Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pom Poms Are Shaking + A Giveaway!

Thearica at Pigtales and Quilts is the pom pom queen on this hop
and Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt is helping to shake things up a lot.
Aren't they just the best cheerleaders!

I started playing with these little mini charms a few months ago, but then set them aside
for other little projects that were keeping me, uh....hopping.
Once the Shake Your Pom Poms hop came up, I pulled it from beneath the stacks of stuff 
and decided to make it an Easter (or Spring) quilt with a pom pom tailed bunny.
The bunny and insects are from the Bunnies & More book by Darcy Ashton.
 I appliqued the bunny on the bottom of the quilt and hand embroidered the little insects plus 
some details on the bunny. For some weird reason, no matter how beautifully ironed this quilt
was when I brought it outside to take photos, it wrinkled up like a wadded up tissue.

 I was elbow deep in pom poms when my back took a dive which made it a little harder to
complete this next project the way I envisioned it in my head. It's a sturdy little
diaper changing mat for Monkey Baby to use with a pom pom pillow to
catch his attention while laying on it. 
Really...it looked different and was much more elaborate in my head
while laying there staring at the ceiling fan (that Leslie has me thinking should
be covered in some pretty fancy fabric instead of just plain wood.)

 I layered the mat with rug stuff and batting--it's a little stiff and perfect for throwing on the floor.

 I was lucky to get a decent photo of this, because Bella and Bruster
thought the mat was really meant for them and refused to back away from the pom poms.
It's perfect for Monkey Baby to lay on and entertain us all with his cuteness.

I have a BIG birthday coming up pretty soon and Madame Samm got wind of it (she's
pretty clever, you know) and sent me this Barbie as an early birthday gift. 
She's no ordinary Barbie...she has a
"C" (for Carol, of course
on her jacket and she's seems to be quite the Coca Cola fan, which
is so perfect because we collect Coca Cola stuff and she fits right in! 
Plus...SHE'S GORGEOUS!
The only negative thing about her was her pom pom was pretty wimpy so that HAD
to be fixed by making her TWO new red and white pom poms (that coincidentally
were my school colors from high school) that look so much better with that 
sweater, skirt, jacket, saddle shoes, and megaphone.
I just LOVE her!

Oh, and by the way...

I was visiting  Quilted Works  (love that store!) on Saturday
and as usual their wonderful staff (Lori this time) helped me pick out some amazing
fat quarters to share with you for my giveaway. Want to know the best part? 
They offered to GIVE me the fat quarters to give to one of YOU...is that cool or what!

P.S. My little Trickster by Robert Shields isn't included...he's mine, all mine!

SILLY LITTLE RULES TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY:
  1. Leave a short and sweet comment. 
  2. This one is important! Make sure I can contact you if you're a no-reply blogger. Typing out your email address like this helps avoid spammers: iblog at aol dot com. If I can't contact you, you can't win. *If you don't get a reply from me, you're a no-reply blogger or something else is screwed-up.
  3. I'll mail it anywhere...yes, even to the other side of the world.
  4. Giveaway ends at 6 p.m. PST on April 30thEntries after 6 p.m. PST on April 30th will not be included in the giveaway.
Look who else is shaking and showing off their pom poms today:

April 29

Madame Samm has all the blog hops on
her Pinterest page...HERE!

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

129 comments:

Amy said...

How can you tell me you weren't creative on this hop? Oh, I am not going to believe you again! All of your projects are just Pom Pom --errific!! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

BuggletQuilts said...

I love the fuzzy bunny, he's so cute! It looks as though your dogs love the pom poms as much as mine.

Sheila said...

Nice pom pom projects!
What a cute, sweet baby <3
I hope your back gets better soon.

Patty C. said...

Your quilt is just adorable - Your little model is tooooo cute - & your Bday gift is perfect - I hope you enjoy!

Quiltsmiles said...

