Day 5 of the Henry Glass Very Merry Blog Hop


Today is day five of the Henry Glass Very Merry Blog Hop!

The featured designers for today are:

Kari Ramsey  of Fresh Cut Quilts and Me!

Please click here to visit Kari.

This year we are talking about some of our favorite things for the Holidays – our favorite recipe, decoration, and tradition.  Following that, I will be sharing a free project and details on a giveaway.

Before we get to that, let’s start with some introductions.   My name is Heather and I have been designing under the name of Anka’s Treasures for the last 17 years.  I live in Minnesota with my husband Joel and our five month old son Carter.

I am mostly known for books and patterns, but I also design fabric for Henry Glass.  My current line is Seaside Cottage.

Soon, my Summer House line will be hitting stores.  I can’t wait!

And the line that I really can’t wait for – Here Fishy, Fishy.  It was designed to match the baby quilt that I made for Carter.   Here’s is just a sneak peek:

Now – onto those favorite holiday things –

1.  Recipe – I have so many favorite recipes, that it’s really hard to pick just one thing!  Holidays sweets are probably my favorite, so I thought I would share a super quick, super easy bar recipe.   They only take a few ingredients, you can make them in about five minutes.   You don’t even have to bake them.

They are called Salted Nut Roll Bars.  Even though I am showing them on a fall table, they mix in really well with a plate of Christmas goodies too.  Click here to print the recipe.

2.  Decorations –   Again, I have many.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved setting up the Christmas tree.  I used to beg Mom to let me set it up the day after Thanksgiving.

I still love to set up the tree and all the Christmas decorations.   I have a special attachment to many of the ornaments.  You may remember me sharing about them a few years back.  As a child, each year my Aunt Lynn would give us each an ornament.  As an adult, I really cherish that tradition she started!

3.  Traditions – I have lots of favorite family traditions.  As you can probably guess, sharing all the great Christmas goodies is one of them.   Even better is getting together to make Christmas cookies, though we don’t do this every year.

Exchanging gifts and opening presents is a favorite family tradition as well.  I love watching all the kids opening presents.  They have been waiting all year for this, so they can barely contain their excitement.

Gathering around the table for a Christmas meal is another favorite family tradition.  There is something about food and fellowship that goes so well together.

For our last HG Christmas blog hop, I designed a dish passer to help dress up your holiday table.  Click here for blog post containing the free pattern.  It’s really easy to make and only takes 3 fat quarters.

For this year’s project, I used the same criteria – It had to be quick and easy to make and I wanted it to use only 3 fat quarters.   I was brainstorming with my Mom and she suggested a children’s apron.  Within short order, we had a few aprons finished.  The apron takes less than an hour to make.  The ties are adjustable to fit different sizes.

I borrowed a few of my adorable nieces to help me model the aprons.  First up is Addi – wearing the basic apron.  It’s made from my Deck the Halls line.

Secondly, we have Kara and Abi – wearing aprons made from my Seaside Cottage line.

Kara’s apron has an optional pocket (cuteness and sassy pose sold separately!)

We also made an apron with some optional ric rac.

Another cute feature about the apron is that it’s reversible!

Click here to download the free pattern

Now, for the giveaway (for those of you who have made it this far through this long, long post!) –  I will be giving away sets of fat quarter to make the aprons shown.  Just leave a comment to enter for a chance to win one of the four fabric packs.  One entry per person please.  I will leave the giveaway open through the weekend, so check back next week to see if you are a winner.  You can also purchase the kits here.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by today.  I hope you are enjoying the blog hop!

Don’t forget to visit the Henry Glass Blog, to participate in a guessing game with baby pictures of all of the designers.  You don’t have to be right to win, just enter for a chance to win our huge grand prize!!!

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About Heather Peterson

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126 Responses to Day 5 of the Henry Glass Very Merry Blog Hop

  1. mlwilkie says:

    I love both the fabrics lines. I could see some great kid stuff I can make with both. Where will it be available?

