My Sweet Saint Nick Collection!

Sweet Saint Nick is the third fabric line I’ve designed for Connecting Threads, and I must say it’s my favorite.

In my world, Christmas is very traditional: very red and green, and filled with Santas!  I am a decorative artist, and Santas have always been a favorite of mine to paint, whether they’re my own designs or someone else’s.

It’s not hard to figure out that the inspiration for this collection stems from my ever-growing collection of Santas, with my favorites being the ones hand carved by my husband, John and painted by me.  They reside year round on top of the hutch in the dining room, and then make the leap from there to the mantel for the month of December. 

Probably my favorite fabric in the collection is the border print, Saint Nick’s Workshop. 

The Santas on the border, are an adaptation of some ornaments from the ornament book I did last year, and the tossed motifs in the center are from an Advent Calendar, a project from last year’s other book. 

With 2.5 yards of it, I made 2 cute pillowcases.  They’ll be on the bed for Christmas – hope Santa will approve!
I am thrilled with the Sweet Saint Nick collection, love the projects that the talented designers have come up with, and am amazed with how Connecting Threads’ customers have accepted it.
Thank You!


  1. Amanda Best - July 10, 2012

    Santas are my favorite! I love the fabric and thanks for showing off your collection! It is nice to know there are people out there as nuts for Christmas as I am!

  2. Rusty - July 16, 2012

    Mary Jo,
    This is perhaps my all-time favorite Christmas fabric collection. You did a terrific job designing and creating the Santas. I leave a little Christmas village up year round too. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who leaves something Christmasy up through the year!
    Keep up the fantastic work!