Monday

Yankee Puzzle - April's Civil War Block of the Month

We are finally to April!  Can you believe this year is flying by so quickly?  I get excited for the beginning of each month because it brings a new Civil War Block of the Month!  This month's barn quilt block is the Yankee Puzzle.  


Yankee Puzzle Civil War Block of the Month - April

This is such a fun block to paint and looks so great in different colors.  I am painting the collection for a second time this month in dark folk colors.  This quilt block was to signify the struggle Abraham Lincoln had between the rights of the state and the unity of our new nation.  I have a full right up in this month's pattern.  All of the previous months and April's are available in The Shop today!









Civil War Block of the Month Barn Quilt Collection

There are so many of you who are painting along with us this year, I'd love to share some of   your pictures.  So if you have finished your blocks, post a picture on Facebook or Instagram and tag Tweetle Dee Design Co. in the post and you will get 10% off of next months' block!  Happy April everyone!!!

Saturday

Angels from Above Spring Collection


It has been 15 years since our Garden Angels graced the pages of Crafts Magazine, time flies and this season we have brought them back in softer colors to match the new spring barn quilts!  All of the new Tweetle Dee Spring Collection is in The Shop.

Primrose Garden Angel
The garden angels were inspired by one of my first hand embroidery designs called Angels From Above which is available from The Shop too.  I love these angels!  Mine have hung in my garden and in my home for many years reminding me that blessings come from many unseen places.  
Spring Wreath Barn Quilt

This Spring Wreath Barn Quilt may be my favorite of all barn quilts.  Most of my followers know I love florals and use them in most of my hand embroidery designs and I love the geometric art of quilt piecing...and this brings them both together in one piece.  I will be designing a Barn Quilt Wreath for each season this year and for those who like to paint, the patterns for the Spring Wreath will be available soon.

Angel in White

Sunflower Garden Angel

Flowers Tall Barn Quilt

I hope you enjoy the new Spring Collection from Tweetle Dee!  I really enjoyed designing these and bringing out our Garden Angels for you to love too.  Happy Spring everyone!!!




Monday

Tweetle Dee Barn Star & Hex Collection

We are so excited to bring you a new collection of "barn art",  introducing the Tweetle Dee Barn Stars & Hex Collection!  Growing up in the Southern Tier of New York on the Pennsylvania border I have always loved the colorful signs painted on barns and homes.  A few years ago I started my own collection of hex's.  

Barn stars or hex's have been around for 200+ years and were painted by the Pennsylvania Dutch which consisted of a group of settlers from the Rhine region of Germany.  They came seeking religious freedom and included the Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans and other reformed groups as well.

Like other immigrants, they brought traditions and art with them to their new home.  Floral designs, stars, birds and other designs graced their marriage certificates, family Bibles, quilts and furniture.  Fancy farmers also decorated their large barns with geometric patterns.  The six pointed star was the most popular design.

These round pieces of folk art were called barn stars or hex's.  The German word for six, “sechs”, sounded like hex to their English-speaking neighbors. In time these “hex” patterns became commonly called hex signs.  Many of these designs had meanings. Families selected a hex sign based on color, design and its meaning. Some of the more popular symbols included: hearts for love, birds for luck and happiness, tulips for faith, and stars for good luck. 

The colors used for painting were also carefully chosen because of their added meaning. Blue conveyed protection, white purity, green abundance and red strong emotion. The hex symbols were individually hand painted for many years.   


You can still see them today in Pennsylvania as well as in many states and countries.  I love the history of them.  My ancestors were counted among those German immigrants.  I appreciate the simple blessings they wished upon their families as I wish for those we well.  
Having my barn stars/hex's is a reminder to me of our values and heritage.  Besides, the color, design...and they are round!
  

You can find the growing collection in My Shop.  They are hand painted on solid wood and are sealed for use outside and in.  I have one in my kitchen and one outside on my shed.  I love looking out the window at it.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

For those of you who like to paint and are interested in painting your own, we are working on dates for a class this summer on these gorgeous pieces of folk-art, so keep watch and I will announce the date and place as soon as it is scheduled.



Friday

Muted Texas Star

I have painted a lot of these in the past three years and I think I love each one, but this Muted Texas Star is my favorite of all time!  The colors are softer and look so beautiful against the creamy white background, and the new antique teal and grey-mauve are perfection in it.  


They are on sale in The Shop until April 1st... so don't wait to place your order.  I have a batch going for next week in various sizes (22", 33" and 44").   I can just imagine on a clean white or soft grey wall.  I think this barn quilt may just be the inspiration I need to change the colors in my living room.  I'm excited to paint a few more of these, so let me know if you're ready to welcome a new "star" to your house.

Happy Friday!




Saturday

American Flag Barn Quilts


There are two new barn quilts in The Shop today!  The American Flag Barn Quilts have been in progress for a couple of months after we received a special custom order for a school room American Flag.  Although I love stars, I really loved using traditional pinwheels for the "stars" on these flags, staying true to the barn quilt style.  It had to have a quilt block on it..right?


American Flag Barn Quilt

Each barn quilt is constructed of pressurized cedar and sealed to withstand the outdoor elements and those inside too!  

We already have one hung in our son's room and the natural one is going on my front porch with some bright geraniums as soon as the snow melts off!  We hope you love these American Flags.  

Thursday

Hands of Friendship - Civil War Barn Quilt of the Month - March

It's March and time for a new Civil War Barn Quilt block!  I love this block and the story behind it.  It is called The Hands of Friendship and represents the help that was given to slaves as they tried to escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad.



Hands of Friendship Civil War Barn Quilt

One of the main portals for escaping slaves was through Cleveland, Ohio.  The design of this traditional quilt block is called the Ohio Star.  I have painted at least 100 of these over the past few years and never thought about it signifying anything more than a state quilt block until I read the about the Underground Railroad and Ohio's role in it.

It was against the law for slaves to learn to read and write so the path for them to follow for escape was often marked in signs.  The stories that were passed down by descendants of former slaves was quilts were often hung out on lines or fences to mark the path for them to follow and to tell them where to go.  Often former slaves and whites would work together to bring escaping slaves to freedom.

This block is a traditional Civil War block with the Ohio Star and the center block representing how people of different colors and backgrounds worked together to free those who were oppressed.  


Civil War Barn Quilt Block of the Month

As I have been studying this time period I am struck at the similarities between then and now.  Just as those before marked the way for others who were suffering, we can work together regardless of our race, religion, or political differences to help. 

The Hands of Friendship Barn Quilt is a simple pattern and fairly easy to paint.  You can order the Hands of Friendship Civil War Barn Quilt kit in The Shop.  Each kit comes with a 12" barn quilt board ready for paint and the pattern of the month.  You can order previous months at any time!  



Union Square Civil War Barn Quilt - January

I will be posting the video for how to paint The Hands of Friendship Barn Quilt this week...so watch for the announcement on my Facebook or Instagram pages.  Tag me in your photos @tweetledeedesignco so we can all see your work!  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I have, and maybe it will inspire you to reach out to someone in need.


 
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