Wednesday

Ready to Paint Barn Quilts

We are over the moon with our newest product launch!  After years of listening to you fret over how to draw our barn quilt and hex designs onto your DIY Barn Quilts, we have finally found a perfect solution.  I can't tell you how in love I am with these Ready to Paint Barn Quilt & Kits!


Little Pieces Heart Ready to Paint Barn Quilt Kit


Our Ready to Paint Barn Quilt Boards and Kits come with the design printed onto the wood!  Printed in the color of our sealing stain.  They are smooth and beautiful and framed in pine.  Currently we are offering them in two perfect sizes, a 22" and a 18" size.  


Dutch Girl Ready to Paint Barn Quilt Board

Just look at the perfect lines on those boards!  It is amazing.  Each month we will be releasing new designs and kits as well as a kit of the month with a Paint-A-Long Zoom Class for anyone who purchase the kit that month.  We are working as quick as we can to add some of our old designs too.  We can't wait to see the Amish Hexes...which will be next.



Texas Star Ready to Paint Barn Quilt Board

Is there a design you would want to see pre-printed onto a Ready to Paint Barn Quilt Board?  If so leave a comment or email us at tweetledeedesigns@gmail.com.  We would love to hear from you.  You have asked for this for so long, as we know you all have your favorites which you would love to see small and precise.  

We took these Ready To Paint Barn Quilts to our fall conferences and they sold out!  We came home with one of our samples left that I would not let out of my hands.  We quickly got back to the shop and made our first six designs and today is the day you get to have them too!



So this month's barn quilt of the month is the Broken Dishes, which will be posted tomorrow on the blog, but for now you can go to The Shop and see the first six Ready To Paint Barn Quilt Boards and the Little Pieces Heart Ready To Paint Barn Quilt Kits.  

As always we want to thank you for your support over the past seven years we have been designing and painting barn quilts.  It is a passion for us.  The quilting design and our love of history, color, and the stories behind our quilts and barn quilts have brought us so much joy.  We love to share that joy with you and know you will love this new addition to the Tweetle Dee family.  You're gonna love them! 

Remember to use code ThankYou10 to save 10% off your order.  xo





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New Moonbeams & Cabin Dream Patterns


Whenever I am asked what barn quilt is my favorite, I have a difficult answering.  So many of our designs come from the heart, a story, a family legacy.  Those designs take on the life and love of the client's story.  For me personally, my favorite is the Moonbeams & Cabin Dreams Collection.  

It is the story of family's experiences in homesteading the Nebraska plains in the late 1800's and the 1900's prior to the Dustbowl and Great Depression.  Their stories have been published in the history of Nebraska along with the settlers that settled those empty plains.  Their friendships carried them through tough times and created bonds with strangers, natives and anyone who crossed their paths.  My Great, Great Grandfather was the first Methodist missionary in the northern most plains.  There was nothing there except for flat land, homes dug into the dirt, food from what they brought or roots, rhubarb, meat caught and cooked in the most primitive ways.  What these stories brought to me was the inspirational friendships where service and care was given, love grew.  


We are so happy to launch six new patterns for this collection along with pre-drawn ready to paint kits, as well as beautifully hand painted quilts.  Most of the designs are available as stand alone quilts in multiple sizes.  We are so excited to have these designs available for you to paint and love as much as I do.


All of our designs can be seen in Our Shop and over the next week the kits will arrive and be added with beautiful Prairie Paints, brushes and pre-drawn barn quilt boards ready to paint.  You will love them!  They are gorgeous, and we can't wait for them to arrive so we can ship them to you.


All of our patterns come sizable for any size barn quilt.  They are full color with pattern details, Prairie Paint color suggestions, and our How to Paint a Barn Quilt instructions.  The patterns are available as a ship-able paper pattern and a PDF download pattern that comes to you without the wait.  


For those who love to paint our patterns, you will love painting these stories onto wood.  We are also sewing these blocks into a fabric quilt to wrap around us always.  We love sharing design and colors with you, but the stories are what tug at our hearts and make a simple design something a little more.  

Watch over the next week for the launch of the ready to paint kits...they are amazing! xo





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Tuesday

Broken Dishes Barn Quilt of the Month

Happy New Year!  We are so excited to have 2022 here.  This year at Tweetle Dee we will be doing something a little different and oh so fun.  The first week of the month we will be releasing one new design in many creative ways and for the month of January, we have one of my most cherished quilts, the Broken Dishes.


Broken Dishes Barn Quilt


Sitting in a trunk in an old Pennsylvania Dutch farmhouse we found an old hand stitched quilt with a note attached saying "Broken Dishes".  The origins of the Broken Dishes pattern date back to the 1790's and is one of the earliest recorded designs in quilt history.  Half-square triangles are arranged to form the pattern of this simple design.  We aren't sure of the dates the quilt we found was sewn, but it was evident with with hand stitching throughout that many hands worked this together to make one special quilt.



