What a Big Pin Cushion You Have My Dear!

The March Island Batik Challenge is to try a technique that is new to me.  As a person totally addicted to all things quilting I was having a hard time coming up with an idea.

Try a Technique

Early in February I was at a quilt retreat with gal pals at Needle in a Haystack Retreat Center in Findley Lake, NY (fabulous retreat center).  In their fabric store I spotted something high on a shelf.

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I asked “is that a mini tuffet kit”?  the answer was “yes”.  “What would you do with a 8″ tuffet” I asked?  She said “it could be for an American Girl Doll”.  Then it struck me….it could be a pin cushion on steroids!  I have never tried to make a tuffet before, so that was my choice for “try a technique new to me!!!

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I had these beautiful 2.5″ inch strips from Island Batik’s “Spoolin Around” collection.  I love how accurate and clean the edges are on Island Batik pre-cuts!

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First task was to staple the batting around the foam, to round the edges and attach it to the wooden base.  I’m already in trouble because apparently I tugged too hard on the batting, more about that later.

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I had to pick 9 strips, trim them to 1.25″ wide, and sew them together pressing the seams open.  So far so good.

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Cut them into four units 9.5″ wide.

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Sew the four units together forming a tube.  Here is where things start to go astray.  I placed the form into the tube to check on the fit.  It seemed a little loose to me.  I guess I tugged too hard on the batting when stapling it to the wooden base.

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Next I had to zig-zag a gathering cord on both ends of the tube.  My computerized sewing machine couldn’t handle the job so I had to break out “Libby” my Free-Westinghouse, 60’s era sewing machine to get the job done!  This was the hardest part to accomplish, many expletives were flying around Tuckerville!

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First attempt showed that the tube was way too big.  I had to remove 2 strips to make it smaller, (again, I tugged too hard on the batting while stapling it to the wooden base)!  I don’t think mine looks anything like the pictures in the instructions.

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I don’t know how they got theirs so smooth!  I used a glue gun to attached the button and cover the bottom.  I got glue every where, not to mention burns from dripping it on my fingers.

Tucker is not sure what to think of it.

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I think I would rather make a King Size quilt than make another tuffet!  But I will smile every time I look at it, and aren’t the colors lovely?

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19 thoughts on “What a Big Pin Cushion You Have My Dear!

  1. Marlene

    I agree, Jackie…the colors are really lovely. I applaud your willingness to tackle something new “without” the benefit of an instructor. And I love your candor. FYI, I completed 39 perfect Shaded 4 patch squares today from your teaching event today. Only 41 more to go until I am ready for your assistance in putting the rows together. Perhaps another unfinished projects class down the road…. hope, hope, hope. 🙏 Thanks again.

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  2. Marlene

    I agree, Jackie…the colors are really lovely. I applaud your willingness to tackle something new “without” the benefit of an instructor. And I love your candor. FYI, I completely 39 perfect Shaded 4 patch squares today from your teaching event today. Only 41 more to go until I am ready for your assistance in putting the rows together. Perhaps another unfinished projects class down the road…. hope, hope, hope. 🙏 Thanks again.

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  3. Carol Jordan

    Your report confirms my thoughts about tuffets. I don’t need one first of all. My 2 cats would scratch it to pieces. I congratulate you for your dedication. Is the snow melting? A second nor’easter is coming through this week. Miss yo

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  4. Dione @ Clever Chameleon

    Love the colours, and thanks for sharing your project, warts and all. In the shiny blog world it is easy to sometimes feel that I am the only one with projects embedded in the wall from where I flung them out of frustration! 🙂 It got finished, and you are now the one sticking the pins in, so that must be satisfying. I can’t believe your pin cushion is nearly as big as our dog! lol.

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  5. Vicki in MN

    I had thought about making one of those for this challenge-kinda glad I didn’t now! But kudos to you for trying and stickin’ to it.

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