  2. Brenda says:

    Love the fabric, getting to know you and the apron project. Thanks for a chance to win.

  3. Donna says:

    Your fabric is wonderful! Thanks for the apron project. I know two little girls who will enjoy wearing these for Christmas baking this year. Happy quilting!

  4. toeknee7997 says:

    Your fabric and your home are beautiful! I grew up in Wisconsin, but now live in Florida, I didn’t realize how much I missed the snow until I saw that beautiful view from your windows! Christmas just isn’t the same without snow!
    Thank you for the Giveaway!

  5. Denniele says:

    Thank you for the lovely pattern!The family photo is just adorable….Christmas will take on a new meaning from now on!

  6. Paula W. says:

    The aprons are adorable and so are the models! Love your new fabrics lines and I can’t wait to see them in stores. Thanks for the chance to win and have a wonderful holiday season!

  7. Lisa Marie says:

    I love reading your blog — great projects, lovely house, cute family, the whole bit! I am also a big fan of your books, patterns and fabrics and have used them on numerous occasions. Thanks for sharing some of your holiday favorites! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Jocelyn says:

    Heather the aprons are adorable! The models certainly bring out the best in the fabric 🙂 Love your picture from your dining room. What a beautiful vista. I know this holiday is going to be extra special, seeing it through the eyes of Carter. Thanks for the great giveaway and the pattern. I may have to sew some up for my little nieces.

  9. Karen says:

    Love your designs! I know of 2 granddaughters who would love aprons for Christmas! Thanks so much!

  10. stipplequilt says:

    Cute aprons and I always love your fabrics!

  11. Your blog is just great, and today is no different! Thanks for sharing, the apron is super cute!

  12. Dorian says:

    Those nut bars look sooo good!! Thank you for the recipe and cute apron pattern. Love your Seaside fabric, and those fishes are adorable!!!

  13. Martina says:

    Thanks for the great pattern. And the recipe sounds so yummy!

  14. Sallie says:

    Love your fabrics and apron. Thanks for the pattern and giveaway!

  15. Noel Williams says:

    I stumbled across your blog several months ago from a Pinterest post and I’ve been hooked ever since. I signed up immediately for email alerts so I wouldn’t miss a thing and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Thank you for another round of awesome inspiration!

  16. VickiT says:

    Those girls are all just too cute. That blonde gene in your family appears to be as strong as my own. All three of my boys had blonde hair and blue eyes yet I have a dark blonde, almost brown hair/brown eyes. Their Norweigian father however, had the blonde hair and that totally took over.

    I just LOVE your newest fabric collection with all those adorable fish and zig zags. Of course, I absolutely love all your fabric collections. Each one is just full of great color and design.

    The salted nut rolls looks yummy. I don’t know what the other stuff is on your kitchen island but, that front dish in the blue casserole dish looks good, as does the round dish with the red and green glace cherries(I think) on top of the icing. Yum. I’d love to know what those two are.

    And YOU! I bet you are so looking forward to the holidays this year with that adorable little guy who will be celebrating his very first holiday. How exciting for you both. Congratulations again.

  17. Kristy says:

    FABULOUS post….love it all from yummies to aprons and adorable children. I bet those girly girls love your precious Carter! I want to start a tradition of baking together and gifting aprons…how fun would that be! Kristy in Ohio

  18. Eva says:

    Thank you for today’s apron pattern and an opportunity to win a nice prize. I visited your web page with the dish passer, I have to say you do indeed have some beautiful ornaments they are priceless and so memorable. I have also download the how to for the dish passer.

  19. Jane Eilderts says:

    What a great pattern!! I’m going to make a few of these for some “little” friends! And I LOVE your fabrics too!!

  20. Brenda Hulsey says:

    What darling models you have! I would love to have some of that cuteness and sass! LOL! The aprons are very cute! They could also be used for finger painting aprons!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

  21. Beth Strand says:

    Oh, yummy fabrics, yummy recipe and fun aprons…what a lovely start to my day! Thank you.

