Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Surprise, surprise!!

Did you see what happened while we weren't watching?  I'm sooooo happy to say that I just passed 1000 followers of my blog!  If you ask me, that's pretty darn good considering I don't have any sponsors and I hardly give anything away.  lol  Maybe I should rectify that, huh?  Well, you KNOW how I love to make pincushions, right?  (If you didn't, you do now so say.........."YES, Carol, we all know that"!)  Okay!  The other day while browsing one of the quilt shops close to me, I came across a panel of preprinted rectangles.  I've been told (since I did a Flickr post yesterday) that they were to be used for labels, but I saw nothing but possible pincushions when I spied them!  Naturally, I had to buy 2 strips since they were different.  I cut them apart, with extra seam allowance for (yet to be made tiny piping), did some hand embroidery, free motion words, and quilted them into 4 x 5 1/2 pincushions!  Yes, I did!  ALL.......I'll have you know, just so that I could give them away!!

Now, here's the deal!  (And I'm truly sorry to all you "over the ocean girls"), but this giveaway is for US residents only and here's why........................oooopppppsss, I also MUST tell you of the allergy warning so that you KNOW now!  These pincushions are all stuffed with crushed walnut shells (so nut allergies are a no-no) and they have a wonderful weight and your pins will love them!  Problem with international shipping is that the custom dogs sniff these out and customs destroys them.  (Ask me how I know that!!)  Thankfully, we can still ship within the states with this stuff!  I made 6 so I will draw names at will and you will have no idea which pincushion you will get.  How's that?  Sound fun?  Here are the choices and since I'm such a dummy on the "huge big lots mosaic" maker, I have pictures of both the fronts and backs separate.  Duh!!!  I'm sure you can figure it out!

Ivory Pincushion #1 - Front

Ivory Pincushion #1 - Back

Ivory Pincushions #2 & #3 Fronts

Backs of #2 & #3 pincushions

Ivory Pincushions # 4 & #5

Backs of #4 & #5 pincushions

Ivory Pincushion #6 Front

#6 Back

So there you have it!  Six pretty cute pincushions up for grabs and all you have to do is make a comment and live in the USA.  Please make sure I have an e-mail address for you so I can contact you if you win!  Good luck and thank you all for following my blog!  I do have a few panels left, so maybe I'll work on making a few more (unstuffed) so I can bless my non-US readers too!  Sound fair?

130 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hey Carol!! Congrats on the following list growing and growing. You know we love your work and the PC are really too cute. Never heard of walnut shell stuffing though. Cool idea.

Barbara said...

too darned cute, Carol. I pride myself on being one of the very first followers here - you are such an inspiration to me. It was a lot of fun being 60 years old and going to purchase crayons =] Thanks for being you !

iluvmybugs said...

What a great idea to use labels to create these adorable pin cushions Carol!!! Thanks for the chance to win one of your little works of art.
~Terry~
cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy said...

Those are all adorable! Id love to add one to my collection...of pin cushions, or Mamacjt items.

I hadn't thought sbout making tiny cushions out of label panels.....I have one for Salt Air....hmmmmm.

Danielle said...

Everything you create is wonderful! What a great giveaway.
marksey3@msn.com

Lynn said...

Congratulations! Your blog is such fun to read! Your designs are terrific....and I love the pin cushions! Thanks for the giveaway.

A.J. Dub. said...

This is such fun! Thanks for the chance! I have some similar labels that might just need to be re-purposed. Particularly the adorable hedgehog! You are brilliant!

Deb said...

Yay on the 1000!! Of course, love the pincushions!

Suvi said...

Congratulations! I'm not participating (being and overseas girl myself) but I suppose I'm still allowed to congratulate, lol! Walnut shells banned by the customs? How weird is that! I suppose they smell similar to something else then... Those pin cushions are the cutest!

Sharon B said...

Congratulations on over 1000 followers!
I just did a little pincusion to go on my sewing machine with crushed walnuts! Aren't they cool.

sclangs said...

Congratulations on 1000 followers! What a great accomplishment! Love all the pincushions! My pins would love being put into something as cute as these...especially that hedgehog one. My kids might steal it though since that is their school's mascot! ;) Again, Congrats!

Jeanie said...

Happy 1000! I enjoy your blog very much and would love to have one of these cute, cute pin cushions. Here's to 1000 more followers to come!

drmithome said...

Congrats on 1000. These are so, so cute. I have yet to try walnut shells. Need to go to pet store.

The Retired Mama said...

I love your blog and your artistic eye. What a gift that is to have. I am TERRIBLE at putting fabrics together! Thank-you for all of your inspiration. I would love to own a mamacjt original! I will never be able to get one in a mug rug swap-- mine would be the one no one wants! HA Thanks for the opportunity.

Karen Brown said...

Hi Carol,
Been following your blog for a few years now but never became a member until now (my inexpierence LOL). Your blogs are so inspirational. Congrats on reaching 1000.

aragdollgirl@yahoo.com

PEGGY said...

You always make the cutest things. I collect pincushions and LOVE yours!
Peggy in NJ
paront1222@comcast.net

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations on 1000!! SUPER DUPER - love the hedgehog. Just a tip - if you want to ship out of the states, don't stuff them (most quilters will gladly stuff them), and they can be tucked in a note card and go regular post - cheaper.

Sandy said...

WOW, 1000 followers, I haven't hit 100 yet! LOL. And Yes, I would love one of your pincushions. They are sooooo cute!

srowe1948@gmail.com

Nina said...

I just have to leave a comment, even if I dont live in the USA.
I just love your pincusions. They are some of the nicest obes I have layed my eyes on.

Smiles from Norway

Sara said...

Cute cushions and filled with walnut shells how nice they must feel! LOVE the porcupine one and the tree:)

Mary said...

I'd love to have a Pincushion from you. You have added your personal touches. Glad to see you stitching again. Congrats on 1000 followers.

Bailey said...

Where do you get crushed walnuts shells? I love your hedgehog one, it's so smooshy!

Bonnie said...

Congratulations!! Love your blog and all of the inspiration you give all of us. The pincushions are really cute. I love the hegehog also, but they are all wonderful.

dstarck said...

These are super cute - would love to have one of your handmade pincushions to add to my small collection! Congrats on your milestone!

Crazy Amy said...

Adorable pin cushions! I've followed you for years and love the colors you use and your work is just impeccable. I use the walnut shells too for pin cushions and I usually get it at the pet store!

Lisa E said...

Such great pincushions. I live in CA and would love to win one. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

congrats -what an awesome achievement! I'm in the US. thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your over 1000 followers!!! These pincushions are gorgeous and I can't get over how creative you are. May I ask what panels you used just in case I won't be one of the lucky few so I can make my own. Thank you and congrats again!!!

nan at nransantos@yahoo.com

Dawn said...

I want one - JUST because you made it! Yep.

Love your work. Love to watch what you come up with.

Dawn
Dawn@sewdawnfun.com

Gale said...

Congratulations on your following! Love your blog. Your pincushions are so cute. You always bring a smile to my day.

debstokes said...

What a wonderful idea! You need to show them to the quilt shop - that would boost sales! I'd love to have a mamcji original!! Thanks, Deborah

Mary K said...

Congratulations. You are the best and you work so hard on everything you do. They are too cute!

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said...

Congrats on 1000+ followers Carol, it's so well deserved. Your blog is fabulous and I always look forward to seeing what you're up to.

patchouli moon studio said...

Wow 1,000 followers that's great. I wonder if I will ever get that many followers. I too don't have any sponsers, (don't even know how to get one), nor do I have an online store or an Etsy store (well tried that over a year ago and couldn't get found on Etsy)and I don't do giveaways, or at least haven't yet. I had only about a dozen followers in the 5 years I have had a blog, but then through a comment I posted on another blog, that blogger posted about me and my blog, and suddenly I gained 200 followers in a few days because I was finally found. Now I slowly gain more followers as people find me. But 1,000 followers is even mmore than some of those well-known author, teacher quilters out there. I'm so thrilled for you.
Those pincushions are just darling too. I'd be honored to be able to win one of your creations.

InStitches said...

What fun ~ a chance to win a pincushion made by one of the most talented quilters I've ever seen. Love watching all those new creations show up on your blog!
Thank you, Ann

Sonia B said...

Beautiful! And I totally need a good pincusion . . . mine is ridiculous. Thanks for the chance!

Kay Worden said...

Congrats! Love your work and check it out on a regular basis!!
You inspire me---

Sue said...

Oh no I love these but I live in Canada :0(

2MuchFun said...

These pin cushions are sooooo cute! Thanks for the chance to win, keeping my fingers crossed.

travelingmcgees@gmail.com

Rebecca said...

Super cute. I live in Tosa and might see you at Kona club tonight?? Thanks for the chance!
rebeccalbark@gmail.com

B J Elder said...

CONGRATULATIONS on hitting the 1000 mark. How fun. I'm not surprised you have so many followers as your creativity is amazing and just makes one break out in SMILES! The new pincushions are great fun. Hmmm.... wonder if my name will be drawn?

Hilda said...

Wow, that's an awesome following. I too love pincushions and would love to win one of yours. They're great!

Debbie said...

I love these! Not only do I love these - I love your blog! Your work is so fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win!
sunluvr5@cox.net

Jen said...

Congrats on 1000 followers. What a great accomplishment!

Sarah said...

All these pin cushions are adorable!

Congrats on having 1000 followers!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

J.J. said...

Congratulations. I always love a give away.

Anonymous said...

I collect pin cushions. Love crushed walnut shells for filling.
Congrats on 1000 followers. What a milestone!
Gail in VA
gauen at mbc dot edu

Aliceart said...

here are so great! I'd love to win one so put my name in!

What a big milestone - that's great!

Quilty Conscience said...

Wow!~You are so special! In a good way! That is why people follow you. These are so cute...and I would love to win one. Just because they are made by you! Thank you! Toni

Kristena C. said...

Congrats on the followers!

Lovely pincushions!

Sewcando said...

Those are really cute. What a great idea! (crossing my fingers)

Annie said...

First, congrats on the mega following! Second, you don't need sponsors. And as far as few giveaways, you giveaway inspiration every time you stitch up one of your creations and post it! Those labels turned pincushions are just the cutest! But I'm still not gonna stick my pins into walnut shells.

Julee said...

CUTE! CUTE! CUTE! Great giveaway, thanks....

Polka Dot Classic said...

Love, Love, Love them!
such cute little things :)
(crossing fingers too LOL)
Marta

Michele said...

Congratulations on 1,000 followers. I love pincushions too.

Needled Mom said...

WOW...1000? That is awesome. Your pincushions are darling. I would have never guessed that dogs would sniff the walnut shells. Congratulations.

Penny said...

Super cute, as always!!!

gpc said...

So super cute. You are so clever!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on hitting a milestone on your blog!! Love the pin cushions! [cindy@scaife.org]

brownj6610 said...

Walnut shells?!! Never thought they could keep your pins sharp. I NEED one of these and hope I'm a winner. They are just too cute.

Janet said...

Congratulations on 1000 followers! You are on my blog roll on my blog. You are so creative and I don't want to miss a post. These pin cushions are very cute. I haven't seen this fabric before. I'd love to win a Mama cushion!

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness, they are all SO, SO, SO amazing! Congrats on 1,000 and thanks for the opportunity!

Mary W Quilts said...

