September 19, 2015

Welcome to the Pin Cushion Party!

Welcome to the Good Neighbors Pin Cushion Party.

Good Neighbors is a new fabric line designed by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts and sold exclusively by Connecting Threads.



I don't remember how I first came across Amanda Jean's blog, but I do know Crazy Mom Quilts was one of the earliest blogs I read. Perhaps it was the name that first got my attention but what really drew me in was Amanda Jean's colorful, happy quilting style along with her friendly blogging voice. She loves using scraps, making some of the best scrappy quilts I've seen. She also loves making pin cushions. Lots and lots and lots of pin cushions. So a pin cushion party is the perfect way to introduce Amanda Jean's first fabric line. I'm delighted to take part and think you're going to love the fabrics. They are so colorful and happy . . .




There are 36 prints in the collection ranging from gray, navy, bright blue, and green on the cool side to pink, red, orange, and a bit of yellow on the warm side. Every print has a touch of white. The line is nicely balanced between brights and low volume giving you room to play with value.

With so much to choose from, I had the hardest time deciding what type of pin cushion to make. Perhaps a bowl full of sweet little pin cushion rings like these. Perhaps a larger arm rest type cushion with lots of pockets. This was actually very high on my list because it's something I could really use. But in the end I chose something that would work really well with a charm pack because you, dear reader, just might win a charm pack if you read to the end.   : )

I didn't realize until I started writing this post that my pin cushion is essentially the same as the one used in the Good Neighbor graphic at the top of the post. Call it a subconscious good connection to all these pretty fabrics.  

My little pin cushion uses three charm squares and there were simply so many wonderful color/print combinations that in the end I ended up making three. 






Let's face it . . . there are just sooo many fun possibilities with Good Neighbors. I have pulled these additional charm combos and just might be making a few more. They are rather addictive.  : )  



I do hope you'll check out Amanda Jean's Good Neighbors line at Connecting Threads. Below is my favorite print of the bunch called X's. I really love this one and will definitely be ordering more. My only wish is that there were even more colors like green and navy and red and . . . hint hint Connecting Threads . . . how about more colors? Pretty pretty please.



See the whole line here at Connecting Threads. Not only can you purchase in yardage, but they also offer precuts in charm squares, 10" stacks, 2 1/2" strip sets and fat quarters. They even have a 108" wide backing of one of the prints. And there are several great patterns and kits as well.

For a chance to win a charm pack of Good Neighbors just leave me a comment telling if you've ever made a pin cushion or if you even use them. I'll pick a winner on Saturday September 26th. (Sorry but the giveaway is only open to US and Canada at this time.)

With one charm pack you could make a dozen pin cushions like mine. Keep them. Gift them. Use them as bright colorful eye candy in your sewing room. Fill up a bowl like Amanda Jean does.

Here are links to the rest of the party posts. It's quite fun to see what type of pin cushions everyone has made. Plus each blog is giving away a charm pack of Good Neighbors so you have even more chances to win if you attend the party. Hop on over and have a look. Then go make a pin cushion.


9/1/2015
Amanda Jean
9/2/2015
Anna
9/3/2015
Mary
9/4/2015
Svetlana
9/5/2015
Debbie
9/6/2015
Holly
9/7/2015
Carla
9/8/2015
Faith
9/9/2015
Vanessa
9/10/2015
Anna
9/11/2015
Krista
9/12/2015
Erin
9/13/2015
Lee
9/14/2015
Alex
9/15/2015
Cheryl
9/16/2015
Penny
9/17/2015
Amy
9/18/2015
Debbie
9/19/2015
Anne
9/20/2015
Melissa Corry
9/21/2015
Amber
9/22/2015
Nettie
9/23/2015
Adrianne
9/24/2015
Cindy
9/25/2015
Amy
9/26/2015
Chase
9/27/2015
Rene
9/28/2015
Erin
9/29/2015
Nicole
9/30/2015
Teri

Thanks for reading. The giveaway is now closed.

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136 comments:

  1. Love your pin cushions! I have never made a pin cushion but I have one that was made by Amanda Jean! Use it every day.

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  2. My favorite is a small round cushion placed in the middle of a bobbin ring.

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  3. So cute! I have never made one before but now I want to make some for all my sewing friends.

