Monday, April 29, 2013

Are You Ready for Some Fireworks? - Shake Your Pom Poms!

Contest is over and I have notified my two winners (Sue and Diann). Thanks to everyone for all your kind comments about my crazy project!

I was a pompom girl and cheerleader for Evergreen Elementary School in San Jose, California a bazillion years ago. Now, stop rolling your eyes and pay attention.

Thanks to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and our super cheerleader Thearica of Pig Tales and Quilts for all their hard work. Here is the schedule for today, so make sure you go get some inspiration after I shock you today with my fireworks display.


WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

Put your coffee, tea, soda, water - DOWN RIGHT NOW! And pull out your sunglasses. What I'm about to show you is an example of a project going wrong, taking on  a life of its own, and there was no turning back. Is your coffee cup down? Where are your shades? I mean it, do you hear me?

First, the innocent idea:
Cutting strips from Fossil Ferns and using the 1/4" Clover Bias Maker. Innocent enough.
A bag of 90 neon colored mini pom poms. Innocent enough.
Two Fossil Fern fat quarters and a bundle of neon pom poms.
The beginnings of my Fireworks
Now, I was hoping to make something that resembled Fireworks. I really thought I had it all figured out. But,  like I said, it took on a life of its own. I even made four handmade pom poms using a cereal box piece of cardboard and blue yarn. So, far, not too scary:

Simple zigzag stitch seen from the wrong side. Did I say "wrong"?
Put your coffee cup down. Grab the shades. I apologize ahead of time, but this scared me when I saw how it morphed into alien fireworks from outer space. But, so be it. Welcome to my crazy side!

At least the quilting on my ALIEN FIREWORKS FROM OUTER SPACE turned out good
 ALIEN FIREWORKS FROM OUTER SPACE
What can I really say? There are no words. Or is this a mutant spider from a nuclear disaster?

That's it!! A mutant spider from a nuclear disaster! Now I feel better (or is that feeling really a dizzy spell?)

OK. Enough. I'm moving on. I have a giveaway if you made it this far without choking on your drink or having your stomach turn queasy. Just be kind in your comments. You don't have to like this, but I sure hope you smiled seeing how even those of us who make our living from our designs can come up with some psycho things!

What is my giveaway? TWO SETS (for two winners) of Benartex's Feathers & Fancy Collection in the Plum colorway.
TWO sets of 6 fat quarters. I want TWO winners
 There are 6 fat quarters in each bundle. Make sure I have your email so I know how to contact you. Contest is over Friday, May 3 at midnight.

Go hop on over to the other creative folks on the blog list today (see list at top of page).

Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you'll check out some of my other pages here at my blog, my free patterns on Craftsy, and other tutorials.

136 comments:

  1. Love your alien fireworks! The poms really make it fun.

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  2. Your funny! I love your alien fireworks, it's colorful and fun!

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  3. Debby your alien fireworks is very cute and cheerful...I actually like the colors and the quilting is awesome

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  4. My daughter would love a quilt made completely from your firework alien Pom Pom creation. Great job!

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  5. You do such beautiful work that you make alien mutant spiders shooting off fireworks look great! Thanks for the fun post :-)

    The Benartex fabrics are lovely. Thanks, also, for the chance to win ... :) Pat

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  6. You got a big laugh from me! Love your alien fireworks. Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway.

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  7. Looks pretty good with my dark glasses on!

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  8. Lovely fabrics and I enjoyed the fireworks display. Contact me through my google plus profile.

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  9. Your post had me chuckling and I definitely see the Alien fireworks thingy. Warning warning as the robot who spent time with Dr. Will Smith on Lost in Space would say. lol BTW, Great binding fabric to pull it all together - Cute! Jane

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  10. It's fun to see the process and to "hear" the commentary. Thanks for the smiles. :)

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  11. A preschooler would love it. Just make it a pillow and donate it to someone. It will make some child giggle.

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  12. I just love the way it turned out. Also love the Benartex fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win them. lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  13. I have to say I quite like it! Not sure what I would use it for but it for sure will cheer people up when they see it! Creative and original for sure! And thanks for the chance to win these AMAZING fabrics, love it fingers crossed!

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  14. My preschoolers would love your alien fireworks. They would want to make some of their own!

    Are you able to see my email on this?

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  15. Love it. Thanks for sharing
    Frederika

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  16. I love your fireworks You have made an awesome and beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  17. Yours has to be the most original today Debby ! Thanks for having such a fab giveaway !

