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Monday, April 29, 2013

Wait for it,

This shake your Pom Pom Blog Hop was the perfect opportunity for me to finish a couple of counted cross stitch pieces that have been stitched for awhile.   Rummaging through the stash had me finding some appropriate pom pom trims.
Miniature pom pom trim was used for this  Boo Balsam Pillow.
This is only about 3 inches by 5 inches and smells wonderful.
 
For the next little pom pom project I used the regular sized pom pom trim.  It's another counted cross stitch piece that I've had to finish but always managed to push it aside and work on other things.  

 
 
Stuffed with polyester fiberfill and used a remnant from the Stitched in Color left after making a sewing machine cover.
 
 
 
Now for my Biggest Pom Pom Project
 
(and NO! they are nowhere near the size of Thearica's - lol)
 
 
Drum roll Meistro......
 
 
 



 

WAIT FOR IT.......
the back side,




WAIT FOR IT...........

the zippered flap





Wait for it...........


She's kicking her little legs!!!







ARE YOU READY?!!  





Two Cents, Four Cents, Six Pence,  a Dollar,
 
whoever loves Pom Poms
 
 
Stand Up and HOLLER!!!!!!!




YEAH!!!!!!    lol

I'm standing up and Shaking my Pom Poms over this one!!!

I just Love my finish which also is another project I've been wanting to make for a while, thanks Madamme Samm for the opportunity in getting these projects to the finish line.

Let's hear it for Samm!     Yeahh!!!  and lots of applause...... 




 




While going outdoors for the photo shoot, 
little miss cheerleader
 just about did a  cartwheel in the driveway.  

My camera wasn't fast enough to catch what her little legs were doing,  I was barely able to capture this! 
 
A pillow Sham to complement PGD#1 quilt and her room decor.
 
Each part of this sham was quilted before stitching on the next part.  After all five sections were stitched together and quilted is when I attached the embellishments.  The doll is made from a panel of Moda Modkids that was out a couple of years ago.  I bought the panel for PGD#1 to learn how to sew which she did last year.  The arms are only tacked at the hands via the pom pom strings.  The legs and her behind are totally three dimensional and sewn on via the wasteband, under the shirt's hem.  Since this fabric panel had a front and a back I made use of both for her extremities.  This little lady can do pikes, splits and even cross her darling little legs. 
Can you tell by my lingo that I was and loved being a cheerleader during  my high school days?   Fortunately I was a cheerleader for all four years in High School.  In fact, that's where I first noticed my DH.  It was at a basketball game when our team were the contendors for the championship in our division.  We both graduated from the same school but came from two different districts that merged together back in the 70's.   It was a very heated season and our school did win the season!  Many happy memories were made and  I learned so much about sports because of it too! 
Of course this photo is not me, it's my PGD#1 who participated in a cheering rally two years ago.  She's the one looking up in the front.  All the girls had their own pom poms and did some routines.  So cute!
 
I really had to think this project through a gazillion times since it was done without a pattern.   I made copious notes and processed it mentally numerous times before going forward.  Trying to get the sequence figured out just right for this pillow's construction since I hate to unsew anything!!!!  I did see something similiar to this a year or two ago.  Not sure where it was or what theirs looked like now, so if you know or see any resemblance, please let me know so I can give them credit.  Coming back in Nov 2014 since I just found out where I got this idea from, it's from Riley Blake located at the link.    I used the leftover fabric from the Big Easy Quilt and pillowcases that were made for Miss McKenna earlier this year.  Luckily, I had that turquiose ric rac in my stash and a 22" long yellow zipper for the opening on the back. 
 
So all of this was  made from my stash!   
 
I'm also linking this in with Barb's New FO's for my April New FO. 
Can I get a Whoop Whoop!!!
It's a win, Win,  WIN!!! situation for me.
Even the doll panel, which was from MODA, a modkid panel that was leftover from some dolls PGD#1 made last year
The most difficult part was how to make her shoes.  Guess what I used?
 
JUMBO RIC RAC!!
 
The shoes were made from some JUMBO RIC RAC sewn into slip on slippers then stitched on her feet with a hot pink stitching strap lines and following the contours of the shoes. Pretty clever don't ya think! Not sure how I came up with that but I auditioned about 6 different foot apparal possibilities even using a black magic marker to draw on shoes. That definitely didn't work so I had to come up with something else.  That's when that Hot Pink jumbo ric rac caught my eye..... and VOILA!     SHOES were made.   With the aqua ric rac, I did a free motion stitch, catching both edges of it since I really don't like ric rac when it curls up after washing it.   This will stay down in a cyclone or the many cartwheels I forsee happening to her.


I tried to capture some photos of her posable legs, but it just didn't look right, I want this to be a PG rating post!
It also looks great in the den on the Sleeper sofa, the colors seem perfect together even though  tonight it's residing in another village
on a little girl's bed.