  22. Denise in PA says:

    So cute! The aprons and the little girls! o:)

  23. The girls are adorable in their aprons!! Thanks for the pattern.

  24. Mary Jo says:

    Cute little models you have there! Love the apron pattern and the colors you chose for yours are just perfect!!

  25. Nancy says:

    Thank you so much for the apron pattern! We have two little granddaughters who would love them! Thanks for your continued sharing of your little one, your home( there can never be enough of them) I love your decorating! I especially like your new fabric line. Our son and daughter-in-law are expecting a boy in February! I am going to try your recipe for the bars!

  26. Shirley I. says:

    This would be adorable for my 4 year old grandson “to help” on Thanksgiving! Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. Tina McNamara says:

    Heather, thanks for the give-a-way and apron pattern. It is so cute and will make all the little ones feel special and want to help in the kitchen. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  28. Jen Shepherd says:

    I LOVE the pattern, thanks so much for sharing it!

  29. Candie says:

    I love everything you do, your fabrics are my favorites and I always look forward to finding them in quilt shops during my travels. The best Christmas to your family this year! Carter is adorable!

  30. Paula Stuplich says:

    Thanks for the insight into your life. Carter is just adorable. I will be making those salted nut rolls. They look so yummy. Your holiday decorations are beautiful. Love the snowflakes on the ceiling. Adorable models for your aprons. Loving the idea of a cute pattern for aprons for the young ones. Can’t wait to make some.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  31. Ariane says:

    What a great project!! Those aprons are adorable!! Love this post. Thanks for sharing!!!

  32. Ronda says:

    Thanks for the cute apron pattern! My 9 and 12 year old granddaughters will love helping their moms with the holiday baking wearing these! Love your new fabric lines as well!

  33. Dianne says:

    Cute fabrics, and LOVE your family pic!!!

  34. Jill says:

    Heather, wonderful post! The apron is darling, and so are those nieces. My grandkids are going to love an apron to help me in the kitchen. Enjoy your first Christmas with Carter. He’s a doll!

  35. wendy says:

    Your fabrics are beautiful, I can’t believe I haven’t seen them before!

  36. Kay Mc says:

    I was just thinking this morning that I need to make an apron for my 10 year old granddaughter who is getting a cake pop maker for Christmas. She is really getting into cooking & she needs an apron, So thank you so much for the pattern. Also, thanks for the recipe. My husband loves salted nut rolls, so he will love these bars. You will have a wonderful 1st Christmas with Carter who is so cute. Enjoy every minute of it.

  37. wordygirl says:

    Last night I was thinking about making an apron for our niece for her birthday, so this is a most timely gift from you to us. Thanks so much.

  38. Kori says:

    Oh! I saw aprons like this at Ikea and took pictures so I could “someday” make one. Now you have made it easier! Thank you!!! 🙂 And that Fishy Fishy fabric is to die for. I love all of yours – but with three sons that one is too cute to pass by.

  39. Irma M. says:

    These aprons are just too cute! Love the cute and sassy look. Thanks for a great giveaway. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday.

  40. HueiSei says:

    Lovely apron! The foods looks very yummy too.

  41. Linda says:


  42. Kathy S. says:

    You have one of my favorite blogs! Thanks for your pattern and recipe. I look forward to using them.

  43. Those are the cutest models I have seen in a long time! 🙂 They must have had a great time posing for the photos. The cookies look delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  44. Mary says:

    These aprons would be perfect for my little granddaughters. Your home and projects are all wonderful. It’s always great when you share pictures. And now I’m very much enjoying the progress of your little 5 month old “project”. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Janel says:

    So excited for Here Fishy Fishy to come out. My boys will love it. I’m a Minnesota girl too!

  46. Thank you for the recipe and pattern! You have adorable models.

  47. kimberlee says:

    What a lovely blog! These are such cute aprons!!! Thank you so much for sharing your patterns and tutorials.

