Meet Baby Jane…

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She arrived in the end of August, right on time and perfect as can be. My sister-in-law, Marie, came down to stay a couple of weeks, and made my life a dream come true. She arrived 6 days before Jane’s birth and completely took over everything from cleaning to stocking our freezer chock-full of food. She offered such a sweet companionship that made those last few days before labor, which can be dull and dreary for me, really fly by.
Early morning of my due date, my water broke at 3am… I literally woke up dreaming that I was trying to keep my head above water. After a quick call to my midwife I went back to bed and woke up to a nice strong contraction a couple of hours later. They weren’t coming regularly yet, so my husband and I took a mile and a half stroll around our neighborhood. We talked to a couple of neighbors and stopped every now and then to let those contractions roll on in. That walk kicked everything into gear and little Jane arrived that afternoon at 2:38 pm, August 26th. Such a wonderful and exciting day for our family!
On a side note.. I completely unplugged this summer. I took a break from most forms of social media; blogging, instagram-ing, e-mail, etc. With #5 on the way, a traveling husband and preparing this year’s homeschool, I wanted to enjoy a summer without any outside distractions. Now that Jane is here and we are well into the school year, and are somewhat back into a daily rhythm I plan on posting more on here again. However, I plan on using this space for more than just sewing and crafting, as I mainly have in the past. I hope you will continue to join me in this space, and share your stories and comments as well.

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, 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

Memorial Day 2016

FlagWe woke up bright and early this morning to take a trip to the ocean to watch the sunrise. Although it was a bit cloudy and muggy, it was a beautiful morning. We were among many other people- young surfers, families with their children or their pets, joggers, men fishing, couples snuggled together- but I believe we were all doing the same thing… watching the sunrise and being thankful to be blessed with another beautiful day to cherish.
The children waved their flags proudly as we remembered the brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice. We will be forever grateful for your honor and valor.Liam FlagFinnMadeleine FlagFamily Flag

xoxo, Bridgette

Pretty Playtime Quilt-Along

Blog-HeaderHappy Monday! I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Elea Lutz’s new book Pretty Playtime Quilts and guess what showed up last week! Firstly, not only is Elea the sweetest person, but she is incredibly talented and everything she creates is sure to please. Her darling illustrations bring whimsical fun to the fabrics she designs and now to every page of her new book. Pretty Playtime Quilts is a collection of six different quilted projects, but even better it is full of lots of fun blocks that can be used for so much more. Yaay!Pretty Playtime Quilts _ 0001Secondly, today kicks off an awesome quilt along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop that you can join in on, too! For the next sixteen weeks, I along with a group of 15 other ladies will take turns showing you a new block each week of the adorable Garden Fairy Sampler Quilt. I’ve gathered up my fabrics and plan on using mainly prints from Elea’s new line Strawberry Biscuit. Pretty Playtime Quilts _ 0003Pretty Playtime Quilts _ 0002Come join in on the fun! You can get the book here and sew using your favorite fabric, or you can go here and get the quilt kit.
Here is a list of the participating bloggers:
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 – Bridgette from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast



Sharing a Little Secret…

WatermarkSo, I have been keeping a little secret over the past couple of months. A secret I announced on Instagram a few weeks ago, and am just now getting around to sharing with my dear readers here…
We are expecting a little baby boy, and he is due to arrive in just two short weeks!
Since he is our first little one in our new home we decided to pretty much start from scratch with the nursery, and have spent the last two months remodeling and preparing everything for our sweet babe. (And Finian! Who is still in the crib and loving his new space.)RoomLadderPicturesMy husband spent the first weekend wood paneling the back wall. I am crazy about ship plank walls, and just love the character it adds to the room without taking away from the softness I was going for. While he had his tools out, I talked him into building a blanket ladder and a set of shelves. He is so good at turning what I have in my head into the real deal!
The animal prints are by far Finian’s favorite part. He wakes up pointing and talking about them everyday. They really are the sweetest prints and I think I squealed when I found them because they are exactly what I was looking for. They are available from James River Studios on Etsy. (His entire shop is a must see!)
For our new little one’s quilt, I decided to go with a very simple patchwork square quilt in low volume prints, and a sweet little hand-stitched tag. QuiltQuilt TagSheepySheepySheepThis little crochet sheep may be my most favorite toy I’ve ever crocheted. He is so sweet and was so much fun to make! I added the little linen tag when he was finished and just hand sewed it in to place. The pattern is by Lanukas. (You can find the translated version on Pinterest here.)ShelfBlocksBaptismalOutfit1BaptismalOutfitFor the wood blocks, I found a set of 2″ wooden squares from Michaels, and sanded the sides and corners smooth. The pictures are from a Peter Rabbit book that had been loved to pieces and was falling apart. I cut each picture a little less than 2″, rounded the corners, and Modge Podged them  to the squares.
The baptismal outfit is one I had sewn when I was expecting Liam. It has now been worn by both Liam and Finian and it makes me so excited to see it hanging there waiting to be worn by our third son. The wooden fixtures that it is hanging on is another make by my husband. I found the round raw wood pieces and knobs at Hobby Lobby and he turned them into the perfect hanging displays.FinnMadeleineThe children are beyond excited to meet their little brother. They giggle and crowd around my belly with every little kick and move. They sing to him and talk to him. He is already loved so much.

