Pin cushions are one of my favorite projects for using up scraps. Foundation-paper-piecing these adorable Square in a Square blocks help create perfectly accurate points for all of those intersecting squares. Pin cushions make the perfect gift for a fellow quilter or friend who sews.
I used foundation paper piecing to make 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″).
(Click here for a good introduction to Foundation Paper Piecing.)
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.)
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.
To celebrate the arrival of her first fabric collection, 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.
Go here to see all of the pincushions in the Good Neighbors party, with links to each one.
As part of the party, I also have a charm pack of Good Neighbors to give away! Just leave a comment on this post to enter to win. Enjoy!