Today is Friday the 13th! It seems appropriate that today is the day that I am the featured designer on the Blog Hop because Friday the 13th is the day I ran away with this guy and got married!
It sure makes our anniversary easy to remember! Don’t worry, I don’t think reading this blog post will bring you the bad Friday the 13th luck . . .
Just in case we haven’t met before, I’m Heather. My husband Joel and I live near Spicer, MN where we run our business out of our home. You can read a little more about us and our business here. I started my business 14 years ago and have since published over 20 books, lots of single patterns and designed over a dozen fabric lines. You can see more of my work here (it’s my favorite part of my website) I love to take traditional elements of quilting and put a trendy spin to them – that’s why I call my blog Trends and Traditions. Speaking of trends, one of my favorites is precuts and I’ve designed many books and patterns for them. So, if you have a Jelly Roll, Layer Cake, Charm Pack, etc that you have been looking for a pattern to go with, I just might have a project for you! My newest book is a table runner book, filled with quick projects that you can finish in an evening or weekend.
My next fabric line is Wildflowers and will be arriving in stores next month. I would describe it as bright, fresh and playful, with a modern feel.
My project for you today is this little wool penny mat:
If you haven’t tried a wool penny mat before, they are so fun! They are small enough to tuck in your purse, work on in the car, or have in your lap while watching TV. I also like that you don’t have to worry about quilting or binding them. A simple blanket stitch around the outside edge finishes everything off! You only need to know how to do three simple hand stitches to be able to make this project. If you don’t know how to hand embroidery, I give pictures in the pattern to help you along. All you need to do is print yourself off a copy and get started collecting some wools!
Just click on the text below:
Our theme for today is a Santa story. Here I am in 1980 sitting on Santa’s lap (my Aunt Lynn, also known as the oracle if you read the previous blog hop posts).
Don’t you love the foil wallpaper in the background? I’m not sure if I usually came to Christmas dressed in my pajamas, but my little brother is too:
He doesn’t seem to like Santa quite as much as I do. He’s only two here, so I guess the love for Santa comes later! Every year we would hear some thumping on the roof at Grandma’s, followed by a loud “HO, HO, HO” at the back door. I also remember that one year Santa had black eyebrows. I later realized that one of my uncles was filling in for Aunt Lynn as Santa. We didn’t seem to care, as long as Santa showed up.
As a thank-you for visiting my blog today, I am going to have a giveaway. I will be giving away copies of my newest books!
Just leave me a comment to enter. Then continue on the hop to see what the other designers are sharing today!