Happy holidays! Welcome to Day 1 of the Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade. I am excited to start things off with Heather Mulder Peterson and the Little Quilts ladies, Mary Ellen Von Holt, Alice Berg and Sylvia Johnson.
Heather Mulder Peterson
Here's how everything works. Each day a couple of designers will post about the holidays and share an awesome free project. You can see the links on my right sidebar. At the end of the week, there will be a drawing for a grand prize giveaway on the Henry Glass Fabrics blog. How do you enter? Each designer has a special holiday word and will share it on her post. You have to collect each word and post it on the Grand Prize Giveaway post on the Henry Glass Fabrics blog between Dec. 7-9. Contest closes Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. EST. The comments will be closed on that post so please do not re-post your answers if you don't see your comment because you won't be able to see it. What is the grand prize? Henry Glass will send the lucky winner a bundle of the latest and greatest lines of fabric and each designer will send you a special little treat! How exciting, right? You will find all of this information on the Henry Glass blog. You will find a beautiful downloadable cover page for you to print out so that you can make a booklet for all of the patterns that we are offering here.
Let's have some fun!
Let me introduce myself for those who are new here. My name is Linda Lum DeBono. I am a quilt/ fabric/knitwear/scrapbooking designer and author. I also design for magazines such as American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts & More and Mark Lipinski's Christmas 365. I have been with the wonderful folks of Henry Glass for many years. My design director and I have been collaborating together about 9 nine years now. My latest line, Hugs & Kisses, is shipping right now! I hope that you love it!
My quilt pattern accompanies the latest American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. Perfect for the holidays!
I've written a couple of books for the awesome people at Martingale & Co.
I've written many for terrific team at Leisure Arts too!
I'm excited to have introduce my first on-line class, Chirp! for the awesome, Donna Kato, at CraftEdu. I've just started my classroom there. I'd love you to join me there. I will post new classes and I'm going to start a lot of conversations about crafts there. It's free to join the community only.
My latest adventure is being an Aurifil Expert. Words are not enough to explain how much I love this thread. I'm a featured designer on their new iPhone app too! Next year, there is going to be some special things going on. Stay tuned and I'll let you know as soon as I can.
I had to think a little about my post. It's not that I have no stories to tell about the holidays. You can check out many of my stories here. I've written a lot about my holiday memories and traditions. My kids are mini-Marthas. They love to decorate and they have been known to tell the gift wrapper at the school's holiday bazaar how to wrap their presents oh so perfectly. They've knocked down my tree and they love to give me a hard time when I am trying to take their holiday photo. They also love the holidays and appreciate that I encourage them to participate to make it kid-friendly fun.
One of our traditions is to guess where we're going to sit at the dinner table. I make these silhouettes, frame them and them as place cards.
This year we've been working on making some crafts. Our first fun activity together was to make these frozen wreaths using my mini-bundt pans, cranberries and twigs. We love to hang them outside on our deck.
I can't wait to take out my two Christmas trees [Christmas trees, by the way, is my special holiday phrase so remember it for the Grand Prize Giveaway!]. I had fun making up these glamorous tree toppers for each tree.
Through it all, it's not the gifts, the food, or the decorations that make the holidays extra special. I'm sure that you all know that. It's the special trip that my husband and I took to spend Christmas with friends on Jekyll Island and the extra bonding time that the kids, hubby and I spent while driving to Toronto when the entire New York Thruway was closed from Buffalo to Syracuse because of a huge snowstorm. Oh, then there was that road trip when my Dad and I drove from Toronto to our other home in northern Ontario. We had to stop at a hotel over night because of a blizzard.
The holidays make me feel extra thankful for all of the friends that I've met here and on Facebook and helps me remember the happy and sad, but mostly happy way, the four people whom I lost three years ago, touched my life. The holidays are also a reminder that the new lives that enter my world can fill my heart with warmth and that new memories can be made.
Let me introduce you to a new little friend of ours, Finnian, baby brother of Little A's best friend Aidan. [Oh dear, he's almost outgrown the hat that I knit for him!] We look forward to lots of new memories with our little friend, Finn. Happy first Christmas!
This year, I am totally into pillows. I don't know why but maybe it's the need to cuddle and hug. My boys asked for some new pillows on their beds. As I was designing this pillow, I thought about how I could inject some personality into a normally boring pillow. Words on quilts have always been my signature. So why not a cute little saying to brighten up your room? My friend, Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup sent me some of her totally fun fabrics to play with. Thanks, Barbara! You can download the pattern here. Enjoy!
I made a another pillow for the folks at Aurifil. Go over to their site for the free pattern because the pillow is so darned cute and so easy to make, don't you think? GOOD NEWS! The pattern is up on the Aurifil site now! Yippee!
Alex and his team at Aurifil gave me some thread to give away as a holiday gift to you. [Colors may differ from the photo.] All of the rules will be listed below.
I also "met" Mary Covington, of Cue Cosmetics, through another friend on Facebook. She makes these beautiful soaps. Yes, they are soap and definitely not edible! She's generously offering to send one of you a little box of soapy treats. She makes these beautiful chocolate soaps. Same rules apply as below.Mark Lipinski, has given me a copy of his latest issue of Christmas 365 to give away to one lucky winner.
Martingale & Co.
Leisure Arts has given me a couple of books too. Ooooh, do you recognize that name? Why, that's Miss Carrie Nelson!
Leave your name here and you get a chance to win. Follow this blog, join my CraftEdu classroom or be my friend on Facebook and you'll get another chance [only counts as one more chance no matter how many of these that you do]. Just let me know in the comments that you've done that extra thing. I don't know how I'll split up the prizes but it will be random. Please be clear with your contact information. If I can't figure it out, I will offer it to the next one in line.
Finally, remember to read each and every designers' blog, collect the special holiday words and post all of the words in the Grand Prize Giveaway post at the end of the Henry Glass Project Parade on the Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade.