Wednesday

Tweetle Dee Designs Barn Quilt Supplies

The day is finally here that the Tweetle Dee Design Co's barn quilt supplies are loaded in the shop and ready for you!  Most of the student's that take the Barn Quilt Class ask how they can purchase additional boards and patterns...because let's face it, this may be the most addicting thing since Dirty Diet Cokes!


 We now offer the 22", 33" and 44" barn quilt boards pre-cut, sanded, and painted ready for you to add your favorite designs.  As well, the shop has 10 beginning patterns with more to come soon!


To find the shop, go to the top of the home page and click on the My shop tab, it will take you to the shopping site.  You will find the boards and patterns under Supplies.  


The shop also has numerous barn quilts for inspiration and purchase....and of course custom orders are available.  I hope this helps many of you who have been frustrated trying to find your barn quilt supply fix!  


Tuesday

Winter is Here

We woke up this morning to freezing, wet, and white stuff all over our yard!  I'm especially excited for this winter season and the holidays it brings.  I already have my tree up and the house decked out.  The Thanksgiving turkey is in it's brine and we are ready to gather together to celebrate...so this morning's snow was like getting a little tease from mother nature!


I have posted in The Shop a new wool applique and embroidery pattern called Winter Wool.  It is the fourth in a series of seasonal wool applique patterns from Tweetle Dee.  It is small and simple to put together.  I love the dark night and the snow...my favorites!  

I hope you enjoy this pattern and this teaser of winter.  I know there is much more to come in the next few weeks!  I'm ready.  Welcome winter! 


Friday

Barn Quilt Table Runners - Fresh Living

Tis the season to gather family and friends around our tables, so I thought I would add my favorite barn quilt designs to my table scapes this year.  They add a element of color and texture to your table.  They are super easy to make and so on trend with the farmhouse style we all love! 


 All you need to make a barn quilt table runner is a surface to paint.  I make most of my barn quilt boards myself and they can be purchased on in my shop, but if you are anywhere near a Joann's or a Home Depot, it is just as easy to find pre-cut and sanded wood bases for under $10.00.  



I also visited my local Habitat For Humanity and found old cupboard doors for under $3.00 that work fantastically!  If you are using a board that is pre-finished, I recommend painting your base coat in chalk paint because you don't have to prepare the wood.  If you are using an unfinished wood, any acrylic paint will work for a base coat.



Once you have your wood and it is prepped with a base coat, you are ready to paint your design.  I love traditional and simple geometric designs.  You can find a variety of patterns on my site, my Instagram (@tweetledeedesignco), and on Pinterest.  I also have a full tutorial on How to Paint a Barn Quilt which will give you all the painting and finishing techniques you will need.



I love to use my square barn quilts as serving stations, such as the hot cocoa station pictured below.  They work great as serving trays and show off your pies and cakes beautifully!



I recommend finishing your barn quilts off with a 50/50 mixture of stain and Linseed Oil. This seals the wood and antiques it slightly.  It also makes your barn quilt wood food safe.  So you can serve your favorite appetizers, cookies, cakes, right off of your barn quilt!  How cute is that?




If you want your barn quilt elevated you can find legs at Home Depot for under $4.00.  All  you need to do is pre-drill a hole where you want your leg, add a little wood glue for stability, and screw in the leg.  Let dry and paint.




I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to use your barn quilts in new ways, and that your holiday table and treats shine especially bright this season!  You can watch the full segment on KUTV Fresk Living.  Happy Holidays!
 
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