11/21/2012

Holiday Lane

Sew we quilt


Today I'm participating in the Holiday Lane blog hop with the lovely Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt. Thanks to our super-organized cheerleader, Pauline 
from Quilt´n Queen and  Jill from Jillilly Studios for her wonderful pattern with the decorated houses for Christmas.

And as  it is the right time now  to start counting down for Christmas to decorate our house and home with some festive things why not start with a beautiful pillow.

I have made some Swedish touches to my pillow, more to look like a street with houses as they may appear in my country side if we are lucky to get some snow.
First of all I must tell you about our Scandinavian Yule Goat, the Christmas Goat which is one of our oldest and most popular of all Swedish Christmas images and the goat will of course appear on my pillow.

In older times , however, the Christmas Goat reputed to be much more adventurous and dangerous, and was associated with both fertility and dark powers.

Yule Goat, the Christmas Goat could be in different images.

He could emerge as the handing out Christmas presents,before even Santa appeared to give Christmas presents. The Goat could also be a mischievous participant in Christmas escapades , or as a supernatural being which shadowy approached estates in midwinter.

 Parents could threaten with the  Christmas goat, if the kids did not behave, he would come and gore them.

Here is a picture of my Christmas goat, he is handmade of wool and I have had him in my home for several years, a image of a real goat.

My Christmas Goat in wool


In folklore the  Harvest-goat was a symbol of fertility. The goat was  usually made ​​from the last sheaf of straw from the past year with the desire for a good recovery following year.

The modern version of the Yule Goat figure is a decorative goat made out of straw and bound with red ribbons, a popular Christmas ornament often found under the Christmas tree. Large versions of this ornament are frequently erected in towns and cities around Christmas time .

And I have had my Christmas Goat made from straw in mind when I added a bigger version to my pillow.
My Christmas Goat made of straw



I must admit that I had to make some Swedish touches on my pillow besides the goat. In Advent, that is four weeks before Christmas Day, there will be lights in most of the windows, the Swedish Advent candlesticks and there will also be some electric stars lightning up the dark days and nights during December.
You will find the lights and the star in one of the windows on my pillow. 


My Christmas Lane

Some lights and a star in one window
And as the nights are  dark there must be some stars to light up the neighborhood.


The Christmas goat and the Advent candle stick in the window

I have also modified the instruction by making an inner pillow form and insert a zipper at the back.


And before visiting all the other Holiday Lanes my old fashioned Swedish Santa will say hello to you and wish you a festive coming Christmas

My old fashioned Santa


Here is the other wonderful lanes to visit today
Apple Avenue Quilts
Celtic Thistle Stitches
Quilt Doodle Doodles
Louzeekreativ
Tink´s Mom
I Piece 2 Mary
Beaquilter
Ninis Patchwork
Hallbrook Designs

Have a nice day and a for you in US a wonderful Thanksgiving 

Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden













80 kommentarer:

  1. Your pillow is fabulous, I love the stars and the little gnome is so cute. ;)

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  2. The pillow turned out really Christmasly... :-)
    Funny and interesting story.

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  3. Vilken trevlig och julig kudde du har sytt! Kram

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  4. These blog hops are a lot of fun. Your pillow is great, and do you remember? We met through a blog hop!
    KATRIN W.

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  5. Kul mönster.Så kreativ du är!

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  6. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing your country's traditions too- love the goat and candleabra on the pillow!

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  7. Really fun extra touches. Very nice!

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  8. Lovely pillow! Thank you for sharing your Swedish traditions.

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  9. Beautiful pillow and it was fun to read the history about the goat. It looks so neat added to your pillow too.

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  10. I love your pillow, epecially the goat. I also love your wool and straw goats!

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  11. oh it's lovely, I like your embroidery additions and the lovely stars in the sky.

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  12. Its very nice - I love the goat on it and also love your vintage Santa.

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  13. Thanks for sharing, very cute pillow!

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  14. Thanks for the story of Chrismas in Sweden. I like your Holiday Lane very much.

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  15. A lovely cushion! Thank you for sharing the story of the goat!
    BTW I have 4 Swedish veterinary surgeons coming for supper tomorrow evening!

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  16. Your pillow is great. Love the addition of the goat!

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  17. Thanks for the information about Swedish Christmas. I like the idea of the goat. Your pillow is lovely and it is great that you altered bits to make it fit with your own country' s traditions.

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  18. It turned out great, just love it and also the goat and thanks for sharing. This is very interesting!

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  19. It's beautiful and all the little extras bring it to life. :-)

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  20. Your pillow is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your customs and traditions for the holidays. It was so cool to learn about your Yule Goat!

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  21. I love how you made the pillow your own. Great story too!

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  22. Good Afternoon Britt-INger...I love the story about the goat, especially funny about naughty children lol ohhh scary... I love your goat on your pillow...your stories makes us laugh and be united all around the world...I love reading about different customs....I have never heard anything about a goat before...love your santa too...and YOUR PILLOW IS DIVINE!

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  23. hvor er puden bare fin, savner den straa goat, det havde vi ogsaa i DK, har aldrig haft en her. hmmm

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  24. Beautiful pillow and thanks for sharing your traditions!

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  25. I love learning about other country's Christmas traditions! Wonderful stories and wonderful pillow!

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  26. very nice pillow..I enjoyed seeing all of your traditions.

