🎶 Sleigh bells ring . . . are you quilting? 🎶 (winter sampler + giveaway!)

Welcome back to Christmas Is Coming Week at Stitch This!

Today we’ve got a special treat for you: a holiday quilt from Jan Patek. You’ll love celebrating the season with her sampler quilt, chock-full of winter’s charms! ⛄ 🦌 🎄 ❄

Sleigh Bells

We’re thrilled to have beloved quilt designer Jan Patek as a member of the Martingale family!

In Jan’s new book, Sleigh Bells, you’ll stitch a dozen cute quilt-block designs featuring whimsical snowmen, quaint cottages, towering trees, wonky stars, and folk-art angels, plus kids bundled up for wintertime fun. It’s a sampler quilt that’s bursting with all the joys that winter brings each year.

Sleigh Bells quilt
Jan’s Sleigh Bells sampler quilt

Looking forward to some cold-weather cozying? At queen size, this comfy quilt can be showcased anywhere and cuddled under anytime you need to warm up. Plus, now is the perfect time to start a quilt for winter—stitch just one of these adorable blocks each week and your quilt top will be ready when the season arrives! For quick coordinating projects, turn single blocks into pillows, wall quilts, table toppers, and more. Full-size appliqué patterns are included for all the motifs.

Sleigh Bells quilt detail Sleigh Bells quilt detail
A closer look at
Sleigh Bells

Jan is here at Stitch This! as a guest writer today to tell us more about the inspiration behind Sleigh Bells—welcome, Jan!


Jan PatekMy quilts are always about my life. I don’t do it on purpose, it’s just what happens, and Sleigh Bells embodies all of my favorite things about winter. I really love winter—as long as it doesn’t get carried away with itself.

You can’t paint the barn—it’s too cold outside.

You can’t work in the garden—it’s too cold outside.

You can build a snowman with your children or grandchildren and sit and stitch while your husband and the kids bake cookies and make hot chocolate.

Snowman quilt block

Things slow down a little—more time to contemplate God and listen. Since we don’t have all the city lights out in the country where I live, the night sky is amazing. On a cold, clear night you can almost feel the angels hovering. The stars and moons in my quilts always represent God—the celestial.

Angel quilt blocks

Living in the country, it’s easier to be in touch with nature since it’s all around us. I have bird feeders outside my kitchen window, one of which is a long bench.  In the winter at dusk, deer come and feed with the wild birds. Quite often in the spring they come too, bringing their fawns with them.

Deer quilt block

Best of all, at the end of the day, after animals are fed and watered, chores are done, and chickens are safely put up in their houses—nature is not always friendly—you can sit and quilt with your family.

Sleigh Bells sampler quilt

I hope you enjoy working on this quilt as much as I did. I invite you to make it your own.


Sleigh BellsThanks for filling our sewing sleighs with inspiration today, Jan!

It wouldn’t be a new-book celebration here at Stitch This! without a giveaway! For your chance to win your very own copy of Sleigh Bells, tell us in the comments:

What do you love most about winter: snowy landscapes, only-in-winter activities . . . the excuse to stay home and sew?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start your own Sleigh Bells quilt today, you can order the book at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Kathy, who says:

“I love winter with all of the winter birds, the beautiful landscape and being able to sit and quilt, stitch and sew. It is the best time of the year! Hot Chocolate, cranberry scones and good friends and plenty of laughter while stitching.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Kathy—congratulations!


437 Comments

  • I like to watch the birds coming to the feeder and being able to wear sweaters and wander around outside breathing in the cool air – I’m in Arkansas so we do not get a lot of snow – I wish we had a more than we do as I grew up in the north and miss not having much snow in the winter – that sure is a cute quilt – I need no excuse to quilt I do that whenever I want!

    Karen on August 29, 2018
  • I love the twinkling lights that seem to be everywhere in my area. They go up early and stay up long. They always make me smile. Of course I love Christmas and all it means. It’s a wonderful season.

    —Renee Welton on August 29, 2018
  • I’m in Montana! I love getting into bed with warm blankets, cat at my side. And believe it or not, I am usually reading a quilting book!

    nancy jo on August 29, 2018
  • I like an excuse to stay home and sew.

    —Phyllis on August 29, 2018
  • For me, it’s all about the angels! The simple thought that there are always angels among us. This book speaks to my heart.

    —Linda M Abbott on August 29, 2018
  • Holidays, fires in the fireplace, and hot tea, wrapping up in a quilt.

    —Pat on August 29, 2018
  • I love Christmas; and it would be so wonderful to win Sleigh Bells. I love the angels, the trees, church and everything about this quilt.

    —Lucille McGinty on August 29, 2018
  • I love to stay in and sew, sew,sew!

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on August 29, 2018
  • I love to snuggle up under a quilt and have more time to make more quilts!

    —Barbara on August 29, 2018
  • I love a snowy day. We don’t get many in the south, so any excuse to settle in and sew is a great one.

    —Sheri Bennett on August 29, 2018
  • Recently moved from Minnesota to Florida to be closer to grandkids. Don’t miss the snow or cold…..LOVE the warm temps and the beach! Still put my Christmas quilt on the bed, even if it’s just for "show".

    —Jane Busby on August 29, 2018
  • I love having the fire going and making Christmas gifts.

    —Dawn on August 29, 2018
  • the snow! I could never, ever live in a place that didn’t have snow in winter. For me that signifies winter.

    Monique on August 29, 2018
  • Honestly, I’m not a winter person. Quite often we have more freezing rain than snow, which is a bear. But I do love watching kids play in the snow.

    —April Lopez on August 29, 2018
  • Sitting by the fireplace and doing some hand sewing on an applique quilt

    —monica schwartz on August 29, 2018
  • Without a doubt, the holidays are my favorite part of winter! Preparing hearty meals, baking cookies and other sweets, getting together with family, making gifts, going caroling, etc., all are eagerly looked forward to each year.

    —barbara snyder on August 29, 2018
  • What I love about Winter? The Whiteness of it all! The snow in all it’s glory. Snowflakes in all shapes and sizes falling all around me. I love the sound of the crunch of the snow under my feet when I walk through the woods and listen to the silence. Of all the seasons God made, Winter is my favorite. Everything looks so clean and the bird’s colors are so much more vibrant against the backdrop of a blanket of white. The colder the better, walking and breathing in the cold air and our noses turning red!! Yes! I love, love my friend Winter!

    —Sharon Buchanan on August 29, 2018
  • I love the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorites. I love when we have a gentle snow on Chrismas. When we were kids we would walk in the snow to midnight mass. It is the best time of the year!

    —Mary Arnold on August 29, 2018
  • Well, where I live, "winter" means "a break from the heat for a little while" so that’s what I love most, followed closely by the time off my husband gets at Christmas/holiday season, and the family togetherness that brings.

    No snowmen or other winter activities, but at least our A/C gets a little rest!

    —Heather V on August 29, 2018
  • This is a very cute quilt that I would love to tackle with my daughter I thinks she would love it!

    —Jenni on August 29, 2018
  • I love unboxing my German nutcrackers, decorating the
    tree with memory ornaments and enjoying family.
    Hopefully, all my quilting gifts are done and ready
    to wrap.

    —Lisa W on August 29, 2018
  • Seeing our "winter wonderland" out the window when the powdery snow clings to the trees in the ravine beside our home.

    —LizF on August 29, 2018
  • It’s a beautiful book. My favorite part of winter. Less outside chores. More time to sew

    —Robin on August 29, 2018
  • Country Threads and Jan Patek go way back and we were tickled to see her join the Martingale family of authors. Since I have so many animals to take care of, I don’t like winter at all! Like Jan said, Nature is not always kind to animals. I have all of Jan’s books and I’ll certainly add this one to my collection. Oh, what stories I could write about knowing Jan! Love her!

    How wonderful that you are already friends, Mary! –Jenny

    Mary Etherington on August 29, 2018
  • Originally from Canada loved Christmas lights glistening on fresh fallen snow. Now living in Georgia. Miss the snow, just not the shoveling!
    Hot chocolate, snuggling in a blanket by the fire.

    —Adora Achtenberg on August 29, 2018
  • I like to sit inside and watch it snow.

    —Ann on August 29, 2018
  • I love watching the snow fall out my window. I love not having to go out and being able to stay in and sew,piece and quilt. Love getting ready for Christmas.

    —Kathy Brickey on August 29, 2018
  • Sleigh Bells is the absolute personification of Christmas Joy. I would sew-love this book.

    —Donna Belisle on August 29, 2018
  • There is so much to like about winter. Last year it was making a snowman with my grandson, even thought the snow was not great packing snow we took a shovel and piled up the snow and shaped it the best we could. I had taken a red 🧣 from home along with some large buttons. It was so much fun.

    —RitaS on August 29, 2018
  • I love having the excuse to stay home and hibernate in my QuiltCave.

    —Tiffanee Noack on August 29, 2018
  • Staying home by the fire.

    —Sharon on August 29, 2018
  • All of it, love the cozy in the midst of cold, love the slower pace, (HATE driving in it though!) love the holidays

    She has all my favorites: snowmen, houses, sky… will order asap!

    —Sharon S on August 29, 2018
  • Since I live in San Antonio my winters are mild, no snow and warmer temperatures. That doesn’t dampen my favorite holiday spirit though! I love watching the mother birds picking up my fabrics scraps for building their nests, you can see them nests easily due to the bright colors. Love appliqué and would love to win.

    —Marleen on August 29, 2018
  • watching snow fall, a fire in the fireplace, some slow stitching, and maybe a cup of irish coffee with friends. that is my idea of a winter evening, and, of course, a quilt to snuggle in.

    —carolyn montgomery on August 29, 2018
  • Love Christmas time… it is always a special time of year… Some difficult memories yet we try to make it a happy time every year. I Love sitting and watching snow fall as I sew!!!!

    —HEATHER on August 29, 2018
  • I just love Jan’s patterns! I have made several and this one is now on the list!

    —Candy garrido on August 29, 2018
  • I love looking out a window and seeing big snowflakes falling from the sky while I’m in a snuggly lounge outfit sipping hot tea and snacking on something yummy.

    —Terry on August 29, 2018
  • I love staying inside and quilting during winter but I also love playing in the snow with my grandkids!

    —Robin McGuire on August 29, 2018
  • I live in Michigan so we do have Winter! I really love the winter holidays when family gathers for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year we are especially blessed because after a couple of trying years, and having to sell our house, we were able to purchase a new home with tons of windows looking out to land behind us. We’ve already been talking about how beautiful this winter will be looking out onto the snow covered trees. We’ll miss the old house, but it will be fun making new family memories in our new home.

    —Jeanne Nordquist on August 29, 2018
  • Staying inside where it’s warm and cozy; having more time to spend quilting, knitting and reading.

    —Katherine K Morvay on August 29, 2018
  • I like to stay home in the nice warm house and sew. Thanks to all who sacrificed so that we have the privilege to do so.

    —Stephanie Woodward on August 29, 2018
  • Cross country skiing with my son – we both love the peace and solitude of a snowy park, the absence of urban noise, tracks of deer and rabbits criss-crossing the trail, mounds of snow clumped on the tree branches and clear blue skies. I would love to make a quilt for my son using Jan’s pattern.

    —Susan M Putman on August 29, 2018
  • Our winters are not terribly cold or snowy but I love any excuse to sew more.

    —Lena Truitt on August 29, 2018
  • Love the folk art look. Somehow it makes a quilt seem cozier

    —Enid Chapman on August 29, 2018
  • I love the winter landscape.

    —Karen A on August 29, 2018
  • I love the extra family time with the holidays from Nov to Jan!
    Second best is the enforced "idleness" with short days and long nights.
    The pictures of the quilt truly inspired a feeling of peace and well-being in my heart. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Jetta on August 29, 2018
  • I love what Jan wrote about winter and feel the same. Snow is the best and we love getting out in it and having fun as a family, then coming in and warming up by our wood burning stove. I also love that it’s too dark to be outside working in the evenings so I don’t have to feel guilty about sitting and hand sewing while watching a movie or Chiefs football.

    —Shelley Needham on August 29, 2018
  • I look forward to the day when I can love winter from afar…far away in some warm climate where I can dream of the blizzards of my youth, the snowstorms that kept us home bound for days on end, the snowmen that easily topped 6-feet tall, and the the beautiful glittering snow that today just makes me shiver and run to my sewing room! Yup, winter, something to dream about but not experience any more than necessary!

    —Debbie Collins on August 29, 2018
  • I love winter because of the nesting. Cold and snowy outside with a roaring fire in the Hearth. Long days of sewing and hooking. It’s all good.

    —Judy on August 29, 2018
  • I love the snowy fields and the baking and cooking I do in the winter

    —Karen A on August 29, 2018
  • Love a Christmas quilt that is not for kids and would look wonderful in a home with no children. Absolutely love the pattern!

    —Karen K Rankin on August 29, 2018
  • Snowshoeing on freshly fallen snow when all you see are the deer tracks and all you hear is the sound of the waves on Lake Michigan

    —Ruth on August 29, 2018
  • I love Christmas and all the baking, and then sitting by the fireplace to enjoy it.

    —Karen A on August 29, 2018
  • Winter is the best time for me down here in the coastal bend of south Texas. It is a respite from the moist heat and sends the mosquitoes packing. The cooler temps mean more folks get outside. We don’t have snow often. If we see a few flakes in the sky all schools close and business delay opening. I know it sounds silly but it is a big event down here and will make the six O’clock news. I quilt as a stress reliever and I love needle turn applique. I’ve been quilting for almost 50 years and still love it, but winter gives me a great excuse.

    —Bonnie Crooker on August 29, 2018
  • Winter is a my favorite time for quilting — snow outside, warm and snug inside.

    —Elizabeth A Monahan on August 29, 2018
  • I love the sight of snow-covered fields! Especially before anyone has had a chance to walk across them. I also love to watch the snow fall from the sky.

    —Lori S on August 29, 2018
  • I love Christmas! Winning this book would be a wonderful Christmas gift. I love the quilt and can see so many possibilities.

    —Kathy A on August 29, 2018
  • I live on the west coast and all the rain keeps everything so green and fresh. But when it snows here everything gets quiet and you want to whisper so as not to disturb anything. Snow brings memories of skating, sleigh rides, hot chocolate, and getting cozy under the Sleigh Bells quilt with a fire crackling and my cat purring. It’s magical.

    —Lynn D'Arcy on August 29, 2018
  • I like to stay in my nice warm house and sew.

    —Stephanie Woodward on August 29, 2018
  • I love the long evenings during the winter. There is something special about everyone in the house spending time together around the fireplace. It is just a wonderful cozy time. I think this Quilt evokes the same feeling.

    —Barbara on August 29, 2018
  • I love the moonlight on the frost, and how quiet it is at night.

    —Linda Stumbaugh on August 29, 2018
  • I love the snow how fresh and clean everything is. I love the cold crisp air. Everything about winter I love.

    —mindy wolfe on August 29, 2018
  • I love the snow! I love watching it fall and opening the door and listening to the quiet. I love Christmas and everything related to Christmas. It’s such a happy time of year!

    —Martha on August 29, 2018
  • For me, it’s the snow! God’s gorgeous blanket of snow! Makes me want to cover myself up in this quilt with the angels surrounding me!

    Jan on August 29, 2018
  • I love Christmas with the grandkids! They outsparkle the lighted trees and outshine the decorations. Since we live in the south where it gets cold, but no snow, I love the bundling up for outdoor activities (especially football) and then home to a good cup of hot chocolate and a roaring fire. I prefer Christmasy things that are not of the "regular" Christmas colors of red and green so Jan’s quilt really speaks to me in her muted yet beautiful colors.

    —Jennifer P on August 29, 2018
  • Winter is cuddling up with a quilt while reading or stitching.

    —Judy on August 29, 2018
  • I love snowy days to sit and sew and winter nights with a warm fire, a Cody quilt and a hand sewing project.

    —Freda on August 29, 2018
  • I love sitting inside, by the fire watching it snow outside, while doing handwork, like knitting, handquilting, or wool appliqué. As a retired teacher this was best thing about snow days, and now all my winter days can be snow days. I also love to walk in fresh falling snow.

    —Tess McCarthy on August 29, 2018
  • I love snuggling under a nice warm quilt in the winter, drinking hot chocolate or maybe wine

    —DiAne Giampaolo on August 29, 2018
  • I love staying inside and sewing. No yard work!!

    —Barbara on August 29, 2018
  • I love love love this quilt. The colors, the design, it’s all perfect. I would love to take on this challenge to my "adequate" quilting skills!!

    —Tracy Guebert on August 29, 2018
  • I enjoy the colder weather and I agree with you about the sky being amazing at night during the winter months. I love this quilt and would definitely love to win. Thanks for the great pattern and the chance to win a copy of your book!

    —Debby on August 29, 2018
  • As a widow living on an acreage there is always a lot to do, and not enough time to relax and sew. Winter is the exception. Everything outside goes quiet, and I can listen to the birds at their feeders while stitching away. There’s nothing I would rather do!

    —Marcia Gilbreath on August 29, 2018
  • I tend to sew and cat h up on things I’ve let slide over the summer and fall.

    —Judy Thompson on August 29, 2018
  • I love how clean and fresh everything is after a snowfall.

    —Carolyn Sefkow on August 29, 2018
  • Florida winters welcome migrating birds and relief from the heat and humidity.

    —Mimi on August 29, 2018
  • When living in Maryland, winter meant that chance of snow. Now that I am living in the Texas Hill Country, winter means "finally some cooler weather." I love the sparkle of the Christmas Tree at night, when the rest of the room is dark. It is magical and beautiful. I love this quilt – it is simple, serene and soothing.

    —shelly sandy on August 29, 2018
  • I tend to sew and catch up on things I’ve let slide the rest of the year.

    —Judy Thompson on August 29, 2018
  • Winter and snow in Minnesota means warm
    Quilts to snuggle up in! Snowy icy roads
    Mean I can stay home and sew!! Your new book looks amazing!

    Judy Goettlicher on August 29, 2018
  • I love the coziness that happens in winter. The quiet snowfall with big flakes, or the noisy winter storms with sleet and howling winds–how can it not be cozy with that outside, but my warm home and good smells inside? And Christmas–I especially love Christmas, and celebrating God’s immense love for us in sending us His Son as a baby. I also love this new book, and would be thrilled to win it! 🙂

    —Carol Weber on August 29, 2018
  • I love any excuse to stay in and sew. Lovely and fun quilt. Thanks for sharing!

    Janey Cook on August 29, 2018
  • I enjoy the snow covered landscapes and the winter activities. Crisp winter air and hot chocolate. We have lots of family gatherings and are always working on holiday and crafting projects. This would be a great time to share some of the ideas with my grandchildren who are learning to sew.

    —norma on August 29, 2018
  • Snowy landscapes for sure. I find a light dusting of snow just accentuates textures and cracks & crevices in trees and rocks. Beautiful quilt – have always wanted to try one of Jan Patek’s patterns!

    —Cathy B. on August 29, 2018
  • I so enjoy the quiet of winter and the slower pace.

    —Pat Fish on August 29, 2018
  • I have the prefect fabric for this, and I would love to make it… I would let it hang all year to enjoy it everyday…. thanks

    Nancy

    —Nancy A Emery on August 29, 2018
  • So look forward to "winter". Since living in SW FL can’t wait for low humidity, anything lower than 90 degrees, and no longer any hurricane threats. My favorite time of the year – along with the charm of family gatherings. I grew up north of Pittsburgh, so anything "winter" brings back many happy memories. Sleigh Bells is a beautiful quilt.

    —Shirley on August 29, 2018
  • I love the holiday season, making Christmas quilts, and wrapping up in a cozy quilt in the evenings. It is a great time to watch all the holiday movies and drink hot chocolate. It is the most beautiful time of the year, especially if it snows!!

    —Linda on August 29, 2018
  • I take advantage of the excuse to stay indoors and sew. I live in the Pacific northwest where my motto is: A rainy day is a sewing day.

    —Karen on August 29, 2018
  • The best thing about Winter is being able to stay inside and quilt without guilt.

    —Mary Lou on August 29, 2018
  • What I love about winter is the quiet of the snow contrasting with the excitement of the Holiday Season.

    —Gloria on August 29, 2018
  • I love the way the new fresh snow looks. The first snow is always exciting!

    —Marge Buck on August 29, 2018
  • Snowmen!…on quilts of course…

    —Sharon on August 29, 2018
  • Winter activities I love – baking cookies, Grandson’s basketball games, watching the snowfall, and spending hours in my sewing room.

