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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. 👮🚨🚓🖍🧵 

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


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


 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


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 . 💗🤗

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


  1. BuenoS dias, tienes una decoracíon preciosa de accion de gracias...Muchas gracias por la receta de galletas de gengible y precioso corazón

  2. I love your little Christmas quilt in progress! I need to watch the video on color tinting. I love embroidery with colors added. Your cookies look delicious!

  3. No quilting police here but we'll defend you to the last!
    Thank you for a great post - I love what you're doing with decorating for the holidays!
    Thank you so much for your wonderful patterns!

  4. I forgot to mention that I did an embroidery of a bird on a limb about about 11 years ago. My grandson, who was about 2 at the time, colored in the bird and limb with crayons after I embroidered it, and framed it. It's hung in his sisters's room. He's a little embarrassed to admit that he helped me (being almost 13) but when I mention it, he smiles.

  5. Your cookies look so good, Melisa! I love gingerbread anything, so I will join you. Your blocks look fabulous. Love your precious ornament made of cardboard and fabric! Happy Sunday!

  6. That coloring looks carefree and a lot of fun!!! This will be such a sweet mini quilt!

  7. Thank you for all the treats you share... your projects and patterns and recipes... and today especially for the giggles about the quilt police! LOL

  8. well, now mynmouth is watering, Melissa. Your cookies looks delicious and I can almost smell from here...thanks for the receipe, I will try baking some.
    The coloring blocks are so cute. Have a great week.

  9. Hi,
    Great project to work on, I really like the heart ornament.
    And I can almost taste the cookies, thanks for sharing the
    recipe. Have a great day!

  10. You have the cutest ideas for holiday projects! I'm loving the Frosty embroidery. And those Gingerdoodles sound yummy!

  11. How sweet is this post--just filled with lovely creations and a yummy sounding recipe! I've been busy making cookies for our Thanksgiving and may just have to give that one a try :) I do love gingerbread anything! Enjoy your weekend, Melisa ♥

  12. Do your cookies last all week? I would gobble them up in 2-3 days!

  13. I don't mind if I do have one or two of those Gingerdoodle cookies of yours, Melisa, and if comes with a cup of hot chocolate in a pretty mug; well all the better. Thank you very much♡ Loving the magic you and those crayons of yours are giving to those sweet pictures. They are looking fabulous. What a gorgeous quilt this will very merry and bright.

  14. Your coloring days are never through--how sweet the designs are. I adore ginger flavored cookies, thanks for the recipe.

  15. You are creating magic with those crayons! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will have to give it a try!

  16. LOL my hubby is the original 'cookie monster'--- no worries about them lasting a week! :-) Happy Thanksgiving!!

  17. I love those cookies! My mouth is watering. Your little quilt is so sweet. Happy Thanksgiving.

  18. Comme cette tasse et ses biscuits gingerbreads me semblent attirants !
    plus que tous les autres motifs
    Bonne semaine, prenez soin de vous

  19. Yum! Those cookies sound wonderful. Thanks for the recipe. I have some molasses from my hubby's boss. He gave us a jar of his home made molasses. I have used some but it's nice to find new recipes for using it. (and ginger which I happen to like a lot!)

  20. I love color tinting ... it's such fun!! Your blog is just filled with lots of beautiful work! Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving! :)


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