Sunday, 7 April 2019

Pin Cushions and Cross Stitch

Was my life too a pilgrimage...one that led me here on this calm Sunday thinking grateful thoughts for the journey that has been my life. There have been valleys to trudge through but also mountain tops to wave from. Maybe there was a purpose to all the happenings that came before; perhaps to lead me here to this very spot of beautiful land that I troll every day for little sights that please my eyes and make me happy.
Like this very fluffed up mourning dove for instance.  There were just the two together trying to stay warm.  Love the colour of the breast, unusually golden.

When I pulled out some spring like fabrics I noticed this one from Tula Pink with the little curled up fox napping.  It reminded me of the foxes we glimpse from time to time here on the property. I thought he would make a cute pin cushion.  I love polka dots too.

Pin cushions seem to be enjoying a revival. They suit themselves so well to using up scraps is perhaps why. This book Pin Pals by Carrie Nelson is very popular. You can read all the 5 star reviews and purchase it here at Amazon.

                                          Pin Pals
Of course, it is the simplest of things to sew and after a morning in the sewing room, I had my little pin cushion for spring finished and put to use. Not much pizzazz but I like him.

Sandra at mmm-quilts, Musings of a Menopausal Melon  has started her QAL project called Beothuck Star.  Pretty name and it promises to be very popular with stars as the theme.

                                        
Progressing on my cross stitch project. Slow stitching at its best. I'm working on the flower motifs in and around the handles taking a little break from the basket stitching.
My cross stitch SAL group  led by Avis at  Sewing Beside the Sea is linking up this week.  What an amazing variety of projects!
AvisClaireGunCaroleJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMegan,CatherineDeborahConnieClare, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharon

Time is moving so fast it's a wonder my head is not spinning. Seriously. But not toppling over; in my mind feeling level thankfully. Hope you are all upright as well!
Linking this post with Kathy's Quilts, Pretty Piney, Love Laugh QuiltQuilt FabricationEm's ScrapbagFrom Bolt to Beauty The Inquiring Quilter, Confessions of a Fabric AddictWendy's Quilts and More and Viewing Nature With Eileen.

27 comments :

Sewing Beside the Sea said...

You're doing really well with the basket stitching. There's a lot of it so well done for keeping going!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, love your sweet mourning dove. The fox pin cushion is adorable. Your cross stitch is looking pretty. Thanks for linking up today! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy new week!

Design Originals by KC said...

Love that photo you were able to get of the dove ... really would love to have that Pin Pals book too... I have been reading some reviews before seeing your cute pin cushion... lucky you finding some Tula in your stash too... Happy Sunday and Happy Stitching!!! Kathi

Brian said...

That dove sure is pretty and so is your fox!

The Joyful Quilter said...

LOVE that pin cushion book!! A friend had one and I ended up buying my own copy. Your little fox turned out SEW cute!

jenny Ginger Ninja Crafts said...

Your fox pin cushion is gorgeous Jocelyn x

Anonymous said...

good to see you've been busy.
Claire93

Carole said...

I love that little pincushion :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love your fox pincushion! I think that's the perfect way to keep a favorite bit of fabric close at hand. That does look like a fun book, too!

Nancy A. Bekofske said...

That Fox is so cute! I reviewed the pin cushion book. Some day I hope to make some!

K Reeves said...

Lots of lovely things coming from your craft room, Jocelyn! The sampler is really shaping up nicely!

Kim said...

That little fox is so very sweet. I love pin cushions too. There are so many varieties, aren't they. Love the variety of stitches on your basket. Enjoy the stitching of the flowers.

G Adrian, Sweden said...

Looking great!

Lindashee said...

Very pretty ! This basket looks like a lot of work, but well worth it !

Jenn Jilks said...

Busy woman! You do lovely work.
I'm proud of myself, I sewed a new banner for the mailbox. It's pouring rain, as I'm sure you know, so photo another day in the sunshine...

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

That Fox pin cushion is so cute! Like your hand work also! Have a great day!

Becca // Pretty Piney Quilts said...

That's a very yellow mourning dove! So cool to see. I love having them in my yard with their soothing coos. Just picked up the Pin Pals books but haven't made anything yet--your Tula Pinkushion looks terrific! Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

Love your foxy little pin cushion. What's your preferred fill for little pinnies like this one?

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Cute little pincushion! And what a great dove photo. I often look up from my sewing when I feel eyes on me and it's always a mourning dove peeking in at me. Fun!

Angie said...

Jocelyn - isn't it nice to have a project that can be finished in a morning? Lovely little fox!

Sunny said...

Love your foxy pin cushion -- so satisfying and so cute! Lovely progress on your cross stitch, too.

Rebecca Grace said...

Your fox pin cushion is adorable and I notice your pins all clustered off to one side... I wouldn't be able to bring myself to "stab" the fox, either!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Love Tula so I adore that pin cushion. You know, I may have that fabric too! Hmmmm. Maybe a pin cushion is in my future! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

Susan said...

Adorable little foxy pincushion!

Linda H said...

What a beautiful dove! I've never seen such golden colour on our doves here (New Brunswick.) Your foxy pincushion is sweet! Lovely cross stitch too! Visiting from the Peacock Party, hope you'll stop by my blog too...

Genevieve Gerrard said...

Cute pincushion! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Magpie Sue said...

Your pin cushion is adorable. I think I'd need a break from stitching that basket too!