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Delicious Leftovers

Two years ago (wow, already?) I joined the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along Flickr Group

It was great fun to sew along with so many amazing quilters.  I do love this online community.

Now, the FW blocks in the book finish at 6".  But I prefer working with smaller scale designs so I tried making 3" blocks. 

I soon realized, however, that the fabrics I'd chosen - Lecien's Flower Sugar - had more medium/large scale prints and the tiny pieces required for a 3" block weren't working out.  So I ended up making mine 4.5" ... and had these 5 little ones left over.

They've been shuffled around my sewing room a lot for the past two years because I didn't know what to do with them.  So many times I had them in my hand as I eyed the garbage bin.  But I could never bring myself to toss them ... they were just too cute to throw out.

Am I ever glad I kept them.

One rainy afternoon last week I found them ... yet again ... under a pile of stuff ... and I'd finally found the inspiration I needed to turn them into something thanks to this free pattern by Heather Bailey. 

Five somethings, actually ...

Now I know I'm not the first quilter to turn an orphaned block into a pincushion ... not exactly revolutionary.

But it's a personal first ... and can I just say how remarkably satisfying it is to turn a "mistake" into something so gosh darned cute & fabulously useful? 

As with my strawberry pincushions, these are stuffed with ground walnut shells.  They are firm and weighty.  Love them. 

(My 10 year old left me a message in the walnut shells bin ... love that kid.)

With the exception of the first pincushion I made (bottom right in the photo below), all the bottoms are quilted too.

So from these ...

to these.

And they only took me a day to make.

Plus two years. ;)

One year ago today ...

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Reader Comments (35)

Yet again, lovely. It is, however, good to know that I am not the only one that suffers from 'Plus Two Years' -itis. Dreadful disease but it can be overcome, as you just proved. You are a medical miracle!
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee
So adorable! Love them!! Did you stuff them only with the crushed shells? No fluffy stuff? These would make awesome gifts. They just look so happy!
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Johnson
Leave it to you to make something totally cute out of orphan blocks, love them! And your daughter is such a sweetie say hi to her:-)
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
Die sind ja wunderschön geworden und die Blöckchen habe endlich ihre Bestimmung gefunden. Toll hast du das wieder gemacht.
Ganz liebe Grüße Annerose
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnerose
sew very adorable!! I am glad you didnt throw them away. Just thinking they could have wound up in the trash makes me wince.lol
Now I am going to have to put "have leftovers" so I can make pincshions on my to do list.
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjan
Oh my goodness...I LOVE them! They are seriously adorable! Good save for those "little blockies"! :-) ~ Mary Carole
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Carole Dolce
LOVE!!! Not only cute, but the photos are wonderful, wouldn't they make cute cards or little photos for a sewing room. xo
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPAM
Gorgeous! Really clever idea, and will make lovely gifts too :D
They are so cute!
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn liza
What really cute pincushions... just so sweet. I loved your strawberry pincushions too!
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine B.
I think they are so beautiful.
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Gilbert
You make the prettiest little projects : ) Love these pincushions! What a beautiful little gift for quilty friends and a great project for extra blocks. I also made a bowl full of strawberry pincushions to share with friends.

Thank you for making every day a little prettier with your talent, your awesome ideas and your beautiful blog. You also make us all laugh...that is the icing on the cake.

Have a pretty wonderful day!
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
LOVE THESE! They are so bright and happy!
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergreg
They are all so pretty. I love how you've displayed/photographed them in that little wire basket.
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuperMomNoCape
Absolutely adorable!!! I'm so glad inspiration struck at just the right moment! Thanks for sharing with us.
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPattie
So cute and what a fabulous use of those extra blocks. I love the quilting on them too, that's a great touch!

S x
Your pin cushions are gorgeous. They look so pretty all stacked up!
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine M
So cute! Great idea! Love those striped ones! :)
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabychaser
I love your little pin cushions! They are so cute! Where do you get the walnut shells? Do you crush them up yourself or do craft stores sell them? I haven't made pin cushions yet, partly because I am not sure about the walnut shells. Thanks!
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnita
I have made that pattern many times,and I must say,yours look sooo much beter! Briliant idea to use leftovers and tell your daughter she is a sweetie to make that heart in the walnut shells! Your blog is just so interesting! You make then eatest things!
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Nyquist
very cute - would make wonder gifts. Can't wait to try these.
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteredith
Such sweet little cushions, each one plump and perfectly shaped. Lovely soft colours and gorgeous stacked together. A great gift for those who love to sew or for pinning earrings & brooches too!R♥
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
You are just amazing! They are just too cute!
May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise in PA
I love them!
May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArchiethewonderdog
Just gorgeous. These would make great gifts for crafty friends.
May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKay
Absolutely love this! I am just starting a FW quilt and am using your finished quilt along with Lori Holt's finished FW as my inspiration :) I love the little pin cushions and have several scraps of vintage quilts that I think I'll make them from. Thanks for posting the pattern. Good day to you!
May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCassie A
Those are so cute ... love the colors. I've had the Farmer's Wife book for quite a while but haven't done anything with it yet. Feeling inspired here!
May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane
those are soo cute, K. love the bitty hexagons, too. long time no talk... miss ya! xo amy
June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Super cute! I love that they aren`t round, they look so good in a pile like that. Good work.
June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
again...im catching up on your little blog! so cute as always. i love your idea of making some pincushions with your leftover FW's. very cute! i loved the ending.... 'plus 2 years.' it made me laugh because i make that kind of remark as well on little things here and there. i got it from cheaper by the dozen with steve martin. have you seen it? when he's looking for a nanny and he's making phone calls and telling how many kids he has, he says something like ' i have 2 kids....plus 10" it cracks me up! anyway, so I do the same thing whenever I get the chance. ha! (makes me feel so clever!) yours made me laugh! :) thanks for being silly. and making cute things! :) have a great day!
June 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertasha
June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXanthe Grundy
Such a great use of all those fabric scraps, too cute!
June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelie Hempfling
I have just come over from Pinterest because I have these pinned to my pincushion board, I have been wanting to make something similar so thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of the tutorial.
October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKay
These are so cute! I think I'm going to make a bunch of them :)
November 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjasperizer
Fast forward a few years and I finally get the time, motivation and inspiration to make one of these pincushions. Only to discover that the Heather Bailey pattern is no longer available! ARGH, I shouldn't have left it so long huh? Yours are super beautiful, they are what made me finally decide to do it.
November 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

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