Monday, November 29, 2010

Welcome to Lucky #9 of the Holiday Blog Hop

I was just at Stacy's blog and read what she said about me. Wow! I am overwhelmed. Thank you Stacy. It has truly been great to be able to spend my life doing what I love. And it's OK to put the quilts in a closet or chest for awhile - we need to rotate them with the seasons. Just so they come out again. Besides the creative part which I love, I get to meet so very many nice people.
On to the holidays - we start on them each fall. The first thing you need in our cookie recipe is grandchildren for the thumbprints and a walnut tree. Well, maybe you can go buy some chopped nuts at the grocery store but if you have a walnut tree handy it's nice. Zoie and Cullin spent almost one whole gorgeous fall day cracking walnuts on the sidewalk by the barn, picking them out and putting them in a plastic jar for the cookies. And it's their idea every year.


Then I make some mint and cherry jelly each summer. The mint jelly, especially, is so much better if you make it yourself and it's really easy. The recipe is in my Betty Crocker cookbook - the one with the duct tape for binding because it's been used so much. Mint will grow anywhere. We have some right in front of the house - smells great when you hit it sweeping the walk or raking the leaves. If you don't happen to have mint by your front porch or a cherry tree by the driveway, you can buy both those at the grocery store too.


Here' the recipe. Also from my Betty Crocker cookbook. I can do cookies and cakes and always make a great pound cake to have with coffee in the wee hours of Christmas morning.


(Pep is a gourmet cook and whips up delicious meals from nothing. He does tastes the way we do color.) I, on the other hand always say that as a cook, I'm a great quilter.
And speaking of quilting, here's my project for the Holidays. I always try to make something new for the house and thought an angel pillow would be just the thing. It's made out of our new Classic Wovens line that will be in stores (my store too) in January.


(I want to thank my friend Michelle for figuring out how to fix it so you could download the pattern. She's a genius!) I hope you like it. I resized the block from the Primitive Primer to make an 18" pillow. Since the fabric won't be in until January, I can't sell kits now but we will offer them in January. You can preorder one from Tara by emailing her at jpquilts@cameron.net or calling 816-632-7632. I do have enough fabric, however to give one kit away today. Make a comment and we'll do a drawing tomorrow to see who wins.
If you want to make the Primitive Primer quilt to go with your pillow, I put the book on special for half price today.


Either this weekend or next, Pep and Jake will go out in the front pasture to find a tree. Missouri Red Cedars are kind of prickly but they fill the whole house with such a wonderful smell. That first day we just bring it in and get the lights on.

Zoie & Quinn, Jake and Cullin - last month in the back pasture. They are 4 of our 9
grandchildren and the 4 that live nearby. They're here on a regular basis. I put this
picture in because I was totally amazed at how much they've grown in a year. Too
fast - it can make a grandma's eyes leak.

Once the tree is in and up with lights on, we have cookies and milk or hot chocolate. And grandma usually puts the higher decorations on while the low ones go to the kids. Zoie always sits on Grandpa's shoulders to put the angel on top. We may have to rethink that this year :).
On Christmas Eve we go to church in Kansas City and come home to unwrap one present - always Christmas jammies. Then we're up early on Christmas morning if Cullin and Quinn are here and they will be this year. Stockings are a pretty big thing at our house. Pops is off Christmas night but not usually on Christmas Eve too so we have to wait until he gets home to start on presents. Stockings keep us busy until then. With Grandmas 2-tone pound cake to munch on we can make it until the presents all get opened. Then the kids go to the back of the house to play and the adults usually take a little nap.
We used to have a big Christmas sit down dinner but the last few years have toned it down a little. We get a ham from Burgers Smokehouse and have a buffet of sides that can be pretty well made in advance. The only thing we need to cook is Kelly's killer macaroni and cheese - sooo good.
Our oldest son, Brian, his wife and 4 kids live about 1 1/2 hours away. With little ones, they, of course, want Christmas morning at home. We always have our Christmas with
them on the weekend before or after that Pep is off work. We get to have lots of
Christmases that way.
When I first stopped working in the city years ago, I wanted to learn how to make a quilt and paint some Christmas dishes. I started with the quilt. I finally bought the dishes years ago :)


This is Christmas 101. Back to the Basics of Christmas and what it is all about. May the blessings of the God that loves each and every one of us be with you today, through the holiday season and the coming year.

