Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pickledish, Baked Goodies and Embroidery Not Necessarily in that Order

I'm knee deep in Christmas Cheer at chez swing kitten and I hope you all are too! I baked these chocolate gingerbread cookie bars from Martha Stewart and they are divine. Seriously, could be my new favorite Christmas/Holiday treat! However, I just took the Eggnog Cheesecake Squares out of the oven and time will tell if they run a close second! I only wish I had this kind of baking time all year long!

Now that these gifts are safely at their destinations, and one recipient has already opened hers, I can post them here. These may be my most favorite gifts I made this year. I embroidered the designs, taken from a Rainbow of Stitches, on white linen, backed them in cottons I had in the stash, and then stuffed with equal parts fiberfill and lavender. I added the recipient's monograms and I dare say, the monograms add that certain "je ne sais quois". I know I'll be making more of these in the future!

Yay pickledish! I spent the past few days cutting out wedges and I think I actually may have enough now to start piecing the arches! I was originally going to make the 80 by 80 but I'm afraid I may not have it in me to make a quilt top that large! So, I think I'm shooting for the 60 by 60, and then I'll add a border.

I guess you could say I'm going for scrappy pickledish of sorts. I generally chose fabrics in 5 colors: pinks/reds, blues, greens, and grays. We'll see how it turns out! While I did buy some new fabrics, I also chose some fabrics I already had in my stash. Tomorrow I may start piecing the arches. Hooray!

I hope everyone is almost done with holiday prepping and is taking some time to enjoy family and friends now....with some sweet treats too! Happy Holidays to all!


Beth said...

Merry Christmas! Love the embroidered pillows!

Miki's scrapbook said...

Awe, I love the patterns you've chosen; especially the kitty! :D I don't understand what the wedges are for, hehe.

Have a Merry Christmas! :)

Laura said...

Merry Christmas Beth and Miki! Thanks for the compliments on the pillows. They were fun to make!