Day 3 of the HG Project Parade Blog Hop

Welcome back for Day 3 of HG Project Parade blog hop.  Today we have two more designers for you to go and visit!
 
 
Jacquelynne Steves of the Noble Wife at http://www.thenoblewife.blogspot.com/

 
 
 
 and Jill Finlay of  Jillily Studio at http://www.jillilystudio.blogspot.com/
 

Don’t forget to collect the clues from each designer to have a chance at the Grand Prize!
 
 
For those of you who are printing off copies of each designer’s pattern, Jill has designed a cover so you can keep all your projects from the blog hop neatly bundled together.
 
 
Click to download and print:  HGholidaycoverfinal
 
 
 

Henry Glass Project Parade schedule:

Day 1:
Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka’s Treasures at https://ankastreasures.wordpress.com/
 
 
Day 2:
Amy Hamberlin of Kati Cupcake at http://www.katicupcakequiltingco.blogspot.com/
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt co at http://www.lavieenrosie.typepad.com/
Kari Ramsay of Fresh Cut Quilt Patterns at http://www.freshcutquilts.blogspot.com/
 
 
Day 3:
Jacquelynne Steves of the Noble Wife at http://www.thenoblewife.blogspot.com/
Jill Finlay of  Jillily Studio at http://www.jillilystudio.blogspot.com/
 
 
Day 4:
Laurie Bird of Rose Cottage at http://www.rosecottagequilts.blogspot.com/
Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup at http://www.quiltsoupblog.com/
Beth and Liz Hawkins of Lizzie B Creative at http://www.dreamlaughcreate.blogspot.com/
 
Day 5:
Chelsea Anderson of Pink Fig Patterns at http://www.pinkfig.typepad.com/
Brenda Pinnick of Brenda Pinnick Designs at www.brendapinnick.com/blog/
 
Day 6:
Leanne Anderson of The Country Caboodle at http://www.thewholecountrycaboodle.blogspot.com/
Dana Brooks of Lazy Daisy Cottage at http://www.lazydaisycottage.blogspot.com/

 

Day 7:
Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of Buggy Barn at http://www.buggybarnquilts.blogspot.com/
 
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Day 2 of the HG Project Parade

Welcome back for Day 2 of HG Project Parade blog hop. 
 
Thanks to everyone who stopped by yesterday!  I really enjoyed reading all of the comments and feedback.  I’m glad so many of you liked the dish passer and plan to give the pattern a go.  Today we have three more designers for you to go and visit.  I am anxious to head over to their blogs and see the project they have to share with us!
 
Amy Hamberlin of Kati Cupcake at http://www.katicupcakequiltingco.blogspot.com/
 
 
 
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt co at http://www.lavieenrosie.typepad.com/
 
 
 
 and Kari Ramsay of Fresh Cut Quilt Patterns at http://www.freshcutquilts.blogspot.com/
 
 
 
 
Don’t forget to collect the special words from each designer to have a chance at the Grand Prize!
 
 
For those of you who are printing off copies of each designer’s pattern, Jill has designed a cover so you can keep all your projects from the blog hop neatly bundled together.
 
 
Click to download and print:  HGholidaycoverfinal
 
 
 

Henry Glass Project Parade schedule:

Day 1:
Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka’s Treasures at https://ankastreasures.wordpress.com/
 
 
Day 2:
Amy Hamberlin of Kati Cupcake at http://www.katicupcakequiltingco.blogspot.com/
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt co at http://www.lavieenrosie.typepad.com/
Kari Ramsay of Fresh Cut Quilt Patterns at http://www.freshcutquilts.blogspot.com/
 
 
Day 3:
Jacquelynne Steves of the Noble Wife at http://www.thenoblewife.blogspot.com/
Jill Finlay of  Jillily Studio at http://www.jillilystudio.blogspot.com/
 
 
Day 4:
Laurie Bird of Rose Cottage at http://www.rosecottagequilts.blogspot.com/
Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup at http://www.quiltsoupblog.com/
Beth and Liz Hawkins of Lizzie B Creative at http://www.dreamlaughcreate.blogspot.com/
 
Day 5:
Chelsea Anderson of Pink Fig Patterns at http://www.pinkfig.typepad.com/
Brenda Pinnick of Brenda Pinnick Designs at www.brendapinnick.com/blog/
 
Day 6:
Leanne Anderson of The Country Caboodle at http://www.thewholecountrycaboodle.blogspot.com/
Dana Brooks of Lazy Daisy Cottage at http://www.lazydaisycottage.blogspot.com/

 

Day 7:
Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of Buggy Barn at http://www.buggybarnquilts.blogspot.com/
 
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Day 1 of the HG Project Parade

Welcome to Day 1 of the Henry Glass Project Parade!

