Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 1: Very Merry Holiday Hop from Henry Glass Fabrics


What fun to be participating in the Very Merry Holiday Hop from Henry Glass Fabrics. The first day today is Little Quilts and Linda Lum DeBono. Be sure to check out the Henry Glass Fabric Blog for the schedule of all the great designers and their fun projects.

It’s also so special to be starting the hop on Veteran’s Day. It’s the perfect day to honor  all those who serve our great country.
What better way to honor them, than with a Flag.
At Little Quilts, we love all things flag related. Our project is Little Quilt Flags, from our book, “Patriotic Little Quilts” published by Martingale & Company. The book is sold out but we have copies at the store. You can see them on our website.
These little flags are perfect for quick and easy gifts as wall hangings, placemats, or  pillows.





This is the time of year that we remember our favorites. I love angels and love to collect them and angel ornaments. I love to decorate with small trees with different themes around the house rather than one big tree.
A tradition of mine is buying a special ornament each year for my son and daughter as they were growing up. My son is now 42, and my daughter 35. When they married I gave them their ’stash’ of ornaments. Now my son and daughter are buying an ornament each year for their children.  Here is my daughter's tree, I remember buying so many of these ornaments for her while she was growing up!  And now the tree is getting full of the ornaments she has purchased for my 2 grandsons.  You can even see their elf, Buddy, perched on one of the branches; he visits every year to check in on the boys!



Some of my favorite foods BLT’s (bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwiches)  apple pie,  
and M & M’s.  All foods are really my favorites!
A favorite recipe for all the time but especially for the holidays is a cream cheese and olive spread. It’s red and green, so it’s perfect for this time of year.
Simple.. simple… simple…. A brick of cream cheese softened, then chop up a small jar of salad olives (the ones with green olives and pimentos). Stir that into the softened cream cheese. Put in a pretty glass vase, and spread on crackers or celery.

Enjoy the blog hop this year….comment on the blog with a favorite “something” and we’ll have a random drawing for three participants to receive free patterns. . We’ll send three of you a Little Quilts Pattern and one of our Sunbonnet Sue Stitchery patterns for your birthday month. Include your birthday month in your comment please. 

Here is the Blog Hop Schedule... Have fun!! 

November 11:

November 12:

November 13:

November 14:

November 15:
Heather Mulder Peterson http://ankastreasures.wordpress.com/

November 16:

November 17:

104 comments:

Beth said...

One of my favorite things is Little Quilts. Your shop always inspires me to craft my heart out. I love Christmas lights. We drive around the neighborhoods looking at lights during December. My birthday is in March.

Martina said...

I love walking in the woods an sunny, crisp autumn days and enjoy all the colours of the changing nature. And then at home to drink a hot chocolate.

Sandra said...

My husband and I like to drive around our neighborhood and see all of the Christmas lights and decorations that each house has put up. We go to my mom's for Christmas Eve for snacks and then exchange gifts. It is a tradition that takes places every year. I enjoy Little Quilts and always look forward to my visit at your blog. Thank you for participating in The Henry Glass Very Merry Holiday Party. I like your little Red Elf. So cute. My birthday is on February 16.

Sandi T.
sandit1#sbcglobal.net

Abbigail said...

I like that my family gets together for the holidays! It may not be on the normal "day" for it because of work schedules but we do set a date and make it happen!
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Sandy D said...

My favorite thing is weekends.No working out and we can do the things we want to do .I am a November "BABY"

Pauline G said...

My favourite time is Xmas eve when all the kids come home and we get together. October is my birthday month

Angie said...

Two of my Christmas favorites are old-fashioned fudge and being in the Church Christmas pagent. :) My birthday month is February.

Donna said...

Thanks for the flag pattern. I have a plan!

One of my Christmas favorites is sitting with a cup of hot chocolate watching the lights twinkle on my tree.

Joan and Kevin said...

I love being together with family at
my parents house on Christmas Eve.
My birthday is in December. Thanks for the giveaway!

JoyceLM said...

My favorite time of the year is Fall - warm days, cool night, college football, and a only a a short time till Christmas. Thanks for sharing the flag quilts pattern & thanks for the chance to win.

Linda said...

My Christmas favorites are decorating and being with family.
My birthday month is November.

Susan C said...

One of my favorite things at Christmas is giving handmade gifts. There is something special about creating a project especially for someone. You really are giving a part of yourself. For that reason, I also cherish gifts made especially for me.

Rosa said...

One of my Christmas favorite is be with family ,24,25 and 31 of December are the date day also January 1,that`s days are just fabulous and I also love decorate my home.
My birthday day is in November.Thanks for the giveaway!!

Sherry said...

One of my favorite things to do is look for that special ornament for my children and grandchildren. I started looking while visiting a shop with 37 holiday trees on display. Thanks for sharing your patriotic quilt. My birthday is in April.