122 comments:

  1. Jan, what a neat pillow project! Thank you for the wonderful recipe and participating in the Home for the Holidays Blog Hop. Your designs inspire me to create! ~Kathleen

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  2. Jan,
    Thank you sooo much for the wonderful angel!!! She is adorable!! As I've told the other designers, we all appreciate what you all are doing for us this holiday season!! The only drawback, we will expect it year after year!!LOL!! I can hardly wait for Tuesday and Friday...gives me something to look forward to!!!
    Happy holidays to You and Yours!!

    Ellen Sharp

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  3. Cookies look delish! Thanks for sharing. I love Christmas 101!! That's what it's all about!

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  4. Lovely Pillow angel. I've got TWO Primitive Primers in my house and would love the pillow kit to go along with them.

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  5. Thanks for sharing the angel pattern with us. It looks so cute.

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  6. I love the angel pillow. Thanks for the chance to win a kit but also for participating in this fun "blog hop". Love your Christmas 101, will have to order one and do for next Christmas.

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  7. Jan,
    Thanks for participating in the holiday blog hop. This has been great fun! Your angel is adorable and the cookies look delicious. Happy Holidays to you.

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  8. Thanks for participating in the blog hop. I love your pillow and am trying to download the pattern now. I haven't made Primitive Primer yet, but have the pattern for "one of these days" :-) Merry Christmas!

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  9. Jan,

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Oh My! Your first quilt????!!!! Anyone could see from that - that you are a quilt genius.

    We are surrounded by Black Walnut trees. Oh how I wish black walnuts weren't such a pain in the keester to crack. The only ones who get to enjoy them are the squirrels.

    Laurie

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  10. Dear Jan, You are such an inspiration! I loved meeting you in Houston. Warm winter greetings from The Netherlands.

    Dorry
    www.dorryvanbeers.blogspot.com
    www.quilt-it.nl

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  11. What a wonderful blog! Finding it has just made my day. Very inspirational, can't wait to get home and start creating....something :)

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  12. Beautiful pillow for the holiday and I would love to win the kit for Christmas 2011 so I would have something new for Christmas too! Thanks for the opportunity and your blog is wonderful!

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  13. Hi Jan,
    I am a long time fan!
    I used to teach the Girl Gang at two shops in the Raleigh area!
    LOVE your stuff, just found your blog today! Thanks to Stacy's great hop!

    Love the angel,
    and the cookies look great!

    Thanks for sharing and have a great holiday season!

    Hugs,
    Kerri
    thecalicorabbit.blogspot.com

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  14. Love the angel pillow and all your designs. Can't wait for the fabric to be available in January! Really enjoyed all of your Christmas stories!

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  15. Happy Holidays to you and yours, Jan! I love your Angel Pillow and would love to win your kit. I'm going to print out the pattern and keep my fingers crossed, too. :-)

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  16. I've made Primitive Primer and it is my favorite quilt. I'm actually hand quilting it! As for Christmas 101 - oh my! I saw it just 2 weeks ago made up in a quilt shop and fell in love with it! It is beautiful. Thanks for bringing christmas early to us!

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  17. Jan, thanks for participating in the blog hop. It has been so much fun to see what each designer has to share. I love all your angel pillow and the Christmas quilt is very cute. Have a blessed Christmas. Ann

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  18. Hi Jan!
    Thanks so much the pillow pattern!! AND for sharing your Christmas quilt...just love it!! Thanks for the chance to win the pillow kit!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Paulette

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  19. I love your patterns, so back home again themes. I am working on the KC Stars block of the month and can't wait to get it done and hang it up.