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  4. Hello Anne, It's so nice to meet you:) Your flower pinnies are so refreshing, in particular I love the red...I can see it next to my machine. Yep I've made a few pinnies(not as many as Amanda Jean) and definitely use 'em and gift 'em.

    Quilt On, good neighbor. Yes to the more colors in the X's.

    schimmel.db@gmail.com

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  5. I've never made a pincushion but yours look awfully tempting. I like the idea of a bowl of them to decorate with. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I am an avid Amanda Jean fan and because of her, I have made a pincushion. I use it all the time and I know I need to make more. I really like the ring pincushion you linked to but the ones you made win my heart. Yo Yo and button embellishment are so much fun. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  7. I am an avid Amanda Jean fan and because of her, I have made a pincushion. I use it all the time and I know I need to make more. I really like the ring pincushion you linked to but the ones you made win my heart. Yo Yo and button embellishment are so much fun. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  8. Those are fabulous. I love making pincushions and, yes, I use mine all of the time.

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  9. I have made pincushions. It's hard to resist with so many cute ideas for making them. I tend to use pin dishes more often though. I look for suitable dishes in the thrift store and glue a magnet to the bottom of them. Your flowers pincushions are pretty!

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  10. I love your colourful pincushions. I keep a square pin cushion, which I made myself when I first started doing patchwork, next to my machine for my flower headed pins. I need another for my ordinary dressmaking pins, which now sit in a magnetic paper-clip tidy (without the paper-clips!)

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  11. I've made only one pin cushion, but I have several purchased and homemade ones I use all the time. Yours are adorable.

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  12. I never have made one, I usually use the magnetic ones. Although they are very cute. Have a great day! dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I've never made one but wish I had every time I take pins out of my sewing projects.

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  14. your pin cushions are so darn cute......and love the fabric!

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  15. I have not made a pincushion...yet. A good friend recently made one for me and it makes me so happy when I use it. Now I want to spread the live and make some for my friends. Thanks!

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  16. I love this collection, the colours and prints are so sweet and cheerful!!! Your pincushions are darling... Great idea!!

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  17. I jhave never made a pin cushion before! Yours are Awesome...like Flowers! Love them! I do use one...old hand me down...does need replaced badly too lol Guess I should get busy! :)
    Thanks for chance to win your Drawing too! These prints are sooo cool! I agree..more colors for the x's! :)

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  18. Hi, yes I've made several for myself+for others! I need one by my machine, even if I didn't I like them adorning my quilting room! Thanks for your Blog+the giveaway too!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  19. I have made one oin cushion and gave it away, but I would love one for me and I know several people who would like one for Christmas.

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  20. i have made a couple so far. would love to make another with this charm pack, thanks

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  21. Love Amanda Jean's patterns, blog and now fabrics!

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  22. I have made several pin cushions and I use them all the time!

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  23. I definitely use them. The most recent one I've made was a little apple with a leaf for needles. :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  24. Never made one. I use one that looks like a dolls hat. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  25. I've made several pincushions and plan to make many more in the future--I use them and love them!

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  26. I've never made one before, and I really don't know why! I use the same old one my mom had made when she was a little girl! I think it's time I made my own! :o)

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  27. I made a crocheted pin cushion that looks like a cactus! I have a little miniature armchair pincushion that sits on my cutting table! Also...who can go without a wrist pincushion? thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  28. I have made a few pincushions, and will probably make more. There are so many cute ones to make!

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  29. I've never made a pincushion...but I get the feeling there are a lot more in my future!

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  30. I've never made a pincushion, but I'm pretty tempted by all the pincushions in the party! I confess I'm not very good about using a pincushion, just generally toss the pins in its general direction. Love Good Neighbors!

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  31. Yes I use pin cushions whenever I sew and no I've never made one. I want to make some soon. I have a bag of walnut shells waiting. Thanks for the giveaway! I love your pin cushions!

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  32. Ive never made one either, but I'm getting very inspired!
    Would love to win :-)
    bcastiel at excite dot com

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  33. I have made a pin cushion - it is hexie shape, about 5 inches tall and about 8 inches across. The center is open in a hexie shape and I keep pins, thread, and anything I need for the project I am working on in it. I use it all the time! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  34. I've never made one but I always use one. It's a handmade needlepoint pincushion and must be 40 years old! Your creations are so fun.

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  35. I have not made one before, but might need to. Yours is like a work of art, so adorable. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

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  36. I use pin cushions and have made several of them. Some I've kept, some I've given away. Yours are gorgeous!

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  37. Love your happy accident of pin design. The fabrics ar lovely and it would be fun to win some.. Thanks for the chance.

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  38. I've never made a pincushion before but yours are super cute! I may have to try my hand at it!

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  39. I've never made a pin cushion, and after seeing how cute some of them are, think I may become just like Amanda Jean and have a bowl of them. Love your pin cushions, they are the cutest and most colorful! ktsquiltdreams (at)gmail (dot)com

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  40. I have only made one pin cushion (a very bright, cute chicken) and then I gave it away to my momma!

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  41. I have yet to make one, but the one I use was gifted to me in a swap and I love it!! :-)

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  42. I have made one pincushion years ago and it didn't turn out like I hoped. I have seem so many fun pincushion designs in this party that I will have to try it again. Love Amanda Jean's fabric line - as you said it is just like her - happy and cheerful.

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  43. I always use pincushions. I've made three!

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  44. My favorite pincushion that I use all the time is a log cabin made for me by a dear friend I went to my first quilting class with. Cushions are fun to make and to give.

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  45. I love making and receiving pincushions. They're fast and fun when you just need to sew.

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  46. Yes, I've made a couple. I never used them until a couple years ago. Now I have to have one nearby when I'm sewing.

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  47. I do use pin cushions and have several. I have only made 1, a mouse. I see a lot of patterns that I would like to make someday.

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  48. Love your pincushion. This is one item I've never made.

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  49. I absolutely love your pincushions made with the Good Neighbors fabric! Last Fall I made everyone at my work (a major cooking catalog company) wine coasters and with your help now I know what I will sew them this year. These flower pin cushion are so happy and I love buttons. Those fabrics work great. Where can I find your pattern?

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  50. I use pincushions and have made 4 or 5 of them. This hop is inspiring me to make even more.

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  51. I have made many pin cushions and I love them all. Yours are very cute so I will try to make one next week. Love Amanda Jean's fabric line.

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  52. My friend sent me one for Christmas so I decided to try to make one to hang on my serger. I made one that looks like a strawberry. It is the first and only one I have made. I do use both of them all the time. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  53. Never made a pincushion, but would love to!

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  54. Yes, I have made several pin cushions and use 2 of them in my sewing room all the time! One is next to my machine and the other is at my cutting board for easy fetching.

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  55. I have only made one pincushion..But, I use them all the time! I really like your selection! Very cute design and the yoyo and button on each are the perfect finishing touch!

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  56. Love your pincushion. I'm gonna try! and I LOVE the Good Neighbour material!!!

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  57. I love the combos of fabrics you chose for your adorable pinnies.

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  58. I love pincushions, to make them, use them, give them as gifts. Yours turned out wonderful.

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  59. Yes, I do use a pincushion. In fact, I use two ...one for needles and one for pins!

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  60. I use them a lot, but I haven't made one, yet.

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  61. I use several pincushions, each for a different type of pin. But I've never made one! Yours are adorable.

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  62. Cute pincushions! I have never made one but I'm ready to try.

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  63. No, I have never made a pincushion. So simple, but haven't gotten around to it.

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  64. My sis gave me a batik hen pincushion that I adore. I found the pattern at my LQS for only $1! I am definitely going to make some to bless others with little unexpected gifts.

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  65. I love pincushions and have made many of them - so fun. I really love your idea!

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  66. I've never made a pincushion but I think is time to do my first one!!!!

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  67. Very very cute Anne! You did Amanda Jean proud ; ) I've made 1..... For this blog hop ....

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  68. I love your pincushions - too cute! The first time I tried out paper piecing I turned the little square in a square block into a pincushion. I still use it & the red tomato one I have from 7th grade Homemaking class. :-)

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  69. I think I might sew my first pin cushion today! I love the ones you all are sewing and I really need a pincushion. So, some fun sewing for me today. But if I were to win the charm pack, I would definitely sew a couple more in Amanda Jean's honor, haha! I love the new fabríc line!

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  70. Never made a pincushion - got one as a welcome present to a guild a while back and love it. It was a great way to feel part of the group. I'd love to try some of the patterns I've seen on the blog hop.

