This is what I worked on last weekend. It was hard to set aside the Mariner’s Compass and some other projects, but Christmas is coming and it’s the season to finish. The Gingerbread Cookies were done last year, but since then, a new die has come out with an applique dress and a bow and buttons for the Gingerbread people, so these designs needed an update. In working on this, I wanted to create a set of machine embroidery that would work for stitchers who have the new die and for those who don’t. Thus, I kept the designs from the old set and just added new ones.
There is still work to do to finish these, and they won’t be done until just before Christmas. I can see that the cookie with a scarf and top hat is taller than the others. His hat will have to be a little shorter and lower on his head in order to keep him proportional. This set will be perfect for anyone wanting to get a head start on next year instead of shopping the after Christmas sales. Once these samples are done, they will definitely be stitched into a pretty quilt or table topper or something.
While I worked, I listened to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Lately I’ve been getting books not only from Audible, but also ebooks from my local public library. It’s wonderful to have access to so many books. This particular book was set during World War II and described working class people living on a street in Germany and their lives during the war. It is a very touching story, and I cried for them at the end. This book also reinforces how important it is for all of us to protect our Constitution and our freedoms.
And the weekend weather was nice so Ted was outside working, and I was inside working. During the pandemic and cooler, wetter weather, I have truly missed those days where I can work long periods alone. Virtual 8th grade also keeps Ted, Ezri, and me inside and together way too much – LOL!