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  20. The Angel pillow is very cute AND I love the fabrics, can't wait for that to come out to the stores! I have always loved your designs. Thanks, Tammy

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  21. Jan, you made my day. Have been sick all week with a cold and this is perfect to do up for the holidays and easy enough for me to do up without standing too long at the cutting table;)

    I wanted something for my entry way, so I might make it into a wall hanging.

    Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful pattern.

    Debbie

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  22. Thank you for your delicious contribution to the Blog Hop!!! The pillow is spectacular.
    Busy Hands...Happy Hearts
    Patricia

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  23. Thank you so much for the cookie recipe! Looks yummy! Love the adorable Angel pillow!
    Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays!

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  24. Thanks so much for the angel! She is so cute...and looks quick enough to finish by Christmas!! ;)

    Michele

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  25. Please sign me up fot the 30th kit contest! Looking at those cute kids cracking walnuts made me remember I have a whole bucket to crack I had forgotten about. ugggg, wish they were around to crack my walnuts! Lizzie

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  26. Thank you for sharing your pillow pattern. I'll be watching for your new fabrics. Have a great holiday season!

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  27. Jan - Thank you for the heavenly pattern - can't wait to stitch one up. I just went through my fabric bins and rounded up all of my homespun cloth. So, until your new line is available, I will try my best to pick just the right fabrics to make your special project. My sisters always make their own versions of your thumbprint cookies. (My favorite jam on top is apricot!) Merry Christmas! Thank you for participating in this great blog hop!

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  28. Thanks for the beautiful Angel pillow pattern. Love all your work and plan to add this to my Christmas decorations!
    Patti Levine plautumn@yahoo.com

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  29. Thanks for sharing the angel, love yor work. I'm short on homespuns, need to shop. Thumb print cookies are my husbands favorites, I use raspberry jam.
    Can't wait to see more of your fabrics.

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  30. Thanks for the lovely pattern, angels are such a part of this season of hope and joy. A wonderful Christmas to you and your family.
    Sheila

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  31. Oh my! What a fantabulous post! Your family photos, the recipes, and I LOVE the Christmas 101 quilt! Yes, it describes what Christmas is all about!

    May God bless you and your family this Holiday season and I am praying for His abundant blessings for you and yours!

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  32. Thank You for sharing this cute pillow pattern.

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  33. Thanks for all your wonderful primitive patterns, I have done all the mystery blocks of the month since your started. I am hooked. Your website is one of my favorites. Merry Christmas to you and your staff. Bev

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  34. Dear Jan, I just finished your chrismasquilt and I get a price whit it !!! I show it in Holland bij Bobbin, and al the people who came there loved the simplicity from te quilt and give me the second price, I am so proud of it, you can read it on my blog.

    Warm greetings, Jeannet

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  35. Blessings to you and your family too! Thank you for sharing your traditions and pattern - looks like a good one to get made this year.

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  36. Hi jan, love your work and your fabrics. Perhaps we can meet in France. i have a booth there. See you!
    Hugs Els
    www.bobbin.nl

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  37. Jan you come up with the most wonderful quilts!
    Love the pillow. It's starting to feel like Christmas :0)

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  38. Thanks so much! Would love to win a kit.

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  39. Thanks for the great pattern and cookie recipe. They are both great!

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  40. Jan, I am always inspired by your quilting creativity. Love the angel pillow and would love to win a kit. Blessings, Julie

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  41. The pillow is so cute! I would love to win the kit.

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  42. Another long time fan here. Love your style. I've already been eying the new line at the Moda site. Can't wait till it hits the stores. I really need lots of it!! Thanks for the opportunity for one of us to win your beautiful angel. I'm happy with just the pattern!

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  43. Jan - Your blog is always refreshing. I am glad to know that I am not the only silly grandma around. I have leaky eyes a lot.
    Love your new patterns, and hope to have more time to make more next year. I am so thankful for your talent. You dream up what I love to make. Thanks, Shiralyn Yates

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  44. You're an angel! What a nice pillow. Thanks for the pattern and cookie recipe. I would love to win the kit. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  45. Love the pillow. Think I can get it done by Christmas? Sure:) I have the girl gang quilt done for the year. Thanks so much for teaching girl gang it is so much fun. I love the family pictures you have added. Looking forward to doing the Nativity 101 quilt for next year.

