"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Monday, September 5, 2016

OPAM, FNWF, Pin Cushion Parade!

Today is Labor Day, the unofficial last day of summer here.  We've had an exceptionally hot summer, so I'm not sad to see it go.

Do you have any pin cushions that you would like to put on parade?  Our friend, Ida, over at My Sister Made Me Do It  is starting the parade today, and everyone is invited to join in the fun.  Pop on over to link up some of your pin cushions!  And maybe get a few creative ideas for new pin cushions.  You know you can never have too many.  I've also heard that there will be prizes....

Last year, I had my chicken on parade, and shortly after that, two more chickens joined my flock as gifts.  The smaller one travels in my bag to meetings and classes, and the larger one helps out at my quilting machine.

Another gift is a combination pin cushion/thread catcher made especially for me by a friend who hosts me once a week in her sewing room!  It was hard to get a good photos, but it's a nice chunky cushion, and the detachable bag hangs down for threads and small scraps.  I love the colors she chose for me.

For August OPAM, I actually finished four small projects.  Two were from premade blocks that I acquired.  The blocks coordinate, and I'm sure there was a plan for them to be used together, but I couldn't decide on a layout, so chose to make a doll quilt and a baby quilt.  There was even yardage with them, that was plentiful enough for both backings!

My third quilt was a baby quilt for an eagerly awaited addition to our family.  He/she should be arriving in about three weeks.  This was a free pattern from Moda Bake Shop.
I also finished crocheting a little afghan to send along with it, but forgot to take a picture.

FNWF found me quilting away on my RSC15 quilt.  I only have the outer border left to quilt, and then bind it.  It's my UFO project for a small group, and it's due in two weeks, but I'll be on vacation then, so only have a few days to get it finished.  Pictures to follow soon.  This is my largest quilt to date, and I'm loving it!!!!

For our nature outing this week, DH and I have actually made two trips to a nearby sunflower field.  The farmer will harvest the seeds later, but his real purpose for planting the field is just for people to enjoy.  So please enjoy.

 Now, back to stitching...... Sunny


  1. Cute pincushions, Sunny. I love those little chickens and the sunflowers. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I did not know that chickens reproduced that fast! Lol....What sweet pincushions you shared with us, Sunny! And your other projects are lovely....I always loved the pinwheel block. Thanks for linking up with the parade today and Good Luck!

  3. lovely pincushions and projects.. the sunflowers are such happy flowers

  4. Sunflowers make me happy. :) Love your cute pin cushions.

  5. I just love sunflowers - they're such happy flowers.

    1. Oops, I hit post too soon. And I love your pin cushions! They're so cute.

  6. Hi Sunny love those chooks and that little bag is s cute.
    Well done with your sewing ,that baby blanket is gorgeous and love your sunflower pics,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

  7. Some nice pincushions Sunny... Love your wee chook.....
    Nice finish and hope you get the UFO done in time.
    Always love those sunflowers...
    Have a fabulous holiday ...

  8. Love a cute pincushion.Your projects are just lovely. Gorgeous sunflowers particularly the one with the very busy bee xx

  9. So fun to see your chicken pincushions! I have one of them too. And I love sunflowers. Wish I lived near a field full of them!!

  10. Beautiful projects Sunny and I love your photos of the sunflowers.... I really love sunflowers! Christine x

  11. I made the chicken pincushion once. It about drove me crazy! I think I tossed it out after I finished it! Love your projects, esp. the pinwheel baby quilt. I have a baby coming, don't know the gender, and that would be perfect! Check out those sunflowers! Mine didn't grow this year. The seeds kept rotting in the ground with all the rain we had. My Swamp Milkweed is just now growing.....thought the roots had rotted, so am pleasantly surprised, but it's a little late! :) XO

  12. The sunflowers are gorgeous!! Yes, I enjoyed them. Love seeing your pin cushions and your finishes.
    And enjoy your vacation.

  13. Cute pincushions--and cute baby quilts!!
    but I want to come and visit those sunflower fields with you--how pretty and sunny!!!!
    So were are you going on vacation???
    it is too early to come to Florida???
    love and laughter, di

  14. That free pattern from Moda bake shop is always my go to. Such a fun pattern and I love the PP. XXX

  15. YOu're inspiring me to plant some Sunflower seeds this spring - just need to find the perfect place for them! Cute pincushions and also lovely baby quilt finishes - you've been busy! Cant wait to see your RSC15 quilt!!!

  16. Your little chicken pincushions are so cute.

    Those sunflowers are amazing and your photos of them are just stunning in their detail.

  17. These are all so cute! Love the flowers too ♥


  18. Cute pincushions , doll quilt and I just love the baby quilt . Oh I would sure love to see that sunflower field in person, just delightful!

  19. Love the sunflowers - they are so tall. That makes them so fun! Cutest pincushions too!

  20. Nice collection of pincushions!

  21. sunflowers and chickens! I just bought some sunflowers at Trader Joe's. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  22. Love your chicken collection...lovely collection of pincushions.

  23. Beautiful sunflowers and your pincushions are so pretty.

  24. Your little pincushions are so cute! And the baby quilts are darling. Those sunflowers are gorgeous - well done with the photography!!

  25. There is just something in a field of sunflowers that automatically brings a smile :)

    Love your pincushions and the sweet baby quilts--your work is beautiful!

  26. Hi Sunny,
    I love sunflowers! We had them growing in our garden a few years ago, they grew from the bird seed that fell out of our feeders! Great pic with the bee!
    Love your pincushions, and your baby quilts are very pretty!
    Visiting you from the Pincushion Parade.
    Barbara @ The Flashing Scissors


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