A Morning of Stitching

It's been a busy morning in the sewing room already today. I'm looking forward to a near-full day of NBS (nothing but sewing). Only "near" full because I'll be making some new appetizer recipes for dinner tonight. Sometimes we have a dinner of nothing but appetizers...kind of fun.

As for my morning of stitching, I finished up the 4th of nine blocks for the Gingerbread Square quilt.

Someone asked me about the color in this piece yesterday. In case you're wondering, the color is added with good old Crayola crayon after I trace out the design for stitching. Some of it is first colored with white crayon and then covered with another color. By first using white, it lightens the shade of the final color. There is also some "shading". I've done that by simply outlining the stitching lines using whatever color is designated. It usually takes me a couple of hours to make one of these blocks for stitching, including tracing, coloring, and then heat-setting the crayon with my iron. To do that, I simply place a paper towel over the design, then iron until there is no transfer to the paper towel. Then it is safe to iron directly on the fabric. 

I'm not sure how this will hold up in the wash, but I'm trusting that designer Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studios has tested it herself before publishing her patterns. I happen to love her work, and I notice she's doing more and more of this in her newly-released patterns. Here are the four blocks I've stitched so far:

The next time I work on this, I'll be doing the Town Square Gazebo. I don't know about you, but I think these blocks are impossibly cute. 

And that left me with no embroidery for tomorrow morning. Since there must be embroidery, I made up the embroidered label for Erik's Vintage Tin quilt. His birthday is in October, and I simply must get his quilt finished up in September. Starting with the label seems a good idea.

I can probably do this one in one or two sittings. After that, I'll get started on the next two blocks for Lisa's quilt.

The only sewing I did yesterday was to make one more leaf for the Blushing Aspens tablerunner. I made the one in the lower left corner. It was a little tricky because of its long, slender stem, but we got it worked out.

There are still two large leaves and one tiny leaf in section two, and so I should be able to get those finished today. Hopefully, I'll be able to puzzle my way through sewing it together then.

There's plenty on today's agenda and enough to keep me busy into tomorrow. What are you working on?

11 comments from clever and witty friends:

Brown Family said...

Crabapple Hill patterns are always a good choice for Crayons!

Lyndsey said...

I love Crabapple Hill patterns too. I've got a couple stashed away for when I have time. I haven't tried the crayon technique yet but I'm looking forward to it.

Christine M said...

Your Gingerbread Square blocks are beautiful, Barbara.

Quilter Kathy said...

Absolutely adorable! And the next block with the snow carollers is so sweet too!

CathieJ said...

I adore that Gingerbread church. I think I may now have to buy some of these patterns. So pretty. Enjoy your stitching.

Michele said...

I love the gingerbread block too and can't wait to see that quilt finished.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love seeing the four blocks laid out together and the next block is so cute with the snow carolers.

gayle said...

Stop with the cuteness already. Can't you see how hard I'm trying to resist embroidery? And there you are with all your snowpeople and gingerbread, all enticing and stuff. (I've got a box of embroidery thread around here somewhere. I wonder where I put it?) (*sigh*)

quiltzyx said...

OK, my teeth are starting to ache with all that candy you're working on! But it is SO cute!
I like the "ticket" for Matthew's label - excellent!
I've actually been sewing a little bit, but it isn't easy in this heat. I'm working on a Jelly Roll Race quilt for my Guild's philanthropy stack. And I've drawn out some paper-pieced letters for a challenge quilt. I need to look in the fabric collection to see if I have any night time sky fabrics to go with the WOW I want to use for the letters. Otherwise I may be forced to go to my LQC tomorrow. At least I do have a gift card!

Kate said...

Those Gingerbread Square blocks are so fun and cute. Those are going to make a very special quilt. I love the label for Eric's quilt!

Dar said...

Your label for Eric"s quilt is perfect. You are such a clever mom.! He will love it!