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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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ekorre och ekollon

Annika Schmidt

I have to admit, as much as I love stormy cool and rainy… today started getting to me just a little bit. Nothing like a visit from the postman to turn the day around! The fabric for my newest baby blanket design is back from the printer! Red squirrels and acorns (ekorre och ekollon); I could not be happier with how this turned out. Glad I took an extra couple days to finalize the design before my impatience got the better of me!

I’ve always loved Sweden’s depictions of its regional flowers (landskapsblommor); this is designed for my mother’s county of Blekinge, which has the acorn as it’s county ‘flower’. 

AND it could not look cuter with the Brown Roslag Sheep blanket, don’t you agree? I was asked last week which blankets I would suggest as a gifts for twins, a boy and a girl. I think I’ve got the perfect answer. 

(With one set claimed, that leaves one of each left for now - sheep already in the shop, and squirrel blanket in the shop early next week!)

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!

smorgasbord.

Annika Schmidt

Apparently tumblr doesn’t like accents in it’s titles: smörgåsbord.

Oh! I got so excited about finishing a pillow that I almost forgot this excitement.  My boyfriend discovered a Scandinavian shop here in town, and took me there yesterday. I’m amazed how much control I maintained over myself. Though if they hadn’t had free samples of Finnish chocolate and Swedish almond cake… I probably would have bought a lot more sweets.  Like a princess tårta (go here for photo and recipe), that I always got for my birthday. Lucky for me I have a summer birthday, and we always ended up taking our summer trips then. So I would get a bowl of fresh picked wild blueberries in milk for breakfast, and then princess tårta as my birthday cake. Raspberry jam, marzipan, cream… yum. I did get myself Swedish muesli, somehow I just haven’t found anything as good here. Ate this every morning the year I lived there. And gooseberry jam… I love gooseberries. Even better would have been a tart gooseberry pie….