While in Houston at Market, I happened by a really neat booth. It caught my attention because there were these little flower pincushions with attached bags hanging everywhere! Of course, a lot of them were made out of Amy's fabrics so that's why I stopped. The company is called Abbey Lane Quilts (www.abbeylanequilts.com). The designers/owners are Marcea Owen and Janice Liljenquist. I decided to pick up a few of these patterns at Market and they didn't last not one week in my store. I didn't even have a sample sewn up at a show and I sold 3 of them! Anyway, in preparation for Oklahoma City in January, I thought I'd go ahead and make one of these cuties to hold some candies at the register and help sell the patterns.
I was a little worried at first, I've never attempted a project like this before, but was so tickled when I finished it! Isn't it adorable!! Even my husband said we needed more!! The back of the pattern literally says, "ONE IS NEVER ENOUGH!" and they are so right!! I'm going to make more! All of my sewing friends will get one for Christmas this year!!
It takes very little fabric, just some fat quarters, 5" squares, 1/3 yard of muslin for the pincushion lining, 1/3 yard fusible fleece (I used Thermolam Plus) and some filling for the pincushion (I used crushed walnut shells). It went together in no time flat. You glue everything together so it's incredibly sturdy. I used Aleene's Platinum Bond Super Fabric glue (Wal-Mart). Be careful if you use this stuff. Open a window! Heavy fumes but it's a heck of a fabric glue! This will never come apart!
I'm off to make more of these things! I just wanted to share this with you and if you are looking for a quick handmade gift for a sewing friend...this is it!! You can find it in my store: www.ajoyfulsoulfabrics.com