Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I am a late joiner on this one, and I see I have a small collection compared to some.
I use the magnetic pincushion and the one on top of my waste basket all the time.
The waste basket pincushion is filled with bird sand, which cleans the needles, or so I am told.
The finger pincushion holds the short pins for applique, and the little needle book holds all other needles that are in use, including machine needles. I do not mix the used needles with the new.
The pin you see in the green pincushion is my good helper when I do hand quilting. It is an embellished darning needle bought in a class meant for making marks on fabrics, like a Hera marker.
I use it to slide the ending knot on the thread when doing hand quilting, before popping the knot into the batting.
I have a box of new pins in a drawer. When my pins get used up, blunt, damaged or bent, I fling them and treat myself to new ones from the drawers.
It is cute to see so many have the Norwegian Chicken pincushion.
The pattern was sold by Doreen Speckman after she saw it here in Norway. It was in a Norwegian quilt book at the time.
Doreen visited Norway a couple of times (I think) about 10 years back. I remember seeing her photo in the Norwegian Quilt Association's newsletter a couple of times.