For the Twelfth Day of Christmas in July, we bring you Good Tidings of Great Joy with Nancy Halvorsen's Tidings Advent Calendar Kit!
You and your child can count down the December days with this clever calendar designed by Nancy Halvorsen. Each day add something new until, on December 24th, you complete the Nativity scene! The panel gives instructions to make the ornaments backed with felt, or you can use the kit instructions for the ornaments but will have to purchase the Tidings Great Joy Gold Panel to back them.
Tidings is the newest line of fabric from Nancy Halvorsen and it features all the rich colors and patterns she is known for.
We hope you've enjoyed our Twelve Days of Christmas in July and we'd like to leave you with this dear old Southern recipe that's been passed down. It's traditionally made at Christmas because that was when oranges were available. Now you can make it as a healthful dessert any time, but to us, it tastes best at Christmas.
3 navel oranges
1/2 of a fresh coconut, peeled and grated
1 small bottle of Marischino cherries without stems
1 small can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup mini marshmallows
Peel oranges and remove pulp from skin. Add remaining ingredients, including pineapple and cherry juice. Mix well and serve with whipped cream on top.
Merry Christmas in July, and to all a good night.
When Quilt Gallery Shops asked eleven quilt shops to create a quilt using the Martha Washington Star block, Suzanne and Shirley came up with their Original Design, the beautiful and unique kit called Martha’s Holiday Spin.
It's been several years, and Martha keeps putting her special spin on holiday traditions in South Georgia, using the beautiful Benartex fabric designed by Nancy Halvorsen. The pattern is still available, but ONLY ONE KIT is left. Don't wait until Christmas - order today! OOPS! There are 12 stars in this quilt. We couldn't find a quilt with 11.
This recipe puts a spicy spin on frozen yeast dough. We think Martha would approve.
Cinnamon Roll Bread
1 loaf (16 oz.) frozen white yeast dough, thawed in the refrigerator overnight
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Vegetable oil spray
Let dough stand at room temperature 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll dough into a 10 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread butter over dough. In a small bowl, combine sugar, pecans and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture over butter to within one inch of edges. Beginning at short edge, roll up dough jellyroll style. Pinch seam to seal and place in greased 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 loaf pan. Spray top of dough with cooking spray, cover and let rise in a warm place about 30 minutes or until almost doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut 5 slashes in top of loaf and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Transfer to wire rack with waxed paper underneath. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Drizzle icing over warm loaf and serve. Store in airtight container. Makes 1 loaf.
As you know, we dearly love those Hoffman fabrics with the metallic highlights. One of the loveliest kits we've had using Hoffman fabric has been the Enchanted Winter kit, with its appliqued wreaths of Christmas roses.
If you love Hoffman as much as we do, you're in luck! We have ONE KIT LEFT for Enchanted Winter. Act now, or your Enchanted Winter may turn into a sorry summer.
Wishing you enchantment and excitement all through the year!
It's a Cool Yule!
Put some cool in your Yuletide festivities with Hip Holiday Quilt Kit. This ultra stylish quilt that mixes traditional motifs with modern colors features ten tremendous Christmas trees and presents with pretty paper pieced bows. The star shining on top of the tree is also paper pieced. This hip quilt kit and the fab fabric that goes into it are both designed by Quilt Soup for Henry Glass Fabrics. Get hep with Hip Holidays!
For a cool new look for your Yuletide table, we offer this Fresh & Fun Table Runner. We also offer a class called "Top That Table!" The Fresh & Fun Table Runner is just one of the easy and beautiful table toppers covered in this class. Mark your calendars for Monday, November 8 & 15 at 6-8:30 p.m. or for Thursday, November 11 & 18 from 9:30 to Noon.
With your Fresh & Fun Table Runner topping your buffet, you need something fresh and fun to serve with it. Your guests will love this tasty twist on that cheesy old cheese ball that's been hanging around as long as the fruitcake.
Fresh & Fun Apple Cheese Ball
8 oz. white Vermont cheddar cheese, finely grated
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
stem of mint or basil with leaves
Cream the cheddar, cream cheese, garlic powder and red pepper together. Form into a ball and make an indention in the top. Roll the ball in bright red paprika to coat it heavily. Stick the mint or basil leaves in the indentation to put the stem on the apple. Serve with apple and pear slices or with crackers.
Y'all have a Cool Yule!
Yes, There IS a Santa Claus!
If there was ever any doubt, just look through our Christmas Pattern Department! We have a Santa Trio that features not one, but three jolly Saint Nicks to applique. Santa is also spotlighted in our Christmas Trio. This pattern series is popular because it includes free website tutorials for each pattern.
