I pledge allegiance…

Watermarkto the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
Watermark1 Watermark3 Watermark4This Memorial Day we are remembering all the brave soldiers who have died fighting for our freedom and the ones who continue to risk their lives. For this we are truly thankful.

xoxo, Bridgette

Market Day Tote

EditedI can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post! I promise I do have a good reason! There has been a whirlwind of change in our house over the past couple of weeks. My husband was offered a job in Jacksonville, Fl and we will be moving down a week from today. Yes! It’s all happened so fast it almost doesn’t feel real. The job offer came on a Thursday, by the following Tuesday our house hit the market, that evening we had our first showing and in a matter of 48 hours we had finalized a contract with them. Whew!
So, off to Jacksonville we go! (If you live there or have been I would love to know all of the hot spots! Let me know your favorite things to do!)
Through all the craziness I have found time to (ignore the need to pack up of my sewing room and) sneak in a few projects here and there. One of the most addicting books out right now is Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. It has so many cute blocks in it, it’s hard to sit down and sew just one. If you are on Instagram you may have already seen the #farmgirlfridays sew-a-long happening. One of this past week’s blocks to sew was the Baking Day Block.
 How cute is this block?DSC_2664I decided the block would make a darling little pocket for the side of a market bag.Edited7 I made the pattern up as I went, making it work around the size of the block. I quilted each area of the bag and tried to keep it simple and sweet with only the one pocket. Edited8Edited6Edited5Edited9The bag is a gift for my mother. She is so good about using reusable bags when she shops and we plan on hitting up a local market together this weekend.

xoxo, Bridgette

Crochet Apples

DSC_2490AI know I recently stated that I was going to take a small break from crochet for awhile, and that truly was my intent until I saw the most darling crochet apples ever. Ever!
Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane posted a pattern (available for free for a limited period of time!) for these crochet apples and I just couldn’t resist.     DSC_2502 DSC_2504A DSC_2505ADSC_2493DSC_2498They make such happy little friends, don’t they?
Now I really am taking a break from crochet. I think. I have some exciting sewing projects calling my name!
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

xoxo, Bridgette

Patchwork Bib Tutorial

DSC_2373A while back I shared with you the patchwork bibs I had made for Madeleine. I really, really love these bibs. They wash up great, are made to last and are really quick and easy to make. I was in need of a couple of smaller ones for Finian so decided to write up a tutorial for you this time around.DSC_2363DSC_2229DSC_2377 DSC_2356 DSC_2362
DSC_2296BOn all of the bibs I have made I have used linen and cotton scraps. I love the clean look the linen gives and the way it helps the scrap pieces stick out, but even better it washes up amazingly! For Finian’s bib, I decided to use all pieces cut from Sweetwater’s collection The Boat House.
Here is the tutorial. Enjoy!

Patchwork Bib Tutorial

Materials:

17 scrap pieces each made into 1  1/2″ squares
18- 1 1/2″ squares of your solid color
6″ X 8″ piece of your solid color
2 – 2″ x 15″ matching fabric pieces (for the ties)
9″ x 8″ piece of batting
9″ x 8″ piece of cotton fabric (bib backing)
A printed copy of the Patchwork Bib Pattern
-Finished size is approximately 7 3/4″ x 7″-
All seams are 1/4″.

Instructions:

1. Using the bib pattern, cut the bib top and bottom out of your 6″x 8″ piece of solid fabric.
2. Lay out your squares as you would like them to be in your bib. 5 rows of 7 squares, as seen below. DSC_2207 3. Sew each row of squares together and then sew your rows together.DSC_2209A 4. Sew the top and bottom bib piece to your patchwork square.
 DSC_2216        5. Lay your bib on top of your batting. Pin and quilt as desired. Add any extra little touches that you may want. For the little sailboat I drew it on with a fabric pencil, and hand-stitched over it with 2 pieces of embroidery floss.DSC_2219DSC_2221 DSC_22296. Make your bib ties as follows:
On one edge of both strips, press 1/4″  towards inside.DSC_2342Fold your strips in half wrong sides together and press.DSC_2345 Open up and fold each outer edge to the middle. Press. DSC_2350Fold along center line again and press.DSC_2354Sew along top and outer edge.DSC_23557. Sew your ties to top of bib sewing along top edge of ties and making sure to back stitch a couple of times to hold it securely.

