Our Homeschool Year – In Pictures

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  • We began our school year August 22. Liam is in 1st grade, and Madeleine is in Pre-School.
  • Madeleine’s white school dress was made using this pattern. I lengthened it to her knees, shortened the sleeves to mid-lenth and then added elastic instead of sleeve cuff.
  • Her pinafore was made out of  this linen and sewn using this pattern. I added a white lining and left the back open so as to work as a removable pinafore. Inspired by this pin.
  • Learning to press flowers was the highlight of the week. The children picked different weeds and flowers from around the yard and we plan to do this with them.

xoxo, Bridgette

Full Bloom Mini Quilt – A Free Pattern

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Good morning!
I am going to keep this post short and sweet.  Remember the mini quilt I made for the Posy Garden Blog Tour?
I now have a PDF pattern available for you! It’s a super easy and quick pattern that would make a great weekend project, and perfect to use up those last few scraps from some of your favorite prints.
Click here to download or print.
Tutorial - Full Bloom
If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to e-mail me at thefamilyhearthblog@gmail.com, I am happy to answer! If you are on Instagram, share your progress with #fullbloommini, I would love to see what you make!
Happy Sewing!

xoxo, Bridgette

Pretty Playtime Blog Tour


Hello! Remember when I told you about the Pretty Playtime Quilt along with the Fat Quarter Shop?  Are you sewing along? We are now on Week 14 of the blog tour and it’s my turn to introduce this week’s blocks…
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Aren’t they just adorable? They are so sweet and fun to make.
 If you haven’t started yet, pick up your copy of Pretty Playtime Quilts by Elea Lutz and start now! This entire book is chock-full of adorable blocks… dragonflies, pinwheels, butterflies, a darling teapot… and they can all be mixed and matched to make endless possibilities of adorable projects or quilts.
Here is a full list of all the amazing ladies sewing along:
Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorian from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast
Have a wonderful week!

xoxo, Bridgette

Apple Farm Blog Hop

apple_farm_blog_hop_banner-600x130pxGood Morning! Welcome to my stop on the Apple Farm Blog Hop.
I have been anxiously awaiting this day. For those of you who have been following me for any time at all, I am sure you are aware of my fondness for Elea Lutz, her incredible talents and her adorable fabric lines. Just when you think fabric can’t get any cuter, out comes her newest collection… Apple Farm for Penny Rose fabrics. It pretty much sums up cute in one bundle; Gingham, plaid, tiny florals,  and the cutest bears picking apples and picnicking about.  So, needless to say, I was elated when she asked me to join in on the blog hop.
So, lets get right to it!Pinwheel Dress BPinwheel Dress CPinwheel Dress 2.jpgPinwheel Dress 1Apple Farm Patchwork HandkerhiefOne of my favorite skirts that Madeleine wears is the pinwheel skirt I made for her last year. She is just shy of outgrowing it, so I used the same idea in this sweet and simple play dress. (Made using this pattern. I added the pinwheels to the skirt panels and doubled the panels over to cover any ugly seams and work as a lining.) I made the pinwheels out of the smaller scale prints in Apple Farm, which I have to say make the most gorrrrr-geous pinwheels, and  I finished the outfit off with a fun little patchwork bandanna to match. Patchwork Apple Pillow 1Patchwork Apple PillowLeather TagSince we are just a week away from starting school here, I thought a few school themed projects would be in order!
For the patchwork apple pillow I just sewed together different sized fabric pieces into a large square, quilted the square patchwork to the batting itself, and then cut the shape of an apple out. I then used that quilted apple piece as a pattern for the backing and stuffed and added binding as normal. Lastly, I hand tacked the little leaf into place. Voila!
 I stuck to mostly the red and pink prints for Madeleine’s apple pillow. I plan on making a similar one in the green and brown prints for Liam. It is the perfect sized pillow for the children to rest their heads on on their desks during break time, and it makes for cute decor in our school room.
Last up is a fun little A-B-C mini quilt for our art wall in the school room.Tag
ABC QuiltcisforcakeABCFor each design, I drew the pictures and letters onto paper and then traced and cut them out of fabric, appliqued them onto the linen and stitched them into place with black thread. To finish it off I added a little tag (…because those cute little flowers!) and then hand quilted it.ABC Quilt_2AThank you for joining me today! I had so much fun with each of these projects and I am positive you will find just as much inspiration with the Apple Farm fabrics as I did!!
Be sure to also check out The Fat Quarter Shop today for their fun Apple Farm stop, and then the fun continues tomorrow with Taunja at Carried Away Quilting and Nadra at Ellis and Higgs. Yay!!
At the bottom of this post is the full line-up of the blog hop.

