Henry Glass Project Parade schedule:
Today, I am one of the featured designers.
In case we haven’t met before, let’s start with introductions.
My name is Heather. My husband, Joel and I live in Minnesota.
with our dog Daisy.
You can read a little more about us and our business here. I started my business 15 years ago and have since published lots of books and single patterns, along withdesigning fabric lines for Henry Glass. My goal as a designer is to always be on the look out for new trends in design and color, while striving to bring you stylish and fresh patterns. I understand that quilters are busy people, so I love to use simple tricks and techniques to make things come together easily and quickly. To see what I’m talking about, you can click here to view the inspirations tab on my website. It will show you all you really need to know about me.
There is always something in the works around here, so I thought I’d share a few of the things that I have been up to lately.
Up on the design wall in my studio is a project using my next fabric line, called Artful Home. The fabric isn’t here yet, so I am just experimenting a little with my strike-offs. The line is currently out on the road with HG’s sales reps and will be in stores early next year.
Also in the works is my next Christmas line, called Deck the Halls. It’s a combination of my favorite colors and prints — both trendy and traditional, some Christmas-sy and some not, some large scale home-dec type prints, and some smaller quilty-type prints. Would you like to see a sneak peek at a few of my favorite pieces?
Again, it will be available 2011, but I couldn’t help but share a little teaser! I hope you all will like it.
Now, onto my project ~
I decided to share a pattern for a dish passer. It’s quick and easy, takes very little fabric, and makes for a great gift. The whole idea is to have a stylish, yet practical way to pass around those hot dishes around the table, without having to send the potholders around with the dish.
It’s made from a simple rectangle, with ties added on the four corners. It is reversible, so pick out two fat quarters that you want to show off!
The little ties pull the corners together, so that the dish passer will hug the sides of a 9″x13″ pan.
(BTW – this stripe is printed on the bias, giving it that cute candy cane effect. To learn how to make any stripe have that effect, click here)
I made it to match one of my Christmas table runners, made from my previous Christmas line, At Home for the Holidays.
To download the directions to make the dish passer, click here: dish passer for HG Christmas blog hop.
In addition to the free pattern for the dish passer, I would like to give away a collection of some of our patterns! Just leave me a comment to be entered into the drawing.
If you would like to be entered into winning the grand prize for the Henry Glass Project Parade, my secret word is “Trends and Traditions“. Click here if you haven’t already read how this works.
Our theme for today is a favorite Christmas decoration or ornament. When I found out that this was going to be our topic today, I knew right away what I was going to share. During this blog hop, I have already talked about my Aunt Lynn a few times, but today I am going to make her ears burn! Back when I was really little, she started giving each of her nieces and nephews a Christmas ornament each year. Here’s a picture of one of the early ones – it’s one of my favorites.
Here is another of my favorites –
In fact, they are all favorites.
They are all so pretty and have special meaning to me. I love unpacking them every year and looking at each one. When I had my first Christmas after moving out of my parent’s house, these were the only Christmas decorations I had!
As a little girl, I was just fascinated that she could paint these herself.
Each one was dated and signed with her special signature and “xxoo”. To this day, I have to still remind myself to call her “my Aunt Lynn”, when in my thoughts she is still Auntie Lynn.
There are many more in my collection from “Auntie”, but I don’t want to make this post too long by showing them all! I just wanted to tell you about how thoughtful and caring my Aunt is. She is also the one that gave each of us a key chain on our 16th birthday, a collection of photos that she had taken of us over the years for our 18th birthday, and she even remembers to send a card for everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries. I can’t really express in words what all of those things have meant to me over the years, but someday I would love to be able to give her something back that would mean as much to her.
The computer screen is now a little blurry, so I better wrap this up!
Don’t forget to visit our other featured designers today!
Linda Lum DeBono at http://www.lindalumdebono.blogspot.com/
Thanks for stopping by and here is the schedule for the rest of the HG Blog Hop:
Greetings from MN!
I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. We celebrated Thanksgiving twice yesterday. So, not only did we get to hang out with both sides of the family, but I got to have pie twice in one day! Perfect, right?
The only bad thing that happened yesterday is that the lake froze over. It was one of the coldest Thanksgivings that we’ve had in Minnesota for a while.
I think that’s all the more reason to stay inside and finish up our current house project (see my last post). I have to say thanks to everyone who commented on my last post and wished us well. I knew I could count on all of you for a little encouragement!
The painting and cleaning has been done, but as you can see, we just have to finish up the fireplace. (Joel is getting a start on planning out the layout of the stone.) Tomorrow the stone will go up. Then I will have to figure out what color I want the grout to be and do the final cleaning up.
It’s been really nice to have our house back to normal. After three weeks off from cooking, I have been trying out some new recipes in the kitchen.
So much for things staying cleaning!
Many of the new recipes that I have been trying out didn’t turn out well enough to make again. One that I will be making again was PW’s Roast Chicken.
It’s very simple to make and involved these fresh herbs ~
It’s so easy to make and looks like this before roasting.
(I think I need a larger roasting pan. Ever heard the expression “That looks like a fat guy in a little T-shirt?)
Here it is after roasting, along with another one of PW’s recipes – Risotto. I had never had risotto before and it was SOOOOOO good. If you haven’t made it before, you should!
In addition to cooking, I’ve been doing a little bit of sewing. I got this one machine quilted and finished the binding.
As you know, I love stripes and this fabric line had the perfect stripe for the binding.
Details: Quilt pattern: Square Dance from my book Livin’ Large
Fabric line: Fundago by Kate Spain
I also got the machine quilting done on this one. My Mom made this quilt for my cousin and his wife. They just had their first baby and Mom always makes a quilt for the baby shower gift.
This fabric line had the perfect binding fabric too!
Fabric line: All Star by Riley Blake
So that’s what’s been happening in my world this past week. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next week!
I just wanted to take a break from packing to get a blog post squeezed in. I’m leaving to teach a retreat this weekend at Lake Beauty Bible Camp, so that is what I am packing for. Hopefully I will see some of you there! In the meantime I have a couple of things that I have finished up lately.
First up, is this cute panel made from the fabric line “Frolic” by Sandy Gervais. My sister is helping to redecorate their church nursery and this little quilt is going to hang in the sleeping room. She did the assembly and asked me to quilt it for her.
This picture shows the quilting better. She asked for something simple, but I just couldn’t bring myself to meander this one. There are so many places to do some fun things! As you can see, I tried to bring out the details in the panel.
While I was working on this quilt, I just fell in love with this fabric line. I mean, just look at that great stripe for the binding! You know how I love stripes. I now have this fabric in my stash. Now, I just have to figure out a project. If you are interested in this panel or fabric, I got mine at the Flying Goose Quilt Shop in New London, MN. There number is 320-354-3535, if you need some for your stash too!
This little guy dropped in while I was taking these photos. He looks right at home with this quilt!
The other thing I finished up is this ~
The pattern is the Chinese Lace Pullover by Angela Hahn. The pattern is well written and very easy to follow. I’m working on another one of her patterns too, but I have a ways to go yet to finish it.
I love this lace design ~
I also love the color of this yarn (Creative Focus Linen by Nashua Handknits.) The color is so rich and has just enough red with the purple to really warm up the color.
You can find the Ravelry link here:
It’s always so much fun to finish something. I don’t know why, but I think I love completing projects even more than I like starting new ones. There is always so much to do and somehow I can’t be at rest unless something is finished. The problem is, I have a long line of project that are just waiting for me to cast on . . . . so the cycle continues! How about you? Do you prefer starting or finishing?
Until next time – Have a great weekend!