Monday, June 21, 2021

20 Years of Sharing Quilting with the World

 I'm so thrilled to be able to say, that I started offering my quilt designs, on my website Victoriana Quilt Designs - 20 years ago, this month!

It's been an exciting month, so far.

I hope you requested the special (free) Q is for Quilting mini quilt pattern, that I've posted as my gift to say - Thank you for your continued interest!


I was also honoured to be included, on the #womensart twitter account.


Back in 2017 the Membership series I offered through my website was
Playing with Pincushions.
We made 9 different pincushions. 
Each year since, in June, I've offered the Members a bonus pincushion pattern.

They've now grown to a lovely collection!
My favourite is still the Crazy Quilted Dress Form.

It all started with the sweet, tiny Hexagon pincushion.
The tutorial for it, is still available on my site.
The link to it can be found on the Playing with Pincushions page.

This year, my bonus pincushion is a tutorial (below), that is available to everyone interested!

It's the general directions that will allow you to make any small, treasured container into a pincushion.

I made mine a basket.

1. Begin by choosing your container.

I had two small baskets and a cracked egg cup that I considered.

Some things to consider - if you plan to use it, you may want to weigh it with something, on the bottom of the container - if it's too light, just so it'll stay put, when you're pulling pins out.

2. Measure the longest side - up the side, across the top, and down the opposite side. An approximate measurement is fine.

Psst...You'll find a tutorial to cover a plastic tape measure (like the one in the picture), here.

3. Find a circle (mine was a plate) that is the same measurement.

4. Using your circle, draw a circle on the back of the fabric you're using and also on a scrap piece of cotton batting.

5. Cut the circles out.
    For the batting, trim an extra 1/8" off, as you cut out.

6. Pin the batting in place, in the center of the wrong side of the fabric.
Turn over the raw edge, approximately 1/4", towards the batting and stitch it down using a running stitch.
Do not knot off the thread when you have stitched all the way around.

7. Pull the stitching to gather the edge towards the center, until you have a 2" hole.

Fill the middle with stuffing, until you are happy with how 'stuffed' it is.
Then continue pulling the thread, to close the hole further, and knot it off, to hold it in place.

Now you stuff this ball into the container.
You can glue down, if you feel it needs it.
Mine is tight in the basket, and didn't need it.

Happy Stitching!

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  1. Love this! I like to upcycled so I'll look around and see what I can find. I like the basket a lot but might not have one right now.

    1. I'm glad to hear that, Cari.
      I hope you'll email me a picture of any you make - I'd love to see them. :)
      Happy Stitching!

  2. Congratulations on 20 years of quilt idea sharing. I've had your Victoriana site bookmarked for years and often use it as a resource. Here's to many more years of sharing!

    1. Thank You for letting me know, Joy.
      I'm so glad to hear how much you've enjoyed my site!!
      (((big hugs)))
      Benita <3