Friday, July 19, 2013

All Pins Welcome

I decided I wanted to just sew for fun the other day and was scrolling through my Pinterest boards for some inspiration when this little guy jumped out at me- http://pinterest.com/pin/207024914093204928/

For those who don't know, in the South the pineapple is a welcome sign.  You see them all over town-welcome mats, address plaques, mailboxes, lights on homes, door knockers, ... you get the idea.  Charleston even has a fountain in their town park that is shaped like a pineapple. 

Suddenly that humble pin become a MUST MAKE. 

I have never tried Y seams so I made a few adjustments to the leaves.  I really like the way it came out- especially considering it was all free pieced.  Maybe it's the bright colors, or getting to use up some scraps, or the challenge of figuring out how to make it, or maybe the satisfaction of accomplishing this little guy.  Either way, this little pineapple makes me SO HAPPY!

 
I'm not really sure why I chose to make it so small.  The colors don't really work with my house so making it bigger for a pillow or wall  hanging didn't appeal to me (guess I don't want to welcome people into my home, lol).  I knew I couldn't toss it into the pile of random don't-know-what-to-do-with blocks, it was too cute for that!  But a girl can always use another pincushion, right? ;)
 
 
Now, me being me, I couldn't just sew a back on and leave it at that.  Oh no, I needed to punch it up a bit with some ric rac trim around the edges.  I'm SO glad I did, I think it added just the right POP to this little project.  I smile every time I see it! 
 
Oh, and to anyone who has been desperately searching for crushed walnut shells at their local pet store for 2+ years *cough* me *cough* I finally figured out what I was doing wrong.  Turns out that Petco (or at least, my Petco) does not consider it reptile bedding like I had always heard and instead had it over with the bird bedding.  Now I have a nice big bag...and plans for many more pincushions! 
 
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22 comments:

  1. Adorable - I'm going a but crazy for pin cushions at the moment... My collection is getting quite large. Love the patchwork pineapple idea

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    1. I have a feeling my collection is going to grow quite a bit in the next few days!

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  2. Love this pincushion! I have been searching the wrong place in the pet store as well! We have probably bumped into each other in reptile bedding! :)

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    1. Oh glad to hear I am not the only person who was searching in the wrong spot!

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  3. I loooooove pineapples and this is so adorable!

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  4. Great pineapple and the rick rack really makes it look juicy. I know that sounds funny but that's what comes to mind.

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    1. Oh I love that description! Thanks!

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  5. So sweet - love the ric rac!!

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  6. I love pincushions, and yours is great.

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  7. What a great project! It's fun to read the meaning and thought behind your work. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed my little story about it :)

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  8. This is so cute! I love the ric rac trim.

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    1. Thank you- I'm SO glad I took the time to add the ric rac, I love it!

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  9. That's adorable! I'm glad you told us about the crushed walnut shells. When I saw your pincushion, the first thought in my mind was...where does one get crushed walnut shells. Must be serendipity, you answered my question!

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    1. I'm so happy to answer that question for you- it is a question I asked for YEARS! Pretty sure the girl in the pet store was not expecting me to be so excited about finding crushed walnut shells :)

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