Friday, April 26, 2013

Shaking My Pom-Poms, Part 1

Shaking My Pom-Pom Scarf
in the spring breeze!

 This is sew much more than a pretty scarf!
This scarf has pockets!
A pom-pom tool holder!
A mini-pincushion!

 This is my new 
Sewing Chatelaine Scarf
and Pom-Pom Pin Cushion Cone!

I was the very lucky winner of this lovely squishy 
from Sophie Junction  in her
 In Your Words Blog Hop Giveaway.
I have been fondling these pretties from time to time
and musing on the perfect project. 
Thank you, Sophie!

When the Shake Your Pom-Poms Blog Hop was announced
and I started thinking of what I wanted to make for this blog hop
an image with her striking star flower block popped into mind. 
Something I have never made before. 
I love to try new ideas.
I gathered materials and ideas
to think for awhile.
It was a nice sunny day in my sewing room
Butterfly helped
Katniss helped by snoozing all day in the sunny basket on the cutting table.
Her plan was to keep Butterfly from grabbing the basket.
Butterfly did not care much...
Butterfly was busy helping me with the thinking process.
It took a lot of thought ... 
so she decided to sleep on it.
this took some time
Finally the sun moved off the cutting table and Butterfly
moved to my thinking chair to do some more thinking.
Butterfly thinks better when she is hanging upside down off the chair
... and has been well petted.
My plan was ready for the stitching stage.
I had found a beautiful mottled blue/purple satin at JoAnn's
and bought a skinny 1/4 yard

 I wanted to the focus Sophie's beautiful star flower block.
The pattern for this Daisy Star block is a freebie on Sophie's site...
Sophie Junction
I also wanted to use some of the pretty squares she shared and I wanted to add purple from my stash and I had been thinking of making a crazy quilt type scarf with the satin for the backing.
Butterfly and I had decided that we did not want to cut the squares up too much and to just enjoy the pretty fabric and add the print border.
 I started sewing ... in a hard molded folding chair
so that Butterfly might continue helping in my sewing chair.
I sewed the squares to a long piece strip of muslin
as if making a string quilt
I pressed each square as I sewed
added border fabric strips to the sides 
I hand stitched echoes in four perle cotton colors around the star flower.
This is not part of the quilting as it only goes through the muslin.
I have not added the backing yet.

close up of hand stitching
I machine stitched some decorative stitches.

Added a small pocket with decorative machine stitches and trim.
I found that I could tuck my favorite embroidery scissors through a pom-pom and use the cover to hold it in place.

Then I added the satin backing by pinning and sewing together
pillowcase style on three sides with fronts together
and then turned inside out to finish the bottom edge by machine ...

By now Katniss was awake to inspect my work and offer her help
by trying to catch and eat these butterfly pins
 as she seems to think they are bugs.
I have to watch Katniss very closely in my sewing room.

 On the fourth open side I tuned under the hems and added a strip of the pom-pom trim and used the same decorative machine stitch
that I used on the small pocket through all layers to close the seam.

The star flower block is actually a large pocket!

Close up of my finished sewing chatelaine.

I added a small purchase pin cushion I had that was a perfect addition.
The roomy large pocket is very useful for putting those little balls of perle cotton that Katniss likes to chase and other hand sewing  items.

The small pocket holds several of my tools and keeps them handy and I can actually walk into the other room and take the pins and needles with me so I do not have to worry about Katniss getting into them if they are left in the open if I want to make a cup of tea
or to take my hand sewing to a comfy chair in another room.
I like!

Katniss says,

Time for our giveaway!

[This Giveaway is now Closed]

15 charms - 6" squares

Some of these are left from Sophie's giveaway.
Some I added some from my stash.

2 chances to win:

1st:  Leave a comment on this post

2nd:  Leave a comment on the NEXT post
"Shaking My Pom-Poms, Part 2"
... click HERE

I also made this
 Ice Cream Cone Pom-Pom Pincushion

For pictures and how-to for this pincushion, click on this link
 Shaking My Pom-Poms, Part 2
to open another post.

ONE random winner will be drawn
from all the comments on these two posts.

Winner will be contacted by email
so must have an email address for me to reply.

This giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world.

I use google translator to read and reply to comments in other languages.

This giveayway closes at Midnight Eastern DST on April 30th.

Winner will be announced and emailed on May 1st.

Good luck wishes!