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8. Keeping your ties to the inside, lay your bib face down on top of piece of backing fabric.DSC_2236 (Don’t pay any attention to the back side of my hand-stitches. Yikes!)
9. Pin and sew around bib, leaving a small opening on bottom of bib. Cut excess backing fabric off and turn inside out. Press.
10. Finish bib by sewing very close around the outer edge of entire bib. DSC_2240
You’re finished!
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 #fhpatchworkbib. I would love to see what you make!
Until next time…

xoxo, Bridgette

Bunny Business

DSC_2014I have had these cute little “jackrabbits” pinned on my Pinterest for sometime now. Until a few weeks ago, I had not been able to find a pattern for them. Needless to say I was elated to find out that there is now a pattern for these available for instant download by eineldee on Etsy. You can find the shop here. They also have a few other reeeally cute patterns!DSC_1911DSC_1847DSC_1849I try to always put something homemade in the children’s Easter basket. This year they each received a rabbit of a different color. They love them, and it makes every stitch worth it! (Especially when every stitch brought on an increasingly worse case of carpal tunnel! Ick. I think I’ll have to lay off the crochet for awhile.)
I made Madeleine’s bunny with a tad bit smaller head, and added fabric to her ears to help her look a bit more girly.DSC_1860DSC_1854
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With all this talk about bunnies, I think it’s time to introduce you to our newest little pet, Beatrice the Bunny. She arrived just in time for Easter and the children are completely in love. DSC_2038ADSC_2051cA DSC_2048AA Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

xoxo, Bridgette

 A quick note: For anyone who is interested in buying this pattern, be aware that an understanding in the difference of crochet terms among different countries is necessary, as this pattern is not written in US crochet terms. However, anyone with a bit of crochet experience shouldn’t find it hard to translate into English terms. 

White Cotton and Lace

DSC_2026I’ve spent the day making a few last minute details and preparing for the children’s Easter /spring pictures, which hopefully will happen tomorrow.  Of course, you can never be quite sure with children or the weather though.
My final to-do was to put the finishing touches on Madeleine’s dress. The pattern is my own, and I added lace sleeves cut from a scarf I had brought back from India a few years ago. It’s the perfect dress for a lovely spring day.DSC_2024DSC_2031DSC_2043BThe sun is starting to rise earlier and earlier, the days are warming up, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and it’s finally starting to actually feel and smell like spring here.
Until next time…

xoxo, Bridgette

 

Chicago and Pinwheels

3We decided to get away for a few days and spent a long weekend in Chicago. What a beautiful city! The bakeries and cafes on every corner, the shopping, the parks and of course, the amazing Navy Pier. I could definitely live in Chicago. DSC_2288DSC_2302DSC_23512DSC_2355
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We gladly welcomed the first day of spring here!  One of my goals this year is to sew more of Madeleine’s dresses, and with the new season comes the need for new clothes.
One of my favorite lines out right now is Bonnie and Camille’s Daysail fabric. It just has “spring” written all over it… I have a very sneaky feeling that this fabric is going to make its way in to more than one of Madeleine’s outfits. DSC_2448 As much as I love this fabric, I love the pinwheels made out of it. I wanted to incorporate them into one of Madeleine’s outfits and decided to go with a simple white skirt. (Although I think it would have made a lovely jumper as well. Maybe a second pinwheel outfit?)  I used Lori Holt’s pinwheel block tutorial found here. It’s super easy to follow, besides the fact that her Bee in My Bonnet blog is super awesome!DSC_1979DSC_1861 DSC_1869DSC_1915 DSC_1907DSC_1931 DSC_1950 DSC_1959 I couldn’t make a pinwheel skirt without making a few real ones, of course. Although the pinwheels didn’t spin in the wind quite like they should have, the kids and I had a lot of fun making them. Hopefully, next time we can figure out how to make them spin better!
I hope you are enjoying your first few days of spring!