xoxo, Bridgette


8 August 2016    www.tiedwitharibbon.com
8 August 2016    www.sameliasmum.com
9 August 2016    www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com
9 August 2016    www.thefamilyhearth.com
10 August 2016  www.carriedawayquilting.com
10 August 2016  www.ellisandhiggs.com
11 August 2016  www.doohikeydesigns.com/blog/
11 August 2016  www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com
12 August 2016  www.fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com
15 August 2016  www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
15 August 2016  www.transientart.com
16 August 2016  www.euphoriajessica.blogspot.com
16 August 2016  www.prettybyhand.com
17 August 2016  www.ohhowsweet.com
17 August 2016  www.downgrapevinelane.com
18 August 2016  www.saranaave.wordpress.com
18 August 2016  www.VividFelcity.wordpress.com
19 August 2016  www.dollyhenry.blogspot.com
19 August 2016  www.jedicraftgirl.com
20 August 2016  www.elealutzdesign.com

Posy Garden Blog Tour – Maker’s Tote

FabricBundledGood morning, my friends! And welcome to my stop on the Posy Garden Blog Tour!
I am going to start by telling you one of my favorite adjectives… Crisp.
I tend to over-use it when I am trying to portray a certain sense or feeling to my husband. I stutter, “…you know that fresh, crisp, clean, crisp look!” or “It looks so crisp! It’s so beautifully… crisp!” Early in our marriage, he’d roll his eyes and mutter, “You and that word.” (I am happy to say he’s starting to finally get all the meaning it holds.)
I am telling you this because honestly I can’t think of a better word to use to describe Carina Gardner’s new fabric line, Posy Garden, for Riley Blake Designs,  other than…well, crisp!  It is a beautiful collection of florals and geometrics in a color palette that’s to die for.Makers_Tote_003Makers_Tote_001I knew right away that I actually wanted to sew something for myself with these prints and decided they would make a beautiful Maker’s Tote.  (Pattern is by Anna Graham from Noodlehead.) I made the larger of the two sizes the pattern comes in, and let me tell you…  I am in love with this bag. Makers_Tote_002Makers_Tote_004Makers_Tote_005Makers_Tote_006It is small enough so I don’t feel like I am carrying around luggage, but large enough to hold books, supplies,  probably a chocolate bar and maybe a random diaper or two. Perfect!
With some of the leftover scraps I decided to make a mini quilt. I love the way Posy Garden looks against pure white, so I sketched out a design that would incorporate the prints I had along with plenty of white. I also wanted it to have a soft almost flower-y look, so I came up with the following design  made from lots of half triangle squares. (And as you can see, I had chubby little Finian hands helping me.)ChubbyHelpingHandsPosy Garden MiniPosy Garden Mini_001Posy Garden Mini_003.jpgPosy Garden Mini_002Be sure to check out all the other amazing Posy Garden projects this week. Here is the daily line-up:
Monday, August 1st: My Sewing Haven with Carla Peicheff
Tuesday, August 2nd Happy Little Cottage with Debbie Homick
Tuesday, August 2nd The Family Hearth with Bridgette McNay
Wednesday, August 3rd Fort Worth Fabric Studio with Lindsey Weight
Wednesday, August 3rd Happy Quilting Melissa with Melissa Corry
Thursday, August 4th Pretty By Hand with Kristyne Czepuryk
Thursday, August 4th Out of the Blue with Sondra Davison
Friday, August 5th Samelia’s Mom with Anorina Morris
Friday, August 5th Free Time Frolics with Adrienne Woods
Monday, August 8th Flamingo Toes with Bev McCullough
Monday, August 8th Silly Mama Quilts with Brooke Sellmann
Tuesday, August 9th Snickerdoodle Stew with Jessica Stewart
Tuesday, August 9th A Little Patchwork with Ange Hamilton
Wednesday, August 10th Ameroonie Designs with Amy Chappell
Thursday, August 11th One Little Pooh with Tina
Thursday, August 11th Jedi Craft Girl with Amanda Neiderhauser
Friday, August 12th Stitching Revival with Christine Cook


Oh, and P.S… I also love the word Cherry Apple Crisp!🙂

xoxo, Bridgette

Ship n’ Sails Mini Quilt- A free Pattern

Ship Mini 5.jpgBack when we lived in Kentucky, a favorite pastime of ours were Sunday drives. We lived a short distance from Route 8 which follows alongside the Ohio River for miles and miles. It’s a bendy, winding, hilly road with lots of scenery and we’d always end up at some roadside farmer’s market or one of my husband’s favorite ice cream stops. One particular Sunday we had a lengthy sermon we wanted to listen to, so we packed up the kids at nap time and drove down Route 8 for a couple of hours straight. Many of the barns we passed were part of quilt trails in the area, and I enjoyed spotting the different quilt blocks painted on the barns. (At the time I didn’t know what a quilt trail was, I just thought it was a cool barn trend of some sort..) Anyways, one particular block stuck out and I just thought it was the neatest of all the blocks… A patchwork ship with patchwork sails. We drove past it too quickly to really take a good look at it, but I was determined to go home and try to design my own ship using the same idea. Thus the Ship n’ Sails Patchwork Mini…Ship Mini 3I have had this mini hanging in my sewing room for sometime now, and was just recently asked to write up a tutorial for it. You can download the pattern and instructions here: Ship n’ Sails Mini Tutorial I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!Ship Mini 4Ship Mini 6
If you have any questions on this pattern feel free to let me know, I am happy to answer. If you are on Instagram share your progress with #shipnsailsmini. I would love to see what you make!

xoxo, Bridgette