Friday, July 21, 2017

Swedish Grandmother Part 3

Through my local quilt guild I have made a lovely new acquaintance, Margreta. She in turn has a sweet sister, Mira.  I've only just met Margreta and I only talked to Mira for a few moments on the phone.  They are women with very kind personalities.  I also hint a bit of 'fun' and 'adventure' in their tones with each other.

These women have a most wonderful treasure.  Their Grandmother left behind 62 dresden petals that need a home in a warm and loving quilt.  Well...actually two quilts.  I'm going to make two quilts from these gorgeous dresdens and plan to have two left over for a couple of pillow shams.  Each sister will have a keepsake from their Grandmother and these dresdens will finally have a happy ending.

This is Swedish Grandmother (SG).  She was born in the midwest in 1887.  Grover Cleveland was president.  Her parents were immigrants from Sweden.  They were early pioneers.  SG spoke Swedish and cooked many Swedish dishes.  Margreta says that, besides her snoring (so endearing), what she remembers most was her old fashioned pedal sewing machine.  Margreta and her cousin use to visit SG on her farm.  She made Muumuus for them, aprons, and monkey sock dolls.

What sweet memories.  I have no idea what it's like to be an immigrant.  My family has been here in Florida since the early to mid 1800s and in Georgia before that.  I can only imagine the excitement, anxiety, and all the jumbled emotions that must go with starting a new life.

I've had such fun going through each of these dresdens, trying to decide which remnants were from aprons and maybe which one were dresses.  Which fabrics did she love? Since these were fabrics from her many projects, each one must hold a memory...a special event...someone she loved.  I can tell that she loved her fabric; she sewed and pressed them with great care.  She took the time to save such tiny pieces and join them together to make something so beautiful.

Now that I have what??

Well, these lovely little dresdens have been sitting still for quite some time (over 50 years).  So the first thing was to take a look at the petal's points.
I took my tiny thread scissors and ever so gently made the petal points sharp.  I went under the fabric and pressed gently with my scissor point to make sure that each petal had a point at the end.  This will make sure that each dresden looks crisp and it will also make the sewing go more smoothly and straight.

I also trimmed little threads so that when I sew the dresden to a block these threads wont be peeking out at me.
Then I needed to decide what top thread I wanted to use.  I tried out yellow, white, blue, and black.  With all of SG vibrant colors, I felt that the blue would blend in best.  We shall see.

I'm taking my time with these beautiful treasures.  They will reside with me for a short time in their long life; I'm honored to be a small part in their story.

Life is sweet and the rain just stopped.   The weekend is starting and I can't wait to see what memories I can make with those I love.  Life is but a breath and I cherish each one.  -Little Mama

Swedish Grandmother Part 1
Swedish Grandmother Part 2

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Swedish Grandmother - Part 2

Someone once told me that every quilt has a story.  I had just started my quilting adventure about 5 years ago and I had no idea what that meant. Sure, quilters have stories, but Quilts?  I didn't get it.

Then I made her ... my first quilt.

I look at her and my heart listens; she whispers so many things so me. Such sweet memories pull my mind to observe other quilts in a new light, a new perspective. I'm continuing to grow as quilter, a wife, a mama, a daughter, a friend.  Which brings me to the new bend in my path...Swedish Grandmother.

Swedish Grandmother

A meeting by chance...a lovely lady, whom I will refer to as Margreta (pearl), needed some help.  She reached out to a local quilt guild leader, who then reached out to other members.  Margreta had some antique Dresden petals that needed completing.  Of course, I was immediately intrigued. The Dresden was not only my first quilt, it is my most favorite quilting block...




I am always trying to fit her into a quilt, a purse, a pillow sham...

I knew I needed to at least find out more about Margreta and her Dresdens.  After corresponding over emails, I discovered that Margreta's Grandmother had passed back in 1962 and her Dresdens had been resting safely for over 50 years!  I was so excited and honored to have such an opportunity!  Margreta and I met up at a local quilt shop to buy some fabric.  I was also able to meet by phone Margreta's sister, whom I will refer to as Mira (happy).