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  18. Debby, I really think I know the exact picture you had in your head for this piece. When I read it, I got that picture and when I saw it, I still knew what you were trying to do. You brave woman! I do like the way it looks though, kind of like an asterisks.

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  19. Debby... You may think your piece looks crazy... so I must be a little crazy too then because I LOVE that! I can see that dressing up any child's room!

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  20. Your Alien Fireworks quilt turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. So colourful! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  22. Your project made me smile. I'll bet some little girl would love it made into a pillow.

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  23. No coffee spewing going on here.... I love the bright colors to wake me up and make me smile! And thanks for the wonderful giveaway too!

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  24. Debbie; that is just fantastic...great imagination you have. Thank you for a lovely giveaway

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  25. I think your mutated fireworks are awesome. They would look so cute hanging in my bedroom.

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  26. Debby,
    LOVE this!I see no alien fireworks or strange insect here just delightful normal use of color. But then, I am the one that was almost thrown out of a graduate ceramics program for using the very same colors in a very 'traditional pottery glazes only' program. LOVE that you jumped out of the box with your pom pom project!!!

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  27. My daughters are always telling me that I need to get out of my box! I must be doing just that, because I love your alien fireworks from outer space!

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  28. Even though these are not my go to colors (I usually go for the muted French General blues and faded reds!) I like it. Very festive, perfect for Cinco de Mayo?

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  29. Wow -- I am still rubbing my eyes, lol. Love it! :)

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  30. I have a few friends very into aliens. Just saying...

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  31. Great colors and quilting! Those pom-poms sure make it pop too. It reminds me of a wild-looking asterisk, lol.

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  32. I think your fireworks are very cute, but I did set my cup of tea down before viewing!

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  33. Well I happen to love it. And I didn't need to put my tea cup down. The brighter the better I always say. And I can guarntee you if my little great neices saw tha tthey would be oohing and awwing over it as I have them loveing bright colors too. I am seriously thinging this would make an awesome 4th of july quilt done in patriotic colors and poms to match. What great fabric you are givng away. Thanks for the chance to enter and thank you for posting your project.

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  34. I love the colours in your alien firework. And adding the pompoms to the ends was a genius idea. I love it and I am sure it will be great hung on the wall.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  35. I grew up in the 70s, so nothing scares me. Looks a little retro, I think! Thanks for sharing - I think seeing different kinds of outcomes is important! I am glad all projects are not perfect and cookie-cutter similar!!

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  36. Love Alien Fireworks!!!! I guess I need to push my own envelope.

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  37. Cute fireworks. Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway.

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  38. Love the mutant fireworks, Debby. It is great. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a great draw
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  39. I love "colorful" and this fits the bill! Very cute!!

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  40. Rosemary B here:
    I love it. Very artistic. Your two grandfella's will like this too.
    Kind of reminds me of the solar system or something out there....
    Well done Debbie, as usual

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  41. Love how your project morphed - too cute!

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  42. Debby, Alien Fireworks is wonderful...it made me smile...Very creative. The Feathers and Fancy collection is gorgeous. The colors are so bright and unique.

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  43. FUNNY POST! NUCLEAR SPIDERS-HA HA!
    I think this is great for a kids quilt-I personally LUV pompoms!

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  44. I like the post and love the giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  45. Lol Thanks for the laugh this morning! I liked your alien firework spider-maybe a new theme for a kids quilt? It would look cool as a fourth of July block too...Thanks for the giveaway, love the fabric. vickise at gmail dot com

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  46. that is sew neat love your fireworks creation. and would love to be entered in your giveaway. love the fabric and the colors are lovely as well.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  47. I think you out did yourself. I think my 5 yr old grandson would think it was awesome! Great job! Thanks for the chance to win.....

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  48. Fireworks are suppose to be bright and crazy. I love your idea. It would be a great pillow for the 4th of July (or New Years).

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  49. Seriously? I love the fireworks...its the bomb!
    Boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

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  50. I am a big fan of that fossil fabric but always use it sparingly because it can get quite bright rather quickly. Thanks for the chance to win.

    karma.willow.designs@gmail.com

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  51. Well...it's definitely bright! It actually would be a great piece of pop art (or maybe I should say "pom" art!) for a kid's room. It's really fun looking and certainly cheery!

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  52. Great tutorial and wow what a giveaway... Love that fabric!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  53. the fireworks are very cute...this wonderful idea can morph into many new blocks

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  54. Leave it to you, so come up with something that darn cleaver! I love it!!!

