Bunnies and Cream Blog Tour

Bunnies&Cream_Logo_Blog_Tour_WhiteBGGood morning, my friends!
Welcome to my stop on the Bunnies and Cream Blog Tour… I’m so glad you stopped by!
One of my favorite things is when a very seriously talented person turns their talents into adorable fabric. Bunnies and Cream is Lauren Nash’s first fabric line for Penny Rose Fabrics, and just like all of Lauren’s work, this collection is… simply… precious.
Mischievous bunnies,  sweet little baked goods, gingham and florals, strawberries and bows, all in the prettiest spring pastels… pretty amazing, eh?
BLM_BP_B&C008 (1 of 1) copyBLM_BP_B&C006 (1 of 1) copyBLM_BP_B&C007 (1 of 1) copyBLM_BP_B&C0010 (1 of 1) copyBLM_BP_B&C009 (1 of 1) copyA few of the prints actually have some of Lauren’s personal recipes on them which put me in the baking mood right away, so  I thought a cute little patchwork apron for Madeleine would be perfect. And ooh, I love the way all the prints play together.
Next up is a fun little mini quilt I designed using the floral and gingham prints. BLM_BP_B&C004 (1 of 1) copyBLM_BP_B&C002 (1 of 1) copyBLM_BP_B&C003 (1 of 1) copyAn April Showers bunny, because even though I love May flowers I love the April showers almost as much!!
Last up is a cute little tray using Noodlehead’s free pattern found here. I will probably end up using this one to store little odds and ends in my fabric cabinet, but I plan on using my left over Bunnies and Cream scraps to make a whole set of matching trays to fill up with Easter goodies and give away to the children’s friends. BLM_BP_B&C005 (1 of 1) copyBLM_BP_B&C001 (1 of 1) copyThank you so much for stopping by! I hear there are a few places who already have Bunnies and Cream in stock! Yay!! ( Fat Quarter Shop, Ministry of Fabric,  SunnyDaySupply,  SewStitchingHappy)
Don’t forget to make all the stops this week, I definitely will be! Here is a full line up:

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

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
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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

 

Jumbo Spool Pillow – a tutorial

A TutorialHello! Happy Friday!
It is the most crystal clear and cool morning here. The kind of morning that screams at you to open your windows and do something useful. So, I am. I am drinking coffee and baking bread.  The kids are excited because I told them they could play outside barefoot. For some reason, being allowed out without shoes is a thrill for them. I am writing this post to you while the bread is rising and between accepting barefoot kisses and lots of weedy flowers.
The other day I took my spool pincushion and turned it into a much larger version to make a fun patchwork pillow. I thought it would add a nice pop of color to my sewing room, but to be honest it hasn’t left Madeleine’s room since I made it.
Here is quick tutorial for it, so grab your scraps and let’s go!Scraps.jpg
What you will need:
2 strips of the same fabric both measuring: 13 1/2″ x  2 1/2″ – You will need to do this 5 times.
4 strips of neutral colored fabric measuring: 17 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
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Instructions:
This pillow is sewn up exactly the same way that the pincushions are, so the instructions are exactly the same except for the first 2 steps, which I will write here.
1. Take one of each of your strips of fabric, and using a 1/4″ seam, sew them together lengthwise.
2. Repeat step 1 with the second strips of fabric, making sure to sew them in the exact same order.
Finish the remainder of the steps, just as you would for the spool pincushion starting at step 3.
Spool Pillow _0003.jpgspool softie1I used Vintage Picnic fabric and linen to make mine. If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to answer any questions. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #spoolsoftie. I would love to see what you make!

xoxo, Bridgette

Let’s talk strawberries…

Strawberry PlacematStrawberry season has come and gone here in Florida and I almost missed it! I have to constantly remind myself I am not in Kansas anymore…er, I mean Kentucky. I am used to strawberries in May or June back home.
Luckily, the kids and I and Aunt Annie (My younger sister has come to stay with us for awhile…) caught the tail end of it here and were able to pick dozens of deliciously ripe strawberries. Mmm…Strawberry_0004Strawberry_0006Strawberry_0002AuntAnnie.jpgStrawberry_0001Strawberry_0005Strawberry_0003Strawberries.jpgPlenty for the kids to feast on, and just enough left over to turn into 12 jars of jelly.
Not only is it strawberry season outside, but have you noticed how it seems to be strawberry season in the fabric world as well? One line I am especially loving right now is The Shabby Strawberry. The cute little bouncing strawberries just seem to announce picnic season is here.
I decided to make an easy patchwork placemat we could roll up and pack with us for picnics at the park or beach. And the square quilting on it matches the design on my jars of jelly. (That actually was not intentional, and I didn’t even notice it until I took this picture!) strawverry PLacemat3Strawberry PLACEMAT3Strawbery Placemat2DSC_3300.jpgI wish everyone a good picnic sometime in the near future!

“Little Joys” Christmas in July

 stocking9I have had my eye on this “Little Joys’ bundle by Penny Rose Fabrics since I first caught a glimpse of it a few months back. The designer, Elea Lutz (also designer of “milk, sugar and flower”),  has once again designed an amazingly cute and very playful collection full of vintage inspired characters and Christmas goodies dancing merrily about.stocking8Growing up, my siblings and I all had homemade stockings made lovingly by my mom. Matter of fact, I don’t even recall a single store-bought stocking at any point of my childhood. Each stocking was different and seemed to match each one of us perfectly. I loved this and always figured I would do the same for my family. Unfortunately, five years of marriage and three children later, I still had not (until now) made a single one of our stockings. Last Christmas I promised myself I would at least begin to start switching out our stockings with homemade ones, and I’m proud to say “Little Joys” came out just in time to keep my promise.Stocking6I used a free stocking pattern you can find here. The tree is a little different than I had originally planned. (Sometimes certain things do not come out the way they look in your head!) Luckily, tree number 2 was much more pleasing to the eyes. I added a toe and heel patch and a few hand stitches  (because everything looks better with a little hand-stitching).  DSC_3495Stocking4Stockings stocking5I really am excited to have started a homemade stocking collection of our own. One stocking down, four more to go! I think I’ll do my hubby’s next. He has the saddest of all of our stockings. Stocking

xoxo, Bridgette

Patchwork Bibs

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Sometimes a girl just needs a little scrappy patchwork fun. I find tackling my scraps almost as fun as cutting into a new set of fabric. (Almost.) Mixing and matching different colors. Digging down and finding fabrics I had forgotten about. Finding the perfect scrap, realizing you don’t have enough of it and then finding more of it. It’s all very fun.
Most of the times I sit down and start playing with my scraps I don’t really know what I am going to make. It just sort of turns into something. This time I had a purpose.
Two very large bibs.Bibby3 (1 of 1) Hard to believe it, but this little girl is capable of messes beyond belief. The small bibs weren’t cutting it, and her clothes and my stain remover were feeling it. Bibs (1 of 1) They’re fun to look at and they do the job!Bibby4 (1 of 1)

Find the tutorial for this patchwork bib here.

xoxo, Bridgette