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I've Been Busy

I've been busy quilting and sewing but I can't share any of the pictures yet! Gifts, you know. Hopefully after the Christmas holiday I can work on my own stuff. I've been gathering fabrics for projects just itchin' to start stitchin'!

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Pincushion with Thread Catcher Bag

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I used the pattern posted at Sew Mama Sew! as my starting point. It wasn't exactly what I wanted but it was close. I didn't need the organizer part nor that large of a pincushion. I did like how the bag was removable however. On the other hand, I wanted the "cuff" of the bag to be on the outside so it would make it easier to empty the bag. I didn't want threads getting caught under the "lip" of the fabric.
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