November 18, 2009

Cake & Other Sweets

As you may know, I'm admittedly not (yet) a quilter, but something strange is happening. Early this summer I was walking through Borders bookstore and spotted a cute little cake slice pincushion on the front of Quilts and More, so I bought the magazine.

Then, I went to a local fabric store and found myself looking for fusible interfacing...something I've definitely never done before. I left the store not only with the interfacing, but also with fabric, thread and ribbon. What's crazier is that the pincushion needed to be filled with crushed walnut shells so I went on a wild goose chase trying to find them and somehow ended up in the reptile aisle at Petco. Who knew reptiles liked crushed walnut shells (I happen to like walnuts, not reptiles). On top of all this, I actually made this pincushion!

(Please don't cringe too much at the construction, ok, all you expert crafter people out there? I was so happy that it was a triangle and will hold pins no matter what.) So now all I can think about is that red, scalloped cake plate PamKitty, Camille and Debra have been talking about on Twitter. Ya, I know, what is happening to me?! It all starts with a pincushion...what's next? Actual pins?

Speaking of other sweet things, the Fat Quarter Shop was so nice to interview me recently and I'm thrilled to be featured on their blog, the Jolly Jabber.


  1. I love your pincushion! It is super cute!

  2. THAT is beautiful! you should check out Gigi Minor's pin toppers....on etsy

  3. Yeah, what a great pin cushion! Super cute. Now head over to Target and get that plate.

  4. I made a couple of those too! So cute!

    You did a great job and a cake plate would be just the thing.

    I found the walnut shells filler at the bird and reptile store too.

  5. I have the same magazine, but I still need to make the pincushion! btw I didn't make it to quilt market, but I'm so, so excited for Verna to arrive in my shop! And I can't wait to see 12 days of Christmas.

  6. LOLOL you're progressing much faster than I am!

  7. super cute.. at least you finished it.... i have that magazine.. and a half done pincushion!!

  8. Kate, just read the Jolly Jabber and had to look at your blog! I am so excited about Verna and can't wait to get my hands on some of the prints!!!! Your pin cushion looks great...but look out...quilting is addictive!!!!

  9. Kate,
    Your pin cushion looks great! I love your new fabric line Verna, and can hardly wait for it to be available for purchase. Your 12 days of Christmas line looks so fun too! I Just wanted to say welcome to the quilt world. I'm thinking you will soon be making quilts yourself and then you can enjoy all of the 'quilty pleasures' of being a quilter!


  10. Hey I’ve been following your blog for a while now!!! I think that this might be something you would be interested in. Maybe you’d like to participate or just do a little post about it! I’d love to see it be a great book ☺ (P.S. I’m not getting anything for passing the message along!)
    Mandy from
    All the info is taken from…
    They posted on their blog:
    I'm very pleased to organize the first-ever Quilter's Cookbook with recipes from quilters around the world. Everyone is welcome to submit a recipe, a photo of their favourite quilt and a story for inclusion in the Cookbook. The submission deadline is November 28, 2009.
    The Quilter's Cookbook will be available for sale as a downloadable PDF file in early December 2009. The price will be determined based on the number of recipes submitted and the number of advertising sponsors.
    The Cookbook is being created as a fundraising effort to help off-set some of the costs associated with running the Quilting Gallery site and to fund new community-based features planned for 2010. Please help support the community!
    The theme for this Cookbook is "Quick and easy recipes, so we can get back to quilting!".

  11. I think your pincushion is'll be quilting before you know it! Oh...and definitely go get that plate from Target...I found one it!

  12. Oh, you know I'll track one down at Target for you! This red scalloped cake plate club is growing at lightning speed. You should definitely join. Then you can make 7 more pincushions (darling by the way!) and have a whole cake.

    I'm Camille, by the way. Nice to meet you! ;-)

  13. And it's not fattening! Love your designs. They make me smile.
    Add me to your blog. I like to smile.

  14. :) looks great! and i need to get on this "red scalloped plate" train!

  15. So very proud of your pincushion!! Sorry I am late to your pincushion party and to this scallop plate party. Where have I been??

    happy holidays,


    p.s. got all of your Christmas paper goods at Target and am so loving them. My kids want to know why I won't let them eat on them!?!


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