by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

A massive, gigantic, huge, enormous, big thankyou to our dear Kim (dragonflyer) who has helped me out tremendously for my annual ladies Christmas lunch.


This year my theme is Gingerbread men and to that end I asked Kim to help me with my little men. She not only did him, but also a girl too! So I've made 4 of each.

I think they've turned out beautifully. These little Gingerbread ornaments were made in the 4x4 hoop and are to be hung on my friend's Christmas trees. Every year I usually do something in FSL, but decided to do felt ones this year.

Kim has also done a bigger one for me that I'll put on either a tea towel or hand towel. I've yet to do them.

I have just purchased the new Premier+2 Emrboidery Extra software programme for my Husqvarna and I can also change the format for the Brother sewing machine. I had some initial problems with not being able to download the designs from my computer to the usb. My machine wouldn't recognise the newer .vp4. So I wrote to Maarten (my Husqvarna dealer) and explained what was happening and he wrote back today letting me know exactly what to do. It's a bit different to my older 5D - they are always changing things!

So I'm happy now and can't wait to get sewing - that is once it cools down a bit! We are expecting rain for the rest of the week and we need it badly. Love Chris

Picture - 4 Gingerbread boys and 4 Gingerbread girls. I did the lower left girl with a creamier thread and didn't like it so did the others in yellow.

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by peafarm 02 Feb 2018

Great job and way to go on early start.

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pennifold by pennifold 02 Feb 2018

Thanks so much, I like to get in early. Love Chris

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by toogie 01 Feb 2018

Ta Da!..I'm here, look at me!
They all look wonderful! If you find a past post with my christmas tree, you can see I have decorated with these little fellows for many years. The grands like finding them in the tree and elsewhere.
Good job to the both of you!

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pennifold by pennifold 02 Feb 2018

Thanks Toogie, I thought the same, they just cry out look at me! I'll go have a look at your older posts and check them out. Love Chris

toogie by toogie 03 Feb 2018

I only have one embroidered, the rest are ornaments out of___?

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by katydid 01 Feb 2018

PRECIOUS!

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pennifold by pennifold 02 Feb 2018

Yes, I agree with you Kay, love Chris

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by holly12 01 Feb 2018

I just love these little guys. They are sew cute. Arlene

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pennifold by pennifold 02 Feb 2018

Thanks Arlene, I agree with you. Love Chris

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by noah 01 Feb 2018

Awesome work Chris and Yes Kim helps many out and i to am thank-ful for her kindness!!!

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pennifold by pennifold 02 Feb 2018

I hear you! Thanks for commenting, love Chris

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by michemb 01 Feb 2018

these are terrific Chris, you are such a good friend to put all this effort into your luncheons. I have never worked with felt. Great that you are getting a head start on this thing.
big hug
Michelle

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pennifold by pennifold 02 Feb 2018

Thanks Michelle, so much fun! Love Chris

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by raels011 01 Feb 2018

They are lovely. You are getting in early

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Feb 2018

Hi Raelene, I need to start early with 8 of everything, plus I still have my quilt to finish!!! I'm not pushing myself too much this year though, love Chris

P.S. I hope you had a lovely birthday.

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by kustomkuddle 31 Jan 2018

They are so realistic. Wonderful job to both of you.

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Feb 2018

I thought so too Debbie, thanks for commenting, love Chris

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by babash 31 Jan 2018

They make me smile. Well done getting these done with the heat. Just think what you can achieve when a cool change arrives.

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Feb 2018

Ha ha ha, well, you'd know up there in sunny Queensland or should I say wet Queensland!!! Thanks for commenting Barbara, love Chris

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by arisann 31 Jan 2018

very nice!

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Feb 2018

Thanks very much Aris, love Chris

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by stork 31 Jan 2018

They certainly have personality! Love the extra details. The yellow looks very nice. Great job by both of you!

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pennifold by pennifold 01 Feb 2018

Thanks so much Tonya, I do too! Love Chris

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by crafter2243 Moderator 31 Jan 2018

Love those bellies. They are so cute.

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pennifold by pennifold 31 Jan 2018

Aren't they something Angie? I can just see them as a real biscuit/cookie. Love Chris

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by dixie 31 Jan 2018

Love them Chris and your ladies will love them too. I have to make things for my daughter every year for to hang on her Xmas Tree. This year I made her the set of gingerbread cookies from Omas and she loved them
Kim is a very talented lady and you as well you make a very team Regards Val

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pennifold by pennifold 31 Jan 2018

Thanks Val, I appreciate your comments and I should have known, because you are a South Australian too!!! Love Chris

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by shirley124 30 Jan 2018

Well done to you and Kim. Love them. Hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 31 Jan 2018

Thanks Shirley, me too! Love Chris

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by liliana1 30 Jan 2018

These look absolutely lovely. The ladies will be so surprised.

