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Made in Maine, Scandinavian-Inspired Print and Pattern, Designed and Handmade For Every Day Use in the Home. Created in late 2011, Lilleputt is the creative studio of Annika Schmidt.

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Annika Schmidt

I have to say, aside from Lotta Jansdotter, there is one designer that always pops out to me at the fabric shop: Anna Maria Horner, which I mostly recognize for her beautiful, ornate florals with their rich sumptuous colors and a Mexican flare, also has this lovely voile, “Pastry Line”. I used this fabric in a pale grey-blue for the lining of my blazer (correction, I have yet to use it as my blazer and lining still lie separate from each other)… but have been coveting this color since it reached the shelf. This is for the second dress I will be making over the course of the next two weeks, and while it is not for me, I’m excited to be working with it. I think the owner-to-be will look smashing in it.

I have to say, aside from Lotta Jansdotter, there is one designer that always pops out to me at the fabric shop: Anna Maria Horner, which I mostly recognize for her beautiful, ornate florals with their rich sumptuous colors and a Mexican flare, also has this lovely voile, “Pastry Line”. I used this fabric in a pale grey-blue for the lining of my blazer (correction, I have yet to use it as my blazer and lining still lie separate from each other)… but have been coveting this color since it reached the shelf. This is for the second dress I will be making over the course of the next two weeks, and while it is not for me, I’m excited to be working with it. I think the owner-to-be will look smashing in it.

Annika Schmidt

I couldn’t have been happier this morning as I opened the front door and found myself face to face with the post man. Getting this fabric has been the biggest ordeal. We found the fabric online weeks ago, for my niece’s Quinceañera later this month (…not too much later). I was starting to wonder what happened to it late last week when I got a notification that my order, in fact, was not only not in the mail, but it wasn’t going to be sent. After numerous emails, and my baker on the phone on my behalf… for cumulatively close to an hour and a half? …To which I owe him many, many thanks (the fabric would most definitely not be here, if it weren’t for him). But all that is behind us. Now it’s time to make a dress. Two in fact. I decided it wasn’t stressful enough to do one, so I took another job. Due the same day. Wish me luck!

jay mccarroll recap with photos!

Annika Schmidt

Oh that’s just me and Jay chatting about my colors, no biggie! No but it was a lot of fun. I forgot to mention he gave us a little sneak peek of his next line of fabrics which was pretty neat. Reminds me to get to work finishing up some of my designs… 

Speaking of finishing, I have to sew this pillow! But here you can see my appliqued hexagons in all their glory. The blue fabric is so thin so it looks rather dull here… I’m thinking it will show up brighter with a white pillow inside otherwise maybe I’ll line it with something with a slight sheen to shine through… Ain’t we cute.

Photos © and courtesy of Samantha!

the dangers of mardens.

Annika Schmidt

Finally know what it’s like to browse the aisles and aisles of discount fabrics at Marden’s. For the sake of my ‘chauffeur’, I was pretty quick in my browsing, but I could easily see losing my self control in a place like this if I had the time. I picked out a couple lovely fabrics, and these fat quarter rolls that remind me a lot of my mom’s Swedish linens. …And most importantly, got fabric to finish Radio’s bed!

summer florals.

Annika Schmidt

I was doing so well, resisting impulse buys at the fabric store… and then I had a weak day. There were a whole bunch of lovely new fabrics I’ve been eyeing… for bibs and smocks? And I’m such a sucker for florals. So I picked out 1/4 and 1/2 yard pieces of a whole bunch!

I couldn’t decide which color way I liked better for this one; so of course, I got them both.

fabric binge.

Annika Schmidt

My Swedish pride was running high today. I’ve been trying to find a reason to get this Crown pattern from Michael Miller for a while now… and today I decided just to make myself a simple little pillow. Or two. I can’t decide yet between the two blues to back it. The pale blue is a nice linen and lends itself to a more vintage feel. But the dark teal is a color my grandmother always wore, so would perhaps have more sentimental meaning. I’ve been looking for a reason to get that fabric too, in Kona cotton. I don’t know yet if the yellow (more mustard than it appears here) will find its way into the pillow, doubtful… but they all looked so good (and Swedish) together.



This was the real splurge though. I don’t know what it is about this color that grabs me; apricot… almost salmon pink, it’s not one I typically gravitate towards. I’ve been eyeing it for a while and saw it was nearing the end of the bolt (only 3.5 yards left)… So I scooped it up. A Kaffe Fasset Shot Cotton, it has a nice sheen to it (due to the different colored threads in the warp and the weft) and a beautiful drape. I plan on making a dress with it, but I find it a little worrisome taking on a big personal project when I still haven’t lined my blazer from class (I KNEW I wouldn’t finish it in a timely fashion if I didn’t get it done by the end of the class). But here’s hoping. The pillows will be no problem. I have to pick a dress pattern soon to keep up steam with the dress, though!

…Speaking of dresses, we start work on Jennah’s wedding dress next week! Just the muslin for now, but hopefully we’ll have something to show for it!

Annika Schmidt

Trying to remember to ‘shop’ my own fabric stash before I wander into my favorite little fabric shop.  Still have a bunch of great fabrics, like this one from Lotta Jansdotter. Not to mention, picking up where I left off on some incomplete projects like this toddler smock I started… a while ago.

Trying to remember to ‘shop’ my own fabric stash before I wander into my favorite little fabric shop.  Still have a bunch of great fabrics, like this one from Lotta Jansdotter. Not to mention, picking up where I left off on some incomplete projects like this toddler smock I started… a while ago.

civilized.

Annika Schmidt

After numerous requests, I was finally inspired to heed my boyfriend’s request to make us some napkins.  Mostly, because I love this fabric, and needed to find somewhere prominent to implement it. But also, because his cooking deserves better than paper towel napkins. (Above: polishing off a delicious ham hock and lentil soup he made).

And we have some special guests coming up for Easter!  I can’t say that our dinner guests up until now have noticed, but then again, I might not be the best judge. We really only used fabric napkins for holidays in my home growing up. And I only ever think to have napkins for certain meals, like tacos and hamburgers. We’re pretty tidy eaters in my family, and true to our Swedish blood use both a fork and knife more often than not. But maybe that’s not the point. I’m working on it. In the meantime, I’m really excited above this colorful touch at the table.

Annika Schmidt

…and another option! I usually go for strong bold, color combinations, but something about the paleness of this combination feels so sweet to me.

…and another option! I usually go for strong bold, color combinations, but something about the paleness of this combination feels so sweet to me.