    —Cecelia on August 29, 2018
  • Definitely a reason to stay home in my pajamas with a cup of tea or a bowl of homemade soup and sew all day and night. I love the colors of the cover quilt, it’s just perfect.

    —Toni Anne Potter on August 29, 2018
  • I love to look out at snow-covered trees as long as I’m warm and dry!

    —Darlene B on August 29, 2018
  • With the snow covered trees and the fire blazing in the fire place, I love to sit and sew and imagine how the finished quilt will look…sort of like painting, each stroke Or stitch in my case, closer to a finished Quilt. The feeling of accomplishment is fantastic!!! Love your work!!!

    —Carol Daudt on August 29, 2018
  • I love a fire in the fireplace and Christmas 🙂

    —Rose on August 29, 2018
  • I love winter cooking. I can make a big pot of stew, soup, our Hilo, and have more time to sew.

    —Nancy Lewis on August 29, 2018
  • I love the snow, it has the ability to make the park in our neighborhood look like an enchanted forest. I love seeing the snowman the kids make, watching the snowball fights and seeing the snow angels the kids create. Watching the snow fall is so comforting and peaceful, it’s like time stands still.

    —Cory Hight on August 29, 2018
  • Winter is a great time to stay inside and sew. Here in Texas our winter weather is cold and rainy, perfect for inside activities.

    —Pat Terry on August 29, 2018
  • When the snow flies in the Midwest we are winging our way south for a winter stay and precious time with our grandchildren.

    —Betty Jansen on August 29, 2018
  • I like the scenery and excuse to stay home and sew, bake, etc.

    —Peggy on August 29, 2018
  • I love the cold air and the smell of spiced cookies in the oven. There’s nothing better than coming in from the cold to a cup of hot chocolate, a warm fire and curling up under a quilt with my dogs. This quilt makes me think of all those things. I absolutely love it!

    —Deb W on August 29, 2018
  • My favorite thing about winter is the chance to stay in and quilt !!

    —Lois Capper on August 29, 2018
  • I love the crispness in the air, and not feeling guilty quilting when it’s cold out!!

    —Bernadette Schultz on August 29, 2018
  • Stay home and quilt !!!!

    —Marsha on August 29, 2018
  • sparkling snow the coldness so you can see your breath when you are out side,the rosey cheeks on children and the tinkling inthe air of sleigh bells and horse drawn wagons.Sleighbells are so handy to decorate with call the kids to dinner table,first one to the table rings then for the next meal.On the front door for arrival of company instead of door bell.all is well with ringing sleigh bells

    gracelynne mulcahey on August 29, 2018
  • I’m a retired teacher, so my favorite thing about winter is snowy days. Used to mean no school for me, now it means no school for my grandkids

    —Allison Evrard on August 29, 2018
  • I love the feeling of a warm and cozy quilt on a cold winter night!

    —Candy Donohue on August 29, 2018
  • I love snowshoing on a path through the silent woods the morning after a snowfall.

    —Karen on August 29, 2018
  • Snowy landscapes. I love winter. So beautiful!

    —Carol on August 29, 2018
  • Winter brings the cooler weather here in South Mississippi-always a plus! The country feeling of this quilt is wonderful-how brilliant!

    —Susan Spiers on August 29, 2018
  • I love the holidays. MY favorite time of the year hands down. The quilt is adorable. My granddaughters would love this quilt for sure. I do hate being cold so my quilts are out in force once the temperature drops. Would love to make this quilt for sure!

    Mary

    —Mary Kastner on August 29, 2018
  • I love the first snowfall, building snowmen with my granddaughter and the Christmas season with the promise it brings.

    —Phyllis Harvell on August 29, 2018
  • Staying in and baking, getting crafts done, sewing!

    —Sunnie Iacovetta on August 29, 2018
  • Sometimes when it snows there is a power outage. The thing I love about that is walking out in fresh snow where no on has yet walked and being amazed at how absolutely quiet it is. Such a rare event!

    —Marie Couture on August 29, 2018
  • I love the cooler weather in the Southwest and Christmas! I love Jan’s designs and her angels are adorable. Thank you for a chance to win!

    —Marsha B on August 29, 2018
  • Winter snowy day are a great time to stay home and sew, read quilt books and magazines. And enjoy the beautiful of winter!

    —Marilynn on August 29, 2018
  • I love everything about winter. It’s my favorite season. I even love that smell of the heat kicking on for the first time of the season LOL! I love the snow and the holiday cheer, baking, sledding, time with family and, of course, quilting!! I love, love, love this sampler quilt by Jan! It really represents my favorite time of year.

    —Christine E on August 29, 2018
  • The chance to decorate with the holiday stuff for I’ve been working on all year.

    —Karen Rodriguez on August 29, 2018
  • I love everything about winter. Especially decorating the house for Christmas with my Winter Village and my collections of Christmas trees. Love going for walks on warm winter nights while the snowflakes are falling and the stars are shining. Thank you for the chance to win Sleigh Bells.

    —Janet on August 29, 2018
  • I appreciate having all four seasons… each has it’s beauty. Each Season also allows for me to interact – working in the garden, putting up the bounties of the harvest… But my favorite time is winter! I love the snow and the peaceful feeling it gives to me but winter is also best as it allows for me to sew and piece quilts! This Sleigh Bells quilt makes me smile… there is enough variation… that just when you think you have seen everything of the quilt…something new catches my eye! Beautiful quilt!

    Mary G

    —Mary Garfield on August 29, 2018
  • The best thing about winter is when the snow is falling, smelling the wonderful baking smells and the quietness of the snow. Seeing kids (adults). Having fun in the snow. And curling up in a blanket sitting on the porch watching the beautiful landscape and all the fun happening

    —Christina Griglio on August 29, 2018
  • Fabulous book! I love the snow, the crisp
    cold air, Christmas, wearing cozy warm clothes.

    —laura mitchell on August 29, 2018
  • Wow, what an awesome quilt! I would love to have the Sleigh Bells book to make the quilt! Our weather is turning cold so is time to get back into quilt room and make some Christmas theme quilts!
    Judi

    —Judi Rizzo on August 29, 2018
  • Winter somehow brings families together, especially all the good feelings in giving and visiting relatives around December time 🙂

    —Frances on August 29, 2018
  • Love watching it snow and being inside with a good book! Always great to start a new sewing project.

    —Robin Boggan on August 29, 2018
  • I like the excuse to stay home and see.

    —Lisa Garrett on August 29, 2018
  • Unfortunately I now live in Florida and cannot enjoy winter in it’s splendor. I grew up in the Hudson Valley in New York and loved it when we had off from school because of snow. We built snow forts, snowmen and ice skated. I love making quilts that show trees, cottages, angels and snowmen. Reminders of winter fun in my childhood. I also love the colors that Jan chose and I love quilts that tell a story to me. I would love to own that book.

    —Barbara Theriault on August 29, 2018
  • I love snow!! I love the cold and winter landscape. I love skiing with my family. Quilting time is a bonus too!

    —Chris on August 29, 2018
  • I simply love the quiet of winter and snow on the ground. It’s a time to work with my fabric and watch the snow flakes fall … it’s a time to try new patterns which nudge me out of my comfort zone. I do not sell my quilts – they are donated to the community outreach portion of the guild I belong to {Bayside Quilters, Easton, MD} or to Facebook Westie Rescue auctions that need to raise funds to help westies that need medical attention. I also will make from time to time American Girl doll clothing – these outfits I will give to little girls and it’s priceless to see the expressions on their faces. Everything I make is kept in my blog: http://www.katiesews4fun.blogspot.com

    Katie Wyatt on August 29, 2018
  • I live in a very cold, very snowy area, with VERY LONG winters. Now that I’m retired, I no longer have to fight snowstorms to get to work. I like putting my tree up early and leaving it up long past Christmas, just to enjoy the sparkle and the lights during the long dark months. Winter is a great time to sew, and I like to do handwork while watching the Christmas movies, Like White Christmas. I love this quilt!!

    —Geri A on August 29, 2018
  • A cup of tea, a warm fire and creating gifts, the perfect day!

    —Donna on August 29, 2018
  • I love the crunch of snow as you walk at night! Binding is better in the winter because the quilt keeps your legs warm as you sew around the edges.

    —Vicky on August 29, 2018
  • Winter is turtle necks, sweaters and hot chocolate.

    —Jackie Stevens on August 29, 2018
  • Finally the house is the not too hot or too cold so l can enjoy spending time at my sewing machine. l love this quilt design.

    Darlee on August 29, 2018
  • Awe the true meaning of Christmas the birth of our Lord.

    —Candi on August 29, 2018
  • I love all the choices listed. We don’t get a lot of snow but I love it when we do. There are plenty of other things I like about winter as well but anytime I can find time to sit and sew are always at the top of my list!

    —Rilla Burnham on August 29, 2018
  • I’m always happy to have a good excuse to stay home and sew! "Sorry, it’s too cold/snowy to go outside" is very useful!
    I love Jan Patek’s work – this quilt looks like a ton of fun to make.

    —gayle on August 29, 2018
  • I love being outside in the snow on bluebird days. I love to ski and snowmobile. I also love the extra time I get to quilt when it’s cold out.

    —Carol B on August 29, 2018
  • I would love a copy of Sleigh Bells! What a fun quilt!

    —Gretchen on August 29, 2018
  • Here in Canada it can get very cold and blustery and I love to be in my warm cozy home stitching. Winter is a much more relaxed time here for me and gives me a much needed break from the fast pace of all the other seasons and so much fun to stitch Jan,s beautiful patterns.

    —Valerie MacDonald on August 29, 2018
  • In the winter bad weather means sit and sew – quilt,quilt,quilt !!
    I love the various pieces of Sleigh Bells – especially the angels !!

    —Nancy C on August 29, 2018
  • When I was working, I loved snow days-the chance to stay home and sew. Now that we spend winters in a non-snowy climate, I love walking the beach when it’s not crowded with summer beach enthusiasts.

    —Margaret on August 29, 2018
  • Why I love winter? The cool crisp air along with a cosy fire in the fireplace which allows time to get comfy and embroidery or applique. What could be more relaxing??? This quilt could be my next project to work on while enjoying the winter weather!

    —Rosemary Parnell on August 29, 2018
  • What’s not to love about winter? Being snowed in promises mirevtime for seeing! I love the quiet of a big snow storm!

    —Joyce Comfort on August 29, 2018
  • I love sitting inside looking out the window at the beautiful picture of freshly fallen snow and knowing that I really don’t have to go out and drive in it!