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  55. I think it is cute though it went off the rails, in your opinion, LOL. I bet you will smile everytime you look at it---one the wall, the table??

    THX for sharing how this pom pom piece evolved!

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  56. What an exciting block! Sometimes it is fun to just let go and let things happen.
    sewbeads at yahoo dot com

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  57. I love this- (but then I love neon colors!)

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  58. your block is wonderfully colorful. i love the pom pom idea. lol
    this is a smile project.

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  59. I am a fan of orange, so I think it's fun!

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  60. Thanks for the smile this morning, and for the chance to win.

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  61. You did a great job on your fireworks! Fun colors.

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  62. It is bright and cheerful:) I like the fireworks!!!

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  63. You are so funny! I love your colors. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Linda

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  64. What a great idea. I love it, so colorful. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  65. I think pom poms allow a lot of fun... you did well!

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  66. What a fun project - good job I was wearing my sunglasses!!!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  67. Thanks for a fun project and blog post! I enjoy your beautiful quilts and sometimes it is okay to just have a little fun! Thanks for giveway.

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  68. Thanks for the smile , it was such a fun post and I actually like your fireworks! Thanks also for the chance at the giveaway.

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  69. This is such a fun block. I love the colors and the whimsy.

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  70. Am making noise boards (something to absorb sound) for my pre-K classroom. This will be one my tiles (about 36" square). My kids will love it!

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  71. Fun stuff! thanks for a chance to win.

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  72. Your fireworks are cute really!! My grandaughter said she would love it to hang on her wall in her bedroom. It is nice and colorful. Thanks for the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  73. Funny post. You never know how those pom poms will turn out until you put them on a project. I like your alien fireworks.

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  74. HI! LOVED YOUR POST+YOUR QUILTING IS SO NICE!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  75. Love your alien fireworks - thanks for sharing! Also, thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. I love your alien fireworks. It is so cute and i cant quit smiling when i look at it. I just adore your creativity babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  77. Thanks for the smiles, it is a great fireworks display.

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  78. so cute, love it. Thanks for the chance

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  79. I think we could all use fireworks on Mondays!! Great job and thanks for sharing!
    Jan

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  80. Now that really has some WOW factor. Great fun

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  81. WOW! That is so creative especially with the 4th of July and Memorial Day coming up. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric.

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  82. I am so glad I'm not the only one who's ideas look so much better in my head. But, really, it is very colorful and actually has a fun looking quality to it--I love fun stuff! Oh, and your quilting on it is awesome as usual. :O)

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  83. WOW after a long winter I LOVE that splash of colour. I bet it puts a smile on your face whenever you look at it. It did mine. Great job.

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  84. In theory it sounded good! :) You're a good sport.

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  85. I didn't know that Aliens had fireworks! Very creative.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  86. Love the bright colors. Fun fireworks for the holiday. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  87. I think I would have stopped before I put time into quilting and binding. So now what are you going to do with it?

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  88. I have always liked anything bright and colorful. Your alien fireworks brought a smile to my face.

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  89. wooohoooo!! Lots of work well done!!

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  90. I was not scared safe to say, it is too late for coffee too...i rather like the colour Debby...I did not think it that wild...after Joans; piece...I dont think anything else could set me off as much...love yours..

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  91. Your fireworks are amazing!! You could probably sell that colour combination to the fireworks companies. Really creative idea.

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  92. Think your fireworks look great. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  93. Your firework is original and super! You have a great give away, gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for sharing.

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  94. I absolutely love it! What great eye catching colors ! I love the brightness! Fantastic!!

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  95. Wow. I love the fireworks. Great use of the pom poms. Even if it is a little unusual, it came out great.

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  96. Your Alien Fireworks got my attention!! Thanks for sharing your creative idea in the blog hop!!

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  97. Fun block, that's for sure. Thanks very much for the lovely give away, the fabrics are beautiful!!

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  98. You crack me up!! So funny! I've done "what was I thinking" things before, too. Your block is actually fun. Not sure about the pompoms, lol.

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  99. I think your Alien Fireworks is great and as the mother of two boys I think it would look great hanging in a boys room. With their wild imaginations no telling what else it will become. Thank you! anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. Sorry, I'll try again. I'm thinking fireworks. I think its wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  101. The fireworks are really really clever ! Great job
    cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  102. What you talkin' bout Willis???
    I think your Alien Fireworks looks perfect! Great Job!

    Thank you for not only sponsoring this Blog Hop giveaway but adding your own giveaway as well.

