I participate in a Kris Kringle each year at work. My lucky recipient this year was going to receive a beautiful pincushion. Not just any pincushion though - a circular one with a paper pieced pie on it.
The fabrics were chosen with great care, the buttons were selected, I had all the ingredients necessary to finish the pincushion.
So, I made the pie; I attached it to the background; I quilted the pie and the background; I cut the circles out; I sewed it together and then I snipped the edges so the seams would lie flat. So far, so good!
I turned it out the right way and I thought it was ok. Not fabulous, but ok. Hmmm, maybe it will improve when I stuff it. So, out came the stuffing, all was well in the world. I had enough stuffing! Stuff the cushion firmly. Wow! Dog's breakfast is all I can say. The quilting was wonky, the edges didn't sit properly. This was a disaster. Why? Well, in my certainty that this would be a huge success I was finishing it the day of the Kris Kringle dinner! For those who know me, this is not unusual.
What was I going to do? I had about two hours to prepare something else. I made a rectangular pincushion with a 'pie' on it. The most frustrating part - it was gorgeous. Simple, elegant, lovely colour combination. I didn't want to give it away but I had to. So, Kris Kringle recipient - I hope you love it as much as I did.
All I have for show and tell is the unpicked pincushion.