Sunday, November 13, 2011

Jolly Holiday Blog Hop- Day 1

Hello bloggers! Welcome to the Henry Glass Jolly Holiday Party!  I am the first of the Henry Glass designers to post.   Thanks for coming!  We have lots of great prizes so be sure to follow all week. 

Each of the designers is going to answer a few questions about the holidays.  Then we will share a project we designed just for you.  Let's get started!

First, the questions:

1. What is your favorite holiday food?
Zupfe bread. This Swiss bread is braided and it's so pretty!   (And yummy.)  I love making it and eating it.  It's a favorite of mine because my mom was Swiss and it's a family tradition.  I'll share the recipe with you in a few weeks.  You're going to love this.

2. Does your family have a favorite holiday tradition?
So many! We love decorating, preparing, cooking, eating, and, playing, and just getting together.   But one of my favorite family traditions is making paper snowflakes to hang from the ceiling.  This started as our family tradition because Randy and I got married in December and our reception was at my home.  We hung paper snowflakes from the ceiling in the whole first floor.  It was magical!  Every year since then, (that's 35 years now--WOW--times flies!) we have cut and hung snowflakes.  Click here to see the snowflakes last year.  If you want to see the tutorial, click here.


3. Did you like or hate sitting on Santa's lap?
Are you kidding? Do you know how long ago that was?

4. Was there a gift you really desperately wanted?
I don't remember ever wanting anything in particular, I just wanted to be surprised, and Santa always surprised me.

5. What's your favorite holiday movie?
It's A Wonderful Life, of course.  I watch it at least 4 times each December, and never get tired of it.  After all, George Bailey IS the richest man in town.

6. Favorite holiday song?
Handel's "Messiah. "  I put on the soundtrack when's no one's home and sing along at the top of my lungs.  With the symphony and huge choir--there's nothing like it.  I also love all kinds of Christmas music, especially Rock and Roll!

7. Do you make many holiday presents?
If I make them, they're almost never finished. So it's almost better not to get a homemade present from me! 

8. Would you prefer a large fully decorated tree or one like Charlie Brown's tree?
I love a large tree. In one of our homes, we had a two-story family room.  So we had an eighteen foot Christmas tree. It was awesome! (despite the fact that it fell down during a gathering of about 60 ladies one night. All the men in the neighborhood had to come help put it up again!)

9. If you could go back back in time, when would you say was your most favorite holiday memory?
Christmas as a child was magical.  And my Dad loved it just as much as I did.  Every year my Dad wrote NOEL on the side of our home with Christmas lights. Our home was on a hill and the lights could be seen from anywhere in town. He put large speakers on the roof and played Christmas music every night through our stereo system.  Each evening we would get calls from folks asking us to turn the music down so that their children could sleep.  Then we would get calls asking us, "Where's the Christmas music tonight?" My dad was a legend in our little town.

10. Do you like a big family gathering, or do you prefer a small dinner followed by hot chocolate by the fire?
Since I have a large family, its hard not to have a a big gathering. After all, the best part about the holidays is getting together with your loved ones!

Okay, so now it's time to share my project with you.  I designed a little pillow--

                 "Holiday Lane"

All those little houses are waiting in the snow for Santa's arrival!  You can make this into a pillow, like I did, or you could frame it or use it as a table runner.  So many possibilities....

 The piecing is simple and a few embellishments complete the fun. 

Remember, this is a free pattern so just download it and enjoy!

HOLIDAY LANE PATTERN

I made this little pillow to go with another  Christmas pattern I have.  "Christmas Village" is a lap quilt, and it just needed a pillow, don't you think?
Christmas Village
Now on to the prizes:  To qualify to win the Grand Prizes from Henry Glass, visit each blog this week (I will post a schedule) and collect the key words.  Mine for today is  TURKEY.    (How's that for a creative way to tell you?)  Post the list of key words in a comment on the Henry Glass blog between Nov. 20 and Nov. 26.

