Sunday, September 27, 2015

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party {and a giveaway}

Welcome to the party!  Have you been following along this month with the Good Neighbors Pincushion Party?!  If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you will find direct links to the stops before mine.  The pincushions made with Amanda Jean's (aka Crazy Mom Quilts) new fabric line from Connecting Threads have all been fantastic.  It's no wonder given the beautiful prints to work with!


When Amanda told me about her new fabric line, I was SO happy for her.  When she asked me to participate in the blog hop, I didn't hesitate to say YES!  When I started blogging in 2009, Amanda's was one of the first quilt blogs I discovered.  Her generous spirit of sharing her love and knowledge of quilting with others hooked me from the start (not to mention the gorgeous scrappy quilts she makes).  She is just as sweet and generous in person too, as I am fortunate to experience at least once a year at retreat.



Amanda's first line of fabric is the perfect combination of happy, cheerful prints and lower volume fabrics that all play well with each other and mix beautifully with other fabric lines.  There are so many possibilities, and I immediately wanted to chop up the charm pack and start with scraps!  However, I took some time thinking about what type of pincushion I wanted to make before pulling out my rotary cutter.  I may have gone a little overboard in the pincushion making made more than one pincushion before settling on this design to share with you today.

 
It's difficult to pick a favorite print, but I must say these teal blue colors speak to me.  I love the bright yellow center here to break up the blues and how it all looks stitched down on the gray stripe.


The Peaks print is available in five bright colors.  I selected four of them for the hexies in this cushion.  All the pincushions are stuffed with crushed walnut shells.  I like the weight the shells provide.



This EPP block is stitched onto one of the lovely X's print.  I ordered a couple of yards of this in the teal color way!  I see this showing up in quite a few quilt projects.



And a third pincushion with dots, stripes, X's and peaks stitched onto a linen background.


Amanda Jean's Good Neighbors fabric line is exclusive to Connecting Threads and can be found here.   As you can see above, the line offers a great variety of prints in cheerful colors as well as "low volume" fabrics.  I love that one of the prints is available in 104" wide, making it perfect for quilt backs.


The Connecting Threads site also has a free download, patterns, quilt kits, fabric bundles and coordinating solids for the Good Neighbors collection all in one handy link.   I think I need the coffee cup pattern!


 When preparing this blog post,  I noticed these cushions didn't use the cross stitch print.  If I had to pick a favorite, the teal cross stitch print would be mine.  I must have used it in one of the other three pin cushions I made!


Connecting Threads has generously offered a charm pack to one of my readers (open to U.S. and Canada).  Leave a comment below and I will pick a winner on September 30th.  I would love to know which Good Neighbors print is your favorite.  Again, the entire line can be found here.



Congratulations Amanda Jean!  You knocked it out of the park!  Be sure to check out the other lovely pincushions made.

September  1     Amanda Jean  -  Crazy Mom Quilts
September  2     Anna  -  Noodlehead
September  3     Mary  -  Mary on Lake Pulaski
September  4     Svetlana  -  S.O.T.A.K Handmade
September  5     Debbie  -  Esch House Quilts
September  6     Holly -  Bijou Lovely
September  7     Carla  -  Grace and Favour
September  8     Faith -  Fresh Lemon Quilts
September  9     Vanessa  -  V and Co.
September 10    Anna  -  Thimbleanna
September 11    Krista  -  Poppy Print Creates
September 12    Erin -  Why Not Sew
September 13    Lee  -  May Chappell
September 14    Alex  -  Teaginny Designs
September 15    Cheryl   -  Naptime Quilter
September 16    Penny -  SewTakeAHike
September 17    Amy  -   During Quiet Time
September 18    Debbie  -  A Quilter's Table
September 19    Anne  -  Springleaf Studios
September 20    Melissa Corry -  Happy Quilting Melissa
September 21    Amber  -  One Shabby Chick
September 22    Nettie -   A Quilt is Nice
September 23    Adrianne  -  Little Bluebell
September 24    Cindy  -  Live a Colorful Life
September 25    Amy  -  Diary of a Quilter
September 26    Chase  - Quarter Inch Mark
September 27    Rene'  -  Rene' Creates  {that's me!}
September 28    Erin   -   House on Hill Road
September 29    Nicole  -  Modern Handcraft
September 30    Teri  -   Connecting Threads

78 comments:

  1. Am I the only one up today??!! Love your pincushions and I love this fabric collection too!! Beautiful colours and prints!!

