Patchwork Doily Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Melinda has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! Instructions on how to win it can be found at the bottom of this post.

image from Name: Melinda Hume
Shop name: moose & bird
Location:  Brisbane, Australia
How long on Etsy: Since January 2010

Any new projects you want to tackle? 
My list of 'new projects to tackle' grows by the day. Like every other crafter, I wish there were more hours in the day! Next on my list, however, is a range of hand stencilled throw pillows and perhaps a range of moose & bird vintage inspired purses. 

Your own favorite etsy purchase ever: Some gorgeous hand-dyed doilies cut from recycled tablecloths from Creative Bits.

Why do you craft? I craft because I'm passionate about all things handmade and would have serious withdrawal symptoms if I didn't!

Thanks, Melinda! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale!

Want to win this pincushion? You just have to answer the following question:

If you celebrate Easter, do you have any traditions that you've carried on from your own childhood? Have you created any new ones?

Each giveaway is open for twenty-four hours from the time of posting. Please only post one comment in each thread. Winners will be announced each Monday in April. Winners can only win once but are encouraged to answer all the questions! 



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Pretty doilies :-)
    My only real Easter tradition is no hot cross buns until Good Friday and no easter eggs until Easter Sunday. Hot Cross buns appear in Supermarkets from Boxing Day now, but I like to hold out. (and they must be proper fruit buns – not the chocolate ones!)

  2. I have recently created a seasonal table for all year round. There are photos of the easter table on my blog My plan is to make a little something for it each year, this year I made crocus fairys and and a hanging blossom fairy.

  3. Hot Cross Buns – although I’ve had a hard time finding good ones since I moved to the US. Time to find a good recipe I think!

  4. Fish & chips on Good Friday (yum), church on Easter Sunday and I like to bake something using easter eggs – this year surprise easter egg brownies! Delicious!

  5. We always visit my Mom for breakfast on Easter day. My son loves that she has boiled a bowl full of eggs and he can eat as many as he like.
    A more specific Norwegian tradition is crime like Agatha Christie and more modern series on television every evening through the holidays. And eating marsipan.

  6. I grew up with 2 brothers an 2 sisters. On the Saturday before Easter, we used to get a PAAS Easter Egg coloring kit and color eggs. My brothers always liked to put their eggs in all of the colors so the eggs would be more of a brown color, while my sisters and I tried to get just the right pink. Today, I carry on that tradition of coloring eggs but try to take it up a notch by trying different techniques. Every year there seems to be a new way to decorate eggs.

  7. The “Easter bunny” (aka mom) would hide our baskets around the house so we’d actually have to look for them Easter morning. I’m too old for a basket now but it was sure fun. :)

  8. I love that we make oliebollen of breakfast on easter morning every easter ! mmm yumm

  9. Of course we had an egg hunt, first thing in the morning before church. Apparently my older sister would dash into the room and grab eggs like a madwoman. I, on the other hand, stood in the doorway and immediately burst into tears and shouted, “I can’t find any eggs!!” My parents would then push and pull me along and point them out, but I never stopped crying that I couldn’t find them.

  10. When I was little, my sister and I would wake up on Easter morning and search for our baskets. Then we’d gorge ourselves on chocolate before cleaning up and putting on our new Easter dresses and hats. We’d go to church and then have an egg hunt in our backyard.
    This year I’m sad to say that I almost forgot it was Easter. I’m in my last week of graduate school and paper-writing has taken priority. I hope that when I have kids of my own I’ll start up the traditions again: egg hunts, listening to Handel’s Messiah, a big Easter breakfast, and of course, chocolate.

  11. I’ve started hanging decorated eggs on a large bouquet of branches since moving to Germany (per my German husband’s family tradition). I rather like it! =)

  12. Three key things, a hidden (and decorated) Easter basket, Easter egg hunt and a lovely Easter dress! It certainly made the day really special. I’m now married and my daughter is 19 so the Easter bunny has retired from our house, but a few years back we sent my Mother-in-law a specially decorated Easter basket (as a surprise) and she cried. She said she was so touched! Pretty sweet!

  13. Oh forgot to say, love your Etsy store. Your brooches are lovely and so unique! All your items are lovely, so well done!

  14. As a little girl.I anxiously awaited the Easter egg hunt, that would follow Church services[and the new Easter dress, Mama would make us girls] and the big Chicken and dressing dinner that mom always made. I had 3 sisters,so it was always plenty of kids for the fun.Once, I married.. the tradition continued into my own children..
    Now. they are married and have families of their own and traditions of their own..So ,sweet hubby and myself..went to sunrise service, and returned home to a quite ,relaxing Easter day.

  15. Easter brunch! I am not sure when we started having brunch as our Easter meal, but I have continued on the tradition. I would like to make a Lamb Cake like my mom does, but I first have to find a pan!

  16. We have always done the traditional Easter baskets and dying eggs, like most others I’m sure. I don’t know if others do this, though: we hide the Easter baskets and make the kiddos find them! Sooooo much fun!

  17. Easter Brunch and there is always butter in the shape of a lamb. As a kid I remember new Easter dresses, and new Easter Shoes, and if I was lucky, a little white Easter Purse! :)

  18. We always have an easter egg hunt – the “bunny” leaves eggs scattered around the garden (or wherever we happen to be). This is a new tradition for me, as the bunny didn’t hide eggs when I was a child. I think I am going to start having a big Easter Breakfast every year after the egg hunt.

  19. I don’t celebrate Easter but I’d still like this lovely pincushion.

  20. When we were little, we used to decorate boiled eggs with mum and have an Easter Egg hunt in the backyard after church on Sunday (as we got older, dad took his job of finding “difficult hiding places” very seriously!). This year, my husband and I had Sunday brunch with my sister, her husband, my little nephew and my mum who was visiting from interstate.

  21. I grew up with Easter, but I don’t celebrate it now. *shrug*

  22. A new one for me is from my husband’s family. They are Ukrainian and they do some seriously awesome egg decorating. Ukrainian Easter eggs (Pysanky) are made by taking raw eggs and drawing designs in hot beeswax and strategically dipping in different colored vats of dyes that you re-use year to year. The results are beautiful even if you’re a novice. It’s such a fun keepsake/decoration/work of art to have on display around the house. Most of the traditional designs represent certain blessings for you and your home. It’s the most special tradition I’ve been involved with, and I’m happy to inherit it and pass down to new generations. :)

  23. I’m Eastern Orthodox and we’ve picked up a lot of the Russian traditions, though my family and most of my church is American. I make kulich (special bread) and paskha (sweet cheese spread)every year and we dye red eggs and bring a basket of those things and a few other items to church to be blessed. There are a lot of traditions in my church and I find them fun!