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  46. Love the pillow...and it goes without saying, your blog! Thanks for a chance to win such a great prize!Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  47. Hi Jan, Thank you for sharing your delightful angel pillow.....so YOU! I love reading about your family and holiday preparations. Your blog is always interesting and inspirational. God's love and blessings. Janice

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  48. Love your designs! I've been making them since you first started. They always inspire me and lift my spirits. Thanks for the re-size of the angel, I made her in the original size and love her.

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  49. Your quits and your family are wonderful. What a legacy!!!

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  50. Beautiful family. Thank-you so much for the pillow pattern. Would love an opportunity to win the kit.

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  51. Thanks for the pillow pattern, it will go with all my Girl Gang quilts and fit right in with all the wall hangings in my house too.

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  52. Love the pillow pattern! It'll go great with my Snowbound Quilt. Thanks!

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  53. A lovely post and thank you for the angel pillow pattern. I'll definitely be trying to finish this one for Christmas. I also love Christmas 101 - another definitely on my wish list to make.

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  54. Thank you for the angel pillow pattern. I have been a long time fan of yours. Would love to win the kit. Blessings,

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  55. Thanks for the free pattern for the angel pillow. I love all of your patterns. I have the Christmas 101 kit to do but will not get it done for this Christmas- will have to try for next year. I have made many of your quilts for applique classes that I teach. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I would love to win the pillow kit. Thank you. Bev Lawler

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  56. Jan, your design is lovely, I enjoy collecting angel ornaments from my travels. She will be a lovely addition to my collection.

    Thank you for sharing her with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  57. Wow, a recipe and a pattern?! Excellent! Love the photos of the kids.

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  58. Oh I'd love to win a kit! Thanks for the chance!

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  59. Hi "sweet" Jan! Love the pillow project but especially love the new plaids. Yummy! Your holiday traditions sound so warm and cozy! Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Hi! Thanks for sharing that sweet pillow pattern. I'm going to keep my eye out for those new fabrics to order!

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  61. Love the thumbprint cookies...I use my Betty Crocker Cookbook all the time too! Thanks for sharing the great pillow pattern. I enjoy you blog often. Merry Christmas

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  62. Love the angel pillow. Bet I could finish it before Christmas. Love your patterns.

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  63. Love the blog hop! Thanks for participating and offering the angel pillow. Please include me in your drawing!

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  64. You have the prettiest blog! I just love that background wallpaper and your pics are always so pretty. Anyway, thanks for sharing your cookie recipe! Hope to make a few batches soon to share with my sewing circle friends. Sure would love to win that kit. Love all your kits! Have a very merry christmas!

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  65. Love, love "Christmas 101"! What a beautiful quilt!

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  66. Loved your family photos and sharing words :)
    Thank you for the yummy cokkie recipe, too.
    I have enjoyed your patterns & fabrics for quite awhile now. I'd appreciate being entered into your "Angel Pillow" kit giveaway, for the last few years our tight budget usually allows me to 'mentally make' most of what I desire.
    Happy Holidays to you & yours :) Jackie in NC

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  67. I just love your blog! I feel very Christmasey! Check out your Friday blog where I tell you all about your Bible Quilt and how it inspired me!

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  68. Thanks for the little peek into your family Christmas traditions, and of course, for the pillow pattern.

    Have a very happy Holiday season!

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  69. I would love to win the kit. Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop and sharing your yummy cookie recipe !
    Trish www.quilttalesandcattails.com

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  70. Merry Christmas Jan! Thanks for sharing your holiday traditions with us. I love it when people open their hearts and share. Thank you also for the Angel heart pattern....angels are my favorite and your Christmas 101 is going to be on my "must do" list! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  71. Thank you for the lovely angel pattern! And for sharing your recipe and the love of the holiday w/ your family. I love your blog!

