Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Gingerbread!

MMMMmmm, can you smell it? That fresh backed smell of gingerbread! My family loves gingerbread. I love the smell, but not so much to eat.

Years ago I learned how to make the big old fashioned gingerbread houses. So when I saw this fabric last week in the store I had to do Tonya's little wall hanging idea with it! Since the word Gingerbread is much longer than "small" it actually is about 35" x 28" - so maybe it will make a cute Christmas table mat.

I forgot to scan a picture of my famous Halloween gingerbread houses I made. When the kids were younger - around 1st grade I was known as the Halloween gingerbread house lady. I would make this big haunted house out of gingerbread and then take it into school and let the kids decorate it for Halloween. It ended up being tradition that the class would make it, and then all the other classes would come to visit the room to check out the house sometime before Halloween. And the teachers always teased they fought over who got a Denman in their class! Darn, now I'll have to go home and find those pictures. I also did the traditional Christmas gingerbread houses a few times also, but the kids always enjoyed the Halloween one better, plus school wasn't as busy in Oct as it is in December!

20 comments from wonderful readers:

Lynn Dykstra said...

I love the one big word thing going on.

Screen Door said...

I love the print and the letters-- Good Job!
Melanie

Melzie said...

Oh that looks awesome :) I have gingerbread stuff in one corner of my kitchen year round. About July my hubby goes "are you ever taking that Christmas stuff down?" I said NOPE ;) I cant wait to see pics of your halloween houses! xoxo melzie

McIrish Annie said...

this is adorable.love the quilt. i am going to plow through my stash and find a piece I can't bear to cut and make me a little quilt.

Hedgehog said...

This is so cute! I can smell the gingerbread from here in Finland! A friend of mine who is a French teacher and one year she made gingerbread houses with her beginners to learn the rooms of the house, etc. We stayed up all night preparing and went through four mixers! We had a mixer curse going on and our dough was probably a bit thick for the poor things, too. Brought back a great memory for me!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Dawn, this is adorable. Cute, cute, cute!

May Britt said...

I smell christmas. Remember it's only 3 1/2 month to christmas. I have ufo gingerbread quilt. Perhaps I will finish it before christmas. In fact I have 3 small gingerbreadquilts that I intended to use as gifts some years ago.
LOL

Andi said...

My first (and only, LOL) gingerbread house was decorated for Halloween too!! Very cute quilt.

computerpeach said...

that is great fabric - cute quilt.

Rae said...

To start with .... I Love your Gingerbread wall hanging.
Aren't Gingerbread houses fun. My mother use to make a great big one for my sister's & my classes. When I got older (in college) I would make gingerbread houses for all the kids that I babysat (my way through college.) There were years that between my sister & me we would have a whole viliage of gingerbread houses in our dinningroom. A few years ago I made one for work for our christmas party. The powers at be decided that it should be used as a door prize. There oalmost was a rumble over it.
Have you ever made stained glass windows in your house? When I was in college we started doing that. It really adds something.

Rae

quiltpixie said...

love the wallhanging/mat. The fabric is great! I tried making gingerbread houses a couple of times but they always had problems... my son and I went to making cookie houses -- buy out the store of the wafer cookies and use them as bricks...

cher said...

this sure came out terrific! how very creative...love the story too.

Darcie said...

Aaahh, Dawn! Just think of the memories that you helped make possible. And those Halloween-gingerbread-house-decorator-kids are all growing up now!

Love your new table mat! Very cute...and what a conversation piece that will be this year at your table!

ForestJane said...

Yummie idea for a quilt! And great colors in it too - makes me want to curl up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. :)

KCQuilter said...

Oh, that gingerbread piece turned out cuter than the dickens!!! And, when I was still teaching, I would have been one of those teachers wrangling to get a Denman in my class too LOL! One year a co-worker and I had the kids make their own GB houses with graham crackers for the house. What an experience!!! Your way sounds better!!!

Tazzie said...

Ohhh Dawn, I love it! I love gingerbread too :-) One of the Mums from Amy's school taught me how to make gingerbread a few years ago, I love to make houses at Xmas time!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

anne bebbington said...

ooooh yes please - do dig out some pics of the houses please - I really like this idea of a one word/uncuttable fabric quilt - I shall definitely have to dig out the piece i have with trains on and make something for DH's 'den-to-be' for his trains in the garage - now someone tell me how do you spell train sounds?

Tonya R said...

Mmm, tasty. (I love to eat gingerbread as well the wonderful aroma.)I just noticed now the extra little kick you put on the g - very cute. LOVE that halloween gingerbread house - what a blast.

Train noises for Anne: chchch - woowooooo

Laura said...

I love this quilt! What a great idea. Bring it with you to camp so we can all ooh and aaah over it.

Lily said...

That gingerbread man fabric is just sooooo cute!!!!!