Friday

Framed Over Barn Quilts

You know how there are just some days that you are super duper excited and you can't hold it in?  Well, today is one of those for me!  I am so excited to share with you the first three of our "framed over" barn quilt and a brand new design, the Blue Belle Wildflower Barn Quilt!


Blue Belle Wildflower Barn Quilt


We got the idea to frame our solid wood planked barn quilts while teaching our Summer Tweetle Dee Workshop, when one of our students asked if we could frame their 44" barn quilt before they left.  Of course we could since the shop is right there and we love doing new things.  Well friends, the results were amazing!!!  So, we decided then and there to begin framing over many of our most popular barn quilts.  They took a great design to vavoom!!!


 Swiss Cross Barn Quilt

We have the brand new Blue Belle Wildflower Barn Quilt, the Framed Over Texas Star and our favorite Swiss Cross available in The SHOP with limited quantities.  Each piece is hand drawn on our signature solid wood planks, each color is hand painted and perfectly distressed and then the boards is sealed, signed, and dated.  No two are ever alike!


Framed Over Texas Star

Aren't they gorgeous?  Seriously amazing!  To make this new release even better, we are extending our Summer Sale through the end of July with 30% off all orders.  After the 30th we will be closing the shop for some big changes coming to Tweetle Dee which we are sooo excited about and you will be too!  I promise.  So, don't miss this sale!!!  We added many of our favorite fall barn quilts as well, which is awesome, right?  

Remember to use code SUMMER and we hope you grab these before they are gone!  Have a great weekend and see you in LA this week for a bunch of classes!


Tuesday

Tis a Gift to Be Free Hoop Art Pattern

Happy 4th of July!  I can't believe we are already celebrating the red, white and blue.  This is one of my favorite holidays because of the family celebrations I remember with our family on the farm in New York.  We would get together at the cottage on the lake and swim or fish...a little canoeing happened too.  A great picnic with potato salad (my favorite), rhubarb pie, and Grandma Brown's baked beans (thick and sweet).  We finished the night with fireworks over the water and a drive to the town firework show.  Lots of laughter and tons of fireflies....oh summer!
Those memories of my summers at the lake with family are about as simple as you could imagine.  I think if we could film them in the Kodachrome colors they would be called pure Americana.  I feel lucky and very blessed to have the heritage I have and to remember my ancestors who came as pilgrims, Palentines's and immigrants to this country because they had a hope of something better for themselves and their posterity.   It was their gift to us that we can be free.  

I created this hoop-art embroidery Tis a Gift to Be Free as a free downloadable pattern for you to stitch an enjoy.  The words come from an old Shaker hymn, which happens to be one of my favorite songs to play and sing.   The materials for this project are super simple to pick up.

Tis a Gift to be Free Hoop-Art Embroidery Pattern

 8 or 9" Wood Embroidery Hoop
10" Square of Chambray Blue Fabric
10" Square of Cotton Batting
DMC Floss 
Needle
Scissors 
Frixion Pen or Sulky Paper Sulvy

1.  Click on image below and enlarge to the size you want.  Print on home printer on paper or if you are using the Sulky Paper Sulvy, print the design off onto the paper.  

2.  Transfer design onto fabric using a Frixion Pen and a light table OR trim the Sulky Paper sheet to the desired size and stick to fabric.

3.  Layer the fabric onto the cotton batting and place in hoop.  Remember to tighten the screws and stretch the fabric to be "drum tight".

4.  Begin Stitching...

       Ecru - Back Stitch all lettering.  Star Stitch three stars.
       #3820 - Back Stitch flagpole, star, beehive, and Cross Stitch x's inside hive.
       #321 - Back Stitch lines on flag.  Star Stitch two stars.
       #799 - Back Stitch square inside flag and Cross Stitch "stars" inside.  Star                            stitch three stars.

5.  If using the Sulky Paper Sulvy, lightly rinse transfer away with cool water.  Let dry.  If using a Frixion pen, steam the lines off and let cool.

6.  Stretch back into hoop and enjoy!  Remember we now have our Hoop Art Box Frames that would be darling to display this stitch in.  

We wish you all a happy 4th of July and to celebrate we are giving FREE SHIPPING on all order through July 10th in Our Shop!  Use code FREEGIFT and everything you order has free shipping...seriously,  even the big babies!  We hope you have a great time with your family and friends and thank your stars for the gift of freedom.  Happy Independence Day!!!

 
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