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Blooming Batik Pincushion

Use a black-and-white batik as a foundation to showcase beautiful and bright colors. A Dresden Plate block blooms like a flower from the center of this pincushion. Fabrics are from the Indah Hand-Dyed Batiks collection for Hoffman California Fabrics.


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Inspired by Color Wheel from designer Sachiko Aldous

Quilt tester: Jan Ragaller



•    1­—3" square purple batik (appliqué)

•    4­—5" squares assorted batiks in green, blue, lime, and red (Dresden unit)

•    1⁄3 yard black-and-white batik (foundation circle, pincushion)

•    7" square thin batting or flannel

•    Scrap of freezer paper

•    Polyester fiberfill


Finished pincushion: 6-1⁄4" diameter 


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. 

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated. 


Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for patterns. When cutting Pattern A center circle from fabric, be sure to add  1⁄4" seam allowance beyond drawn line.


From purple batik, cut:

•    1 of Pattern A

From each assorted batik, cut:

•    3 of Pattern B

From black-and-white batik, cut:

•    1—1-3⁄4 ×21-1⁄4" strip

•    2 of Pattern C

From batting or flannel, cut:

•    1 of Pattern C