A Lovely Year of Finishes – March Finishes Party

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Time to check in..how did it go?

I finished my goal, but I am still keeping the front a secret. So…I present to you the back!

Divergent Quilt Back - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

This was my Zentangle quilting experiment. How did it go for you?

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

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


2. Link-up below during the last 7-days of this month

~ with a successful finish.

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! {See stage left for the grab the button stuffs}

And if you remember to make it easy for us we’ll click through the winners faster..aka put number of goal link up. The easier for us to choose you the happier we are.

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

Let’s see who are amazing sponsors are this month and if you have ONE successful goal and ONE successful finish you are entered to win.

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

1. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern


2. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

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

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



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

6. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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


7. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


8. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

9. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

10. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet



 Remember to click on a few other’s links and give people some love.

 Just keep Stitching


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Black to White Challenge

As a member of a Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild, I have the opportunity to compete in a fabric challenge for the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! show that is this summer in Portland, Oregon. You can read about the challenge requirements here.

I drew up what I think is a fairly cool design and started pulling fabrics. I am working with prints and solids.

Initial Fabric Pulls BTW - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI also pulled all of my black and gray solids.

Solids BTW Challenge - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI find new quilts so exciting to work on. I just hope I can get the top finished before we have to move out of the house because right now it covers two different design walls and I really don’t like the idea of having to take it all down and reassembling it. Wish me luck!

Tomorrow is the linky party for March Finishes! Remember you have until March 31st to link up. Good luck finishing!



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Happy National Quilting Day!

Happy Saturday! Happy Second Day of Spring! Happy National Quilting Day! Happy to be Alive! So many things to be happy about to. Happy for the rain that is watering my freshly seeded lawn!  Ok, I guess I am in a good mood this morning. Maybe that is because I just finished a photo shoot with my favorite quilting finish EVER! My Swoon is FINALLY finished! It only took me 3 years and 2.5 months to finish, but it is done!

Swoon - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOur bed is king sized and it doesn’t quite hang over the edges, but I’m ok with that, this allows me to see the entire quilt at once!

Swoon - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI would need to be about 3 feet taller to get a more over the bed and centered shot, but I think you get the idea!

Swoon Back - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis is my backing. I decided to use some of my favorite fat quarters to make a gorgeous star and have a reversible quilt! I love it!

Anne Swoon - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOh, Anne loves the quilt too! She couldn’t help but jump into on of my pictures. Did you notice the super huge gap? She lost her two front teeth this month!

Quilt Stats:

Quilt Name – Swoon
Pattern By – Thimble Blossoms
Pieced By – Melissa Dunworth (me)
Backing Designed By – Melissa Dunworth (me)
Quilted by – Vicki Ruebel – Orchid Owl Quilts
Thread Used – Superior Threads So Fine – 50 wt
Batting – Quilters Dream Cotton Batting
Fabrics – Kona White and Half Moon Modern by Moda

So there you have it! My very happy National Quilting Day! The sun came out for about 5 minutes this morning (before the rain started) and I now have a gorgeous quilt on my bed to keep me warm! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



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Charity Blocks – Catching Up

As many of you know, February was kind of a rough month for Anne and myself. I emailed my circle leader for Do. Good Stitches and asked if I could be a little late with the blocks for that month. She very kindly said it was fine. I finished my blocks yesterday both February and March.

Trust Circle - Do Good Stitches Feb 2015 - Ocean WavesThese blocks are called Ocean Waves and were designed by Erica Mallett from our circle @threelittlepumpkins on instagram. They are great but wow! 72 HSTs measuring 2″ finished. That’s a lot of HSTs.  I cannot wait to see this quilt all together as it will be just stunning.

For our March blocks we were asked to give one 12.5″ square of fabric and one log cabins using the colors green, orange and we could mix in low volume if we wanted to. My low volume supplies are running a bit low. I’ve used them a lot recently when I made the preschool quilts, so I stuck to green and orange.

Trust Circle - Do Good Stitches - March 2015 - Log CabinIt feels so nice to be caught up on bee blocks.  I also sent off two swap packages this month but I don’t want to blog about those until they have been received. Hopefully early next week I will be able to show the off!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!



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Zentangle Inspired Quilting

The entire reason I decided to start doing Zentangle drawing is because I was hoping it would help me with my quilting.  I wanted to be able to see a space and fill it with designs.  Now, I haven’t figured out how to do the shading or filling in, but the line drawings of Zentangle translate quite nicely to quilting.

I’ve been working on my March goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes and have finished all the quilting. All that’s left is binding but before I can do that I need to make my Do Good Stitches blocks.  In the mean time here are some pictures of the back of my quilt.

Paradox Quilting - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

This design was inspired by the Zentangle design called Paradox.  I started with a triangle of blue tape on my quilt. I used my walking foot to outline the triangle and then removed the tape. Every subsequent line I eyeballed.  I continued adding triangles until the bottom half of the quilt was filled. Here is an in progress shot:

Paradox progress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
I added some boxy spirals in my background fabrics and some wishbones in my main fabrics to finish the quilt. The wish bones were the only part that I did with my free motion foot, the rest of the quilting was all done with my walking foot.

Divergent Quilt Back - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

I have to say that this is the quilt that I am the most proud of the quilting. I worked really hard on it and I love how it turned out. Once I get the binding on maybe then I will be ready to reveal the front…we shall see!

Happy Tuesday!


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