Saturday, November 9, 2013

Busy sewing and listing

I am spending this weekend finishing up items for the annual Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, PA.  Visit their website at for details.  I have made needle/scissor cases (which sold out last year on opening night!) and, as a new item for this year, pin cushions.
 A sampling of needle cases.
First and only pin cushion copleted so far.  I may add a button to the center.  I am stuffing them with saw dust.  Did you know you can buy a box of saw dust on eBay?  I know it sounds crazy, paying money for saw dust, but it works really well;  it  gives some weight to the pin cushion, versus using fiberfill.  Some folks recommend ground walnut shells, which also give a nice weight, but since these are being sold to the general public, I was concerned about people who might have nut allergies, so sawdust it is.

I also have been busy adding a few things to my Etsy shop, including a lovely red and white applique quilt, antique fabric yardage, and a hooked rug.


  1. Lots of pretties there! I love the Union hooked rug and the red/white quilt! ---"Love"

  2. I love your needle cases and pin cushion. They are very cute! Love the fabrics also.

  3. I think you can buy anything on ebay! I've gone to my local builders store and have them sweep their sawdust into a bag. It was so messy using sawdust!! lol
    Good luck with your sale.

  4. cute rug and I love your little sewing kits too

  5. How sweet are those little needlecases! Just adorable. I think a person can sell their soul on Ebay ..... and someone would bid for it, probably! Your red and white applique piece is so fresh and vibrant - lovely. Thanks for sharing. xCathy

  6. I usually use walnut shells, but a Lori said, you can buy anything on Ebay. I have bought bottle caps to make trivets - I covered them with 30s fabric yo you. The red & white quilt is gorgeous!