My Marimekko

March 16, 2017

Marimekko print — Winnie the Pooh

Marimekko print, detail

Back in the 1970s when I was working in Minneapolis, I found this Marimekko fabric panel at a fabric warehouse.  I bought it and saved it in my fabric stash, until about a decade later when I had it hand-quilted and made into a baby quilt for my daughter.  I still love the graphic style of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh images.  I suppose you could call it a vintage quilt, and for me it is a cherished keepsake.

The Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle is currently hosting an exhibit of Marimekko fabrics and designs.  A friend and I went yesterday, and we found the colorful pieces quite uplifting on a gray, rainy Seattle day.  I only wish the exhibit were larger, as it left me wanting to see more work from this captivating design house.

Marimekko is a Finnish design company, and its team of designers create not only fabric prints, but also simple and fashionable clothes and home products.  I could easily see myself wearing some of the loose, blousey, simple dresses over black leggings.  If you are interested in finding out more about Marimekko, its website includes a blog, and a series of posts entitled “Every Print Has a Story,” that give some background into the designers and their work.

Here are some photos from the “Marimekko, With Love” exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum:





3 Responses to “My Marimekko”

  1. Adrienne Says:

    wonderful designs and love the child’s quilt. TY for letting me attend the exhibit with you:)

  2. Kathryn Says:

    I’ve been meaning to comment on this since you posted it. I love the Winnie the Pooh marimekko fabric and it’s wonderful you’ve still got the quilt today! I hope some of the ones I’ve made become so cherished. The marimekko exhibition must have been wonderful too!

  3. Mark Hodgson Says:

    Love Marimekko, the exhibition looked great!

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