Happy Christmas

The Icelandic Yuletide Lads are descended from trolls, and were originally bogeymen who were used to scare children. Children feared  these  lads in the past.  The Yuletide Lads started to change in the twentieth century and became more friendly. They started to wear red clothes and they give children presents in shoes which the children put on their windowsill at night, starting thirteen nights before Christmas. The Yuletide Lads have mellowed but still tend to pilfer and play tricks.

I made these Lads many years ago,  and take them up every Christmas, I just love them. They all have different names like:  Sheepfold Stick, Gully Oaf, Spoon licker, Pot licker, Door slammer, Shorty, Bowl licker, Curd Glutton, Sausage Pilferer, Peeper, Sniffer, Meat Hook and Candle Begger.

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.


1st block

My first block finished, and boy did I have fun sewing it and listening to a audio-book at the same time.
But it takes a lot of time. Now I will  prepare the second block and take it with me to Iceland over the Holidays.


Christmas poem

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be fat quarters or a pattern or lace?
Or a quilt kit, I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him,
"Hi Santa," I said"
You know....good little girls should be in their beds ".
"I know I should Santa, and now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work.
"He shook his head quickly, And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear.
"You've got enough stuff, I'll see you next year!"
author unknown

This Christmas poem was in my e-mail (dearjane-list) yesterday from Caroline Van Maele, in Belgium.

I just loved it, and wanted to share it with you all, the photo is of a Santa I made many years ago.

I have not been doing any sewing for the last days,
 I have been in bed with flu.
Last Tuesday I went to Strasbourg to pick up my new Bernina 830, but haven't been able to touch it.