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.
-Robert Louis StevensonMadeleine Romper_0005
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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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

A Peek into my Sewing Studio

SewingStudioSewing StudioWhen my husband and I first got married, I started a sewing school and gave lessons to children out of my home. I turned one of our rooms into a cute little space and I enjoyed having an area away from everything else to work in. As our own children came along I decided to stop giving lessons and eventually turned my sewing room into a toy room. This meant that all of my sewing stuff was then moved to the basement where I had it until we moved. I didn’t mind working in the basement, but I missed having a cheery place to organize and sew in.
One of the most exciting things about our new house is that it has a bright office with a large window. We decided this would be my sewing studio and I once again have a cheery area to sew in. I’ve shared a few pictures of my room on Instagram already, but I thought today I would share a more in-depth look at it,  now that it is all complete!Sewing Studio WallFabricFabric BoltsSewing Studio BooksThe cabinets are from Ikea and are the perfect storage units for just about everything. The glass doors keep dust (and children!) off of my fabrics and supplies, and there are plenty of shelving and drawers which makes it so easy to keep everything organized and tidy.
Of course, I added a few hanging spool softies to add some color and fun. You can find the tutorial for them here.SpoolsThe wall below is the sad beginning of my mini quilt wall. I am hoping to add to it and fill it up in the near future.ExcellenceMini Quilt WallThe sewing cart and table may be the handiest of all. It opens up to allow me to sew and cut at it and easily moves when I need it to. I was a little hesitant to buy it at first because of the quality of the brand, but I have to say I am absolutely in love with it. It is much sturdier than I expected and adds even more storage. You can buy it here.SewingStudioOn the wall opposite, I have the children’s desks and pre-schooling set up. That allows me to keep them busy and do a little sewing at the same time,  which is a win-win for all of us!
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

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

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