Pincushions re-visited

Log cabin pin cushion

I am really low on energy, so I thought I’d do a quick post with a giveaway. At least that will give the blog some energy.

Pin cushions

I recently found a few pin cushions in a paper bag where they have been hiding, almost since the day that I made them in the summer of 2006. I’ve started using one (that I will keep for me) and I really like having it on the table in front of me when I am embroidering while watching TV.

I made the pin cushions when learning how to sew the log cabin, my favorite quilt square. I think they look rather cute, and like I said, they are great to have at hand for embroidery needles and pins. I guess they were meant to be at some craft fair or given as gifts, but somehow they are still here. I find it hard (sometimes) to give away my own creations, especially little ones like these. Anyone could make them, and they aren’t perfect. But if you haven’t made one of your own yet and think you could use one – hey, this is your chance! They are already created and stuffed, so it would be lovely if they were used in someones sewing environment. Because I don’t feel like listing them in my Etsy Shop (where I mostly have collages these days) and thinking they wouldn’t earn me anything much I thought I’d give them away, and also join the Sew Mama giveaway week just for fun.

Blue pin cushion

Want one? Leave a comment below letting me know what big or small craft project you really want to get going on during the summer? It’s high time to think about it now. Oh and no need to state your e-mail twice, just in the e-mail field and I will get it (you shouldn’t post your email address online anyway, spammers will catch it very quickly and send you lots of it, so when giveaways state that you do that, tell them no thanks and hi from me). Giveaway Day I will of course ship international (since I am international myself, born and still living in Sweden). I don’t really “get” domestic giveaways anyway, it feels like bloggers who host those don’t understand what a blog community is and how world wide it really can be! ;-)

Then visit the super long giveaway list of Sewing + Craft Supplies and also other Sew Mama Sew giveaway posts!

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115 Responses

  1. Hi Hanna !
    This is a timely giveaway for me ! I am very lucky to be going to a private workshop with Elizabeth Bunsen to learn some fabric altering techniques using natural materials in about a months time. I will be returning home with some fabric treasure that will need to be made into interesting pieces of I am not sure what yet but it will involve sewing ! ;-) How wonderful it would be to have a pincusshion made with Hanna Love to sit beside me and help me with my sewing.
    Thanks so much for the chance to received a giftie from you !
    Sending you love and light and hopes that your energy flows back to you soon !

  2. Craft projects for the summer… well, I have all these unfinished clothes I started making ages ago that I should get back to (need to get a new sewing machine first though but I can’t make up my mind whether to get the more affordable sewing machine or the fancy this-is-the-one-I-really-want-but-it’s-rather-too-expensive one…).

    Okay, I totally love you for the “I don’t get domestic giveaways”. I don’t either. I haven’t done any giveaways yet, but if I end up doing some one day, you bet they will ALL be international (with the exception of something that is regional only, e.g. a cinema ticket for a certain country). Heck, I might even have some that will be “the more unusual, exotic and exciting your locale, the more likely you’ll get a prize”. :-)

  3. I would love to win a pincushion (especially the green one :-) ). I think I never will get too many of them.
    Summer crafts? I don’t get much done during summer, but making hexagon flowers is nice to do outdoors when the weather is warm. I also use to knit a little.
    Thanks for giving me a chance! Hope you soon will have the energy back.

  4. love the pincushions!

    i’m working on a green & pink quilt for my baby cousin. it’s been on hold since december!

  5. I really want to get a couple of dolls made over the summer. The clay dries so much faster in the better weather, so I can work more quickly! LOL!

  6. This summer I am hoping to make a wedding quilt for my best friend and a quilt for my brother to head off to college with! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  7. These pin cushions are so sweet- and so are you for having a give-away even though its hard for you to let your handmade items go :) I would treasure one of those pretty pin cushions! It might even prompt me to do some embroidery in my journals which is something I’ve always been meaning to do.

    I am sorry to hear you are low on energy – I understand totally. I hope it is just a phase and is soon to pass.

    My summer project is to make more hand carved stamps to incorporate into my work – I want to explore it thoroughly and build up a great supply of them!

  8. Your pincushions are lovely! My favorite is the first one. I love pastel colors and small flowers. This summer, I would like to make a lap quilt with vintage fabrics. I have never quilted before so I am excited to start. :)

  9. My summer project is clothes – I’ve got (bought and given as presents) a lot of fabolous fabric. I intend to make some dresses, easy, simple models, since I tend to like patterns and a lot of color. I’ve made one that I like and there’s more to come :)
    Lovely pin-cushions, Hanna!

  10. Hi – hoping the comments on your beautiful blog and pincushions will give you a boost! This summer I hope to finish a quilt I’ve started…Winter Dresden Plates.

