Thursday, November 25, 2021

Frosty McChill Quilt Along Block 4 - Just a Sweeping!!!

  Good morning and Happy Thursday.

     

 For those here in the U.S. Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope all of ya'll's day abounds with blessings and joy.

 I truly feel so grateful for all the blessings that I have and your kind support, encouragement, friendship,  and visits are counted among my many  blessings. So thank you, dear friends .๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

thanksgiving kids pumpkin clipart


 Turkeys will go in the oven here very soon. 


Dinner will be at 12:00, and we will gobble till we wobble.

    

 Afterwards, I hope to sit down and enjoy some embroidery work on my Frosty McChill quilt blocks. I am doing these in redwork, and for the last few weeks I have been sharing these designs. If you missed them, so far I have shared " Let it Snow"  and " Sled Time  ".

and Block 3 was The Tree March  

Today is block 4 Just a Sweeping!!!

        

 ( Do any of ya'll remember country music singer John Anderson's song "Just a Swingin"? Lol . That little ditty was strumming  in my head as I stitched this one, but I was singing "Just a Sweepin" ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿงน)

        

 INSTRUCTION TIME !   Now remember , I am no expert, but am just sharing how I embroider mine. Please prepare your fabric, embroider in whatever manner that  makes you happy. The number one rule is to always have FUN FUN FUN!!!  

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut your fabric to 8 1/2 "x 11 1/2" . This will  be trimmed later.  

2.  Place the pattern between a light box or a window and center the design as best as possible. Trace the design onto your fabric using your favorite transfer fabric pen or pencil . 

3. Embroider the design .  I used a back stitch using 2 strands of DMC 498  on most of the design. A stem stitch would look  quite lovely if you prefer.  I used 1 strand of 498 for the details in the snowman's face.   

4. On the snowflakes , I used a French Knot at the end of 4 of the points . You do not have to include the French Knot or you may want to add a teeny bead at each point . How cute would that be!!!

5. Press and trim to block size 7 1/2 x 10 1/2".

Click here for the embroidery pattern. 


Thank you so much for stopping by ya'll. I can not wait to show you next week's Frosty. He is my favorite so far.  

        

Happy Stitching, ya'll
Melisa
"Let us be thankful for the people who make us happy . They are charming gardeners who makes our souls blossom. " Marcel Proust 

Always thankful and forever grateful!

Warm wishes and Snowman kisses, 


Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. It has been 3 months since you received your angel wings. We miss and love you so much. Thanksgiving is not the same without you. Love you, Amo. 



















Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Prim Winter Hope- A Christmas Freebie

The countdown is on . One day until Thanksgiving and 31 days until Christmas. I have officially started my Christmas shopping. Have you started yet? Most of my shopping will be done online this year. The grandbabies have made their list. 

Today I wanted to pop in with a super short post and share with you Prim Winter Hope. It is the newest addition in my Prim Winter series.

 If you have missed any of them, I invite you to see the 2020 Prim Winter ornaments and last week's Prim Winter Angel. Just click on the names and you will magically be transported back to the post with the pdfs. The previous ornaments include: 

Prim Winter Love , 

 Prim Winter Home, Prim Winter Peace   Prim Winter Joy   Prim Winter Faith  

and Prim Winter Angel 

In Prim Winter Hope  a simple red candle is  burning. 

It is a small measuring just 33 X 45. Not big at all, and it can be whipped up in no time flat. 


If you are interested, just check out the pdfs below  and my little disclaimer. 

 Many of you know , but I always like to leave this little disclaimer.  

I stitch my little designs for fun and to decorate my home. I feel very blessed by this community and love sharing my little charts, but I am not a professional designer. And I do not have professional software. Thank you for understanding that I  have to put each page on separate pdf downloads because of the devices I use. I apologize for that.  And I am always grateful for your kind encouragement , your visits, and stitching my little designs. 

Click here for instruction page. 


Click here for colored chart. 


Click here for black/ white chart. 




