In response to a challenge to show your favorite pin cushion - here is mine. It was a gift from a great friend, Darlene, and I just love it. It opens as you can see and I store my extra pins in there. I do like pin cushions and will include a picture of other ones that I have another time.
An update on my Christmas Beauty quilt - I started the clam shell quilting tonight and I think it looks pretty good. Took awhile to make a template for the pattern, but here are a couple of pictures of the little bit I got done. The chalk marking is still there on the quilt. Thanks for all your suggestions and encouragement. I know this is not a very fancy pattern, but then, I am not a very fancy person.