The Sweet Things in Life

 

 

As February approaches, stores tempt you with a red and pink bonanza of Valentine greetings–cards, candy, gifts and flowers.  Where do you look if you want a special Valentine treat for a friend who appreciates your creative talents?  Just Another Button Company has lots of ideas, and here’s a great one!

This is a special Valentine gift for YOU from Just Another Button Company–free instructions for Sweet Treat, a quick-and-easy pincushion in an ice cream cup.  You eat the ice cream first–tough job, but someone’s got to do it!  Roll strips of wool to fill the cup then top with our Just Pins.  A stitch here and there helps hold the layers together as you roll, but you could actually make this pincushion with no sewing if you want.

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Now you can make a Sweet Treat for all the names on your Valentine list.  Look for JABC Just Pins and Weeks Dye Works felted wool in independent quilt and needlework stores!  We have lots of Just Pins–if you are inspired to create more flavors.  See more Just Pins on our website.

 

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Just Pins – Sweet Tooth

Click here to find printable instructions for the Sweet Treat Pincushion!

A free instruction sheet from Just Another Button Company.  Permission granted to print the page for personal use.  Wholesale customers of Just Another Button Company permitted to reproduce the page as gifts for their customers.  Instructions may not be sold and can only be reproduced, published or promoted using Just Another Button Company Just Pins.
A free instruction sheet from Just Another Button Company. Permission granted to print the page for personal use. Wholesale customers of Just Another Button Company permitted to reproduce the page as gifts for their customers. Instructions may not be sold and can only be reproduced, published or promoted using Just Another Button Company Just Pins.

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Believer in sharing the SWEET!

An Afternoon Project with Martingale

The Pincushion Appeal books have been shipped!  Just Another Button Company has sent copies to all the pincushion friends we met at the Quilt Festival last fall and we have more in stock.  Whether you are a stitcher or a shop, please see our online shop for details.

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Will you make the pincushions from beloved materials in your stash or search out the fabrics and pins we used?

Our favorite Weeks Dye Works felted wool is available in fat quarter cuts at independent quilt and needlework stores.   If you are a “kit” person, you’ll be happy to hear that Just Another Button Company will offer wool and fabric kits for the pincushions in the book.  Look for item #f705 for the wool pieces you need for the aqua Santa pincushion.  And don’t forget you can also order e705–the embellishment pack that includes the two JABC Just Pins shown on the Santa.

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Have even more pincushion fun by making the pincushions in a variety of fabrics.

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Make a pincushion–here’s how our friends at Martingale Publishing suggest you can spend a very satisfying creative afternoon.  And be sure to enter their fabulous giveaway!

http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/pincushion-appeal-handmade-pincushions/

 

 

 

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Happy member of the Martingale family

What If?

Rachel and I love the fun of creating tiny works of pincushion art almost as much as we love hearing from you after you finish one of our kits. It’s true that pincushions delight beginners and experienced stitchers alike!

Sometimes it’s a challenge for us to corral a big idea into a pincushion that will fit into our kit packaging.

What if we changed our pace for a bit?

A year and a half ago at Quilt Market, Martingale Publishing offered us a chance to write a book about pincushions. A flood of What If? questions followed.

What if we made pincushions that were tall?

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What if we used unusual elements and one-of-a-kind collectibles for embellishing?

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What if we gave in to our love of vintage?

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What if we added tips for choosing materials and for creative display?

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Martingale loved our What If? ideas. The result is Pincushion Appeal– a collection of eight pincushions presented in book form with beautiful photography, detailed material lists, complete instructions and expertly drawn diagrams.

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Pincushion Appeal is available December 3, 2013 at independent quilt and needlework shops and through online sources.

We think you’ll have fun choosing materials and embellishments from your own stash. Coming soon to our website–embellishment packs plus material and findings kits for the projects shown in the book.

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Pincushion Enthusiast

Looking for a Little Bit of Cute?

Looking for a little bit of cute?

It’s no secret that we are nuts about felted wool balls around here. They make fabulous little pincushions and by adding a wooden spool, a JABC button face and Just Pin, in no time you’ll have an Acorn Pixie Spoolkeep!

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The Acorn Pixie and companion Sunflower Pixie are perfect examples of our complete kits–you add only needle, thread and a little bit of hot glue. In about an hour you have a pincushion!

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