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21  Abi's Musical Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Homerof2 on: January 26, 2014 09:45:52 AM
The daughter of our good friends, who we are very close to, is turning 16 and her party is today.  I couldn't figure out what to make and/or purchase for her until this morning.  She plays the violin at church and in a string orchestra and I remembered I had some fabric that would make a perfect pouch for her - whether it be for makeup or school - and so I set about trying a new pattern this morning.  Now that I've made it once, the next one won't take as long.  I'm happy with it and hope she will like it as well.  The pouch is about 9" long and 5" tall.

               
 

I made the inside purple and if you look closely, you can see my personal label, which just arrived on Friday.

                    
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22  Crochet Hook Roll in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Homerof2 on: January 18, 2014 10:09:25 PM
My collection of crochet hooks has outgrown my current roll so tonight I finally made a new one for myself.  Now I think I should quit buying hooks  Grin

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23  Daddy & Mommy Hoops in Needlework: Completed Projects by Homerof2 on: January 17, 2014 01:01:42 PM
We've been doing some sorting, cleaning and de-cluttering of our storage areas and I've discovered three projects I  stitched and forgot about.

These two are Precious Moments projects that I would have made 20 years ago (give or take a year.)  They are both small, the Daddy hoop is 4" and the Mommy is smaller.

I'm so happy I found them and will be adding them to my hoopla wall.

         


     
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24  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Homerof2 on: January 11, 2014 09:23:38 PM
I thought I would start the year out with a simple project.....only problem was, working with yellow on white turned out to be fairly hard to do.  Then when I was all finished I realized I made a mistake on my very first stitch and that threw the entire pattern out.  There are so many errors in this that I shouldn't even be posting it but I will, just to prove I'm not perfect  Cheesy

                             
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25  A Mother Understands... in Needlework: Completed Projects by Homerof2 on: January 08, 2014 02:33:46 PM
I was cleaning out a bench in our bedroom that I've used to store craft supplies for a long time and came across this piece of work that I'm thinking I made 20 years ago, which would mean it was one of my first completed projects as an adult.

My sons would have been 4 and 2 at that time and so they weren't always able to express themselves clearly but I usually knew what they meant - that's why this caught my attention and I had to stitch it.  Why it ever got put in the bench I'm not sure.


                   
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26  Thread Snowflake in Needlework: Completed Projects by Homerof2 on: December 18, 2013 09:18:28 AM
Stitched this up over the last few days - went much quicker than I thought it would.  I went with bright colors I had (the lower dark color is purple and is not that dark in real life) and then decided to finish it off with a real button rather than stitching one.

                         

A few in progress shots

               

           


This is an Urban Threads design with my color choice and a different name
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27  Re: Hoopla A-Long in Needlework: Stitchalongs by Homerof2 on: December 18, 2013 09:11:51 AM
Finished!!  An Urban Threads design (they call it Sewing Snowflake) but I'm calling it Thread Snowflake

                       
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28  Cupcake Hot Mat in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Homerof2 on: December 17, 2013 07:56:00 PM
I made this for my neighbor yesterday.  Despite it looking flat, there are two layers of heat resistant batting and regular batting.  It was really puffy in the middle once I finished the square outlines so I decided it needed stitching there as well.  First time I've tried one of these but it won't be the last since they work up very quickly.  It's 8 1/2" square.


                 
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29  Re: 13 Quilt Projects in 2013 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Homerof2 on: December 17, 2013 04:34:07 AM
This is my latest (and last) project for 2013.  It's a hot mat for my neighbor for Christmas.  Despite looking so thin, it has 2 layers of heat resistant batting and some regular batting.  I made it yesterday after seeing some similar ones on the internet.  It's about 8 1/2" square.

                     

That makes 10 projects for the year.  I still have a lot I want to make but I will have to carry them forward to next year.
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30  Oven MITTEN in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Homerof2 on: December 16, 2013 09:03:44 AM
I recently started making oven mitts and then my hubby decided we should have a pair that looked like winter mittens - they would not be usable on either hand, they would be specific for your right or left hand.  I said I would try if he made me a pattern.  He found a pair of mittens large enough for each of us to wear and set out to make a pattern.  Once he had the basics done, it was up to me to lengthen them so they came farther up my arm, which I figured would be easy.  I was wrong - that turned out to be the hardest part!  The top of this oven mitten is one piece but the bottom consists of two pieces, with the thumb area inset into the rest of the bottom.

I made a trial pair out of scraps and just a single layer, did a bunch of tweaking (at least 3 different patterns for the bottom sections) and finally got to where I thought it would work.  I then started with good fabric and all the proper heat proof batting.  Oops, I discovered an error when I went to sew top and bottom together - I had made a right handed top and a left handed bottom.  Back to my pattern to figure out what was wrong and discovered I needed to lay the bottom pieces on the fabric opposite of what I was doing.  Second attempt at the bottom worked and I finally had one mitten made.  I don't think I'll get the other one done before Christmas as I still want to make some regular oven mitts for gifts.

So, after much trial and error, I present our  OVEN MITTEN  !!

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