So here I am, starting a journey to give Swedish Grandmother's quilt a happy ending.  I am beyond delighted and look forward to being apart of her beautiful story.

Swedish Grandmother's beautiful and ever so lovingly cared for Dresdens...

If there is one thing I've learned so far about Swedish Grandmother, is that she new how to sew!

Her stitches are neat and her pressing is impressive.  Even after being tucked away for 50 years her pressing is straight and beautiful.

All these fabrics were remnants from other things she had sewn...clothes, aprons.

I love just going through them, wondering what it was like 50 years ago.  What it meant to sew, to create, to love fabric.  :)

Stay tuned for more.  For now, I am called away by two sweet lovies that need their Mama.

-Little Mama Hen

Swedish Grandmother Part 1
Swedish Grandmother Part 3

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Swedish Grandmother - Part 1

Upon rare occasion, we find a treasure along our path.  For me, I discovered a pearl that I feel will lead to an entire cavern of treasure.  This beautiful story, that I'm not even entirely aware of yet, will begin to unfold under my headlines, Swedish Grandmother.  For now, I just want to share a pearl that I've discovered on this sweet journey we call life.
62 gorgeous dresden petals

So many memories, time, and dedication.

Waiting patiently for over 55 years
It's time for her story...her happy ending.

Margreta's and Mira's Swedish Grandmother.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Monkey Wrench Boy Quilt

Here's my finishes for the week!

If you look closely, this little boy's quilt is really just a Monkey Wrench Block.  I just made a few minor adjustments to usual placement; I really love all of its sweet scrappyness.  :)

See the cute little, white goose at the top right?  I found that fabric on ebay.  It's so sweet.  I only have a few pieces left.  I'm thinking maybe I'll make a change purse with my last few scraps.  I really do love scraps, especially when they find a nice home.  :)

I also finished a little doll quilt.  This quilt was on my Project Stash List

It should be a beautiful weekend here in Florida with some sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s.  Have a great weekend. -April @Little Mama Hen

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Working on my Project Stash

 Last week I posted, Project Stash List where I posted a few projects I have on my shelf...29 to be exact.  Of course, this is not even all of my projects or even some of my favorite projects.  They are just the first 29 that I pulled of my shelf.

I'm not sure what I was think when I pulled them all off my shelf.  I just wanted to be busy doing something while my Husband was away.  I took pictures and then folded them back up and put them away.  However, after I posted about them I decided to pull a few back out and...wah lah!  I finished 3!  I'm not really a big "list" person but maybe my Project Stash List just might help me get those babies completed!! That would be amazing; but I have to be realistic with myself, I may have finished 3 projects, but I've already started a new one yesterday.  :)  Oh well,  I'll just keep sewing sewing sewing, just keep sewing.  :)

The kids are off tomorrow, so my weekend starts now!  Have fun today, and tell someone that you really do love them. -April@Little Mama Hen

Dresden Wall hanging.

Star Wars Mug Rug

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Purple Dresden and a Hudson Bay Quilt

Have you ever heard of the Hudson Bay Point Blanket?  If not, you can read all about it HERE.  It is what I always referred to as a frontier blanket or a beaver blanket.  It is traditionally made of wool and has small black stripes in the large white area called points.  

My variation is made of cotton and has no points and since I love patchwork the colored stripes are scrappy.  I made this quilt for my father-in-law who was battling an illness; however, it never made it to his arms.  My husband just returned from visiting family and saying good-bye.  So, this quilt will have a place of honor on our couch.  

I also finished a baby quilt.  It's so sweet and delicate.  I really love it.  There are no baby girls among family or friends right now so this one will probably go in my shop online.

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Have a great weekend and make some memories! -April@Little Mama Hen

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Project Stash List

Well, it rained so hard last night that I woke up!  It was actually about 4:30 am.  It wasn't the rain that bothered me, but I could hear a hum.  It almost sounded like someone's car horn continuously blowing far far away.  I had just watched a documentary with my kids about Tornadoes, so I couldn't fall right back to sleep.  Usually rain is a great comfort to me and thunder soothes my soul, but last night I kept wondering if I should wake up the kids and head downstairs for a safer place to wait out the Tornado.  ha! There was no tornado and I did fade back off to sleep.  Sooo, when I'm a bit sleepy from a restless night of sleep I always try to busy myself through out the day to help keep me awake.  Which leads me to my Project Stash List.

