Daisy the Dachshund Pin Cushion

Today several of the classes that I will be tutoring at New Threads Quilt Shop went live on their website: http://www.new-threads.com/classes-203-c.asp

We are trying something new – short classes of 2½ hours which are graded according to skill level. There are classes for Beginners, Improvers, Intermediate and Advanced stitchers. The first classes will run on SEW SATURDAY which this year is Saturday 21st October. The morning will be for absolute beginners getting to know the basics of a sewing machine. In the afternoon for more experienced stitchers we will be making Daisy the Dachshund pincushion which is the mascot for this year’s event.

I made my first Daisy several years ago using some fine Pink needlecord. She has done great service but is now looking a little worse for wear. In anticipation of the class next month I made a new version using a charming printed cotton featuring Water Melons on a Bright Green background.

The old and the new Daisy Dachshund

The pin cushion takes about half of a Fat Quarter of fabric and less than an hour to stitch. This is a relatively straightforward sew although there are 4 Y-seams to conquer when setting in the head gusset and the ‘undercarriage’ sections. The remainder of my time was taken up filling Daisy with polyester toy stuffing and embroidering the features.

I have enjoyed making Daisy and envisage that she will make a charming gift for my sewing friends.