Both are nice finishes. Love that photo of Monkey baby on those poms and the phrase in your post of the boys not backing away from the pom poms. My mind immediately thought of a phrase of "Now Back away from the pom poms and no one will get hurt" .....I know, I need help with this twisted sense of humor of mine! Jane

SheilaN8 said...

The bunny quilt is absolutely adorable!!

Theresa said...

What a adorable baby! Love that smile! Wonderful pom pom projects and your birthday gift is the best! Happy Birthday!

Scrapatches said...

Your bunny and butterfly quilt is sweet. Monkey Baby is adorable and clearly the pom-poms are a big hit. Thanks for sharing the idea about using the rug mesh to stiffen a quilted mat. This quilted easily enough?

Most of all ... I hope your back is feeling much better soon .. <3 Pat

Judy B said...

Monkey baby loves his pom poms! Your Barbie is adorable, luck you, Samm is a fantastic lady. I joined the back club so I know how you feel. Take care of yourself and have a speedy recovery.

Rebeckah Austin said...

Such a great idea!

Diann said...

The embroidered touches made your bunny quilt extra special.

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Just the cutest pom pom treats and your "models" too are so sweet!!! Thanks for sharing.

Jen B. said...

How did I not know you had this blog?! I love your quilts! And I am always looking to add to my fabric addiction.. I mean stash :) not sure if I have a no reply so heres my email

Ajbenson06 at gmail dot com :)

Gotta love Monkey Baby! He always looks SO happy! Sweet boy!

Also! Where did you go to HS? Red and white were my mom's HS colors too :)

Nati said...

I love the bunny, it is so cute and such a great idea, I may be doing a few baby girl gifts with a bunny soon! And thanks for the chance to win!

Vickie said...

Oh my goodness ! your monkey model baby is too adorable! Squirming while getting your britches changed must be a universal baby idea. Love, love love your bunny quilt. Your clever and "sew" is that Madame Samm.

Tracey said...

Cutest Baby Model Ever!
You are way talented in all you do! Love you!

feltfree på Åsly said...

Wow so many nice projects. I love the rabbit and the babyquilt.
Have a nice day Frederika

Teresa said...

Love your pom poms! Monkey baby is just most adorable. Thank you for the giveaway!

Britt-Inger said...

I love all the things that you have made. As always you have a very creative mind and all your pom poms projects are so awesome. It is hard for me to decide my first but it must be the rabbit.
Thanks for sharing and for a great give away

charlotte said...

Carol, your projects are great. I love the sweet bunny and the changing mat is a great idea. What a cutie pie that boy is! Barbie looks great with her new pom poms. Happy birthday to you! A big one, huh? Thirty, right? *wink*

JoyceLM said...

Love all your pom pom projects, especially the bunny quilt. Thanks.

Thearica said...

Love your quilt and the bunny is perfect!!

Leave it to Madame Samm to send the most un9ique gift! The barbie is right up your alley!!

Happy Birthday!!

gtcoursey said...

Gotta love Barbie. Thanks for sharing.

Shannon Meyer said...

What a cute fluffy bunny tail!! The baby's pretty cute too:) Your projects are wonderful!!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Your quilt is lovely - especially the bunny! Pom-poms with baby - both are very cute!! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

The bunny quilt is wonderful!

Lisa Marie said...

These hops always give me new ideas. The floor mat is very clever! Thanks for sharing.

robin said...

Monkey baby is adorable. Who could not be happy looking at his smiling face?!

Jeanie said...

Such cute projects! Love the bunny and the embroidery butterflies....but your sure can't beat the cute Monkey Baby picture with the joyful face! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveway!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Beautiful work Carol...I love the bunny! Thank you for a wonderful giveaway

Margaret said...

Great job! Love the Barbie.

Sowing Stitches said...

Carol,
Barbie's new pom poms look great! I do believe that you had many hours of fun with your pom poms. And your bunny...oh my goodness!

Donna said...

I am new to your site and I am thrilled that I found it! I especially love the bunny!

patchouli moon studio said...

Cute polka dot bunny! Oh your monkey boy is darling laughing on his pom-pom pillow.
If "C" is for Carol on that Barbie jacket, then is your husband's name "Ken"? Lol. Love those Barbie pom-poms too.

Mhairi said...

I love the rabbit on the corner of your quilt. That is such a cute idea and I am sure will become a favourite element of the quilt.
Thanks so much for sharing.

B Greene said...

I just love how you added the bunny into your quilt! And the cheerleader Barbie is just perfect! Happy Birthday soon!

Tammy said...

Oh my goodness I love the mat with pom poms. But all of the projects are great. Thnks for shareing them with us today. And that baby is adorable. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway also.

Sue said...

Great work as usual Carol! Your Monkey baby is soooo cute...as well as all of your projects!

Wrinkles, what wrinkles? Just like looking in a mirror...I see no wrinkles!

Hope your back is better really soon!

lauraluvsloons said...

Thanks for the entertaining blog to read this morning. I have that book with the bunnies and I like how you added the applique in the corner. The embroidery is the perfect touch too. The picture of your smiling young man made me smile big too. Barbie never looked so good as she does with the cheerleader jacket. too cute

Bonnie58 said...

Love the pompoms. They are great. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a great draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Linda said...

What a great idea! (Monkey Baby is pretty adorable, too!!) Love them both!
Your little Barbie is just too cute!

vicki said...

Love the look on your dogs faces,"What do you mean mom, you didn't make them for us?" lol gotta love the fur kids. Your monkey baby is so darn cute-bet he loves his pom pillow, doesn't he? Loved your quilt and hope you have a good birthday without back problems. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

Jo C. said...

Darling little bunnies! And Barbie!
Boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
Adorable, I did not see anything about Monkey babies not being allowed on hops. Extra points though, definitely Can I win him?
This is such a cutie idea. I want to make this kind of stuffs when my grandchildren finally arrive some day if I am not too decrepit
Thanks for charing Carol and Happy Birthday, celebrate with lots of cake and a couple of beers lol

Mystica said...

Thank you for sharing such a generous giveaway. You literally will have to post to the other side of the world if I win!

mystica123athotmaildotcom

Gill said...

I love the bunny - gorgeous!
Thanks for a great giveaway!

Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] said...

Love that bunny, plus the quilt layout is so fun!

apple blossom said...

love your bunny on the quilt and other pillow pompom project

wonderful fabric for giveaway my daughter would love something made from this owl fabric. thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Needled Mom said...

Your pom poms are all wonderful, but that little one on the pom poms is priceless. That is a great idea for a gift.

The Barbie is super cute too. I love that she fits into your life so perfectly.

Just Quilt It said...

The bunny quilt is perfect for spring--although sitting in my sunroom typing this, it is squirrels scampering about that I see--LOL. I love the colors--it looks so light and clean. Beautiful work. And, that grandson is adorable.

Katherine said...

Cute ideas for pom poms, Carol! Monkey Baby seems to be loving that pillow just for him - absolutely adorable.

Oh, love your cheerleader Barbie, Carol. I'm adding my cheers and best wishes for a very happy birthday!

Vicki H said...

Cute projects. Great changing mat, was the quilting hard to do with the rug stuff in it? I love that idea. Thanks for the chance.

Lisa said...

Now I'm not sure which is cuter, pillow, baby, or fur babies!!
love the fabric!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Gwen said...

Your bunny and bugs turned out really cute! Using that rug stuff for the changing pad is such a great idea--I'd never heard or thought of doing that. And with another grandchild soon to be appearing...I guess I better get busy! I LOVE the Barbie and her big and beautiful pompoms!

sherry said...

i love the little quilt, the changing mat and the barbie is over the top wonderful...lucky you...hoping the your back gets back to feeling better

Sharon said...