  48. LJ says:

    As I read your post I kept thinking, “Yes, yes, me too!” I’ve made those SN rolls and they are delicious. Loved your aprons and thought what adorable little girls. [Of course, Carter is is so-darn-cute. I’ve been following and he’s growing up too fast! I can see that good lookin’ kids do run in the family. 🙂 ] I love your ‘Summer House’ collection and was fascinated by the table runner you featured. Do you have that as a pattern that can be purchased? Thanks so much for the apron pattern and also for the dish-passer. I love the idea of using it for hot items but also to decorate a dish that works beautifully but just doesn’t look very festive. Great blog!!

  49. Miss Nancy says:

    Love all these great projects and your fabric lines! Everything is so fun and wonderful. Thank you for sharing your designs and the patterns.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

  50. corinne says:

    Great aprons, what a great idea. I am going to make my nieces and nephews one for Christmas. They are always helping to cook.

  51. Margaret says:

    Those aprons are darling!

  52. Kathy MacKie says:

    My Grand daughters would love aprons made from your fabric, sew cute.

  53. Debby Saunders says:

    Cute aprons. My granddaughters would love them.

  54. Judy Torgerson says:

    Enjoyed your blog. Loved the aprions……..another Christmas project! Thanks

  55. Margaret F. says:

    Absolutely adorable aprons. Very cute fabric. Also, I can’t wait to make the Nut Bars — they sound yummy!

  56. Susan says:

    I LOVE those aprons! They are so festive and would work with any holiday fabric! I love your new fabric lines and the bars look scrummy! With 5 boys, I love quick and easy recipes that I can throw together, especially when the batch I am making for something specific disappears before It makes it to the occasion!

  57. Jen says:

    Oh my. I think you’ve added another “must make!” to my Christmas gift giving list for the little ones in my family. too cute!! And the recipe is a must make as well. I will be trying it out for Thanksgiving.

  58. Carmen says:

    Those aprons are so cute! I know several little cooks who would love them.

  59. Pam Edblom says:

    I’ve been following your blog for several years now and thoroughly enjoy/look forward to reading about you, your family, your house and, of course, your quilts, fabrics and patterns. Those aprons and the girls are so cute.

  60. Patti Taylor says:

    Your blog is always such a delight and so professionally done. Much like your sewing, knitting, photography, etc. Great job and thanks for the recipe and cute pattern! What a fun sewing project for all the little bakers in our lives. Thank you.

  61. Donna Viar says:

    Thanks for last year and this years projects. I love all your fabric lines and can’t wait to see what 2013 brings us.

  62. janita says:

    Your little nieces are adorable. There is something priceless in a little girl. Thank you for the pattern. I have a few little girls in my life that would look cute as can be in these. My favorite is the black polk-a-dat with rick rack. Little Carter is sure growing and also cute as can be. Janita

  63. Debbie R. says:

    Nice fabric. Very cute aprons. I don’t knit, but I always love to see all the amazing knitting that you do. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the chance to win.

  64. Kaye M. says:

    The kids aprons from 3 fat quarters is such a great idea! The girls look like they had lots of fun modeling them! Carter has grown up so much, thanks for sharing your beautiful family photos.

  65. Cecilia says:

    Thank you for sharing your memories and for the cute photos of your son and nieces. I love the aprons and will have to make one for each of my granddaughters.thankbyou for the patten.

  66. rosa says:

    Your aprons are very cute.Your models are adorable .Thanks for the recipe and the patterns!!

  67. Four dogs and one quilter says:

    Thank you so much for the apron pattern. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

  68. Barb says:

    Love the fabric you’ve used for each apron,just had a quick look at the pattern and it looks like an easy and quick one to make up for this Christmas so might have a go at making a couple for this year.Thanks for the pattern and the chance to win some of your lovely fabric 🙂 Barb.

  69. Karen W. says:

    Thanks for the pattern. There are some little girls in my extending family that I’m sure would love to wear aprons like these! I love salted nut rolls, too. I think I’ll try these this Christmas.