Our Turn of the Century Santa blows his own horn. He's realistically appliqued to capture all the details that make Santa so magical. Santa's Woodland Visit also features those special details.
Our Redwork Embroidery Patterns are another customer favorite and we have several that feature Santa. This stocking features Santa & Toys. Many toys have escaped from Santa's sack and onto these charming ornaments for your tree or mantle. Santa can be embroidered on a stocking or finished as a wall hanging. This is a good pattern for beginners because you can start with the ornaments and work up to Mr. Claus. Another easy embroidery pattern is our Santa Claus Iron-on Transfer Pattern. This classic pose is based on a drawing by Thomas Nast, who helped made Santa Claus an American institution. You can use this pattern to make a beautiful quilt or wall hanging and reuse it to make a matching pillow.
If you're a dedicated redworker, you won't want to miss our Here Comes Santa Quilt. It features a dozen darling Kris Kringles set off by red sashing.
Santa Rides features a magical scene with the reindeer flying across the moon while pulling Santa's sleigh. It would make the perfect wall hanging for your child or grandchild's room. And if your little ones want to know how Santa's reindeer are able to find their house, ask them to help you make up some Magic Reindeer Food.
Magic Reindeer Food
Mix heaping tablespoons of bird seed, dry oatmeal or cereal (such as oat rings, rice crisps or wheat flakes) and red and green sugar crystals. On Christmas Eve, sprinkle the mixture on the lawn. The reindeer will smell the food and pull Santa's sleigh right to your house. Makes enough food for eight reindeer plus Rudolph (and maybe a little extra for the birds and squirrels, too!) Run, run, reindeer!
P.S. All our Christmas Patterns and Christmas Books are 20% OFF until July 26! That's enough to make anyone go Ho, Ho. Ho!
We start our journey with this shining Lumiere de Noel quilt kit. In French, Lumiere de Noel means "light of Christmas". The light radiates from the rows of eight-pointed stars, like the Star that shone over Bethlehem on that holiest of nights. Most French families celebrate the light of Christmas by putting up an elaborate Nativity scene called a creche.
Lumiere de Noel is the first Christmas fabric made by French General. It has the look of antique 18th century fabric, in authentic period colors, with lush prints and elegant toiles.
In France, children don't hang their stockings on Christmas Eve. Instead, they leave their shoes out, with hay and carrots for Pere Noel's donkey. If the children have been good, Pere Noel accepts their offerings and fills their shoes with candy and presents. If you want to leave a snack for Pere Noel, we suggest this easy French recipe from glamorous Hollywood star Marlene Dietrich.
Bake an eggplant in the oven until the skin is black. Let cool. Chop half of a medium-sized onion very fine. Fry it golden brown in 4 tablespoons oil. Peel eggplant and cut in small pieces. Add to the onions and fry for a few minutes while mixing constantly with a wooden spoon. Add one small can of tomato sauce and keep on mixing. Transfer to chopping board and chop very fine. (Marlene didn't say so, but you could probably put it in your blender or food processor.) Serve cold as an appetizer. Pere Noel would probably like this with plenty of whole wheat crackers and some sparkling water.
For our Trip Around the World, Suzanne has designed an original tree skirt in bright Hoffman fabrics. It will look beautiful under your tree this year and it's easy to make. It's just one of the tree skirts featured in our class that starts November 2.
We hope you've enjoyed our trip to France. Joyeux Noel!
Even Santa likes to get away from the snow and work on his tan. He brought his favorite reindeer with him to enjoy the escape from the North Pole.
Nine different scenes in this fabric. Would make a great Christmas shirt or quilt for those who live in a Florida or Hawaii.
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It also makes a great pillowcase! Click Here
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12 Gifts Quilt Kit measures 45" x 50". The Santa in the center and 12 blocks depicting the 12 days of Christmas are from a panel print. Fussy cut the panel and add frames around the blocks and sashing. Easy to do. Don't you love the look on Santa's face?
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This would be a great backing for the 12 Gifts Quilt. It features all the bird symbols in the 12 Days of Christmas song (partridge, French hens, geese, swans, turtle doves, and calling birds.)
Santa's Holiday Punch
1 bottle white wine
32 oz. bottle of cranberry juice cocktail
12 oz can of frozen pineapple juice concentrate
12 oz can frozen pink lemonade concentrate.
Mix together in a large container and chill.
When ready to serve add 6 cups (48 ounces) chilled lemon-lime soda.