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

I hope so Liliana, they so much look forward to seeing what I do each year. Love Chris

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by airyfairy 30 Jan 2018

I cannot believe that you are making these lovely gingerbread people for Chris5mas 2018. You put me to shame

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Ha ha ha, Sarah, it's never too early to start for Christmas presents! Love Chris

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by dailylaundry 30 Jan 2018

What cuties!! This shows how talented you and Kim both are! I love how you get right to your stitching for your Ladies Luncheon at Christmas!!! Hugs!!

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks Laura, as I said to Nan below I need to get started early with my ladies Christmas items, as I have so many other commitments besides sewing!! I still have my navy and white quilt to do too!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAGGHHHH Love Chris

toogie by toogie 01 Feb 2018

At least YOU have made a start on your quilt. If I knew what I wanted to do, I still wouldn't have time to start. Marsha the oldest daughter just ask me to monogram 11 items for Lanie's basketball ball team! Of course, no two have the same initials. Then the blanks she ordered won't be in until the 5th or 6th. The 7th, I can't work on them and that only leaves the 8th, because she needs them the 9th! I am SUPERWOMAN (in case nobody knows)-lol

pennifold by pennifold 02 Feb 2018

I know you are Superwoman! he he he! Love Chris

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by sonjapotgieter 30 Jan 2018

Beautiful designs!!!!Great work done!!!

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks Sonja, it was fun! Love Chris

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by sebsews 30 Jan 2018

Gingerbreads are adorable. I hope I remember these when I start my Christmas sewing.....probably next December! Good for you on the early start.

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks so much. Love Chris

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by lilylady 30 Jan 2018

I think their saying "Here I am Look at me!" Sew Cute!

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks Sandy, I agree with you. Love Chris

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by gwillmann 30 Jan 2018

These are adorable, you and Kim make a good team. Have you seen the gingerbread boys and girls earring designs from Sonia Showalter?
Those are cute also.

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks so much, sorry I don't have your name on my Cute list of members and no, I haven't seen those earrings, I'll pop over and have a look. Love Chris

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by rsehorse 30 Jan 2018

Love them, very cute and full of character.

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks Susan, I thought so too. Love Chris

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by mrskiki 30 Jan 2018

Very cute. And smart of you to start so early. I did that last year as I came up with an idea early on, but so far this year none.

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks Nan, I have to start early as I have so many other things to do and I like to get them out of the way. Love Chris

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by mops Moderator 30 Jan 2018

They look perfect and just the right thing to hang in a Christmas tree. Nice as an addition to a Christmas card as well.

It's a bit frustrating you can only save as vp4 and have to use export for all other formats. I am still using 5D and 6D (there are a few things in 5D that aren't in 6D) and you can imagine I often forget to use Export...

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks Martine, I've never had to do that before either Martine. It takes more time in steps etc. I used to just save it and then I'd rename it. Now with all this extra stuff it is more frustrating than anything else. I had to go into the export icon change the settings to .vp3 otherwise my machine wouldn't recognise it. Sometimes I think upgrades aren't worth the hassle. Love Chris

peafarm by peafarm 02 Feb 2018

With Husq/Viking I stopped all the upgrades at the old VIP Professional--the script front I liked in an older version was not in the newer version and then all that money--just wasn't worth it to me. As long as I can customize things, change my hoop size and I convert with my old BuzzXplore I have stayed happy for now.

pennifold by pennifold 02 Feb 2018

Good on you, computers can be a pain sometimes and I too wish they would leave good enough alone. I loved the older Windows version too and number 10 is slowly getting better. Love Chris

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by basketkase 30 Jan 2018

Aren't these adorable? Great job to you both.........

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks Vicki, we try hard. Love Chris

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by Sewmum1 30 Jan 2018

They are perfect for your ladies luncheon. You have both done a fabulous job with them

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

Thanks so much, I think so too! Love Chris

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by elemausi 30 Jan 2018

You are an early bird (German saying) with this. Great work of Kim and you, love this gingers.

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pennifold by pennifold 30 Jan 2018

It catches the worm I believe!!! Thanks Barbel, love Chris

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