Saturday, October 28, 2006

Helsinki and Fabric Christmas

My mom is safely back in Maine today after a great week here with me in Finland. We spent last weekend in Helsinki and then spent the week in and around Vaasa. The weather was pretty rainy (and snowy upon my arrival back home last night), but we still had a great time. Maybe I can photoshop some blue skies into the pictures.... Here are just a few to get started, including the train station facade and Sibelius monument.






Just to get a little color into this post, here's a picture of the contents of one of my mom's suitcases. It really did feel like fabric Christmas! Most of the fabric came from my existing stash, but there were some surprises in there, too. She also brought extra needles and bobbins, as well as a few fun tools and some much needed batting. I have no idea what to start on first - the UFO plaid bear paws for my little brother? The wedding quilt for my cousin? A couple blue and white baby quilts? A Christmas table runner? A kalaedoscope wall hanging? Stay tuned. :)

22 comments:

Jan said...

Wow. What a terrific Mom you have! Looks like Marden's is helpful in the stash! I'm a Maine quilter as well.

Deb Geyer said...

What wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

dot said...

Thanks for the great pictures. What a neat surprise to get those goodies from Mom. Have fun and I look forward to seeing what becomes of those fabric pieces.

Libby said...

One of the great things about blogging is being able to sitesee around the world, all while in my jammies *s*

It looks as if your mom brought you the 'magic suitcase' full of wonderful things. Can't wait to see what you pick first ....

May Britt said...

And your hexagons?????
Looks like your mother brought just the perfect visiting present for you. I am sure you are going to use them well. Make sure your mohter finish her beautiful quilt.

Bea said...

Can you send your mum to me, too??? No, just a joke... I think our mums are ever the best people of the world! What a wonder-suitcase and a great look to Finland! Thank you.

Sweet P said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of Finland. I want to visit there someday. Your mom did good on bringing the fabric and notions for you. I have no suggestions on what to work on except to say have fun!

Nancy said...

Your Mom brings cool gifts! She can come visit me any time. *VBS*

Anonymous said...

Oh my, what lovely photo's. I'm so glad you had such a good time with your Mom and how wonderful that you got ALL that fabric. Enjoy using it all up.

Nancy said...

What wonderful pics, and your Mom must be the best to bring you so many quilting supplies, it will be hard to know where to begin, Nancy in MT

Judy said...

Now that is just like Christmas!!

Cynthia said...

so glad you had a great time with your mum. Could you tell what is the object in the fourth photo? Thanks for sharing the photos of places you visited. It's nice to see new places.

Well you certainly have enough projects to work on now. Have fun whatever you decide to do first.

Tazzie said...

How wonderful to have a visit from your Mum, and to have her bring fabric treats too, double bonus! I'm so pleased you had a great time. I look forward to seeing which project you decide to work on.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

CBM said...

It was great to see those photos. The Sibelius monument is incredible!

Yes, I'd think it was Christmas too, to get a package of fabric like that, and a visit from your mum.
Enjoy.

Patti said...

Sounds like you have lots of fun things to choose from now. Must be so hard having your stash so far away!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

So nice you had a great vacation with your Mom and what a great suitcase she brought with her!!
Many hours of fun for you in that group! :O)

Anonymous said...

It's nice to share with us your precious times with your mum and these photos of Helsinki..

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Fabric Christmas for sure! Lucky you - sounds like quilting weather over though. I visited Helsinki many years ago. I will have to get my photos out and have a look.

Tonya R said...

Whee - how much fun is that. Marvelous to get your stash back as well as some surprises. And extra bobbins are always good. Love those statues holding the globes.

Jeanne said...

Oh, it looks like an interesting city -- glad you had a nice visit!
What fun to have all that stash!!
Jeanne

Samantha said...

Lolvely photos from your Mom's visit, and how exciting to get that much fabric!

Carol said...

What great pictures! It is really fun to see these great sights in Finland through your camera. Your mom is a cutie! Can I be her friend?