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Saturday, November 06, 2010

quilt and tute

There has been some discussion lately about the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt patterns (and I've noticed a definite resurgence in interest in making them).  My aunt made us one as a wedding gift 31 years ago and it's one of my special treasures.  Unfortunately it doesn't fit any of our beds, but it is special nonetheless.

On another subject - there were a few enquiries yesterday regarding how I made the little napkin ring pincushions, so I thought I'd break it down so you could see...

This photo pretty much shows all the necessary 'ingredients' - a napkin ring, a small block of wood cut to fit inside the napkin ring (not necessary, but gives a more finished look), a small amount of stuffing, and a circle of fabric.  I simply used floss to embroider little flowers on the fabric, gathered up the edge of the circle, stuffed it with fabric and plunked it in the ring.  I'll be painting the wooden blocks black to finish them.  Then it's just a case of gluing the parts together - I'll use E6000, but I would imagine a good white glue that dries clear (or even hot glue) would work just as well.  If you make any, please let me know because I'd love to see them!!


  1. Love the quilt. Looks as though it has that tactile quality that seems to be part of old handmade quilts. Good tute also.

  2. This quilt is beautiful. I knew a lady who said she had been working on one from 1970 (thats when she started) and was still working on it in 2003. Now that sounds like something I would do....If you make one hopefully it will go quicker than that :)

  3. thanks for showing the flower garden quilt, i'll show it to Mum, she'll be interested as she's still doing hers and is quite sure she's doing it wrong. your quilt will tell her that she's doing it ok. cheers, k.

  4. These are so cute and a great gift for anyone. Every one looks for a safety pin or a needle and thread occasionally. Give one of these and small package of needles, pins, thread and small scissors for great little gift everyone needs!Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Theres nothing like the comfort of an old quilt to warm you up inside and out! Lovely and great tutorial on your pincushions!

    Thanks for entering my giveaway and best of luck


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