Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Thing for Pears and a Giveaway

I have always had a thing for pears. I love to cook desserts that include pears, I love to use them as decoration around the house. Pears and pear shapes will often find their way into my needlework , and of course pear fabric will always find its way into my stash. and so the love of pears continues into the sewing room , Heather Bailey has a pattern called Fresh Picked , which among other things includes a pattern for a pear pincushion.

I have made a few of these pear pincushions lately and figured that maybe you would like one to have in your sewing room.



Made from Linen and Raspberry Toile it also has a small pear shaped needle case to keep it company.

If you would like to be included in the draw please leave me a comment , you may even have some pear stories to share.

I will keep this open until Saturday 25th July (Christmas in July) for us here in the Southern Hemisphere, with some luck who knows we may even have some snow :-).


Until next time


Happy Sewing


j



85 comments:

Ariane said...

I love the pear pincushion and needle keeper. They are both gorgeous. I love the fabric you chose. What a great giveaway!!

Annette said...

These are just so beautiful. Who knew a pear could look so adorable.

Renee G said...

These are lovely and I could really use a nice pin cushion. I have an old hard one that just doesn't make me happy --- but it works so I use it.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

PatchworkRose said...

Those rich red leaves are just gorgeous. I just love your colour combinations. I would be honoured to own one of your pear pincushions and I needlecases - well I have a thing for them.
Cheers
Lynne whose first two initials are the same as Linen and Raspberry
treadles@bigpond.net.au

Maree said...

I Love Pears too Jean and Your Pincushion & Needlecase are No Exception...Gorgeous Fabrics...
Lovely Giveaway....
cheers

CabbageQuilts said...

Oh yes, please pick me!!! I just love your raspberry and linen pear, where did you find that gorgeous toile? Love all the pears you have made...beautiful xo

Chookyblue...... said...

your pears are beautiful........my boy loves eating them.......we often have pears for dessert with some yogurt........

Julia said...

just gorgeous!
I love pears too...any fruit really.
Your fabric choice is lovely...
They make a great giveaway..
Julia ♥

Wisdom.Courage.Love said...

Love the pear pin cushion, have been going to purchase the pattern for a while but trying to finish up some ufo's!! My favourite colours too and I really like eating pears as well... Would love the chance to win your lovely giveaway.

Janet said...

Everything you make is so beautiful, I won't go in the draw since I already have been blessed with one of your pears.

wishes, true and kind said...

I love pear shapes, too. But there are so many fruits and vegetables that I find appealing in terms of color, shape, and design. For example, artichokes, cherries, berries, lemons and limes, etc. The linen and raspberry fabric looks great in these adorable sewing accessories!

Kathie said...

oh how I would love to win your pear and needle keeper they are BEAUTIFUL.
Pear story...sorry I dont' have a creative one, but can tell you they are always in our fruit bowl we love them
yours would sit on my sewing table for me to enjoy looking at every day and NO I won't stick her with pins :)
Kathie

Michelle said...

Oooh YUMMY!!! almost good enough to eat LOL! I would love to win!

Khris said...

Ohhh I love pears....If you take a look at my blog not long ago I posted about my doll called Pippa and she has a big pear....I would love to win your pair of pears....hugs Khris

Mystica said...

You have taken such a mundane fruit and made it beautiful. Please
consider me for the giveaway

Deb said...

What a great pincushion and needlekeeper you have made. I love the pears pattern and I think the apple one which is available is great also. Be delicious to fill a big clear glass bowl with.

Cardygirl said...

Love the "pear" of them...hehe. Really cute pincushion & needle book. Beautiful fabrics

Marg M said...

I love these, thanks for the giveaway

Kaaren said...

Count me in, please. I decorate with pears all over my house...a bowl of pears on my kitchen island, a trencher full of primitive pears in my living room and of course the real eating kind in my refrigerator!

I'd love to add your to my collection.

Lilly said...

This pincushion is so adorable!
Thanks a lot for sharing ^^

mamaspark said...

So adorable! I think you are adorable too for giving them away!!

Fiber Happy said...

Those are beautiful and the fabric is yummy, LOL. I have the perfect place for them beside my sewing chair where I do tons of handwork(wishful thinking). This is a very generous giveaway. Thank you for doing this.

Stephanie said...

I've peeked at your blog many times and Quiltsalott sent me. When I saw the word "pear" I rushed over. GORGEOUS!!! I, too, have a thing for pears. No great story...but I did just design a bag (pattern in the works) called Prickly Pear.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful pincushion! I love that raspberry toile fabric! Much cooler than my run of the mill tomato pincushion!

Brenda said...

I hope it doesn't snow but I would love to win your pear

lesley said...