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  103. I like your fireworks. Would look nice in a child's room.
    Diane rdcjim@yahoo.com

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  104. hahaha that's awesome. I imagine the picture in your head was supah great! it is incredibly spring-y and, I agree with many of the others, it would be fun for a kids room - it is rather sunny :D

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  105. Hey, it's not bad! AND it is FINISHED, which is the best part! (me, I never seem to finish anything.....) :)

    Thanks for the great give away and for sharing your "project gone wrong" with us!
    Sandy A

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  106. I love your Fireworks, very artistic!

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  107. Cute! I can understand your dismay but it does rather look like fireworks though the alien spider look comes through pretty darn strong!!

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  108. Eu gosto destes seus "erros" acertados...pude ouvir daqui o ESTOURO dos fogos lindos,parabéns!


    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  109. Looks as if a star is born! Sometimes things we envision just don't come together as planned yet it is great and others have more of an appreciation of it than we do. I'm my own worst critic. I like the orange with the other colors. This is not something I would have created - I'm very conserative in my approach. I like it.

    I took my third free motion quilting class on Saturday. I have trouble envisioning the next move I want to make and rotating images in mind. Can you believe that for a math major? I have to really concentrate on it. My best friend was sitting next to me and talking and talking and talking. I have to remind myself that I had been sewing many years before I tried piecing. I hadn't taken a quilting class and make a small wall hanging/table mat whatever. It was acceptable. It seemed a natural progression from sewing clothes to piecing - just a different seam allowance than I was accustomed to. If I had been practicing after each class and particularly if I had been FMQ as long as I've been sewing then I might have acceptable quilting. I did sign up for this paricular lady's walking foot class. I won't be in town for her third class and she's from another state. She was a 7th grade math teacher and her teaching style is great for me. She is an encourager. And, the walking foot has always interested me more. So,...

    All that said to say things don't always turn out as plan, yet they are wonderful. Thanks for participating in the hop; reminding me I don't have to be a perfectionist; we each have different fortes and interests; we need to try new things; and entertaining and encouraging us.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. The fabric is beautiful. I think most of us just love fabric.

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  110. Love your alien fireworks. and i'm not even a pom pom fan. thanks for offering the beautiful fabrics
    maggie

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  111. Great fireworks, this would be wonderful for the summer!

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  112. You had me laughing, and I so needed that! What a fun post, and a great project! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  113. :) Love the name! An adult might think it's mutant or nuclear - but that's the fun! And I think a baby would love it. Thanks for the laughter.

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  114. Hi!!! Hee hee!!! I love it!!!! Love the colors!!!! I can see it as an alien spider too but that's a good thing around here!!! Thanks for the laughter!!!!

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  115. I think it's great that you can laugh at yourself...and it is nice to see that everything we create doesn't have to be perfect...we just need to keep creating!

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  116. It looks like you had a lot of fun making it! Nice to see all the wild colors.

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  117. I love your nuclear spider, it pleases me to look at it without my glasses! Comlisajohnson(at)gmail(dot)com. I say "create and be unique" and you sure did! You fabric giveaway is beautiful!

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  118. I think it is tropical fruit-colored fireworks. Like those tropical fruit popsicles (which I love). Great fun! And the quilting is great, too!

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  119. Thanks for the chance to win! Love that fabric.

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  120. Well, it is certainly, um, bright. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  121. I love the idea! I think it would have looked great if the colors worked together instead of fighting each other for attention. Lovely quilting!

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  122. Ha I think its a cute original project! And with some red, white and blue it would be cute for the 4th of July. usagypsy(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  123. That turned into just plain fun.
    thanks

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  124. I think your mutant spider/fireworks turned out darling!

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  125. I love how your "fireworks" turned out, although I see a beautiful modern flower. A set of these would be great for a girls room.

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  126. How'd you know I'd just sat down with a cup of tea? You must be psychic! Had you not told us that the project was a firework I would have thought it was a flower. There are flowers out there that look similar. I think it looks great as a flower. All you need to do is add a stem...maybe.

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  127. I think neon pompoms and bright fabric make great fireworks! I prefer not to think about mutant spiders though, because that would make me queasy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  128. Love what you've done - it's so fun to play, isn't it? Thanks for the chance to win too.

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  129. Very creative. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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  130. Thank you for sharing your creative process :D LOVE that orange fabric!

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  131. I love your pompom spider, very well done!
    Thanks for the chance to win to beautiful fabrics.

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