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  27. Wow! Your pillow is fabulous - love all that stitching you've done. I like your goats and santa as well. I enjoyed reading about your traditions.

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  28. Wonderful additions to your pillow and a great story! blessings, marlene

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  29. Aweome story! Love your pillow!

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  30. beautiful pillow. I like all the touches you added. (And I like that Swedish Santa!)

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  31. Beautiful pillow! I also love your Swedish Santa!

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  32. perfect and lovely! Thanks for sharing in the hop! Janita

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  33. Thank you for telling us of the Swedish traditions! I like learning of other countries and the traditions they have. Your little Swedish village is really cute! I love your wool goat too!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  34. Love the addition of the Yule Goat! It makes it a very personal pillow. I am not sure what I would add to make my pillow personal, but I must add something,so I must think on that.

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  35. Love your adorable pillow and goat!!

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  36. That goat story about telling the kids the goat would gore them is so creepy, but telling our kids some guy (Santa) is coming in our house while we sleep is pretty creepy,too. LOL I love your story. Your pillow has so much lovely detail--very nice!

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  37. Wonderful additions to your Swedish Jul cushion. Love the Scandinavian Christmas traditions!

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  38. Your pillow is adorable and what a wonderful way to share your traditions. Thank you so much.

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  39. Thank you for sharing your Swedish traditions with us. I love your pillow and the Yule Goat!

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  40. Thank you for the lovely story of your traditions. Your pillow has brought them all together. Happy holidays.

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  41. You are so creative! Love the story (we are part Swedish, so I love hearing Swedish stories). I love how you incorporated the story in to your pillow.
    Cute Santa.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Love your Swedish touches. The goat, gnome and stars are great additions. As usual, your work is exquisite. From CA, USA, thank for sharing.

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  43. Your pillow is perfect...I like the idea of the extras you put in it. Thank you also for the sharing the goat.

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  44. It's wonderful! I like all the Swedish touches. I enjoyed reading about your traditions.

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  45. Hi Britt-Inger, I love the story of the yule goat and how you incorporated it into your festive pillow. I love the lights in the windows and how you personalized it with your Swedish touch. Beautifully done!! Thank you for your commitment and for sharing your time and talents with us! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  46. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Beautiful pillow! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Vilken fin kudde!!!
    Gun A.

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  49. Wonderful...just wonderful! See you on November 26th...my day! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  50. Thanks for sharing some of your culture!

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  51. Fantastisk!!Grattis!!Kram

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  52. Love the goats! Oh, and your pillow is gorgeous - I really appreciated the story about the Christmas goat, I'll be sure to share it with my family.

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  53. I love your Swedish additions! How wonderful that so many things can relate to so many cultures. I had never heard of the Yule Goat, so I found that very interesting!

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  54. Love your pillow, particularly the stars and the special window details and the yule goat. Thanks for sharing your holiday traditions ... :) Pat

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  55. Great job on your pillow. Love how yours turned out.

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  56. There really is a touch of Sweden in your pillow. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing your Christmas traditions. Love your Santa and the straw goat.

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  57. I love how you personalized your pillow to share your traditions. Thanks sew much for sharing
    in stitches

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  58. Hej Britt-Inger,
    your cushion ist awesome and I really like your swedish details ☺
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  59. You do such lovely work and this is no exception. Loved the colors you used and the 'extra Swedish" touchs you incorporated. I always enjoy your stories about Swedish lore; thank you.

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  60. Beautiful pillow, I love the goat and the story.

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  61. Lovely pillow, thank you for sharing, Happy Christmas!

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  62. your pillow is lovely

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  63. Very pretty pillow..love the story of the Yule goat and your Swedish Santa is adorable...thank you for sharing!

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  64. Thanks for sharing the goat story! I love the addition of the goat and the stars on your pillow!

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  65. I love the pillow and the neat story about the goat tradition.

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  66. Thanks for stopping by my blog for some "pillow talk" and for leaving such a sweet comment.your pillows are great.. love the goat..

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  67. I love your goats! Beautiful pillow!

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  68. Jättemysig kudde!

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  69. Aaaah...what a darling little pillow! You've done a fabulous job with it! :)

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  70. I love your personalization on your pillow! Very creative! God Jul!

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  71. Such a beautiful pillow and what a fun time I had here, learning about Sewdish customs, seeing some of the goodies on your last few posts. You are so creative!!! Britt and Greta are so cute and the pillow with the rainbow prairie points, loved it!! sew cute. The new technique with black and bright colors looked like a lot of fun too!!! I had a great time here!! will be back soon

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  72. Lovely pillow and thank you for contributing. Judy C

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  73. I love how you added the embellishments so that it represents your country. Thanks for sharing the stories too.

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  74. I love your Swedish street scene!

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  75. I love the addition of stars, lights and the goat! Wonderful!

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  76. Rosemary B here:
    Oh I love your pillow very much. I love the wool goat and the straw goat and the goat on your pillow too!
    Sweet fabrics very happy and cheerful
    I like your Santa too
    Thank you for sharing your creativity

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  77. I love your Swedish adaptations to the original pattern. It is great to learn of other countries traditions.

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  78. Wonderful Pillow. Loved your added story. God Jul!

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  79. Hi!!! It is beautiful!!! Love the history you give us!!! Love the Goat and the Santa!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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