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Patchwork Pincushion

Cut and piece precut 5" squares to frame an appliqué panel and create a patchwork back for a handy pin keeper. Fabrics are from the Buttercup collection by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics.

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Finish Pincushion


1. Lay pincushion front right side down. Center one 5x10" fusible fleece rectangle atop pincushion front, fusible side down. (The fleece should be 1/4" smaller on all sides.) Fuse in place. Designer's note: The fusible fleece gives the filled pincushion a smooth look.

2. Repeat Step 1 using pincushion back and remaining 5x10" piece fusible fleece rectangle.

3. Quilt pincushion front and back as desired. On the featured pincushion, Brenda Riddle quilted a 1-3/4" grid across the pincushion back with the stitching running at a 45° angle to the diagonal seam lines.

4. Baste rickrack 1/4" from all edges on pincushion front, stitching down center of rickrack, easing rickrack around corners, and overlapping ends 1/2" (Diagram 7).

5. Layer pincushion front and back with right sides together; pin. Sew together along all edges, leaving a 2" opening along one side for turning and stuffing.

6. Turn pincushion right side out. Firmly pack the pincushion corners with cotton stuffing, using a little at a time. Then use a small funnel or teaspoon to fill the pincushion with walnut shells. Gently tap pincushion on table to settle shells; add more shells as desired. Press a little more cotton stuffing into opening.

7. Whipstitch opening closed to complete pincushion.

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