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  71. Your flower pouf pincushions are adorable and the fabric combinations are spot-on! I make pincushions and love having them around my sewing room and in all my project carry bags.

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  72. I made my first pincushion at the age of 11 when I was in 4-H and still use that wrist pincushion. Lately I've been making lots of pinky ring pincushions as we all know that we shouldn't put pins in our mouths or sew over them. Cute little cushions you have. Do you have a tutorial or pattern for them? Karen kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  73. Love your pincushion! I've made a few of them, and some as gifts. They are such fun to make!

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  74. CrazyMom has inspired me. I just finished my first two pincushions yesterday! Would love to have a charm pack and will be following your blog :-). Shari.borger@gmail.com.

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  75. Yes, I have made many pincushions. I love making them! They can be a bit addictive!!
    Susie

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  76. I have never made a pincushion, these are so cute that I am tempted to have a go.
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  77. I knitted several pin cushions many years ago. Fabric ones have been given to me, though.The Good Neighbors fabric would make some darling ones.

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  78. I have made loads of pincushions, mostly hand embroidered and then finished. I also made the one I use at my sewing machine about 15 years ago, and I still enjoy seeing it on a regular basis.

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  79. All my pin cushions are one I've made, I think I need to make a few more after seeing all the ideas on this blog hop!! Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  80. I am mid embroider on an owl pincushion. My only other one ever made my cat adopted as a cat toy.

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  81. OMGosh your pincushions are adorable. I've made several cathedral window pin cushions and gave them all away. Thanks for the give-a-way. lkline2010 at gmail dot com

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  82. I have never made a pin cushion but I plan to make some for Christmas
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  83. I love this line! And I have 6 pincushions under my belt, all gifted to others.

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  84. I've never made a pincushion but after following these blogs, I think I have to. They are so cute and functional.

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  85. Your pincushion turned out "charming"!! I have made several pincushions. They fast and fun to make. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

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  86. I am definitely not a pin cushion kind of gal. I own ONE - the old fashions tomato! Your are absolutely darling!

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  87. Love your pin cushions and your various fabric combos. I have made many pin cushions over the years and have at least 3 in motion around my sewing room, but of course you can still find pins stuck in the end of my ironing board.

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  88. I made one and hooked a ribbon to it so I could tie it right onto my sewing machine or my arm. It is so handy. I love pin cushions. They are adorable. And yours are lovely with the charms!

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  89. I have never made a pincushion but, am now inspired to make at least one! These are all so cute!

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  90. This is my #1 favorite pincushion so far. I make pincushions for gifts and keep walnut shells in my freezer for filling. Dried lavender is a wonderful addition, too. I use magnetic pincushions next to my machine but like to use pincushions to hold needles, especially when I am working on handwork. I plan to make this pincushion using my circle sewing attachment and insert a buttonhole for turning that will be hidden under the yo-yo.

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  91. I have only made 1 pin cushion ever but I love it and have been using it for about a year. These posts have inspired me to make another with a little more skill that I have gained since the last one. buffyh_6 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

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  92. I have only made 1 pin cushion ever but I love it and have been using it for about a year. These posts have inspired me to make another with a little more skill that I have gained since the last one. buffyh_6 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

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  93. That is such a sweet pin cushion - love it! Thanks for the chance - I should really make a bunch of these for gifts!!

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  94. I have made a couple pin cushions but these are fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration. I am definitely going to make more!

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  95. Such awesome fabric! I have never made one. I love them however!

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  96. What a charming bouquet of pin cushions! I love her fabric line.

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  97. Well, yes I have actually? It was just like the one shown.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  98. Thanks, Anne, those squares are so sweet! I haven't ever made a pincushion but need to do so - my substitute has been a piece of rolled-up interfacing from an old, deconstructed tie. These are much cuter.

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  99. I've not made a pincushion, but I think I will be soon. I use them, but after seeing all of these lovely pincushions, I now want to make a pretty new one! cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  100. oh, those are adorable pincushions.

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  101. LOVE your pin cushions...didn't see a tutorial or where we could find the pattern. THANKS for all you wonderful people do in the quilting world....

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  102. I've never made a Pin cushion, but it is on my to-do list

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  103. I am embarrassed to admit it... But, even though I've made many kinds of pincushions, I've given them ALL away as gifts, and my poor pins are sitting in little boxes...
    (the shoemaker's children go barefoot!)
    I really am determined to make and *keep* my next pincushion!!
    (Yours are SO cute and happy looking!!... They make me smile!)

