Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Happy Flower Quilts: Pin Cushions & a Giveaway

Happy Flowers Quilts Tour post with pin cushions by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I love pincushions! Is there anything so quick and tiny and absolutely adorable as a sweet little pincushion? These versions from Happy Flower Quilts by the incredibly brilliant Atsuko Matsuyama just couldn't be more fun to sew.

Happy Flowers Quilts Tour post with pin cushions by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I had originally planned to make all three of the pin cushion patterns in this book but had to limit myself to two so that I could stay up with all my other deadlines. The Log Cabin and Shoofly versions are simple and sweet, small enough that you can use your smallest treasured scraps. For the Shoofly version, I used quilting cotton fabrics paired with a favorite dotty print. The original pattern called for two pom-poms sewed to each corner, but I used only one. My daughters think it's the cutest thing ever.

If I had to pick a favorite, though, it would be the Log Cabin version which I made using all Liberty lawn scraps (except for the retro lady in the center) and backed in linen. It's everything that I love in one tiny package.

Happy Flowers Quilts Tour post with pin cushions by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I never cease to be fascinated by Japanese quilting books, and Happy Flower Quilts is no exception. This book is full of beautiful patchwork projects that I hope to make in the future. If you'd like a copy of your own from World Book Media, just leave a comment below. The giveaway is open worldwide, just be sure that your email address is in your comment or visible to me so that I can contact you! I'll choose a winner on Saturday.

If you'd like to see more, be sure to check out the other stops on the book tour listed below.


Happy sewing, friends!

127 comments:

  1. Love those pincushions, and the lovely book you have showed us!! Thank you for the giveaway. My address: smarinergonzalez@gmail.com. xoxo

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  2. Love the pincushions! I love the idea of making them from precious scraps of Liberty too!

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  3. I would love to win a copy. These are just plain cute. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  4. The pincushions are so cute! And I love the book and thank you for the chance to win! krisfmm@yahoo.com

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  5. Those are precious pincushions. I have been coveting that book for years

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  6. Your pincushions are perfect! And that book looks amazing 😍

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  7. Very cute! Tiny things are a win all around -- they take a small amount of time and materials but have a big impact when finished.

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  8. Love your pincushions. I am obsessed with making them and have a wooden box full of them! I'd love to win this book.

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  9. These pincushions are so cute. Beautiful work with the fussy cutting!

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  10. Such cute little pincushions! I love them both!

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  11. Ooooooow! What a cute book and pincushions; pick me!!!

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  12. Very sweet pincushions (I love the pom poms on the corners of the shoo fly cushion!).

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  13. One can never have too many pin cushions. Have seen a lot of buzz about this book. All of it good. Would love to have a copy. Jkestevens@aol.com

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  14. Would love to win the book. I am always looking for gifts to make to add to the swaps that I participate in. Pins cushions are a great gift. Schmitlin@elmore.rr.com

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  15. Love the title and cover of this book. Your pin cushions turned out great. Love to win a copy. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  16. Thank you for this chance to win the beautiful book. Your pincushions are so cute....

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  17. Such sweet little pinnies! You can never have enough - at least that's what I keep telling myself!

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  18. Those pom-poms are so adorable! Your daughters have it right. Also loving the Liberty pincushion. Looks like a fab book.

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  19. I love those little pom-poms and wondering if you sewed them on before or after you made the cushion? I guess the book would explain how to do it :)

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  20. A girl can never have too many pincushions. Those are soooo sweet. They make great gifts to give to a friend. Thanks for sharing. Ellen luvtoquilt2@gmail.com

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  21. What darling little pincushions, and who doesn't love pom poms. They just seem to add a bit of feminity to them, especially in pink. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  22. I like your style! Would love the book, always nice to have a reference, rather than a screen. Maud
    uhrbach@hotmail.com

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  23. The book looks lovely! And your pin cushions certainly are! Thanks for the chance! quiltlovefordomesticfelicity(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Pin cushions are so much fun to make! Love your version...adorable!

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  25. Oh, your pincushions are so cute! Would love to win a copy of the book, thanks for the chance.

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  26. The cover of the book is enough to make me want to sit down and read through it! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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  27. The book looks so cute and your projects are adorable! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    kdm1050atgmaildotcom

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  28. I'm loving all the ADORABLE projects I've seen that are part of the Happy Flower Quilts book. Yes, pincushions are such fun and yours are wonderful. BullTulip69atgmaildotcom

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  29. Just the cover of this book is wonderful to look at. The pin cushions are adorable. Kruzesoap@aol.com
    So when I win you can email me right away!