I am also giving away a prize right here!  Just sign up to "follow" my blog and leave me a comment.  At the end of the week I will choose a winner for a fat quarter bundle of my newest fabric line, Sorbet Garden.  (I used some of this line in my pillow.)

Note:  I am offering  kits of the "Holiday Lane" pillow on my website for $24.

Now on to the next designer, my friend Kari Ramsay of Fresh Cut Quilts.   Kari and I are Sunday's designers.  I will post the rest of the list tomorrow.

Happy Hopping, and thanks for stopping!

         Jill

Download the Pattern for HOLIDAY LANE

Whoops, you need this, too:  The applique patterns

Here's a few more closeups of the details on "Holiday Lane."

 

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Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

This is a cute pattern. I not sure if I can still be in the drawing but I'm hoping, love the fabric.
Did the follower on blog and FB

Shebandowan said...

Thanks for the free pattern and the chance to win the fabric.

Janet

Lori C. said...

Thanks for the beautiful pattern! I love it and I love your fabrics. Thank you for the chance to win! I know exactly what I want to create with your beautiful fabrics. Lori C.

Kathy H said...

I love the pillow. I had made a Halloween pillow like that and decided I really liked the shape so now I have the perfect CHristmas pillow too. Thanks very much. I am a follower.

Stray Stitches said...

I am a regular follower of your blog. Love the fabric and thanks for the wonderful pattern. Also thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway.

Annette said...

great fabric choices....and I too have the movie It's a wonderful life...my childern (29 and 30 ) know it well to as we watch it every year
thanks for the chance to win and that looks like a cute [attern to try out

Tara said...

Just an adorable pillow and quilt! I'm going to have to try your Zupfe bread as well - I can't wait!!

Carrie P. said...

Loved reading about your holiday traditions.
Thanks for sharing such a cute pattern with us.
Thanks for a chance to win some of your beautiful fabric.

Carrie P. said...

I am a follower.

Jana said...

I'm a follower! Love your fabric and designs! And your pillow is on my to-do list...thank you!

Unknown said...

Hi, Jill; I love your new fabric line and appreciate your participation in the blog very much.

A.J. Dub. said...

That is such a cute Holiday Pillow! Thanks for the fun pattern. :)

Tam said...

Jill, the pillow pattern is tu, tu cute! Thank you for offering it. I follow your blog already.

mollie said...

Beautiful fabric. Love the pillow pattern. Thanks

Flying So High said...

I just found your blog. Love it!

Needled Mom said...

Very cute!!

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SuSaw said...

Thanks for the pillow project. I've been looking for something small for my daughter that I can take with me for Thanksgiving and this is just the ticket. Will fit in my suitcase and everything!

LesQuilts said...

Good Morning Jill!
Thank you for the great patterns and fabric prize!
I look forward to the annual blog hop!
Take care, Leslie

Stitched With Prayer said...

OOPS, I had to delete my first post because, I didn't think I was supposed to comment twice and I forgot to tell you I am a long time follower of your blog.
Your new fabrics are absolutely beautiful, thanks so much for a chance to win some. AND thank you for the great pattern. I am heading down to my sewing room to see what fabrics can put together for it. I'm seeing pillows, table toppers, wall hangings...I love it. Hugs...

Jan said...

I'm a follower, and would love to win the "Sorbet Garden" fat quarters.

Sharmond said...

Beautiful fabrics! I enjoy your blog!

Diane E W said...

Love the pillow. Can't wait to make one but I think I will frame mine. Pillows tend to get destroyed in our house. I have been a follwer for a while. Glad I found the Hop. Thanks for a chance to win been looking for the fabric.

Kaye M said...

I loved this blog hop last year so I've been looking forward to doing it again! I signed up to be a follower. Your pillow design is very cute. The great thing about it is that it can still be used after the holidays. tkmattson@hotmail.com

Quilts, Cakes and Other Fun said...

looking forward to following your bolg and making the pillow. love all the fabrics. Lisa

Denise in PA said...

This is fun! Christmas is my favorite holiday. Thanks so much for the chance to win this wonderful fabric!

Denise in PA said...

I am a follower!

LeAnne said...

Love your fabric and thank you for the Holiday Lane pattern. Cute pattern for the holidays.

alwayssewin said...

I have just discovered the fun of Blog Hops!!! I now follow so many blogs that my morning coffee is so enjoyable. Thanks for the chance to win. Tammy

Dana Gaffney said...

I love that little row of houses, thank you. I do already follow you.

Mimi said...

I am a new follower!! Yay! Looking forward to the rest of this Blog Hop! Thanks for sharing, I love your pillow cover and my reading pillow which is about the same size could use a new cover!!

Joe and Julianne said...
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Joe and Julianne said...

Love Sorbet! I follow you in my Google Reader. Cute, Cute, patterns!

Diane Wild said...

Wonderful fabrics and a great pattern, also. Thank you.

lisa said...

I follow your blog =) and I love the cute pillow!

iluvmybugs said...

Love the pillow...thanks for the free tutorial!

I'm a follower :)

BarbaraG said...

Totally LOVE the fabric and the cute pillow! What fun!

Stacy Lindblom said...

Your patterns are some of my favorites!!! I'm already a follower! Yippee!

Gwen said...

I love your designs--- right up my alley! :-) I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to staying in touch! Thank you SO much for the chance to win that beautiful fabric!! :-)

Snoodles said...

LOL I hafta enter this one...you're the only person other than me that has ever admitted to singing the chorus really loudly and enjoying the hound out of it, when no one else is around! Heehee! Thanks for the awesome project ideas -I'm a follower!

Vicki ♥ said...

I am very keen on your new fabric and I love the name too :) Sorbet Garden....Love it!! Would love to win some so count me in. :) hugs Vicki x

Stitches said...

I'm a new follower..look the fabric and the pillow is awesome, thanks

Barbara said...

I just love visiting all the blogs and checking out all the projects! Love you little house pillow...thanks so much for sharing it!

suzie said...

I am now a follower. Love the pattern and the fabric choices.

Diana said...

Love the pillow, would love to win a prize. I'm now a follower of your blog.

Leslie said...

I love this house pillow. I will try to make one for each of my two DILs this Christmas.

Becky said...

Happy Holidays! Thank you for the pillow design!

Philopolis Designs said...

GREAT pillow pattern and beautiful fabrics!! I will be making one for our sofa!!! ;) Thank you!

shishie said...

I love the pillow and the lap quilt. ALso Thank you for the wonderful tutorial for the snowflakes, my son will love them.

colleen said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your pattern. Thanks for the chance to win. I am also a follower of your blog.

carol said...

I am enjoying reading the Christmas memories and celebrations of Christmas. Nice Jolly Holiday Blog Hop.

elliesue said...

Love it, love it, love it. Did I say that I love it? Love the colours, that green and that red, love the pattern, and love the fact that it is free. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Will be making it.
Elaine

Judy said...

Love your design! I knew you could do it. Again.

Judy T

Evelene S said...

What a beautiful pillow. I am a new GFC follower and new email subcriber under bimbi9 at verizon dot net.

Lauren H said...

I'm now an official follower - love the fabric and thanks for the chance to win!

Nancy said...

I'm already following you, and I LOVE your pattern! I love "village/house" patterns - and yours is so cute!

gymo said...
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gymo said...

I love your blog. I've been following for a while. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

Beth said...

What a cute pillow! Thanks for sharing.

I'm a new follower--why hadn't I visited you before?

Liz said...

So looking forward to this blog hop.Thank you.

JaneB said...

Wow I love the pattern. I'll save it to work on for next Christmas. Too many projects in this year's pipeline ;). Love the fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

Ros said...

First time on your blog - definitely not the last! fingers crossed to win some gorgeous fabric!

Jodi said...

I love both your patterns! Both of them are going on the to-do list. Hopefully at least one this year. hehe. I'm also a new follower.

Thanks for such an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

GerryART said...

Holiday Lane is the jump start that this gal needs to get moving on the holiday sewing mojo going.
Thanks
Gerry
fabric is always good

Sharrieboberry said...

I'm a follower. I love the story about your dad playing music from your house. So what format was the music in? CDs? Cassettes? Who was in charge of changing the music? Hmmmm. ;)

Sarah said...

I love the fabrics and your pillow is sooooo cute! Thanks for sharing it.

Cheryl said...

What a great place to start the blog hop. I love that little pillow! signed up for your blog posts...

Jill Finley said...

Sharrieberry-
We had a super system that you could stack 6 records, and the arm of the stereo would move out of the way and the next record would fall....remember that? Awesome!
Actually, Dad also had a fabulous reel to reel tape deck that filled up a whole closet, so we used that too.
He was up on all the latest gadgets.

Things are a little simpler now!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous project, thanks for the pattern. I'm a new follower by Google reader

QuiltSue said...

The pattern is great, thanks so much.

Aggiequilter said...

Your pillow pattern is wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us!

Bev said...

I'm a follower. Love your new fabric line, and as expected, your pattern is fresh and happy. Thanks.

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

love this fabric!

I am so glad I found the blog hop!

Thanks for the giveaway, new follower!

Myquiltypleasure said...

Such a cute little pillow / table runner (or both), now added to my ever increasing list of followed blogs - and very pleased about that I am, always room for another fantastic blog. Thank you for the opportunity to win x

Claire Jain said...

Howdy! I'm a big follower in my Reeder app. I'd love to win this super cute fabric :-D

Kim said...

Cute pillow. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sherry said...

I am a follower of your blog and I love the snowflake idea. We may have to start a new tradition. Thanks so much for the great pattern. I love your fabrics.

amroth98 said...

Is it too late to comment for a chance to win?

Shirley said...

Great fabric and oh so cute pillow pattern. I am a new follower and can"t wait to seeemore of your designs!

Shirley

patricia said...

Getting overwhelmed already. But I do love your designs.

Heartsdesire said...

Gorgeous fabric. I'm a long-time follower. Love your pillow design. I know this will make a great Christmas gift.

Helen said...

Oh, I love this pillow! I am going to have a look at purchasing the kit straight aftertyping this message!

Marcia W. said...

Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the lovely pattern and the chance to enter your giveaway. I'm an "old" follower who hopes to win! Right now I'm trying to download the pattern so off to check the status.

Susanne said...

Thank you for the wonderfull pillow design. The fabric is great. I am new on your blog and follow you now.

FIONA said...

Hi Jill and thanks for the beautiful pattern! I love it!!

Fleurette said...

I love the pillow, thank you for the pattern. I'm a follower.

Laine said...

What a cute pillow and I love the fabric you used. Thank you for the free pattern and the opportunity to win the fabric to make it.

I have been a follower of you blog.

lsandes@comcast.net

Donna Russell said...

Love the pillow! Thanks for the pattern!

Caroline said...

gorgeous pattern, thankyou for the freebie!

Katie Paxton said...

I love your little pillow and am downloading it, so I can make it.
Now a follower, don't know how I missed you before.

Linda V said...

Thanks for the free patterns and the chance to win. I am a follower!
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

I love your Holiday Lane! I follow you and have been looking for Sorbet Garden in stores just like you told us! I've been calling shopowners too. I have the perfect pattern in mind for this line and hope I win :) Thanks for the awesome project!

sewnana said...

Love the pillow. Thank you for your generosity in sharing the pattern. Am a follower

Peach Rainbow said...
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Peach Rainbow said...

Your pillow and quilt looks cute :D
Thanks for the chance!

SoozeM said...

Thank you for sharing such a gorgeous pattern with us! I follow your blog!

9d37406c-12c5-11e1-a4ab-000bcdcb2996 said...

