Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Quilting Rubber Duckie--Pincushion?

I have the honor of being considered a national sewing instructor for the Bernina Sewing Machine Compnay. This means that not only do a get a wonderful loaner machine, I am also invited to a retreat each year. This past year was special as it was held at the Bernina factory in Steckborn, Switzerland.
Each year we have an informal challenge with fabulous prizes--just between us teachers. This year's theme was "I've got a Notion." The night before I left for Switzerland (this is serious stuff!) I heated up my glue gun, ran some basting stitches around a circle of blue terry cloth, stuffed it with Airtex stuffing, and glued the terry to a soap dish. Then I glued a Quilting Rubber Duckie to the terry cloth and stuck in some pins, and pins with beads (bubbles!) into the terry cloth. Voila! What everyone needs: A Rubber Duckie Pincushion! It won a prize. Oh that's right, everyone won a prize. Seriously, the event is a huge hoot as these are among the most creative people in the industry. My pincushion now sits on my sewing table as a remembrance of that magical trip.


Pattie Donham said...

OMG, I totally LOVE your rubber duckie pin cushion! Hey Jodi, thanks for the nice message on my blog. The wedding was so much fun, and I'm lovin' it! hugs, PattieWack

Molly said...

Love your blog! I'm a fellow rubber ducky enthusiast. (quack quack)