Robyn said...

I also love apple pie! Anytime. With lots of crumbly crust and maybe some vanilla icecream.

ytsmom said...

One of my favorite things is baking cookies for Christmas. Lots and lots of cookies, the fancier the better.

Kathy in GA said...

One of my favorite things is having my family together for Thanksgiving! They will all be here this year and not for Christmas, so we are going to set up the tree and have our Christmas, dividing up the ornaments that I have also gotten them each year. Now I get them for the granddaughters! And of course this time of year, I love anything pumpkin I can lay my hands on! My birthday is Valentine's Day, so I like to hunt out heart and angel ornaments.

Sandra said...

Love to drive around during the season and see the decorated houses. Halloween and Christmas.

Birthday month is October.

MoeWest said...

One of my favourite Christmas treats is mincemeat tarts. We only make them for Christmas. My birthday month is June.

Pat said...

I love to give handmade gifts at Christmas, especially to my children and grandchildren! Birthday month is October. Thanks for the giveaway!

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Besides spending time with family, I love to bake cookies. I'm on weight watchers this year so I don't know if I'll do as many types of cookies as I usually make (about 20) because I feel I have to sample them as a I make them (in dough form and finished). I was born in November.

Mary said...

I love your store, each time I am in Atlanta I come to visit.
February is my birth month. I love your Sunbonnets!

Kim Q said...

I love the little flag pattern...thank you so much! I love getting the entire family together, it just doesn't happen often enough, but Christmas really makes it special. My birthday month is November...shhhhh! ;-)

LJ said...

I loved having a June birthday because presents only came at Christmas on birthdays. My 2 present times were spread out perfectly!

martha said...

I did the same thing while my kids were growing up. The first year they were on their own they had lovely trees. My birthday is in september.

Linda said...

MY FAVORITES ARE MAKING LITTLE QUILTS FOR SHOWING ALL OVER THE HOUSE!
BIRTHDAY MONTH IS JANUARY.
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Jennifer Gail said...

I love baking cookies. thanks

Lesley said...

Favorite things is always Christmas morning when the kids were small! And of course making a Little Quilt! Thanks for the chance. Birthday month is October!

Mommarock said...

One of my favorite treats for the holidays is a quick treat. Ritz crackers with peanut butter spread between them. Then you dip them in melted chocolate almond bark and allow them to cool on waxed paper. DELISH!

Sallie said...

I love playing games with my family!

dacuda70@knology.net said...

My birthday month is October, I love your little quilts. is there a pdf download for the blog hop pages? at least for the pattern?? thanks

Dacuda70@knology.net

Jeanette Silvey

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Cute flags! My favorite thing to collect this time of year are snowmen. I can leave them up until almost May here in Northern MN! My birthday is in October. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathryn said...

One of my favorite things is making a quilt and giving it to family, friends, or charity. It's my feel good moment. My birthday is in July. Thanks for Little Quilts.

Darlene B said...

My favorite season is Autumn. Love your quilts!

Kristen King said...

One of my favorite things is to stay up late at night when the Christmas tree is up and to have the whole house dark with nothing but the tree lights on...all the ornaments twinkle and it is just so peaceful and happy. My birthday month is February.

Kathy MacKie said...

I always buy a new ornament for the Christmas tree.

Gill said...

My favourite drink is coffee!
My birthday month is March!

Ariane said...

My favorite thing use when the family is all home and we are all cuddle together on the couches for a family movie night. With teenagers its hard to get them to stay home and hang out with mom and dad!! My birthday month is March. I love you little quilt tutorial!! Thanks so much!!!

Shirley said...

What cute little quilts, both are darling and a must for me to make!

My favorite thing is to make sugar cookies with the grandkids. We all enjoy morning together eating cookies and drinking hot chocolaate!

Thanks for a chance to win oone of your patterns, My birthday month is August.

quiltmom said...

My favorite thing at Christmas is my mother's shortbread. Very yummy and sinful to eat. Your olive spread does sound yummy.
Thanks for sharing.. My son also will have a collection of ornaments- we have an eclectic tree filled with memories. This year we will decorate a tree with friends and enjoy some delicious food together.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop. It is always a wonderful event with fun designs and new recipes.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna31

Emily C said...

My favorite fall foods are Egg nog and pumpkin pie. My birthday month is June.

Margie F. said...

I love to make special goodies and give plates of these goodies to several of my neighbors. My birthday month is December.

Sharon said...

My sons are 38 & 36, my daughter 33. I too gave them their 'stash' of ornaments when they married and moved out of my home. My mother started the tradition with my eldest and now I continue with my 5 grandkids. It is such fun. Love your site.

scottylover said...

One of my favorite things of the holiday season is the songs, especial the Little Drummer Boy variation with Bing Crosby and David Bowie.