48 ounces is equal to 1 1/2 liter bottles of soda
Yields twelve - 6 ounce servings
Six Spirited Snowmen
Back in February of this year, Moultrie got some unusual weather. We had an inch of honest-to-goodness snow that stuck to the ground and hung around for most of the day. Even though it very, very rarely snows in South Georgia, snowmen are still a popular Christmas icon at Suzanne's Quilt Shop. Our Saturday Sampler group has been enjoying working on Shivery Snowmen. Another popular Christmas kit featuring snow people has been our wonderful Holiday Spirit Placemats.
Bring plenty of Holiday Spirit to your Christmas gatherings with these festive placemats! Each of them features a different scene of snowmen celebrating the season with their families - just like you do! Kit includes directions and fabric, including backing fabric, for making 6 place mats. Fabric on the reverse side is pretty too so these placemats are reversible. Finished place mats are 14" x 18". What a wonderful gift for your favorite hostess - or for yourself!
If you are a snowman collector, you won't want to miss our Holly Jolly Snowman Quilt Kit. It features some of the jolliest snowmen you've ever seen, hanging out with their best buds, the snow birds. The kit comes in a really cool little black felt tote bag that's as charming as the snowmen.
You can't have snowmen without Snowballs, and this gives you about five dozen rich crunchy cookies covered in powdered sugar snow. This old Southern recipe more than makes up for the absence of the cold, wet stuff!
2 sticks of butter (not margarine, not shortening)
6 tablespoons of powdered sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Cream the butter and the sugar until it is smooth and fluffy. Sift the flour and the salt together and add the mixture a half cup at a time to the butter/sugar. Add the vanilla and the pecans. Roll the dough into bite-sized balls, place on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for around thirty minutes or until they are light brown and the pecans are nicely toasted. Let them cool and dust them with more powdered sugar so they look like little snowballs. These cookies have a rich buttery, nutty taste that makes it impossible to eat just one. They are especially good with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Golden Hoffman Fabrics
I must confess. I love Hoffman Christmas fabrics with gold metallic. I can't wait for the Hoffman salesman to show them every year. Hoffman knows how to change it up a little each year but I find they are so classic. Hoffman fabrics was the first many years ago to start adding gold metallic highlights to the fabric. They know how to do it best. The reds and greens are always so rich and they make lots of coordinates.
To view all our Christmas fabrics Click Here
Simply Squares Christmas Quilt Kit
This shop's favorite Christmas quilt measures 60" x 81. Kit has 21 strips of coordinated Hoffman Christmas fabric. The pattern features a quick method of putting the quilt on point. Purchase your choice of 3/8 yards for inner border and 1 7/8 yards for outer border and binding. Backing requires 5 yards.
Simply Squares Christmas
Shortbread Cookie Mix
In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Transfer the mix to a jar or bag, seal tightly and decorate with a ribbon. Enclose these instructions on a pretty recipe card:
1 package Shortbread Cookie Mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Gently knead the butter into the cookie mix, using your fingers. Press the dough evenly into an 8-inch pie plate. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until golden, but not browned. Cut into wedges while still warm. Makes 16 buttery “petticoat tails”.
Make this mix ahead to give or to get a jump start on your holiday baking or gift preparation. A simple, classic and delicious cookie.
Santa's Big Night
Santa comes with his reindeer to Moultrie, GA on Thanksgiving night to light up the downtown square with Christmas lights. Everyone comes out to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a special program and stores open for shopping. Santa with his sleigh and reindeer circle the square and magically the lights come on. We just wonder why he does not bring snow. Mrs. Claus always makes a stop at Suzanne's Quilt Shop to pick up some new fabrics.
It's not too early to prepare for Santa's Big Night! Debbie Mumm is all ready, with this warm traditional depiction of everyone's favorite Christmas symbol, Santa Claus. This fabric captures the breathless air of anticipation as children look forward to Christmas Eve and the moment when Santa's sleigh flies over. Click Here
These are Santa's favorite cookies when he visits Georgia.
Georgia Peanut Field Cookies
1 box chocolate cake mix, the darker the better
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
One 12 oz. package of peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups chopped roasted peanuts
Combine the cake mix, brown sugar, egg and oil in a large bowl. Mix them by hand but don’t over mix. Add the peanut butter chips and the peanuts. Stir them into the batter, Drop the dough by teaspoons onto a well greased cookie sheet, leaving a good two inches between them because they spread. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a 325 degree oven. Makes 3 dozen rich, nutty cookies.