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Christmas Lane: A New Holiday Quilt Pattern

September 30th 2016

Now that Fall is here (well theoretically speaking, I live in Florida for Pete’s sake!) I am looking forward to getting some Christmas projects done. I am planning some quilting pillows and stockings, a belated birthday bag and crafting some tags. But first, I’m so excited to share my new pattern called Christmas Lane, just in time for the Holidays!
Christmas Lane

One of my fondest childhood memories was the inspiration for this quilt.  My dad would take the family out for drives during the holidays looking for festively lit neighborhoods. My sisters and I would be eagerly looking out the windows (or fighting about which one would be closer to the window) nose pressed against the glass. If it was a rare cool night, our heads would be hanging out the window. We’d be hollering to our dad to go down this street or to hurry to the next block. Of course, the original  “Feliz Navidad” song, by Jose Feliciano, would be blasting in the car while we all sang along, perfectly bi-lingual.

Christmas lane

Christmas Lane finishes at 62″ x 64″ almost square. My version is made with the Hello Darling line by Bonnie and Camille with a Bella Royal Blue background #9900-19.The pattern features houses with 6 different Christmas themed blocks: Ornaments, wreaths, peppermints, two kinds of trees and presents! Each design has two variations so no two houses are the same. This quilt has twelve houses but a quilter can easily add “more blocks” to increase the size of the neighborhood.

Christmas Lane

The houses here in Florida don’t generally have chimneys but definitely lots of decorations and lights during the holidays. Each house in the quilt features a string of lights across the top and framing the Christmas Lane is a bold Holly border at the top and bottom.

Christmas Lane

An adorable picket fence divides the blocks which is easily made by strip piecing and daisy chain sewing. As you can see, the quilting is perfectly done  in snowflakes by @quilterlove66 (thank you!) to complete the holiday feel. (I know, it doesn’t snow in Florida) But it looks great, doesn’t it?You can make your own version of Christmas Lane just in time for the holidays, by going to my shop and downloading your PDF file, paper patterns to follow.


Kirsten was gracious enough to test my pattern. She lives in Australia so hers really does have a Christmas in July feel since it’s their Summer season during the Holidays. The warm tones in her quilt really reflect a Christmas Down Under, she did a great job, thanks Kirsten! Hop over to her blog, gemini-stitches and see more of her quilt.


To make your own version of Christmas Lane just in time for the holidays, you can get the pattern via PDF download in my shop right now, paper patterns to follow. Christmas Lane will be making its debut at the International Quilt Market in Houston next month, where I will host my first booth #2338. Stop by and say hello, I’d be so happy to meet you!

When Calls the Heart Ornament Craft

November 25th 2015

If you haven’t seen the show When Calls the Heart, you will be wondering “What in the world is she talking about?!”

jack and elizabeth

When Calls the Heart is a show that airs on Hallmark Channel starring Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing. It appeals to those who love old fashioned romance and values, strong women and an appetite for adventure, it’s a great family show too! It’s got a cast you may be familiar with, more details about the show right here. Season 1 available on DVD and Netflix , Season 2 just released on DVD.

Before it became a hit on TV, it was a book series by Jannette Oak, “a Canadian author and pioneer of inspirational fiction. Her books are often set in a pioneer era and centered on female protagonists. She is a committed Evangelical Christian. ” Quote from Wikipedia.

It’s starting it’s third season this year with a holiday special airing on December 26. The perfect little “pick-me-up” for a day that is usually a downer.

This craft was inspired by Cara who is in the FB group for When Calls the Heart Fans. With her permission, I decided to make my own version and write a tutorial for other #HEARTIES fans to have a go at making their own. NOTE: Supplies listed available at Michaels  and Joann Craft stores or maybe in your craft closet.

This is what you need, please read the list AND look at the picture.


JACK: Red and Navy felt for blazer and pants, two black felt scraps 1/2″ x 1″ for shoulders, 8-10″ hanging ribbon, gold sequins for buttons, golden beads for shoulders, 12″ leather cord, *yellow floss if stitching by hand.

ELIZABETH: Ivory and light blue felt, satin light blue ribbon, about 9 inches of lace, 8-10″ hanging ribbon, flowers or bows to embellish and some pearl beads, *ivory floss if stitching by hand.

Also: sewing machine and/or needle and coordinating thread/floss, hot glue gun or fabric type glue, some poly-fil, tracing paper.