My birthday month is July, right before another big holiday that your flag quilt would be perfect for! :)

Patty D from NC said...

I too enjoy the chance to collect ornaments - we purchase them when we go on family trips.

ritainalaska said...

love your little quilts book ... such cute designs. reminds me of the doll blankies i made once upon a time. the knit and crocheted blankies were fine, but my sewn projects were something else. as long as they were just pieced they weren't too bad, but my applique and embroidery was awful. but the dolls and my sister liked them.

Megan Ziegler said...

Ohhh ... there's so much I love about the holiday season, but I would have to say my favorite is Christmas lights! They just add such a sparkle to everything!

Thank you for your pattern, it is so patriotic and perfect for a day like today! Happy Veteran's Day!

Sharon Stevens said...

I love to sing the christmas hymns and listen to all the christmas songs. Also love creating gifts for everyone even if it's small ones. Love cooking for the holidays too. My birthday month is May.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

My favorite something is traveling with my family. Traveling has always been a fun time together, whether it is to the mountains or the seaside. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

patti said...

I love sewing gifts for friends! Choosing the right pattern and fabric, seeing their surprise when they realize that I made it! Thanks for the flag pattern, I work with several vets who would enjoy seeing the flag on their gift. I'm a June baby. Patti

Kathy H said...

On Christmas Eve we drive though the surrounding neighborhoods and look at their Christmas lights and many neighborhoods have luminaries which are even more special. My birthday month is October. And autumn is my favorite season.

Donna Joy said...

My birthday month is June. I enjoy making Xmas gifts.
And ornaments as well

Jeanne Gwin said...

I'm new to your place but promise I will be returning frequently, as I love all things "little." I love your things and you are so inspiring. So for now you are my favorite 'thing'. My birth month is November and I just celebrated my 63rd birth-year. Still going fairly strong.

Joanna said...

Right now I love walking in perfect autumn weather and enjoying the leaves and change of season. The little flag project is very cute and I'm going to try your cream cheese spread.

Carrie P. said...
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Carrie P. said...

love your tree. One of my favorite things is to make cookies during Christmas time.
thanks for the giveaway. My birthday is in February.

cpup40 said...

My family and I always love to go look at all the Christmas Lights. The little flag project is great. Thank you for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

What a nice post. I love getting ready for Christmas. I was born in August, in case I am lucky enough to win!

Beth F

Cindy Sews said...

My favorite Christmas decorations are those that are handmade!

Lynn Osborne said...

Making fruit cake cookies is our favorite Christmas tradition.

Rita said...

My favorite season is the Christmas season...I just love it. My birthday month is March. Thanks.

Laurie said...

love the Holiday Sue in your previous post! how cute! My birthday is May and thanks for a chance to win - laurie

Cecilia said...

When our children were young, we would drive around looking at the lights at Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway. My birthday is in July.

Joyful Quilter said...

My favorite things are spending time with my family, quilting, my cats and dark chocolate anything. I am a June baby.

Rose E. Glasses said...

Your cheese and pickles caused me to remember one of our favorite little Christmas treats; it is cream cheese mixed with chopped black olives spread on pumpernickel bread. Been a fan of Little Quilts for years and years and years.

Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season are the Christmas carols. We only hear them at Christmas time so that makes them special. My birthday month is April.

Lyn said...

One of my favorite things is stitching with my maine coon cat snuggled next to me. That is, as long as she leaves my thread alone!

wordmama said...

I love going to church on Christmas Eve and looking at Christmas lights on houses in nearby towns. My birthday month is October.

Thanks!

mascanlon said...

I love kicking off the holiday season at Thanksgiving with all the family from far and wide in one place. We all make Thanksgiving together! I am loving working on English Paper Piecing while my bulldog snores next to me and I watch BBC mysteries! My birthday month is September, thanks for asking!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

This is my birthday month. (Nov) I love the smell of yummy things in the oven all through the season. And cookie making with the kids. Thanks for the fun!

JaneB said...

My favorite season is winter because of the holidays and because of the snow. I adore snow of all sorts, but especially big flakes falling when there is no wind. My birthday is in June.

SueJean said...

I love having the family together to go to church on Christmas Eve and then we come home and turn on the Christmas tree lights and light all the candles and sit around and visit. We open one gift Christmas Eve, the rest wait until Christmas morning. The gift has always been pajamas. Love your store and patterns. My bday month is January.

Twyla's Thimble said...

Our family tradition is church on Christmas eve then home to have lots of simple good food. I'm going to and your dip to that menu. My birthday month is August.

Lee said...

My favorite holiday tradition is opening stockings on Christmas Day with my family! thank you!
My month just past - it is Oct 29 and I love the Fall so its a perfect birthday for me! Happy Holidays and Thank you!

Quilt Hollow said...

I simply love the excitement of the season especially when my boys were small. Those memories are priceless.

Linda said...

