Monday, December 20, 2010

A really good surprise!

It's getting close to Christmas! I hope I'll be ready :0) This little guy was the first of my Christmas sewing this year. I made one for myself and a couple more to give away. A fun little project.
Last night I stitched on the last applique piece on this block. It now needs embroidery. Quite a bit of embroidery. I'm not sure about starting in on it but I'm worried that if I don't do some - I'll end up with 25 blocks all needing some embroidery which will overwhelm me and cause the project to become a ufo.
I made a couple changes again. I took out the butterfly and replaced it with a leaf. I changed the feet a bit to make them easier. I decided after much careful study of the original block (shown here) that the brown shape in the top left might be a hummingbird so I tried to draw it more like the original. These birds get a whole lot of embroidery on their heads yet. Do I need to put something on the back to stabilize the background fabric?
A few days ago I was mixing up a batch of sugar cookies for DD#1 to take to school for her class Christmas party. The doorbell rang and when I answered the door there was a package for me from Carrie. I was so surprised!!
She very thoughtfully included a little something for each of my kids - they were so happy. And what a lovely assortment of things for me - an ornament, some fabric, a charm pack cut into circles and 2 cookie cutters! What a cute little vintage gingerbread man cutter.
Within 10 minutes of the package arriving I was putting that little guy to good use :0) I needed 25 trees for school and there was just enough leftover dough for 4 little men. They are SO cute. Thanks Carrie for your marvelous surprise package - it made my day! However did she managed to get the postal system to so perfectly time a cross continent delivery??
Happy Quilting!!


Carrie P. said...

Four cookies for your four little munkins. The boy cookies are so cute.
It was fun putting the kids gifts together.
Your block looks great. I went to the link and it is the first time I had seen the original quilt.
I don't think you need to put anything on the back unless you want to use a tear away or wash away stabilizer where you are going to embroidery.
I would not use a hoop if you normally do so you don't stretch it out of shape and just don't pull to tight on your thread.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Carrie P. said...

I forgot to mention how cute your gingerbread man is.

Quilt Hollow said...

That little gingerbread man is so darned CA-UTE! Carrie is a sweetie and treated you just right!

Janet said...

The block looks wonderful. No need to put anything behind to stabilise, just be careful to hide the ends of the threads. Love the package from Carrie, the gingerbread men are fabulous.

Dixie said...

The gingerbread man is so cute! Your cookies look delicious - yum - I can almost taste them! And your latest bride block is wonderful -I have always admired the bird block and can't wait to see how you finish it and make it your own!

Barb said...

So cute...your little ginger bread man...

Actually, I enjoyed seeing everything you are doing...

Lori said...

Wow, you did a fantastic job on the bird applique. I lok forward to seeing the embroidery.
The little man sugar cookies are so cute!! How thoughtful of Carrie and the postman!!

Barb said...

That gingerbread man is terrific. He's so cute.
Your peacock block looks great, how man blocks do you have finished?

Do you have any hints suggestions on making sugar cookies. My daughter and I made them yesterday and it was panic in rolling, then cooling dough, then cutting them out....maybe I'm just better at formed or dropped cookies. I have that little red plastic man too - fun.

Crispy said...

I LOVE your ginger bread man....a larger one would make a really neat rug mug....oooo I feel a project being noted in my idea folder :0)

If you are doing hand embroidery, you do not need to use anything behind (something I'm sure you have been told but I'm so far behind in my blog reading LOL)