Animal Pin Cushion Patterns

Enjoy this collection of adorable creatures to help you manage your sewing table! More will be added as we search for the cutest animal pin cushions on the internet.

Bird Pincushion by Quiltscapes – free

Chicken Pin Cushion by Red Farm House – free

Hedgehog Pin Cushion by maker*land – free

Hedgehog Pin Cushion by Janome – free

Kitty Pin Cushion by CraftGossip – free

Mouse Pin Cushion by My Byrd House – free

Mouse Pin Cushion by Prima – free

Mouse Pin Cushion by The Long Thread – free

Wise Owl Accessory Holder and Pin Cushion by The Modern Tomato – free

Turtle Pin Cushion by Shawkl Designs -free

Turtle Pin Cushion and Sewing Kit Combo by CraftPassion – free

…and now for something a little more traditional.

strawberry-pincushion-tutorial

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Definitely not a Beginner Project..

Standing over the table, sorting out little scraps, occasionally looking up at my quilting partner (mom) I’m lost. Where is the fourth monkey’s eyeball?!

Ever found yourself in the middle of a pile of bits with suddenly no understanding of how many pieces there were supposed to be because something must have gone missing since you had time to work on the quilt over a week ago? Rough day.

All the pieces were together in an envelope with the fabric when we saw them last. They didn’t move by themselves. What have I done?

Step one: Don’t panic.

Step two: Search calmly.

Step three: Panic a little (make sure it’s barely noticeable so you don’t cause your search partner to also panic)

Step four: Take a break (all the searching has made you hungry)

Step five: Go back in the studio. Check every place you’ve already checked and some places that it simply could not be.

Step six: Give up (having mostly not panicked – good job) and decide to cut out the tiny pieces again.

Step seven: Work on something else until you can look that monkey in the eye again.

…more later.

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Our next quilt project is inspired from on high. The “Angels on High” Wall Hanging Kit is only available at Christmas at Heart. We can’t wait to get this gorgeous set of prints under our needle. We are planning to record a live video of the project for our blog and would like your feedback. Which set would you like to see? Comment below. There are a limited number of these kits available so if you’d like to sew-along or buy one as a gift let us know and we’ll ship one out to you right away. Finished size is 41″ x .54″ Live video date TBA. Check back for more information. This post will be updated weekly. The following kits are available:

Angels on High Wall Hanging Kit With Butterscotch Stripe with Green Backing Includes: AOH Center Panel, AOH Border Panel, Wings – cream, Wings – gold, Wings – Green, Ribbons, Green Backing

Angels on High Wall Hanging Kit With Butterscotch Stripe with Blue Backing Includes: AOH Center Panel, AOH Border Panel, Wings – cream, Wings – gold, Wings – Blue (sub), Ribbons, Blue Backing (sub)

Angels on High Wall Hanging Kit With Butterscotch Stripe *Top Only* Includes: AOH Center Panel, AOH Border Panel, Wings – cream, Wings – gold, Wings – Blue (sub), Ribbons, *backing not included

Angels on High Wall Hanging Kit With Peppermint Stripe *Top Only* Includes: AOH Center Panel, AOH Border Panel, Wings – cream, Wings – red, Wings – Blue (sub), Ribbons, *backing not included

Apple Festival Recipe 1947

I love vintage recipes! I can’t wait to get this one in the kitchen. I’ll be posting photos and commentary on my results later. Until then, here’s an adaptation of the original Betty Crocker Apple Festival Recipe as it appeared in ads years ago just in time for harvest season.

Apple Dumplings Supreme

Sift together 2 1/4 cups (already sifted) flour, *3/4 teaspoon salt Note: Leave out the salt if you are using self-rising flour.

Cut in with a pastry blender 3/4 cup shortening (First add most of it until the mixture looks like “meal.” Then cut in the rest until particles are the size of giant peas.) The recipe says you can also use two knives if you don’t have a pastry blender. Grandma always used a fork.

Sprinkle over mixture 5 tablespoons of water (Mix enough to make the dough stay together.)

Round the dough into a single ball and let it rest for a few minutes to make it easier to roll out. Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured cloth-covered board. Cut into six 7 inch squares.

Pare and core 6 medium-sized, tart, juicy apples (Jonathan, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Melrose, Winesap, Braeburn, Roman Beauty, Golden Delicious, Cortland, Northern Spy, Gala) Pick your favorite.

Place an apple on each square of the pastry. Fill Cavities of apples with a combination of 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon then dot the top of each with 1 tablespoon butter. (Ok… this seems like a lot of butter to me but we’ll let B.C. be the expert on 1940’s recipes. By the way, sugar and cinnamon is a nice start but this is definitely getting my top secret cinnamon sauce. Seriously, we’re going to need more flavor.)

Place the pastry bundles about 2 inches apart in a 9x13x2 inch baking pan. Pour hot syrup (recipe below) around dumplings in baking pan. (This is going to complicate things.) Bake immediately in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

For the syrup: Boil together for 3 minutes; 1 cup sugar, 2 cups water, 4 tablespoons butter, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. If you would like a less rich syrup use 1/2 cup each sugar and corn syrup, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and only 1 cup of either water or maple syrup. (Less rich but more sweet seems to be what they’re going for here.)

Excerpts from the original were taken from Betty Crocker’s Apple Dumplings Supreme recipe copyright 1947, General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

Now for a little fun… we shop for the perfect apple. (more later)

Welcome to my crazy-little-messy-perfect-creative, Christmas is just around the corner life…

Christmas at Heart has been around for a while now. We’ve been privileged to get to know some of our fellow quilters, sewers, embroiderers, and fiber enthusiasts online as well as in person at shows and other events for the past eight years. It doesn’t seem like that long…

Quilt and embroidery is fun and we love it… but there’s so much more that we do now. We want to share it all with you here at Deborah Sue’s Kitchen, Quilt and Craft. Join the joyous journey from Christmas to Christmas while we laugh, post, photograph, cook, bake, eat and record every little wonderful thing in between.

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