  11. I really need to start a quilt for my baby, due in July… I’d probably be doing that this week if it weren’t for SMS! : )

  12. What a cute giveaway, thank you. I recently started a little patchwork and love the dresden plate design so this summer I would love to make my first proper quilt. So far I have made a bag, a table mat and a tiny pincushion in dresden.

  13. Those are adorable! Great job!

    I’ll be working on some cute summer dresses for my little girl :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I want to start sewing current clothes and bags I can wear in summer! Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. My project is a hand pieced hexagon quilt using new and vintage fabrics – size to e determined!

  16. One can never have too many pincushion. I even belong to a pincushion group. Really like your idea of using different color ways for the same pattern. My big projects are two Christmas quilts and I also want to make some aprons. Thank you for the giveaway and I am a follower.

  17. I really want to make my first dress from a pattern this summer!

  18. I love pin cushions. I have yet to own one of my own though so your little beauty would certainly have a well loved home with me. I currently use a cup that gets knocked over at least weekly. Not ideal.

  19. Log cabin is my favorite! Although I’ve never attempted it myself…maybe I can add that to my list if summer projects! My main focus this summer will probably be learning to block print and incorporate it into collage work.

  20. Beautiful pincushions in your giveaway and you can never have too many

  21. These pincushions are so darn cute!! Not the usual red tomato, what a breath of fresh air. Well, this may not sound like a big project, but I find I spend SOOOOO much time every time I make a card or an altered project just going through stacks and stacks of paper to choose just the right combinations. I learned from an excellent video on YouTube by Dawn McVey for PTI how to choose and mix patterns easily. My project for the summer is going to be to categorize my scraps by color and pattern scale to make choosing easy. That will free me up to be able to achieve more in much less time!

  22. It’s a little late for me to get started on it but I’ve really been wanting to make my bed a light weight quilt for the warm summer months. I think I’m going to use the swoon pattern. I also hope to get a tree skirt made for my christmas tree and a few matching table runners

  23. Summer projects…not enough summer to do what I’d like. Need to clear out the art room and destash. I’m in the mood to make journals, explore the possiblities of TAP, and figure out the tech end of my camera. Some handstitching would be nice, and maybe carve a stamp or two. Oh, and I did I mention there’s not enough summer?

  24. I’d love a handmade pincushion. I have one of those cheap tomato things. I am cutting out blocks for a queen-sized quilt for our bed – hope to get it finished by the fall. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. I am planning to complete some of my almost finished quilts and prepare them to be quilted. I hope to have a quilt for each of my grown children’s families ready for Christmas. I love pincushions, thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  26. What pretty pincushions! I have been wanting to make myself a gathered fabric baguette handbag but have yet to start. That will be my next major project to focus on I think.

  27. Hanna, I would love to win one of your pincushions! I have just started working on a three-piece series for one of our walls. Then this summer I hope to complete a 9-piece fabric picture wall hanging. I keep changing my mind as to what I want it to look like so I’ve still not started it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. The pincushions are darling. I hope to tackle sewing with the granddaughters this summer.

  29. These are adorable! I have a thing for pincushions…maybe because the represent the intersection of decoration and utility. I love the fabrics you have used. I guess the biggest project I should focus on this summer is getting my Etsy shop up and running! I have to face my dreaded enemy, Procrastination, and get it underway. Beyond that, I have plenty of collages, sewn paper projects, and art journal pages to work on!

  30. I could use a pincushion in the living roo for when I do handwrk. I am always just sticking the needles or pins into the arm of the couch and hearing all about my bad habit when someone else sits down in my seat. Love the swedish notebook in your shop.

  31. I would dearly love one of your pincushions. They are so perfectly matched in colour.

  32. Those pincushions are so pretty. I would love to have one. I would really like to make another advent calendar this summer.

  33. the pincushions are super cute !
    this summer i want to try and sew a few easy T-shirts for my little boys using some found material… i dont know if you can consider it a “small” project, considering my sewing skills…..

  34. I think it’s obvious these are the cutest pincushions that have ever existed :) . Last summer, I bought a big tub of catnip (2 pounds), some stuffing, and a bunch of fabric, as well as thread and some pins. I have a sewing machine that I don’t remember how to use, and four cats who go through catnip toys like they go through coats. This summer, I’d really like to figure out how to use the sewing machine and make them some toys! If I get the hang of it, I want to donate some to our local shelters for the kitties there to enjoy! (Oh, I just followed you on Twitter!).

  35. What a great giveaway! I love making these discoveries in little forgotten paper bags… I have been clearing out a space for a studio and sorting through all my art and general making supplies so I have found a few forgotten treasures as well. :) This summer I am making a whole heap of little quirky-folky fabric hearts for a sale in July. Lots of little detailed sewing (must remember to avoid having too much coffee on those days, I find!!) and mad piles of fabric, chopped up old jumpers etc with buttons, beads and pins escaping everywhere. Meanwhile, I am getting my first bee-hive up and buzzing!!