  70. Mary Ann says:

    Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to make them. The aprons are adorable along with the neices! Of course Carter gets cuter every day! I am really enjoying this Henry Glass Holiday blog tour.

  71. MarciaW says:

    Your apron project and respective models are very cute. I have 5 grandnieces that are the sizes of your models, so please enter me into your giveaway. Carter is a cute cute babe. Thanks for sharing your project.

  72. beckyrab says:

    Always love seeing photos of your home. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  73. Pat S says:

    Love your aprons! I’ve bookmarked your tutorial for future use – I especially love your fabric designs. thanks for sharing your tutorial and for the giveaway…

  74. Kim Q says:

    What cute kids…and they’re so adorable in their aprons! Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. LindaV says:

    I just love your blog posts! Always so “cheery”! plus a free recipe, free pattern (cute gift idea for the grandkids!) and an opportunity to win your fabric! Thanks for sharing!!

  76. Marsha Nelson says:

    I always look forward to your blog. Darling Carter, beautiful sweaters and fabric lines that I love. The aprons are so cute and so are the little models. They’re probably used to posing by now. I have to make the Salted Nut Roll Bars for my neighbors and family at Christmas. Oh, and me too.

  77. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Thank you for the recipe! I am going to have to try it out. My dad loves anything with peanuts, so this would be wonderful for him!

    The aprons are adorable, too! Thanks for the chance to in!

  78. Susan C says:

    I’m not sure which is cuter, the aprons or the models! Thanks for sharing your holiday traditions. With that new precious little boy, I know you will enjoy continuing those traditions and making new ones. May you and your have a very happy Christmas!

  79. Kristen Sanderson says:

    My nieces are going to love the aprons! Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. Chris says:

    The new Fishy line is ADORABLE!! I have a grandson now, after 6 grandaughters so that would sure be fun to sew with . 🙂 Your apron pattern just may be on my to-do list this year…great idea. Thanks for the post and the chance to win.

  81. MoeWest says:

    Thanks for the apron pattern. It makes a cute and quick gift. Thanks for the giveaway.

  82. Rebecca says:

    LOVE all your photos!

  83. Diane Wantaja says:

    I love the fabric and love the pattern. I would like to make these for granddaughters.

  84. Sue says:

    I always love your fabrics and your home decor. I would be thrilled to win these fat quarters! the fish fabric is really, really cute!

  85. Kathy h says:

    I enjoyed all your favorites. Love that fishy fishy fabric. The aprons are adorable. My nieces would love them.

  86. Joan says:

    Thank you for the pattern and the giveaway!

  87. adaisygarden says:

    Gorgeous fabrics!!! Your nieces are beautiful and the aprons look so fun!! Fun post to read and the photos are great. 🙂

  88. Cindi P. says:

    Thanks for the darling pattern and the chance to win the fabric to make it!

  89. Nichole says:

    Very cute aprons! I love something that is quick, but also adorable. My daughter and niece each need one of these for sure. Thanks for the great pattern and chance to win!

  90. Lynn Osborne says:

    The girls are so cute! I love all of your fabric lines. Thanks for the chance to win.

  91. Sharlene Klegstad says:

    The aprons are great-I always enjoy seeing all the different embellishments! Thanks for the pattern.

  92. I love those aprons, very cute.

  93. Johanna says:

    Carter is turning into quite the handsome little man!

  94. Jandy says:

    I love your patterns and fabric, I’m actually making a Touch of Whimsy with Seaside Cottage right now!!

  95. Shirley J B says:

    Awesome aprons!!

  96. Bari Jo says:

    Thank you for the generous giveaway – would love to make some kid aprons for nieces this year!

  97. Sheri says:

    Love to make aprons! Fun for the giver and the wearer!

  98. Susan Foster says:

    Love the aprons and the fabrics used. The receipe looks great, can’t wait to make it.

  99. Jane B says:

    I love your Seaside Cottage fabrics. Those aprons are adorable. I have some nieces that must have one! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  100. Jessie S. says:

    Those little aprons are super cute! Oh and I can’t wait for your fishy fishy line, way too cute!