First, start with a heart shape. Draw a line to show the separation between top and bottom of outfits. I did Elizabeth’s a little higher waisted to add skirt detail. PDF availalble here. Cut out heart image from PDF print out. Heart should measure 5 inches at tallest part on top to bottom point. Align on fold of fabric making sure the bottom edge of felt (blue arrow) is 1/4 inch from “Jack” or “Elizabeth” line. (for overlap)

heart margin

Repeat for bottom aligning on the fold and to the edge of felt at the top (black arrow). Repeat for Elizabeth heart.

heart margin bottom

For Elizabeth sew on two strips of lace and fold inwards at dip in heart as shown below.

stitch lace

Next see diagram below. To join “top and skirt” step 1. Overlay ribbon at top of blue felt, you may want to pin at edges.  Before sewing, lengthen the stitch and loosen the tension, this will ensure that your ribbon DOES NOT PUCKER and REMAINS SMOOTH. Sew on pearl beads by hand, step 2. Make sure you leave 3/4″ between last pearl and felt edge. **TIP: When you are done sewing on pearls or any embellishment, dab the thread knot with Elmer’s glue. This will make it less likely for the thread to pull through the felt accidentally. Pin the hanging ribbon in place between layers of felt about an inch in before proceeding. Step 3, sew around the heart (start at green arrow) leaving about 1 1/2″ – 2″ opening for filling (stop at red arrow)

Elizabeth assembly

Stuff gently for texture not bulging at the seams, and stitch the opening closed. Hot glue details as desired. I did a bow at neck and flowers at waist.


For Jacks heart:

stitchline top and bottom

Insert leather strap diagonally between red and blue felt. .Sew across, I used yellow thread. Step 1 in diagram below.

  Jack tutorial

Once top and bottom are joined, add sequins with thread, step 2, (Remember to add a dab of glue to knots to secure). Pin black rectangles (3b) and hanging ribbon (3c) in place then follow step 3a, start sewing around the heart, stopping at red arrow (3d). Stitch golden beads by starting under flap of black rectangles to hide knots,  sew 3 golden beads on each, trim felt if necessary. Stuff gently with poly-fil, for texture not bursting at the seams. Hot glue the leather strap across waist, trim excess.

I must warn you that once you start making these and think of the other characters, you may go nuts making WCTH crafts like I did.

GENERAL CRAFTING TIPS:  Waist items may be sewn on while you sew around the heart. Vest and suit details and beads should be sewn on before the heart is sewn around. Hot glued details should be done after heart is stuffed and closed.

Hope Valley women

 Henry Gowan…

Gowan heartie craft


A fan on the FB group requested Rosemary and Lee.

Rosemary and Lee hearties

So for fun as we wait for the “Christmas in Hope Valley Special Event,” I want to have a giveaway!

Three people will get a chance to win either a Jack and Elizabeth pair of hearties (2 available – you can choose your Elizabeth from the group of female character hearts) or a pair of Rosemary and Lee hearties (1 available). Just leave a comment telling me why you love this show and which crafty hearties you’d like to win. I will do a drawing on December 6 so I can mail them out in time for you to hang them on your tree for Christmas.

Good luck Hearties!


heartie names

And the winners are:

heartie craft winners
 An email was sent to the winners. Thanks for your comments!

Handmade Christmas: Vintage Holiday

April 12th 2014

I am so excited that I finally finished this quilt, a little early, a little late, whatever! I made a pledge okay?

I pledge to make handmade_edited-1

It’s my Vintage Holiday quilt, pattern by Thimble Blossoms. Fabric Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille.


This is also my feature project for the Handmade Christmas challenge hosted by SewCalGal.


If you’ll recall, I had started piecing this last December in a frenzy and all I have to do is set a date to have everything else I can’t control, wreck my timetable.

vintage holiday tops and block pieces

Nevertheless, I was able to put it together before 2014 but not before last Christmas. Being that I always over-think how I lay out quilt blocks, my daughter (11) was helping me out with that, rearranging repeating patterns and colors. Because I was working with a jelly roll and charms pack, I had to “re-design” some of the blocks like those below.


I added a little Rick Rack detail on this one.


And made a box design here.


The backing is flowers, perfect for Spring if I wanted to flip it over!


I did all the quilting after the New Year (except for one block) and bound it just this week.  I feel so accomplised because not only is this the largest quilt I have made to date, but it was completely hassle free!


Yep! This one is a keeper!