Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Poor Lil' Punky

Good Morning!  Here in Iowa we are headed into Fall – my favorite season.  I love the cooler temperatures and to see the leaves changing color.  Then there are some of the foods that I associate with the change of seasons - I made pumpkin bars last week, and have been thinking about different soups to make during the cooler days.  And, we can’t have Fall without having pumpkins!  A few months ago, “Simple Quilts and Sewing” magazine asked me to design a pin cushion for their fall issue - the first thing I thought of was a pumpkin.    My design is Poor Lil’ Punky” – isn’t he cute? So cute that you might hate to poke him with pins!

The magazine will not be out in the stores until the last week of September, but I was lucky enough to get some in advance.

There are lots and lots of fun projects in here – see those cute owls on the cover?  Adorable!  So many items to choose from – several bags, hot pads, a casserole carrier, stitcher’s caddy, quilts (of course!) and even some costumes for kids. 

The good news for all of you is…you can purchase this magazine NOW on my website!  AND…you can also buy a kit for Poor Lil’ Punky!  The kit includes everything you need (including the fabric for the  back and the muslin liner) to make the pin cushion, then you can choose your favorite filler when you finish.  A couple of the fabrics may vary from the picture above, but they will be very similar.  Remember, when ordering – the magazine and the kit are sold separately.  The pattern is in the magazine and is not sold alone or with the kit.

Of course, if you love fall like I do – you may want to buy yourself a little fall gift – maybe a little pumpkin pin, pendant, or scissor fob!

 They are also available online.  So…time to do your shopping!  Go to and see what you can find!

Have a great week!


  1. I LOVE poor little Punky, but since I won't paper piece it for me (I need to teach DH how to paper piece--he needs a hobby) I'd better not get him. I have the pumpkin pin I bought last year. Thanks for reminding me! Bring on Fall!

  2. I see that the pumpkin pillow and one pendant has pumpkin background fabric. How cute!

  3. How adorable and to be asked to design for a magazine - you must be on cloud nine!

  4. Oh this is so beautiful! I love fall---had so much fun planning a fall wedding ohh the endless ideas. You wer on my mind all day Sun. Hope the weekend went well. Kudo's on the magazine too!!.....:( no hummers last night....chilly?

  5. How cool that you were contracted by the Magazine. Love the pumpkin!!

    It's definitely fall weather around here - time to get some sewing done - finally.

    Hope all is well with you!

  6. Poor Lil' Punky is pretty darn cute! And I love that he is paperpieced! Will you be at the AQS show in Des Moines? (Where is Lockridge, IA?)

  7. I sure love my scissor fob from you with the pumpkin, Julie! Poor Little Pumpkin is adorable - and oh, so clever!! We're on the same wavelength thinking of soups - although it's still in the 80's here, I'm ready!

  8. What quilted pumpkin joy!
    Just love them.
    Great job friend
    Happy Almost Fall!

  9. What a sweet pin cushion! Congratulations on getting published in a great magazine!

  10. Love your Pumpkins and congratulations on getting your design published!

    Love fall too!!!!

    Carolyn :)

  11. congrats that is just adorable!!!!! will have to look for the magazine here
    thanks for letting us know
    I LOVE the fall my favorite time of the year

  12. Congrats, Julie! Poor Lil' Punky is precious! I love how you paper-pieced him.

  13. Darling little pincushion! And so like your jewelry, which is also wonderful! I will be on the lookout for that magazine!