New Pattern: Deck The Halls Mug Rugs

Once again, thank you to everyone who stopped by last week to make the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop special. And also once again I have to apologize for not replying to every comment, I just can’t find the time, and my health issues are leaving me very tired these days, and I have to prioritize. But I still want you to know that I read and appreciate every single one of them.

I drew the winners of the pattern giveaway yesterday and emailed the digital copies to them right away. If you are a winner and didn’t receive an email, please check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the pattern, please let me know. Congratulations to

  – Cindy P.
  – Wendy
  – Becky T.

If you didn’t win but would still like a copy of the pattern, it is now available for purchase in the store section. A German/metric version is also available.

061 - Deck The Halls Quilted Mug Rugs PPP-061

And speaking of prioritizing… I did make good use of my time, and next year’s BOM is ready to start on January 1, 2022. I will be officially announcing it on Friday, so stay tuned.

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Latte Macchiato

This quilt is the next of Sharon’s works, and she even designed this one herself, following the requests of the family member she made it for. There are lots of open spaces to be filled with quilting, and the “Feathered Curls” pattern she chose works well with the traditional blocks.

Latte Macchiato

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Black and White Star

This is the next quilt that Sharon made last year for Christmas to be gifted. Isn’t she just fabulous? When I first started quilting, it took me a while before I attempted anything with triangles, and I have been very impressed by her rapid progress. The pantograph we used for this quilt is called “Overlapping Crop Circles”. It works very well with straight geometric patterns and adds great texture.

Black & White Star

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Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop 2021: Vanillekipferl and Pattern Giveaway

It’s Cookie Exchange time! First I would like to thank Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for organizing it again. This is my favourite blog hop of the year, and I never really have enough time to join many blog hops but this is the one I try not to miss. I started working on my project in July this year, knowing that with my health issues I would need extra time. And for once I actually finished with lots of time to spare. No last minute night shifts for me this year.

And once again, I have a German cookie recipe. (For previous entries, check German Butter Cookies in 2018, Hazelnut Cookies in 2019 and Mandelsplitter in 2020.) This time I made Vanillekipferl. I think this is as German as it can get. Or maybe Austrian. Because I started thinking about the name. Vanille means vanilla, and Kipferl means the crescent shape of the cookies. But Kipferl is not a very German word, in fact these cookies are the only context I could think of. So I looked it up, and it turns out that it is Austrian which makes perfect sense. Yes, they speak German in Austria but they have different words for some things that the average German does not understand. And Kipferl fits right in there. I also found out that the recipe originated in Vienna, so it isn’t even German at all. But they are delicious and one of my favourites for Christmas.

Vanillekipferl - Vanilla Almond Cookies

In Germany, the four weekends of Advent leading up to Christmas are a big thing, and we traditionally started baking on the first weekend. In most years that’s the last weekend in November. My mother is a fabulous baker, and she made lots of Christmas cookies but she stored them all in safe places and we didn’t get to eat most of them until Christmas. She needed them for another very German tradition: “Bunter Teller”. It literally translates to “colourful plate” and means a plate full of cookies, chocolates, nuts and other delicious goodies. I have three siblings, and each of us would receive their own plate as an additional Christmas gift, and nothing on that plate needed to be shared. If you have siblings, you know how special that is. If you would like to know more about this tradition, check out this post by German Girl in America. She explains it in detail and with pictures. We used to have some of those coated cardboard plates with Christmas images that she shows, and I got all excited seeing these vintage paper plates. Exactly how I remember it.

In our house we don’t believe in waiting until Christmas because there is always so much food anyway, and it feels like you are eating constantly. So we start eating our Christmas cookies as soon as we make them, nibbling one or two with our coffee in the afternoon. There is always enough left at Christmas, and when our son comes home, he will happily make more, especially if most of his favourites are already gone.

A few words of caution/disclaimer: This is a German recipe. Germans measure only liquids by volume, solid ingredients are measured by weight. And everything is metric, of course. With the help of the internet I have provided the imperial measurements but there is no guarantee these are correct… it’s the internet after all. So if a number looks suspicious to you, please double check the math.