    —Linda Foust on August 29, 2018
  • Winter is a time to enjoy family and friends. It is a special time to enjoy our homes with special decorations and celebrations

    —Jackie Swanson on August 29, 2018
  • I love the Holidays and I love samplers. This books offers the best of both. It also serves as a stash buster which is great also.

    —Maureen Klebe on August 29, 2018
  • My favourite thing about winter is finding all my vintage ornaments and deciding which ones will go on the tree this year.

    Gail on August 29, 2018
  • Winter is beautiful where I live in the country. Tall pines, cedars and oaks, wearing their winter coats. The snow is so beautiful, white and fluffy. Animals leaving their foot prints as they cross the yard. Love the silence of the forest as the snow falls and covers us with its winter cloak. Best time to sew, quilt and weave as the wood smoke fills the air and mother nature comforts us.

    —Dawna Twist on August 29, 2018
  • I think what I love most is the change. Different colors, different clothes, fresh crisp air.

    —Brenda C on August 29, 2018
  • I love snow, hot chocolate, and the decorations.

    —Caryn S on August 29, 2018
  • The change of seasons is always invigorating as we watch the colors and temperatures change. I love snowy days to sit in my sewing room and sew!

    —Kathy E. on August 29, 2018
  • I love staying in with a hand project on snowy days.

    —Jane Larke on August 29, 2018
  • Hot wassill and family. Cuddling up in a warm quilt.

    —Katie Peterson on August 29, 2018
  • Just love the Christmas and this book would bring so much joy

    —Elaine Chaisson on August 29, 2018
  • I love the end of yardwork, so I can stay inside and sew guilt-free. As a retiree, it is also great to know I can stay home on those super snowy days and just enjoy some shoveling and then staying cozy inside.

    —Maria L Zook on August 29, 2018
  • What a darling quilt. The minute I saw it I thought I have to make this.
    Winter? I really do like it: the snow in drifts on the ground, on the trees – such beautiful scenery. I even like the brisk temperatures (well, not -25 degrees so much!) And I love that you can stay inside and sew and sew and sew if you choose and you don’t have to feel guilty because you’re not weeding somewhere!

    —Barbara on August 29, 2018
  • I love samplers and sort of like winter. The holidays are the best part of cold weather.

    —Yooper in Mississippi on August 29, 2018
  • Lots of favorites about winter…Keeping cozy warm inside while watching birds at my feeders, watching snow fall as I catch up on my quilting projects, enjoying our wonderful fireplace.

    —Bonny Broadt on August 29, 2018
  • I guess the only thing I love about winter is Christmas. I hate the cold and snow but Christmas makes it all worth it!

    —Susan on August 29, 2018
  • Hot wassail, a warm quilt, and family time. ❤️

    —Katie Peterson on August 29, 2018
  • The chance to stay home and sew, of course! With a good roast in the oven and a pot of tea.

    —Diana Steverson on August 29, 2018
  • Things about winter I love…Feeding the birds, catching up on quilting projects while watching snowflakes fall, walking in fresh snow with a cup of hot chocolate and keeping cozy warm at night under a soft quilt

    —Bonny Broadt on August 29, 2018
  • Winter brings a new season to all of us both inside and out. It gives us time to quilt, read and visit inside and outside enjoy God’s beautiful gifts and share with others. Your quilt shows all those touches, thank you. I hope I win, what a true gift!

    —Dotti Wahlers on August 29, 2018
  • Fresh fallen snow…I love it and being able to sit with some hot tea and watch it fall. Especially from my sewing room window.

    —Cindy on August 29, 2018
  • What do I love most about winter?: Christmas

    —Cindy on August 29, 2018
  • I love the change of scenery, the color changes, attitudes, expectations & generosity. You get warm feelings from the colors, smells, decorations of winter! Just a slower pace, warmer feelings!

    —Ronna on August 29, 2018
  • I’ve always loved your designs Jan! Living in ARIZONA, we always look forward to the cooler weather. We occasionally have a few cold days

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    —Eleanor Kay Hunzinger on August 29, 2018
  • Staying indoors and sewing! Working on all the projects I didn’t do while the weather was too nice to stay inside.

    —Kay on August 29, 2018
  • Some day i will challenge myself and do an applique quilt! This is absolutely amazing!

    —Pat on August 29, 2018
  • Every time I put a comment to be in one of your book drawings, it automatically says "duplicate" comment. I have never entered more than once!

    —Eleanor Kay Hunzinger on August 29, 2018
  • Sitting next to a fire watching the snow fall.

    —JennyH on August 29, 2018
  • I love the peace and quiet that Winter brings. On a snowy night when I go out to look at the sky my neighborhood is so very quiet you would think you were the only person alive. It is the perfect time to cuddle under and quilt and work on a new one.

    —Vickie Keith on August 29, 2018
  • The weather is cool….and the windows are open!! I live in Arizona 😉 It’s quilt time.

    —Katherine Hanson on August 29, 2018
  • Love the season of generosity, baking and family time.

    —Linda on August 29, 2018
  • I’m a stay at home (and sew or knit) person and live on a farm like Jan Patek. I think she writes beautifully about the country winter experience.

    —Mary on August 29, 2018
  • I like that I have more time to sew in the winter. (And it’s not hot!)

    —Diantha Howard on August 29, 2018
  • I love the quiet that a new blanket of snow brings.

    —Karen on August 29, 2018
  • I love sitting in front of the fireplace with my husband and a nice cup of hot chocolate

    —Peggy Hendrickson on August 29, 2018
  • Winters are mild in Southern California which I love. I need no excuse to sew – I do it all the time.

    —Glenda Britten on August 29, 2018
  • My winter sport would be snuggling into my sewing space where it’s warm and cozy and do some stitching!

    —Karen D Martin on August 29, 2018
  • I love the colder weather, although in my part of Texas we usually aren’t that cold. The leaves changing, pumpkin lattes and peppermint lattes from Starbucks.

    —Sherry on August 29, 2018
  • I love Christmas that comes with winter.

    —Frances Claassens on August 29, 2018
  • my favorite part of winter is how quiet everything gets after a snow fall.

    —Teri N on August 29, 2018
  • This whimsical sampler quilt makes me joyfully happy. What a fun project to stitch and use up my stash!

    —Ann Breckenfelder Moody on August 29, 2018
  • I love the shorter days, more time in the evening to sew.

    —Margaret Dalmer on August 29, 2018
  • I love the warmth of the fire with a hot cup of tea and stitching or sewing on a cold winter’s day!

    —barb on August 29, 2018
  • I love coming home to a warm house and feel the cozyness of it. Then either quilt, or crochet, or just sit by the window, with a lap quilt on me, and look out the window, at all the changes that winter brings. I have mountains across
    from house and they change daily, different little changes, but beautiful to watch as the comes in all it’s sparkly snowy beauty.

    —Diana Simpson on August 29, 2018
  • Thank you for this offer! I love the book and adorable patterns. I love winter because it brings with it such great family gatherings, plus, I can stay inside more and sew 🙂

    —Barbara on August 29, 2018
  • Although I love the snowy landscapes, what I love most is the excuse to stay home & sew!

    —Carol Gearey on August 29, 2018
  • Where do I start??? Family, holidays, sweaters, football…..

    —Jane on August 29, 2018
  • I love snow days! Those are the days that roads can’t be plowed and you get to stay home! I usually sew….sew….and sew! Everything is pretty white, the deer come close to the house for those last bites of plants…the wood stove is burning,,,,tea is served,,,,and a pot of soup on the stove!

    —Kathleen Sheffield on August 29, 2018
  • I live along the Fraser River on the Quay in New Westminster BC. I love going for walk and look at the Christmas lights and decorations in and on the condos. When it snows there is that lovely crunch and silence in the night that makes it even more magical. I’ll sit and stitch and enjoy the view of lights and nature in the evenings.

    Sandi H on August 29, 2018
  • I love winter when things slow down and I can enjoy my sewing loft. Let the snow fly because you’ll find me in my happy place as I sew a new creation!

    —Sandy Clark on August 29, 2018
  • The beauty of winter, cozy evenings in front of the fire, cozy gatherings, the celebration of Christ’s birth…I love it all!

    —Pat Braun on August 29, 2018
  • Living in the south as I do, I just appreciate the cooler weather! It’s a good excuse to stay in my sewing room even more than usual!

    —Judy Jones on August 29, 2018
  • All the snow sports! Skating, skiing, sledding.

    —Alice on August 29, 2018
  • Christmas and snowmen are the only good parts of Winter.

    —Christi on August 29, 2018
  • I love the winter for cozy nights,( and days), snuggled on the couch with a good book and a glass of wine. Of course a little quilting or hand work fits in there somewhere too.

    —gail milner on August 29, 2018
  • I love the landscapes. But it just lasts too long in northern Wisconsin!!

    —Kris on August 29, 2018
  • I like winter because it gives me the excuse to stay home and sew.

    —Maureen Haynes on August 29, 2018
  • I feel like a child again in winter when I look outside the window and find the world covered with a big white quilt!

    —Susanne on August 29, 2018
  • I love the coziness of winter. We don’t get too many snows here in Southeast Tennessee, but sometimes we get a nice surprise. On Christmas Day 2010 we received over 5″ of snow. How lovely it was to sit on the porch with my husband, wrapped in an electric blanket, watching the fat snowflakes fall! Winter is sweaters, Christmas, comfort food, lots and quilting and going "dormant"–like the trees and plants around us.

    —Shelia Nelson on August 29, 2018
  • What I love most about snow is the quiet beauty at dusk…as a blanket is laid upon the ground. In the stillness there is magic as the flakes glisten in the moonlight…

    —Carolyn Burson on August 29, 2018
  • Before I retired, I enjoyed Snow Days (off w/ pay!) I love seeing everything a beautiful white, and then a bright red cardinal flying from one tree to another-beautiful contrast against the pine trees & snow! I had a Wolf Hybrid (wolf & Alaskan Malamute) for 13 years, & we loved going for walks in the snow! (he liked Snow Days, when I was off work, too!) 🙂

    —MS Barb on August 29, 2018
  • I love the soft snowfall as seen from the window of my sewing room. I love the feeling that I don’t have yard work waiting for me to do, and it is okay to just sit and sew, or spend time dreaming! I love four seasons, but winter is my second favorite, after Fall with all its glorious colors. Hooray for Winter!