Carol they are wonderful...I love the added bunny to the quilt and the mat for the sweet little baby by the way is he included...lol he is adorable. I do hope you are feeling all sorts of better soon, lady....and well Barbie with a "C" is perfect great pom poms.....

Amy C said...

I love this post. Thank you for showing your fabulous work!
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

MooseStash Quilting said...

Carol, what can I say...Love your projects, that rug and pillow are just too adorable, but the little "Monkey" takes the show. What a cutie! Happy Birthday. Love your "Carol" Barbie with her new poms! :-)

Linda J said...

I love your little model on his special mat and pom pom pillow! I can see where the pups would think you laid it out just for them.

How adorable is that Ashton rabbit too. Lovely quilt! I have the cat patterns that I should do something with, now that I see your creation.

Happy Bday and hope that your back is behaving much better these days.

Purl Buttons said...

What fun this hop is turning out to be. I loved seeing the Barbie, too. I guess I will never grow out of the Barbie Phase. I used my allowance to buy my first one way back in the sixties.

WoolenSails said...

I love the quilt you made, it is so adorable and such a creative piece. I need to get started on my baby quilt today, the grandson will be arriving in a month.

Debbie

Agnes B. Bullock said...

First the pom pom pie and now adorable baby cuteness! You should be called the Queen of Pom Poms!

(The mat idea is fabulous- may try it for my four legged wonders)

krislovesfabric said...

Well happy birthday and thanks for the smile from that handsome lil guy! He looks to be enjoying those poms!!

Sue said...

Love the idea of a floor mat, the baby is so sweet, just look at that smile! I' m not surprised your pups want the Pom poms , mine would too!

Mary said...

What fun. Love the quilt. Your model is pretty cute too!

Lou said...

Sweet baby with the poms!!!
The bunny with the handstitched butterflies is adorable!
Great job!
Thanks!

JanesQuilting said...

Well, I am sorry, but as cute as your pom poms are...the baby is just adorably cute! He sure makes the pillow shine. Thanks for sharing his picture with us.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

What a fun post chock full of cuteness!

Susan said...

3 quick comments
The baby is adorable!
Happy Birthday!
I love the bunny quilt!

Susan said...

3 quick comments
The baby is adorable!
Happy Birthday!
I love the bunny quilt!

Patty D from NC said...

Cute baby photo. Love the projects as well!

Nellie Duclos said...

Love your idea for your sweet grandbaby! Is that rug stuff the latex variety? I want to up-cycle some old cotton towel rugs and was wondering about using that on the backs to make them stable. Hope you're feeling better soon-it's so frustrating to be ill. Thanks for sharing and Happy B Day!
Rosemary

Linda said...

HI! YOUR QUILT IS SO DARLING!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Kathy H said...

I love the bunny quilt and those embroidered bugs were great too. Of course the picture of the monkey baby made me stop looking at the quilts because of such sweetness.

Sallie said...

Cute! Thanks for sharing!

shawn said...

Wow what a nice story to read and monkey baby is such a cutie pie!! Love the barbie too the pom poms you made sure do fit well. Love your bunny quilt and the two little doggies. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway, I am in love with owls LOL
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

sew.darn.quilt said...

Once again you've knocked my socks off with your creativity! Fabulous quilt, mat and birthday gift (from the madame) and giveaway! What a wonderful shop!!
Your little monkey is adorable, a total sweetheart.
Thank you for the chance :)

jan said...

I LOVE THE BUNNY! That is sew adorable!! and the PomPom pillow and of course Barbies PomPoms and she is beautiful! Great job and glad you are better!
Jan

Shauna said...

So so cute, love all of them, but that bunny is perfect!!!! Thanks for the chance

mindingmomma said...

happy early birthday
cutest pompom pillow and model

mindingmomma at aol dot com

Marjorie Nath said...

