Merry Christmas everybody :)
My computer broke down and the app I use to blog is not working very well these days so I haven't been able to blog over Christmas. But for some reason the app is working now :)
We enjoyed Christmas before Christmas so now we are just enjoying the everyday.
Last night and this morning I have been cutting out pieces for a new wall hanging vthis one is going in the kitchen and I can't wait to finish and hang it up. And then of course share it with you :)
10 days ago Siffi broke his hand playing handball. On Tuesday he went to the hospital, on Wednesday he had a surgery. He will take about 3 months to get better but we are so glad it is not worse. But this meant a weired week last week. It ended on a early Christmas eve last night since Siffi is going away for few days with his team for a Christmas tournament. We had so much fun and we got some great gifts and we are so thinkfull for them. We also made some gingerbread men and painted with sugar paint :)
This means that this week will be quite quiet in our home, diffrent from most we know :)
So for this week I have planned some practice quilting :)
Finally I would like to show you some of my quilt work I made for this Christmas.
Just finished this Christmas block, designed by Patrice Trnka Adams. It was so much fun to make and I look forward to make some more :)
This weekend hasn't been very fun for poor Margret. Siffi is away and I have a bad cold. But today my friend came by to take Margret with her to do some shopping and she loved it :) Good friends are precious :)
But we managed to do one fun thing today. Since the Icelandic santas have given Margret some Christmas decorations we bought a very small Christmas tree at the 100 yen shop and today Margret decorated it. Didn't she do a good job? ;)
So excited, I found this collection of thread on sale online. I am going to use for quilting and I can't wait to start :)
I'll show you some pictures when I'm finished :)
In Iceland we don't just have one Santa Clause, we have 13!!!!!
They are a part of old folk tales and they are not really well behaved. The best part for Icelandic kids is the fact that these 13 santas come to town one by one starting on the 12th of December and the last one on the morning of the 24th, which is the day icelanders celebrate as Christmas, go to church and open presents. These santas bring each kid a small gift, but since it takes a long time they use the night to do it and the kids have to be a sleeo otherwise they don't get a gift. The perhaps the strangest part of this tradition is that to recieve a gift kids have to put a shoe in their window for the santa of the night can put the gift in.
When I was young I rember making paper shoes with cotton ball on the toe :)
Today Margret and I made this kind of a shoe for her to put in her window. I didn't have a model or pattern to follow so I just made it up. This is the result. Now we just have to wait for the santas :)
Here you can read more about the Icelandic santas and their funny names:
Today I have my Japanese exam. I have not been able to study as much as I would have liked this fall but I am going to use one of my fave Japanese words today, GANBARIMASU.
GANBARIMASU is one of the most Japanese things I can think of. I means: I will do my best. You can't ask for more than your best :)
As a joke I have combined GANBARIMASU with an Icelandic word I used to use a lot, ég MASSA þetta. Roughly it means, I'll do it (but maybe with a lot of force where it is not needed ;). So today I am going to GANBARIMASSA ;)
So this is going to be a busy day. The test is at an University one hour away. My friend is going to take me and take care of Margret While I take the test. Siffi has a game in Hiroshima City today and won't be home until tonight. Busy busy Sunday. So we are enjoying this morning together playing together. Margret has been painting and playing one of her fave things these days, mosquito racket.
Sometimes she uses it as a sword to play the three musketeers, but today I think she like to get some freckles or something she keeps using it like a mask ;)
This week I was suppose to be studying for the exam on Sunday. I have done some studying, but not nearly as much as I should have :s
I have been preparing Christmas presents to send to Iceland and I am almost finished.
I also made this Christmas Mug Rug. I just needed something to do other than study, just for a bit. I also wanted something to get me in a more Christmas-y mood and this did the trick.
I designed the paper piecing pattern myself. I got the idea from a Christmas card design I saw on Pintrest but I made it into a paper piecing pattern myself. You can buy the pattern on Craftsy for 1$. If you have any questions about it please let me know, either by email or by commenting on this post. I would also love to see your results, so please feel free to share a picture of your blocks :)
I do not have time to make a tutorial right now, maybe later.
Until then here is my fave tutorial on paper piecing on youtube.
Christmas Mug Rug Pattern
Right this moment I am working on designing this paper piecing pattern. It is so much fun. This will probably end as and mug rug or plate mat.
I did it. I took the test and I even think I didn't do so bad. We'll find out in January :)
I am so glad I desides to wear my wool sweater, lopapeysa, since the class room where I took the test waa 13,6 C the whole time!!!!
I am so glad I took this test no matter if I fail or pass because it was a very japanese experince. Everything was counted and recounted, everything was to the second and everybody was checked with a photo identidy for each part of the test. There were two administrators, a woman and a young man, probably an university student and they apared more stressed than any of us taking the test. She was wearning a business suit and her hands kept on shaking the whole time. The young man really seemed to enjoy handling the red and yellow cards they had even if they never had to use them. He also took out a bottle of eye drops every ten minutes and very dramaticly put them in his eyes. He wirw a suit with a tie tied like a shoe lace, with the skinny end infront, it was quit funny. He really enjoyed to walk among us and look at his administrator sheet with pictures of us and compare them to us and our IDs. It was all very formal and quit funny.
Ðong is my new fave word ;)
On Saturday I finished another baby quilt. It was a gift to Siffi's teammate who had a baby boy in the middle of November. This Saturday their team, Wakunaga Leolics, played their only home game here in our village, this season. I used that opportunity to give it to him. They won the game by the way :)
So the quilt. Since I wanted this to be a baby quilt I halved all the measurements. Each block was supposed to be 12" x 12" but mine were 6" x 6" and my finished quilt was 38" x 38" (about 97 cm).
What I love the most about my project to make baby quilts as gifts is that I have now finished four ones and that means, less fabric, takes less time but you still go through all the processes. This quilt for example is the first one where the binding was perfect. I was so happy with it :)
The quilt as a whole is not perfect by any means, but it is very beautiful and I am learning so much.
So how do you like it? I think it is so beautiful and I love this design by Elizabeth Hartman.