I have started a new quilt.  This will be for my other twin daughter, Elaina.  Her quilt, like her sister’s will be made from the Bliss fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille.  The pattern will be…drum roll please…”Toulouse” by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.   I have loved this pattern ever since Nicole, Thelma, and Lisa posted each of their versions of “Toulouse” on their blogs!  When Bliss came out, I knew this was THE fabric collection I had been waiting to make “Toulouse” with.

“Toulouse” is one of those love at first sight quilts.  I have been saving this pattern for just the right time when I would be ready.  It IS crawling with my former nemesis, flying geese.  After my therapy session with “Plan C,” my fear of flying is cured and I have the perfect fabric, there is no reason for me to not make this beauty.   I spray sized all my fabrics today.  It’s about the only step of the quilt process I dread, but it’s done!  I will start cutting the fabric this weekend.  I am so excited to make this quilt.  I hope the top will be completed by the New Year.  It will be my last big project of the year, hopefully.  Elaina is very excited as well!  She has been super patient waiting for her turn!

My house is pretty much all decorated now.  We have one small tree to go up in the downstairs still.  It is our green and white Michigan State Spartan tree.  Very cute when it’s done.  Well, Scott says if the basketball team doesn’t start playing better, we are not putting it up.  R-i-g-h-t!  He’s full of hot air.  He lives and breathes MSU, blood runs green.  Wears his green heart on his sleeve for that team!  He would never not put that tree up!  I like to collect Santas.  All sorts…prim, whimsical, old fashioned, etc.  I have them displayed all through the house.  I use the area above my kitchen cabinets to display a large collection of them.  Normally, I have some roosters up there, but I remove them at Christmas time.  Scott usually buys me at least one Santa every year.  Several of the Santas are very sentimental to me because my grandma collected them too and I have several from her collection.

Well, there’s a little peek at my Santa collection!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  I know I will!


  • Joanne says:

    Toulouse is a beautiful pattern. My youngest has a quilt on his bed with the same blocks – it is one of my favorite.
    I also noticed that you have the same glass chicken on you counter – mine is copper coloured, it belonged to my DH's grandmother.
    Your kitchen looks great!♥

  • Lori says:

    That is going to be a beautiful quilt!!

    I love Santas too and your collection is lovely!!

  • Terry says:

    Oh I just love Toulouse! I've wanted to make it since the first time I saw it on someone's blog! I'll be watching your progress! :0)

  • ferne says:

    I love your Santas but I really love your cabinets!

  • Darlene says:

    I love that pattern as well – it's going to be beautiful in Bliss for Elaina.

    I have roosters above my kitchen cabinets, as well. 🙂 I collected Santas for years and then lost them all when our Christmas decorations were stolen. I have a handful of Santas now that bring me lots of joy. Yours are delightful.

  • Cathy says:

    I'll be following your progress on Toulouse – great pattern! Could you tell us more about spray sizing your fabric? That's a new concept for me.

  • Carrie P. says:

    Oh, that Bliss fabric is going to look great done up in that pattern.
    A great collection of Santa's and saw the ginger guys in their spot.

  • Lynn says:

    I have this pattern too! I can't wait to see what you do with it using Bliss.

  • WoolenSails says:

    Beautiful pattern, can't wait to see how it looks in your fabric choices.
    Wonderful santa collection.


  • Yvette says:

    That quilt is going to be a BEAUTY! I look forward to seeing it almost as much as the recipient.

  • Nicole says:

    Great call, thinking Bliss would be good for Toulouse! It will be! This quilt will take you awhile to piece, but it is fun to make.
    Love your Santa collection, and you have the perfect place to display them.

  • paulette says:

    Stunning quilt!! It's going to be a beauty!!

  • Lisa D. says:

    I cannot wait to see your version of Toulouse with Bliss. I'm also working on a Bliss quilt with lots of flying geese. Have fun!

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  • Candace says:

    Wow – Elaina will be so thrilled with this quilt! I'm trying to figure out what that thin little border is? Love your santas, Linda – and your kitchen is gorgeous!

  • Carol says:

    Love our Santas! Bliss is perfect for Toulouse! PERFECT! That is going to be one amazing quilt!

  • QuiltSue says:

    Would you like to adopt me? Then I'll let you make me one of those quilts too. I love everything about it.

    I love your santa collection too. You have a great variety of them.

  • Denise in PA says:

    I can't wait to see Toulouse done in Bliss fabrics! It will be beautiful! I have all the fabrics to make one just like Nicole's! I usually put santas on top of my kitchen cabinets at Christmas too (too lazy this year though). The rest of the year I also have roosters and some tea pots. How about that! Your kitchen is beauttful!

  • Joy McD says:

    Ooooh! That is going to be a beautiful quilt! Can't wait to see it with your Bliss fabrics!
    Love your decorations too 🙂

  • Cheryll says:

    Ohhhhhh! Can't wait to see your new quilt. That's a really neat pattern.

  • Mary @ Neat and Tidy says:

    My cousin just finished this same quilt from some old bundles of Robin Pandolph's Folk Art series. It was just as lovely as yours. In fact, I haven't seen a Miss Rosie quilt yet that wasn't beautiful. Nice job!

  • Quilts And Pieces says:

    Oh your toulouse is absolutely gorgeous! I just love it!

  • Simone de Klerk says:

    So you're a Miss Rosie fan too! I just love her patterns. You Toulouse is so pretty. Your daughter will be very happy! LOVE all those Santas!

  • Mama Pea says:

    Love your Santas! Your kitchen is beautiful, too! I am so in love with Bliss fabric!!! I bought some charm squares so I could have some of it (I couldn't justify buying yardage of it when I didn't have a project planned). Now I have a context for the bunch of squares you said you cut out! You are sure energetic to want to get this done by Jan 1!! You go, girl!