Holiday Lane Blog Hop!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…
I LOVE this time of year. It’s just so magical and special.
My daughter is 4 and so excited about Christmas this year. She is such a sweetie and is often thinking of others. She always wants to make things for friends and family as gifts. I love her sweet heart.
It truly is so much fun to make something for someone else, especially when it’s a surprise. I get giddy with anticipation over seeing their reaction and hopefully their appreciation.

Christmas pillow - made for my grandmother. :) She loved it.

I knew when it was my turn to make the Holiday Lane Blog Hop pillow that I would give mine to my sweet grandmother. She’s 95 and is still sharp and funny and going strong. I hope I got her genes!

We spent Thanksgiving together this past weekend, and I brought her the pillow to brighten up her apartment. She doesn’t do a Christmas tree anymore but I knew she would appreciate something festive. I’m happy to say she loved it.

I had to put my spin on the pattern a bit and decided to applique the houses, forgo the flange, modify the layout and adjust the length.

Have you tried pebble quilting? O-M-G- so fun! I loved it and can’t wait to try it again. If there are rules to pebble quilting, I don’t know them so don’t look too close.
I do wish I had put the houses on a road or something that set them up a bit higher and more front and center on the pillow. The pebble quilting gives it a great snowy sky though so I think it works out just fine.
Thanks Madame SammPauline, and Jill of Jilly Studio for including me in this hop!
I hope you’ll all stick around to check out my Deck the Halls series of holiday tutorials and giveaways that kicks off today! There are great prizes to be won including a $50 gift certificate to Contemporary Cloth. CLICK HERE to enter to win!
Then head over to these other stops on the Holiday Lane blog hop to check out the other pillows! Happy Holidays!
Wednesday November 21
Thursday November 22
Friday November 23
 Monday November 26
Tuesday November 27
Wednesday November 28
Mary Jo – that other blog
Thursday November 29
Elaine – that other blog
Friday November 30
Linda – that other blog


  1. Beautiful fabrics and quilting–I love it! That is such a sweet picture of you and your grandmother. :)

  2. I don’t know much about pebble quilting but I know this – yours is gorgeous! It makes the houses stand out beautifully. :) blessings, marlene

  3. What a sweet gift for a wonderful grannie. Love your pebble quilting. I must try it.

  4. Very nice – thanks for sharing!

  5. your cushion look great and you and your grandmother too, I´m sure she will love the holliday lane pillow special made for her.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente in Germany

  6. Rosemary B here:
    first off, I adore your blog, already following you because you have a lot of great ideas.
    Your gramma is beautiful. My PARENTS (yeah I am that olden) are 89 and still pretty perky. I hope you have her genes because you have a lot more work to do lolol
    I love your pillow. I love the white snowy sky and the colors are grand.
    Thank you for sharing your massive creativity today

  7. Really like how you made it your own and know your grandmother is a true treasure. Judy C

  8. Sweet pillow . I can see your grandmother showing it with pride to all who visit.

  9. Love how bright and cheerful your pillow is! Love it.

  10. Your pillow is awesome and so is your grandmother.

  11. You are so lucky to still have your grandmother. I miss both of mine so much! They both quilted and sewed and that is where I learned.

    I love your pillow! The pebble quilting is great! I have done some of it and it is time consuming but adds such a fantastic effect, that it is worth it.

    I never thought about adding a road under the houses… I thought too that they were too close to the bottom… I may make another and try adding a road… Thanks for the idea…

  12. I’m sure she will love this pillow! I love the white background fabric and your choice of house fabrics. Also, the buttons make such cute doorknobs. Great job!

  13. Adorable pillow and so sweet of you to gift it to your grandma!!! :o)

  14. Very fun! I love your take on the pillow!! I’m sure your grandmother will love it, too! :)

  15. Love your bright and cheerful pillow, wonderful of you to gift it to your Grandma – she looks very happy and vigorous in that lovely photo of the two of you.

  16. Love your spin on the pillow. The trees, stars are fabulous! Happy Holidays to Grandmother!

  17. Precious pillow-the pebble quilting looks fantastic! What a sweet picture of you and your grandmother-I can tell you have a special connection:)

  18. Love your pretty pillow! You are so fortunate to still have your grandmother. One of mine died from a stroke when I was 2 weeks old, so I know her only from what others have told me. My other grandma lived to be 88, but I was only 7. She quilted, knitted, and crocheted. I remember watching her knit. I have a few things that she made. I like to think she had some creative influence on me. soparkaveataoldotcom

  19. This people screams You.. kisses to grandmother.. happy birthday too..

  20. I like the look of pebble quilting in the background. Your grandmother looks amazing for 95. That’s a great picture of the two of you.

  21. Love the pillow and LOVE GRANDMA.. She sure does not look her age.. She is a beautiful woman. You are blessed to have her.

  22. I’m sure your grandmother will love your pillow. It is very cute. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Totally different take on the colors…love it! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  24. What a lovely gift for your grandmother! I don’t really do blog hops because they just take up too much time, but I daresay that I will be reading a few posts on this one – I already follow a number of these lovely ladies via my blog reader. :)

  25. Beautifully done, Jennifer!

    Yes, pebble quilting has to be one of the most fun ways to quilt. Good choice for your pillow – looks like falling snow!

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