Thursday 5 December 2019

2019 Wk 49 - Mending and making

The lovely thing about Lizzie is that she is happy to chunter away with only occasional assistance!.

I bought a design of a gingerbread man holding a patchwork quilt.  The design needs 15 colour changes (it's here if you want to compare it to my version)  I decided I wanted just a two colour quilt.

My first one is on the left here:

But as I gradually made a few more I decided the pink cheeks could go, the icing wasn't essential, the eyes could be brown instead of black . . . . I now stitch the whole thing in one colour so all I have to do is occasionally add another bit for felt for the next applique, and I really don't think there is any noticeable difference between the two.

The mega shortcut has allowed me to stitch all of these for the lovely ladies at Chertsey Museum - it took two days

All while I was writing minutes from a meeting last night, and doing some mail merge to print Christmas card stickers for the vicar!

I also finished the Hexi swap flowers - just waiting to be allocated my swap partners.  I made another hexi for each and stuck it to a card, otherwise the card cost are going to mount up over the year!

I have made some other gingerbread men too but they are going in the post so I can't show them until they have been received

Friends of ours have just moved into a new home, so I embroidered this and sent if off

And finally some repairs.  My favourite coat is an Indian patchwork one that a friend bought at Camden market many years ago - she phoned me from the market to tell me she's bought it and that I owed her £30 - I'm rubbish at shopping so it's always a bonus is someone else does it for me especially if they do such a good job.  Anyway, the cuffs were looking very worn

And now they don't


  1. I love your gingerbread stitching. I think your one colour version looks better :)

  2. I love the gingerbread men. Great repairs to your coat x

  3. Yes, I love your version of the gingerbread man, good idea of yours to make the changes! Tee hee, I love your repair, I’m really into that stitch at the moment! Did you see my cacti bag a while back? I made a border around each cacti with a running stitch and made it a feature on the top of the bag and handles too ..... I can’t stop using it, just made a bread bag with more feature stitching too!

    Have a great weekend!

    Barbara xx

  4. Looks like you and 'Lizzie' have been super productive again! Love your gingerbread men - and the elegant house move card too! Oh, and the hexies, of course! xxx

  5. I could never leave my embroidery unit! I don’t miss it. Nice bit of Boro on the jacket.


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