Thanksgiving Week Sewing & a Little Cookie Decorating with the Grands

I hope that you all ( in the USA ) had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. I did manage to get a bit of sewing in but there were some other creative endeavors going on as well :)

making cookies collage

I have this down pat by now. I have learned that if you have one young grandchild around, you can roll out dough and cut cookies or gingerbread men with them. If you have all or most of them, bake the cookies ahead and just decorate them with the children. Each child has a cookie sheet in front of them with icing, cookies, sprinkles, etc. The mess all goes onto the sheets and clean up is a breeze! :)

In regards to piecing….I continued to work on the indigo colors ( from RSC15 August ) for a RSC16 quilt down the line. Who knows how this will end up…I just wanted to start something that might turn out to be a nice gradient or total complete flop quilt for next year : ) There is no rhyme, reason or pattern..I am just playing. Maybe it’s my version of an improv quilt? Kaya if you are reading this what do you think? :) 

Hour glass blues section growing

I have three more rows ready to go…and then I’ll be out of indigo and will most likely stop for the moment.

November’s color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is lime green. I have a little lime green miracle to show you :)  This is southwestern Pennsylvania. We’ve had numerous heavy frosts and freezes but went into a warming trend and when I went to change the birdbath water on the day before Thanksgiving look what I found….Lettuce coming up! :)

Lettuce Nov 25

Slow Stitching : I did manage to finally finish my latest red & green applique block. This is a Benjamin Biggs block, though I changed the leaves on the corner buds and am not making a BB quilt;  just using some of the block patterns that I have for a generic quilt.

red and green with cherries FINISH

My son’s GF loves quilts and enjoyed seeing some of my projects. She and her son were very interested in learning to sew on the machine.

pearl at sewing machine cropped

I am sending her home to St. Louis with my Singer Confidence and some books and fabrics and notes on where to get a 1/4 inch foot, what thread to buy, etc. I had won a Melody Baby Lock at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival a few years ago, and of course I should keep the Singer as a back-up, but then again what if I never needed it and it just sat in the closet for a decade? It didn’t take me long to debate this in my mind and decide to gift her with it and she was just over the moon and back about it.

She’s dated my oldest son for over five years….she deserved a reward, right? :)  They are going home with a quilt as well.

I kept up with my circles for the week…I posted about starting Quilty 365 HERE    For Slow Sunday Stitching, I am going to hand quilt, which I haven’t managed to do all week. And I am also going to finish these orange peels for the lime green color of the month / Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I prepped them at the beginning of the month! Got one done last Sunday or so and that was it.

collage end of month post

The visiting trio left early Saturday morning and the rain and dreariness moved in to reflect my mood in seeing them go. I think that I’ll put the fall decorations all away, pull out a few Christmas ones and cheer myself up with that prior to settling down to sew something this weekend.

You might also enjoy : Turkey Pot Pie for Turkey Leftovers  or  I Won the baby lock Melody at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival  or  Year in Review : Favorite Photos From January-June 2014

Sharing at So Scrappy ( Rainbow Scrap Challenge is on Saturdays ) and Kathy’s Quilts  for Slow Sunday Stitching. Also sharing at :  Sew Many Ways / Cozy Little House / Freemotion on the River / Savvy Southern Style / Freshly Pieced / Sew Fresh Quilts

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33 Responses to Thanksgiving Week Sewing & a Little Cookie Decorating with the Grands

  1. Deb says:

    Great idea with the cookie sheets! I’ll have to try that next time. Love the projects. Hope you enjoy the slow stitching this weekend.

  2. Karen says:

    you have been busy haven’t you. Thanks for reminding me about the circles, I have been ahead and need to get some prepped to work on this weekend – looks like you have it figured out how to keep the grands busy!

  3. Your grandkids are adorable and such earnest workers.

  4. oh my you have been busy!! Awesome indigo work too. And yes, you must reward the girlfriend… never know when she might turn into a DIL and a good MIL is worth her weight in gold.

  5. Marly says:

    Lovely projects including the cookie decorating! Your indigo project looks interesting; I hope you continue to give us updates on it.

  6. Thanksgiving was great and yours looked like it was fun too!

  7. Angela says:

    Busy times! Hard to believe there is lettuce sprouting. The orange peels are coming along nicely

  8. Joyce says:

    I agree completely about the pre-cut cookies! But I am going to copy your idea of adding the baking sheet for easy clean up!
    I love all your quilts – and enjoy seeing the various methods you try. The indigo one is so different from what you usually make – but it is very rich in tone.
    That lettuce isn’t ready to give up yet!

