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Since yellow, gray, white, and black is the color scheme for the redo of my quilt studio, I decided to make a Color Wheel Pincushion with these colors from the pattern and kit by Sheila Sinclair Snyder of License to Quilt.
The Color Wheel Pincushion Kit comes with a wood base, foam disc, felt piece, tufting string, screws, bag of walnut pieces, and instructions with piecing templates. I needed to supply thirteen fabric pieces, four drawer pulls (1” diameter), craft glue, a sharp pencil, one decorative button, one plain button for tufting, and a doll needle.
Pin Cushion Assembly
I printed the piecing template on a sheet of Quilter’s Freezer Paper, ironed the template onto four layers of muslin, pinned the layers, and cut out four pieces at a time. I used a sharp pencil and small quilter’s ruler to draw the ¼” seam allowance and other lines.
I chose thirteen different fabrics, placed them in the order I wanted, making sure the first and last would look good together when joined, and cut out the pieces with the template.
Two muslin circles were sewn together to hold the walnut shell pieces. I used a metal funnel (one for pouring peppercorns) to fill the fabric pouch which goes on top of the foam and wooden base pieces. It was easier than I thought to sew the layered muslin and fabric sections together, trim the seams, and press them open.
The screws were put in the holes in the wood. Then it was time to turn the pieced fabric top right side out and pull it down over the base. Gathering threads pulled the fabric around the base. The excess fabric was trimmed to uncover the screws and the edges were secured with craft glue (not the fabric glue stick in the picture). Pulling the needle with the tufting thread through the center hole in the wood was the hardest part of the project. I couldn’t pull the needle with two ends threaded through the eye; doing one end at a time was easier. After rereading the pattern, it did say pliers may be needed!
All that was left was to glue the black felt circle on the bottom and screw on the knobs.
Tah-Dah! The whole project took five hours from start to finish. I love my Color Wheel Pincushion and can’t wait to finish my quilt studio! They will both be beautiful together!