Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Boogie Boogie Hedgehog

Anyone out there know how to get more hours in the day or more days in the week? Any help very much appreciated. ;) This is going to be a long post, as I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to post again this month! I'm sure most people are in the same state of chaos preparing for the holidays. My family's homemade/thrifted/recycled pledge means that many of my gifts will be going out in time for Valentine's Day, but in addition to last minute sewing and knitting and all that pesky grading, I'm trying to enjoy the seasons with friends and family, cookie baking, birthday parties, and favorite films, as well. My family arrives this week from the US and France to celebrate with me here in Finland!

My brother sent me this link and I just had to share:



I received a very cute winter quilt from the Doll Quilt 5 swap this week from Sandi in the US. She visited Finland several years ago and said thought about her trip while making the quilt. I especially love the striped binding! Thanks so much!! Sandi generously included some goodies, too, and wrapped the quilt in this gorgeous tree fabric that I promptly added to my own Doll Quilt as a border before sending it on its way!

If you're waiting to receive a swap quilt from me and want to be surprise, DON'T scroll down any further! Here's what I've been up to:

For the November WORDS themed 6-12" mini quilt swap, sent to Kim in the US. I was inspired by the song "Words" by the Swedish a cappella group The REAL Group.




For Doll Quilt 5, sent to Imagingermonkey in England. When I started, I didn't intend for it to be so wintry. (Inspired by Marimekko's Mökki (cottage/cabin) fabric.)

For Barbara's angel swap, sent to Weronica in Sweden.

There has also been a lot of knitting going on. Here's a pair of socks for a friend one time zone east of here... (Pattern available here - thanks to Barbara for the tip!)

Happy Holidays everyone! (The photo is from a dark, but beautifully lit Helsinki this week; I was there for work, but found time for a little Christmas market browsing and yarn shopping, too!)

10 comments:

Sandi said...

Jen, So glad you received the quilt and how fun that it was the perfect border for the doll quilt you sent on to Imagine Monkey (I've visited her blog before). You are one busy person!! I loved the last photo. I've been there. Would love to visit again but probably never will. But there's always a glimmer of hope, right?!! Happy Holidays!!

Libby said...

What a lovely scene . . . . I wish we had a Christmas market nearby *s*

Andrea said...

Have a great Christmas Jen - love all those little quilts x

Flikka said...

I loved the hedgehog video! Why was the hedgehog so crazy about the tube? The quilts are really nice, you've been busy lately. I've now started my own knitting blog finally, like I said I was planning to do.

Guðrún said...

All your quilts are beautiful. So you will get your family to Finland this year. I hope you will have a merry, merry Christmas.

Carol E. said...

I love the word/letters quilt and it's always fun to see what inspires a quilter. I enjoyed the song from that lovely Swedish group. I also love the little cabin and tree in the winter scene.

julieQ said...

What beautiful little quilts!! Fun mail for sure. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

Käranån said...

Jag vill bara önska dig en GOD JUL och ett GOTT NYTT ÅR !!

Nettie said...

Love Boogie Boogie Hedgehog! Now i wish i'd taken pics of some of our Xmas markets here. Lovely little quilts.

Anonymous said...

Hi I live here in Victoria BC Canada but my dad was born in Finland and I have an aunt in Vaasa just thought I would pop in and say hi