I always love the combination of fabrics that you choose. The linen and toile always look sensational.
I wonder why it is always so
difficult to purchase toiles.
well done. Lesley

lesley said...

Jean, your choice of linen and
raspberry toile as usual looks
sensational. I wonder why there is not more toile fabric produced.
well done. Lesley

lesley said...

Jean, your fabric combinations are always spot on, just love linen and raspberry together, perfect combination.

I wonder why there is not more toile fabric produced. Well done
Lesley

ranette said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Maybe I have a thing for pears because I'm pear shaped...lol...very nice pincushion and needlekeep.

Nedra said...

Count me in!
My aunt and uncle have owned pear ranches in Ukiah California for years and years. I remember going there during the summers and coming home with boxes of pears that made our car smell so wonderful. I used to bottle pears when my family was young, but when we moved to Southern Utah I gave away all my equipment.

Sandy said...

What lovely fabric...I would LOVE to be included for your giveaway, I really do need a needle holder also!! Sorry, no pear stories.

Janet said...

It's fun to have something to focus on when collecting fabric and such.

Carrie P. said...

Janet sent me to see your pears. I hope I can enter your giveaway. I have seen lots of pears made up and they are always so great. I just got a tutorial off the internet for applique pears on dishtowels. Really cute.

Di said...

I'm so excited to have discovered your totally delectable blog! I'd love to win this scrumptious pear pincushion and needlecase.

Laila said...

Hi. Your pear pincushions and needle keeper are great. I would love to be the luckey owner of one ofthem. Hugs from Noeway.

Bev C said...

What a beautiful pear,it looks too nice to put pins into!!! The needlecase is lovely. I love Pear and Ginger Jam. Happy days.

soggybottomflats said...

Your pear creations are very pretty. I would love to be included in your giveaway.

I have a burro (from the Grand Canyon) and a paint horse who both love to come in my back yard. It's the pear tree! My dh either picks pears for them or shakes the tree for the uppermost pears to let loose for the animals. We seldom eat the pears (although we love them ourselves) as we love to spoil our furry kids with them. We can always go to a produce stand and buy more...the animals can't. That's my pear story, hugs from Elaine in Texas. http://soggybottomflats.blogspot.com/

Carrie ~ said...

Your pears are so beautiful, we love pears too, but for eating mostly. I would love to have your set of pears, for my sewing of course. I love the toile fabric, very beautiful on your pears.

Karen said...

I would like to be in your draw! I don't have a pear story to share but have admired pear pincushions in photos and would love to have one.

MJinMichigan said...

Your pears are wonderful. I would feel so lucky if I won one.

Marcy said...

Wow! I would find it so hard to give these away if they were mine...but I would love to be the recipient of them. Thanks for sharing.
Marcy

Gwendie said...

I've seen the pattern and love the idea of a pear pincushion! Yours are darling and toile is one of my favorite patterns!

Mary Beth said...

I have a limited edition print of a pear sitting in my sewing room. I love the shape and the colors of it. I promise to get it matted and framed immediately if I am the lucky winner! Mary Beth at mblarosa@cox.net

Pat said...

Your pear pincushion and needle keep are lovely. I love pears too! This is a lovely give away. Good luck everyone.

Anonymous said...

I just LOVE the way the leaves are wrapped around the stem. So pear-like!

rainey

RobynK said...

I didn't realise so many of us were into pears. I have a couple, one in particular was given to me by a very special friend and this gorgeous blue ceramic pear with a silver leaf resides on my kitchen windowsill where I see it when I am working.Friends are special people aren't they? I havent got one sitting at my sewing table though and this lovely raspberry and linen one would be gorgeous. Thank you for giving us a chance to win it. I love the linen you use.
Cheers Robyn K
New Zealand

gail said...

That is so cute. We love to dehydrate pears when they are in season with the idea that we will have them all year to nibble on. The truth be known, they really only last a few months because we just can't leave them alone and we have to wait then for the next peat season. Williams and Burri Bosc are my favourite varieties.

Blessings Gail

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Linen and toile seems to be such a classy combination for the pear pin cushion and needle case. You do such a nice job making them and they would look great on my sewing table.

Elizabeth said...

I'd love to take part in your giveaway....I would be very proud to display your lovely work on my sewing table....Love the colours you have chosen....

Lorraine said...

Nice pears!! Love the needlecase to go with the pincushion....great idea! would love to be in the running for your giveaway...and have enjoyed visiting your blog...!

Martina said...

They are just so cute. The winner will be very happy.

broderie said...

I have just read all the pear stories, please don't include me in the draw either because I was so lucky to receive one of your luscious pears as a prezzie! A chance to tell you how happy I am once again.

