Stacked Pyramids Quilt

Many of you may be familiar with my quilt block pattern, Stacked Pyramids – currently for sale in my Craftsy Shop.

It is a fun and versatile block. Back in November, I was the quilter for Do. Good Stitches and I sent everyone in my circle a free copy of my pattern and asked them to please create two blocks using aqua, raspberry and Kona Ash for the background. Can I just say that these ladies sure do know how to deliver!

Close Up - Stacked Pyramids Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com I have to admit that I love this quilt and it will be hard to let go of, but I am so glad that it will go to a foster child in need of some love and comfort.

I couldn’t resist a full shot outside. With no on here to help me, I took my design wall out and put it right up against my garage. Welcome to my home!

Stacked Pyramids Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comIf you were on the fence about how this pattern might look all sewn together into a quilt, now you know!  The pattern is on sale in my shop for $2.50.

Have a very happy Wednesday!

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Product Review – Orbital Rotary Cutter Blade Sharpener

(Preface: I was provided with a product sample for this review, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post belong solely to me. I was not given any other compensation for this post.)
 

The USA Sharpeners company approached me back in November and asked if I would be interested in doing a product review of their Orbital Rotary Cutter Blade Sharpener. Given the number of blades that I go through in a year and the cost ($35.00 per five pack), I agreed to do the review. As with any company, I informed them that I could only endorse a product I fully believed in and I have to say I do believe in this product.

Things I Noticed:

  • This product comes with two different blade size options, 45mm and 60mm. Both are common sizes used by quilters. I personally own multiple 45mm rotary cutters.
  • Comes with detailed instructions on the packaging, and the company kindly sent me a troubleshooting guide as well – I ended up needing the troubleshooting guide (more on that later).
  • This product comes with oil, it is essential to use when sharpening your blades, you do not damage them.
  • Outstanding customer service – I struggled with this product at first and was able to talk at length with them on the phone as well as exchanging multiple emails. Between their assistance and my dad’s I was able to troubleshoot my issue (more on that later).
  • Made in the USA! How often are products made locally? This company is out of Vancouver, WA and I do love supporting local companies and products.

Recommendations:

  • It is absolutely vital that you put something under the sharpener while you are working in your sewing area. If you spill the oil it will not be easy to clean off your cutting mat.  Protect your work surface!
  • Make sure you have some fabric you don’t care about on hand to test your blade to make sure it is sharp and ready to go after running it through the sharpener.
  • Finding the right pressure is the key to getting this product to work. My issue was that the directions said don’t put too much pressure on the blade because that could dull the blade, so instead of putting too much, I didn’t put enough. Sort of had the same results – dulling the blade.  Once my dad was able to figure out what the heck I was doing wrong, I was able to properly use it!
  • Make sure you take the time to read through the Troubleshooting Guide if you are having problems. I was super skeptical at first but wanted to really give this product a fair try and figuring out it was complete user error made me very happy.
  • When in doubt, call them! Their customer service is outstanding and they will walk you through using the product properly and give you additional tips and tricks.

There are no improvements I would offer on this product, only a recommendation on their packaging to protect the work surface from the oil. We don’t want oil spots on our precious fabrics!

To learn more about this product and to purchase, you can visit USASharpeners.com

Have you ever used a blade sharpener before? This is the second product I have used and I am fairly happy with it now that I am past the learning curve, and who doesn’t love a locally made product?

Have a happy Monday!

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – January Finishes

alyof2015Is it just me or was January a bit horrendous?  I came home to a disaster in my house and have been grappling with it ever since. The good news is that amidst the chaos, I managed to be fairly productive. I pieced 4 quilt tops, quilted and bound 4 quits.  Here is the last one fresh off the machine.

Final Preschool Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI still have threads to bury on all four, but I am supremely happy with my finish. These quilts will be raffled off at Anne’s preschool to benefit their scholarship fund.

I have already sewn two more charity blocks for my circle of Do. Good Stitches and picked out fabric for my Patchwork City sampler quilt that I will be making with my guild. Look for more info on that later next week.

What about you?  How did you do this month?

What one item did you choose?

You have two requirements to be entered into the prizes this month.

1. Link-up {on this post} the first 7-days of the month

Please choose ONE project

and

2. Link-up in the last 7-days of the month

Only with a completed, successful project. And yes the same one that you choose earlier in the month.

Add your blog post or flickr photo (with appropriate descriptions) to the linky party below.

Please grab a button or link back to Shanna and I so other people can join in the fun!

And if you are on twitter or Instagram tag #ALYoF

**Please note, the linky party is the same here and over at Shanna , so there is no need to enter twice **

Here is a list of the lovely new and old sponsors and prizes for January:

1. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle - http://www.the-littlest-thistle.com/

2. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

3. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern

http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

4. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

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5. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

6. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

7. One Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to
Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

8. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

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9. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

10. One PDF pattern from Honey, Bunny, and Doll Designs

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

11. Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies – Custom fabric package, 3 yards plus free shipping anywhere

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Thank you to everyone for jumping on board with us for the first time or again.

Remember to click on a few others links and give people some love.

And don’t forget! You have until January 31st to link up your finish!

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I’m still alive!

If there are rumors floating around that I’ve disappeared, I am happy to report that they are greatly exaggerated!

I’m alive and well. I’ve been sewing my heart out on these preschool quilts! 3 are done! Threads need to be buried and the teachers need to write the labels but amazing progress has been made.

Preschool QuiltingHere is a pic of me binding it, this is my method for turning the backing into the binding, check out my tutorials to learn this fast and easy method!

In other news the floors are ripped out where the fridge leaked and I’m waiting on the floor company to figure out if we can match.  Anne has had some pretty stressful doctor appointments too, but I think that may be mostly behind us until March, so that’s good.

How are all of you doing? I’ve really missed everyone!

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First Finish of 2015

Amidst all the chaos that this new year has brought to my house, I have managed to finish a project.  My Disney Quilt Swap project is done!

Disney Moment Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI’m calling this quilt “A Disney Moment”

Quilt Details:
Measurements: 19″ x 19″Quilting: Hand Quilting with Pearl Cotton #8
Applique: Fusible Applique
Fabrics: Kona Red and Michael Miller Couture Cotton Black
Design: Picture adapted by Melissa Dunworth (Me)

Today we have two inspectors coming to check the damage to my floors and assess for mold so I am putting good energy out into the universe that we have good answers. I can live with the warped floors but I can’t live with mold. Please send us some good vibes!

Have a great Wednesday!

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