Don’；t you just love collecting those cute little pins from your favorite quilters and vendors？ I have a mug filled with favorites in my studio. This little project will let you get them out and show them off. Hi， my name is Teri Henderson Tope. I am a quilter， teacher， authoraccent pillow case baby burlap decorative， iquilt instructor and a BERNINA Ambassador from Columbus， Ohio. Come spend a little time in my studio and create your own Pin Pal.
Pin Pal measures 7-1/2″； x 9-3/4″；cheap throw pillow covers
Prepare a quilt sandwich consisting of the Pin Pal backing rectangle， soft and stable and Pin Pal front rectangle.
Attach your favorite free motion foot to sewing machine. Drop feed dogs and free motion quilt the sandwich. I chose to play around with some daisies.
Download， printout and cut out the frame pattern. With Frixion pen， trace around frame edge on the wrong side of the quilted fabric rectangle.
First we are going to mark a rectangle in the middle of our frame lining fabric. I use a Frixion Pen， and ruler to measure and mark 2″； in from each side of the wrong side of the frame lining fabric.
Layer the frame front rectangle and frame lining rectangle right sides together.
Put your patchowrk foot (Patchwork foot #37/37D， Patchwork foot with guide #57/57D or Patchwork foot #97/97D) on machine and raise the feed dogs. Stitch around marked line of the lining fabric rectangle. Engage the needle down to get nice sharp corners.
Remove interior of frame leaning a ？”； seam allowance. Clip corners.
Turn frame inside out and press
Lay frame right side up on flat surface.？Place quilted background back against right side of frame， pin.
Stitch around the marked line on the background side of sandwich. Make sure the dual feed is engaged if using the Patchwork foot #97D for a smother seam.
Remove excess fabric from frame with a pair of pinking shears. Pinking shears clip all the curves and result in a nice smooth edge on the finished frame.
Carefully turn frame front to the front and press.
Pin edges to ensure a squareish center of your frame. (I like how it bows just a little bit； I think it adds to the quirkiness of the frame.) Top stitch 1/8″； around center opening of the Pin Pal
Hand stitch ribbon to back top of frame and attach all your favorite pins.
The day my kids go back to school after winter break is when the New Year officially starts for me.? Because while they’re still home, I’m still in vacation mode.? The routine is off, everyone stays up later, we play a little harder, watch more movies, eat more treats, and everyone sleeps in a little later (hallelujah!).
Here’s a note from Morian?Whaley, an artist at OESD: