CQ Pincushion

Rissa Peace Root 2010

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If you are like me, you collect the strangest things.  For years I have wondered how I could utilize the cardboard inserts from crochet yarn, and then I had the idea for a CQ Pincushion.

First, using the cardboard tube, I created an outline for the block and marked it in pen.  Next, I picked fabrics from my scraps and began to piece from the top down, using the sew and flip method. I refer to this as landscape piecing.   When the block was pieced, I used a wide basting stitch on my sewing machine to demarcate the area that needed to be embellished for the finished project.

I decided to limit my color palate, so I only used three shades of the same color blue for all of my seam treatments. I used stitches that would lie flat, so that they were not easily snagged when the pincushion was in use. 

Here is a picture of the back before trimming up, and then with pins to secure the work.  Before I could go further, I needed to put in temporary basting lines and remove the machine stitching that is currently serving as a guideline for stitch placement.  After it was completely basted, I went back and used tacking stitches to secure the horizontal ends.

Next, I placed the finished piece around the cardboard tube once again to check for size and fit.  It still fit, so all I had to do was sew the vertical edge and slip it onto the form. 

I knew I wanted the ends to be wool so I took a piece of red blanketing from a swap and marked circles.  Then I cut with an ample margin. 

Once stuffed, I realized that my first try was less than spectacular.  It did not work to stuff the wool down between the tube and the CQ cover, so I had to rethink things.

So I got the idea to use some cardboard (an unused coaster) to add some firmness and stability to the bottom of the pincushion.  I just cut for shape, then used a Gathering Stitch to cover the cutout.  Next, I used some thread that matched the felt to blind stitch the new bottom to the CQ wrapper.  If you have never tried the Invisible Ladder Stitch, it is an invaluable way to seamlessly join edges! 


The final step was the stuff down the top circle inside of the cardboard tube and then stitch it to the CQ sleeve. 


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