  101. Twyla says:

    I’m so glad for the apron pattern as I want to make one for my granddaughter, thank you and love all the beautiful pica.

  102. Pat D says:

    The apron pattern is so cute. Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful fabric.

  103. Mary ann says:

    With a 4 1/2 yr old and 18 mo granddaughter I will be making these cute aprons for the holidays for sure! Thanks for cute pattern. Happy HolidaysHeather, I know this Christmas is especially joyful for your family.

  104. Naomi Bannister says:

    Cuteness overload. Who could resist?

  105. AnnieO says:

    Carter will easily hold his own with his adorable cousins 🙂 Your Seaside Cottage has so many of my favorite types of prints and the aprons are totally adorable! Can’t wait for your Fishy Fishy either. Thanks for the chance to win some fat quarters!

  106. Meredith F. says:

    What an adorable post! Love the pictures and your traditions! Beautiful kiddos and fabric too!

  107. Cyndie Salvatore says:

    Love your ideas, designs and pics. Your photography always amazes me.

  108. Renea says:

    Your pictures were great and I love the fishy fabric. The girls are sew cute in their aprons. I know some little girls who would love to have aprons made with this fabric. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  109. Diana says:

    Love your fabric, great apron. Can see it done in a stripe or the fishy fishy fabric for my grandson whose father is a chef. He helps hom now but would look so adorable in an apron.

  110. arlette says:

    Love yours aprons and the fabric’s fantastic

  111. Nancy L says:

    Love the aprons! I have 3 nieces who would love to have an apron; ok, 2 of them are a little young yet, but there’s always next year! They already like to “help” in the kitchen!

  112. Joan says:

    Your aprons are lovely and your models are so cute. Thank you for the generous giveaway and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  113. Mary Hickey says:

    I love the apron pattern. I will be making some for my grandsons for our cookie party. I love the fish material. One grandson just learned to fish this summer so that will be perfect for his quilt. Thank you.
    Have a great holiday season.

  114. SharO says:

    Thank you for all the photos, ect. I savored every word and photo.
    I can hardly wait to make the apron for my granddaughter for the holidays

  115. Jayne s. says:

    The aprons are adorable. Love reading your blog.

  116. Sandy D says:

    I like your fabrics very much and will look for them in my local shop.The aprons will look cute on my two granddaughter maybe my grandsons might like one too(LOL)

  117. Rachael says:

    The aprons are so cute! Thanks for another fun way to use your fabrics!

  118. Janet says:

    Thanks for sharing the quick & easy salted nut roll bars and the cute & useful dish passer. Your nieces are just as darling as the cute aprons. Thanks for sponsoring the fabric giveaways; I’d love to win!

  119. Robin C. says:

    Love the apron patterns. Your models are precious. I have to tell you I love seeing Carter grow. He is so sweet. I know you are over the top in love with him. And I must try your recipe. Finally, love the new fishy fabric. So cute.

  120. You set a beautiful table for Christmas- I just love the beautiful colors and dishes that make the table so inviting. A very nice line of fabrics as always. thanks for the terrific recipe- it is my idea of a great recipe for Christmas and is sure to be the hit of the party with our family.
    Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas season. I am sure it will be grand with your little one. Regards from Western Canada,

  121. quiltonia says:

    I love your fabric and books. Carter is such a charmer. You have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Blessings

  122. Artquiltor says:

    Carter is such a charmer! Gorgeous fabric, patterns, and family, Heather! I especially love the Summer House table runner and would love to win one of the fabric packs.

  123. lee says:

    Thank you for the being part of this fun hop and the giveaway! adoreable pictures and new line of fabric. thanks again – happy holidays!

  124. Diane says:

    The aprons are adorable, but the models are beyond description. So cute!

  125. Angela says:

    Love the Fishy fabric. Any idea when it will be available? I’m a brand new quilter. Just started taking lessons at my local fabric shop and just finished my first (small) quilt. I’m totally hooked.

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