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  104. I've only made one but I'd like to try some more.

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  105. I have never made one. I do use on of those generic tomato ones from the fabric store, but oh my yours are so much cuter!

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  106. Love the colors and especially your bright fun photos!

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  107. I need to make a pin cushion - I'd like to make one for my wrist. Right now I have a magnetic one but I know I shouldn't really have it next to my computerized machine!

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  108. Thank you so much for joining in my pincushion party, Anne! I LOVE all three of yours! I had to laugh that you realized after the fact that your pincushion matched the one on the banner. Hahaha! that sounds exactly like something I would do. :) I think I need to try to make one of these. My bowl isn't quite full, after all. :)

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  109. i've made several types and love the fun of choosing fabrics!

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  110. I use pincushions all the time, I actually have this really old one called a "pin lady" where you stick the pins in the skirt of her dress. These pincushions are beautiful and I would love to learn how to make them.

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  111. Those are the cutest pin cushions I have ever seen!!

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  112. I have made several since on this pin cushion party. Lol, I guess i will have a cute little pincushion collection for the sewing studio, thats ok, i have room and shelves that needed something cute. ;)

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  113. I have made several since on this pin cushion party. Lol, I guess i will have a cute little pincushion collection for the sewing studio, thats ok, i have room and shelves that needed something cute. ;)

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  114. I have made several since on this pin cushion party. Lol, I guess i will have a cute little pincushion collection for the sewing studio, thats ok, i have room and shelves that needed something cute. ;)

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  115. Your pinnies are adorable, Anne! Love how you added extras to the basic shape, to give them more character. And I completely agree with you about offering additional colors. Red is one of the colors I have little of in my stash. Yes, I have made pin cushions, but have given most of them away! Most of the time, I used the magnetized ones. Guess I need to win that charm pack so I can make some like yours! Thanks for the chance.

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  116. Love your pincushions. So bright and fun! Yes, I've made a few pincushions and do use them.

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  117. Your pincushions are so fun and cheerful. I would love to make a huge bowl of pincushions like yours. The fabric is great fun. I have made several pincushions in the past but it is time to get to it again after all of the inspiration.

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  118. Your pincushions are so fun and cheerful. I would love to make a huge bowl of pincushions like yours. The fabric is great fun. I have made several pincushions in the past but it is time to get to it again after all of the inspiration.

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  119. I'd love to win a pack of that lovely fabric so I could play with it too!

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  120. I have not yet made a pin cushion but I certainly could use a spare one! Yours is adorable!

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  121. The very first thing I ever sewed was a pincushion as part of my requirements for my Sewing badge in Girl Scouts. I still use it and considering I'm 56 my pincushion has seen a lot of sewing!

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  122. The very first thing I ever sewed was a pincushion as part of my requirements for my Sewing badge in Girl Scouts. I still use it and considering I'm 56 my pincushion has seen a lot of sewing!

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  124. I have made a few pincushions and I would love to have some Good Neighbors to play with😍 prismsaz@cox.net

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  125. Such cute pincushions! I really need another pincushion, but have never made one for myself. The only one I have was given to me as a gift so Yes, Please, Pick Me! LOL! Thanks for the chance :)

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  126. I love to make pincushions. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  127. The first thing I quilting was a hexie pincushion and it`s my best favorite,then I made otheres and love to give them to fellow quilters.These pincushions are super cute.How many cushions do you have?

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  128. I have made two large pincushions ~ one that I keep by my sewing machine and the other by my longarm. I filled them with crushed walnut shells and they are nice and heavy. Thanks for the chance to win! (phonygal@msn.com)

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  129. I don't think I've ever made one...but I must say that I think yours is the cutest and prettiest of the ones I've seen on this blog tour! Precious! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  130. The more pin cushions I see the more I think I need to make one or some. Thanks

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  131. I love pincushions and have recently started collecting them. Your cushions are gorgeous.

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  132. I have starting making pin cushions, They are a fast and easy finish. And I love the crushed walnuts. So fun

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  133. I have never made a pincushion but that's something I need to remedy!

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  134. Your pincushions are delightful. The Giveaway sounds fun.

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