October 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. Thankfully, 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. I 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!
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.
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.
Cut your white fabric into 30- 4 1/2″ squares. Cut each scrap piece into two 2″ squares.
With a fabric pencil, draw a diagonal line across the back of each 2″ block.
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!)Step 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.Step 5:
Sew straight over the drawn line to sew the small square to the white square. Do this for all blocks.Step 6:
Cut the corners off, leaving a 1/4″ seam. Open and press seams. Now you have a new 4 1/2″ square!
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.If 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!!