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Eight-Pointed Civil War "Buckshot" Pincushion
by Ellen Highsmith Silver
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Eight-Pointed Civil War
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Quilters of the Civil War era likely created these pincushions using remnants of their favorite fabrics.  At the time, they used buckshot as the filler, because it was plentiful at the time.  Today, buckshot is not so easy to find, so designer Ellen Highsmith Silver employs a modern-day combination of polyester pellets and quilt batting scraps to fill her reproduction pincushions.

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