Thank you for the lovely pattern! My favorite thing about Christmas is baking with my grandchildren. I love the fun and the smell and the joy we get sharing cookies with others. My birthday is soon after the holidays in January.

VickiT said...

During the holiday season one of my favorite things is spending time in my kitchen making all the candies/cookies I do each year. I love baking and knowing my family looks forward to my treats each year. Your Cream cheese and Olive spread looks good and so simple. My favorite cheese spread is one my Mom made for years and is similar yet more complicated than yours. It's not hard to make, just has more ingredients but it SO good.
I'm going to give you mine so you can try this one maybe yourself.
Zippy Beef Olive Spread
Ingredients:
2 t minced onion
2 T cooking sherry ( I use cream sherry because it’s less salty)
2 8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 T miracle whip
2 - 3 oz pkg sliced dried beef
½ c olives, chopped

Directions:
Soften minced onion in sherry in a small bowl, set aside. Blend cream cheese and miracle whip till smooth and add onion mixture. Stir in dried beef and olives. Form into a ball and chill until cold. Serve with assorted crackers.
(FYI - I rarely form into a ball and just put it into a pretty bowl)

I love your little quilts. Thank you for the Little Flag Quilt.

My birthday month is January.

Joan said...

Your daughter's tree is beautiful and that is a favourite something of mine, lovely decorated trees. I was born in March.

bairdmtn said...

Little Quilts is one of my favorite shops! I have your first Little Quilts book and refer to it often! We just don't have time anymore to make those huge quilts! I love Sunbonnet Sue and all her shenanigans! She gets to do quite a lot! I am a May baby!!

Deb said...

I enjoyed reading your blog today. I enjoy Sunbonnet Sue. I was born in January.

linda lum debono said...

Great post! Thank you!! xo

Cindi P. said...

One of my favorites is blog hops! My birthday month is May.

the girlfriend gap said...

My favorite thing is grandchildren.
Thank you . janita

Farm Quilter said...

I too gave my daughters an ornament each year for Christmas and when they grew up, they got them all! I still collect hand-blown glass ice cycles in all colors to hang on my tree. My birthday is in September.

Sally said...

My favorite is Little Quilts! My birthday month is
November.
Sally

Miss Nancy said...

I love holiday baking! I just wish all that tasty baking didn't make its way to the hips. Thank you for the blog hop post. Enjoyed it and have your book. My birth month is June.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

Johanna said...

A favorite thing for me at Christmas is Rudolph! I have a June birthday.

Marcia W. said...

Besides your little quilts, I love my mother's pecan pie that she makes at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It isn't a family celebration unless I can argue with my brother over that last piece of pecan pie. Thanks for the sweet giveaway.

Marcia W. said...

I forgot to leave my birth month of October.

CathyK said...

My favorite something/holiday is Thanksgiving because it is all about being together with family and friends without the stress of gifts. My birthday month is June! Thank you!

Christa Marcotte said...

One of my favorite things is color!!! That's why I love to quilt and am always amazed by the new fabrics and great colors that are being produced!

Karen O said...

A favorite tradition has been to purchase an ornament on vacation. It brings pleasant memories each year! My birthday month is January.

jrt14 said...

One of my favorite thing is penguins. I have been collecting them since high school.

I was born in April.

I enjoyed reading about your trees in this post.

rose said...

My favorite thing about the Christmas season are Santa's, every year I buy a new one and to say I have amassed quite the collection would be an understatement. My birthday month is February.

bethstrand said...

My favorite Christmas thing is absolutely the gift giving. Especially if I've been able to make gifts!

Susan said...

hi,
I would like to comment on my favorite decoration on your Christmas tree. I think the Santa is adoreable! My birthday month is Feb.

Wendy said...

We have a similar tradition - me and my husband buy a new decoration each every year for our tree so it's a tree of memories. My favourite christmas dinner is beef, I hate Turkey!

I was born in November

Beth said...

My favorite Christmas song is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". It is sweet and sentimental, optimistic and yet a bit sad. I think it encompasses the holidays perfectly.

I was born in April.

Lisas Mom said...

My favorite is a Santa wearing a cowboy hat and boots. I was born in June. :)

hueisei said...

I love to sing karaoke with my family on Christmas eve :)
I'm an August baby! :)

Sharon said...

I have to tell you that what I love most about the season is, people...although we should always be in goodwill, the holidays bring out the best in people and I love that feeling and these very special and holy days. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Little quilts and I will be visiting soon...

Renea said...

One of my favorite things of the season is Christmas movies. I can watch them over and over. My birthday month is October. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

I love watching the sun come up on a cool crisp morning and seeing the Christmas tree lights on. March is my month

Kd Brown said...

This is my favorite time of year and I love the Henry Glass Very Merry Holiday Party. My birthday is in February which is still a quarter away. Thanks for the great blog hop!