Broken Dishes Hand Stitched Quilt

One of the things I love about this design is the imagery of broken pieces being brought back together and placed in a way to bring new beauty to something that was once considered "broken".   This is why I choose this design for our January Quilt of the Month.  


Many of us have broken pieces from the previous years that are left in a swept up pile.  When a new year begins, we all look back at our experiences of the previous year and make plans or goals for the new.  For me, what has been so helpful through therapy is to look clearly at what was "broken" and place it in healthy frames to heal and make something good again.  Maybe this is why this pattern called to me.  I believe in the spirit we each have that moves us forward and so Broken Dishes is my New Year's quilt.  I hope to take my broken pieces and make something amazing for 2022!

In Our Shop this week we have the painted Broken Dishes Barn Quilt ready for orders.  It is hand painted in our gorgeous Prairie Paints and framed in a wide carved wood frame.  The finished size is 27" and it is sealed for indoor or outdoor use.  

In addition to the painted barn quilt, we also have the Broken Dishes pattern available as a PDF download and as a full color paper pattern.  Kits for this barn quilt will be available later this week with a Zoom Paint-A-Long scheduled for January 29th.  We are so excited to offer this day of painting a barn quilt together!

This week you can save 22% on all orders and classes with code Happy22!  We hope you had a beautiful holiday season with your family and friends & best wishes for an amazing year!  



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Ho Ho Ho Sale

Today is release day for two new Christmas barn quilt patterns, The Star of Noelle and the Shepherd's Star.  Both are available in the shop today as paper patterns and as PDF downloads.  Just in time for some holiday painting.   


This week is also our annual HoHoHo Sale with 30% off all orders, including all kits, paints, barn quilts, and classes.  If you have wanted to paint a barn quilt or learn how to embroider on wood, check out or classes for 2022!  They are amazing and all are offered as zoom classes with kits included so we can paint and stitch together where ever you live!


In addition to our new classes we also have a new quilt of the month class which will be help monthly and will cover both a painted quilt and a fabric block as well.  At the end of the year you will have a complete gorgeous quilt and 12 barn quilts too!  Watch for this registration to go live on Wednesday.



Whatever you are doing this week, make sure to set some time aside for creating and taking care of you.  You are the gift to those around you!  Sending love this week and an invitation to save 30% in our online shop and classes.  xo



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Friday

Evergreen Grove

This week we received about 22" of snow.  Living on a mountain on the Wasatch Front pretty much guarantees that you will have a white Christmas.  Our backyard rests alongside a meadow that backs up to a forest of evergreens and oaks.  We have lived on this mountain for 13 years and have watched the row of pine trees in our yard shoot up to tower over all the over trees in along the meadow.


Evergreen Grove Embroidery Kit and Pattern

I always have hoops loaded with vintage linen and a Frixion pen in my bag, and this week as the snow fell, I decided to sketch what I saw from my living room window.  Three tall pine trees all bright in green with flakes falling lightly around them.  I am calling this embroidery pattern Evergreen Grove.  I so enjoy a simple stitching project and this one was a joy to stitch the past few evenings.


So fun to share this simple primitive style embroidery pattern in time for a week of rest!  We have Evergreen Grove available in kits that include everything needed to complete this project (including that darling oval hoop), or a paper and PDF pattern in case you want to get going tonight.


Save 25% on all orders this week!

We have a 25% off sale on all order placed this week!  Use code Shop25 and save at checkout in our online Shop  This includes all kits, frames, barn quilts and our delicious Prairie Paints that are finally back in stock tonight!  

We hope you are having a wonderful holiday week.  Remember to take some time in all the celebrating and dreaming to create and to rest.  I am hoping this project is just what you have been needing. xo




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Village Square Barn Quilt Pattern

One of our most loved barn quilts is the Village Square Barn Quilt.  We designed this pattern several years ago and have joyfully been commissioned to paint many of them for cities and friends around the country.  It is a perfect holiday barn quilt with the center town square shinning with a bright star, and little houses around with tall multi-colored pines in each corner.



One of the things I love about this quilt is the visual connection you see with each home all centered around a star.  I have mine hanging on my front porch through the winter and sometimes bring it out in the summer too.  It is colorful and bold, just as I like all my designs to be.  This original design is now available as a PDF or paper pattern in The Shop.  


Each of our patterns include step by step instructions for making your barn quilt just like we do here at our Tweetle Dee Shop.  They also include a Prairie Paints color list and pattern guides to help you complete your barn quilt.  Also in our shop are our Prairie Paints, brushes, aprons, and wood pallets if you want to get the complete materials list, we have everything you need. There are also kits for this barn quilt available.  

Use code Thankyou10 to save 10% off your orders in our online shop.  Happy holidays from our village to yours!



