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41  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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42  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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43  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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44  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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45  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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46  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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47  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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48  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  !!

Top
             


Bottom
             


An action shot
                     
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49  Oven mitts - 'hot' off the press in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Homerof2 on: December 09, 2013 08:33:00 AM
My son was home from the other side of Canada for an extra long weekend and while talking Saturday afternoon about what he should give his future in-laws for Christmas, I got the bright idea to make his soon-to-be MIL a pair of oven mitts.  They are my latest 'thing' and thought it would be no problem to get them finished by mid-Monday morning when I had to take him to the airport.  I started right away but was thrown off by a medical issue that popped up unexpectedly and took up 9 hours of sewing time over Saturday and Sunday.  This morning I got up believing I had 2 hours to finish before leaving.  My husband decided, because of the weather, he was going to take our son to the airport and they needed to leave an hour earlier than I had planned on.  Panic time!!  As soon as possible (in other words, after helping my son pack all the stuff he didn't take earlier in the year), I sat down to sew and finished them as my husband and son stood waiting at the front door.  Quick press, quick pictures, into the suitcase and out the door they went.  Whew, tired just thinking about it!  I'm very happy with how they turned out!!

Even though this kind of mitt really doesn't have a top and bottom, I designed these with an extra layer of protective batting on this side so I consider it the bottom:

                         

and this is the top - can you spot my little logo (it says "Sewn by Cindy")

                 

An 'in-progress' shot, just because

         


Now back to work on the oven mittens my hubby and I have been designing.
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50  Re: Secret Santa 2013 Swap Gallery--Opening Weekend this weekend! in The Swap Gallery by Homerof2 on: December 08, 2013 06:27:09 AM
I opened my package and even before I opened I knew I was going to like it because my Secret Santa was Fancybutch, l which figured out from her address - we've swapped before and I know her work and couldn't wait to open!!

First is this beautiful snowflake stitched on black (can't imagine how hard that was)

                     

Then I unwrapped this little box

           

which was cute but then I opened the box and discovered this tiny snowman (shadowbox I believe, because she's attached inside.)  I actually gasped at how adorable she is!!

                     

THANKS ROBIN for the making such perfectly suited items for me!!!!!!
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