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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Without You ... on: April 28, 2014 12:47:33 PM
In the almost 29 years we've been married, I've gone through some medical issues that have required hospitalization.  Through those times, my husband has been a rock.  When I thought I just couldn't handle things any longer, he always had the right thing to say or do that would pull me up and help me see that I would get through okay.  A few weeks ago I came across this pattern and I just knew I had to make it for our bedroom, so that each day he can see how I feel about him.


A couple close ups to show where the seams broke

32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Oregon in Gold on: April 19, 2014 09:36:56 PM
I made this for my partner in the Embroidery Hoopla swap, the theme this round was Places.  I chose to make her state of Oregon and put a heart over her home town.  I used waste canvas for the first time.  I received some in a previous swap but never tried it until now.  I chose blue and gold as those are the State colors.


A couple progress shots


Removing the waste canvas, which wasn't as easy as I thought it would be...


A close-up to show the detail

33  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas in April ?? on: April 03, 2014 01:27:26 PM
Not really, just a quick little project I made today.  I'm in an 'instant gratification' phase where I'm trying to make projects that can be completed in one day, rather than tackling something that takes weeks.  I've had this project on my to-do list for awhile.

It's little - just 10" from hanger to heel and is totally reversible.

          Side One                                                                    Side Two

34  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Skinnie on: March 19, 2014 09:39:28 AM
When I started this project a couple days ago, it was intended for my mom.  She's in the hospital for the umpteenth time in the last 4 years.  I know hospitals rooms can be dreary and we are going to visit her this weekend so I thought it needed to be 'cheered' up.  However, when I was quilting it I got thinking what would she do with it when she went home.  My parents philosophy is that every square inch of walls need to be covered and not only would there be no where to hang it, it really would not suit their house style.  So I have decided to keep it for myself and I'll buy her a nice, bright bouquet of flowers instead.

When I was looking for an idea I saw something along these lines but it was pieced but I wanted quicker method so I came up with this idea.  The squares are appliqued on with a small zigzag and also quilted with lines.  Instead of a  binding, I just folded the front fabric to the back and stitched it down.  Overall it's 11.5 x 29.5 inches.


A close up to show the quilting I did
35  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hoo's There on: March 08, 2014 01:38:57 PM
I found this pattern in the May/June 2013 Quiltmaker magazine.  I knew as soon as I saw it I wanted to make it.  It's a part of their Big Block Baby Quilt series.

My hubby had to work at a trade show today and when I asked him what I was supposed to do with myself all day (he rarely works Saturday), he told me I should make a quilt so I decided to take him up on that and did this in about 4.5 hours.


A close up of the fabrics I used:

I backed it with purple fleece so it's warm and cozy
36  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bright Stripes for Her on: February 28, 2014 01:48:49 PM
Another project made with a pattern in Surprise Crochet Sweaters for Baby.  There is one row of white between each color but it doesn't show up well in the pictures.



These work up so quick and are so cute that I've already got another one on the go.
37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Brown and Blue for Him on: February 10, 2014 08:22:10 PM
I recently purchased a pattern book for baby sweaters that are made in one piece and this is the first one I've made.  The entire thing is single crochet.  This is a 6 month size but I think the next ones I make will be larger as I'm concerned whoever receives this will outgrown it too quickly.



This is what it looked like when I was finished crocheting


A close-up of the center 'special' button - the color is truest in this picture

38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Purples Star Jacket on: January 28, 2014 08:12:22 AM
I can't remember the last time I crocheted a piece of clothing but when I saw the one BertaBerta posted in December I just knew I had to make it.

I have no idea who it's going to yet but I'll just store it until the proper recipient arrives.


39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Abi's Musical Pouch 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.

40  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crochet Hook Roll 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




The inside fabric
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