I have managed to finish up some of the small bits. They have accumulated a lot of miles on them, having been toted here and there and rarely gotten out and worked on until now, and right here at home. Go figure.
These little wool pincushions are so stinking cute! I bought a kit at a quilt show, and now really regret not buying more. What great stocking stuffers, along with the really cool decorative pins that I bought from Cindy. I'm really thinking along the lines of gifts since I picked up the new Quilting Arts Gifts magazine the other day. But I am still trying to reside in reality and think seriously about the abandoned projects of past inspirational highs.
The flathead pins have been labeled with numbers and letters. I use them to label the quilt rows. I am able to pin a quilt or block and take it to the machine and have no worries of what order they belong in. They also make pressing so much easier-all seams on odd pinned rows one direction, even pins get the opposite direction. Sometimes I combine the numbered pins for rows with blocks and then the letters for sashing rows. They are a real time and stress saver for me. I can pin all of the blocks for a quilt into rows and fold them up on the sewing table, return in a week and sew, not missing a beat or having a question of what goes where.
Another high mileage project is this bottle cap trivet. I used the small yo-yo maker and then stuffed a bottle cap inside as I was gathering it up. They are then stitched together and the entire piece is backed with felt.
I'm thinking about breaking in that trivet this weekend, with one of these.