[Thank you for your kind response to yesterday’s post. I am thrilled that so many of you also sent the letter to your congressperson. Hopefully we will give them motivation to act!]

Pincushion pumpkins

I came home yesterday to a tiny parcel on the doorstep from a girlfriend in California. I do not know this friend very well, so I was particularly touched by her thoughtfulness. Laura is a quilter and is also a bridesmaid in Emily’s upcoming wedding. I’d sent her a wristlet several weeks back and she in turn sent me the cutest little pumpkins!

sweet little punkins

Aren’t they sweet? I think these could be used for decoration or for pin cushions. Even sweeter, she sent the directions to make them. I hope she doesn’t mind that I’m sharing these:

Mini sewn pumpkins:
Cut your fabric into different size rectangles
8″ x 17″ – 9″ x 18″ – 9″ x 22″ – 7″x 17″ – 11″ x 22″
3″ x 7″ – 4″ x 9″ – 5″ x 10″
Sew down the short side of the rectangle with the right sides together. Thread a needle and double the thread. Run a basting stitch along one edge and pull tight. Turn right side out and run a basting stitch along the other edge. Don’t pull this side tight until you stuff your pumpkin. Stuff your pumpkin, but not too full. Pull your basting stitch and put your finger in the opening, pull tight and knit. That leaves an opening for the stem. Put glue in the hole and push your stem in the top. Twist your pipe cleaner and wrap it around the stem. Glue 2 leaves and add raffia.

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Voila — sweet little pumpkins.