Hi there, quilters! Welcome to my blog. It's a little early, but let me be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! It's time to get some sewing done to make your home festive!
The Henry Glass designers are helping you out with some simple and fun FREE designs and ideas to use in your holiday. Follow along to all the stops on the blog tour and you could win some prizes, too. I am going to give away a copy of my new book to the grand prize winner over on the Henry Glass blog, so be sure to sign up to win.
Each designer is going to answer a few questions and then share our design. Our theme this year is "favorites."
First of all, a favorite Christmas recipe. There are so many that we traditionally use in our family. But one of my very favorites is Zupfe bread. This is a yummy Swiss braided bread that is soooo delicious. I posted a recipe with instructions (including how to make the braid) on my blog last year. Click here to go see it.
This bread makes our Christmas meal so special. I love that it reminds my family about our heritage and all the wonderful people that have come before us to give us our rich history. My mom was a wonderful cook, and all of her recipes mean so much to me.
Next, my favorite decoration and my favorite tradition are the same thing. Every year we make hand-cut snowflakes to hang from the ceiling.
They are simple and almost free, and so beautiful. I have told you about them before on this blog, but I have so many new readers, and it has been a few years. My husband and I were married in December, (36 years ago!) and we had a reception at my home. We covered the ceiling with snowflakes that we had cut, and it was magical! Every year since then, we have cut new snowflakes and hung them. We have lived in many homes, but at Christmas time, you would always find snowflakes hanging from our ceilings. So here is a little bit about how we make snowflakes.
I don't have this year's flakes cut yet, but I will show you some pictures when we get that done.
For my FREE design this year, I decided to whip up some placemats for you.
|Very Merry Placemats|
I prepped my applique pieces the usual way with the edges turned under, then with the quilt sandwich layered together, I top-stitched along the edge of each piece.
Of course I used Henry Glass fabrics from my new line, Beyond the Gate. (In stores now.) You can order a kit for the placemats on my website, but the pattern is free!
I want to have a little give-away here, in the spirit of Christmas, so sign up to follow my blog, "Like" Jillily Studio on facebook, and leave me a comment here. I want to hear about your Christmas preparations. Have you started yet? Sewn anything Christmassy yet?
Tell me about it and I will choose a winner for a kit to make 2 placemats and some Jillily Studio Appli-Glue. The contest will close on November 18.
Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your support of the Henry Glass designers, and we love to give you ideas and inspiration! Happy hopping!