Friday, April 11, 2014

Baby Quilt Squares

I just finished up another baby quilt.  She's 36"x 48" and just so darling.  Last year my mom gave me a magazine 'Love of Quilting'(March/April 2013) and this pattern was on the front cover.  It was designed by Mary Fons and was called Emerals (Her quilt had shades of green).  I'm thinking that I'll do this pattern again with maybe violet and charcoal or Navy with reds and yellows and oranges, so many possibilities!  

It's sunny and warm outside and I hope to do a lot of playing outside with the kids this weekend.  Maybe I'll even take them to the pool; the water will be way to cold for me but my little waterbugs probably wont care a bit.  

I hope that your weekend is full of beautiful sunshine and lots of laughter. -April @Little Mama Hen.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baby Quilts

 When I first started quilting a few years ago I had no table no chair and a very clunky sewing machine.  I sat on the floor and sewed.  I probably would still be sewing on the floor; however, my ever sweet and loving husband got me a table, a new sewing machine and he's always looking to see what else he can set me up with.  :)  It's so very wonderful to have someone that looks out after me.
My daughter's nickname is Ladybug and so I'm always looking for things I can add little ladybugs to.  This little quilt needs some border fabric and she'll be ready to bast and quilt.

Last year I made This QUILT for the Hands 2 Help charity.  I have one ready for this year too.  I'll show it soon.

Enjoying this stormy Florida day.  -Little Mama Hen

Monday, March 31, 2014


 Mama's Friend has a son who just had triplets!!  Can you imagine the sweet little blessings in that home!  Two Girls and a Boy to add to the two Boys that they already have!  What a wonderful family!  My prayers and blessings go to their sweet beginnings.  I sewed up three little baby quilts for the new babies and I'm going to do a couple of pillow cases for the big brothers.
 I drew a picture of an elephant and then cut him out and picked three different fabrics and used heat bond.  Then I did a little (not heavy) zigzag stitch for added security.

And of course what little girls quilt is complete without a few Dresdens.  :)  Oh how I love little Dresdens.
My niece's birthday is coming up and I made her a little zipper pouch and filled it with some goodies.  Oh how I love my little petunia, she's grown up into a beautiful young woman and she's a wonderful Mama.  I will always see her a that little three year old that I covered with petunia from head to toe one blissful summer so long ago.  

My heart is full of wonderful thoughts and hopefulness; spring had a way of doing that.

   Oh and if you're looking for some fun charity gatherings then head over to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and see what Sarah has going on with Hands 2 Help

-Little Mama Hen

Friday, October 25, 2013

Batik Petal Quilt

The weather here has finally taken a little dip.  It was 55 degrees yesterday morning and this morning too!  Love this weather.  It feels good to slip on a light sweater.  

In between Halloween festivals and decorating pumpkins I've done a little sewing.  I finished this bright little baby quilt.  I really love the back fabric.  I may go get some more.

I plan on attending more festivals and even eating a little candy and goodies this weekend. I read a quote this week that really was great.  It read, "If you have the power to make someone happy. Do it."  I love that.  It makes my imagination start thinking about what I could do to make someone happy and just that makes me smile.   Have a great weekend. April @Little Mama Hen
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Double Irish Chain and Some Fries

 Working a little on my Double Irish Chain today.  I'll give you one guess of what I plan on filling that white space with...Dresdens??  why yes!  I can't wait!

Of course, quilting always makes me hungry, but I don't always want sweets.  I often crave salt.  It's a good thing that I'm healthy with low blood pressure and good cholesterol readings, because I love some salt!  I remember when I was little kids use to talk about how they'd sneak a cookie or some sugar from the sugar bowl, but I always went for the salt shaker.  I'd just sprinkle a little in my hand and enjoy!  Anyway, I have finally just about perfected potato fries.  But I don't really fry them, I bake them.  I cut the potato into thick circles and then slice to make long chunks.  Leave the skin on!!  It's a great source of potassium!  I spray them a little with PAM and sprinkle them with some Emerils Chicken Rub and Mortons Season All.  I arrange them on a pan covered with aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes!  I like using Red Potatoes but you can really use any kind.  What do you cook when quilting?

Today was slightly cooler for us!  We were able to sit outside and enjoy the weather!  Hope your weekend is full of good weather, yummy food, and of course some good ole quilting.  :) -Little Mama Hen

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Dresden Star

 I love to make Dresden petals for a quilt.  They are so dainty, simple, and add such beauty to the quilt.
 Dresden petals are very time consuming and delicate, but oh how I love them.  This quilt top is nearing a sweet finish and it will be very hard to part with her.  I'm using the same technique/pattern that I used for my last Bloggers Quilt Festival Entry Here.  Of course, when the top is done, I still need to construct the back; I'll still have her for awhile.  :)
 I've been wanting to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt.  However, I didn't even now there was such a quilt called a Golden Wedding Ring!!!  I found a template on ebay and I'm so excited to get this little one started!!!  scrappy style of course!

It's raining a little here and somehow when it rains I just know that all is well and good. -April@Little Mama Hen

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Stepping Stones and a Sham

I love scrappy quilts.  I'm not sure why except that they are so full of color and every single one always turns out different.  With this Stepping Stone quilt I started out with 3 inch squares.  Half the squares were light fabric and half of the squares were a darker fabric.  I then cut 2 inch strips and switched between the dark and light fabrics.  Easy, fun, and very scrappy.  :)  A great element about this pattern is that you can make it square or elongate it into a cozy rectangle.  Mine finished at 43"x 61", perfect for a toddler or a throw on the sofa.     

I also finished another pillow sham for my cousin.  I actually painted the front and the back has a zipper closure.  It should fit nicely around a 20" pillow form (I only had an 18" form for the pic).

I hope that everyone is doing well and I'm hoping for a little cooler weather soon.  -April@Little Mama Hen.

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