xoxo, Bridgette

Hair Bow Doll Quilt Tutorial

DSC_2003 Madeleine received a doll bed for her birthday this past weekend. The doll bed is so cute and her dolls have had more naps than ever. The only thing their naps were missing was a nice cozy quilt, of course!  I wanted something fun and super easy, so this is what I came up with. I love that the hair bows add lots of color, but still keep it clean and simple. It’s a great scrap buster quilt and sews up so fast that it makes a great weekend project as well. DSC_1989DSC_2030DSC_2020DSC_2066DSC_2060

Hair Bow Doll Quilt Tutorial

Finished quilt size is 20 1/2″ x 24 1/2″.

Each block measures 4 1/2″ (unfinished). All seams are 1/4″.

What you will need:

1/2 yard of background  fabric (white)

20 fabric scrap pieces measuring at least 2″ x 4″

Tutorial is for quilt top only.

Step 1:
Cut your white fabric into 30- 4 1/2″ squares. Cut each scrap piece into two 2″ squares.  DSC_1939
Step 2:
With a fabric pencil, draw a diagonal line across the back of each 2″ block.DSC_2088
Step 3:
Lay your white squares out 5 blocks across by 6 blocks down. Decide where you want each “bow” to go and lay your scrap squares on top of your white squares as seen below. (I recommend taking a quick photo of your layout before continuing as easy reference to remember which bow goes where. It helped me!)DSC_1956Step 4:
When you are satisfied with the placement of each “bow”, flip the 2″ squares face down on the white squares with the drawn line away from the corner.DSC_1966Step 5:
Sew straight over the drawn line to sew the small square to the white square. Do this for all  blocks.DSC_2093Step 6:
Cut the corners off, leaving a 1/4″ seam. Open and press seams. Now you have a new 4 1/2″ square!DSC_2099DSC_2110DSC_2114
Step 7:
When all your blocks are finished, sew them together! I sewed the rows of six blocks together and then sewed the five rows together. Quilt and bind as desired.DSC_1996If you have any questions on this tutorial, let me know! I will be happy to answer them. If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #hairbowdollquilt. I would love to see what you make!!
Enjoy!

xoxo, Bridgette

Good Hair Days

DSC_1744 I have waited just about two years to be able to say this, and now I can proudly announce that Madeleine’s hair is long enough for pigtails!  I might have another two years to wait before I can braid it or curl it, but for now she is sporting these pigtails every chance she gets. DSC_1741ENow that she has hair and everything, it’s time to get serious about her little hair accessories. She has exactly one flower clip, a brush, a comb and a new pack of rubber bands. A good enough start for a little hair organizer.DSC_1641DSC_1679one batch (55)Madeleine helped pick out which pictures she would like for patches and I added a few hand-stitches. She has ribbons to hold clips, a zippered pouch for her hair bands, and little pouches for her brush and combs.one batch (87)DSC_1729DSC_1710DSC_1746Until next time…

xoxo, Bridgette

Vintage Laundry Day

DSC_1623 The days here have been filled with snow. Lots of snow. Thankfully, my children inherited my love of snuggly quilts and a cozy fire. I promise you there has been lots of snuggling by the fire lately. Maybe a little too much. The cabin fever is starting to settle in and we are all aching for spring. You would think that being stuck indoors would give me more time with my sewing machine. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case these last few weeks. So, I have been making up for it with my camera instead. Final1LaundryFinalFinal1
Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Bridgette