Week 2 of 12 Weeks of Christmas

Welcome to week two of the 12 Weeks of Christmas! Did you have fun making Jenni’s Snowflake Embroidery Pillow pattern?

Last year, I created some doodles and different characters for holiday related emails. Knowing the boss lady (Teri) had a mild obsession with snowmen, I figured there should be at least one in the mix. This is how Sullivan the Snowman was born.

When the idea of designing patterns for the 12 Weeks of Christmas series was presented to us, I knew right away what I wanted to do. Sullivan was going to be brought back to life and rehashed as a pillow. That part was easy. Now I needed to not only make the pillow, but also write a pattern for it. Needless to say, Sullivan was my very first pattern—side note: I have so much more respect for our wonderful designers here after partaking in this adventure!

I cleaned Sullivan up a bit to make sure he’d be a good template for myself (and hopefully others!) to use. I picked some pretty neutral and basic colors for this project since there was a lot going on with the appliqué already. The fabrics I chose are: Mirage Antique (3856), Mirage Coal (3862), Mirage Green Tea (3890), Mirage Barn Red (3857), and Solid Cream (3919).

I picked up some Wonder Under and a pillow form and was ready to start my first appliqué project. Lo and behold, it wasn’t nearly as daunting of a task as I expected it to be. While I wasn’t quite ready to tackle the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine (the practice ones were pretty hideous!), I think everything else turned out just fine. Another first for this project—I had never done a blanket stitch prior to this either. I find it a bit hard to follow along with hand stitching tutorials, so I set out to find a video. Funny thing is, the one I found that helped me the most was an older Connecting Threads’ tutorial video. It’s nice having coworkers help you from anywhere (even if they don’t realize they are—thanks Judy!).

This holiday season, Sullivan will be gracing us with his presence on our couch amidst the other Christmas pillows and stuffed animals (it’s okay to still have stuffed animals, right?) collecting a fuzzy display of cat fur. I’m sure he’s thrilled.

If you decide to participate in our Christmas fun, we would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. If you’re on Pinterest, upload your picture and tag it with #12WOC. Any images with that tag on them will be seen by our team and re-pinned to our board! Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall!


  1. Alisha - October 9, 2013

    Oh man, Sullivan gets cuter every time I see him! Who wouldn’t love to snuggle up to this pillow?! Adorable!

  2. Laraine - October 9, 2013

    He’s a keeper–glad he won’t melt. Nice job!
    He’s a great little applique that could be used in so many different ways. I can see him on homemade gift tags,cards etc.!

  3. Gracie Currier - October 9, 2013

    I would love to give this book to my sister. She is also my friend and quilting partner. While we are quilting we have different discussions about how women of the past would be amazed at how quilting techniques have changed. We always help each other figure things out on quilting techniques and make suggestions. I love my sister.

  4. Darla Harlacher - October 9, 2013

    Sullivan is sooo cute. It will be fun to make several of these snowmen.

  5. Mari - October 9, 2013

    Very cute Katrina! They are all the buzz on Gifty! Good job!

  6. Sue - October 9, 2013

    He’s such a cutie Katrina. Does he have family members? Will you be making more? Great job.

  7. Amanda Best - October 9, 2013

    I love it! Sullivan is too adorable! Thank you, Katrina, he is precious.

  8. Judy - October 9, 2013

    He is adorable Katrina! Sullivan lives on! I’m sure he will be happy on your couch. Your blanket stitch looks perfect! Great project.

  9. Jenni - October 9, 2013

    I HEART Sullivan! Such a cute! Awesome job!!

  10. Margie Flack - October 10, 2013

    Some of these look likw they have used scraps and I have alot of them. Would love to find another new pattern to use mine with. Love Sulluvan.

  11. Nikki - October 10, 2013

    I wish that my 15 year old daughter would win your book. Mary K has a talent that all quilters wish they had she can pick colors that are stunning and very pleasing to the eye. However she needs direction and always loves to quilt with older woman. Mary K needs her own young personal style that she can grow into a creative quilter with inspiration. Please consider her as an aspiring quilter with hopes that. She may one day be a designer herself in the creative quilting world. Have a blessed day.

  12. Teri - October 21, 2013

    Are you sure he doesn’t want to come stay at my house with all of his cousins?