Spring Blossoms Magazine Debut

Spring Blossoms - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy latest quilt pattern has been released! This beauty is called Spring Blossoms and is in the May 2016 issue of Make Modern Magazine, along with so many other gorgeous quilty projects.

Picture from Make Modern Magazine

Picture from Make Modern Magazine

This was my secret project that I was working on back in January. It is hard to see in the picture but I did some of my favorite zentangle quilting on it, in fact this is one of the last quilts done on my domestic before Spike arrived.

I am so excited to be included in an issue with so many other gorgeous designs! Make sure to head over to the Make Modern website and download your copy today!

Have a very happy Friday!




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Long Arm Quilting – Disappearing 9 Patch

When I first got Spike, a very good family friend sent me a quilt top she made for charity, complete with backing and batting. She said it was something I could practice on. I was so grateful for her trusting me with something that she made. It was the first quilt I loaded after getting my new and awesome Red Snappers installed. Speaking of which, I will NEVER pin again!

Disappearing 9 Patch - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comWhen I first looked at the quilt I was a bit stumped, but I decided to load up a lovely yellow thread from Signature and just getting going.

Close up - disappearing 9 patch - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love this quilting design, it is so much fun and versatile for the different sizes and shapes that are in this quilt pattern and the yellow thread popped just enough in some places and receded perfectly in other places.

close up - disappearing 9 patch - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThe back looks great too! The backing was a solid navy and I used Superior Threads Omni in the bobbin, it was a golden brown color and it pops so beautifully. You can really see how the quilting looks!

Back - disappearing 9 patch - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love how the quilting stands out on the back and makes all kinds of interesting patterns!

I will likely be accepting customer quilts this summer! Just working on the business end of things! Can’t wait to get started!

Have a lovely Monday!


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Home Sewing Retreat

Sometimes you just need a little makeshift sewing retreat. Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts, my A Lovely Year of Finishes co-host, came up from Oregon this week for a visit. While Anne was at school yesterday, we got to sew!

Shanna - Fiber of All Sorts - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comShanna borrowed Irene, my trusty featherweight, seriously, if you ever come to my house to sew, no need to bring a machine, I’ve got plenty! Today we are going to install the new red snappers on my long arm after a trip to the grocery store, Anne insists that I have to feed her!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!




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Multiplying Whales

Did you know that whales are a lot like bunnies? They multiply pretty quickly around here.

Whale Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy mom and I are working on a Preppy The Whale quilt, pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. The right facing whales were made by my mom in February when she came up to visit and I made the left facing whales. I am shipping these off to my mom, she is going to finish piecing the whales and then piece the top together before bringing it to me so I can long arm quilt it.

I’m envisioning waves for the quilting. An all over design. I think it will be a very sweet quilt when it is done.

I hope you have a happy Wednesday! I am working on a scrappy quilt. Will have some pictures to share on Friday!


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Kindergarten Quilt Finish

Finishing a quilt is always exciting! Last Thursday I finished the Kindergarten Quilt for Anne’s teacher. This week I am hoping to take it to school and get a photo of her class holding the quilt to frame for her teacher.  That way she will always have the faces to go with the blocks. Anne loves the quilt.

Kindergarten Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comYou can read more about the inspiration for this quilt on this post. A lot of thought and effort went into making it, and many hours volunteering in Anne’s classroom. I know this will sound crazy, especially since I just bought a long arm, but I quilted this on my domestic machine. I wanted to quilt in the sashing and borders only. I wanted the blocks to be exactly as the children drew them and have no embellishment.

I did make a new purchase for my Long Arm. Vicki from Orchid Owl Quilts talked me into order Red Snappers, they are supposed to make loading and unloading quilts a breeze. I ordered them from the St. Sandy, Utah Innova Dealer. I can’t wait for them to arrive.  I have a charity quilt that will be going on next for some practice and then I’m hoping to get Anne to finish her quilt on the long arm. She’s been begging for a chance to quilt on it again!

Have a happy Monday!


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