Thank You + How to Make Your Own Large Pom Pom Fringe

Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  First, I have to thank all of you who stopped by on Friday and left your kind words.  I also have to apologize to the first 37 people who left comments.  When I leave a comment on someone’s blog, it’s always nice when I get a personal e-mail from the blogger thanking me …  hmmm? How do they do that?  Well, midway through Friday morning, I thought, “This is ridiculous, there has to be a way!”  (In the past, I have just directly replied in the comments form.)  Well, for those of you who did not get an e-mail from me this is why and I want to send a special THANK YOU to all of you, sorry for the confusion!

Also, if you would like to have comments forwarded to your e-mail this is how you do it (if you have Blogger).

Step 1: Go to your Blogger home page and click the dropbox to the right of the blog you want to change the settings on.  Select “Settings.”

Step 2:  Once on your settings page, click “Mobile and Email” on the left hand side.

Step 3: Here, under the “Comment Notification Email” type in the email you want comments sent to and click save.  Now, you’ll receive email notifications when you get new comments on any of your posts and this way you can send messages back to the person who left a comment (as long as they weren’t ‘anonymous’).

I hope this helps anyone who has had this problem and makes it easier to navigate Blogger!

On to the jumbo pom pom fringe.  One of the comments I got several times was about the fringe at the bottom of my wallhanging from Friday.  If you missed Friday’s post, click here, I participated in Madame Samm’s “Shake Your Pom Poms” blog hop … needless to say, it was a LOT of fun!

Cherry Valley Designs Wall Hanging

For this blog hop, one of the sponsors was Clover who wanted to promote their pom pom makers.  When I first signed up for the blog hop I went to my local JoAnn’s store and picked up both sizes they offer (there are 2 in each package, so I had a total of 4 pom pom makers), plus the yarn.  At this point I still wasn’t sure what the size of my finished project would be, so I wanted to make sure I had options!  We always need options, don’t we? πŸ™‚

My first few pom poms didn’t go so well, they were scrawny and weak … nobody wants scrawny and weak pom poms!  What to do?!?  Well, the package directions show very clearly to carefully wrap a string of yarn around tightly to each other.  With nothing to lose, I decided to make the pom pom by wrapping several pieces of yarn around tightly to each other (see first picture below) … what a difference!!  The pom pom was all of a sudden nice and full (see second picture below).

Cherry Valley Designs Pom Pom Fringe

Cherry Valley Designs Pom Pom Fringe

Then after you’ve cut the pieces that you just wrapped in half, tie your knot to hold the pom pom together and make sure you leave about a 6″ handle on this piece, this is very important!

Cherry Valley Designs Pom Pom Fringe

Next, cut a piece of 1″ wide fabric by the length of your pom pom fringe.  Lay your pom poms down as far away from one another as you want with your 6″ handles laying over the backside of the fabric.  Pin these in place and sew them down (I used a tight zig zag stitch to secure them down.)

Cherry Valley Designs Pom Pom Fringe

Cherry Valley Designs Pom Pom Fringe

Cherry Valley Designs Pom Pom Fringe

Finally, cut the excess yarn off the top, iron down the fabric in half, and sew down with a straight stitch to create a finished look.  Your pom pom fringe is ready!  Enjoy!

Cherry Valley Designs Pom Pom Fringe

Make sure to check out the projects for Day 4 of the “Shake Your Pom Poms” blog hop.  Here’s today’s round up:

Have a great day!
Megan
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Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop

Welcome to everyone visiting the blog today!  If this is your first time visitingwI hope you kick your feet up and enjoy your stay!  If this isn’t your first time, I’m glad you’re back!  There are some free tutorials on the right hand side of the blog and some other links across the top.  Be sure to stop by our website before you leave … there are other interesting things there including a place to sign up for our monthly newsletter (Hint: You receive a free pattern when you sign up the first time!!).  To learn more about me and my company click here, my patterns are here and you can find out more about my longarm services here!  Again, thanks for stopping by!  We’re glad you’re here!

Sometimes you need to do something just so you can jump out of the box you’re in, and that’s why a month or so ago when I saw this blog hop, I just had to join!  It got me to thinking outside the box … what in the world could I make using pom poms?!?  Hmmmm????  I love flowers … what flowers have large heads on them? … what would be something as cute to make as pom poms themselves?!? DAISIES!  This project was so fun to make and the brighter colors are perfect just in time for summer!

