Pincushion Swap Ideas

We’re makin’ pincushions!  Our lovely president got us invited to participate in the KCMQG (Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, in case you’re wondering) pin cushion swap.   Hope you have started!

You’ll bring your pincushion into the NOVEMBER meeting to hand in.  Then, in December you will get back a totally  DIFFERENT pincushion, made for you by the precious little fingers of another far-flung guild member.  Those participating in the pincushion swap are: Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, Austin, Wichita, Vancouver, Indianapolis, and US! (Did you see Vancouver in there? That means you might get an INTERNATIONAL pincushion of mystery, a pincushion who has seen the world and will tell you all its stories about it!)

Any size, shape, form is acceptable, however, make it a Modern aesthetic.  It shouldn’t be breakable, but you can fill it with any appropriate filling [sand, crushed walnut cells (lizard litter from PetCo), polyfil, etc].  When you bring in your pincushion, make sure it has a little label that says your name, BAMQG, and what it is stuffed with.

Here is a write-up by the Vancouver guild, and includes links to all the guilds participating!…

And yes, BTW, questions are welcomed. Post them on the forum or in a comment below.

Remember: place your pincushion in a zipper plastic bag and label with:

  • your name
  • your blog and/or your email address
  • the filling (crushed walnuts, pellets, etc)

The labeling is due to some allergies to nuts that have come up with other pincushion swaps. Bring your fabulous creation to the November meeting.

Inspiration and Patterns:

Our fearless leader, Adrianne, has found a bunch of patterns, which we have listed below. We have also had some additional contributions. If you find any other superfabulistic patterns you want to share, post them in the comments here or send them to Jaye and she will incorporate them into a blog post.

Little Bluebell Inspiration Gallery

Cathedral Window Pincushion by Kim, My Go-Go Life:

Patchwork Pincushion from The Purl Bee:

Inspiration: Rainbow Pincushion: – pattern from Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson

A Girl in Paradise Spinning Star pincushion: and tutorial. She also has a nice inspiration board of pincushions posted.

Quirky Eye Pincushion: (base instructions here:

Check out Prettylittle Pincushions” from Lark Books (November 2007)

Thanks to Adrianne for the above links and patterns.

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    Holly October 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I hope my pincushion of mystery makes its way from Vancouver to KC and then SF to one of your members! I'm sure it'll have a grand adventure to share when it arrives!

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    Holly October 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

    p.s. Thanks for listing my rainbow pincushion as inspiration! I gave it away at the very first Vancouver MQG meeting as a door prize. Maybe I'll have to make another for the swap…

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