National Chocolate Cake Day

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day!!!  I love these little foodie holidays because it gives us permission to celebrate our favorite treats with no guilt.  I am sharing with you one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes which came from my Grandma Lyke.

Grandma's Chocolate Cake

1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teas. vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream

Mix these ingredients together by hand in a large bowl.  Make sure to temper the egg yolks by mixing them in last.

Sift together....

2 cups flour
1 teas. baking soda
a pinch of salt

Slowly add to chocolate mixture and stir by hand (no electric mixers used in this recipe).  

Stir in 1 cup of boiling water.

Beat the two egg white until white and fluffy and fold into the batter.

Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.

Let cool.  Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting!

I know it seems crazy not to use your kitchen aid with this cake...but it does make a difference.  Old fashioned cakes were more moist and dense than we are used to today.  This cake recipe is close to 100 years old and has been the chocolate cake enjoyed in our family for years. 

Every year we do something to remember Grandma on her birthday, so it's perfect that today is National Chocolate Cake day, because her recipe is one of our most requested cakes of all time.  We hope you enjoy this slow, homemade slice of chocolate!  

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Irish Chain Barn Quilt

One of our most requested original designs is the Irish Chain Barn Quilt.  We designed this quilt years ago for a family in the midwest to honor their ancestors and their journey to America and now it is back in The Shop!

The greens were for the colors of Ireland.  The four leafed clover in the center was the hope of good luck and blessings and the blue points of the star were the waters that brought them here.  I loved designing this pattern for them, and I am so happy to have it back for you to enjoy as well.

The barn quilt is available in three sizes, hand painted on reclaimed wood to give it lots of character and framed in walnut.  Sealed for indoor and outdoor use with a hanger included.  You will love this barn quilt!  Custom colors are available from our Prairie Paint Collection too.  

Be sure to use code Lucky this week and save 20% off on all order through next Monday!  xo

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Blue Willow Broken Dishes Barn Quilt

When I was fifteen I went to my first estate sale in New York.  It was an old farmhouse and I loved sifting through old stuff even then.  I bought three candle sticks wood (still have them) and a set of Blue Willow Dishes.  In all my moves across country,  I kept them in a trunk waiting for the day I could use them in my own home.  

Blue Willow Broken Dishes Barn Quilt

January's quilt of the month is Broken Dishes.  We've sewn is in red and pink, painted it in our Prairie Paints Rooster Red and the new Geranium Petals, and now we have a beautiful blue version.  To release the newest color way we of course had to release the new Blue Willow color which is perfectly fresh and deep in true blue.  Inspired by the old China pattern we all love.

We also added a kit with the newest blues so you can paint your own Blue Willow Broken Dishes Barn Quilt.  Our kits come in two sizes and with brushes and paint and a pre-printed design on a beautiful framed ready to paint barn quilt board.

These kits make easy fun of painting barn quilts and make great gifts too.  We just shipped a set off to a group of friends for a paint day.  Speaking of our Broken Dishes Paint Along, we will be painting a Broken Dishes live on IG this Saturday at 10:00 MST.  Join us and watch the fun!  

For this pattern, barn quilt and kit, be sure to visit Our Shop this week and use code Lucky to save 20% off on your order.  

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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  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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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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