Quilts of Valor, Quilt 2

Hi Everyone, I hope your week is off to a great start!  A little housekeeping first, you’ll notice on the left hand side instead of Google Reader we now have two new ways for you to follow our blog – since Google Reader is no longer operating 😦 The first is Google+ and the other is BlogLovin’  Be sure to add yourself so you don’t miss anything!  I have “Learn Google+ on my ‘To Do’ list this week” BUT I do already add new blog posts to my timeline!  So, I figure I’m one step in the right direction, or at least that’s what I tell myself 😉  How many of you have tried Google+? What are your thoughts?  It seems like there isn’t a day that goes by that there isn’t something new in the world of social media!

Moving on I thought I’d share another quilt I worked on for Quilts of Valor.  This quilt was done for the same guild and again was made using scrap materials from donated stashes … what a great way to use those fabrics when we’re “cleaning shop.”  For this quilt, I just did an overall swirl design with outlined stars interspersed.  I probably would do tighter swirls on other projects and use them more as a filler, but I wanted this quilt to be comfy and not stiff from having used a tight design.  The sizing and spacing worked out perfectly and gave me a chance to practice my swirls!

Cherry Valley Designs Quilts of Valor

Cherry Valley Designs Quilts of Valor

Cherry Valley Designs Quilts of Valor
Until next time!
Megan

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? 🙂

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