So, two pin cushions are done. This one is for the Scrappy Pin Cushion Swap on Flickr. It is for a secret partner. I do hope she likes it. In her favorites, she likes novelty pin cushions a lot, but to be honest I am not very good at making little animals and toadstools...etc. My hands just don't seem able to deal with tiny stuffed pieces. So, I'm hoping Lizzy House's "Red Letter Day" duckies (which I think are super cute) will suffice.
I'm all about useful pin cushions, so I love making, gifting and selling these threadcatchers. They are perfect to sit beside your machine and much nicer than a paper bag taped to your table! I fill them with sterilized sand (the kind that used to be in the ashtrays outside hotel elevators). The lumber yard is only too happy to sell me the 20kg bags of the stuff - as you can imagine with zero public-building smoking these days, there's not much demand for it.
The flying geese (or should I say ducks) around the blue ducky were drafted on paper and foundation pieced. They are 1" wide. It was fun to do since I had not foundation pieced anything for ages.
The second thread catcher I made is for my partner Tiffany in the Pin Cushion Pass....remember Tiffany won my Poppyprint in Print giveaway, so I will be packaging her winnings along with her pin cushion. It's a surprise for her, so that's why it's just a cheeky, sneaky peek at this point.
This may be my all time fav thread catcher that I've made (and I think I've made about 50!). I first had to check to see if Tiffany had a wee bit of rebel in her before deciding to send this. I've called it "Cut Out Domesticity" and you'll see why when she receives it!
I'm a bit out of sorts and rather tired today after waking up to a yelping, howling dog at 3:30. Flynn usually takes himself out for a pee around 3-4 a.m. and last night a raccoon met him in the back yard. Flynn is one feisty miniature Dachshund, but that raccoon got the better of him and he's got several puncture wounds in his hind quarters, hind leg and under his tail. Poor guy, the vet drugged him up on antibiotics and painkillers so he's sleeping now, but rather swollen and sore. We'll have to close up the doggie door for summer!