PGD#1 loves her and was smiling ear to ear when I gave it to her this afternoon. 
Remember my astonishment a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned what I planned in my excitement  and she said she didn't think she'd like it?  She wanted to make another doll out of that panel!  Guess I need to find more like that for future projects for her to do and  Thankfully, she loves it!!
 
She especially likes the loose legs that she can practice some of her cheerleading and gymnastic moves on.  
And with that being said, a perfect segue for
 
 Thearica, 
You are an absolutely Terrific CHEERLEADER!!!!
 
Madamme Samm, Thearica and all the sponsors sharing in their efforts and products during this hop have been top Notch and such an inspiration.   Thank you all so much! 
You have my respect, friendship and gratitude.  
And in case you didn't know,
(I do love my Clover Pom Pom Makers!) 
 
Now if you can stand it, and want to see more creative endeavors made with a pom pom theme, AND have time,
then please check out the other participants showing their project(s) today.


 


Quiltsmiles that's me!!!!









 
Bye -Bye!!! 
You can see bra straps under my boatneck collar,
When I see you again, I'll give ya a Holler!!!!   lol!
 I had fun participating with this hop.  It seems like each hop I commit to do, it becomes easier and easier.  I am so glad  to participate in them.  If you get a chance, don't hesitate.  It's fun, creative and you get to meet some really great people during it. 
Thanks for stopping by.  If by chance you leave a comment,  I do try to reply,  but sometimes my 'puter skills are sorely lacking and I loose the connections.  So, I apologise in advance if you don't hear from me, that's not my intention and I do try to reply to each and every one of your sweet comments. 


Catch you later!

Jane
(smiles)




PS:    I've used and loved pom poms for years!    Besides wearing pom poms on my sneakers and skates in my youth, I've embellished with them through out my life.  A beach towel I made several decades ago had pom pom trim on both ends, it was a very happy towel. 


Even on my trip to Florida this winter I found what I fondly call  "pom pom trees".  I made my Mom stop so I could grab a photo, how cute!  According to my Mom via my eldest brother, they are Mistletoe trees but to me  they definely looked very Suessical!!!   Where's the Lorax?

I may have to craft with PGS#3 tomorrow and try to mimic these with some branches, adding bright green little pom poms with white tissue paper blossoms.  Both grandchildren have been having a ball with pom poms since I started this project.






Here's a photo of a Patchability pattern that I tweaked with a pom pom hat  circa 2010.


Magnets for the refridgerator, crafting with PGD#1 when she was 4, she's now 7.......







The definition for Pom Pom: noun - A tuft or ball of wool, feathers or other material worn as decoration.

Pincushion made from those wool embellishments purchased at Michaels and sewn onto a fabric covered snap bracelet.

Another defination which surprised me for pom pom which was also a noun - An automatic, rapid-fire antiaircraft cannon usually mounted on ships.  Who Knew that?!

Anyways, What can I say other than,  "I do love my pom poms!"
 
 

66 comments:

BuggletQuilts said...

All of your projects are so cute. I love the cheerleader pillow the best though. She's so cute!

Theresa said...

Your projects are wonderful. You did a great job with the cheerleader pillow! She is just sweet!

Scrapatches said...

Cute, cute, cute. All your pom-pom projects are so bright and cheery. Fun pictures and presentation, too. The pom-pom girl pillow is just adorable. Thanks so much for sharing ... :) Pat

desertskyquilts said...

What adorable projects. I think your pillow was the cutest thing I saw on the hop! I might have those witch's feet around here somewhere - not done, of course! I do hardly any xs because it drives me crazy, but that looks familiar.

Amy said...

Your cheerleader is Suuuuppppppeeeerrr Cute! Love the pillows too! Love the Pom Poms and cross stitch - Great work!

Judy B said...

You are the Queen of Pom Poms! Wonderful projects. Thank you for sharing.

Nati said...

Great projects, thanks for sharing!

feltfree på Åsly said...

All the project are lovely. I love the treak or .......-
So nice and bright colors.
Thanks for sharing.
Frederika

Britt-Inger said...

You have made several awesome and cute projects, but most of all I love the cheerleader pillow. Thanks for sharing your creativity

charlotte said...

Awesome job. That's a lot of pom poms. Love your cheerleader pillow!

Thearica said...

WOW!! What a fantastic post!! I adore that cheerleader pillow!! It will look awesome in her bedroom!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely projects. Thanks for sharing.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

'very nice projects...but that pillow is just adorable!!!

Jeanie said...

Gee.... you've been shakin' your pom poms for a lot of years! Thanks for sharing all of these projects today. I guess my favorite is the Boo pillow, but they are all great!

patchouli moon studio said...

Your cheerleader pillow is so cute and the fabric choice is great. There are way too many acronyms out there and so I really don't know what a PGD is? Something granddaughter? Could you explain?