Well I didn't get on a roll here. I have kept it short and sweet. Aren't you proud? Lol.  Before you leave, I always like to tell you how much I appreciate you for stopping by for a visit. You always make my day. As always...

Happy stitching, ya'll

Melisa

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing . It makes no sound at all but softly gives itself away. 

Hugs and Stitches!!!

Dedicated to my sweet baby sister, Amy. This one is for you, Amo. Love you. 



Saturday, November 20, 2021

Crayons Ready and Gingerdoodles in the Oven

Good morning, sweetie pies! It is a chilly morning. Welcome. I have poured myself some hot cocoa. 

Please, please grab a cup and join me for this Slow Stitching Sunday.  Gingerdoodle cookies are in the oven . 

 The other day , I pulled out some of my previous little quilted mug rugs and quilts to put on display and like always they got me in the mood to work on another piece of embroidery.  

Although I do have Frosty McChill QAL going on, I felt like I needed a quickie quilt. 

   Soooo ! I have my crayons all ready for today's project. 

         
 Now I know I should have tinted and embroidered the blocks first, but sometimes I fly by the seat of my pants and piece and then do the tinting and embroidery work .

 Please tell me if you see the Quilt Police headed in my direction ; I'll make a run for it with crayons , floss, and needle in hand. Lol. ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿš“๐Ÿ–๐Ÿงต 

A sweet friend gifted me some  4 1/2" precut white squares so after piecing this little baby, I drew out some Christmas motifs, and now I am ready to go to town.  

WheeeW !   I feel like a kid again playing with my crayons.  Embroidery will come later.   This little quilt will measure 14 x 14 when completed. 

           

Here are the fabric measurements if you are interested:  

Cut 9 -  2 1/2" squares from red white plaids.

Cut  12-  2 1/2' x 4 1/2" from red fabrics for sashing.

Cut 4 - 4 1/2" squares for embroidered blocks. 

Oh and let's not forget  the little doodles . Click here for the embroidery designs. 




These would be awful cute in wool applique too. Maybe some pillows. 

I went back and watched Crabapple Hill Studio's video on crayon tinting for a refresher.

I am working on my gingerbread man right now. 


Did you know that today is National Gingerbread Cookie Day?  I think I am  the only one in my house that loves gingerbread men. What's up with that? Lol. I don't know, but I think they are yummy !  I thought about baking some gingerbread men in celebration but on a whim chose Gingerdoodles. Mmmm. Oh that smell. It smells like Christmas. I think they are ready.  Please try one; be careful they are still warm.

            

My Sunday Slow Stitch cross stitch will be Thankful Every Day a freebie by Heartstring Samplery which is available on Beth's blog in the November, 22, 2019 post. 

I have been working on it since last year. If my fingers get to flying , maybe I will finish it this year. 

Now I have to leave you this recipe just in case you want to make some Gingerdoodles of your own. 

Gingerdoodle Cookies

Yields: 28 cookies

INGREDIENTS

2 c + 2 Tablespoons of all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon of cornstarch

2 teaspoons of baking soda

2 teaspoons of cinnamon divided

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of ginger

1/4 teaspoon of cloves

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

3/4 c of butter softened (1 1/2 sticks)

3/4 c of brown sugar

1/4 c of molasses

1/2 c of sugar, divided

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

 Preheat oven 350 degrees.  

 Line 2 cookie trays with parchment

 In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon,  cloves, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.

 In  a  small bowl,  combine 1/4 sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon . Set aside

 In a stand mixer , cream together butter, 1/4 cup of sugar,and  brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla extract.  Mix until well combined. 

 Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients from medium sized bowl until well combined .

 Roll 1 heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball and then   roll it into cinnamon/ sugar mixture. 

 Place on cookie sheet leaving 2" between each cookie ball. 

 Bake for 10 minutes

 While warm and just out of the oven sprinkle with remaining cinnamon/ sugar mix. 

• Store in airtight container for up to a week. 

A little ornament made 20 something years ago from cardboard and fabric. I think it is still cute. 

Thank you so much for the sweet Sunday visit. I certainly hope you have found a lovely project to work on today . Have a blessed day and as always...