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  2. I love all of them but the daisies in any color. Pin Cushions are so so cute!!
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  3. Your pincushions are so cute! I love the fabrics and would love to have a bit too.

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  4. I really like them all but I seem to be really drawn to Peaks. All your pincushions are sweet! I can see why it was hard to stop when you have all those beautiful fabrics to play with!

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  5. Cute fabric. I really like the Two Toned Stripe fabric. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  6. It's so difficult to just pick one - so I'll pick three - "X" "peaks" and " ovals". Love your pin cushions. Also enjoyed reading your blog.

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  7. Cute flower pincushions. ' Lemon Cross Stitch' is my favorite fabric. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  8. My favorite print is the crosstitch! I do also love the ovals -- in fact, they are all wonderful! Your pincushions are so cute...

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  9. It is hard to pick a favorite. I really like them all. Amanda Jean did a wonderful job. If I had to pick just one it would be X's.

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  10. Love your choice of pincushions. You were able to use a large selection of the possibilities. It is a wonderful line to play with and you played nicely.

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  11. Fun fabrics. You used them beautifully in your pincushions. I favor the teal fabrics too.

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  12. Beautiful pincushions and beautiful fabrics. Blue anything is always my favorite. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (shirparks@gmail.com)

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  13. Wonderful work! I love those xs because I see them as scissors :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway! shop123(at)elenabattles(dot)com

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  14. Your Pin Cushions are soooo cute!!! I love the X's too! :) Also love the Blues....but love this Whole Line!! So pretty & versatile for sure! thanks for chance to win your drawing!! This Hop is such Fun..want to make Pin Cushions for everyone I know! giggle....

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  15. Lovely pennies. I haven't seen hexies put together with a square middle before. I'd like to try it, because the flower it creates is so sweet. Is there a pattern for this? If not, I bet I could play around with sizes and do a similar one.

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  16. Very cute pincushions!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  17. Great idea for pincushion. They really are cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I like Peaks in Teal. Wonderful projects on this hop.

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  19. $5.96/yard?! What an amazing price for such cute fabric. The Grey Daisies are my favorite. Thanks for sharing your pincushion idea. I have a bunch of leftover, random hexies. Now I know what I can do with them!

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  20. My favorite prints are the "xs". Especially in turquoise.

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  21. My favorite has to be the the cross stitches, but I love all the colors it comes in!

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  22. Love your pin cushions - so cute. Hard to choose a favorite fabric but I have to go with Daisys in grey. Thanks!

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  23. These pincushions are so fun;).
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  24. I really like the design of your pincushion. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.
    My favorite print is the white one with all the flower designs drawn on it.It not only comes in the yardage, but the backing as well.

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  25. Love your little pin cushions Rene'. Amanda Jean's fabrics are just so cute it's easy to get caught up making more than one as I well know.

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  26. I finally went to see which design is in the extra wide width and I'm so happy it's the one if pick as my favorite. (Actually, I'm guilty of looking at each one and whispering to it, "you're my favorite but don't tell the others.") your pincushion parade is a fun expression of what can be done with these fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. It's an adorable line. I know my stash will be getting some! And I love the fabric (and thread) from Connecring Threads. I've been a fan for years. Great job on your pincushions Rene'! So cute!

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  28. i like the daisys in all three colors ways , love your pinnies and your machine

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  29. I am partial to the daisies and the cross stitch. Thanks for being part of this great hop.

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  30. Your pincushions are adorable!!!!! Such fun fabrics in this collection...impossible to pick a favorite :-)))))

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  31. Your pincushions look great! I like the x's pattern and the wideback fabric.

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  32. I agree with you! The X print has to be my favorite in any color! Love the low volumes :-) Very cute pincushions. I can see how you glad to make more than one.

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  33. It's hard to decide, but probably the multicolored flower print is my fave.

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  34. I love the cross stitch pattern and all the nice bright colors of the entire line. Your pin cushions are cute and look great in front of your awesome Singer!

