I know I have been incommunicato for awhile but I have been busy quilting!  Here is the most recent quilt I finished just tonight, a few scant hours before Halloween.  No, you are not crazy, this is a Christmas quilt.  Sometimes, we just don't get to choose the timing of when things get accomplished. 

The pattern is your basic log cabin with cross stitched Christmas motifs in the center.  The left side and upper borders are also log cabin, arranged in the lightening strike pattern while the right side and lower borders are plain strips of fabric with buttons, enameled coconut buttons to be exact which click and clack like castenets.  All the buttons are sewn on but the largest buttons are also tied with 1/8 inch satin double ribbons.

As you may know, I like to say that every quilt tells a story.  This story is four generations in the making.  When I was a child, my father's mother, my Gramma Long, made the most wonderful gingersnap cookies. My grandparents had a lake home in The Lake of the Ozarks region in Missouri near Camdenton and  I remember my granddad spreading real butter on them and eating them by the dozen in the summer time.  Yes, his physique resembled Santa's and no one was really worried about heart failure back then (we should have been though).  My mother, Marian Long was a great baker and she took up the tradition, making the gingersnaps every Christmas. She would make a gazillion cookies of many different kinds and freeze them in Folgers coffee cans until a day that only she knew when we could start eating the Christmas cookies. I made the gingersnaps for and with my daughters, Jamie and Becky, when they were young and they are now making them for their children and husbands.  The beat (and the batter) goes on!  I actually made a batch today!

So the back of the quilt tells the story as usual.  I have put the only picture  I could find of my gramma and I in the kitchen together with a bunch of other folks, and pictures of my three grands, Wyatt, Ruby and Sylvia.  Check out the other photos of this quilt in my albums if you like. 

There is a certain high I always get when I finish a quilt and this one is no different.  It is 12:30 now and the hubby has been asleep two hours.  I should join him I guess but I am wired.  Probably too many cookies...

And here is the Halloween quilt, just so you are assured I am not totally loony.  Happy haunting (and quilting)!

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Comment by Riana Noyes on November 2, 2016 at 9:04pm

Sounds yummy...but waiting an extra day to bake is going to be a challenge,lol.

Comment by Ginny Andersen on November 2, 2016 at 8:58pm

Thanks, Ginnie! Your X-stitch quilts are so amazing! I am like Chef, I want to compare your recipe to mine. Sounds very similar and yummy! 

Comment by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 2, 2016 at 8:38pm

Here is the Gingersnap recipe for all who asked!

Gramma Long's Gingersnaps

3/4 C butter, softened

1 C sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/4 C molasses

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves

2 C flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

Blend butter and sugar.  Add egg and molasses, beat well.  Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl, add to wet mixture and mix well.

Refrigerate over night.

Roll into balls the size of a walnut and roll in sugar.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Smash slightly with a sugar coated drinking glass bottom. 

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Good both soft and chewy or harder for dunking in tea, milk or coffee.  Just adjust the time to get the degree of hardness you desire.  Enjoy!

Comment by Chef Lisa on November 2, 2016 at 11:03am
I'd love your ginger snap cookie recipe too! Not that I don't have a ton of recipes but I'd like to see how different yours are. Some of our grands had the best recipes. There also was unrefined flours and preservatives back then.
I love your quilts!
I'm still doing catch-up on yard n house stuff!
Comment by Riana Noyes on November 2, 2016 at 10:24am

Please, yes, l would love the recipe ,if you're not reveiling a strict family secret.

Comment by Virginia "Ginnie" Leiner on November 1, 2016 at 10:40pm

Riana, it is quilt #108. Take another look and I will also post a blog with some pictures.  Thanks for your very kind words.  Would you like the Gingersnap recipe?  Be well.  Ginnie

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 1, 2016 at 8:50am
Once again, Ginnie, you astound us with your memorable quilting and the heart warming story of inspiration. The buttons & ribbon are pure genius...no one would think of those but you! And the memory section on the back is a true legacy for future generations ( along with that cookie recipe!)
I couldn't find the Hallowe'en quilt in your album of over a thousand...wish you'd reposted it by itself , so we could all admire the dozens of delightful little patches in theme.

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