    —Mary Reed on August 29, 2018
  • Snowy landscapes

    —Cristina on August 29, 2018
  • I like the grey skies and the cold. Feels so cozy inside doing all kinds of stitching.

    —Kathleen on August 29, 2018
  • I love meeting with my quilting group to finish my UFO’s….and sitting with my rug hooking friends…heaven!

    —Fran Pedro on August 29, 2018
  • I love winter. Watching the snow fall quietly outside my sewing room window. I love the feeling that I no longer have yard work that calls to me, and I can sit and sew, or just sit and dream.

    —Mary Reed on August 29, 2018
  • No snow here in Hawaii but I do love quilts with snowmen, trees and reindeer.

    —Estie on August 29, 2018
  • I love the crisp winter air (no snow here). Most people are cherries and the city twinkles with lights.

    —Sandra Rosier on August 29, 2018
  • I live in the south,so winter is a time I can cuddle under a large quilt while I’m hand quilting it.

    —Jane Harrington on August 29, 2018
  • Living in Alaska we have snow! I enjoy sitting at my sewing machine, hearing the crunch of boots on the snow outside, looking out the window, and waving to the passerby.

    —Virginia in AK on August 29, 2018
  • I love the first snowfall, especially if it’s in December. I wouldn’t want Fall to be cut short! I mostly enjoy winter from inside, stitching away. I would love to make this quilt.

    —MoeWest on August 29, 2018
  • I love the quiet darkened evenings when all of day comes to its closing end. There’s a sense of peace with early evenings and a sense of contentment for me, as I snuggle into the quiet to read or stitch. It’s so good to be at home in winter, wait for Christmas or just unwind. I’m coveted by winter’s cold mantle just enough to escape into my sense of being, until spring arrives.

    —Joan on August 29, 2018
  • We normally don’t have real bad winters where I live, but my favorite thing is that Spring follows.

    —Lynda on August 29, 2018
  • Sitting in front of the fireplace enjoying being with my family and dogs

    —Karen H on August 29, 2018
  • I like being able to stay in and sew all day. I’m not a fan of all the rain that comes with winter.

    —Joanne L Wilson on August 29, 2018
  • Living in Michigan, we get plenty of winter! I love the beauty of the sparkling snow, the freshness of winter sports, and the serenity of quiet days spent quilting. Love Jan’s new book and the wonderful quilt!

    —Ruth on August 29, 2018
  • My favorite is when the mornings are crisp and sunny. Rarely have snow, but when it surprises us, it is really a treat. Wonderful time to sit under a quilt while sewing on binding (too hot to do other times when working with a large quilt).

    —Win on August 29, 2018
  • favorite winter activity? Quilting! Altho I have spent days/weeks/months of my life skating, snowmobiling, cheering hockey, etc, I am now more interested in WARM activities! If I have to be outdoors in cold blustery weather, I’d prefer it to be in a hottub! TeeHee!

    —Janet Gervin on August 29, 2018
  • Looks like a fun quilt to make

    —Mary on August 29, 2018
  • I always look forward to winter activities such as alpine & x-c country skiing and going for walks in a light snowfall. After 5 months of snow, though, I want dry roads & flowers.

    —marlene on August 29, 2018
  • The thing I like most about winter is the opportunity to get together with friends and sew and quilt when we can’t work outside.

    —Janet Wiener on August 29, 2018
  • The best part of our winters is "coming home" for Christmas with the family. Nothing beats the love and admiration that is shared at that time of the year.

    —Betty P on August 29, 2018
  • There are only two things I like about winter–the holidays & quilting. I am a warm weather & be in my yard kind of person and don’t like cold weather at all. But I love quilting & I love that winter gives the excuse to quilt without feeling like I need to be outside doing something. That’s not a bad thing! And I love Jan Patek. Always have. I must have this book.

    —Kathy Martin on August 29, 2018
  • The thing I love most is the hushed silence outside, in the dark when it is gently snowing or has finished snowing. It’s as if all the world has stilled itself and is listening. In that deep silence you can feel rooted to the earth and the One who created heaven and earth. You can feel united to all that lives.

    Teresa Warnick on August 29, 2018
  • I love the face that I can look out the window and knowing it’s cold outside, but it’s all cozy inside: a fire in the fireplace, a scented candle glowing, all of my cats curled up sleeping, and, YES, it’s perfect weather to sew!!

    —Teri D. Gailey on August 29, 2018
  • I love going for walks on cold crisp sunny days and taking in nature, then coming home to a lovely fire and sitting and quilting, or if the weather is blustery and snowy I snuggle in and quilt all day except when I have to eat and feed the family.

    —Cynthia Jennings on August 29, 2018
  • Low humidity and snow. It gives me the excuse to sew and sea. Snowmen are fun, in Maine, we embrace the winter because here on the coast we are not being hurried along from our summer visitors.

    —Holly on August 29, 2018
  • I don’t really have many winter activities because I do not like the cold, but when I am Blessed enough to spend time with my grandchildren, I will take them tobogganing (them not me) I love to watch them laughing and having a wonderful time. Other than that, I spend a lot of time in my sewing/craft room making all the beautiful patterns that we buy or can get in Primitive Quilts magazines, including Jan’s wonderful patterns!

    —Dora Goodfellow on August 29, 2018
  • I definitely like the excuse to stay home and sew. I also love snuggling under a great warm quilt or two piled high on my bed.

    —Rebecca J Moore on August 29, 2018
  • I don’t get to quilt very often in the summer because of all the things I have to do outside. By about August, I’m getting really sick of yard work. When the first snow falls, I breathe a sign of relief and get back to my sewing. Hot chocolate, feeling all cozy inside, I am excited to start planning my next quilt.

    —Marsha on August 29, 2018
  • I love winter when the birds are in the feeders the smell of wood smoke when you go outside. The tourists are all gone and for a few months we have Maine to ourselves. Sleigh bells represents all things winter in Maine has to offer. If I designed quilts, this is what I imagine my quilt would be like. I love winter.

    —Holly Small on August 29, 2018
  • I love staying home when it’s snowing outside, warm and cozy while everything is quiet and still (provided it’s not a blizzard!!). Reading, or sewing, or working on handwork, knowing that I’m not likely to be interrupted. Or bundling up nice and warm, venturing outside during the snow, enjoying the peace. Watching the birds and other life that continues outside no matter the weather. And most of all, not being too warm!

    —Brenda on August 29, 2018
  • I love so many things about winter but one of my most favorite things is that I can cuddle up in my quilts on a cold evening!

    —Carol Vickers on August 29, 2018
  • Cold weather is the perfect excuse to stay inside and quilt!

    —Connie Selle on August 29, 2018
  • I love the snowy landscapes and the chance to stay indoors and sew more.

    —Shari Kersey on August 29, 2018
  • I love the snowy landscapes and quilting.

    —Sherry Sartin on August 29, 2018
  • I enjoy watching the first snow of the season blanket the area, then you know the holiday season isn’t too far away. Taking out all those precious stored Christmas ornaments and setting up the tree with sparkling lights makes my wintertime complete!

    —Melanie on August 29, 2018
  • Good morning from Australia, how gorgeous is Jan’s book just love it …..Noelene

    —Noelene Winter on August 29, 2018
  • I love spending time with family getting warm inside after a good snowball fight.

    —Sharon Aurora on August 29, 2018
  • I love all the imagery of Christmas and winter….especially because for the last 44 years I have lived in South Carolina where it is most likely not going to be chilly enough during the Christmas season to even wear a cute Christmas sweater. I grew up in the mid-west – so I really miss the snow, wool and sweaters!! Thanks for your creativity that really comes alive in this new book. Jan Dudley

    —Jan Dudley on August 29, 2018
  • I love snuggling at home with my kitties and having time to sew!

    Diane Rose on August 29, 2018
  • I like seeing a good snowfall at least once during the winter as long as I am stocked up and can just stay in until it clears. I enjoy watching the grandchildren play in the snow and build snowmen, but I would rather stay inside where it is warm.

    —Deborah B. on August 29, 2018
  • Fresh fallen snow and having a reason to stay in and create quilts

    —Amy on August 29, 2018
  • Staying home on snow days. Love to see the fresh white snow through the window. Drinking hot chocolate or tea and curling up to read a good book with a snuggly quilt.

    —Wendy on August 29, 2018
  • I really like the extra indoor activity time winter offers, especially time to quilt, needle turn appliqué and embroider.

    —Marilyn Grant on August 29, 2018
  • I love a sunny day after some snowfall. You can make a walk and enjoy the bright world.

    —Hanke on August 29, 2018
  • I love to turn on the fireplace, blast my favorite Christmas Music, Carpenters Christmas of course,
    And quilt away on my many Christmas projects with a few of my favorite holiday munchies on
    The counter!

    —Lexie Rolfe on August 29, 2018
  • I really don’t love winter. What I do like is the fact that there is more time to learn more techniques and quilting is what I need to learn. I have two pieced quilt tops unfinished. I love the quilt you made.

    —Cynthia Holmes on August 29, 2018
  • I love having a fire in the woodstove and looking out across our property at the snowy landscape. And, of course, sewing the day away!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Gina on August 29, 2018
  • The holidays! Being able to curl up and keep warm under blankets. Baking. Just the coziness of home.

    —Kim Brownell on August 29, 2018
  • I love watching the flakes fall, baking & sewing!

    —Barbara HowardI on August 29, 2018
  • I love everything about winter! I love the scenery, the snow, the cold, and the slowed down life-style. I especially love being snowed in -I put on a pot of home-made soup, bake bread and cookies, and spend the rest of the day quilting. What could be better than that?!!

    —Terry on August 29, 2018
  • I love the snow and enjoy snowshoeing. I feed the birds in the winter too and enjoy watching them. This book looks awesome!

    —lee on August 29, 2018
  • I love sitting inside and watching it snow.

    —Renee G on August 29, 2018
  • Well, since I live in Calif, snow isn’t my favorite, but I love the Christmas carols!!! I play them so much that my family begs (demands!)me to stop!! ;-D I love this quilt: so warm and inviting!! Hugs, H

    —Helen LeBrett on August 29, 2018
  • I NEED this book. I love Jan Patek’s quilt designs and winter is a great time to sew. I live in Canada but our climate here in Victoria is relatively mild so I miss the snow and crisp winter days that I enjoyed before I moved here.

