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41  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Daddy & Mommy Hoops 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.

         


     
42  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Mother Understands... 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.


                   
43  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Thread Snowflake 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
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake Hot Mat 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.


                 
45  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Oven MITTEN 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
                     
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Oven mitts - 'hot' off the press 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.
47  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mysterious Dishcloth on: December 02, 2013 09:41:28 PM
It feels funny posting just one dishcloth but when I was finished and looked at the result I was quite surprised and just had to share it with others.

I pulled some variegated cotton from my stash, grabbed one of my favorite patterns and away I went.  I have no idea why, but it ended up striped like this - thus the title 'Mysterious Dishcloth' - I've made this pattern many times with variegated and never had this happen before.


                                 
48  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 8 years of Stockings on: December 02, 2013 07:15:34 PM
I've been swapping on Craftster for 8 years now and have participated in 6 Stocking Swaps and other Christmas related swaps.  I realized yesterday, while organizing my pictures, that I haven't posted most of them on here.  I decided to make on large post of them all.   (three of the photos were not take by me)


This year's (2013):

                            


Three from 2012:

 

 The snowman is cross-stitching
                                 


2010:




Two from 2008:

   


Two from 2007:

   


Two from 2006:

   


After seeing them all together, it appears I like making a certain style!
49  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Anastasia's Quilt on: November 23, 2013 08:36:45 AM
Friends of ours just had their first baby and, as is my tradition for first babies, I made her a quilt.  I've had the top pieced for a long time just waiting for a baby to finish it for and now that Anastasia has arrived, I finally got it all together.  Which is good since her shower is tomorrow.

I have to loosely use the term 'quilt' since this one has no batting in it.  I backed it with flannel and decided that was as thick as I wanted it to be.

This picture is actually a little muted but I couldn't get my camera to cooperate with me today.  I tried a vivid shot but that was too bright.  The red fabric in the bottom right corner has letters and numbers on it.

         


This shows the flannel backing

                   

These are relatively new friends to us so I have no idea of their style.  I'm just hoping it's not too bright.
50  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reusable Snack Bags on: October 02, 2013 08:47:32 AM
I recently did a personal swap and my side was to make 5 reusable snack bags.  The outer fabric is cotton but the inner fabric is PUL, which is water proof, and if something spills you just give it a wipe out and you're good to go.

                   

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