Meet Kilian/ Spring Potholders

Watermark_PotholdersThe past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement here! After making us wait a week longer than expected (which feels like half of eternity in pregnancy years), our little Kilian George finally decided to make his appearance in the world on March 10th… and all 9.6 lbs. of him have been smothered in hugs and kisses since.KillianKisses1The KidsLiamKilian
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Needless to say my sewing projects were put on the back burner for a couple of weeks. Towards the end of my pregnancy the carpal tunnel was so bad in my hands that I had trouble even trying to sew. Luckily, it subsided shortly after and it was glorious to be able to sit down at my sewing machine again.
I immediately had the urge to sew something spring-y, quick and useful. I came across this hotpad pattern by Purl Soho a while back and thought it would be a love match for the floral prints in this Wonderland collection. (You can buy the fabric bundle here.)Potholder Potholder1 Potholder2 I decided to add a grommet and string for the holder since I used fabric to bind with instead of twill tape. I used to find grommets so tricky, but I think I am finally getting the hang of them!Potholder4 Potholder5Such a lovely spring addition to my kitchen…
What spring-y project are you working on?

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

Patchwork Pencil Case

PencilCase1Earlier this week the children and I were sorting through all of their little school supplies and getting them ready to start a few pre-school classes at home. We had everything we needed minus a pencil case for Madeleine. Of course no little girl should have to have her supplies in disarray, so this was immediately put at the top of my to-do list. (Quick little projects like this are my favorite kind!)
A little patchwork…
A small leather tag…
A few hand- stitches…
PencilCase2PencilCase5PencilCase3PencilCase4 …and some really cute fabric makes the perfect combination for a little patchwork pencil case.
I originally had a few scraps picked out for the project, and then my awesome mail lady, with perfect timing, dropped off my bundle of Bloom and Bliss by Nadra Ridgeway. Nadra blogs over at Ellis and Higgs and her entire blog is bright, cheerful and full of so many fun projects and ideas. Her new fabric collection is nothing less!
This ended up being a really fun little project, and I just love how it turned out. I am planning on writing up a quick tutorial in the next week or two for anyone who may like to make their own.
Until then…

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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

“Vintage Market” FQ Bundle Giveaway

FabricBundleThings have been very quiet on the blog and my Instagram lately, but I promise you they have not been so quiet around the house. We moved into the new house a couple of weeks ago and are officially Floridians now. We are loving our new surroundings, and it’s starting to feel more like home everyday.
I promised myself I wouldn’t touch a single box in my sewing room until every other box in the house was unpacked and (somewhat) organized. Things got unpacked pretty quickly. I was missing my sewing machine and dying to set up my new sewing room. As soon as I am completely finished with my new sewing space I will share photos, but for now I am glad to be organized enough to at least be able to sew again!Block There seems to be so many amazing new lines of fabric out right now, but I have to say Tasha Noel’s new line “Vintage Market” is sitting at the top of my favorites. There isn’t a print in the collection that isn’t simply adorable, and her little characters are so endearing. Fabric On LineFabric On Line1 Favs1 Favs
Now for the fun part. It’s such a cute line, I simply have to share the goodness. So, I have a second bundle to give away to one of you! Yay!!WinThisBundle There are two ways to enter… (and if you do both you will be entered twice!)
1. Comment here and let me know what you would do with your bundle if you won it…
2. Follow me on Instagram @bellbridgette and repost my picture of this fabric bundle with the hashtag #thefamilyhearthgiveaway. You can find my picture of this bundle on my Instagram wall.
This giveaway is open to all! (Yes, even internationally!) I will randomly pick the winner this Sunday, July 12th, at 12 noon EST.

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

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