I guess I should confess that I'm a hmmm how do I describe it....I'm an artist.  I don't claim to be a professional, but I find great joy in creating things.  One of my outlets of creation is Quilting.  I love each and every process of the art.  I love designing, selecting fabric, piecing, quilting, binding and of course showing and teaching others what I've learned.  And like many artists my inspiration waxes and wanes.  Being a true Inspirational Artist, my endeavors are lead by just that...inspiration. And what inspires one day my wane dimly the next.

Below I have a list of a few (I'm laughing to myself) quilt projects that I have on my shelves.  They are in a variety of states.  Some are just blocks, while others just need binding.  I love each of them and despite their incompleteness, they make me happy just having them to work on.

A Golden Wedding Ring Pattern and Template that I found on Ebay.  I love this pattern.  It's kinda nice to sit and go through my scraps to Hand cut out the pieces.

I've actually already completed a quilt with this pattern and had several pieces of fabric cut to make some more blocks.  It's called the Celtic Twist and I found it on McCall's Quilting.
This sweet little block is called Connemara  and is also found on McCall's Quilting
 This is a sweet little Bear's Paw Block that I made a Pet Quilt for my neighbor's Yorkie a couple of years ago...I have some scraps that I can make another small quilt.  I love the Bear's Paw Block!
 This small quilt makes me smile.  It actually just needs to be finished quilting and binding.  I threw it together when I first started FMQ.  I thought FMQ would be so easy, but I've got some more practicing to do. lol
 My sister gave me this Beautiful fabric a couple of years ago for my birthday.  I just love it and really need to work on this pattern some more.  :)
 This is a quilt for my husband.  The front is complete but I'm going to patchwork the back with some applique and other stuff.  It will be reversible.  He loves everything outdoors.
 This is a complete quilt top for my daughter.  I just need to find the right backing fabric.
 This is a complete quilt top for my son and it just needs backing fabric too.  He loves orange.
 I bought this fabric last year for my birthday and made this pillow front cover.  Now, I just need to finish the zipper back and it'll be so pretty on our couch.
 This Dresden Plate I made for Halloween one year.  It will be a Pillow cover too one day. lol
 Sweet little doll quilt that just needs binding.
 The Dresden plate is my favorite!  These blocks are left over from another quilt that I made for a charity over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  You can see my finished quilt HERE.
 This is just a little Disappearing Nine Patch that needs to be sewn up and finished.
 Vintage bunny fabric I found on Ebay for the above Nine Patch.  :)
 My little Postage Stamp quilt top finished.
 A Star Wars coaster that needs binding finished.
 A pretty little Dresden plate wall hanging.
 Thanksgiving Table Top Applique.
 Small table runner that needs binding to be finished.
 This is my Rainbow/Color Palette quilt top. It still needs some more Dresden petals.
 This is a quilt top I threw together from some Stars that I was practicing making.
 I love navy blue and white/cream.  :)
 Who doesn't love a little witchyness.  :)  These coasters need binding.
 I'm not sure what I'll do with this.  Maybe a table top for Fall?  I was just playing around.
 Yellow and Grey Flimsy that needs a pretty back fabric.
 I just finished this Medallion quilt top a couple of weeks ago.
 I put tiny yoyos on the corner fabrics.  :)  I've been wanting to find a way to add a yoyo to a quilt for awhile now.
 HST quilt top with fabric backing.  I need to get some batting and start quilting.
 My Irish Chain Variation.  I need to think of something to put or applique in the white space.  I just can't leave it white.  MaoMao my cat is always interested in my quilting.
And last but not least, my pretty little Ladybug Flimsy.  :)
 Well, that's not even all of my projects, but that's it for now.  I have several others that I'll share at another time.

Hopefully tonight I'll get a goodnight sleep and be ready to have an adventure with my little, sweet kiddos.  -April@Little Mama Hen.

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