Indeed they did. They were out of the 5lb bag, but the 10-pounder was only slightly more expensive than buying a half pound at a quilt shop, so I grabbed one. Then the very helpful young man who worked there told me that there was a sale - buy one, get a second one at half price. While the thrifty part of brain was going "Ooooo!", the sensible part was asking "Just how many pounds of pincushions are you planning to make, exactly?", so I just got the one bag.
Which is probably just as well.
The other day, I left you at this point -
but I didn't stop there.
There were more.
Many more. Originally I was just going to make two. Honest. Three at the outside.
I don't know where it all went off the rails.
And even with that stack up there, I still kept having more ideas.
Like fussy cutting this cute little kitty.
And making a log.
The log was the first one I completed - stuffed and stitched and ready for action.
Because I needed a place to park my needle while I filled the next one, of course
I've been making four-patches for leaders/enders for over a year, so I always have lots of those laying around.
And I got to use some cute fabric for the backs, too.
A three inch Ohio star was fun.
Especially with this on the bottom.
For this one, I not only got to test out my Dresden ruler,
but I also got to learn how to do the buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine!
That cushion is bigger than the last bunch - finishing at about 5" - so I framed a 3.5" square for the back.
This next one is my favorite, I think. I used a modified monkey for it.
And then I though, "Why settle for just square shapes? Why not branch out a little?"
So I made this. From the top, it just looks like a pinwheel -
but step back a little and you'll see it's a biscornu.
And then... And then I remembered that I'd just spent 5 months playing with improv and make-it-up-as-you-along and being liberated, so I just grabbed the closest scrappy bits and made a more freeform sort of construction.
I'd gotten down to the very last pincushion when I had one of those slap-myself why-didn't-I-think-of-this-an-hour-ago moments. From the very first step, I'd been struggling to keep my homemade paper funnel lined up with the opening in the pincushion, while simultaneously trying to dump in walnut shells. Three hands would have been useful. Possibly four.
It finally dawned on me to just pin the funnel to the fabric.
The last one definitely went a lot more smoothly...
So here's the whole gang!
Well, except for the log. That one's already been put into service and didn't make it into the group shot.
And I still have about half a bag of lizard litter left. In other words, I only have half a bag of lizard litter left!
Do you suppose that sale is still going on?