Please visit my quilty friends on all of today's blogs
to see what's shaking:

Thanks to
Madame Samm @ Sew We Quilt

and to

Thearica @ Pigtails and Quilts

for cheering this wonderful blog hop!

Butterfly says,
"Thanks for stopping by visiting in our Scrapatch Sewing Room!"



Judy B said...

What a beautiful sewing chatelaine! Your helpers are so cute! Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

Just beautiful...wish i had thought of that but you did a much better job then i would of, beautiful

Heide said...

What would we do without our cats? Mine likes to plant herself on the floor right under my feet by the pedal or the ironing board. Love your chatelaine! And the colors are so springlike. Will have to go and check out the link for the star block. Thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

What a great idea! Nice way to keep everything handy. Love your Pom Pom pin cushion too!

Mhairi said...

I love your scarf. It is so bright and colourful and I am sure very useful too. Maybe it will help keep the cats away from the pins.
Thanks so much for sharing this great project.

Frederika said...

wow so creative. What a great job. so nice and colorful. and useful. just love it. Thanks for sharing

Suze said...

I'm getting a chest massage as I'm responding to your post. My boy kitty is sitting on my chest and purring. He thinks that he has the privilege of sitting any where he desires. He has kind of gotten the idea he can't sit on the laptop keyboard or stand in front of the screen. Now, down to more important business. The chatelaine is wonderful. My quilting buddess and I have been wanting to make chatelaines for a few years and haven't done it yet. I love you the poms serve as a scissors holder. That is wonderful. And now you with new pockets and and an attached pin cushion, your life as a kitty mom can be a little easier. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, for participating in the blog hop, and being a grea inspration.

Michelle said...

Your chatelaine is really beautiful! Sweet pincushion too.

Pauline said...

I love your chatelaine, what a great idea, I think it will be lovely for sewing outside.
Thanks for the tutorial and sharing you and your cats great ideas!

Nati said...

Lovely and creative, thanks for the chance to win!

Britt-Inger said...

You have made a lovely job. Thanks for sharing

charlotte said...

Very cute idea and love the colors.

Judy Cooper Textile Artist said...

Great projects - a lot of thought and work went into these. Thanks for sharing.

Patty C. said...

What a great idea - creative, colorful, & useful! And might I add - so well presented!

Sparky said...

And a two parter..oh wow....welll I love both of your projects for many reasons...your photos are divine, your work spectacular and your colour sense right on....take a peak over there too

Thearica said...

Love your projects for today! Especially that pincushion! and if you llok at my website, you can see I love the color purple! :) Great job!

Marla's Crafts said...

Very very nice and what a great helper. Thanks for having a give away.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Beautiful are making us fun!

Jeanie said...

As they takes a village..... your wonderful assistants certainly contributed to the success of your great project! I just love it! Thanks for sharing the whole process and for the givaway!

Vickie said...

What a wonderful idea and very original. I love all the colors you and Butterfly chose !

Gill said...

Fabulous projects! I especially like your scarf!
Thank you for sharing!

Catherine said...

Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

Calicojoan said...

That is absolutely beautiful, and what a way to keep all your supplies close at hand!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

So clever and wonderfully made!

Dorian said...

What a lovely scarf Pat! the star block is beautiful and the pom-poms add just the right touch. Great job Sweetie!

Sowing Stitches said...

Whimsy and pom poms just go together! :) Fun pin cushion!

krislovesfabric said...

Beautiful projects and great cat photos...glad I hopped by!!

Linda said...

Your sewing chatelaine is so pretty and useful!

Kristen King said...

Great job!!! :)

Tammy said...

What beautiful and useful pom pom projects. These are all just fabulous. Thank you for shareing them with us.

Gwen said...

what a lovely chatelaine! And your pompom cone is so cute!

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

That is so great! Love that chatelaine scarf.

Linda C said...

Now THAT is a chatelaine! Thank your lovely assistants for their help and input into the creative process.

LOL kitties---gotta love 'em. My husband constantly gives up the recliner to ours. Usually they share but if DJ gets up and out, then forget getting back in!

JuliaP said...

Well, I can see why Mdm. Samm had a hard time picking between your two projects. Beautiful work and great way to use that star block!

Lisa said...

Love your ideas! Great pictures of the babies to!

Carol Swift said...