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  30. Well thank you so much for a chance at this awesome giveaway!!! I am so excited to follow along on this blog hop too, hoping to get a copy of this awesome book soon!!!!

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  31. I was just looking at this book the other day and trying to decide if I should buy it or not (I've got a kigillion quilting and project books).
    Your pincushions are adorable, especially the one with the pompoms!
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

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  32. So cute pincushions you created. Thanks for sharing about the book. Have a fun time sewing

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  33. Your pincushions are gorgeous and precious! Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous book!

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  34. Such sweet pincushions! They'd look so cute set around a sewing room or to give as gifts. This book looks wonderful and is just my style!

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  35. Absolutely LOVE that Liberty pin cushion!!! Wouldn't mind winning the book, either.

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  36. Beautiful pincushions. Love the fabric choices! Thank you for the chance to win.
    cottonpaperflowers at gmail dot com

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  37. Adorei a escolha dos tecidos! Ficaram umas almofadas de alfinetes lindas! Adorava ser a feliz contemplada, ganhando o livro!
    Ana

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  38. Tiny pompoms make all the difference. Looks like a fun book!

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  39. What cute pincushions! I love the cover of the book, so many pretty quilt squares!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  40. I have to agree with your daughters that the one with the pom-poms is the cutest thing ever!!! Thanks for the sweet giveaway :o)
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    sewystuff at gmail

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  42. Pincushions are the best! And you can use up those scraps that you just can't throw away. BTW, I love the name of the book - who doesn't want to make cheerful gifts this time of year!

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  43. So sweet! Thanks so much! N33559 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  44. Cute pin cushions. The book looks interesting.

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  45. Adorable!! Love the dash of charm the pom-poms give!

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  46. Love those pincushions. You can never have enough of them. Thanks for sharing this book with us.

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  47. i love pincushions and the prints you used are gorgeous. thanks for the giveaway.

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  48. So adorable I could scream! Thanks for the opportunity!
    blackberryteacakes@gmail.com

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  49. Those pin cushions ara adorable! Love the fresh flowery look of the book cover - very Spring like and cheerful (on a Winter's Day...opps now I will be humming that song...) lol mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. The pincushions are so sweet and the book looks delightful. sabrinavan701@gmail.com

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  51. Your pin cushions are so cute! Small and cute projects are the best. Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book.
    cathyhowell3 at gmail com

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  52. Très jolies réalisations.J'aime beaucoup ce livre.
    Tu as mon adresse mail via mon inscription à ton blog.
    Attention, j'habite en France.
    Bonne journée

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  53. I agree, Japanese quilting books are the best. Your pin cushions are adorable but my favorite, also, is the log cabin. Thanks for a sweet give-a-way. ritapita10@comcast.net

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  54. Neat 'lil Pin Cushions! Love to win a copy>looks like a great book!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  55. Im a pincushion making novice.... I'd LOVE to get a copy of this book. And the pom-poms.... WOW. kristendurrant@gmail.com

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  56. Oh... I love this book- how adorable. I need this book
    Your pincushions are so cute and would make fun little toddler toss pillows too
    Thank you for sharing this adorable book

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  57. I love pincushions too! I would love to win a copy. Thank you

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  58. You can never have to many pin cushions! there is just something about them. Once you get one, you just have to start collecting more. Would love to have the book.

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  59. Adorable pincushion! Such cute fabric.

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  60. your pincushions are so cute! This book looks very fun and inspiring!

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  62. Cute pincushion! Hope I win! 😊
    flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

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  63. Gorgeous!
    This looks such a great book!

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  64. Thanks for sharing your darling pin cushions. This book looks like it would be so much fun to work through. Thanks for the chance.

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  65. The book looks great.So gorgeous pincushions, the one in the left caught my eye.I love gift pincushions.Thanks for the chance!

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  66. Cute little pin cushions! How could anyone not want to make one for themselves? {or two, or three...}

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  67. I love the cute pin cushions and the book is too sweet.

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  68. Oh yes, I absolutely adore pin cushions! And the book sounds like such a delight! It's literally making the craft lover in me squeal! <3 sabrina_joy314@hotmail.com

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  69. What is it about pin cushions that enchants us so? I have made several myself, and when I find a pattern for another one that charms me, I make it too. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  70. I would love to win. I love pincushions

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  71. I have a "thing" for pincushions, and yours are truly charming! I'd love to see what else goes on between the pages of this pretty book! eamylove@aol.com

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  72. I love the quirkiness. It is wonderful how you can tell a story or add some fun. Happy pincushions

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  73. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win this great book. If I win, can I win the pin cushions instead? :D They are SOOOO CUTE!!