  9. You sure do have the cookie adventure down to a science. I am visualizing the creative choices each made. I love the quilt blocks, but I really love the idea that you have someone to share your love of quilting. That is truly special. :-)

  10. Dasha says:

    You’ve had a special week with all those grandkids around. And some great stitching too.
    Sounds like you have just coached a fledgling quilter into being. Well done

  11. CathieJ says:

    Cookie decorating is always a great project with little kids. I love your applique block and the indigo quilt is looking good. What a nice gift for a new quilter. Enjoy your stitching.

  12. Sheila says:

    Most excellent idea for a cookie making activity with children.
    The world has another quilter now . The gifted sewing machine was very generous. You have most likely permanently changed her life. That was wonderful.

  13. Carol Cook says:

    I love that you sent the sewing machine home with his girlfriend. We need to keep the art alive.

  14. Kathi says:

    Glad you had fun with your grandkids… love the look of those sugar cookies decorated with LOVE! Glad you have found a way to make that clean up so easy too… love your stitching and your applique too! Thanks for sharing :) Kathi

  15. Lovely applique! Visiting from Slow Stitching Sunday.

  16. So fun to see the cookie decorating party… you are such a wonderful Grandma.
    I was giggling about you rewarding your son’s GF for hanging in there for 5 years :) Hope she enjoys the new machine and becomes a quilter!
    Enjoy your stitching today!

  17. Eileen says:

    Hello, baking and decorating the cookies with your grands sounds like fun. I am sure they enjoyed eating them too. Your quilts are lovely.

    Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  18. Sandra says:

    I love that it seems your circles for Quilty365 are all on one piece of fabric. Wish I’d thought of that!

  19. Kate says:

    Looks like you kept the kiddos happy and busy. Your indigo fade looks very interesting. I’m curious to see how you finish it off. Enjoy your slow stitching this weekend.

  20. Kim says:

    Ah, you’re singing my song with that red and green block, Deb. Fabulous!

  21. Monica says:

    Wow, Deb, you have tons going on right now! I really like your BB block, that is a cute one. :)

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  22. Angie says:

    I love seeing all your applique projects – very inspiring! So happy you were able to share our sewing passion with the next generation!

  23. Barb says:

    You’ve surely been busy, Debra! I always enjoy seeing what you’re creating. Your gift from the heart is wonderful – sometimes giving IS better than receiving! I like baking with my grands, too.

  24. That was a very generous gift you gave to your son’s GF, but I’m sure it will be well used and loved.

    Sounds like you have cookie making down to a science, and your grands are loving it. :)

  25. Gail says:

    Decorating cookies is lots of fun!!! We made gingerbread cookies last year from scratch with our nieces and then decorated them. We had a great time! Nice applique! I have a couple of primroses in bloom in my garden today!

  26. Jane says:

    I’m excited to get started making cookies…and I could use a few of your little helpers! How fun!

    Your quilts are looking beautiful. Where do you find the time? And you are so generous to your son’s girlfriend, I’m sure she adores you.

    Our cold weather can be strange sometimes. Last year I put my pots of pansies in our unheated garage and they stayed green all winter long and bloomed in the spring. Not typical at all!

    Have fun getting some of the ho ho ho going!!

    Jane x

  27. Jeanna says:

    Deb, you are so organized! I love the idea you use for creative time with the grandkids.

    Your RSC blocks are nice, as well as your circles and orange peels.

    You are very generous to gift your son’s girlfriend a nice sewing machine. I know what you mean though about having extras sitting around for a long time.

    Enjoy your week!

  28. You definitely win the smartest Grandma award, Deb!! You are one smart cookie – ha ha, sorry I had to!!

  29. Stephie says:

    How on earth do you do it all Deb AND make it look so easy?!?!? You’ll have to teach me your secrets to productivity, I could really do with them! My son is 17 so no grandchildren yet (I hope!!!), but those photos of your little ones take me right back to his young childhood, precious times :) And how fantastic to have a ‘daughter in law’ that wants to share your passion, it really warms the heart. I’m so pleased for both you and her.

  30. audrey says:

    Always wonderfully busy! Looks like a good time was had by all. Love that you were able to gift your sewing machine to someone who will enjoy the learning and making. I’m smiling just thinking about it!

  31. Grandma Kc says:

    What fun you have been having! I love the photo of the kids decorating cookies — you know that is my way to spend a day! Hugs!

  32. Lisa says:

    I love your version of improv. Nice shots of your handwork as well. Love seeing that newborn lettuce, too!

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