Winter Blooms Embroidery Kit

With the first snow falling on our mountain I brought out my embroidery basket and began to stitch with a little winter white wool to make this Winter Bloom sampler.  There is just something about the long, cold wintery nights that makes stitching by the fire feel like home.

Our Winter Bloom Embroidery Kit is simple enough for beginners and makes a perfect gift.  It includes everything you need to complete this winter stitch...so go to The Shop and grab a kit for you or your stitching friends!  

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Amish Star Barn Quilt

There is something about simple lines and color that is beautiful.  The Amish Star Barn Quilt is one of our favorites whether it is made in fabric or paint.  The simple star shines with one color or two or maybe three.  Our newest barn quilt now has a pattern in The SHOP.

Our full color pattern includes step by step instructions, as well as a Prairie Paint Color Guide and samples for different ways this simple star can be adapted to add more dimension.  It is a wonderful beginner quilt to paint.

We are happy to offer this pattern as a PDF Download or as a shippable paper pattern.  I am excited to paint one for the holidays with different colors, so watch my Instagram @thetweetledeedesignco for ideas and inspirations with this Amish Star.  

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Fall Clearance Sale

The fall leaves are coming down and our first winter storm is coming this weekend!  Which means it's time for our Fall Clearance Sale.  Through Monday, save 30% on our entire fall collection which includes many of your favorite barn quilts, kits, & patterns will be discounted to their lowest price of the year.  

Use code Fall30 to save 30% thought Monday!  

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Amish Apple Butter

One of the best aromas ever is a slow cooker full of apples and spice...there is nothing like it.  Even in the winter, the aroma of simmering Amish Apple Butter is such a crisp fragrance,  It brings back all the warmth of a sunny fall day, even if there is two feet of snow out your window.   My family loves to eat it on crisp toast, pancakes and even on ice cream.  

All you need to make this simple apple butter is a slow cooker and about 10 to 12 large apples.   My favorite kind to use are Jonathon's...they are perfect mixture of firm, sweet, tart and Granny Smiths are my second favorite.   Wash your apples and peel them.  I like to use my old fashioned apple peeler...it does the job in a matter of seconds.  You can find the apple peeler I use on my Amazon shopping page.    

Once the apples are peeled, you can use an apple slicer to slice them into large wedges. Place them in a slow cooker and turn it on to the low setting.

With the slow cooker is full, add three cups of sugar and four tablespoons of apple pie seasoning.  If you can not find apple pie seasoning, mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves to a mixture you like. 

Put a lid on the slow cooker and cook for eight hours on the low setting.  Stir occasionally to mix the spices and sugars through the mixture.   You will have a delicious amount to apple juice that cooks out of the apples over cooking time.  When the time is skim off most of the juice and set aside.  Add two tablespoons of real vanilla extract and mix together.  I like to use an immersion blender to blend the chunks up into a half chunky sauce.  If your mixture is still too thin, cook a little longer in the pot.  (It will thicken ever more in the fridge.)

Once your apple butter is done, you can refrigerate it for up to six weeks or freeze it for up two months.  If you want it to last through the winter,  you can process them in a water bath for 20 minutes and they will keep for a year.  You can find the instructions for the water bath process at the Ball Fresh Preserving Site.

Just imagine a spice filled thick sweet and tart apple sauce in one bite...and you will know why we are crazy for this recipe!  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.  It sure makes the winter mornings smell divine and taste even better!

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Texas Star Barn Quilt Kits

Early on this crisp, cold fall morning we sanded and stained the largest Texas Star Barn Quilt we have painted yet!  The Prairie Paint colors were so beautiful on this black board, perfectly vintage and fresh.  We filmed an Instagram Reels Video that you can find on my IG @thetweetledeedesignco in the Barn Quilt bubble.  Our finishing oil made those colors richer than ever (if you can imagine it).  

We have had such a response in the few hours since the video was live, people asking if they could get all the colors in onw kit.  Guess what???  They can & you can in our Texas Star Barn Quilt Kit!  We added this kit a few weeks ago to The Shop and are adding new kits every week.  Each kits comes with a 22" Barn Quilt Board, base coated and ready for you to paint.  The frame, paint, pen, tape, and brushes are included.

The best add-on to the kits is our Prairie Paints Finishing Oil.  We are so happy to include this beautiful sealing oil in our kits.  We are often asked how our barn quilts are sealed to show the real beauty of the wood and paint.   We have used our blend of natural oils and custom mixed stain colors for years on furniture and cabinets, and now it is packaged for you to purchase and seal all of your wood projects.  

If you are wanting to paint a beautiful barn quilt of your own or to gift for the holidays, go to  The Shop  and order your favorite barn quilts in kits!  They are so fun to paint and share.  Whenever a new barn quilt gets hung it's time to Celebrate, Dream and Create!

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Layered Fall Porch

My husband surprised me on Saturday with a trailer load of corn stalks, some heirloom pumpkins and sunflowers, which meant more layers to our fall front porch.  I love those tall stalks, though our Goldendoodles, Ellie and Bear are not so sure what they are.  the layering all began a month ago when our summer flowers were beginning to wilt.  I replaced the pansies with ornamental cabbages, creeping jenny and black eyed susans.  

