Happy Holidays + a Giveaway!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Over the past few months, so many of you have followed along with my version of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Quiltalong and holiday traditions! I’ve been so happy to meet so many new quilters and share the holidays with you!

To celebrate, I’m doing a little giveaway! I used my fabric scraps from the Ugly Christmas Sweater quilt (finished quilt pic below!) and batting scraps from my Soup Bowl Cozy (grab that free pattern here!) to make little cat mug rugs.

The cat quilts are another free pattern from my blog. (If you don’t win the giveaway, you can make your own with the pattern here!)

In addition to the three Mini Meow mug rugs, I’m giving away the panel print and two fat quarters from the North Woods collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. See the whole panel print below!

I love this fabric line and used most of it in my quilt, but had some fabric I didn’t cut into yet, and wanted to share it so you could get a jumpstart on next year’s decorations! (Plus, I think the colors in this line are so fresh and can easily transition to winter decor!)

UPDATE: Giveaway is closed. I used a random number generator to choose the winner, and they have been contacted. Thanks, everyone, for entering and sharing your traditions with me! 

TO ENTER the giveaway, please leave a comment below sharing your favorite holiday tradition! 

OFFICIAL RULES: One entry per person on the blog. U.S. entries only.  The giveaway closes December 31 at noon! I’ll pick a winner shortly after and announce the winner on this blog!

BONUS: I’m doing a second giveaway on Instagram, so make sure to visit me there for a second chance to win!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour” and for sharing this year of quilting adventures with me!



  1. Celebrating with family and friends – traditional cultural traditions and foods. Hunting for the pickle, mean santa, Watching “Its a Wonderful Life”. Thanks for offering this contest. Happy New Year.


  2. I make my dad’s recipe for Christmas Eve dinner, marinated flank steak stir-fry with pea pods & tomatoes for red & green in the dish, in his honor. Then for the last 30 years I ring bells at the Christmas Eve service at church.


  3. Favorite tradition is making Christmas cookies with my sister. I really missed that get together this year as several family members have been sick.


  4. Time with family and friends plus enjoying traditions that remind us of those not with us. Recipes from my mom, ornaments from my childhood and my grandma’s silver candlesticks.


  5. It was a tradition that we had to wait until my kindergarten teacher mother dismissed her class for Christmas break so we could have a Christmas tree in our house. It served a dual purpose, the class decoration and our family tree, sigh. My dad made pfefferneuse cookies, dunkers, every year. Mom made sugar cookies when she had time.

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  6. We always read The Night Before Christmas with our kids, and their favorite version was a pop up book. Our kids are now in their 30’s and we still have the book, though it’s a little tattered. We are continuing the tradition with our Grandson!


  7. Spending Christmas Eve with my daughter and family. I have been with my Grandsons everyday of their lives, we enjoy just being together.


  8. i make home made cookies and go around a few days before xmas and give them to the many widow’s and single neighbors that are older and alone, they are always so happy to be given home made goodies, it warms my heart to do this for them. and the company is always nice this time of year.. and my list is growing every year. up to 15 cookie plates,


  9. My granddaughter (now 22) and I get together one day before Christmas and opened our stocking gifts. We try to guess each one before we open them. Always a special time.


  10. Since my children were born, we give them each a new ornament every year. Many years they are homemade. We now have grandchildren and continue this tradition with all of our kids and grandkids. When our girls moved out of the house, they were given their ornaments and had a great start to decorating their own trees.


  11. I love all the decorations and lights. I ready like making lots of cookies !!

    The Northwoods Collection is beautiful. Would be a great start on 2017 Christmas gifts.


  12. We get in the car and drive about an hour to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans and have cafe au lait and beignets on Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings. Wonderful tradition in a beautiful city.


  13. Getting everyone in the family, I mean everyone, ( My Dad, husband , ex-husband and his wife , all our kids and grandkids, nieces and nephews) together on Christmas Eve to open gifts, share a meal , play games , and sing songs together.


  14. Everyone (and I mean Everyone) getting into their stockings as soon as they can. Then we take our time opening gifts. As I have six children and they have families, this could take a while.


  15. My favorite holiday tradition is having family over and making authentic Hispanic food like tamales. It’s a special bonding time and I cherish it so much.


  16. My favorite tradition for the holidays is cooking a wonderful meal from recipes handed down through the family. My mother’s stuffing recipe is always fun to make and taste test the buttery bread cubes before they cook….


  17. When our children were little, and we had very little money, we would go to McDonalds for dinner after church on Christmas Eve. It was such a treat for our children! Now that all our children have children of their own, we still fondly remember those days. And we still open family gifts together on Christmas Eve.


  18. I love that my boys and I spend more time baking and crafting together. It is a great time for us to create new ideas together while we enjoy time together. I love your quilt!


  19. I have many traditions but one of my favorite is the three candle ornaments. I’m not sure how it started but my three kids (still to this day and they are 30, 28 and 26) will see who can clip their candle ornament the highest up on the tree. I always save them for last. This year my poor angel topper had three clipped to her 😂😂


  20. Growing up, we got to open one gift on Christmas Eve, and that was the package from my Pennsylvania grandparents which always contained pajamas. The Santa gifts (1 or 2 per child) arrived while we slept, and Christmas morning was about opening the rest of the gifts under the tree and then off to church we would go!


  21. We open all our presents Christmas Eve and just stockings Christmas morning. It started because when we were kids we had to leave our house at like 5am to make it to my grandma’s for Christmas breakfast. My parents just explained that Santa asked for volunteers to get their presents early and my parents volunteered!


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