Everything about your scarf is just beautiful and makes things so handy. Your kitty did a great job supervising the it!

apple blossom said...

lovely sash thanks for the chance to win your giveaway

Needled Mom said...

That is lovely and so useful too. Great use of pom poms.

robin said...

Butterfly looks like a great helper. ;)

Becky said...

What a good idea. Do you find the satin too slippery. I think it would be soft and supple to wear, but wonder about slipping. Beautiful critters as well. Love all the colors.

Lou said...

Beautiful chatelaine!!!
Love all the colors and additions!!!

Anonymous said...

Love your projects. I'm sitting here with Mr. Gus-Gus, one of our 3 felines as I read your blog. He's a gray tabby with a white tuxedo. He is enjoying the music. Not many blogs have a music accompaniment. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is now playing. From California, thanks for the music and sharing.

Anonymous said...


Cloud 9 said...

What a beautiful scarf. Loved all the adorable photos of your kitties. My cat loves to watch me sew also. If I leave any fabric laying around that is where she must sit/sleep.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Wow! Terrific scarf. Perfect for hand sewing projects in front of TV or waiting at the doctors office or other such places. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Love the chatelaine! Glad to see Katniss and Butterfly working so hard!

Kathy L said...

I love your helper. I had a cat like that once who loved to pull the pins out of the pincushion. Had to make sure to not leave them where she could find them. Love your scarf. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary said...

You did a wonderful job on your projects. Love them.

vicki said...

That is so cool! Yet another thing on my to do! Thanks for the giveaway! vickise at gmail dot com

carla said...

Hi!!! Love the pincushion and all your pom poms!!!

Sallie said...

Very nice! Thanks for the giveaway!

Katie said...

wonderful project

Kathy H said...

I thought your scarf was just so pretty and then you kept adding more wonderful touches to it. Love the stitching and then it became so useful too. I enjoyed seeing your helpers, I often have to use another chair instead of my nice sewing chair too. Our kitty thinks that is her sewing chair although she doesn't do much sewing. She is very good at making my fabrics go in random order!

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Beautiful scarf! You are so creative!! Thank you for sharing..

Mom C said...

I had a great helper this morning while trying to finish hand binding a quilt, my grand daughter. She kept bringing me things to play with and trying to push up into my lap. What could I do, I put the quilt down and played with her. Thanks.

Quiltsmiles said...

NIce finish with sew many intricate details for your chatelaine. Great project and colors used, thanks for sharing. Jane

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Funny blogpost, funny cats and pictures, great projects!
thanks for sharing and the chance to win ☺

sophie said...

What a BRILLIANT way to use the star block and those fabric squares. I LOVE IT.

LJ said...

I'm aware of sewing baskets but this is a new idea for me. Love that pincushion.

Karen Propes said...

So beautiful and the color just flow so perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing. Love to win, thanks for the chance,

Unknown said...

Wow! This is so creative, what a great scarf to have snuggled around you as you're busy sewing away! I'm also so glad to see my cat who has to "approve" my work ... what would we do without them ;)

evelyn said...

Love the pincushion- but the chatelaine is awesome. I need to make one on those!

Melody said...

How lovely to find your blog and see your lovely kitty. Fabulous sewing too.

hueisei said...

Your chatelaine is really beautiful and cute kitty too

Karen said...

Can I say....very AWESOME!! creative!! Thank you so much!! My kitten/cat Stonewall Jackson also approved!!

Allison said...

oh, what a clever idea for a scarf! :)

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

Katniss and Butterfly seem like creative inspiration for your beautiful projects.

Thank you for sponsor the Blog Hop giveaway and your own.

lefuntz said...

Oh I'm sew happy I'm not the only one who spoils their cat(s). I adore your pincushion! (I'm developing an addiction to pincushions.) Your scarf is very nice too. Congratulations on a top spot.

barb said...

Every quilter needs helpers like this. You know how hard it is to find good help lol barbara

Emily C said...

I love the pompom tool scarf. Very nice and i love the blue star.

Anonymous said...

What a clever and unique idea! I love that your giveaway continues on with some of Sophie's squares!

Just Quilt It said...

Very creative! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love the pom pom pincushion and your scarf. Thank you for the giveaway.
smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

Mary Ann said...

Great helper

tink's mom said...

Very,very nice. Very imaginative.

Lavonna ZWB said...

So very creative! Love how the cats have to approve of it all. :)