful!! I love the doll quilt you sent Janet :0) You two were a perfect match up for the swap.

    Have a wonderful time at the retreat!!


  10. Another great post; I love your four block doll quilt, and the border - just fabulous. The pin keeper is darling.

  11. Your pinkeepers look great lined up on Susan's hutch. Handy for scissors too.
    What a gorgeous little quilt you made for Janet. Your applique is so smooth - it looks perfect!
    Have a great retreat weekend!

  12. That pin minder is so charming! Like the idea of a scissor tab. Gorgeous quilt you made for Janet. Did you design the applique?

  13. LOVE the pink keepers...'specially the little snappy scissor holder. Your doll swap quilt is always pick the most beautiful backing fabrics. What a joy...the backing fabric is usually the most yardage of any fabric in the quilt, and yours are always such a delightful surprise.

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  14. Oh, I love the pin keepers.
    The doll quilts are beautiful.
    Such happy dolls.

  15. I was ecstatic over your doll quilt, it'll be treasured by me.
    Love the pinkeeps, I love to put wool roving in my pincushions too. Have a wonderrful time at retreat, looking forward to hearing about it.

  16. Your pin keeps turned out so cute! I like the tab for the scissors.

    The doll quilt you sent Janet is so adorable! I love the border fabric..and that fun back reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

    What a treat to go to the show and meet fellow bloggers. :)

    Have fun at the retreat.

  17. Oh...been gone way too long from your blog and playing catchup now..having fun seeing everything!!! The pinkeeps are darling...doll quilt..perfection! Let me get back to catching up with you!!!

  18. I love your pinkeepers! Did you make a cake with all the walnuts you cracked?!? Why does my mind work this way?!?lol Where on esrth do you find your unique fabrics? I love your swap quilt with the playing card backing!

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