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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Friday, September 20, 2013

Pillow Shams and Snacks

 I've been working on a few pillow shams.

 There's a zipper closure in the back so that I can remove the pillow form and clean the quilted sham when needed.  And that's important when little ones scamper through the house.  :)

Of course, quilting always makes me hungry!  I have two fun snacks to share.

The snack on the left is a peanut butter bar.  Just mix 1 cup of peanut butter with 1 cup of Honey, stir until smooth.  Then stir in 3 cups of whole rolled oats.  Press the mixture into a pan and chill for an hour or so.

The snack on the right is fudge!  It's actually the recipe on the back of a package of Nestle Toll House chocolate chips!  So easy and unbelievably delicious!!  I omitted the nuts.

Fudge Recipe

Have a great weekend and make sure you eat a little fudge!! -Little Mama Hen

Friday, July 26, 2013

A Little of This and That

Quilt top for my Daughter
I've been having such fun this Summer doing a little of this:

Quilt Top for My Son
 And This 

And This


And a bunch of This

Hope Your Summer is warm and sunny too.  April@Little Mama Hen

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Loving July

 I've been quilting and playing with my little ones and quilting and playing with my little ones and suddenly I saw some back to school signs at the store!  Wait!  No!  Already?  Then I remembered I still have plenty of time, stores just like to start their sales early.

One of the projects my kids have LOVED this summer is the good ole baking soda and Vinegar science lesson.  We added a little food coloring for some added fun and an artsy twist.  Just grab a baking pan and pour in some baking soda.  Grab an empty egg carton (make sure there are no holes)  and pour some vinegar in each egg cradle.  Add a little food coloring.  Give your kids an eye dropper or a teaspoon works too.  Seriously, they played with this forever.  :)

We also found an art project on Pinterest that was a lot of fun too.  Chalk in My Pocket was the website.  We used regular ole Elmers glue and a canvas board.

I've also been working on a couple of petal quilt tops.  They're so dainty and pretty.  :)

My Little Ladybug gave me a tiny, little plant for Mother's Day.  She had prepared it in her First Grade Class.  (She had an AWESOME First Grade Teacher!!)  She had decorated a styrofoam cup and she presented it to me with such love and pride.  My heart melted.  Actually, they make my heart melt on a daily basis, I love them so much.  It took awhile, but it bloomed!  so pretty.

Well, I hope your Summer is Lovely too. - Little Mama Hen

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Busy Little Mama!

Is Summer busy for you?  Our Summer is flying by and we are having a blast!  I've had some time to do some quilting (believe it or not!).

Let's see...I finished another pillow sham.

And a couple of baby Quilts.

And I won a Layer Cake from the Hands 2 Help Challenge!  Moda's Oasis!  I'm thinking I'll make another quilt like This One.

I also picked up some fabric to start a pillow for my cousin.

Of course, other than quilting, we've been swimming, going to the zoo, playing outside, and running around with a 4 year old and a 6 year old!

One morning we found this cute, smiley, little guy working hard on his web.  It was amazing watching his expert artistry!

Hope you're having a great summer!! -Little Mama Hen

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hands 2 Help Finish!!

Front of Quilt
Quilt size:  46" x 58"

Well, she's done.  And I hear a beautiful thunderstorm rolling in and laughter bellowing from my two little ones' room.  All is well and I look forward to packing up this sweet quilt and sending it off for the Hands to Help Challenge over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.   Thanks again Sarah for providing an outlet for us to give.  

Back of Quilt

I hope your Sunday is filled with blessings and laughter. -April @Little Mama Hen

Friday, May 31, 2013

Busy May

I finished a pillow sham for my couch; now I need to finish up her twin.  :)  I'm thinking that I'll look for some more BOHO fabric and make a matching quilt too.  The construction design is just like my Foxy Mama Pillow Sham with a zipper.  

I finished up my sister's Mug Rugs too.  The SS is for Secret Sisters.  She and a few of her teacher friends get together and share gifts and birthdays and such.  Thye call themselves the Secret Sisters.  :)  And of course, they are ALL princesses.  ;)

I'm working on another scrap quilt.  One of the many things I like about a scrap quilt is looking at these small pieces and remembering other projects I've done.  It makes me smile.

I'm also working on this two tone quilt.  :)    I love how blocks can look so completely different when you put them together and see the big picture.  :)

And look at my little crazy MaoMao!  Sleeping sweetly while Little Man uses him as a platform for his toys.  He wants to be with us no matter what we're doing, even if it means being 'loved' by a little, sweet 4 year old.  

May your weekend be full of many pleasant surprises and lots of love.  :) -April @Little Mama Hen

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Hands 2 Help Charity -Checkin

Front of Quilt
I'm just checking in with an update for my Hands 2 Help over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I have the front completed. *notice a little Mr. MaoMao is always interested in what Mama is doing.

And I know you wanted a closer look at that sweet little face.  He's such a little devil Angel.  :)

I'm trying to finish up the back but sometimes sweet little petals take a while.  :)

I hope you have a wonderful week! -Little Mama Hen

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2013

Front of Quilt
I really would love to go to Quilt Market this Spring!  I am always grateful to those who post pictures of this event!  Well, to help those of us who don't have the opportunity to go, Amy @ Amy's Creative Side started the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  It is full of fun and inspiration.  This year I'm entering my 'Sweetest Thing' quilt.    I used Moda's fabic Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille.  The cream is Bella solid cream by Fig Tree.  There is just something so darling about little Dresdens.

For Family and Friends you can vote Here in Baby Quilts!  I'm number 28!  Voting is from May 24th-30th.  If you're reading this before the May 24th, you still have time to enter your quilt too!  There are several different categories!  Check it out!

Quilt Specifics
Size: 36"x51"
Technique: patchwork and applique
Quilted by: Me, April@Little Mama Hen

Back of Quilt

Do you have a quilt to enter?  Head on over to Amy's blog to enter or take a look at ALL the beautiful entries!!  I have a button on my sidebar too.  :)  Happy Quilting and may your Weekend be full of lots of hugs and kisses.  -April@Little Mama Hen

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