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  35. I love the pincushions. So bright and happy.,

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  36. Obviously I can't be included in your giveaway, but I wanted you to know how much I love the design of your pincushion- such a great hexagon variation! I need to try to this out for myself.....

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  37. HI, your little Pin Cushions are adorable! I like the Grey Daisies best! Thanks for sharing your Blog+Giveaway!
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  38. Your pin cushions are neat. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I like the arrows. Thanks.
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  39. Thanks for sharing these fun hexie pincushions! My favorite fabric is the light blue with white spots.

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  40. Very cute Rene. You made so many too : ) I like your hexies around the square. Clever

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  41. those daisy prints are really fun! seems people can't resist making more than one.

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  42. I love that you made 3 pincushions. Cute! I checked out the Connecting Threads website, and I really like the Cafe Umbrellas Quilt.

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  43. It's too hard to pick just one! I like Peaks, X's, and Daisies. ajdepue@juno.com

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  44. I love all the blues--but the teal X's are my favorite. Your pincushions are adorable--I may need to gather up my courage and give hexies a try :)

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  45. Rene'
    it's nice to meet you. I love all the teal prints, and the orange ones too!
    Love your pinnie w/the linen background...it's a stunner. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. My favorite is the Short Lines in cool colors.
    Your pincushions look fabulous!

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  47. I love your pincushion. My favorite is the green cross stitch pattern.

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  48. I love your hex pincushions! It was hard to pick one favorite fabric! My three favorites are daisies, peaks and x's.

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  49. I like the daisies print in grey the most.

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  50. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I do like all the teal prints. I'm trying get more teal into my quilts! Love all of your pincushions!

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  51. Your pincushions are so very cute! My favorite fabric in the line is the peaks in red, but if you ask me tomorrow it might be different. There are so many I really love!

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  52. I like the Leaves Array print in sea breeze.

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  53. I love the flowers prints. I am especially excited about the wide backing in the mixed colors. buffyh_6(AT) yahoo (DOT) com

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  54. I love the entire fabric line but my favorite is the ovals in sea breeze. I adore your hexie flower pincushions! I have a few leftover hexie-sewing room I am on my way!

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  55. It is hard to pick just one! I do love the X print an I absolutely LOVE your sewing machine! Is it a family heirloom or a fabulous find? Love ALL of your pincushions! It has been fun to see everyone's creations:)

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  56. Love the x's - any color, as they are all pretty!

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  57. hard to choose but I think I like the little flowers!

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  58. I'm so far behind on my blog reading that I didn't realize that Amanda Jean had a fabric line for Connecting Threads. Very cute. And even cuter pin cushions. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. It's hard to pick a favorite from the line because they are all so useful for scrap quilters like me! That little flower print is awfully cute though.

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  60. I think the olive (that is called lime so it must be brighter than it looks on my screen!) daisies is my favorite.

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  61. ?how do ya pick a favorite? I like them all!

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  62. I've already bought some of this line, I love your turquoise, yellow and grey version the best!

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  63. My favorite print in the collection is the flower print. I love all of your pincushions, but I think my favorite is the one with pink and dark grey. Thanks for the giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

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  64. Can't decide between the peaks and the x's! Both are so cute!
    Love your little pincushions.

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  66. I like the Flowers in the Round. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. I love how these colors look against that darker linen- nice! I really like the peaks prints. Also liking the yellows in this line. Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  68. I'm loving all these pinchusions. The daisies are my favorite.
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  69. All of the fabric is lovely, but I like the peaks the best. Your hexagon pincushions are beautiful.

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  70. I like the dark turquoise print with squiggles.

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  71. I really like the daisies but they are all cute.

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  72. Your pincushions are beautiful. It's hard to pick a favorite fabric but I think it might be the X's.

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  73. Pretty little hexies!

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  74. Beautiful pin cushion. I love all things EPP though hexies are my favourite. Thanks for sharing your pin cushions and for offering a giveaway.

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  75. your pincushions are ADORABLE! I love that you made so many...and that you couldn't stop. I can identify with that problem! ;) Thank you for your kind words, for being such a sweet friend and encouraging me along the way. It means so much! Thanks so much for being a part of the party! xo

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