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Sweet little pincushions. Love the vintage button- goes perfectly.

Karen Schultz

Marian, you did a great job making something useful out of those darling little orphan blocks! Love the little twister one with the button!



You are amazing. Your pincushion are wonderful. I know you have given many ideas on how to make a pincushion.

SueB in Virginia

Jean Etheridge

Such fun! I especially love the houe and the last one with the button!

Judy Smith

Great ideas, Marian. You've inspired me to look through those orphan blocks.
Judy in Missouri


Very cute! I don't have as many orphan blocks as you, but I have a few. Pincushions, here we come!


Beautiful and inspirational work as always!. I get so inspired when I see what you come up with! I want to know when your book will be coming out? Hint Hint. Have a great a day
Melody :))

Sharon Lutz

Love them all, especially the one with the button. Left over batting, going to my wastebasket now! :-) Sharon L.

Ann in PA

Marian, Oh how I wish I had orphan blocks as sweet as yours. (sigh) What delightful little pin cushions! I love each and every one of them. You are soooooo talented....yes, I too see a book in your future. ((hugs)) Ann in PA


Very cute! I have a bag of orphan blocks but plan on making an orphan block quilt!

Cheryl Barkdoll

I love all of the pincushions that you made. Each one was cuter than the next. You are all set for the pincushion swap.

Bonnie in Va

Very, very cute. I've been busy embroidering (machine) towels for a gift...a very late Christmas presents for some neighbors. I recently bought the ground walnut shells so this idea is great for me. Unfortunately I don't have a cute tin with left over blocks. But I know I have some somewhere! Thanks for the inspiration. Bonnie.


ADORABLE! I often look at all my little orphan blocks and hope to combine them all into a small quilt some day - mixing the pieced blocks with some appliqued blocks. Anyway, another option for your little pincushions is to box the corners and turn them into little tuffets - you can find a great tutorial for this method on Janet's blog here: http://roguequilter.blogspot.com/p/tuffet-tute.html Thanks for the great pictures!

Katy S

These are lovely! It makes me want to make one!


Your pincushions are so sweet, and what a wonderful way to use up those orphan blocks. The button on the twister pincushion was just the right touch. I've made small cushions like these before, but used them as decoration, tucked into a shelf in my sewing room, or anywhere else that needed a touch of colour. I used polyester stuffing instead of the walnut shells.


Oh Marian, they are very cute indeedy!! Great way to use up your little blocks.

Helen F

What a great idea!!!! I especially like your "twister" pattern!!! Trouble is all my "orphan" blocks arn't altogether in a tin - they are all over the place - cupboards, shelves, boxes, sewing baskets etc, etc, etc!!!

Kirsten Kreutzfeldt

Marian, what an inspiration! Those pincushions are the cutest. Good thinking!
K :)

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