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. 

Crayon Box from the book "The Sweet Life" by Anka's Treasures

 

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.

 
As part of the blog hop, the designers are going to share a few holiday memories.  I have so many, that I will just share one favorite today.  It’s one that I have shared before, back when I was part of the Cross Country Christmas Blog Hop.  So, some of you may have already seen this, but I don’t mind revisiting it again!  Here is a clip from that blog post:
 

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.

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Here is another of my favorites –

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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!

My very favorites are the ones that she hand painted or designed  – like the ones below:

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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.

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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:

Day 2:
Amy Hamberlin of Kati Cupcake at http://www.katicupcakequiltingco.blogspot.com/
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt co at http://www.lavieenrosie.typepad.com/
Kari Ramsay of Fresh Cut Quilt Patterns at http://www.freshcutquilts.blogspot.com/
 
 
Day 3:
Jacquelynne Steves of the Noble Wife at http://www.thenoblewife.blogspot.com/
Jill Finlay of  Jillily Studio at http://www.jillilystudio.blogspot.com/
 
 
Day 4:
Laurie Bird of Rose Cottage at http://www.rosecottagequilts.blogspot.com/
Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup at http://www.quiltsoupblog.com/
Beth and Liz Hawkins of Lizzie B Creative at http://www.dreamlaughcreate.blogspot.com/
 
Day 5:
Chelsea Anderson of Pink Fig Patterns at http://www.pinkfigdesign.blogspot.com/
Brenda Pinnick of Brenda Pinnick Designs at www.brendapinnick.com/blog/
 
Day 6:
Leanne Anderson of The Country Caboodle at http://www.thewholecountrycaboodle.blogspot.com/
Dana Brooks of Lazy Daisy Cottage at http://www.lazydaisycottage.blogspot.com/
 
Day 7:
Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of Buggy Barn at http://www.buggybarnquilts.blogspot.com/
 
 



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Henry Glass Project Parade

I just wanted to pop in quick to let you know about a fun event that I am going to participate in.  It’s called the Henry Glass Project Parade and it start this Wednesday!
 
 
 
My fellow Henry Glass designers have gotten together to bring you lots of free projects and prizes!
 
 
Here’s how it works:
 
1.  Each day there will be several designers that will be featured (see the link below to see who is participating).  They will tell you a little about their business, etc.
 
2.  Each designer will provide you with a free project that you can print off and keep.
 
3.  Each designer will provide a “special word” that you will collect.  At the end of the parade, you will go to the Henry Glass blog and post a comment with all the “special words” that you have collected from each blog.  If you win, you will be sent a gifts from all 17 designers, along with a package of fabric from Henry Glass fabrics.  I’m telling ya’, the prizes in this blog hop are seriously good!!!!! 
***Only one comment per person.  Comments will not show up, as they are confidential, so do not post again and again.
 
 
It’s that easy!  The blog hop starts on December 1 and will run until December 7th, so be sure to stop back!
 
 
 
Day 1:
Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka’s Treasures at https://ankastreasures.wordpress.com/
 
 
Day 2:
Amy Hamberlin of Kati Cupcake at http://www.katicupcakequiltingco.blogspot.com/
Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt co at http://www.lavieenrosie.typepad.com/
Kari Ramsay of Fresh Cut Quilt Patterns at http://www.freshcutquilts.blogspot.com/
 
 
Day 3:
Jacquelynne Steves of the Noble Wife at http://www.thenoblewife.blogspot.com/
Jill Finlay of  Jillily Studio at http://www.jillilystudio.blogspot.com/
 
 
Day 4:
Laurie Bird of Rose Cottage at http://www.rosecottagequilts.blogspot.com/
Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup at http://www.quiltsoupblog.com/
Beth and Liz Hawkins of Lizzie B Creative at http://www.dreamlaughcreate.blogspot.com/
 