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  74. I love pom poms. I love pincushions. boy am I lucky or what? Both in one place. Thanks for the giveaway! Pmckenzie66@hotmail.com

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  75. So cute, I love the pincushions.

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  76. Love your pincushions. Looks like a fun book.

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  77. What a Lovely book!! I sew enjoy making & gifting pin cushions am just starting to quilt. Thank you SEW much for this giveaway!! kweenbee_612@yahoo.com

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  78. Pincushions are adorable-I love little projects like that-love the fabric you chose.

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  79. It has been so fun to see everyone's projects. Thanks for sharing your sweet pincushions!

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  80. I love pincushions, very nice. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  81. Lovely book! Thanks for the chance!
    asteride@gmail.com

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  82. Lovely pincushions and looks like a delightful book. Thanks for the giveaway! cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  83. Ack! The shoefly pincushion with the pom poms is adorable! Fingers crossed I will win one of these giveaways for the book. Lisa in Texas

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  84. Too cute! I would so like a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

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  85. Those pin cushions are adorable! I would love chance at the book. It looks like it's full of wonderful things to make! Thank you!!!
    momacita22@yahoo.com

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  86. what darling pincushions! Would love to be winner!

    fletcher.jean@gmail.com

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  87. Those are awesome pincushions. I wish everyone good luck, but secretly hoping I win!! Ha. Ha.

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  88. I am loving this gorgeous book & those sweet little pincushions. Thank you for the give away

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  89. The pincushion with the pom poms is adorable.

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  90. I love the fabric used in the pincushions! Also, love the look of these pincushions! Would love the book and would love to make them! Thanks for the chance to win the book! Sharon.....sascheidt@gmail.com

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  91. The pom poms are a beautiful finishing touch.

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  92. Pincushions are such fun projects--ways to keep special fabric close-by, or make a quick gift for a dear someone. Your pennies are especially sweet; you always include fun little touches.

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  93. I hoard even the tiniest scrap of Liberty. A pincushion is ideal for some of those.

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  94. Adorble project!! thank you for the giveaway!

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  95. Those pin cushions are so sweet . This looks like a really nice book

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  96. Sweet pincushions. Thank you for the giveaway. Have a lovely weekend.

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  97. Cute puncushions! Looks like a fun book

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  98. I love your pincushion with the pompoms! It's so cute. Thanks for the giveaway. vkoh159 (at) mchsi (dot) com

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  99. The more I see of this book, the more I love it! Cute pincushions!

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  100. Log Cabins are a favorite of mine too! Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful book! rosenowde (at) live (dot) com

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  101. The Liberty print pincushion is great. I've been following the blog on this book and it looks delightful. I would love to add it to my quilting library. Thanks for the chance. sherry (at) phazoncontrols (dot) com.

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  102. Adorable!!! Sdelar (at) frontiernet (dot) net

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  103. I just started making pin cushions. They're a great way to create something when time is short. The book looks lovely - so much inspiration! Thanks for the chance!
    emyerly(at)outlook(dot)com

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  104. This book looks really interesting and your pin cushions are lovely.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  105. I've heard so many good things about this book - thanks for the chance
    mary(at)emmens(dot)co(dot)uk

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  106. I really, really need a quilting book. I'd like to win this one!
    jan(at)beane.org

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  107. You can always use more pincushions, they look great.

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  108. You can always use more pincushions, they look great.

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  109. Your pincushions are adorable, I would love to win this book, thanks for the chance!

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  110. I remember looking at this book a few years ago but it was not printed in English at the time. It is just adorable and that cover quilt is amazing. Love the pin cushions as you can use all those "just can't throw away this cute piece" of fabric we all have. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  111. Thanks for great giveaway fingers crossed
    Sofianecomp@yahoo.com

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  112. Your pin cushions are adorable! The book sounds very good. I would love to get a copy. Have a lovely day! Lisa
    (traditionalquilter@gmail.com)

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  113. This would be a great book for using up scraps

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  114. This would be a great book for using up scraps

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  115. Another lovely book for my library!

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  116. I love your pincushions and the log cabin one is my favourite too. This looks like a lovely book.

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  117. I love pincushions also. One of my first sewing projects as a child was a ladies' hat pincushion. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  118. Lovely book and projects... hoping to win a copy.

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