Jill, your quilts are so cheerful that they make me happy just looking at them! Now I've started ordering your patterns so I can maintain that cheerful mood whenever I work on them.
Thanks sew much!

SewLindaAnn said...

Love the houses! Thanks for the pattern. Have a great weekend.

Kathy MacKie said...

I am a follower and thanks for the pattern.

Kath said...

Oh I love the colours in this piece... thanks for the chance to win.

Aimee said...

I would love to enter!! Thank you for the chance!! I am a follower!

DAWNIE said...

Wow this is just so generous of you to share - I am now a follower and love the blog hop

Connie said...

Beautiful pillow, love the fabric! Great giveaway!

Martha said...

I am a follower. I have been reading your blog for quite a while and I love it!!

alex said...

I am a follower, I enjoy reading your blog and would so love to win some of your fabric. Thanks for the treats.

Meredith said...

I just love the pillow! Thanks so much for the pattern, and the chance to win that gorgeous fabric!

Joan said...

I am a follower. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Prissy said...

Love the fabric, love the blog, love the pillow and love to follow.

Chiska said...

I follow you. What a great design!

Melissa said...

I follow your blog already (have for a LONG time!) and I liked your facebook page. Thanks!

JCnNC said...

I am a devoted and loyal follower. Judy C

4dreamsr said...

Been following your blog for awhile. Love the pillow design!

Jansie said...

Hi There, I love your blog and the pillow pattern. Absolutely adorable! I'm also a follower of your FB page. Cheers!

Beth said...

I am now a follower. Thank you for the pattern.

~Laurie~ said...

Hello!
Already a follower :) This hop has been fun - so many great new patterns to put on the to-do list! Thank you for yours - just sweet :) Hope you have Happy Holidays!

Jackie said...

Love your fabric and patterns! Made a few! Happy Holidays! I would love to win

Cheryl said...

Hi Jillily, thanks for the chance to win the fabulousd fabric, love the pattern cute to boot. I'm a follower, and like your fb page. Thanks again fingers crossed and everything else.

mommi said...

I would love a chance to win thet fabric...beatiful. always looking for pocketbook material and other projects. Just love it.

Outback Crafter Debra said...

HI Jill

It has been an awesome blog hop. Thanks for the opportunity. If it wasn't for following your blog, I wouldn't have know it was happening.
Regards
Debra

Darcy said...

Thanks for the chance to win -- I just love your fabric!

Lori said...

I love Sorbet! I am already a follower.

Marcia W. said...

I liked your FB page and left a comment as Marcia and Margaret mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com We also follow your blog already. Lovely fabrics:)) that I wish to win. Thank you for that chance.

Nana Jo said...

I love the pillow! I know just who to give one to. Thanks for the blog hop.

lou said...

I love your house pillow. The fabrics and colors are wonderful. Thanks for the pattern.

lou said...

I love your house pillow. The fabrics and colors are wonderful. Thanks for the pattern.

I quilt for fun said...

Have been a devoted follower (stalker?) for quite some time.....and love these fabrics.....thanks for all the help. Facebook "liking" done as well. Jan

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I follow your blog!

Laura said...

Loved your emails everyday about the blog hop. Also loved your putting all the words into a fun Christmas song for us. Just so you know I did sing along. Best wishes to you and your family this holiday!

lou said...

What a wonderful pillow pattern! I love your fabrics and color choices. The pattern is printed and I can't wait to make it.

Claire Jain said...

I follow your blog via RSS!

Danielle said...

I have beeen following your blog! I love your fabrics:-) The blog hop has been great too!

Fan4may said...

Would love to win some of your beautiful fabric. Great pillow pattern. Fan4may at aol dot com

Laura said...

I just became a follower. We are in austerity mode right now (no fabric buying!), so I'd love to win.

Jan said...

love the pillow! So cute!

Heather said...

I am a follower, have been for a while now.

Carol in E TN said...

I am a new follower! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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