And once again I have come up with a Christmas mug rug design. I am always super busy towards the end of the year, not only with longarm quilting but I also have to finalize the new BOM project for next year, and I always send out handmade Christmas cards. A few years ago I started designing next year’s Christmas card right away and always buy the fabric in December, thinking this would take the pressure out of the last minute rush. And then I put everything in a drawer, forget all about it, and suddenly it’s November, and I haven’t worked on my cards at all. At least I don’t have to scramble to come up with a design and run out to buy fabric but it still takes up a lot of my time in November and early December. So in July I decided I could count on Carol running the Virtual Cookie Exchange again and started drawing Christmas designs. This year I played with holly leaves and came up with two designs that I liked. I couldn’t decide which one I like better, so I kept them both. The pattern is ready to go and will be published next week. Here is a little preview, and I am also giving away three digital copies of the pattern (English/Imperial measurements only). If you would like to win one, please leave a comment and enter the giveaway. Entries will be accepted until Sunday (December 12, 2021, 11.59 PST), and I will announce the winners on the following Wednesday and email the patterns. Please scroll down to the end of the post for giveaway rules and guidelines.

061 Deck The Halls Mug Rug 1

Deck The Halls Mug Rug #1

061 Deck The Halls Mug Rug 2

Deck The Halls Mug Rug #2

Comment moderation is turned off for today to make it easier for you to enter the giveaway. But please don’t leave your email address in the comment text. It is not necessary to do so, and the spam protection software will kick in and not publish your comment, so it will have to be moderated after all. I will be happy to manually publish it but please keep in mind that I am in the Pacific time zone and will still be asleep when this post publishes.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for visiting today, and please make sure that you visit all the participants of this blog hop and look at their fabulous projects and mouthwatering cookies. Here is the full schedule of all four days of the event.

Monday, December 6

Creatin’ in the Sticks
Quilt Schmilt
Sew Many Yarns
Pumpkin Patch BC (that’s me)
Just Because Quilts
Treasured Nest
Cathie’s Craftworks

Tuesday, December 7

Songbird Designs
Selina Quilts
Life in the Scrapatch
Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Samelia’s Mum

Wednesday, December 8

For The Love Of Geese
Days Filled With Joy
Food for Thought
Karrin’s Crazy World
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
Stitchin At Home
Words & Stitches
Colletta’s Kitchen Sink

Thursday, December 9

Just Let Me Quilt
Home Sewn By Us
Just Sew Quilter
Ms P Designs USA
Texas Quilt Gal
Creative Latitude
That Fabric Feeling


Giveaway Rules and Guidelines

Please take the time to read them.

    • You must leave a comment to enter the giveaway. If you don’t leave a comment, your winning entry will be ignored and cancelled.
    • You are only allowed to enter once.
    • The winners will be announced either on Wednesday, December 15 or Thursday, December 16, 20201
    • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaway. Any email returned to me loses the ability to win automatically.
    • I will email the digital patterns to the winners right away. Please check your spam folders if you are announced as one of the winners and didn’t receive an email. Especially Gmail likes to send anything I send straight to the spam folder. If you have a Canadian address with Shaw or Telus, they are even worse and often reject my email address without notifying me or the recipient.
    • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
    • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
    • All winners are chosen at random.
    • All winners will be announced on the blog via the Rafflecopter entry form and a post. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
    • Odds of winning a prize are based on the total number of rafflecopter entries.
    • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

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Pumpkin Patch

Lyn made this cute autumn quilt a few years ago and finally got around to finishing it. I had the perfect panto called “Meandering Pumpkin Patch”. I bought it when I first started my business, because of the name, of course, and this was the first time I was able to use it.

Pumpkin Patch

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Monkey Business BOM – Block #12

And here we are, starting the last month of the year. It doesn’t really feel like December yet, especially with this warm and rainy weather. Not that it gets really cold here, compared to most parts of Canada, but still, it is too warm even by our standards. Now that gardening is pretty much on hold, I missed it and started a batch of radishes under grow lights. And of course I have been drawing a lot, and next year’s BOM seems to be right on track for a start on January 1. I am not promising anything yet but if nothing comes up unexpectedly, we should be good.

