Gifty Galore – Cactus Pincushion

When I saw that Mari had included the book Stash Happy Patchwork in her lineup for the Gifty Galore quilt along, I instantly knew which pattern I was going to make! I made this cute little cactus for my mom (though I’m tempted to keep it myself!). My parents love the Southwest region of the country, they have a band performing old-time cowboy music, and my mom is a quilter to boot. Perfect gift! I happened to give her a pincushion last year too, but you can never have too many pincushions, right? How cute would this little guy look with some of our flat flower pins stuck in the top?! I think I’ll have to get some of those before I give it to her. Here’s a view of the other side:

The fabrics I used for this were scraps from my stash and from our My Little Farm, Whirlwind Romance, Sip of Summer, and Ella’s Wishes collections.

If you’re following along in Gifty and you plan to make this pattern, I recommend you have another dimensional pattern under your belt first. While this pattern isn’t difficult, there’s no real “roadmap” for how the pieces fit together, so you need a good understanding of how dimensional patterns fit together. I recommend sewing our free Partridge and Pear Pattern as a warm up if you’re not used to sewing in 3-D. Also, I did notice some omissions on the template pieces (like notches and center labels that were referred to, but not actually there, and on one of the pieces it says to “Cut 4”, but it should say “Cut 2 and 2 reversed”). I did a quick check afterwards, and I couldn’t find this errata on the publisher’s site. The omissions were small, so it was still easy to figure out, but just a heads-up!

And since this project is so little, and it’s hard to tell size from photos, here’s a gratuitous tabby-in-the-background shot for scale. You know cats: you can’t get the camera out without them coming over to insert themselves!


  1. karenthequilter - August 17, 2011

    So Cute!!!

  2. linda harriott - August 17, 2011

    Very sharp I love it.

  3. Gena kelley - August 17, 2011

    do I have to buy the book or is this a free pattern? it is soo verry cute!

  4. Crissy - August 18, 2011

    Very cute! That’s the project from the cover of the book…. I’ve been admiring it for a while.

  5. Nancy Taylor - August 18, 2011

    I keep looking for a pattern, but cannot find it. Do I have to buy the book?

  6. Melissa - August 19, 2011

    Gena & Nancy,
    The pattern is in the book Stash Happy Patchwork that I linked up above.

  7. Debbie - August 22, 2011

    How can I get this Saguaro pin cushion. Soo cute since I live in the southwest.