Before my reveal though I just have to thank Madame Samm for organizing these blog hops (year round, I might add!) to give all of us bloggers a chance to “strut our stuff” and the amazing Thearica of Pig Tales and Quilts who cheered us on as we get ready for this blog hop … you did a GREAT job!  Also, a very special shout out of thanks to the sponsors who helped make this blog hop possible!

Without further ado, the project …

Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop

You may remember my post from yesterday where I was debating the background and my sketches … well, this is how it turned out!

Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop
Some close ups of the fillers behind the appliqued phrase …
Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop

Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop
And finally the big picture again …
Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop

Be sure to stop by the other blogs today:

Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Megan

Longarm Quilting Tip: Buy a Sketchbook

A few days before my longarm was delivered I was surfing around Pinterest and stumbled upon this pin … Amazing, right?!?  I immediately pinned it to my LAQ board and then started to sleuth a bit and found the true owner of the pin was a woman named LuAnn Kessi.  She has an equally amazing blog (which you can find here).  She is very gracious with sharing her work and I love the fact that she gives herself little notes to remind her how she made the design that she did.  The next day I went to Michaels and bought an artist’s notebook (they were on sale 40% off!).

The idea of carrying around a notebook is still odd for me, but I’m getting better. Having a sketchbook to not only practice designs you want to try is important …

Megan Ziegler Longarm Sketchbook

Megan Ziegler Longarm Sketchbook

Megan Ziegler Longarm Sketchbook

… But it’s also important to give dry runs to potential designs.  I was working on a wallhanging yesterday and after some input from my mom, I decided not to use the design I had planned on for the past two weeks … eeks!  Well, with a deadline to get the piece done, I needed to come up with something, so I roughly sketched some ideas to get to the idea that I finally decided upon.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for the “Shake Your Pom Poms” blog hop to see the final reveal!

Megan Ziegler Longarm Sketchbook

While I am by no means as talented as LuAnn I hope seeing a peek into my sketchbook will encourage you that you don’t have to be perfect. For some reason, putting pen to paper just helps get your brain wired to do the actual design when you go to the longarm.  You can just work through the kinks before you actually stand at your machine to do the work!

See you bright & early tomorrow morning for the “Shake Your Pom Poms” blog hop!  You can check out today’s bloggers here, and yesterday’s here!
Enjoy!
Megan

Sour Cream Chicken with Smothered Noodles

Going through the recipe box this past weekend I stumbled upon this recipe and knew I just had to try it!  I’m so glad I took pictures along the way because it was a winner the first time out of the gate, and now I can share it with all of you!

Sour Cream Chicken with Smothered Noodles
Sour Cream Chicken with Smothered Noodles

Ingredients for Chicken

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, split (we only used 3 half chicken breasts)
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • 1/4 t. paprika
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 c. sour cream


Directions for Chicken

Step 1: Rub chicken with seasonings, we put ours in a Ziploc bag and shook the seasonings so they were evenly distributed. Place chicken in glass baking dish.

Sour Cream Chicken with Smothered Noodles

Step 2: Mix wine, Cream of Mushroom soup, and mushrooms and pour over chicken.  Cook for 1 hour at 425 degrees, or until chicken is completely cooked through.

Sour Cream Chicken with Smothered Noodles

Sour Cream Chicken with Smothered Noodles

Step 3:  Once chicken is cooked through, take out of oven and set chicken aside on a plate.  With sauce remaining in dish, stir in sour cream until warmed through.  Return chicken to dish and serve.

Sour Cream Chicken with Smothered Noodles

Sour Cream Chicken with Smothered Noodles


What are Smothered Noodles, you ask?
Smothered noodles are just normally cooked noodles smothered in goodness once cooked.  For our dinner, we made egg noodles and once cooked according to the directions on the package, we added 1 tablespoon of olive oil, one tablespoon of parsley and one clove of garlic.  Easy as that, and you have gourmet noodles.  No one ever has to know!  Plus, the ideas for smothered noodles are endless, let your imagination fly!

Sour Cream Chicken with Smothered Noodles

Enjoy!

Megan

Almost There …

We began working on a different version of our pattern, “The Essential Bed Quilt.”  This quilt is done in 3 Sisters’ Double Chocolat line.  You may remember my original from this blog post where we used Fig Trees’ Tapestry line.  I’m absolutely loving the way this new version is coming together and can’t wait to show you the finished project … hopefully, next Friday?  I’m working on a special quilting design for it and am just itching to get it on the long arm.

Right now, there’s another special project on my long arm which I can’t show you, because it is having it’s debut this Friday when I participate in Madame Samm’s Shake Your Pom Poms blog hop.  Definitely stop by this Friday to check out my finished project!

