If you like to read quilting blogs, you may have seen a slew of adorable pincushions over the past month. If you like to read quilting blogs, you have also, no doubt, heard of Amanda Jean aka the wonderful Crazy Mom Quilts.
I still remember when I discovered blogs in general about 8 years ago. And then I discovered there were quilting blogs and I felt like I’d found a bunch of new best friends! One of my favorites from the very beginning was Crazy Mom Quilts. And that hasn’t changed! Not only am I always inspired by her cheerful, scrappy, happy quilts, but I just love Amanda Jean’s voice. She has a gift for being so real and upbeat and encouraging and funny – she really makes you feel like you’re one of her good friends – and she’s just as genuine in person.
So who doesn’t want to celebrate Amanda Jean’s release of her very own fabric collection! It’s called Good Neighbors (such a perfect name) and full of lots of clear, cheerful colors that coordinate already with almost anything you pair them with. Good Neighbors is sold solely through Connecting Threads.
The prints are great blenders and cute, subtle prints that work well in lots of settings. Here’s a close up of some of the prints in the turquoise color way.
To celebrate the arrival of Good Neighbors, Amanda Jean has organized a parade of pincushions all made from a Good Neighbors charm pack. Which is so perfect because I have been inspired by Amanda Jean’s cute collection of pincushions forever. I was so excited to finally have the motivation to make some myself. So I didn’t stop at just one.
I paper-pieced these traditional Square in a Square blocks using this template I found on Pinterest. I copied the diagram and resized it to the size I wanted (in this case 4″ x 4″). I then filled them with crushed walnut shells from my local pet shop. I love that they give the pin cushion some stability and weight. (My kids saw the receipt after school one day and got their hopes up that I had finally bought a pet. I’m such a lame mom.)
Good Neighbors is available now through Connecting Threads only and at such a GREAT price too – only $5.96 a yard! (Because Connecting Threads distributes their own designs directly, rather than acting as a wholesaler, they can produce great quality quilting cottons, but keep their prices low.)
You can see Good Neighbors and other Connecting Threads originals (such as their Quilter’s Candy basics) on their website or through their catalog that comes in the mail. (You can request a copy of their catalog right on their home page.) There are some darling quilt patterns and kits made with Good Neighbors as well.
Even if you’re not in need of any fabric at the present time, be sure to check out the collection of Pincushions over the past months. There’s so much inspiration – and pincushions are a great way to use up scraps! (Which Amanda Jean would be the first to encourage you to do!)
Go here to see all of the pincushions in the Good Neighbors party, with links to each one.