So FYI: I made it to the finalist round on feeddog's blog but now there's a new poll in the sidebar. if you could take a minute to vote i'd really appreciate it.
my old pincushion has seen better days. i went to petco and bought a ginormous bag of crushed walnut shells. i used the cotton/linen swatch i got during free sample day at spoonflower and some bright happy scraps and did a warm/cool wonky log cabin. i quilted it with cotton batting and thread and used a bit of leftover fun fabric for the back.
then i made another one because lazy me enjoys having pins on both sides of her sewing table so i can use them while cutting or sewing.
this one i pieced but did not quilt. i found it a little bit difficult to get the pins into the first cushion. this one doesn't seem quite firm enough. so next time i will quilt to a thin layer, either another layer of cotton or maybe flannel.
both cushions are approximately 4.5", though the first isn't square. these are really fun to make. i might have to whip out a few more. i certainly have enough crushed walnut shells to last me for decades.