As for our Monkey friend, he is relaxing in a hammock under a palm tree today, not a care in the world. This was actually one of the earliest blocks I drew but then I decided it would make a great last block for this BOM. And I have also said that Block #12 would contain the finishing instructions but I have changed my mind about that. They are now available as an individual pattern with no charge, so make sure you download two patterns below. Block #12 will be free until the end of the month and move over to the pattern store in January. The finishing instructions will always be free. They are very simple, just sashing and one outer border, and I will use the same layout and measurements for next year’s BOM, so I can concentrate on the fun part (designing the blocks) and won’t have to worry about doing the math and double checking it seventeen times.

059-12 Monkey #12

EDIT: The year is over, a new BOM has started, and block #12 has moved to the pattern store and is now available for purchase if you missed the free download. I have also created special pricing bundles again for blocks 10, 11 & 12 and also for blocks 7-12, in case you missed a whole bunch. The full Monkey Business pattern is also available for purchase now for those who missed most or all of the free blocks. If you just need the finishing instructions, they are still available for free download.

Auch Block #12 ist jetzt auf Deutsch und in metrischen Maßen erhältlich. Es gibt auch wieder Blockbündel zum Sonderpreis, entweder die Blöcke 10, 11 und 12 oder die Blöcke 7-12 komplett. Die Anleitung für den kompletten Monkey Business Quilt ist jetzt ebenfalls auf Deutsch erhältlich. Wer nur die Anleitung zur Fertigstellung sucht, kann diese nun auch auf Deutsch kostenlos herunterladen.

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Exotic Animals

Mary made this set of cute matching baby quilts. The feature fabric has exotic animals, and we both thought of faraway countries and sunshine and picked the pantograph “Sun Scallops” to finish Mary’s projects.

Exotic Animals 2

Exotic Animals 1

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Black Friday Sale 2021

Once again, it’s that time of the year… Black Friday has arrived, and I am having a sale again this year, offering a discount code for 20% off during checkout. BLACK2021 will be valid until Nov 29, 2021 11.59 pm PST. Please note that it works only on this website and not on any other platform that might be selling my patterns. Now is the time to check and see if you missed any blocks. Happy shopping!

Previous BOM blocks can be found here:

Die deutschen Versionen mit metrischen Maßen befinden sich hier:

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Moose Lake

Kathy made this Moose quilt as a gift for a friend. Have you ever wondered what to do with a panel, how to make it more interesting without losing the overall image? By cutting up the moose panel into squares and then putting the squares back together as attic window blocks Kathy created a wonderful illusion of scenery outside a window. “Deer in the Woods” which has not only deer but also a bear and a moose and trees was the perfect quilting design for Kathy’s quilt.

Moose Lake

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Dutch Roses

Well, last week turned out to be a bit wild with the flooding and mudslides in Southern BC, and I didn’t find the time to write another post. While we were not affected by the water directly, we couldn’t get out of Chilliwack for a few days because all the roads were closed, and I had to postpone an urgent medical appointment in Abbotsford until we finally made it there driving the Lougheed Highway on Friday.

Another week, another chance, and I am feeling much calmer now, so back to our regularly scheduled program. I am way behind in posting pictures, all of these I am posting right now were actually quilted a year ago. This is the next of Sharon’s quilts. After her first one was such a success, she set out to make quilts for her family for Christmas and probably broke a record in speed sewing. For this lovely blue and white quilt she chose “Melange” as the quilting design.

Dutch Roses

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The Next Monkey Blocks

After receiving pictures of the current blocks last week I realized that I never posted the pictures of blocks 7, 8 & 9 that both ladies sent me. Here are Elaine’s blocks:

And here are Sigrid’s, she still comes up with a custom background for her monkeys every month:

Once again, thank you to both of you for sending me your pictures every month, I really enjoy them!

CATEGORIES: Show and Tell


Darlene is the “Bargello Queen” among my customers, and whenever she ventures out of her Bargello comfort zone, she comes up with another amazing quilt like this one. Isn’t it just fabulous? This modern quilt needed a modern quilting pattern, and all those circles were asking for something not too curvy. “Ripples on Point” with its soft, wavy lines creates a great secondary pattern of squares on point and was just perfect for Darlene’s project.


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