Heirloom Tomato Pincushions

I tend to craft on a wild hair.  I can have a lovingly chosen piece of fabric, the perfect pattern and all the required notions in my sewing room for months, even years, and I'll go scrape together an almost passable bunch of supplies to make something I saw on a website ten minutes ago.  My muse is fickle. I usually avoid making anything that involves the name Martha Stewart.  It's nothing against her personally, but she seems to lean toward things that mere mortals can't really make.  I saw her S'mores recipe somewhere once.  It involves homemade graham crackers and homemade marshmallows.  I'm sure she made the chocolate, too, but I'll never know because I ran away screaming.  However, I just came across an excerpt from her new book and I was actually able to make it.  Ok, it took two tries, but that was my fault, not Martha's.

I found the directions at Craftster.  I happened to need a pincushion anyway, as opposed to my usual habit of making something and then trying to find a purpose for it.  It's supposed to be an heirloom tomato, so naturally I used flame-covered fabric.  Funny thing is, it did turn out kinda looking like one of those striped tomatoes.

There are two different methods listed in her instructions.  I started with the circle, because I didn't read through all the directions to find out the one I wanted was actually the other one.  I assumed the one that started with the circle would be all even and cute and the one that started with a rectangle would be uneven.  Wrong.

I'm not going to list all the directions here, because you can get them at the website above and I don't want any subpoenas listing Martha Stewart as the defendant of her copyright showing up at my house.  However I can show you the finished product.  I know you're not supposed to have favorites, but I love the one on the left more.  The other one looks like a tomato that's been run over by a tractor.  Just don't compare either of them to the pictures from the book.  I'm only human after all.