Susan said...

Oh yes, home grown and bottled pears straight off the pantry shelf and served with icecream and custard. But then theres Poached Pears in Saffron.......I would love one of these unique pincushions

Holli said...

Ah, pears are my favorite fruit. I sub them for apples in desserts. But your pears are perfect! Love them.

Kris said...

These are so cute and your fabrics are beautiful. I would love to win.

busymom said...

Thanks for offering such a nice giveaway. I just found your blog today and I am really enjoying it.

Jan Richards said...

I would love to win your darling pear cushion. What a beautiful color and fabric choice. Thanks for a chance to win.

Erin in MI said...

The pear and pincushion look great! Wonderful idea for a giveaway!!!

Chocolate Cat said...

Please count me in! What a gorgeous pincushion. I love pears but it is the one and only food my husband dislikes , needless to say I don't have them as often as I'd like! Nothing nicer than a pear and chocolate tart though!!

Janet said...

really nice pin cushion and needle case!

VeeV said...

a pear story:

i remember one day when i was a kid picking pears for our mom to preserve...

it was a warm but rainy day.... and we picked pears in the pouring rain in shorts, t-shirts and splashed around with bare feet...

for me, it's a great kid memory!!

i'd LOVE a pear pin cushion!!

xo ~ eva
quilltered@yahoo.com

Danielle said...

Lovely pears... I am a big fan of anything toile and res especially. Please count me in!

Outbackgirl said...

The colours you have used in these pears is glorious - the red reminds me of the comice or red Bartlett variety.
Bye
A

allsewnup said...

This is just so darn cute and so fun I love the pair of pears!
Carolyn*

Bernadette said...

What a gorgeous pair, pardo the pun! I too love pears and I have that pattern, couldn't resist it but I keep forgetting to buy the felt.

Miriam said...

I love pears. Beautiful fabric choice! I can't resist raspberry coloured fabric!!

Cindy Ericsson said...

I confess that I covet this pear, and would love to win it. Sweet giveaway!!!

Deb from DE said...

I also have collected pears for many years - but just paintings and china. They are just a beautiful shape!

Julie said...

What a sweet pincushion. I love pears they are one of my favorite fruits. I can them every year to eat all winter long!

Anonymous said...

I would love to be included in your pear giveaway, I have had the pleasure of seeing the devine pear Liz from broderie received. I want one too........

Jeanneke said...

Love the pear pincushion, and love toile fabrics too. So I give it a try.

USA Pears said...

These are beautiful! If you love pears, you might like our website, www.usapears.org and our blog, http://blog.usapears.org/!

Go pears!!!

raudtråd said...

I just loved you pears, - oh how I would love to have pears like that in the livingroom in the weekendhome and fruit farm in Norway!

Diane said...

Through a long, circuitous series of links, I found your blog and am visiting for the first time. May I still enter your giveaway? I love the "pairing" of linen and toile and would be thrilled to win these classic needlework accessories!

Anonymous said...

Such a stunning combination. Please enter me in your drawing. You are so generous!

Donna Knight

Lynn said...

I love the pear motif. My children have made me assorted "pear" items and I cherish them. Thanks for doing a giveaway. They are such fun.

Elain said...

Its nice to see something finished sis!!

Bronwyn said...

I am a great lover of pears too - especially the giant beurre bosc ones at the moment - juicy, nutty, and so good for you! Your sewing is just lovely and would feel very welcome in my home.

Antonia said...

LoVE LovE loVe the pear pincushion and needle keeper.
Beautiful colours.

Monica said...

I too am in love with pears...it started in my kitchen - pear wall paper and a wall of pear stitchery and artwork...grew into a collection of pears - wooden, ceramic, etc. and has slowly infiltrated into other areas of the home...was in a class last weekend and coveted someone's pear scissor fob! Love them!

Sharon P said...

Oh my goodness, what do I see?
A gorgeous pear, perhaps for me?
A sweet little keeper of pins and things,
And from the maker, the love it brings!

Carolyn said...

I would love to have one of your beautiful pears by my side whilst i am sewing!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a beautiful glass pear which I love and I cook with pears Sooooooooo much
Carolyn

Carlie said...

Just found your blog and I have really enjoyed it. I like the pears, I have and antique gold velvet one that I've had for years. It would be nice to get an updated one. I hope I'm not to late!

Judith Tetley said...

Hi Jean, I just found your blog and must say that your work is just lovely.
I love the pears...have been wanting to make one for years. I've got a pattern of one with embroidery on it. You've motivated me to drag it out.
Many Blessings
Judith
http://creativestudio10.blogspot.com

Melvin said...

Those rich red leaves are just gorgeous....
beautiful!!!

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