Then our littles dragged out the pumpkins and we added some to the porch with height being added in the form of old Georgia fruit baskets.  Then came the stalks and pumpkins...and of course, the Village Square Barn Quilt that went up last Christmas and has lasted all through the year.  I have gorgeous barn quilts for every season, but we just cant seem to take down this one.

The color of our front door is from the Prairie Paints line called Geranium Green.  We painted this last summer to test our new paints to exterior uses, and it has not only held up to freezing snow and extreme heat, but the color is our most asked for shade of green.  It is deep and fresh!  

I hope this has inspired you to layer a few fall elements to your front porch.  I add a little more until it is done.  I think the only thing left to add may be a few spiders before Halloween...but I think Mother Nature will be on that one for me!

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Barn Quilt Friendsgiving on the Farm

Our Tweetle Dee Barn Quilt Friendsgiving on the Farm will be the best of all of our classes this year!  We will be hosting this event at Farm & Hive in Payson, Utah in their beautiful new barn!  We will be painting barn quilts, enjoying a amazing fall farm lunch with treats from Suzy’s   harvest & even take a hay ride through the orchards.

Date : November 14th from 10:00 to 5:00

Where : Farm & Hive in Payson, Utah

Registration includes a 22” barn quilt with all materials needed to complete your own barn quilt creation.  Pricing for upgraded sizes and frames will be sent with registration confirmation.

Bring your friends and family to enjoy a fall day on the farm, painting and enjoying a Friendsgiving in the farm.  Register today at 
The Shop.

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Winter Texas Star & Homesteader Star Patterns

We are so happy to add these two most loved pattern to our Barn Quilt Collection this month.  The Winter Texas Star has the beautiful colors of our Prairie Paints and is so pretty in soft wintery tones.  Each of our patterns include the artwork, traceable templates and grid instructions that allow you to paint your very own barn quilt in any size you desire.

Winter Texas Star Barn Quilt

Homsteader's Star Barn Quilt

All patterns are available as a paper pattern or a PDF Download.  You can find the patterns and paint colors in Our Shop this weekend for 20% off with code Pumpkins. 

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Eight Petal Barn Hex

Eight Petal Barn Hex

The  history of barn quilt hexes is so fascinating to me.  You know I love all things old with a story to be told, so these historical reproductions are dear to my heart.  If you have traveled through the land of the Pennsylvania Dutch you have seen these round hexes decorating the barns of those rolling green hills.  The oldest known barn quilt hexes are about 200 years old, much older than barn quilts.  

These symbols were painted on barns with minimal designs that all represented some blessing or "hex" that the family wished to be bestowed upon them.  Different elements or symbols meant different blessings the family wanted.  In addition to the symbols, color was a significant element of the design.  Each color also represented a virtue the family sought for.  

Black - Binding together
Blue - Peace & Protection
Yellow - Health & Vitality
Green - Growth & Fertility
Red - Love & Devotion
Orange - Success & Strength
White - Purity
Purple - Sacred 
Brown - Earth & Nature

So, as you look around at our Barn Quilt Hexes and see our Eight Petal Barn Hex you will see colors all together representing peace, health, growth, love, strength and the binding together of our family.  Can you see why I love these hexes.  The symbolism and blessings sought for over a family is special and meant something to those who painted them long ago, as they do for me.

You can find this pattern and many others in Our Shop as well as our Prairie Paints and wood rounds ready for painting!  I hope this inspires you to paint a hex or blessing for your family.

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Roasted Vegetable Pasta Sauce

We planted an early garden this spring and had so many vine ripened tomatoes this year, more than any other previous year.  We picked an entire bowl of them a couple of weeks ago and didn't want to see them go to waste while we ran out of time to can them, so we made a Roasted Vegetable Pasta Sauce.

My favorite way to eat vegetable is to slow roast them with olive oil and sea salt.  It's like heaven on a pan!  This recipe is so quick and easy, and there is no canning involved, I promise.  To make this sauce you will want to gather your red tomatoes, some green peppers, onion, garlic and herbs.  You can add other vegetables that you like, I added carrots because I love the taste of them roasted with tomatoes.  Basically anything you love in a pasta sauce, and be added to this magical sauce.  

I coasted the bottom of a baking pan with Olive Oil and began washing and chopping the vegetables, adding them to the pan in layers.  I picked some fresh Basil and Thyme leaves, added a few springs of Rosemary and Red Pepper Flakes.  The garlic cloves I left whole.  I drizzled the vegetables with another dose of Olive Oil and salt and pepper.  

Then I placed the trays into the oven at 375 degrees and roasted them for about 45 minutes until the vegetables were caramelized and tender.  I removed them from the oven and let them cool.  Then scooped the goodness into a blender and pulsed it a few times and then turned it on for about 30 seconds to blend all that yumminess into a sauce.  I wish I could write the amazing aroma that was coming from the kitchen that morning.  It was absolutely divine.

