A quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul. ~Author Unknown
I have a long standing love affair with fabric!! Some of my favorites are civil war reproductions, wools, homespuns, ticking, linen, prairie cloth, muslin..... do you see a pattern here??? I guess I have to say that I honestly just love textiles!!! Take me to a good quilt shop with wonderful primitive fabrics, and you would think I was a kid in a candy store!! It IS pure eye candy for the stitcher, and I get energized and inspired by the many shades of red, mustard, brown, black, blue, rust, and tan, and imagine all the many things I can create with those luscious colors!!
So imagine my delight when I came across an old quilt with all those colors in it, done in a log cabin style, AND in my price range!!! It is a wonderful old quilt, and is pretty large, but had some damage around the edges and is basically a cutter, but that didn't matter to me as I had PLANS!! There is a good part of it intact, and I decided to keep that for myself as I love having quilts folded up in a large wooden box under a table in my living room, but the edges could be removed and the perfect squares would make PERFECT PINCUSHIONS!! So that has been my latest project!!
I removed the straight stitching between the blocks and made a back for the block out of black prairie cloth, which I felt really added to the look of the piece. After stitching the two pieces together, I filled the square with clean sawdust. Now, if you have never done that, it sounds pretty simple, but I must tell you that it takes some TIME and PATIENCE and the CORRECT TOOLS to do it right (at least MY WAY, anyway). I use a funnel with a large hole in the end, as the sawdust can really get clogged and stop up the funnel!! I just thought you poured it in and it just filled up like magic.....SILLY ME!!! I also use a metal chopstick as wooden ones have a tendency to break, and I just keep pushing the sawdust to the corners first, and then squeeze it and keep this process up till it feels full!! This can take a while and be a bit messy too, so I put the sawdust in a pie plate and use a long handled teaspoon to add it to the funnel and also to spoon the final amount in to get it as full as possible!!
When it is just the way I like it, I stitch it closed, and then do small x's all around the edge to finish it off with brown thread! Not only does that reinforce the outside, but it also gives it a really nice finished look!! I do stain it afterwards and let it dry really well, and then embellish it with old rusty pins, an old shoe button, and a handmade tag!! I have already made 5 of these and have sold 2 of them and plan to make more soon!! They have been so much fun to create and to be able to use something from the past and remake it for another purpose is so gratifying!! I can't wait to make more!!
Wishing you inspiration my friends~