Day 5:
Chelsea Anderson of Pink Fig Patterns at http://www.pinkfig.typepad.com/
Brenda Pinnick of Brenda Pinnick Designs at www.brendapinnick.com/blog/
 
Day 6:
Leanne Anderson of The Country Caboodle at http://www.thewholecountrycaboodle.blogspot.com/
Dana Brooks of Lazy Daisy Cottage at http://www.lazydaisycottage.blogspot.com/
 
Day 7:
Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of Buggy Barn at http://www.buggybarnquilts.blogspot.com/
 
 



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Moving On

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!

Details:  Pattern:  Wild Thing by Camille of Thimble Blossoms

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!

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What a Mess!

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog post.  There really hasn’t been much sewing going on around here, so I haven’t had much to share.  Part of the reason I haven’t been sewing is that I’ve been teaching retreats the last couple weekends.  That always involved several days of packing, plus 6 days of teaching, so it really cuts into my productivity! 

The other reasons that I haven’t been sewing much is that I’ve been busy feeling sorry for myself.

Why?

Because this is what my living room looks like.

Yes, those are open rafters up there and that is insulation and dust all over the floor.  My pretty little kitchen is in shambles and my living room looks like a construction zone.

You may remember me saying that I was never remodeling again.  We’ve done that a few times in the this house already, and we thought we were done. 

Done for several reason –  we are a totally burnt out from being a little too handy, we want to stay sane, therapy gets expensive, and best of all, the house was finished. 

(Just remember that redecorating and refreshing don’t count as remodeling.)

So, with all that being said, why is my main living area in shambles?

Apparently the snow load last winter was a little much for our rafters.  We didn’t realize how much snow was up there until we started shoveling it off.  It took my DH and BIL all day to shovel it, plus I helped for a few hours until I couldn’t hold my arms up anymore.  We were tempted to haul the snowblower up on the roof!  Seriously, that does happen, but maybe only in Minnesota!

We didn’t realize that it was an issue until this past spring.  Several of the joints in our NEW ceiling cracked.  We had never had that much movement in our house before and we thought it was a little strange.  Then one weekend a couple of months ago, our ceiling started leaking into the kitchen.  That’s when we knew something was really wrong!  After a little rummaging around in the attic it was discovered that one rafter had a slight crack and two other rafters had bowed.  That caused the ceiling to crack and the flashing to pop loose around our chimney, which caused the leak.

So, to make a long story short, that is why my house looks like this –

and my front entry looks like this.  Charming, isn’t it?

It’s been quite a process.

The ceiling and insulation have all been taken down.

The rafters have been fixed and “beefed up”, whatever that exactly means.

New sheetrock has been hung.

But, while we were at it (I know you have heard me say this before), Joel decided to rip out the old wood burning fireplace.

Really, I had nothing to do with it.  It’s all him.  I did not put him up to this.  He decided, that even though our house is surrounded by woods, he doesn’t like cutting up trees.  I’m not much help, because you can’t cut down many trees if you don’t even know how to start the chain saw. 

(That might be intentional on my part, but don’t tell anybody).

It was a big job taking that beast out, but I have to say that I am really excited about that new gas fireplace.  Having extra heat at the touch of a switch might be just the ticket to make these MN winters more bearable.  It might even make this whole drama a little more worth it.

The situation is improving though.  This is how the house looked yesterday.  The walls and ceiling have been taped and textured.  The insulation is back in place, meaning the temperature in the house is much warmer (we’ve had a few nights below 30, so it’s been a been nippy).

Today the ceiling and walls are being painted.  The fireplace is being installed tonight.

Guess what I’ll be doing?  Cleaning up this mess!

I don’t ever think I have been so excited to clean in my entire life.  I can’t wait!

I will have to set my therapy aside  . . . .

I probably would have never learned what a Zuberball was or how to knit socks if it weren’t for this mess.

So, things are looking up around here.  I will eventually stop complaining and feeling sorry for myself. 

Shortly. 

I mean after I can start using my kitchen again. 

In the meantime, if you want to feel a little sorry for us, it might help just a little.

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Friday Finish

Hi Everyone!

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!

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