Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My "Swedish" Quilt...


When my mother would tell us stories about her grandmother, she always called her "my little Swedish grandmother." My mom's grandmother was petite and immigrated from Sweden when she was a young woman.  She passed away before I was born, so I never got to know her. Her given name was Amanda, but I'll always think of her as my mom's "little Swedish grandmother."

According to my genealogy and dna, I have a big chunk of Swedish dna in me, which explains my love for anything Swedish. Beautifully designed Swedish furniture, dala horses, and Swedish meatballs are just a few things from Sweden that I adore. So, when it came to making a quilt for myself, I naturally gravitated to some Swedish folk art fabric by Rebecca Reck...


It checked so many boxes for me as far as color {I adore blue and white} and design, so I knew this would be the inspiration fabric I'd use for the quilt I made myself. {I'd made a quilt for every member of my family in 2017 for Christmas, but I never made one for myself.} I ordered some and yesterday I finally finished it...


I wanted the folk art fabric to shine, so I paired it with two neutral smaller scaled coordinates and a blue and orange border.


I chose a fluffy, swirly cloud-like design for the quilting, and it turned out so pretty...


For the back of the quilt I used fabric that was left over from the front of the quilt. I love to use this pattern because it uses almost every scrap of fabric!



This quilt reminds me of my mom's "little Swedish grandmother," which makes me think of my mom, which makes me love it all the more.


It's turned into a c-c-c-cold snowy day in Massachusetts, so there's definitely going to be some snuggling on the couch in this blanket tonight!

2 comments:

Nancy's Notes said...

What a gorgeous quilt! The folk art fabric is absolutely wonderful and you'll be warm under it tonight. I am in awe of you being able to quilt for one thing and then making one for each of your family members is amazing!

Love Massachusetts!

Nancy

Suzie White said...

Suzanne, what a beautiful quilt. I love how you tied it into your Family History. Just wonderful. I always love to see what you make.