Playing In-The-Hoop, class previews

I didn’t do much sewing last week so I tried to make up for it yesterday. I needed to do two pincushions for a swap I’m participating in and decided to do a few extra mini-pincushions in case they didn’t like the cactus ones. You can get the cactus design from Urban Threads. First I made a practice one for myself.

Cactus Pincushion

This is Sam – he sits in a mini Terra cotta pot. My thread tension wasn’t 100% perfect on any of these, I was using felt but it mostly looks okay. They’re fun to make but a bit time consuming to put together between the stuffing, stitching opening closed and gluing into the pot.

Because I have to ship the pincushions to my swap partners I decided to not do theirs in a pot since it might break. The design came with a felt pot you can stick it in but that means it doesn’t stand up on it’s own. I decided to improvise. I glued a button in between two squares of felt and glued that to the bottom of the brown felt pot the cactus was sewn into. I then glued rocks to weigh it down. Now they stand on their own.

Cactus Pincushions

Just in case they didn’t like the cacti I did a few mini owls too.

Owl SoftiesThe owls were more fun to do and not as time consuming. I want to do some of the larger ones but I need to replenish my fusible web stash first – I’m out of heat and bond lite!

Last Thursday and Saturday I participated in class previews over at Scrap and Sew – the quilt shop I teach at. The other instructors make it look so easy! I’m getting better at selling my classes as time goes on.


We’re having unseasonably good weather in Florida for this time of year so the corgis are enjoying it while they can. In the next few weeks I may have to break out the baby pool so they can play in the water when it gets really hot.




  1. LOL They are all such cute pincushions. Well done..

  2. Such cute little creations! I like how you solved the pot problem. 🙂

  3. Such cute pin cushions! Really great ideas.

  4. What a cute cactus! I have one that’s a saguaro, but no arms, and it’s in a pot, too. It’s from years ago – table favors at an AQG meeting in Phoenix. 30+ years and I still have it, so I think yours will be treasured as long! The owls are cute, too. I love the idea of class previews. I don’t think anyone around here does that. Maybe they ought to!

  5. The owls are adorable (love the cacti too, lol). Are the owls a pattern or did you just come up with them? So cute!

  6. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your podcasts! Thanks for taking the time to share your tips, fun stories and letting us hear about the dogs too!

  7. It is great that you support your listeners. I think that is one thing that helps strengthen a community. (FYI I am in the Quilt Bear Aurifil Club!). I was thinking that you might consider a flower sampler for the advanced melted crayon class. You could make patterns of 6-9 different flowers (multi-day/evening? class) to make into a sampler. You might also consider showing how start making their own designs (basic drawing or resources to trace?)

    Just a thought.