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Thursday

Pinners Conference Salt Lake City

It's finally here!  The Salt Lake Pinners Conference begins tomorrow and we are all set up and excited for a weekend of crafting and shopping with our Pinners friends.  Our booth is stocked full of our classics and some very new products.  We are so excited to share them with you in the coming weeks, but for a sneak peek come to Pinners Conference SLC.... or join us on Instagram for live views.


In addition to our booth at Pinners we will be teaching three fabulous classes at Pinners SLC.  There is still time to join us!  Use code "learn" to get 10% off your class passes for Friday and Saturday.

Our classes are...

Cotton & Star Barn Quilts   Friday at 3:30 in room 3

          Wildwood Embroidery        Saturday at 4:00 in room 6

          Flourish Rubber Stamp Carving  Saturday at 5:30 in room 6


 







Wildwood Embroidery
Sat. @4:00


There is also a discount code for all the amazing shopping you will find with 500 vendor shops.  Use code "shop" to get 50% off your general admission.  Then come see us in booth A13!  We can't wait to see you there.  We walked the floor today and were blown away by the amazing things to buy and try.  You can follow me on Instagram @tweetledeedesignco and watch my feed as I highlight some of my favorite shops.  

For those of you who can not make it to the SLC Pinners Conference this weekend we have a special discount for you in our online shop.  Use code Pinners20 and save 20% on all orders through November 15th!  Watch for the new products in our booth and as they come to our online shop.  

We hope to see you in our classes, booth or shop this weekend!  Hurray for Pinners!






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Friday

New Holiday Embroidery Patterns


We are so excited to add three new embroidery patterns to The Shop this week.  With our first now on the ground we are pulling out our most loved holiday embroidery patterns and kits.  Each of these pattern are available as a mailable color pattern or a complete PDF download.  Both have full instructions to help you complete the darling designs.

The Twig & Berry wreath is one of my all time favorite hoop-art designs.  It's simple twisted vines, leaves and berries all in black make it perfect for the holiday season and throughout the year.  It is quick to stitch and makes for a perfect gift to make.  We have kits available for 20% off this weekend and they are wonderful gifts to give to anyone wanting to begin embroidery.


Cold Twigs Warm Hearts is a simple applique pattern with instruction for fusing the fabric pieces together to create a winter wonderland sure to warm the heart.  If you can thread a needle and use an iron, you can whipstitch this cutie into you home.  

Next is Merry and Bright.  I love this little snowy-scape with the candy cane decorated cottage and a wish for a bright and merry holiday season.  This design is available as a pattern, or a kit with the frame included!  All of our kits are on sale this weekend with 20% off for using code Warmheart.  See the shop for all the new designs and let's get stitching!






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Tuesday

Happy Snow-Doodle Day

Every year when the first snowflakes appear we make our Snow-Doodles, also known as Grandma Abbie's snickerdoodles.  I began making these for my babies when they were so tiny to celebrate the first snow and now that they are much bigger, when that first snow picture appears on my Instagram page, they call or message and ask if I'm making them and if they can come for dinner.  


These Snow-Doodles are light, soft and slightly crunchy on the edges...the perfect dunking cookie for hot cocoa or wassail.  Last night the first snow came in and it is still snowing outside on our pumpkins.  We love it, mostly because we know it will be gone by the weekend and we can still enjoy one last camping trip this weekend!  You will love this recipe!  The raw sugar makes them super sugary crunchy...just the best.

Snow-Doodle Cookies

Dough

1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Butter Flavored Shortening
3 Cups of White Sugar
1 Tbs Vanilla
4 Eggs
2 Teas. Baking Soda
4 Tsp. Cream of Tartar
1/2 Teas. Salt
6 Cups Flour

Cinnamon Sugar Dust

1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Raw Sugar
1 Tbsp. Saigon Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cream butter, shortening, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients to a separate bowl and sift into mixer bowl with the fluffy ingredients. Mix just until incorporated.  

Make dough into golf ball sized balls, and roll in sugar cinnamon mixture.  Place on parchment lined baking sheets.  Place unused dough into fridge to chill in between batches.  

Bake at 400 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes or until the edges turn light golden brown. Remove from baking pan and place on a wire rack to cool.  

Enjoy with hot cocoa or warm wassail.  Makes 3 dozen perfect cookies.

Happy Snow-doodle Day!





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Wednesday

After the Rain

Today started out as a cold and rainy day.  The perfect fall morning to have a cup of tea and snuggle in.  However, for Mike and me it was a morning to make sure the baby goats were dry and secure in their new house, and to get the doodles out to go potty (they came in all curly and cute), and to check our new project...the 1972 camper we are remodeling.  It's seams are not totally secure and we needed to rush and make sure she was dry.  Her name is Ruby.  More pictures to come soon.


