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‚Äôs 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! ūüôā

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
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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

 

Market Squares Quilt- A free pattern

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Hello! Happy Wednesday!
I shared a quick step-by-step picture tutorial of this quilt on Instagram a while back, and am finally getting around to posting the printable PDF file on here. I wrote this pattern to work around the adorable little characters from Tasha Noel’s Vintage Market fabric, so I decided to call it Market Squares.
You can download and/or print the full instructions here: Market Squares Quilt Pattern
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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 РAmy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 РRenee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 РJemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 РAmanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 РDebbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week¬†10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 РErica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 РKristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 РHeidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 РBridgette from The Family Hearth
Week 15 РLorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 РKristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

xoxo,

Bridgette

Seaside Fun

Madeleine Romper_00011When I was down beside the sea,  
a wooden spade they gave to me
 to dig the sandy shore.
My holes were empty like a cup
in every hole the sea came up
til it could come no more.
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Madeleine and I sneaked away for a couple of hours this morning to enjoy some “Mommy and Me” time at the beach. I couldn’t help but think of this poem watching her play. She would run back and forth between me and the waves, collecting seashells to fill her shoes, her ¬†little pigtails bouncing¬†the whole time. We really enjoyed our morning together.
Her little romper is from an adorable pattern I found recently. I have been on the lookout for a cute romper and was excited to finally find the perfect pattern from Tadah! Patterns. They have quite a few cute and easy patterns available. This romper is their Seaside Playsuit pattern.
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Madeleine Romper_0004Madeleine Romper_0006Madeleine Romper_0009Madeleine Romper_0002I just love that ruffled collar!

xoxo, Bridgette