    —Carol on August 29, 2018
  • the first good storm when everything is covered white pristine snow

    —Nancy Chappelle on August 29, 2018
  • I love the Christmas holiday, reading by the fireplace, and the excuse to stay home and sew.

    —Bonnie on August 29, 2018
  • I grew up in the country and really miss seeing the stars as Jan describes them . . . but I also do enjoy the city lights, which look amazing from my living room window in winter after the trees lose their leaves. Besides the lights, my favorite thing about winter is Christmas.

    —Janice Black on August 29, 2018
  • Staying in and sewing more! Plus no more weeding and no bees! Yea!

    —Peggy kanz on August 29, 2018
  • I love the coziness of winter, heating the house with the fireplace, snuggling in fuzzy sweaters, lots of reasons to stay in and quilt.

    —Sue Cahill on August 29, 2018
  • I don’t really like winter but it is a good excuse to stay in and sew.

    —Sylvia R on August 29, 2018
  • What a happy quilt and I a enjoying the style. Jan Patek is always a treat and my color pallet. Hoping to be lucky!!

    Jane Modjeski

    —Jane Modjeski on August 29, 2018
  • I’d rather stay in and sew.

    —Karen on August 29, 2018
  • Looking at trees covered in ice, shining like diamonds.

    —Kathy R on August 29, 2018
  • Oh my! What an adorable book!! I can’t wait for the cooler temperatures and I’ll be inside knitting and quilting! Happy times!

    —Lee on August 29, 2018
  • too cold to mow grass or weed garden so I get to sew every day!!

    —joan cummins on August 29, 2018
  • I love winter! The snowy landscapes, snowflakes on my tongue, building a snowman in the yard, but most of all the creative juices that get to flowing with the first taste of winters arrival in the air! :o)

    —Cheryl R. on August 29, 2018
  • after 70 years in the snow each winter, i have to say staying in iz the best. i always look for my cardnal that is here and make sure they get fed

    —janice thompson on August 29, 2018
  • The coooooooler temperatures!

    —Melody Lutz on August 29, 2018
  • Love Jan’s patterns. Winter sounds really good us down here in Texas. Making that quilt would cool me down.

    —Judy Purcell on August 29, 2018
  • I LOVE snow days- you know, a day during the school or work week that you get to stay home and play or quilt and drink hot chocolate! I guess it’s that feeling of getting away with playing hookie! I would love be to make Jan’s quilt this winter!

    —Judy F on August 29, 2018
  • I love being cosy and warm inside while it’s lovely and cold outside!

    —Michelle vince on August 29, 2018
  • What I love most about winter is a white Christmas. I enjoy watching the snow fall and seeing how it clings to the trees. I love the rosy checks on the kids when they come in from playing outside.

    —Mary on August 29, 2018
  • My favorite time for winter is sewing in my quilt room with a crackling fire and looking out the windows at the cold winds and snow!

    —Kathy D on August 29, 2018
  • I love the coziness of winter…sweaters, wool socks, scarves, mittens, fireplaces, quilts(of course) and I especially like a clear night when the moon is full and the glow reflecting off snow-covered ground. I’ll take winter over summer any day!

    —Sue G. on August 29, 2018
  • I love being able to go to warmer climes for most of the winter but I still love the snowmen angels and trees covered iin snow especially on quilts

    —Donna Phillips on August 29, 2018
  • We live 3 miles on a gravel road back in the woods. Our back deck overlooks the Gasconade river. Winter here is breath taking. We have so many deer in our yard most everyday. Only once have we not been able to get out. Road grader comes as soon as possible. When it snows it is like a winter wonderland. When I can’t get out that is fine with me. Gives me more time to quilt. Love the quilt. I have 5 Christmas quilts but would be fun to have one mire

    —Sherrill on August 29, 2018
  • I like the crispness of the cold air and the sun or moon reflecting off the white snow.

    —Carol Schon on August 29, 2018
  • Love all your quilts

    —Patty on August 29, 2018
  • Love the cooler weather! It gets hot and stays hot here in Northern California so I’m happy when I can
    snuggle on he couch in front of the fireplace, under a quilt. I’m an inside person for sure!

    Thanks for a chance to win!

    —usairdoll on August 29, 2018
  • Where do you live , Jan? It sounds like heaven! Being in the tropics is great, but we always wish we could have a touch of American winter!

    Jan calls Missouri home, Margaret – thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —margaret on August 29, 2018
  • What can I say? I LIVE blankets; sleeping with them, snuggling with them, and being able to work on them without fainting from the heat!

    —Stephanie Loupee on August 29, 2018
  • I love a free, No School Day. I can stay home and stitch.

    —carol on August 29, 2018
  • The best feeling in the world…… terrible cold snowy weather and not having to go out in it. Definitely a sewing day!

    —Betty on August 29, 2018
  • In Texas we don’t get much snow and some winters aren’t that cold but every block on this quilt shows just how special winter can be. I love the trees, the angels and the snowmen.

    —Pamela Jones on August 29, 2018
  • I love winter for its cooler temps, making homemade soups, being able to play with my outdoor cats without sweating my socks off! And to work in my abused flower bed.

    —Jill Meador on August 29, 2018
  • I love the winter scenes and taking my dogs for a snowy walk, which they enjoy, then to return home to a lovely mug of hot chocolate and some cosy quilting.

    —Liz Tanner on August 29, 2018
  • I love the excuse to stay home and sew. But I also love the colors of winter.

    —Cathy Cavagnaro on August 29, 2018
  • I like best in winter : skiing, that rush when I" catch air" jumping over a little bump on a pine tree lined downhill path to the wide slide at the end of the run; and the sound of the snow crunching and swishing. Thanks for the chance to win this fun book!

    —carol Denning on August 29, 2018
  • I love the changing weather in winter.

    —Rebecca Boukikaz on August 29, 2018
  • This looks likes a fun quilt to make and I love snowmen.

    —Shirley Bentson on August 29, 2018
  • I love the clean, crisp air of winter that is amazingly fresh! It is so invigorating.

    —Barbara on August 29, 2018
  • I love the cooler temperatures we get here in Texas. Hoping for snow is a very risky wish because we only get it every once in a while. I love the fact that I can stay indoors and quilt to my heart’s content!

    —Ann West on August 29, 2018
  • I love watching snowflakes fall — silent & beautiful.

    —Pat V. on August 29, 2018
  • Definitely love a reason to stay in and sew!

    —Ashley on August 29, 2018
  • Snow ❄️ ❄️❄️❄️❄️💕❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ Enough to make snowmen

    —Janice on August 29, 2018
  • I am originally from New England but have lived in eastern North Carolina for about 20 years now. I really miss the New England snow and all its beauty. I am a big fan of Jan Patek and learned her needle turn applique technique from her videos. Sleigh Bells is gorgeous!

    —Angelia L. on August 29, 2018
  • I love when it snows at night and everything is so quiet…..the snow glistens like a million diamonds, and it’s so peaceful! ❤️❤️❤️

    —Rhonda S on August 29, 2018
  • I love the quiet of a snowy day.

    —Judith Martinez on August 29, 2018
  • I love to sit inside, to wach the snow and to drink a hot chocolate

    Martina Schwarz on August 29, 2018
  • My absolute favourite thing I love about winter is staying inside by a roaring fire whilst it snows outside. Cuppa by my side and some craft in my hand! Just perfect!

    —Shelly cook on August 29, 2018
  • Love the snow, but not he cold, So sew it is and my sewing room has a huge window so I can enjoy the snow while I sew.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on August 30, 2018
  • Sitting in front of the fire with a good cup of coffee, looking out at a white winter wonderland of snow.

    —Elizabeth Tucker on August 30, 2018
  • I like to stay inside and keep warm

    —Jayne P on August 30, 2018
  • It finally isn’t hot out!! I love the cold temperatures!

    —Cathy on August 30, 2018
  • To go skiing

    quiltfru on August 30, 2018
  • I love the fresh crisp air and the crunchy snow beneath my feet.

    —Betty on August 30, 2018
  • Winter in it’s literary form simply does not exist here in the Deep South where I live. I long for true winters with cold and snow and not just a two week break from high humidity and people eating insects. My husband and I actually plan to move north when we retire we miss it so badly! Anybody up north want to swap? I do love the earlier darkness which forces my family inside sooner (rather than the mosquitoes) and like others the longer nights self impose a quilt time to work and enjoy.

    —Lisa on August 30, 2018
  • Winter in it’s traditional literary form simply does not exist here in the Deep South where I live. I long for true winters with cold and snow and not just a two week break from high humidity and people eating insects. My husband and I actually plan to move north when we retire we miss it so badly! Anybody up north want to swap? 😉 I do love the earlier darkness which forces my family inside sooner (rather than the mosquitoes) and like others the longer nights self impose a quilt time to work and enjoy guiltlessly.

    —Lisa on August 30, 2018
  • I do love the snowy landscapes, but I love staying in to sew even more. Lots of those days in New England!

    —Susan L. on August 30, 2018
  • The possibility of school being cancelled and everyone staying home! Jmh

    —Janet on August 30, 2018
  • On a cold winter day I love watching a fire in the fire place!

    —MAUREEN M on August 30, 2018
  • Quilting, feeding the birds, and sipping hot chocolate in a warm house watching it snow.

    Kristie on August 30, 2018
  • Winter where I now live has very little snow. However, when I look at the her quilt, it evokes such fond memories of when I was a child and we had a snowy winter. Love the new book design!

    —Bette on August 30, 2018
  • Winter, ah, going for a brisk walk in the sunny world of icy cold.

    —Hedda on August 30, 2018
  • I do love snowy landscapes, but staying home to sew is my favorite.

    —Susan L. on August 30, 2018
  • Now that I am retired and do not have to drive in it anymore, I really love snowy days, and the white landscape they leave behind. Yes, winter is a great time to stay inside, quilt, and contemplate.

    —Nancy N on August 30, 2018
  • I love snow days to stay home and sew! Thanks for the fun giveaway.

    —Becky S on August 30, 2018
  • Winter is my FAVORITE season, and it’s hard to name just one reason why. But those snowy landscapes – GORGEOUS!

    —KayB on August 30, 2018
  • I love the freshly fallen snow as long as I don’t have to travel. Everything is so white.

    —Laureen on August 30, 2018
  • Snowmen! I already have a planned series of fun original snowpeople for my next series of little quilts!

    —Barbara Thomas on August 30, 2018
  • I love the snowy scenes outside my window. I don’t have to mow lawns and rake leaves (although I actually like doing it!). I have time to do the piecing and quilting that I didn’t have time for in the summer. It is my "Winter Treat."

