Quilt Petite Blog Hop


Good morning! Today is my stop on the Quilt Petite Blog Hop and I am happy you have stopped by! Quilt Petite, published by Tuva Publishing, is the first book (hopefully of many) by the sweet Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane and it’s absolutely stunning! (Sedef, you have some serious talent!) The captivating pictures, the adorable projects, the detailed explanations…  it all makes for a truly fun book. A sewist’s treasure.
book.jpgon-point-placemat_0003Sedef uses the term “small quilty things” to describe her book, so I knew it was going to be right up my alley. And how right I was! It’s filled with all kinds of patchwork projects from pillows and mini quilts to placemats and potholders, and brimming with all kinds of fun techniques geared at both the seasoned or the novice sewer. And with the excellent instructions on each project you’re sure to learn new techniques with ease.
 I had a difficult time making up my mind on which project to choose (so much that I actually had fabric pulled and ready to go for three different projects!) before settling down with the “Pretty On-point Placemat”. It was the perfect project to mix with this super cute Christmas fabric (Pixie Noel by Tasha Noel)  so… I made one for each of the children, because we all know Christmas cookies and milk and cozy hot chocolate nights are right around the corner. Yippee!on-point-placemat_0004dsc_0965-copyOn-point Placemat_0005.jpgdsc_1157-copyon-point-placemat_0002dsc_1212-copydsc_1063-copydsc_1011-copydsc_1035-copydsc_0854-copydsc_1263-copyon-point-placemat_0001
The blog hop continues until December 11th, and includes a long list of super talented bloggers! Check out the lineup below. Be sure to check out Wynn and Sarah’s stop and come back tomorrow to see what Heidi’s been working on! I can’t wait to see what each one has lined up!
Also, be sure to visit Down Grapevine Lane for a chance to win a lovely package full of all kinds of goodies, including a copy of Quilt Petite! 
November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (intro + giveaway)
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki’s Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia’s Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)


xoxo, Bridgette

Stuffed Christmas Village

ChristmasVillage_0005If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have already seen the beginnings of what I am calling a “child-friendly Christmas Village”. As a little girl, I loved Christmas villages. They are so quaint and cute, and I use to wish I could just shrink down and live in their world. I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas village that the children could play and imagine with, made just for little hands.
Of course, there is no better place to start (…at least in my mind) than the Christmas Village Bakery. Especially if it offers coffee, cakes and pies. Mmmm….ChristmasVillage_0007BakeryChristmasVillage_0001The next addition was the Village Toy Shoppe, complete with big windows for little window shoppers. Adding all the little details was definitely the most fun part of each building. Imagine all the different details you could do! Ahhh…
I used lots of starch and fusible Wonder Under to attach each piece of fabric before sewing them into place and then drew on and hand-stitched the details.ChristmasVillage_0006ChristmasVillage_0003ChristmasVillage_0004ChristmasVillage_0008.jpgThe little village has already started gathering occupants. These little Christmas mice were a gift from my mom when I was about 10. I have always loved them and now Madeleine loves them just as much. Aren’t they the cutest?ChristmasVillage_0002

xoxo, Bridgette

“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

A little about 2014

Hello! I hope 2015 is treating you well. I am excited to see what this new year will bring and have all kinds of fun projects in mind I can’t wait to tackle and share.
Here is a little round-up of my favorite projects in 2014.

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I’ve always been a big fan of tents, teepees and forts. Who’s not, right? I think it is a right of every child to have an awesome cozy spot to retreat to at all times. It turned out a little more plain than I had imagined in my head. It was supposed to have fun appliques of flowers and windows on the sides, but when I stepped back and looked at it I decided I liked it just how it was. Babies (1 of 1) 

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Earlier this summer, I decided it was time to crack down and finally learn how to quilt. So, I did just that…

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I am addicted now. I want to make every quilt out there. The kids love the quilts just as much as I do and are constantly pulling them out to snuggle with.
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Growing up my mom always made all of our Halloween costumes. They were so unique and were passed down from one child to the other. Many of the costumes she made are still being played with by the grandchildren . So, I am following her example and have vowed to only hand make costumes.

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My little Matryoshka Doll and Cowboy.

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And of course I couldn’t make their costumes and not make their treat bags. This was probably my favorite project all year. My oldest son, Liam, was so excited to have a “real cowboy” outfit and he still wears it multiple times a week. 

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Finally, I had so much fun this year preparing for Christmas. Maybe it was because my children are at an age where they get so excited and love to help prepare every step of the way.


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Gifts (1 of 1)

Finian (1 of 1)

Gingerbread houses.

Gingerbread Houses (1 of 1)


Cookies4 (1 of 1)  Cookies5 (1 of 1)

Santa Mail.

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Liam wrote quite a few letters to St. Nick, and our little elf “Harold” would deliver them to him at night. We were in major need of some sort of system for this, so I made a post box for these little letters to be mailed out in. Even Madeleine had fun finding any sort of paper scraps she could and sending them off to Santa.

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Well, dear readers, that wraps up our 2014 all in one post. Whew! It was a wonderful year with lots of good memories. I hope you will join me this next year as I find my way around blog land and share our little treasures with you. 

xoxo, Bridgette