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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Farmhouse Barn Quilt 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 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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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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Pumpkin Patch Prairie Paints

Our Prairie Paints Color of the Week is-----drum roll please,  Pumpkin patch!  This golden and soft orange is the staple orange I go to in most of my barn quilt paintings that require oranges.  Our Prairie Paint Gel-chalk Paint was developed by us here at Tweetle Dee and the colors were created over a year and a half of designing barn quilt colors that have an aged, yet vibrant look.

I have loved this color and am so happy to be able to share it with you.  If you use code Swiss10 this week, you will save 10% on everything in the shop + free shipping!  This is a great time to stock up for your holiday crafting and painting.  

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Prairie Paints for Fall

Our beautiful Prairie Paints are getting their fall colors on this week with a 10% sale in the shop  My favorite fall colors are of course our soft pumpkin called Pumpkin Patch.

My next favorite is the Old Walnut which is a subdued plum and with our Natural Stain Finish it takes on a amber - plum color that is so rich and beautiful with all the traditional fall colors.

My next favorite is the Waves of Wheat.  Seriously the warmest, soft tan there is.  This color was inspired by the grains of wheat as they age before harvest.  They have this beautiful tan-cream-with a hint of maize.  It's to die for and I'm painting a hutch with this color next stay tuned!

Our Prairie Paints are a special formula developed by us here at Tweetle Dee.  They are a gel-chalk paint, which makes them very thick and ready to paint with.  No mixing required.  They have all the durability and stick-to-ness of chalk paint, with a soft & smooth glide with our gel.  You will love painting with these colors and the rest of the Prairie Paint Collection.

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