    —Pam Fritz on August 30, 2018
  • We love Snow! & Snowmen! I already have a planned series of fun original snowpeople for my next series of little quilts! We hope to spend Christmas in the Snow this year!

    —Barbara Thomas on August 30, 2018
  • Although winter is not my favorite season, I do enjoy seeing fresh snowfalls…the clean white snow. I enjoy seeing the tree branches covered with the twinkling snow, especially on a sunny morning…a great time to take a walk.

    —Barb on August 30, 2018
  • I love the excuse to stay inside and sew!! I’d love to make this pattern and would love to see it done in bright red and green Christmas colors! 🙂

    Deb on August 30, 2018
  • I like the fact that in winter my hand quilt group meets once a week to work on a quilt.

    —Renata on August 30, 2018
  • I love the serene feeling you get in winter when the ground is covered in white, the cats are all curled up asleep, there’s a fire in the fireplace and you are at home working on a quilt or watching TV. But it all ends the next morning when you have to fight your way through the drifts and off to work you go:)

    —Liz VanSickle on August 30, 2018
  • Winter is a special time of year here in Maine. The tourists are gone til warm weather and it is a time for the locals to get to catch up with each other. Sleigh Bells is patterns that are reministic of growing up here. It is peaceful feeling.

    —Holly on August 30, 2018
  • I love the snow and the quiet in the woods, but I love being able to stay inside and quilt and read.

    —Linda on August 30, 2018
  • In winter when it snows, I used to love to stay home from teaching first grade. I always call a "Snow Day" (a day off from school) a "Sew Day!" Enjoy the delicious day of enjoying every stitch by looking out the window in front of my sewing machine at the gently falling snow. I can hardly wait!!!

    —Sandi Hernderson on August 30, 2018
  • I love winter with all of the winter birds, the beautiful landscape and being able to sit and quilt, stitch and sew. It is the best time of the year! Hot Chocolate, cranberry scones and good friends and plenty of laughter while stitching.

    —Kathy Heidel on August 30, 2018
  • Living in Tasmania, Australia, we just hope it is not too hot on Christmas Day.
    It is a great time to spend with family outside or at the beach.
    Would love to experience a white Christmas one day.

    —Liz Sumner on August 30, 2018
  • I love working at my sewing machine, watching the snow silently falling and drinking a hot cup of tea.

    —Beverly Danner on August 30, 2018
  • Love the cold, snow & winter sports, and the excuse to sew.

    —Tamara Isaacs-Smith on August 30, 2018
  • Best of all is to decide to stay home, keep warm and cozy under a lap robe and begin a Jan Patek project from her new book "Sleigh Bells. I would love to have this book and try my hand with this lovely book.

    Althea Klosterman on August 30, 2018
  • Everything!!

    —Teresa B on August 30, 2018
  • I love the change of season in Florida! The cooler weather is wonderful and refreshing! But most of all I look forward to family time and the get togetherness of the seasons!

    —Kris Bolick on August 31, 2018
  • Stay home and sew. Love being snowed in.

    —Karen Weidler on August 31, 2018
  • I live in the country and enjoy watching the birds and the hummingbirds plus the deer while sewingvin my room.

    —Lori on August 31, 2018
  • This book looks like so much fun. Started quilting as a break from caregiving for my husband. Now my stash is bursting out of my quilt room.

    JoAnn Sass on August 31, 2018
  • I like having cooler weather .Living in the South we rarely get snow but we do like it every couple of years.The changing color of the leaves and then they fall off.Wernersville roasted over and open fire with family and friends.Hot chocolate with wipped cream ,football games and the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas wit all the family.

    —Maries Boyer on August 31, 2018
  • My sister in law did a Christmas quilt similar to this by hand with a group of ladies she worked with on their lunch breaks- many years ago – it was a BOM and it is by far my favorite quilt ever – so I would love to have a chance to make this one for myself!

    —Claudia Schackart on August 31, 2018
  • snowy landscapes

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on August 31, 2018
  • I love to see everything covered in freshly fallen snow. Also love the opportunity to sew more.

    —Sharon Browne on August 31, 2018
  • I love snow… We haven’t had very much lately but I still love to sew especially in the winter.

    —Vivian Bernsn on August 31, 2018
  • I love to watch the birds and see the changes. Lots of snow gives my an excuse to sew; I don’t really need an excuse.

    —nancy on August 31, 2018
  • I love winter because I can use the weather as an excuse to stay home and sew all day!! I get more done in those winter months than any other time of the year. This new book looks fabulous!

    —Barbara Reifsnider on August 31, 2018
  • The cool, clean, freshness of the air. Natures way of renewing.

    —Sandra Boff on August 31, 2018
  • I love the sights, sounds, and smells of winter.
    —the holidays with family and friends, cooking and baking, Christmas music, gift-giving, snuggling up with quilts. I could go on and on!

    —karen on August 31, 2018
  • sewing in a warm cozy room knowing it’s bitterly cold out!!!!

    —Louise on August 31, 2018
  • I’ve always wanted to do a quilt like this. Just wonderful. Great to hand piece while we’re traveling (RV’ers).

    —Susan Traynor on August 31, 2018
  • I LOVE Christmas, but honestly, what I love most about winter is when it’s over!

    —MARY kroll on August 31, 2018
  • I love sewing inside and not feeling guilty about all the stuff I should be doing outside!

    —Kris B on August 31, 2018
  • The older I get the more I like Winter..no more mowing the grass, pulling the weeds, watering, watering and watering! I slways think I will get so much sewing done when I don’t have all of the above to keep me busy. I sure like the looks of Jan’s new book!

    —Sandy R. on August 31, 2018
  • Since I love in San Diego, I love the chance of rain in the winter, the chill in the air, and cuddling with a quilt. I love fall and winter!

    —Elaine Swatniki on August 31, 2018
  • I love sitting by the fire and looking out the window to see the landscape transformed into a winter wonderland.

    —Janet Parker on August 31, 2018
  • I love to stay in and sew in the winter. It’s the perfect time to catch up on projects

    —Carol B on August 31, 2018
  • I love brisk walk after a fresh snow especially in the evening when all is quite and the world seems like all is well, coming home to a warm house and a cup of tea. Charmed life I know.

    —Rose Landon on August 31, 2018
  • I love to see the trees with no leaves, the red birds in contrast to the white snow and watching the children playing in the snow. We grew up in FL. so the contrast here in TN is amazing. I love being able to sew and watch the snow fall!!

    —Diane Howard on August 31, 2018
  • It is a good reason to say home and sew…quilts.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on August 31, 2018
  • I love winter! I live in Texas so our winters are not bad normally! Winter is when I love to stay indoors and sew all day long! Now that I am retired I can do that! This quilt is beautiful and looks like it would be fun to make! I’m gonna make it!

    —Claudine Geisel on August 31, 2018
  • I love staying in to watch the birds come to the feeder and have something in the oven.

    —Cheri Bergeron on August 31, 2018
  • I love it when it’s over! Jk. I love the wood burning smell in the air and I love getting freezing cold and coming in to a nice toasting warm house! I love Navajo tacos and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! We only eat them in winter!

    —Danette Roundy on August 31, 2018
  • Winter in south Texas may be 30 degrees one day 80 the next. Who knows? Last winter we had several freezing days and snow. This year I’ll bet it will be a warm one. I get a lot of sewing done.

    —Phyllis on August 31, 2018
  • watching the snow fall – as long as I don’t have to drive in it

    —Kathy Luehrs on August 31, 2018
  • Here in Minnesota, where winter can last about 7 months, there is not much to love about it. I’m waiting for the day I can retire and move south like the birds:)

    —ColleenM on August 31, 2018
  • My favourite thing about winter? Certainly not the weather! Canadian winters can get brutal at times. I love to be inside sewing on those really cold days. It’s almost always sunny here all winter so that’s a plus.of course, there’s Christmas, what’s there not to love about such a joyous time of the year!

    —Maria on August 31, 2018
  • I love to get inside and cozy by the fire, watch movies with the family with handwork in my lap!

    —Wendy Snyder on August 31, 2018
  • What I love lost about winter is family get togethers, large meals together, snuggling under quilts with my husband as we drink hot chocolate and watch movies, watching my teenager daughters run around in onsie pajamas as they bake cookies together. For me winter is all about family and settling down enough to take the time to enjoy life and those around you. It’s about making sure your elderly neighbor isn’t cold and has more than enough to eat. It’s about the holidays and spending time with family. It’s about warm nights by the fire and snuggling with the one you love most while you sleep.

    —Christina Bergeron on August 31, 2018
  • I love Christmas decorating and the spirit of the season. Here in Florida we don’t have the snow and cold weather, but sharing time with friends and family is always special.

    —sandra morris on August 31, 2018
  • I love walks in the snow with my hubby. Everything becomes so hushed and sparkly from the snow that it feels very romantic. Frosty kisses, an unexpected snowball, snow angels, and hot cocoa in front of the fire when we certainly back inside.

    —Kari Lundell on August 31, 2018
  • Looking forward to skiing when the snow and temperatures allow. And if not, can stay home and work on a quilting or felting project.

    —Barbara on August 31, 2018
  • I love Christmas with all the beautiful decorations and the feelings of goodwill that it brings. I love the newly fallen snow that is so lovely to behold. Not so much when it piles up too high to drive in. I love settling down with my needlework, whether it’s quilting, knitting, or cross-stitch. And I love looking for the first signs of Spring!

    —Linda Towers on August 31, 2018
  • Winter to me means hot soup and warm bread in the kitchen, me hand sewing while the family watches football.

    —Loretta on August 31, 2018
  • Winter to me is a magical time. I love the holiday season. I love the fresh crisp air and being able to curl up with a cozy quilt and read a favorite book or stitch. Where I live it doesn’t get bitterly cold (hardly ever snow) but it the cooler days are a definite respite from the stifling heat.

    —Judi Leventhal on August 31, 2018
  • I love the cool weather here in California!

    —Kit on August 31, 2018
  • Jan’s Sleigh Bells quilt shows the beautiful folk art designs she is know for world wide! I would love for this to be my next project. Well done Jan!

    —Stephanie Smith on August 31, 2018
  • Snow!

    —Elaine on August 31, 2018
  • Lots of snow, otherwise I prefer it be warm and sunny.