Happy quilting and stitching, ya'll

Melisa

Remember " You are awesome!" 

I am joining these lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needle workers to meet.  

      Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap - Sunday 

Frederique at  Applique Patchwork Quilting for Patchwork & Quilts on Saturday

Beth at Love Laugh Quilt  for Monday Making
Judy at Small Quilts Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday
Lynette at What a Hoot!  for BOMs Away Monday

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict  for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop-Friday

Wendy at Wendy's Quilts for Peacock Party - Friday 

All you need is love and Christmas cookies. 

Gingerbread hugs and stitches!!!

 Thank you my sweet friend for my angel from heaven!  Sending you big ole' bear hugs back!!!! You touched my heart , brought smiles and tears . ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—

Dedicated to my sweet sister, Amy. I will miss our gingerbread house decorating this year.  Love  you, Amo. 






























Friday, November 19, 2021

Turkeys, Turkeys and More Turkeys - Thanksgiving Hutch Tour

Happy , happy Friday, punkins! Are you ready for an awesome weekend? I am gearing up for Thanksgiving which is just is just 6 short days away! Please come on in and join me in the kitchen. Can I interest you in some sweet tea or maybe a little apple cider?   
 Well today I wanted to show you my crammed full country hutch. I tell you- it is packed to the brim with country clutter, turkeys and all kinds of stitching and boy, do I love it.!!


I started off with some black and white buffalo checked fabric that I used as shelf runners. This fabric was from Walmart, and I just  simply cut it into strips. I then layered in the plates which  were from the Dollar Tree  as well as the Goodwill.

 On the  top shelf is the Primitive Hare's freebie "Give Thanks". I finished it a few years ago. 

Next to it is the most darling large acorn, that my sweet friend Shelly gifted me along with the super cute "Welcome Autumn" leaf plaque.  This year Walmart had some brown and autumnal colored bottle brush trees. I thought they would look cute sprinkled among my Thanksgiving decor.  

 I placed "Happy Thanksgiving " by Bent Creek in a little creamer. Lisa, a sweet stitchy friend, let me borrow it a few years ago. 

That little turkey always makes me smile.  

Now lets hop down to the 2nd shelf.

 In my vintage juicer, I changed out the bowl and stuffed it with "Give Thanks" a Lizzie Kate freebie and a little pumpkin.

  Next to it is my Priscilla Ewe , that I finished onto a Dollar General wooden pumpkin.


 Pilgrims and turkeys are scattered on the 2nd shelf. 



In the corner is  a pumpkin and gourd stitch nestled in a turkey ; it was a freebie. Do you  recognize it? For the life of me I can not remember who was the designer and I would love to give them credit for this sweet stitch. 
 Oh and what about the little pumpkin sampler. Is that a Heart in Hand?  My memory is failing. Lol.  

Now let's turkey strut on down to the the bottom shelf.


 In the corner is a little turkey nestled in a fabulous basket gifted to me by Shelly. I can not wait to use it come spring time. Below it is my Thanksgiving stitch finished into a pillow. In the turkey planter is Blessed which I shared last year. 

My two November saltbox houses  are nestled in the mix. 


 Gobble Gobble is one of my freebies that I shared earlier this month. It is resting on the vintage scale.  


That's my 2021 Thanksgiving hutch in a nutshell. If you would like to see last year's hutch click here


Well, now that we have taken the hutch tour. I have an apron ready for you. Are you ready to join me in some cooking? Lol  I thought maybe you could give me a hand in some make ahead side dishes What do you say? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿš๐Ÿฆƒ 
Aaah well maybe next time then. Thank you so much , my dears for dropping by for a visit. It is always a delight and such an honor that you spend a few minutes of your day with me. 
Sending you big hugs and as always...
Happy decorating and stitching, ya'll
Melisa
There is always something to be grateful for. 
Hugs and Stitches!!!
Dedicated to my sweet Baby sister, Amy . I love you, Amo. I know you would have been doing a big grocery shopping trip this weekend. 
                


























 

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