I let it all cool in the fridge and then saved the sauce in gallon sized freezer bags        (double bagged) for us to enjoy with pasta of our favorite squash noodles.  That night we had Spaghetti Squash with a ladle of the Roasted Vegetable Pasta Sauce on it...and a little bit of Parmesan Cheese for good measure.  This sauce is my new favorite way to make pasta sauce.  We tried it with our homemade pizza this weekend and was even better than a Margaretta Sauce.  It is simply the best.  You can go to my Instagram feed to watch my Reels to see it being made.  


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Primped Up Farmhouse Hexie Pumpkins

Fall is here and our Farmhouse Hexie Pumpkins are getting all primped up with bold colors in fabric and our gorgeous Prairie Paints!  We filmed a segment with our favorite daytime lifestyle show Fresh Living and showed several ways you can decorate our loved ready to decorate Farmhouse Hexie Pumpkins.

They come ready to stain, paint or Modge Podge with your favorite designs.  For me, I choose to Modge Podge them with my most adored fabrics designed by some of my friends.  I layed the pumpkin down with the fabric wrong side up and traced out the shape.  Then I cut out the fabric panels and brushed one layer of Modge Podge down on the wood, layed the fabric over it and brushed a second coat on top.  This seals the fabric so well!  Make sure the bubbles are out by flattening it with your fingers or a dry brush.

Let the Modge Podge fully dry.  Once it is dry you can trim off any excess fabric with a sharp cut knife or a sander will remove any access as well.  I used my sander on the corners and edges of the fabric pumpkins to distress them.  With the Modge Podge dry, I was able to dry brush some of our Prairie Paints Oil Stain onto the fabrics to give an all over aging to them.  It was so pretty over the Coneflowers and polka-dots.  After I brushed the stain on I wiped it off with a dry cloth and let it dry.

If you are wanting to trace on a quilt block pattern, florals, or wording, I recommend you use my favorite a Carbon Transfer PaperCut a piece off of the carbon paper that equals the size of your pumpkin.  Lay it over the pumpkin and place the image you are wanting to trace on top of the carbon paper.  Use a soft lead pencil to trace the design onto your pumpkin.  Lift the design and you are ready to paint in your detailed design!  You can watch a tutorial for this type of transfer on my Tweetle Dee You Tube Page.  

This weekend all of our Farmhouse Hexie Pumpkins are 20% off as well as our other kits, patterns, barn quilts and embroidery pieces!  You can save big with code :  Pumpkins!

I hope you find yourself a Farmhouse Hexie Pumpkin and get it all primped up for the fall season!  I love mine so much, they might hang around a little longer.  Remember to go to OUR SHOP this weekend and save 20% on all orders with code : Pumpkins!  

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sunflower Hex Barn Quilt

Welcome to the garden with this gorgeous Sunflower Hex Barn Quilt!  You know my love for old Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs and this time year, my garden is bursting with sunflowers.  I wanted a subdued, very-vintage color inspired, sunflower so I went straight to my Prairie Paint Collection and pulled out my favorite Hay-Down and Butter Cream and paired it with two new colors coming to the Prairie Paint family this weekend!

The center color of the sunflower is Iron Gate, which is a gray-ish old looking black.  It is so subtle you really don't notice the difference unless you set it next to Old Crow.  I love this color for old looking blacks, in fact, I loved it so much I dry brushed the frame with it.

This barn quilt is in The Shop for purchase in three gorgeous sizes.  Framed and sealed for indoor our outdoor display.  I am bringing mine into the house this afternoon to go over my mantle.  Check out my Instagram stories for pics.  If you love subtle fall colors, this is the Sunflower for you.  It's even more gorgeous in person.

Sending a garden full of Sunflower Hex Barn Quilt Blessings your way!

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True North MCD Barn Quilt is here!

Our anchor piece of the Moonbeams & Cabin Dreams Collection, the True North Barn Quilt is now In the Shop and available as a fully painted barn quilt, DIY Prairie Paint Kit, or pattern.   So whether you love to paint your own barn quilts or you love collecting our ready to hang already painted beauties, we have you covered! 

The Moonbeams and Cabin Dreams Collection is made of 12 gorgeous barn quilts that tell the story of my Great-Great Grandfather who was the first Christian missionary in the northern plains of Nebraska.  His stories inspired me and I know they will you as well.  Each block comes with it's own story which you will love to retell too!  

We know you will love collecting these gorgeous full color blocks that are beautiful on their own, but together...they're amazing.  You can find them In the Shop in the Moonbeams & Cabin Dreams collection.  

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New Fall Barn Quilt Patterns

Two new fall barn quilt pattern are In The Shop today!  The Gingham Pumpkin and the much awaited Blue Belle Barn Quilt.  These are two of our most loved barn quilts and now they are available as a paper pattern or a PDF download for you to paint one of your very own.  Each of our patterns comes in full color with step by step instructions, templates, grids and Prairie Paint Color Guides.  

We hope you grab one or both of these patterns and add them to your fall decor.  Heck, the Blue Belle is so gorgeous, you will want it around all year.  

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