After finishing up my new pincushion, I quickly realized that there was one function it could not fulfill. It is an excellent pin cushion. It is a dreadful needle cushion. My former pincushion passed muster for needles (barely), but frequent pricks to my digits when reaching for a pin were less than ideal. But my new cushion? Its depth would doubtless have led to the loss of many a sharp!
Time for a new cushion, wouldn't you agree?
I used this tutorial for a cathedral window pincushion, and found it quite easy to follow. The only change I made was to reduce the size by two inches, as the initial size was quite large! My cushion is about 4" wide, and it's just right for my needs. I've never done this type of quilt block before, and was fascinated by how it all came together. Rather like origami, in my opinion.
I used a vintage red button for the top, and secured the bottom with another button (to achieve the desired amount of "puff").
As for the fabric? Remnants of "Avalon" by Moda (here's the blue and here's the red) that I had leftover from a dress for Rosa (photos of which will be forthcoming). I fell in love with these two prints when I found them in a local shop, and I was so pleased that I could squeeze out one more project -- especially for something that I'll be using regularly.
Now that my pins and needles sorted out, all is well in the sewing room.