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  72. Since I love all your patterns, I will definitely be making the angel pillow. Winning your kit would just be soooo wonderful. Thanks for putting my name in the hat.

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  73. Oh that is such a great project. I love it. It will fit right into my home. And all the cookies have just been wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. Thanks also for putting my name in the hat.

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  74. Yey! I always love your Christmas motif patterns & Angels, They are one of my favorite. This angel pillow is so cute, I need to get start this project soon♥

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  75. Hello,
    Been a fan of your for years,,I have the same cookbook for 52 years, a wedding present and it to is broken. I will have to try the duct tape?? I had it out today making Russian tea cookies and peanut butter..The whole house smells delicious.. Have a wonderful holiday. You have a great family..
    Maggey

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  76. Thank you for the angel pillow pattern! It is adorable.
    I love Christmas 101 too. God bless you during the holidays and beyond.

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  77. Hi Jan, Thank you so much for sharing your holiday traditions with us all. I am usually very excited by now and have the Christmas tree up, but my husband has been in hospital and is still recovering so things have been a bit hectic here. Reading your post has given me the Christmas Spirit and I am going to spend the day diving into the depths of our garage and bring in all the decorations!

    I love the Angel Pillow - I have made the quilt, a long time ago now and I always bring it out at Christmas time. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Sue-Anne, Australia.

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  78. Hi Jan, The angel pillow is wonderful. And I like the larger size. I'd love to win the kit.
    Betty in MO

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  79. Hi Jan, Thanks for sharing the Angel Pillow. That is so generous of you. Love your work. Your Grandchildren will have such wonderful memories that you've helped them create of Christmas. Phyllis from Virginia

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  80. Jan,
    I love your patterns! I hope your holidays are merry and love the angel pillow. Kristie in GA

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  81. This cute pillow definitely looks 'doable' for THIS Christmas! I'm going to give it a try! Thanks for being part of the blog hop - I'm lovin' it!

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  82. You never cease to inspire me, Jan. I follow your blog, & I love love, love your pillow pattern. I have it all printed out, ready to do. Thank you for all you do! Yvonne

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  83. I've been waiting for your day of this hop and I was not disappointed! Would love to win a kit!!!

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  84. Christmas looks fun at your place. what fun to go pick out a tree.
    thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  85. Jan, when I opened the pattern, it reminded me of your newsprint patterns that you sent years ago. I have enjoyed reading about your life and ideas for years. I used to enjoy the pictures that you shared of your garden when you wrote your monthly news on your website. Thank you for all of the inspiration that you have provided me throughout the years!

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  86. Thanks for the great project & recipe! This is a fun blog hop!!!

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  87. I love your pillow and can't wait to try the thumbprint cookies.

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  88. I so enjoyed your post today. I laughed out loud when you talked about the duct tape holding your Betty Crocker Cookbook together because that's what is on mine too!!! Thanks.

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  89. I absolutely love the pillow...I hope I get picked. I have loved your patterns and made many of them over the years.

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  90. Thank you for the great pillow project - it will go great with my primitive quilts.

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  91. Thank you for the beautiful angel pillow pattern.
    The recipe looks wonderful.

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  92. Great to see you in the holiday blog. And thanks for the angel pillow project. It's just what I need for my daughter who lives on an island with no electricity. She loves all things primitive.

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  93. I love the angel pillow. Thank you for sharing the pattern. May you have a wonderful holiday season.

    Karen

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  94. Thanks Jan for sharing a wonderful pattern! Happy Holidays!

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  95. Jan,You are a delight. I have been around your
    patterns and fabrics for years and you still manage to thrill and amaze me.
    Are the Missouri Red Cedars really red? They look like it in the pictures.
    Thank you for the angel pattern and recipe. My
    cookbook is kept together with a rubber band.
    We do have our favorites.
    Janet

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  96. I love the angel pillow. I have also made the quilt that goes with it many years ago. Merry Christmas!