It was a busy morning on a perfectly lovely rainy day and I loved it.  What I loved even more than the rainy morning was the burst of sunshine that came in the afternoon.  The sun bursting over the white billowy clouds, cresting the tops of the mountains above us, illuminating the gold and red leaves that still live since the fire.

I had to get out in it.  I grabbed me running shoes and put down my work to head out into the crisp air left behind the morning's storm.  I headed with Bear to our favorite trail down by the river and walked into the sun.  I usually take my walks in the morning, but today it was a necessity to go at the moment the sun came out.

The storm this morning with all its change to our routines and then the clearing and sunshine...the walk in the leaves was a perfect metaphor for what I had been experiencing.  I saw it and felt it!  The rain and then the sun.  Unplanned change and illuminating light all in one day, in one week. 

I recently heard a talk where the speaker said each period of your life requires a different you.  That thought stuck with me...more the question, "What me do I need to be for this time in my life?". That's what I was pondering as I walked in the sun today.  I'm not sure the answer yet, except for a whisper that I need to be brave and bendable.  

If you have followed my art for awhile you know I love photographing what I see in the world.  In my Instagram feed there are weekly pictures on my walks and hikes, sunrises, clouds and sunsets...and of course wildflowers!  I snap many pictures of the trail just after the rain because of the deep contrast just after a storm has passed.  There is a renewal, a refresh with the coolness.  Colors are brighter as the mist lifts.  I felt it today, not just through my eyes but through my soul.

I can change, renew, refresh and be the person I need for this season in my life.  Brave enough to shoulder disappointment from others and my own, bendable to see different paths with hope.  I can find something to celebrate everyday.  Today it was the storm and more...after the rain.  






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Friday

Pumpkin Apple Rhubarb Galette

Happy October!  I love the month of October when the temperatures cool and the leaves turn gold and red, and the pumpkins are ready to harvest....and my Rhubarb too!  Today to celebrate the beginning of my favorite month I am making a rustic galette with Pumpkin Butter, Rhubarb and Apples. 


I love galettes because they are so quick to put together with whatever fruits or savory filling you can dream up.  Never heard of galettes?  Let me tell you why these pies are my favorite to make.  They are pies made with one crust, open on the top and are rustic in the folds of the dough.  They can be made with pie dough or my favorite is puff pastry dough.  Out of my freezer, thaw for a few and roll out into a circle.

Add your favorite fruits or even a fabulous thick stew, bake for 45 minutes and you have a pie that looks amazing and was soooo sinfully simple to make.  So, now that our base is covered, lets start with today's fall celebrating by making the Pumpkin Apple Rhubarb Galette.



What you will need....

1 Pkg Frozen Puff Pastry Dough, thawed
2 Cups Pumpkin Butter
4 Stalks of Rhubarb or 3 extra tart apples +
3 Large Apples
1/4 Cup Cold Butter
1/2 Cup Flour
2 Tbs Cinnamon
1 Tbs Ground Ginger
1 Cup Raw Sugar + 1/4 Cup for Dusting
1 Egg, beaten for brushing on dough
Parchment Paper for lining


1.  Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Wash and chop rhubarb, and apples.  I like to leave my apples in large slices with the skin on, you can peel them if you wish.  

2.  Place the rhubarb and apples in a medium bowl and add the flour, spices and sugar.  Toss well.  

3.  Unwrap the puff pastry dough and lay in the center of a flour dusted parchment baking paper that will fit on a large baking sheet.  You will use the parchment paper to lift the pie to and from the baking sheet.  Use a rolling pin to stretch the square dough into a rough circle about 12" around.

4.  Take one cup of the pumpkin butter and spread it in the center of the rolled out dough to make a circle about 2" inside the edge of the dough.

5.  Place the fruits in the center and spread out over the pumpkin butter.  

6.  Use your fingers to fold the dough up over the edges for the filling and lightly fold it in creases to make a circle edge up over the filling.  Brush the egg wash on the edges of the dough.  

7.  Cut the cold butter into cubes and dot on top of the filling.  Sprinkle the entire pie with raw sugar.  This adds extra crunchy sweetness!

8.  Lower the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees.  Lift the pie into the oven and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove from oven and spread an extra cup of the pumpkin butter over the pie and return to the oven for 10 minutes.  Remove and let cool.

9.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh whipping cream, your favorite ice cream or a good slice of cheddar.  





This recipe is a perfect way to celebrate the new month of October.  All the aromas of fresh apple and pumpkin pie in one rustic farmhouse inspired pie.  Did you miss the recipe for the Farmhouse Pumpkin Butter?  I will be posting it soon.  


It is so easy to make and makes a perfect kitchen & hostess gift for the holidays, so I like to make a big batch and preserve it.  You can watch in my Instagram stories or find the write up on the blog.  

Happy October friends!

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