The Baby mat is such a great idea! Wish I was so creative. Thanks for the chance to win and hope you have a great Birthday.
thelady at hotmail.com

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Love the bunny with his little white fluffy tail. And that baby! Can't we win him? Thanks for sharing and the give away.

Marla's Crafts said...

Always love seeing what new things you are working on. Very nice. That was nice of them to give you some fat quarters to give away.

evelyn said...

Bunny quilt, baby change quilt, Barbie pom-poms--you are a three time winner! Happy Birthday and congrats on being chosen. Take care of your back!

robin said...

Oh Baby Monkey is SO cute! Thanks for the giveaway chance. :)

barbara woods said...

beautiful baby. thanks for the chance

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Beautiful quilt, love the bunny and butterflies. Baby Monkey mat is terrific. What a cute little one. Congrats on being one of the chosen.

Little Quilt Shop said...

Good sweet work!! Thanks you so much!! Have a blest day!!

Madame Samm said...

Ok, just not fair I don't care what anyone says...and yes whoever said it was not on the no do list....but listen using your monkey baby for gain, well even for you, that is low.....lol Each project simply adorable even though I hate to say it...I do believe you outdid me again...we will let "them" vote lol Oh yes the Barbie...yeahh it is cute....I wouldn't know about that lol

Anita said...

Love the baby with the quilt, definitely giving it the thumbs up! Love Barbie and coke so that was a win in for me :)

Janet said...

Cute quilt but the pom pom encrusted baby changing mat is the best! The baby thinks so too.

Kathy L said...

Love your creations and the baby too. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Cute changing pad, and adorable bebe' I like the pompom pillow idea.

Pauline said...

I almost forgot what you made, seeing your lovely monkey boy, what a big bright eyes and happy face little boy this is. You are such a lucky lady to have such lovely grandchildren.
But I looked again, and I do love your pompomprojects!
I do love your Barbie, what a great present to get on your (early) birthday! When can I return to sing for you?
Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

Your rabbit and butterfly are so sweet. Love the big pom poms too. Jane, it is all great!

Emily C said...

Wow. I don't which I love more, the awesome quilt mat, the baby, or the barbie w/her new cheering pom poms. Great job.

Mimi said...

Your quilt is so pretty and I love that bunny - too sweet!!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What pretty projects...and absolutely adorable baby...what a sweet face!!! Thanks for sharing :)
cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

maggie said...

Carol
I am so impressed with all of your projects. But as much as I love your pom poms, I have to say that sweet baby just stole my heart away!
The quilt is adorable.
cheers
maggie
maggiemine42@gmail.com

tink's mom said...

Are we really supposed to focus in on the pompom pillow with that wonderful smiley face looking out at us. Great job all the way around.

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

You are so creative! Layering "the mat with rug stuff and batting--it's a little stiff and perfect for throwing on the floor."

Never would have thought of that but it makes perfect sense. Wonderful idea.

Thank you for sponsoring this Blog Hop giveaway and giving us a shot at that darling owl fabric.

Lesley said...

Wow! There is so much to read and see! Love your little bunny quilt, and the diaper mat is so awesome...those pompoms are adorable...guess the mat is much better than covering the ceiling fan...giggle! The Barbie gift is wonderful..smart lady, that Madame Samm, she knows you well! Thanks for the chance for the giveaway!

slacker said...

1. totally digging the rabbit to the side; haven't seen that a lot, but love the style!

2. LOVE the pillow and that beautiful happy baby face!!! what a fun idea! now I want one. or two. or three. will have to remember this one for kiddo #2.

3. BARBIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND COCA-COLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! are you my Barbie & Coke twin?

ok, that wasn't short & sweet... but this was too good for less words! or exclamation points!!!

Barb66 said...

Both you projects are wonderful! Of course the baby is the star!

LJ said...

