Are you always looking for that perfect needle? I love straw needles but they won't do everything! Here is a great article about hand sewing needles by Pretty by Hand. She has some great basic information about needles.
Take one of those embroidery needles and get after this sweet snowman embroidery from Lecien. It's called Sparkling Snow and it's a cutie. Lecien also has a nice Christmas pattern called Wish Upon a Star . Depending upon the fabric you use, this pattern could be used for more than just the holidays.
The Fat Quarter Shop has a blog called the Jolly Jabber. They have some great posts and you should add it to your favorites. Right now they are running a series on vintage blocks and will be featuring them with updated looks and great fabrics. The first one featured is Sister's Choice and they have the free pattern plus a video for you to see how to make this block. Also, go down the blog a bit past the Sister's Choice and look at the Christmas quilt called Decade the Halls. It's to celebrate a decade in business with ten blocks and ten fabrics. It's a great holiday quilt.
Had to add an extra quilt on the bed in this very cold weather that has come our way. I have a Job's Tears as the top quilt and a log cabin on the bottom. What's on your bed? Diana