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  97. Thanks for the free pattern. I like the primitive look. Don

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  98. Love the angel pillow pattern and the cookie recipe. Thank you for the pattern. My boys enjoyed making the thumbprint cookies when they were young many years ago. Thank you for this great giveaway.
    Have a super great day.

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  99. thanks for the pillow pattern. I love Christmas 101...it just might have to be added to my pile of things to make for next Christmas!!

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  100. Thank you for the wonderful angel pillow pattern and the yummy cookie recipe. Jan, I met you at the designer trunk show in Kansas city a few years ago and I have been a big fan ever since. I follow your blog all the time. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  101. Love your designs, I think I have all or most of your patterns. You are an inspiration for all.

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  102. Love the look of the apple garland. May have to try that one sometime. Will put the angel pillow on my ToDo list.

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  103. Thank you Jan for your beautiful designs which have so enriched my life. God Bless you and your family this Christmas season.

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  104. Thank you Jan, for the give-away chance! And Primitive Primer is on my list of favorites I want to do! A gal who works at our shop made it and it hung in our shop for a long time! Darn it, she wanted it back! I will have to order a pattern for myself and get busy! Our customers in our shop love your fabric and patterns and so do we!! Jeni Gaston

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  105. I just admire your primitive quilt patterns and would love to win the angel pillow kit. I am making the Girl Gang quilt and ordered Primitive Primer last week. Happy Holidays.

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  106. Thank you for sharing the gift of creativity God gave you. I love everything primitive. Makes me feel at home. Linda

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  107. I too love angels and have a quilted one on my front window. An angel pillow will make a wonderful addition to our holiday this year. Can't wait to see what fabrics I have that I can do this in....maybe wool as a smaller pillow?? Enjoy your family and thank you so much for your creativity. God Bless. Teri

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  108. How wonderful Jan, I just love your Christmas 101 quilt and the name. :)) Thank you for sharing about your family Christmas celebration. Your cookie recipe looks so fun to make and good to eat too. Your angel pillow is going to be a treat, and I think it would make the best gift to give too. Merry Christmas!

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  109. Hi Jan,
    Love the angel pillow. I will be making one even if I don't win fabric for it (but I sure hope I do).
    Thanks for your creative spirit.
    Vicky F

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  110. Thanks so much for the pattern! This blog hop is so fun! I can't wait to see your wovens! I have a hard time finding wovens! Merry Christmas! :-)

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  111. Thank you for the Christmas memories shared. So much reminds me of what my family did / does - cracking walnuts with a rock, thumbprint cookies, going out in the woods to cut our own cedar tree, arranging celebrations around work schedules (either Thanks. or Christ off, not both), and a Betty Crocker cookbook held together with tape. We are in Florida though. Thanks for the angel pillow pattern and the giveaway. Please enter me in the draw for the kit. Would love to have that special fabric "early". Thanks. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  112. Thank you, the angel pillow is perfect. I just love it. Thanks, Karen M

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  113. I have always loved your designs. Thanks for sharing your angel pillow.

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  114. I like to put raspberry jelly in my thumbprint cookies. I am going to try the recipe that you posted. The one I use doesn't have nuts.
    I love the angel pillow! Thanks for the pattern.
    Judy

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  115. Merry Christmas! Oh those cookies look yummy!
    making Christmas cookies is one of my favorite traditions with my children.
    Great Angel pillow, one can never have enough pillows to decorate with!
    something about angels just makes me happy.
    Kathie

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  116. Jan,
    Its snowing at my house right now with Christmas music going....and with the description of your Christmas celebrations, I am in the Christmas spirit. And I love the pillow!
    God bless,
    Sylvia

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  117. This blog is so inviting, I feel I am at home sitting next to a fire and enjoying your blog. thanks for the pillow pattern it is a must-do. Love homespun and love folkart.

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  118. This pillow project is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it, and the recipe too. Have a wonderful holiday.

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  119. Love all the wonderful designs for Christmas! Come on Jan...be my Santa......quilt kit for Christmas???? Yes!!!!!Debbie in central Mo....Merry Christmas!

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