Here is the starfish pincushion:
|Starfish Pincushion - top view|
The top looks like it is beaded, but it isn't. Those are little glass headed applique pins, in light and dark blue, which I thought would be much more useful. I like to stuff my pincushions with cured sawdust. It makes them very firm, gives them a nice heft, and holds the pins in very well. If you've ever used an old red tomato pincushion, that's what they are stuffed with.
|Starfish Pincushion - belly up|
The starfish sits a little bit off the surface of the table and its arms are curved. It has a really deep, chubby shape, which I liked a lot for holding pins. I used a very well done Starfish Plushie - pattern and tutorial, which I bought from Metroidhat on Etsy. The pattern is for a plush toy, but I just resized it to make a smaller starfish.
Have any of you tried doing a private swap with other quilters and crafters? I know some of you have, because I've seen some wonderful posts about it! Swaps are a great way to get to know your blogging friends better. "Stalking" them, to fine tune your gift to them (it sounds sinister, but isn't) is a lot of fun. Personally, I much prefer the private swaps and think that they are Head and Shoulders over the big public ones... No flakes! (Ha ha)
When I mentioned that her enthusiasm made me want to give the Moda Crossweave fabrics a try, she sent me some in the mail, along with some pretty orange gingham. Such a sweet and thoughtful thing to do... Thank you Sarah! :) And that Moda crossweave fabric is everything you said it would be! LOL
|Sarah's Sweet Surprise|
That's all for today. Next time I'll show you a mug rug swap I did with Ruth of Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner, which was also a great lot of fun!
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