Tammy said...

What great projects. Pom Pom queen for sure just like Judy B said.

Sowing Stitches said...

Your pillow looks like you had hours of creative fun with this project! It just shouts Joy!

Mhairi said...

Your pillow is gorgeous. I love the trick or treat witch legs - I couldn't help thinking that it looked like the witches legs under the house in Wizard of Oz.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Linda said...

How adorable! Great job!!

Sharon said...

great projects and i love your cheerleader...she is just too cute.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the witchie feet pincushion - and the little cheerleader pillow is a hoot!!

Needled Mom said...

Your pom poms are just darling and your cheerleader is done so nicely. I love that she is so moveable.

apple blossom said...

love the cheerleader pillow and your pin cushion is cute.

nice projects

Just Quilt It said...

Great projects! Your cheerleader would make any granddaughter smile! What a lucky little girl!

Gwen said...

You sure do have some pompom love! You did a great job finishing up those cross-stitch projects with pompoms and your cheerleader girl is just precious!

Carol said...

Your pillows are all beautiful and so creative...wow! The witch's feet are just too cute with those pom poms. :O)

vicki said...

Lol love all of your projects, your granddaughter must be tickled pink! Thanks for sharing. vicksie at gmail dot com

MooseStash Quilting said...

Wow you are the pom pom Queen!! I love your projects, but I do have to say Halloween is my favorite time of year, and those first two, made my heart sing! Great job...

Linda J said...

You were going pom pom crazy and apparently this is a life long thing, LOL.

THX for sharing your time and talents with us today!

Just Sew Sue said...

Great projects.

Purl Buttons said...

That must have been so much fun to create! I love the novelty factor of the movable legs--AND the pom poms, of course!

Kirsten said...

Fabulous projects. I am an avid cross-stitcher and had not thought to incorporate pom poms into a project before. They both came out quite well. I'm sure your PGD will love her pillow.

Cheers, K

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Fabulous!

krislovesfabric said...

Love that mini pom trim as well as your cheerleader!

Mary said...

Cute projects. Love the pillow!

Lou said...

Outstanding!!!!
Love the pillow!!!

JanesQuilting said...

Those pillows are adorable. You are very creative, love your ideas.

Gill said...

What great projects - I love your cheer leader cushion!!
Thank you for sharing!

Kathy H said...

Love the cheerleader pillow. How cute! I also like to work on cross stitch and never know how to finish them. The pom poms looked great. ANother wonderful inspiration.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here
Adorable projects all of them!

jan said...

Sew cute!! And the girls are adorable!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Great job. Very creative. Congrats on being one of the chosen.

evelyn said...

What a great two finishes But your cheerleader pillow is just over the top. Lots of hard work and imagination.

robin said...

Very cute girl pillow. :)

Little Quilt Shop said...

Good Job!! Sweet!

Madame Samm said...

well you certainly know how to make us chuckle..you and your pompoms are a glorious post...thanks for being a big smile on many lips

Janet said...

Wow the pillow is amazing! And your enthusiasm is wonderful. Thanks for the big education on pom poms too.

Emily C said...

Lovely cheerleader. Love her pom poms. I do the same thing. I hate unsewing things and always work harder on the plans for a project then the project itself.

Cathy said...

That is a cute pillow! Fabulous!

Pauline said...

I do love your pompoms, thanks for sharing!

tink's mom said...

Great collection of pom pom enhanced projects. Love your cheerleader.

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

Your cheerleader is kicking!
Great job.

Thanks for sponsoring this Blog Hop giveaway.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

ARRASOU!!!!

LJ said...

Your cheerleader is sweet and your decision to make the shoes of ric rac was spot on! Thanks for sharing.

Megan said...

These are just great, the cheerleader pillow is absolutely adorable!!

lefuntz said...

Very cute and a well deserved top spot too!

Allison said...

your Halloween stitchery is a lot of fun! I have found that I really enjoy sewing 'out of season' for holidays - it takes the time pressure off :)

Kristen King said...

I love your cheerleader!! :)

carla said...

Hi!!! Wow!!! You really had a lot of fun with your pom poms!!! Wonderful ideas!!!! Love your cheerleader!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

Lisa said...

All I have to say is "WOW"! It is all to cute for words!

Heide said...

So many cute projects! I really couldn't tell if you we're a fan of Pom Poms or not! LOL

Carol said...

Love all the pom pom creations, Jane! I remember making little pompom animals years ago when I was in high school... The little Boo pillow is adorable. I've stitched it twice before, but given both away... Next time, I'm keeping it :)

Enjoy your week!

Barbara said...

Well, that is just too cute!

Lavonna ZWB said...

So adorable! Thank you for sharing with us.

Teresa in Music City said...

What a cute, cute pillow!!! Lots of planning and design went into that - great job!!!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

-your pillow is outstanding, what a great idea! Thank you very much for sharing.