Have you seen the Gingerbread House quilt-a-long that Love Patchwork & Quilting are running this month?
It’s a row-by-row design by Gracey of Burlap & Blossom Patterns which you can find in Issue 66.
I was asked if I would like to have a go at making a block and after a quick look at the pattern, I couldn’t say no!
I decided upon a Gingerbread man, because who doesn’t love a good gingerbread man (although Boy 2 was a bit disappointed when I told him I’m made one only for him to then realise it was in fabric and not an actual biscuit. Oops!)
There are a lot of little pieces in this block – to keep track of them all, I labelled my pieces as I cut them out – the buttons are cut at just 1″ (so, finishing at 1/2″!). I’d been gifted some fabric with little snowflakes on which I thought would make cute buttons!
It’s a fun make and actually comes together surprisingly quickly.
I wanted to use stripes for the cuffs. If you would like to do this too, make sure that you cut your squares out at a 45* angle to the selvedge (on the bias) so that the stripes are going in the right direction. along the arm.
As we have enough cushions in our house (according to Mr f&f anyway!) I thought a Christmas Banner would be a fun make.
The blocks finish at 10.5″ inches but for mine, I extended the top and bottom border (piece’s A and G) by 4.5″ and 5.5″ respectively, as well as curving the bottom of piece G to mirror the writing.
To add a more festive touch, I printed out ‘Merry Christmas’ so that I could trace the words on to the fabric using a water-soluble pen (if you are wondering, I used the Tempas Sans font at size 120 and curved the words slightly in Microsoft Office).
It took a little time to embroider each of the letters – I used a padded satin-stitch – but I think it was worth it!
I’m so pleased with him, although I might have to find some little button eyes in green, I think that would finish him off nicely?!
Have you started any Christmas makes yet? You can check out this post if you’re thinking of making your own family-sized Advent Calendar.
I think I’m going to have to make a present list and get started on it soon!
See you soon,
Today’s sky::: grey, windy and miserable. Meh!
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