As you can see this is a big quilt and wouldn’t fit on our design wall, so we have laid it underneath the long arm!

Cherry Valley Designs Essential Bed Quilt

Thanks to the blogs whose linky parties we’re participating in today:

Fresh Poppy Design

Better Off Thread

You can find the paper pattern here which we will snail mail to you or the PDF pattern here which will be delivered nearly instantly to your e-mail!

As we were walking we found the most beautiful bush in bloom in our neighbor’s yard, take a look … isn’t this just gorgeous?!

Thanks for stopping by!
Megan

Fab Five Faves

Thanks to everyone who left their nice comments on the last post!  We love hearing from you!

Since Fridays seem to have been taken over by finished projects, I thought I’d turn my “Fab Five Fridays” into just plain old “Fab Five Faves” and share a few of the favorite things I’ve found with you today … on a Monday!

#1:  Tiramisu Gelato … Oh my word!  I have a weakness for Tiramisu and since it’s not a typical dessert at restaurants it was always a treat when I’d be able to get it, but now I have the opportunity to avoid temptation every night of the week with this tiramisu gelato.  Sometimes I’m able to stay strong and sometimes I’m doing extra time on my workout the next day πŸ˜‰  You can find this at Target, it’s by their Archer Farms product line and they have other amazing flavors as well!

#2: Baby Lock Symphony …  Definitely click on the link to see pics and find out info on this amazing machine … I can’t even begin to tell you how in love with this machine we are!  Last weekend, we went to an open sew day at a local quilt shop who is a Baby Lock dealer and we asked if we could use this machine while we were there.  Basically, to give it a test drive.  We didn’t want to go back to our old machine!  My list of things I love about this machine could go on and on, but to just give you a few … it has an alert when your bobbin is low (you know, so you don’t keep sewing and sewing just to find out you had no bobbin about 20 pieces ago … like we did last night!); you don’t have to sew with your foot if you don’t want to, you can just hit a button; and there are little scissors so when you’re done with a strip, you can just hit the scissors button and it cuts the thread for you!  Seriously, we became so spoiled using this machine, it’s definitely at the top of our “to buy” list!  Does anyone else own a Baby Lock?  What do you think of your machine?

#3: CND Spamanicure Almond Hydrating Lotion …  Love this lotion and I keep it in my Longarm room.  It doesn’t leave a sticky residue and really helps hydrate my dry hands.  I always get the large bottle, you can find it here in our Amazon store.

#4: Rock Your Hair products …  I keep super inexpensive shampoo that I use throughout the week and then mix it up with a higher end product every few days.  My go to “higher end” hair products are these products by Michael O’Rourke.  They help make my hair fuller and I love the scent!

#5:  Favorite quote … Last week as I was going through my personal Facebook page, I stumbled upon this quote from Guideposts and it just struck me.  I have since printed the quote and hope to frame it.  How often I forget this?  Do you have the same problem?  Hopefully, keeping it in front of me will remind me what’s really important in life!

From: https://www.facebook.com/guideposts
Happy Earth Day!
Megan

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A Different Spin on Spin Me

When I teach a class, I like to redo my quilts so that I can create a step-by-step PowerPoint for my students to follow along.  Having been interested in the Quilts of Valor program for quite awhile, we decided to recreate the quilts in a patriotic theme.  A few weeks again I taught Spin Me at A Touch of Thread and we made the quilt in a darker color scheme with burgundy, navy and cream.  For the quilting, I chose to use a ribbon meandering all over with sporadic stars that were then highlighted with gold metallic thread.

In class, it was so fun to see everyone’s color schemes.  One lady made it using batiks and it was coming together absolutely stunningly.  Two sisters who were taking the class were going with a tan background and various shades of olive green – just beautiful!  I have to admit that while designing patterns is so much for me, seeing others choices may be even more fun!!

Here’s how ours turned out …

Cherry Valley Designs Spin Me

Cherry Valley Designs Spin Me
Close Up of Back
Cherry Valley Designs Spin Me
Close Up of Front
Cherry Valley Designs Spin Me
Max, our Boxer, with the quilt … he approves πŸ˜‰

… Now for the binding!

So happy to linking up with our faves today: Crazy Mom QuiltsCan I Get a Whoop Whoop?; and Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday.

If you are a quilt store owner and would be interested in me teaching at your store, please contact me at Megan@CherryValleyDesigns.com

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Megan
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