  36. Lovely pincushions! This summer i would love to make a quilt for my bed…

  37. I want to learn how to knit, when it’s too hot to go out doors.

  38. My big craft project his summer is a vintage window I salvaged out of someone’s garbage. It has about 9 panels and it’s rectangle shaped. I want to paint each window with glass paint and then hang it from my porch as a suncatcher/privacy screen.

  39. I’m working on a project from the moda bake shop and i really need to make more progress!

  40. Since I got rid of my last child, I am turning her room into a craft/sewing room. So my summer project will be ‘getting organized’ and sewing up some loose and easy tops to wear during our heat of the summer.

  41. Love the pin cushions! I have so much planned for the summer and everyday! Getting my sewing machine back out. Crocheting crocheting crocheting. Art Journaling. And so on…
    I am currently reading your book. Thank you for sharing your life. Hope a bundle of energy finds its way to you.

  42. I like your writing style – to the point – and I agree about the domestic thing! Your pincushions are lovely. Good advice about adding email addresses in the entry forms ! Oh yah this summer I hope to sew my ‘bee’ quilt together once all the blocks are back.

  43. My summer project is getting back to my embroidery, which I haven’t done in years! This is a perfect little motivation to get started. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  44. The pincushions are so sweet! I am going to make a quilt for my son, who is getting married this summer. Glad to have found your blog!

  45. They look lovely. This summer I would really like to make myself a summer skirt, and hopefully I’ll manage it. Dressmaking is still rather a new pursuit for me!

  46. these are adorable. I am a beginner quilter/sewer but I want to make a quilt for my queen size bed this summer. plus a million and one other things that i want to do

  47. I need to make a travel sewing kit for handsewing (or win one on SMS giveaway day!!)

  48. Your pincushions are awesome! I love the look of the log cabin block, but can never seem to sew straight enough to make them look good. And I totally know what you mean about making stuff you don’t feel comfortable giving away. I have a pile of necklaces I’d love to pass on, “but who would really want them?”

    My UFO/WiP list is huge so my goal is to get all caught up this summer so that I can spend fall focusing on opening a shop & making Christmas presents. :)

  49. A big in size project project I will start is a beanbag chair for my daughter’s bedroom re-do. A big in time project is my first pieced quilt top (cut and now ready to start sewing). Keep your fingers crossed! Thanks!

  50. I’m off on holiday soon so I’m taking my hexagon project with me!

  51. I really want to make my daughter a backpack for school in the fall and since i am a bit intimidated by this project I think i had better get an early start. :)

  52. I would really love to make up a few baby quilts, as there are several girls I know who are expecting.

  53. What adorable pincushions!

    We are moving to a new house, 500 miles away, so I’ll have a ton of huge projects to keep me busy this summer, starting with unpacking & organizing, through painting and making curtains & whatnot, all the way through completely re-doing my kitchen. xo

  54. I’m really hoping to finish my son’s quilt by his 3rd birthday this July-it’s the first real quilt I’ve ever made (it’s going to be twin size)

  55. What I am really going to do this summer is…get quilts put up on my newly thrifted EZ3 quilt frame and do some hand quilting. Thank you for this giveaway.

  56. I love your pincushions! I’ve actually been wanting to make a few tiny ones to add to my collection…tuffets looks cute from Miss Rosie’s patterns. Thanks for the chance!

  57. I need to make an ironing board cover!! Mine is burnt and marked and miserable and it doesn’t make all that pressing any fun at all

  58. I’m going to try to learn quilting. I’ve never done it before, but it’s my goal.

  59. winter will be here soon, and the days are already much colder. not much, if we compare to your country but for us, cold enough to enjoy being under soft and cozy quilt :) My projects for this winter are all baby related as my brother’s first baby will arrive in august. I’m really excited with a new baby in the family and the first project in my list is an baby quilt.
    Your pincushions are adorable, specially the ones with the rose fabrics and a vintage look, i love them :)
    Thanks for the nice giveaway ( your blog is on my blog list for a while already :)
    greetings from Brazil!

  60. I am going to be doing some more handsewing/transportable projects for the summer so this would be wonderful! Hoping to work on some Hexis!

  61. I would love to have one of your pin cushions. My handsewing is not so hot so it will have a place of honor in my craft area!

  62. I want to get quilts made for 2 of my kids. Thanks for the chance to win!

  63. Your pincushions are so sweet and it is always good to have one handy, especially if, like me, you sew all over the house. I hope to finish my string quilt this summer. It has always gotten the spare bits of time between things; but, what it needs is a chunk of time for just it!

