Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fruity goodness

These fresh-picked little cuties are Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. "Fruit Salad Pincushions." The pattern was the June selection for the Shabby Fabrics Pincushion Club (kits appear to be available still).

Fruit Salad Pincushions-- watermelon and strawberry
At first glance, they look sweet enough. But both of these pincushions were pretty darn involved. Creating the checkered look required making mini-bargello quilts for each-- including quilting!

watermelon, close-up of quilting on rind
Bargello is a style of quilt piecing in which fabric strips are first sewn into horizontal strata, and then are cut and arranged in vertical steps. It is a pretty labor intensive process. (At least for me it is... I am obsessed with making sure all my seams match.)

strawberry pincushion close-up
After those were complete, then I used the pattern pieces to cut out the required shapes, did all of the french knots (there were a lot of them-- especially on the strawberry), sewed them, stuffed them, and did the final finishing touches by hand (like the wool cap on the strawberry and the embroidery on the watermelon).

watermelon, close-up of embroidery
But, boy, aren't they happy?

another pic of the happy fruit pair
More pinchusions! Woo hoo!


  1. I love both of your pin cushions--you did a fantastic job! A little too involved for me right now, so I will admire yours!

  2. Those are fabulous, but I'd believe they were a lot of work!

  3. How cute are those! They look good enough to eat!!

  4. You are the queen of pincushions. These are just adorable.

  5. What great pin cushions! These appear to be quite large but I'm not sure.

  6. Definitely worth the effort. Your work is beautiful and these are as sweet as can be.

  7. You've done a fab job with these! The piecing is so neat.

  8. It does sound intense but you made it look easy and perfect. Well done and very cute.

  9. Oh my, I think these are my favorite :)