Loved that bunny quilt - so unique the way the bunny was added. Did you spray baste the quilt? I wondered if that might have caused the wrinkled look.
The pom pom pillow was adorable and I think a full-sized pillow would be perfectly adorable, too.
That Madame Samm, she is a wonder!! Barbie is quite the cheerleader.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Só tenho para dizer um curto e doce AMEI. Parabéns!!!!!
tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Suze said...

I love Darcy. I like to go to the vendor, I mean, quilt show in Oklahoma City in January. She is always there with her new things. The bunny and butterflies are perfect for the quilt. That quilt and pillow are perfect for a little one. I finally got baby quilts sent for my twin great nephew and niece today. They were born in September - think it's time. I don't remember having a Barbie doll. The Coke Barbie is cute. I loved my saddle shoes. My first job after college required that I have hard-toed shoes to be able to go into the factory from time to time. I ordered a pair of red saddle hard toed shoes and kept them for years after that job. Sometimes I wish I still had them. I'm glad that you spruced Barbie up with new poms. Thank you for participating in the blog even though you are feeling as well as usual. That in and of itself is an inspiration. However, your projects are creative and inspiring.

madebymeinred said...
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Megan said...

Great projects, all so sweet! Awesome job :)

madebymeinred said...

Glad you are back at the sewing needle and hopefully recovering. The bunny with the insects--just plain too cute. Like the way you did the corner of the quilt. You are really into this embroidery stuff

Jacque said...

Great post! Love the pillow and all your projects....that would be a great entry into the Pets On Quilts show this August, hint, hint! LOL

sandra said...

Hope all is well with your back. All of your projects were very cute, especially the mat with the adorable baby

jmniffer said...

You did great with your pom-pom projects. The bunny is cute and the quilt model is adorable!

This Dog's Mom said...

I love the baby mat! I'm going to use this idea. And the bunny makes me laugh. What a great post. Thanks!

carla said...

Hi!!!! Happy Birthday!!! Love your projects!!! Great idea for the baby pad!!!! I am going to need one of these soon!!! 3rd Grand on the way!!!! You know I have thought about adding fabric to my bedroom ceiling fan!!!! Love your Barbie!!! Great gift!!! Thanks for the fun!!! Hope you keep feeling better and better!!!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Carol, How I love your work. The bunny, your new Barbie with her Pom Poms but Baby Monkey is just the cutest little one. What a fun idea. Take care of your back.

Sewgirl said...

Nice job with all the pom pons...the quilt is really unique with it's corner the way you finished that. And yes, the Barbie is too cute! Happy Birthday to you as well!

Heide said...

Monkey Baby is so cute. What a beautiful smile! We've got grandchild number three in the oven...due 5/24..we're getting excited. . .love your projects!

hafza said...

Love all your prm pom project... and the baby is adorable! thanks for the chance. shaza.zain at gmail dot com

Lisa said...

I love your little quilt made out of minis did I here, would like to chat about showing it off on my blog series about using minis! It is all so cute, your monkey baby looks like my grandbaby "zoey"! Happy Birthday!

KT said...

that bunny and quilt are so cute! NOt to mention the little one. Thanks for the chance

Grammasheri said...

Love the projects but must say that Monkey Baby is by far the best thing you've made yet. ;)

lefuntz said...

Leave it to you to put that cute little monkey to work showing off your creation. That little pillow is a great idea. And I love your bugs too. Congrats on a top spot!

rockgranny said...

Just short and sweet? OK; than this would be enough

Loralynn said...

I especially love your mat and pillow for baby! What a great textural exploration spot for Monkey baby!

Cloud 9 said...

Monkey Baby has the best smile and so happy with those pom poms! Wonderful photo!

Gmama Jane said...

Monkey Baby made my day! A baby's smile melts me to the core. Your projects are so springy and that quilt is delicious!
Gmama Jane

Patty said...

Monkey Baby is so cute. I like the matt you made. Looks comfy.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hello Carol,
I knew that you would show us something special, I love every pompom project of yours, so-o-o cute and the baby and the dogs too!
Liebe Grüße
Bente