  64. I love pincushions and you have created some very pretty ones. Thanks for participating in the blog hop. In the summer, I am looking forward to getting some quilts made- I am a teacher in my professional life and the summer is for quilting .
    Regards from Western Canada,

  65. I think the pincushions look wonderful! Anyway, I want to free motion quilt a lap-sized quilt I’ve almost finished the top for. I’ve never done FMQ before, though, so I feel like I need to practice on less important things first to kind of build up my confidence / skill levels before tackling this top I’ve put so much time and effort into.

  66. Oh these are so sweet! I have lots of projects swirling in my mind right now! The only one that involves sewing is going to be adding a fun border around my denim duvet! It is my all time favorite comforter and it is showing the signs of all the wear around the edges! So I found some fabric and will be adding a border around it! It’s still fairly cool here at night so it’s almost time to store it for summer! So perfect time to get it ready for fall/winter!

  67. Log Cabin is also my favorite block! And I love pincushions! I actually need to finish up so many projects! But I know I’m going to start something new, I just can’t help it. I did see a adorable backpack that I want to make for my grand-daughter. We are going to take a plane trip this summer, and I thought it would be cute for her. I would fill it with goodies too to keep her busy!

  68. Those are really pretty. I particularly like the one with small pink roses and the flower button.

  69. I really need a new pincushion, so if i don’t win one of these, that will be on my to do list. I also really want to make myself a cute bag – I always seem to be sewing for other people and not myself :) Oh, and I am in Australia, so I really get you on the international thing :)

  70. This summer I am making and trading ATCs with an online friend, and I am also hoping to learn how to make either a fanny pack or some kind of little pouch that can be attached to my belt.

    About the domestic giveaways- believe it or not, some bloggers don’t have a lot of money and can’t afford the extra money to send stuff overseas, but still want to give things away to their readers when they can. And then there’s people like me without transportation to the post office, so I can only send things nationally by going to my mailbox across the street from my house. I can only send packages internationally by going to the post office, which I can’t get to. So…

  71. I love pincushions (^_^)/
    My summer project are i want to make a bag from felt and learn embroidery.
    Thanks for the chance Hanna :)

  72. i really want to start on my first quilt

    thanks for the giveaway!

  73. I want to make some new potholders to replace my crappy ones!

  74. Så fine!!
    Sønnen min får et nytt søskenbarn, så jeg planlegger å strikke noe til han eller henne. Vet ikke helt hva, for det må jo være litt fargenøytralt.
    Også skal jeg strikke en røff vest med flette-mønster til sønnen min, for da jeg strikket den (i februar), ble den for stor til ham og da gav jeg den bort.

  75. I want to finish up some of my quilt-a-longs. Thanks for the great giveaway! Have a Happy Day! :)

  76. I am sewing some dresses for my little granddaughter. What cute pincushions.

  77. I really want to finish a skirt I started two years ago that I’m mostly making up as I go.

  78. As it is winter I need to get on with the quilts and knitting that I don’t do during the heat of summer

  79. I’d really like to make a start on my patchwork bedspread

  80. I want to do another landscape quilt this summer . Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. This summer I am planning on making several bags

  82. Love these sweet pincushions. This summer I’ll be making an apron from some Liberty fabric-yum!, a quilt for me-finally-from my beloved stash of Regent Street, and a few baby quilts for friends.

  83. I feel like it is meant to be that I win one of these. Firstly, I am new to sewing and I NEED a pincushion, secondly the log cabin is my favorite quilt as well.

    I would like to attempt a lap quilt for my mother this summer! It would be my first quilting project as I mostly do paper crafts, but I would like to give it a go!

    Thanks for the chance to win this adorable pincushion! BTW, I subscribed to your blog posts via email. We seem to have a lot of the same interests, judging by your bio

    Have a great day,

  84. What a gorgeous pincushion :) I’ll be trying quilting this summer starting with a pillowcase and working my way up.

    Thank you for a great prize and the chance to win it.

  85. I would like to get going and finish up the t-shirt I started a good while ago! :)

  86. I’ve actually started a Granny Stripe crochet blanket. That’s my big project for this summer.

    Your pincushions are just darling!

  87. I love pincushions! I have to finish three quilts which are graduation presents for my three daughters.

  88. Your pincushions are beautiful! This summer I want to work on making fabric book/journal covers, and maybe fabric bowls and boxes.

    Have a good weekend!

  89. First off, to get an iHanna creation! Bliss. I want to make bags….bags and bags for bags.

  90. Thanks everyone for commenting and visiting my blog. I’ve notified the winners, and they are 4: Oddbjörg, Kim, Tina and Jamie. Congratulations!