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Monday, December 31, 2012

Finally Home Sweet Home is finished

Everyone now knows about a real character flaw that dwells within me.  I do not finish things.  I get wildly enthusiastic about all sorts of things and embark on adventures, both large and small, but often do not follow them through to the finish.  

This also applies to my sewing.  I loved the idea of making a penny rug and sharing it with you.  This time last year I was sketching, and planning and felting wool and buying fabrics and in a whirlwind of enthusiasm.  I planned a 10 part project and wanted to share it with my bloggy friends, after all, so many of you share patterns and designs and ideas.  I wanted to give something back.

But, and this is so typical, by the middle of the year my enthusiasm began to wane.  I didn't want to stitch my penny rug any more.  I did go through much worry and regret and knew I would be letting down those who had chosen to stitch along with me but in the words of Scarlett O'Hara I just thought

'I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.' 

My lovely sweet bloggy friends, you did not complain or chastise me but I knew I had done wrong.  So while I was stuck in bed I worked on it.

And so here we are, at the end of the year, and only now have I finished the promised parts 8, 9 and 10 (well the idea anyway) of the rug.  I am so sorry about this, vow to never do it again and offer lots and lots of apologies.

Home Sweet Home Part 8
Print out the pattern sheets you can find HERE and HERE. Cut out each piece and glue it in place as indicated in this picture.  I used a blanket stitch to attach the stars and a running stitch for the letters.

Home Sweet Home Part 9
Print out the pattern sheet you can find HERE. Cut out enough tulips to fill in the gap between the church and the tree from Part 1.  Stitch on stems and leaves.  

Now is your opportunity to 'tizzy up' your penny rug.  Put on as much or as little as you want.  I added - some small flowers,

- a Quilt Show sign

and a quilt hanging in the barn

- rows of grass

- some stitched stars to fill in a gap.

Home Sweet Home Part 10
There are lots of different ways to finish off your penny rug.  You could
- Back, quilt and bind it just as you would an ordinary quilt.
- Use another piece of wool or felt as a backing and blanket stitch around the edge catching the top and back together
- Add a backing by sewing right sides together to 'bag' the quilt
- Add circles of felt around the edge, even better if they are comprised of multiple layers.
- Add decorative buttons to each circle of felt.
I plan to bag my rug and then add decorative circles..  And as soon as I do I'll show the edging to you.

December OPAM Finishes

In December I was pretty productive and had 7 OPAM finishes
2 pincushions
2 linen lolly bags
1 linen shoe bag
1 linen polish bag
1 wall hanging
This makes a total of 80 finishes this year.
I want to send a huge thank you to Peg and Kris for organising this fun for us.

I received a multitude of amazing Christmas gifts and will be sharing pictures over the next few days.  Huge thanks to everyone.

Have a great night - see you next year.


  1. so glad you are back my dear friend and i am sure no-one would be angry with you we all go through those patches,i think you are too hard on yourself,we thankyou for sharing and we love you flaws and all.xx

  2. Well, not that I started with you, but if I had and from what I've just seen, I'm thinking it would have been well worth the wait!!!

  3. glad to see you are back to your creative self. the finishing touches are so gorgeous and I am sure well worth the wait!
    Hope you are feeling better and that you can enjoy seeing in the new year.

  4. Better late than never, I haven't finished much this year so you are well ahead of me! Take care of yourself and we will see you next year.

  5. Oh Mel, show us more! It's looking gorgeous! Happy to have you back! I hope you are feeling better! Happy New Year to you and yours.

  6. Hope you are feeling better.....Happy New Year and best wishes for a great 2013. Luv Annette

  7. Your Home Sweet Home is so lovely - I was so tempted to sew along..! You sound a bit like me with enthusiastic starts and then not quite so prompt finishes!!i hope you are feeling better and up and about. Best wishes for the New Year for you and your loved ones.

  8. Actually, Melody, your admission makes me feel so much better about myself because I too am afflicted by the same trait!!! I don't think anybody could be upset with you though as you are a giving person in so many other ways. Happy New Year!
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

  9. Yeah but I really love Scarlett too. I do hope you are feeling better now Melody. I have missed you. I wish you a wonderful and healthy 2013.
    I know everyone will not worry and be just glad to have you back on deck.
    Hugs xx

  10. I can't wait to see your penny rug all finished Mel. It is going to be gorgeous. xx

  11. It all looks lovely.
    A very Happy New Year to you and your family Mel,hope its a good one for you.
    Love Laura xx

  12. Will look forward to seeing your project finished. It looks spectacular. Hugs...

  13. Scarlett was a favorite of mine and I find myself using that quote on many occasions so please do not fret , we can now catch up (I am behind) and finish off this delightful project and I thank you so much for providing us with such a lovely wool project I have thoroughly enjoyed every stitch .Happy New Year and Good health in the year of 2013! hugs Sheila

  14. Melody , the links do not seem to work , I tried clicking on the word Here and nothing happened , a little glitch in blogger I am sure . hugs Sheila

  15. I could not get the links to open for parts 8 and 9, Maybe I am doing something wrong?

  16. Oh thanks Melody for reminding me I need to get back to this project. I got as far as the little lambs and had to work on birthday presents and other projects that I needed to do first. I have only kept up with Raspberry Rabbits blocks, well until this month, that one I just cut the pieces out for a day ago. But I do want to finish your penny rug and will get back to it soon. Cannot wait to see a picture of your in the complete stage! Happy New Year!

  17. Hi Mel... oh my are we alike! I too commit to doing something and am unable to follow through, then the guilt sets in... I am glad to hear there are others like me... I even promised you I wanted to do something special and unfortunately life took over and it never happened, sometimes we make promises without thinking about what the future will bring, or without control over what the future will bring... but alas, I am sure no one else even gives it a thought and everyone is just happy to even see a smidgen of the accomplished work... take heart, your friends will be understanding and forgiving... you little penny rug is looking marvelous! Happy New Year!

  18. Better late than never hey? the finishing touches are wonderful and I am looking forward to doing them... as others have said I also couldn't get the links to work...
    love your finishes - HAPPY NEW YEAR....

  19. Firstly, being the opinionated person I am :)- golly I am not sure that apologising for much of anything when you are offering a free design should be allowed. And I certainly believe anyone complaining about anything to someone offering a free design needs to go far far away.
    Personally I often take breaks in a big project, then I am refreshed and excited again when I come back, though I do (sort of) understand some people need to keep going to maintain the momentum :)
    Well done you for following through (for yourself), the almost finished rug is gorgeous, and enjoy basking in your fully intact untarnished self integrity.

  20. I missed this post earlier but I think the finishing touches are gorgeous! Don't feel you must apologise, I am definitely one of those who 'goes off' a project for a while and then goes back to it later. Thank you for your generosity in creating such a beautiful pattern and also for all the lovely links you give us. Wendy xx

  21. Hello Melodie,

    I am happy to find the rest of he blocks. But i didn´t worked:

    Can you help me??

    The Link of block 9 and 10 isn´t working. How can I get the sheets??

    Greeting Guilitta



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