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Two Kinds of Cozy for Winter: Katie's Quilts and Winter Reads from Harlequin

Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy Monday, My Lovelies!  Be ready to get your cozy on with this post!  I have two things to share:

1.   Katie's beautiful, cozy Christmas quilt and table runner


2.   Harlequin's 2017 Winter Reads Picks Blog Tour

Do you know Katie?  She's Julep and Derby's mom at The Westie Julep Blog.  I love reading about Julep and Derby's antics.  They are both darling Westies, and Derby has one of the cutest little faces I've ever seen on a Westie!  Katie is a very talented quilter, and she's also very generous, donating her quilts and other creations to charitable causes.  I'm so fortunate that she shares with me, too!  She's a wonderful Westie Mom, and she contributes to a fantastic Facebook Page all about Westie health.

Check out the Christmas quilt she sent me:

Would you look at the little button detail?  So cute!

I have it on the big chair in our bedroom, and I love to sit here and read.  The quilt is so cozy, and it matches the chair perfectly!  

Katie had some leftover fabric, so she made me a table runner for the breakfast room table.  This was such a help because I was running out of ideas for the breakfast room.  I wanted to create something different this year for Christmas.

While I was reading Terrain's Blog, I was inspired by the Three Different Lantern Looks post, especially the one with the mushroom ornaments:

I have smaller hurricanes, and I already had plenty of pinecones, reindeer moss, and fake snow.  I ordered the ornaments from Terrain, and here's our breakfast room table with Katie's adorable quilted runner and the pretty glass ornaments from Terrain:

Isn't the table runner pretty!  You can also see the tops of the mushrooms' caps.

This is my copycat using the ornaments.

I also added the woodland themed mugs and a hurricane filled with cinnamon sticks, pinecones, and pomegranates all from Pier 1.

The votives are vintage with Christmas tree cutouts, and the napkins look nice with the runner.  

I confess that I was probably the last person to accept the woodland theme for Christmas including mushrooms.  I think I've made fun of that trend for a couple of years now, but I embraced the mushrooms when I read the Terrain blog.  

What do you think about this trend in Christmas decor?

Thank-you, Katie!

Now on to the Winter Reads 2017 portion of this post:

If you're looking for a wonderful winter read from Harlequin, check out this tour hosted by TLC Book Tours.

Here is the tour schedule:

TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for Winter Holiday Traditions (+ reads!) from Harlequin:

Monday, December 4thSatisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Linda Lael Miller guest post
Wednesday, December 6thThe Romance Dish – Tawny Weber guest post
Friday, December 8thBooks and Spoons – Delores Fossen guest post, “Candy Cane Memories”
Monday, December 11thMoonlight Rendezvous – Maisey Yates guest post
Wednesday, December 13thFrom the TBR Pile – Brenda Jackson guest post, “New Year, New Me!”
Friday, December 15thCrystal Blogs Books – Lynda Aicher guest post, “Cookies! Cookies! Cookies!”
Monday, December 18thReading Reality – Lori Foster guest post, “Lori Foster’s Own Family Holiday Traditions”
Tuesday, December 19thRomancing the Book – excerpt from Can’t Let Go by Gena Showalter
Wednesday, December 20thNovel Gossip – B. J. Daniels guest post
Friday, December 22ndThe Sassy Bookster – RaeAnne Thayne guest post
Monday, December 25thThe Sketchy Reader – Sheila Roberts guest post, “Decking the Halls”
Wednesday, December 27thRomantic Reads and Such – Julie Moffett guest post, “Make 2018 the Year of You”
Friday, December 29thBooks a la Mode – Sarah Morgan excerpt

In case you didn't notice, my stop on the tour is Christmas Day!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. What a beautiful quilt and runner! And I LOVE your mushroom and woodsy theme - It's always nice to mix things up a little!

  2. What a beautiful quilt and runner. I love the button detail too. So sweet. I also love that she quilts for good causes too. Have a great new week.

  3. Love you quilt and runner, wow, the quilt is so special! Love how the colors look and pop on the gorgeous while chair. I do love the woodland vignettes and tablescapes. I have am working on a tablescape now. I guess it comes for loving nature and animals so much. Looking like Christmas at your house, gorgeous mushrooms..........

  4. The quilt is lovely. Like Kris, I love the sweet buttons.

  5. Gorgeous quilt and runner.

    All the other decorations are beautiful too.

    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog earlier.


  6. Beautiful quilt and runner! You will enjoy these for years to come.
    I like the woodsy theme, but admit I don't really have it here. You can guess what my theme is! 😊

  7. Beautiful quilt and runner! Your breakfast table is very inviting

  8. She's so talented! I love the lovely gifties she sent you!
    that candy cane pillow matches so well:)

    I like the woodland theme..I've always been into the's very fairy forest and you know how I feel about that!
    you have such a beautiful way of putting things together!
    I LOVE those mushrooms.

  9. Totally, totally, totally fabulous. Oh, how you will treasure these. And I adore the woodsy theme -- the mushrooms in the vases are inspired! I may have to borrow a page from your book with the vase idea! Simply perfection!

  10. The quilt is just beautiful, I have always admired the patience and attention to detail that quilters have~ and your runner with the mushrooms looks so pretty! What an unique Christmas display! You should see my house, it is one hot mess right now, with things half decorated! You have inspired me to get busy!

  11. Stunning quilt and runner! And your reading chair is just perfect. I envy you all the cozy reading you will have.


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