    —Judy B on August 31, 2018
  • I stay at home, watch old movies, listen to the music and sew. A wonderful time of the year

    —Rommy on August 31, 2018
  • I alternate between reading, watching TV and making things- ps wool is easier to work with when it is not 80+ degrees outside 😉

    —Karen on August 31, 2018
  • Love the excuse to stay inside and sew though I don’t mind looking outside at snowy landscapes.

    —Teri on August 31, 2018
  • Living in Texas doesn’t give me a chance to enjoy the snow, but when I lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania I loved to watch the snow fall, drink hot teas and cozy up to the fireplace.

    —Kathryn Smotryski on August 31, 2018
  • I love to curl up under a quilt with a good book! I love to watch the birds come to the birdfeeder by the window! I love the opportunity to stay home and sew!

    —Barbaraben on August 31, 2018
  • Winter can be amazing in the NW as snow does not always fly. But when it does we all love the white stuff!

    —Arlene Gardner on August 31, 2018
  • I love that the pace of life slows down in the winter months. With no garden to tend or yard work to do, there is more time for stitching. I also enjoy watching the birds at the feeders all winter.

    —Elizabeth Dyer on August 31, 2018
  • Cold outside, Warm inside the house. Me quilting o reading and my hubby doing his own hobbies.

    —Anna on August 31, 2018
  • I love winter because it gives me a great excuse to stay home and quilt. We usually don’t get much snow in Vancouver BC, but when it does snow my most favourite day is sewing Christmas projects and enjoying the snow from inside. Jan Patek is one of my favourite quilters. I love her patterns and colour choices.

    —Linda Webster on August 31, 2018
  • I like winter when i can appreciate the beauty of snow and ice from inside my house. I hate winter when i drive to work everyday. Not a fan of the polar vortex.

    —Theresa Kennedy on August 31, 2018
  • The excuse to stay warm in the house and sew!!!

    —Renae Williams on August 31, 2018
  • I love all things quilted and what could be sweeter than a new book to bring cheer to any quilter during winter months.
    Barbara LOWRY – August 31, 2018

    —Barbara Lowry on August 31, 2018
  • I love to make home gifts for my family & snuggle with my dogs under a warm blanket with a nice cup of tea

    —Jamie on August 31, 2018
  • I like the holidays in the winter season that bring families together, especially my family of 4 married kids and all the grandkids. The seasonal twinkling lights everywhere are magical, but I do like the chill of colder weather and the excuse to stay in and sew a little more. This quilt is so wonderful ~ I would feel transported to that time of year with this quilt in my home!

    —Marie Eddins on August 31, 2018
  • I love the winter holidays when all the family get together ~ 4 married kids and all the grandchildren. I love the magical array of all the seasonal twinkle lights up everywhere. But I do especially love the chill in the air, how it all seems fresh outside with colder temps and a chance to sew and quilt indoors.

    —Marie Eddins on August 31, 2018
  • The best part of winter is staying home out of the cold and spending time in my sewing room.

    —Cindy Kahrs on August 31, 2018
  • Cold/snow outside nice and warm inside sewing

    —Linda on August 31, 2018
  • I love winter here in Nova Scotia would never want to miss it. It is so clean outside after a good snow. It looks magical and I love that feeling of hankering down with the family. All is good.

    —Helen Bowie on August 31, 2018
  • I love the slowing down that comes with winter. With the sun setting sooner, there is more time to relax and read or sew. This quilt embodies so much to celebrate in winter, it would be fun to make it.

    —Glenna Denman on August 31, 2018
  • In the winter, I love sitting in the sun by the window sewing. When the sun sparkles off the snow in the trees, it’s just magnificent!

    —Bridget on August 31, 2018
  • I love being snowed in the most, tho it doesnt happen often where I live. But a real wood fire in the fireplace, snow outside, and some hand work is the best!

    —Madeline Wallace on August 31, 2018
  • I love winter time – we escape the winter cold/snow now and spend winters in AZ. As long as I’ve got electricity for my sewing machine, my goal is to keep working on quilting projects and enjoy it being warm too! IT’s fun to do winter quilts to make it all more like winter up where it’s cold as the colors, the snowmen, the Christmas trees, so many project avenues to work on!! Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome new book!!

    —Sylvia Bryan on August 31, 2018
  • I love the snow.

    —Linda Christianson on August 31, 2018
  • I love winter for the chance to stay inside and sew … more of Jan’s darling applique quilts!

    —Kyra Franz on August 31, 2018
  • I love the cold weather. Love to spend time working on quilts to keep my family and friends warm.

    —LeahK on September 1, 2018
  • Truthfully, I am not a fan of winter, now that I am older, but I do love Christmas! Decorating my house with all my quilts and handmade treasures from my Mom, brings such joy. I do love the air after a snowstorm…so clean and fresh! And there is lots of good quilting time in the winter, when the cold winds keep you in the house!

    —Rosemary L on September 1, 2018
  • What a fun seasonal quilt to make and to have when finished. We love our “envelope” quilts in the cool winter evenings as we sit and relax to read or watch the news on TV. Yes, our quilts are our “envelopes” as we pull them up over our feet and up to our chest! So cozy and warm! I always make one for everyone in our family (at least an oversized twin if not a bit bigger).
    Barbara

    —Barbara Niekerk on September 1, 2018
  • I honestly can’t pick just one! I love the snow so long as Jan said it doesn’t get to much and I love criss country skiing and who doesn’t love sewing in where its warm while it storms outside! Not to mention snuggling under a quilt.

    —Ann Schissler on September 1, 2018
  • I love winter for the warmth of friends coming in to embroider or quilt. It is Peaceful , productive and great fun. I can stay indside and not have all the summer work to do outdoors.

    Arloene Morgan on September 1, 2018
  • I love snow days (I am a secretary at a high school)!! Then I get to sew/quilt all day. I fix a crockpot meal for supper then head to the sewing room. Love it!!

    —Renea Yarolim on September 1, 2018
  • I love watching the snow as it falls and then seeing how it completely changes the landscape.

    —Mary on September 1, 2018
  • I love snow!!! The more the better! I love driving in it, I love looking out the window, I used to love walking in it. Now that I am older I am afraid of slipping and falled, so I don’t like walking in it so much anymore.

    —Linda Ahn on September 1, 2018
  • I love taking our dog for a walk in the cool, crisp early morning air early and seeing the sun shining through the heavy dew on the grass and trees. If it’s snowed overnight, I love making the first set of footprints on the sidewalk as we walk around the block. I love bundling up in layers with coats, scarves, hats and gloves. It all makes me think of nature as a hibernating, regenerating force and thinking of what new splendor it can create with blooms in the spring. Yeah, I know, it all sounds corny, but that’s what I love about winter.

    —Tammy Magill on September 1, 2018
  • What I love about winter has certainly changed over the many years and many seasons of life. My husband and I are soon to be 76, and we have moved from IL to AL. Although we are still very active, sewing is still my great love.

    —Nancy A on September 1, 2018
  • I love snow, especially around Christmas time as it makes it feel even more special and magical. Making snowmen with my kids, staying inside and doing crafts with them or baking cookies. Lighting candles and watching a nice movie. I jus tlove a lot about winter!

    —jacqueline on September 1, 2018
  • I live on the westcoast of Canada, so we don’t get much snow, but it does rain. Nothing like sewing up a quilt while the raindrops are hitting the windows, and you have the fire going. I love when the merchants put up their Christmas lights, they do light up the sky so nicely during the evening. I don’t know what it is about Christmas but folk art and Christmas just seem to go together so well, better than any other season. Love Jan Patek’s work!!!

    —Anne Sherber on September 1, 2018
  • I love winter, but I also crave any excuse to get to sew! With 5 grandchildren and another one coming next year, time for sewing is scare these days.

    —Rebecca on September 1, 2018
  • Winter is my favorite season after fall. It allows me to nourish the introverted/contemplative side of my nature.

    —Lynne Marsh on September 1, 2018
  • Winter is a great time to sew, sip hot chocolate, read quilting books and enjoy the warm winter soups and stews.

    Joyce on September 1, 2018
  • I love to stay inside and sew, especially bindings where I can snuggle under the quilts as I sew! Snow is beautiful and I love to make snow ice cream but with age and arthritis I can’t handle the cold weather anymore.

    —Debra Miller on September 1, 2018
  • Wat een prachtig, leuk, gaaf patroon. Dat zou ik best graag willen winnen. Dus ik doe heeeel graag mee aan de winactie. Alvast bedankt,

    Translation: What a beautiful, fun, cool pattern. I would like to win that. So I would like to participate in the contest. Thanks in advance,

    —Jenny Stolk Verhoef on September 1, 2018
  • Getting snowed in and staying home to sew and going for walks in the snow.

    —Wendy on September 2, 2018
  • The best thing I look forward to in Winter is my birds. The feeder is full and my birds come hungry. my best pastime for the long cold days of Wisconsin.

    —sharon venske on September 2, 2018
  • What I love most is when it snows and the sun shines on the newly fallen snow and it looks like the snow is covered with glitter! Nature’s glitter is the best!

    —laurie anders on September 2, 2018
  • I love to watch the birds at the feeder outside my window. They makes me so happy—- and glad I am inside stitching!

    —Linda M on September 2, 2018
  • I love the fresh snow falling and sewing and quilting cozy inside with the smells of soup cooking.

    —Sharon on September 2, 2018
  • I like the shorter days, cooler temps with a fire blazing in the fireplace, sitting in my favorite chair with some hand work to keep me busy.

    —Cindy on September 2, 2018
  • Des anges des étoiles un peu de neige la chaleur et la douceur de tissus country tout pour un noël avec ce magnifique livre de jan patek que j’aimerais faire ce beau quilt

    Translation: Angels of the stars a little snow the warmth and softness of country fabrics all for a christmas with this wonderful book of Jan Patek I would love to make this beautiful quilt.

    —Michèle Pocachard on September 3, 2018
  • Winter days bring more time with family, looking at holiday lights together, going for a hike in the cool weather, enjoying a mug of hot chocolate, choosing gifts for one another, appreciating all of the simple things that bring such joy…that’s what I love most about Winter!

    —Lisa on September 3, 2018
  • I like very little about winter, but I guess the best part for me would be the extra time it gives me indoors to work on my various projects.

    —Carol Bakaj on September 4, 2018
  • I love to stay home and sew…it feels so cozy and we need blankets to cuddle under!

    —Janice on September 4, 2018

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