Civil War Barn Quilt Set

Three years ago we launched our first barn quilt collection with the historic Civil War Barn Quilt Collection and today we are re-launching this beloved collection in Black & Bright colors that speak to my soul!  

The colors are as rich as the stories behind each one of these classic quilt blocks from the Civil War Era.   The collection consists of twelve 12" blocks all hand painted in our beautiful Prairie Paints.Each is sealed in a finish that will hold up to any weather or climate, making them perfect for inside or out.   I love the Civil War Barn Quilt Collection in the white background with classic colors, but oh these blacks and brights!

The entire set is on sale through Labor Day at $475.00 with an additional 20% off this week with Code : Fall20!  That is a huge savings for this relaunch of our most popular barn quilt collection.  I can't wait to see which ones you order....either set is stunning and makes a conversational wall collection.
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Gingham Pumpkin Patch Barn Quilts

Growing in a small little part of our garden is a pallet trellis of pumpkins and a couple of new Gingham Pumpkin Patch Barn Quilts.  They are fat, round and so darling you will want one to hang on your front porch for the fall season.

Gingham Pumpkin Patch Barn Quilt

They come in three sizes and two perfectly fall colors, Pumpkin & Iron Gate, both from the Prairie Paints Collection.  We are so excited to have them in the shop in time for our 20% Pre-Fall Sale.   

Our Pre-Fall Sale goes through the end of this week, where you can save 20% on all orders and classes, supplies and kits with code : FALL20!  We know you will love these little pieces of farmhouse gingham as much as we do.  They are so darling on our garden fence and front porch!  

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New Fall Barn Quilt Patterns

Two new fall barn quilt patterns have hit the shop today!  The Turning Sheathes and Sunflower Burst Barn Quilts are available in time for you to make your own fall barn quilts.

Our full color barn quilt patterns include step by step instructions, Prairie Paint Guides to give you perfect color, a finishing guide, and a template/grid that is used to trace or grid your design onto any size barn quilt board.

With thousands of Tweetle Dee friends having taken our workshops, we know that there is complete joy in painting your own barn quilts.  That is why we started the hashtag #barnquiltaddicts and #barnquiltmovement!  There is no way you can paint just one.  As a long time quilt maker and designer, I just couldn't say no to painting one.  They have become a passion!

If you are new to the barn quilt movement or to quilting, you will be happy to know there is a place for you here in our Tweetle Dee community.  Our patterns are a really good place to begin, and if you have a chance to attend one of our workshops across the country, we would love to see you.  If that option is not there, we have our You Tube Channel where you ca watch us in action and reach out with questions.  We are always happy to help!  

We know you will love these fall barn quilts, they are so delish.  I can't wait for another week to bring out the fall vines and pumpkins.  These barn quilts will be throughout my home and front porch.  So choose a paper copy of a PDF and let's get you painting this week too. 

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Garden Bee & Butterfly Feeder

With Summer temperatures at their peak our little winged friends of the garden need extra doses of tender loving care.  We became bee parents this spring with two beautiful buzzing hives and have learned so much about how to care for bees in our yard.  We have a lot of flowers in our meadow and perennial gardens, and a water feature that flows all year, but we hadn't given much thought to our winged friends needs until our hives came home.
It's so good to take care of bees and butterflies in our spaces, because these are the pollinators of our flowers, gardens, vegetables, herbs...pretty much anything green and growing.  They love bright flowers, and get food from many other growing sources, but we can help them by providing a water source and a little boost of food, especially as summer winds down.
Making a water source is quite easy and can be a fun project for the whole family.  One of the easiest ones we made was taking a Terra Cotta planter and a saucer base, gluing them together to create a mini-water bath.  I used a landscape adhesive to stick them together and painted it all with the Prairie Paints Chalk Paint in Milkhouse White.  I purchased a mini pot to set inside the saucer and added mini rocks that I found at a pet supply store.

Adding the rocks gives a landing surface for the bees and butterflies to land on.  To the rocks I added sea-glass, marbles, and colored rocks.  These items with their bright colors are attractive to them and adding the mini-potted plant to the saucer helped as well.  Once they know there is a water source, they will come.  Fill with water to just below the level of the rocks so they can land on them.  It takes a few days, but there is nothing much sweeter than seeing those little honey bees land on a rock and drink.  You can feel good knowing you are helping our world in a small way.
One other way you can support our little butterflies is by adding new flowers as the summer winds down.  There are some plants that flower and go all the way through till fall, like Mums. Butterfly Flowers, Coneflowers, Black-Eyed Susans, Cabbages and Lavenders.  All things bright and  beautiful are good for them to eat and a fresh supply towards the end of the summer helps.
Nestled in with my planters are smaller water feeders made from pie pans and tin cans.   I fill these feeders with rocks and glass so they can find a drink near my plants.  It is easy to fill while I am doing my daily watering.
You can also find Bee Food and most farm supply stores.  This food comes in a powder that you can sprinkle near your planters or in a dish. It doesn't take much to give them a little extra boost of nutrition.  
If you are wanting to add bees to your yard without having a full hive, you can add these darling little Leaf Cutter Bee Homes.  Leaf Cutter Bees are so fun to watch.  They are tiny little bees that pollinate and make little nests for their babies out of the flowers and leaves from your garden.  We hung this house outside near our garden and watched these tiny little bees come in and out of their willow tubes filling them with flowers.  It cost us less than $20.00 and has brought so much joy.  We are now filling up a second house that we found at our local farm supply store.   

I hope this post has encouraged you to add more buzzy love to your garden or patio with feeders for your winged friends.  There is so much out of whack in the world right now, and this one gift back to nature has brought us peace and joy & I hope it does for you too.  You can catch my KUTV Fresh Living segment on Friday at 1:00 or on their page in archives.

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Homesteader's Star Barn Quilt

Introducing the newest barn quilt to the Tweetle Dee family, the Homesteader's Star!  We love the simplicity of this beautiful barn quilt. Our Homesteader’s Star is a piece of American history as a tribute to the homesteaders who dreamed of open land, farms and flocks and of course family and community.  

My own ancestors were a part of the homesteaders and I love their stories of taking one square piece of land and turning into their own.  The single square in the center represents the blank square of land they were given and the iron gate points symbolize the black and white pictures and stories they left for us.

This barn quilt is hand painted on reclaimed wood and is  available in OUR SHOP in a variety of sizes,  all of which come framed in our gorgeous Iron Gate Prairie Paint color.   It is a simple and beautiful piece that can be hung indoors or out.  Our barn quilts come sealed for any weather, with a hanger and hardware.   With each piece made from solid reclaimed wood, each barn quilt in our collection is unique.

For inquiries or custom orders, please shoot us an email.  We'd love to hear from you!

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