When I was a girl, before dinosaurs, my mother had a treadle sewing machine that the Singer repairman had attached to an electric motor. I was allowed to sit on this treadle while Mom sewed.
I remembered a red and white pin cushion in the form of a turtle. While sorting out Mom’s things I found the turtle and I took it apart. It was all hand stitched and stuffed with an old nightgown that had been shredded. I made a pattern and I have made 3 turtles so far.
I made one with a turquoise body and a olive green with yellow butterfly print for the ruffle. There was a spot on the body and when I cleaned it the color faded. Evidently that dotted fabric was not “colorfast”. So, that’s my pin cushion now. I needed one anyway because my wrist pin cushion had met a horrible fate a few days before when Sam got a hold of it. I was able to intercede before he got to the needles, whew! He’s a little stink pot sometimes.
I found the fabric I used on this one in the remnant box, one of my favorite places. It’s “colorfast”. Teach me to use some of Mom’s fabric without checking.
The 6 x 6 1/2 inch body is made of the ivory with darker dots and 2 tone blue daisies. The ruffle is a turquoise with coral dots, birds, cows, and fences printed on it. The lace trim is white and I used coral bows and teal buttons for the eyes.
Total length of the body is 12 inches and she’s 9 1/2 inches from toe to toe.
It is stuffed with polyester fiberfill.
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