An Easter Surprise for Anne

Last Monday I told Anne that we were going to go on a long car ride and pick something up the next day. On Tuesday afternoon I got her into the car, brought our tablet along with us for entertainment purposes and headed out for a 50 mile trek in rush hour traffic to pick up her “package”.  We got to the airport with about 15 minutes to spare before the “package’s” plane landed.  Anne saw the luggage carousels and assumed immediately her package was a bag of some sort, imagine her surprise when she saw my mom.

Nevermind…you don’t have to imagine it! I will just show you the look on her face!

Greeting Nana - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHer surprise was her Nana! Best look of joy ever!  We spent the week running wild! We went to the Seattle Pacific Science Center, we went out for her very first grown up tea, and we drove out to Bremerton to visit family.  On Easter Sunday, she got all dolled up in the dress I made her and we had a wonderful dinner at home with my cousins and mom visiting. It was absolutely lovely!

Anne's Easter Dress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThe dress turned out so different than I intended. I bought the wrong sized pattern (3 sizes too big) so I had to change the bodice sizing. Then I decided I didn’t like the collar so I removed that from the pattern all together. I also decided I didn’t like the skirt or the way that was assembled and I changed that too. I guess you could say I have finally become comfortable enough with clothes to do my own thing! WOOHOO!

Here is a shot of Anne with the Easter Bunny. She LOVES the Easter bunny and so do I because I get a nice picture of her once a year without her screaming bloody murder like she does with Santa!

2014 Easter Bunny - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!!!

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Week 17 Sewing Goals

Wow! Where did last week go?!? My mom was here and blogging just slipped right off my plate! Tomorrow I will be showing off the pictures of Anne finding out that the “package” we were picking up at the airport was her Nana and not a piece of luggage.  I will also show her in her finished Easter dress and some Easter bunny pictures. Gotta love little ones and their excitement for all things Easter.

My goal this week is to finish my Modern Metallics Challenge piece. Thanks to the power of Instagram, Katy from The Littlest Thistle gave me some incredible help (more later) and I was able to figure out how I want to quilt my piece. I have until May 2nd to get this puppy 100% done so it is time to shake my tail!

Modern Metallics Challenge -http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHave a great week everyone!!!

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April Feature – A Lovely Year of Finishes

ALYoF2014April Showers Bring May Flowers and the middle of April bring us our next feature!  Today we have Mary, also known as Fairly Merry, with us.

Blog name: Fairly Merry, Mary Merrily Quilting Away

Blog address:  www.fairlymerry.blogspot.com

Name you’re known by throughout quilting world: Fairly Merry – IG, Flickr

What’s your ALYoF goal this month.

To finish my Messenger bag! Done and you can read about the finish here!

How do you approach your sewing goals?  

I will look at photos of similar projects on Flickr and blogs, IG photos, and see how other sewists have approached a project.  What color combinations did others use? Will those work in my project?  I like to go off of photos rather than directions, I tend to skip over directions, which has caused a problem now and then.  Sometimes I dive right in, like my recent messenger bag – no pattern!  Yikes!

How do you organize/prioritize your projects?

I TRY so hard to be on time, not my best feature, but I will always get things done.  I’ve been working on several nurseries for friends, and the due dates of the babes have tended to be the dead line for those projects.  I have commissioned projects which I’m trying to keep high on the priority list.  Sadly, I have found that very little sewing time was being devoted to me, and this year I am changing that! I am working on a few ‘me’ items regardless of other deadlines.

For organizing and keeping project fabric together, I have a selection of baskets, bins, and ziplock bags.  I like to keep the fabric with the project until it is completed.  I’ve had projects sit mor months, and then suddenly I want to use the fabric in something else, and there is a flurry of activity as I finish the first project to see how much fabric is leftover!

Baskets for Organizing Projects

Project Storage from Fairly MerryScrap Storage

Scrap Storage from Fairly Merry

What is your current favorite project that you are working on? Will you share pictures with us?

With the messenger bag finish, my next favorite project is the Feathers quilt, pattern by Alison Glass.  These are both projects for me!

Fairly Merry Messenger Bag

My all time favorite to make for gifts is the Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead.  Adore this basket as a nursery gift, Easter basket, bathroom basket, it is fun to make & chose different color combinations.

What is your dream project to work on?

I have two quilts I would love to make 1 is using the steam punk templates and the other is the Marcelle Medallion in the Liberty Love book.  Both of these are in my thinking process, but I have purchased the books, patterns or templates needed.  One day……

What is your favorite time of day to sew?  Late night, little or no interruptions!

And here is her favorite quilting companion – Brandy

Brandy - Fairly Merry's Sewing Companion

What is your favorite quilting/sewing accessory?

I would have to say my Bernina 750 – it is a dream machine.  I don’t think there is a project I can’t tackle using this machine! I’m still finding new stitches and playing with new presser feet.

 What is your number one quilting/sewing goal for 2014?

My first goal was to bring down my number of obligation sewing projects (not that I don’t adore sewing for others!) and bring up the number of projects for myself.  I am beginning to focus more on commissioned projects and selling.  I have an Etsy shop, and I would like to begin listing items, so far I’ve sold via Instagram and to people who know me.  Selling & orders should help me bring down my stash as I make a bit of funding for more stash.  It’s a viscous merry go and I’m gladly stuck riding.

Thank you so much Mary for being our April Feature! It has been wonderful learning more about you!

Shanna and I hope that all of your goals are coming along and that you are getting closer to a finish every day!!!

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Week 16 Sewing Goals

This week I have a very simple goal – I have 8 inches of quilting left on my Hexie Wall Hanging, I want to get it done. I know 8 inches doesn’t seem like much but matchstick quilting is way more time consuming than I ever thought!  I have a small goal because tomorrow night my MOM is coming for a visit!!!

Hexie Wall Hanging Progress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comWhat do you have going on?

I also have to respond to emails – sorry I am so far behind, I have been under the weather the last 2 weeks, but I feel like I’m turning the corner finally!

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Finish-A-Long Quarter 2 Goals

Oh my goodness, time to set some long range goals for myself. Not super long range, only the end of June, but nonetheless I need to do this to keep on track!

These goals are in not in order of priority.

1. I need to re-make my Flowering Lone Star in more modern fabrics and write the pattern.

Flowering Lone Star Front - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com2. I need to make End of year teacher gifts – I’m thinking boxy pouches will be good and I have my awesome Craftsy class for my serger – they literally take about 30 minutes.

Boxed Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com3. I need to finish my Hexie Swap project – my ALYOF April goal is to finish by the end of April, if I miss that goal, it isn’t due to ship until the beginning of May so I have some wiggle room.

DSC_02984. I need to quilt and bind my Modern Metallics challenge piece.

Modern Metallics Challenge -http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com5. I need to make something for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge. I don’t have a picture for this one, but I do have fabric!

Make sure you head over to Katy’s blog and link up! You have until tomorrow!

So there you have it 5 goals in 3ish months. Wish me luck!

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