Moda Sliced Pincushion Challenge

Well, would you like to know a good way to distract yourself about pincushions? Make another, harder, more complicated pincushion! Give yourself about 12 hours to make it. Don’t use a pattern because you can’t. Oh and make sure that it is something that you’ve never done before…because otherwise it would be too easy. Run to the store AGAIN for supplies and to your mother’s house for some beads and a quick photo shoot….all the while trailing your two year old along with you.

But I think she was worth it. She? Why yes. Meet the Mermaid Lorelei.

Lorelei - A Mermaid Pincushion for Moda Slice Competition

Isn’t she sweet? She’s going to look perfect in my new sewing room we’re working on. Thank you to a few special friends who took an honest look at my first pincushion yesterday afternoon and encouraged me to step up my game a bit. It’s hard to create in a bubble. Hey, even on project runway they get Tim Gunn’s advice!

I did a similar technique on her face as I recently did on my mini quilt. People responded so well to that girl, I’m hoping you all like this one as well. She has her own ethereal look.

Lorelei - A Mermaid Pincushion for Moda Slice Competition

Lest you think she is not truly a pincushion, let me reassure you that she is fully functional. She is stuffed with a combination of poly fill and crushed walnut shells. So pins fit in her beautifully.

Lorelei - A Mermaid Pincushion for Moda Slice Competition- Detail

The challenge, to remind you all, was to make a pincushion using a jelly roll as our precut. We also needed to include rick rack and a button somewhere in the design. And any other fabric used in the design must be Moda fabric. And believe it or not, this little mermaid fits all of those criteria.

Lorelei - A Mermaid Pincushion for Moda Slice Competition

Her head, body and arms are all made from a Bella White Jelly Roll strip. That made for some tiny piecing, but I don’t need a large pincushion…so it worked well. Her arms are also made around pipe cleaners so that they have some shape to them and are bendable.

She has rick rack at her waist for scales and through out her hair. And those two star buttons are keeping everything properly in place. 😉

Her tail is made from an older line, although it looks an awful lot like one of the new pezzy prints. But this is from the original release I believe from the Peas and Carrots line by Sandy Klop.

Lorelei - A Mermaid Pincushion for Moda Slice Competition

Her hair was sooo fun and frustrating to work on. I won’t tel you how long I took to get that hair to look just so. But a couple of tv shows may have watched while I did. I had a lot of fun picking out the yarn yesterday at Joanns with Caitlyn in tow. She loved all the pretty “softs” and carried them around the store for me.  Ahh…two year olds!

So that’s my entry into the competition for this week.  I hope that I make it onto the next round, but I know that I’m proud of what I’ve made.  And once again, that is what truly matters.

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47 thoughts on “Moda Sliced Pincushion Challenge

  1. She's awesome! Although I'd hate to prick her with pins. You SHOULD be really proud. You did a great job – she's super unique, creative and follows all the rules. Good luck!

  2. hands down, you have it!! I swear that you have the golden touch 🙂 I really wish I could have just a touch! You are truly amazing and inspiring 🙂 Thanks for the peek at such an incredible creation!

  3. She is absolutely divine!!! Funny how a good "challenge" can push you to make something far more amazing than if you didn't have to work in all those silly rules.

  4. Squee! It's gorgeous! So original, beautiful, well-executed! As in Project Runway too, I can TELL IT'S YOURS 🙂 I'm so excited for you!

    I stopped by to congratulate you on the Modern Mini win. Woman, you are on fire! Keep it up. Your fan base it waiting for more 🙂

  5. shut up! she is awesome! seriously! star buttons covering her hoots! seriously! her hair is sweet. she looks like she just got back from the hairdresser with her cute braid! angela… you are going to win! seriously… win! can i say seriously any more???

  6. She is just wonderful – can't decide what I like best, the strategically placed star buttons, her gorgeous tail or her even more gorgeous hair! Well done, you. Fingers crossed….

  7. Ohh Angela she is absolutly stunning. You did the most fantastic job. And the details. WOW!! I love how she turned out. She looks like she came from the ocean to visit

  8. Congratulations for your win on the mini – it's been my favorite since I first laid eyes on it! And now, I'm in love with Loralei – please do a tutorial or share your pattern! Your creativity is so inspirational, thank you so much for sharing.

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