I would like to thank CAROL for organizing and hosting this wonderful Hop each year at this time. This year was a little change to the game by not just offering a cookie recipe, but also a tradition and/or a holiday quilt.
I will admit that I am not a baker. I was able to handle the job good enough when my kids were young and we made the most basic cookies. I think good cookies are a real art and those that make those OMG treats are true artists. So what's a non-baker doing in a cookie exchange?
Well, there are a lot of no bake recipes out there that help us non-bakers share during the holiday seasons. This is one of my favorites as it has all my fav bits of season tastes rolled into one cookie. You can substitute your favorite nut if you don't like pecans.
The tradition that has been passed down thru our family is putting an orange into the toe of each stocking. My daughter is following still with this tradition with her own children. There are many stories to the 'why' of this tradition, but it had always meant filling the New Year with riches. Oranges were hard to come by at the time of year or even during the war(s) and depression. An orange was a treasure as well as nuts and a little bit of chocolate (same reasons). Also, an orange could be shared. With it's many sections, it could be divided up for many to enjoy - encouraging share with what you have.
I am not one who likes to work with traditional holiday fabrics. I've been wanting to play with Kaffe Fassett for some time and this Hop came to the perfect match. The pattern is The No Bake Jolly Bar Quilt - how cool is that. Jolly Bars are 5" x 10" strips that come in bundles of 42. My Kaffe was 6" x WOF, but it worked and you can certainly cut your own stash.
I had fun quilting this with a lot of straight lines in different color threads matching colors in the prints - and a lot of white thread, too.
As a thank you for visiting and my 'share of the season', I have a give away of a layer cake (no thread) of the collection of 'Winter Flurries' by Connecting Threads. This would make a fun No Bake Quilt or any pattern you wish. Please be sure I have a way to contact you - winner to be drawn on Dec 1st.
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