They are great! That is sew inspiring to know that you have that many followers and no sponsors? I love your stuff! I am a many blog reader and enjoy yours! Thanks for a great giveaway. Mary

matate10 said...

That is the best idea! Your muse is back? I love them all!! 1000 followers Wow!!

Kathleen said...

congrats on hitting 1000 followers...I have trouble getting 10....LOL....I love all of the pincushions....I don't care which one you send me....thank you for the giveaway.......

Spontaneous Threads said...

1000! So many zeros! You deserve it! Yay!!!!

pinsandneedles said...

Congratulations on 1000 followers! Wow that's a lot! The pin cushions are too cute. Love them all! Hope I'm a winner. Thanks

Christine M said...

Congratulations on 1000 followers! I love your hedgehog pin cushion. Pity I can't win one as I live in Australia!

Madame Samm said...

way to go...I remember when .....great pin keepers...

Elaine said...

Congrats on 1000!!!! And I think your sewing mojo has returned :) love the pincushions!

Debbie said...

Oh, Carol, you popular woman! Congrats on 1000.

I'm so glad to see you creating again. I always enjoy your creations. Eye Candy!!!!

Thanks for the opportunity.

damlk56@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

:) You're wrong (can that be?) when you say you rarely give anything away. You share with us your works of art on a regular basis, you give us tips and tutorials, and you bring a smile to my face every time you post a photo--you give plenty!! Congratulations on your mile stone 1,000 followers.
All of the pincushions are adorable, thanks for the chance to own one of your pieces.
brendatexan@hotmail.com

West Michigan Quilter said...

Congratulations! I love your blog and seeing what you do and would be honored to be selected to receive one of your projects! Thanks for the opportunity!

Cyndi said...

I love your blog and would be thrilled to win one of your adorable pincushions! Way to repurpose the labels!

Deborah said...

So cute! darned custom dogs.
Canada.

Sewconsult said...

Congratulations...1007, tonight when I am finally having time to get to the computer. Your blog is terrific and your talent is enough to draw readers to it! Love the idea of making pin cushions from the fabric rectangles. You think out of the box and have a great imagination.
Beckie

Loralynn said...

Your pincushions are SOOOO cute! I especially love the shoe!

Sonia said...

Congrats on having over a Grand!

Your pin cushions are awesome. :)

Jennifer Gail said...

Yay!!!! I'm one of them:)

Anonymous said...

Love the pin cushions!
Thanks for the chance to win one.

mmctiver@yahoo.com

Karen said...

These are so neat! I love the citrus and beachy colors!!

Kim said...

I love your work. Congrats on having 1000 followers!

Debbie said...

I never met a pincushion I didn't like! Yours are just too cute. I enjoy your blot a lot too!

thatmaterialgirl at gmail dot com

Debbie said...

I never met a pincushion I didn't like! Yours are just too cute. I enjoy your blot a lot too!

thatmaterialgirl at gmail dot com

Jill said...

Those are great! I love your blog and your creations. I wish I was half as talented.

Jill said...

Those are great! I love your blog and your creations. I wish I was half as talented.

Jill said...

Those are great! I love your blog and your creations. I wish I was half as talented.

Jill said...

Those are great! I love your blog and your creations. I wish I was half as talented.

Jill said...

Those are great! I love your blog and your creations. I wish I was half as talented.

Jill said...

Those are great! I love your blog and your creations. I wish I was half as talented.

Jill said...

Those are great! I love your blog and your creations. I wish I was half as talented.

Jo said...

Hi Carol, don't add me to your give a way as I do live overseas, but I am coming to Canada in a July, so do you think I could get the crushed walnut shells there sealed in bags which would allow it to be brought back...(I think).

Sheila said...

Aw, I´m gutted that your wonderful creations are not going to travel the world (I live in Spain so better not add me to the draw)...but what a fabulous giveaway for some lucky Americans or Canadians.

Margaret said...

Oh, how lovely! I'm not a follower, but you're on my reader list--does that count? Your creations always make me smile.