xoxo, Bridgette

St. Nick’s Baking Day

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St. Nick visited us last night, and left goodies in the children’s stockings, including some fun baking supplies… so we decided to turn the day into a cookie baking day.  Daddy helped with most of the stirring and measuring, so I was able to grab my camera and get some good pictures. BakingDay_001BakingDay_0013BakingDay_009
It was a fun day filled with mouthfuls of cookie dough (…snuck when I wasn’t looking), big floury messes and egg nog and cookies at the end.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
xoxo, Bridgette

Santa Mail Pillow

SantaLettersIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here!  Which is a good thing since it doesn’t exactly feel like Christmas. It was 85F here yesterday, and I am finding myself longing for snow. Last Sunday, we decided to cozy up with the kiddies and watch the Polar Express (for the first time of many this season I am sure.) It was midday but we were all snuggly in our pajamas and covers and if you closed your eyes you could almost pretend is was cold and snowy outside. It was pretty much perfect… until the ice-cream man came rolling down our street playing his summery tunes and melted the fake snow in my head. Aahh well. We will be traveling home for a week right after Christmas, so I am sure I will get my cold, snowy fix then.
In the meantime, the inside of our house is still humming with Christmas excitement and anticipation and I am having more fun than ever getting things ready. We pulled out the Santa Mailbox I made last year, and I am pretty sure it has already seen more letters in the past couple of days than it did all of last Christmas. There is a lot of cutting, taping, gluing and stickering going on here.
This year I thought I would add another fun way for them to send off their letters to Santa with a Santa Mail pillow. Letterstosanta_pillow006I had way too much fun making the little envelopes for each child and they double up as pockets for storing their letters. This is also a fun way for me to be able to sneak letters from Santa or other goodies back to them.
For Liam’s envelope I traced his own handwriting of “Love, Liam” before I stitched it, to help personalize it a little. Letterstosanta_pillow005Letterstosanta_pillow001Letterstosanta_pillow002SantaLetters_Pillow001SantaLetters_PillowTomorrow is Friday fun night / Christmas movie night, so I am off to make movie tickets and a popcorn and hot chocolate voucher. (To make it more official, of course.) I think I will just leave them in their pillow envelopes and address them from Santa. 🙂

xoxo, Bridgette

Acorn Patchwork and Pattern

AcornPatch5October is here which marks the start of my favorite months of the year! That time of the year when you can add cinnamon and pumpkin to everything and it just makes it better. Mmmm….
I am still not sure what to expect as far as seasons go in Florida, but I know not to expect any of the wonderful fall weather that I am used to in Kentucky. I love Florida, but I sure am missing the trees changing colors, the leaves falling, the chilly breeze and that smell… that glorious smell of autumn. AcornPatch6Thankfully, as I mentioned on Instagram, there are still Pumpkin Spice Lattes to be had, chai tea with lots of cinnamon, and caramel apples at our bakery. To top it all off, I was able to pull together a nice stack of fun fall fabrics… for something… for something fall”y”… something patchwork”y”…. but exactly what, I wasn’t sure.
Then one day this past week,  I was outside playing with the kids and it suddenly dawned on me, I hadn’t seen a single acorn recently. Another one of those signature fall things I guess I had to say goodbye to. So, I decided if I wasn’t going to see real acorns, I could at least make one out of patchwork.AcornPatch1Acornpatch2 AcornPatch3I plan on turning my acorn patchwork into a pillow, and will share it as soon as I am finished with it. I think this block would also make a cute mini quilt or center table mat, etc. so I wrote up a quick pattern for anyone who may be interested in it.

You can download the pattern and instructions here: Acorn Block Pattern and Instructions

If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to let me know! If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #fhacornblock and/or tag me @bellbridgette. I would love to see what you make!

xoxo, Bridgette