Pincushion Swap

This past Saturday's meeting of the STLMQG (St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild) was filled with alot of information, inspiration and even some thievery.

Did I really just say thievery?  Yes, I did.

We started off with a Panel Discussion on "What is Modern Quilting?" which sparked alot of questions and debate on how Modern Quilting differs from Traditional and even Contemporary Quilting.  In the end, I think our membership had a greater understanding of the differences and I look forward to seeing how this translates into Show & Tells, Challenges, etc down the road.

Next up was our usual Show & Tell; which is always filled with tons of inspiration.  Unfortunately, I always neglect to have my camera present.

Finally, the meeting wrapped up with a good ol' Rob Your Neighbor-style swap.  All of the members were challenged with creating a modern style pincushion and instantly you could tell that there was going to be some heavy competition and stealing going on...the stuff was just too darn cute.

As you may remember in an earlier post, I shared with you the pincushion that I was bringing.  It was a round, soccer-ball looking pinnie that I created.  Since I couldn't find a tutorial for it anywhere online, I made a "Ride-Along" tutorial for it.

During the swap, each pincushion that I selected (and had hoped I'd get to take home) was stolen several times...of course I wasn't the only one that was a victim. 

In the end, I finally was able to get my hands on this cutie and he is now happily hanging out in my studio.

I can't remember the name that Tracy gave to this little mouse...maybe Pinkie, because of Valentine's Day.

Regardless, as you can see he found his way onto some Moda BasicGrey fabric that I bought the other day.  It looks like notebook paper and would be perfect for some embroidery.

Here is a mosaic that Mary Claire, the Guild VP, put together of some of the other pincushions swapped that day.