June 5, 2017

Moda #12 Contest

Flutterby pincushion

Thank you so much for joining me! It's my turn to share my project for the Moda 12 Designers Contest!  If you haven't visited with me before, welcome.  I have the good fortune to design fabric for Moda and I also design quilt and embroidery patterns.  Hand embroidery is one of my favorite ways to spend my time so I hope you will indulge me for including embroidery in this project.  Of course, if you aren't a hand embroidery enthusiast this project lends itself to machine embroidery too.  So if you have some fun stitches on your machine that you've been wanting to play with now is the time!
My project for this contest is a crazy quilt pincushion.  I have always had a fondness for crazy quilts but so far I've never had the time to make one.  This little pincushion was just the right size to scratch that "crazy" itch I had.  I can't wait to see the variety of fun pincushions you all come up with!

The rules -
1. You need to use at least 5 different fabrics, most of which need to be from any of my past fabric lines.
2. Finished size should be 4" x 6".
3. Use at least 3 different embroidery stitches.
4. Post a picture of your crazy pincushion on Instagram using the tag #12contestskathyschmitz. If you don't have an Instagram account feel free to email a picture of your pincushion to me at SchmitzStitches@gmail.com
5. Have fun, be creative, show your personality!
6. Post your picture by JUNE 30th.

Prize #1 - Moda fabric!
On the 1st of July, I will randomly pick 5 winners from the posts and emails I receive. Moda is generously shipping these winners wonderful prizes!!!!

Prize #2 - One Stitch at a Time membership!
The first two people to post a picture of their pincushion on Instagram using #12contestsKathySchmitz will win a membership to my One Stitch at a Time club!
If you are already a member of the club you can gift this prize to a friend or add it to your subscription length.
Join the One Stitch at a Time club to receive a new design by email every month.  Below are a couple samples of previous designs.  We also have a very supportive Facebook group for sharing your projects.  There are nice prizes every month too!

Past One Stitch at a Time designs are also available for purchase HERE

Tips to get you started:
Start with the focal fabric.  I fussy cut a butterfly from Garden Notes Moda fabric.  Make sure to leave at least 1/2" around the design.  Cut 4 sides - any shape! Or, embroider a small design for your focal point and fussy cut around it.

Start adding the coordinating fabric.  Always start with a straight cut side.  Leave plenty of room on each side of the fussy cut piece. Use 1/4" seam allowance.

Flip and press.  Trim the extra following one of the sides of the fussy cut piece.

Add fabric to each of the remaining sides of the fussy cut piece.  Press and flip as before.  Continue until all 4 sides of the fussy cut piece are surrounded
For further instructions click HERE for a free download.

Once your pincushion is stuffed it will be ready to use!  BUT if you want to make it really special, you can take one more step and add a nice finishing touch.  I like to make my own cording using DMC floss and a Custom Cord Maker.  Not only is it pretty, but it's super fun to make the cording. 

custom cord maker
much better

Remember I mentioned prizes?  Make sure you post a picture of your pincushion, or email it to me, by June 30th to be eligible.
A big thank you to everyone that posted pictures of their lovely pincushions!  The winners were notified and Moda is sending them some nice prizes.  Thanks again!

Who's up next?
Up next in this 12 designers contest is Venessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique.  Make sure to visit her blog, lellaboutiue, on July 1st to join her contest.

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lissa said...

Love it!!Can't wait to see what everyone makes.


Bev said...

How did you attach your cording.

Kathy Schmitz said...

Hi Bev! I whip stitched it using 1 strand of the same color of floss. It hides in the twists : )

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, Kathy! Thanks for the great directions. I do like your stitch club, and this pincushion is just my kind of thing to do. Maybe with one of your stitcheries in the middle!

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