Nan S. said...

It is always a joy to see your newest creations. I love your creativity!

All good things said...

Well, I am glad to see that you are posting your most lovely projects again! I have missed your creativity!

Nancy Bowron said...

Glad you are excited to be sewing again!

Leslie said...

Your sewing projects are amazing and I would love to win any one of these beautiful pincushions.

darcey said...

Congrats on 1000 followers. Well done. The pincushions are delightful. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Darc
xxoo

lindaroo said...

1000 and still growing, what fun! And what a generous celebration! The pincushions are charming, and I'd be so happy to win one!

VickiT said...

Oh my gosh, those are all just too cute Carol. Beautiful job you've done.

Diann said...

Congratulations on 1000 followers!

Shayla Sharp said...

We all know you love pincushions---but, I think, Sweetie, that you are really the only one surprised by 1000 followers! :) Thanks for sharing your talents for the rest of us to be inspired by them!

Beezus said...

Congrats to you on your milestone! :)

Maryse said...

Wonderful not sure if I which one I love most...?All of them...YES!Thank for creating them:)

semisweetstitches said...

Adorable! I will have to keep my eyes open for interesting fabric finds to use for pincushions.

Paulette said...

Sew Sew cute! great ideas for gifts.

Pen Pen said...

Oh my word! I would love to have something made by MamaCJ. Love these!!!

Nancy B said...

Congratulations on your 1,000 followers, Carol. Your pin cushions are too cute to pass by. Count me in.

Quiltingdaisy said...

It must be spring. You've gotten your mojo back.
I would love to christen my new sewing space with one of your little cuties. I've 'correctly' 'pinned' one of your beauties so maybe that is how some have found you.

LJ said...

Your pincushions are wonderful - you are so creative. The high heel is darling but so was the one you showed us on the 19th-with the flower. You are truly an aritst. Thanks for including us all in your giveaway. :)

ancient one said...

Such cute pincushions. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

These are so darned cute!!! Please put my name in the barrell.

Beth said...

These pin cushions are adorable! I love reading your blog. Thanks for the chance to win one.

Sewing Sue said...

Congrats on the 1000 viewers. Your blog is very cool. Thanks for posting the adorable pincushions. No allerties here so hope I win!

Elisa said...

Did I miss it? Just catching up on my blogs! I LOVE your work and happy to be part of your adoring crowd!

Cindy said...

Those pin cushions are adorable! I have an old panel of labels and didn't know what to do with them...now I do!

Melinda said...

What a great idea to use the labels for pin cushions. I hope I win one.

Joy said...

I love love the pincushions... I think everyone would guess my favorite lol

Gmama Jane said...

I hope I'm not too late!! I so would love one of your pin cushions!!
From Ladie #19
Gmama Jane

Jean Burke said...

Thanks for the chance...they're all adorable!!! Peace....

Susan said...

Congrats! Your blog is great!

Gale said...

Congratulations of your followers! I'd love to add one of your creations to my collection of pincushions!

Happyme said...

What cute happy pincushions! Love them...they make me smile! Would love to win one.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

I love the Joy one and the Hope one and the one beside the Hope one (plain flower)
I would love to win one of these. I love all your work. It doesn't matter what you dc, I'm in love with every.single.thing
~a

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I know the drawing is already closed Carol, but I wanted to tell you how cute each and every one of the pin cushions are! Lucky winners.

cindyolson said...

I had to pin the "wish" pincushion because I hope I win a pincushion. They are so adorable! Thanks for the opportunity.

barbara r-g said...

love your pin cushions! of course i would love to win one. i found your blog thru Galloping Pony. i am so excited to see what you create next.

barbara r-g said...

love your pin cushions! i found your blog thru Galloping Pony and so glad i did. can't wait to see your other creations.

Valerie said...

I love your pincushions! Your creations are so cool! Thank you for giving them away!

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