I finished the crumb quilt top. I don’t think the zigzag setting shows up as much as it could have and I think it’s because there is too much variation in the blues. I should not have included the lightest and darkest. That is okay – it is done and now it sits with the two other quilt tops waiting to be quilted. Here are a some closeups.
I found some inspiration for these blocks so I’m now making 508 red and white HSTs. This quilt is for a challenge due in February. I want to finish the top soon because I might want to hand quilt it.
I need some advice on pincushion filling. My sister gave me the Mary Engelbreit teapot on the right and I’ve used it for years. I picked up the little black hen pincushion at the quilt show boutique back in June. I finally pulled it out to use and realized it was dulling my pins. It appears to be filled with sand. Hmm….I realized I used sand to make the wool tomato pincushion (April 2004 issue of APQ magazine) shown in the center for my niece. I got the pincushion back from her and did a test. Yes, it seems to dull pins as well. What do you suggest I use to refill these? I have some crushed walnut shells but I’ve never used them. I think the teapot is filled with a poly stuffing. I don’t want to use that for the other pincushions because it would be too lightweight. It works for the teapot because it has a firm base. Would appreciate any insight you have on pincushion filling.