Anne’s First Day of Pre-K

So this was actually 2 full weeks ago and I’m just kind of behind on blogging and photo editing.  Anne is in Pre-K this year, I’m so not ready for Kindergarten, but I guess it doesn’t matter what I’m ready for, it is right around the corner and I better get on board!

Anne picked out the dress pattern and fabrics that we used to make her dress this year. We were at Fabric Depot in Portland and she had so much fun picking everything out. The crazy thing is that with all the fabrics available, she managed to pick out 3 Riley Blake prints all on her own. Clearly the girl knows coordinating prints when she sees them!

Anne's 2014 First Day - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comLast year she said she wanted to be a pilot and she actually said that first, but then she insisted I write Doctor down on her board. I guess with how much time she has spent in the hospital the doctors have made a good impression on her. She has very high aspirations in life!

Preschool Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOur preschool doesn’t do back packs for the kids, they have preschool bags in a range of colors for each child. Cuts out on the competition aspect of school that will start all too soon next year.  She was stoked that her bag was pink. As Anne will tell you “Pink goes with everything!”

Anne - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comShe was so excited for school that she kept looking in the window while we waited for her teacher to open the door.

Did you make anything for the first day of school?


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – September Finishes Party

ALYoF2014Woohoo! This is my first successful A Lovely Year of Finishes month since June! I have had other finishes, just not ones that I set goals for.  I’m very happy to report that I have finished the top for my hubby’s quilt. It only took two years! I even bought the back fabric on Monday (check it out here).

An absolute miracle happened today, I finished two quilt tops!!! This one is for my hubby. #alyof #quiltingmiracleThe quilt just turned out so beautifully and there are so many wonderful friends to be thanked for helping me get this baby finished, you know who you are and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to make this gorgeous top. There is a quilting plan, but you will have to wait and see…

Now how about you? Was it a successful month? I sure hope so!

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


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

**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 our generous sponsors for September!!

1. 2. Honey, Bunny and Doll – 2 Patterns

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

3. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern

4. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

5. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

7. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts


8. Thread Prize from Aurifil

9. Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 4 yards (worth $20) plus free shipping

10. 11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


12. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle -

13. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


14. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

 Meadow Mist Designs Button

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Wonderland Bag – Craft Book Month


For Craft Buds Craft Book Month, I decided I should blog about a project I finished back in April and I don’t think I have ever blogged about it.  I have, however, put it on instagram before. Back in March I bought Sara Lawson’s book Big City Bags, and I was determined to sew something out of it.  My friend CeLynn helped me make up my mind when she asked me to sew the Wonderland Bag with her. Decision made!

Wonderland Bag -

My favorite part of making the bag was when I showed it to my mom and she asked me where I bought it, she was very impressed when I told her I made it!  That was awesome.

I was able to use some of my favorite fabrics in making this bag, on the exterior and the interior. I just love the print on the outside. I’m not sure why but it makes me very happy.

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThere were two parts I struggled with, the piping and finding the right length handles.  I will be investing in a piping foot for my machine the next time I decide to make anything that has piping, I think that will simply make life a whole lot easier.  The bag handles I think are kind of a crap shoot, though I’m happy with what I ended up getting.

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThese curves threw me for a loop, but I do love the overall effect. Now I need a reason to use the bag, a place to travel to and show it off maybe…

I love the interior too, I used some Simply Color fabrics that I have been hoarding and waiting to use on a special project. This was definitely the right project.

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love the way that Sara writes her patterns, I think pretty much anybody with enough patience and willingness to slow down could easily put this purse together.

Are you linking up to the Craft Book Month linky party?


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – Participant Highlight

ALYoF2014Shanna and I are so excited to present our September participant highlight post to you!  We have Kris from Sew Sunshine with us today.  If you haven’t visited Kris yet, you really should, she does some amazing quilts!

Blog name: Sew Sunshine
Blog address:
Name you’re known by throughout quilting world: Kris@SewSunshine

What’s your ALYoF goal this month? Well I think I bit off more than I can chew  this month. I wanted to make a back and quilt my Mod Olive quilt from the Mod Olive qal earlier this summer, over at Sew Kind of Wonderful. It has lots of curved seams and secondary designs made by those curves that would be great for fun quilting. However, quilting like that is a real weakness for me. I want to have some fun with it but tend to stress out of what to do and how to do it.

Mod Olives -

How do you approach your sewing goals? I don’t really like to make much of a list or goal. I found that picking one item each month for A Lovely Year of Finishes motivates me to give my attention to that one thing if nothing else. Sometimes I can do it and many more things. Sometimes I get distracted by other quilts I want to make, or projects I want to do.  Items made for gifts can throw any plan out the window as well as family events and well, just life.

Mod Olives -

How do you organize/prioritize your projects? I like to keep that one thing in mind  for  each month but I sort of go with the flow. I don’t put away the fabric for a quilt that is not finished. If I start a new project before the others are finished, I have to work around that mess. Most of the time that keeps those projects to the forefront and I get them done.  Other times I am 3 deep on the design wall, one on the floor while I walk past and stew about how to finish it, and one on the cutting table waiting to get started. Not to mention drawings/sketches  and bags of fabric stashed for upcoming ideas. So to answer the question…not so organized at my house.

What is your current favorite project that you are working on?  Currently I am working on this sort of southwest looking block. I was going through some old magazines and I found this cool way to make this block.  It is one of those blocks that you sew together one way and then cut it apart and put it back together and you end up with something so cool.  The block is cool but what I find to be the best part about it is that I am using up stash fabric. I have fabric that I purchased in my stash dating back to the 80’s so it is so exciting to just use it up.  I have been trying to do the Purge over at Stitched in Color. I have several items I completed from my stash for this project.

Mod Olives -

What is your dream project to work on? I think my dream project would be to make a super king size quilt for my bed. I would make pillows and shams and matching curtains. I used to love working on big projects.  I am not quite ready to quilt a big quilt like that on my home machine so for  right now I am just dreaming about it.

What is your favorite time of day to sew? I really do my best when the sun is just coming up.  I like really early. The rest of the house does not, so it is not often  something I get to do.

What is your favorite quilting/sewing accessory? I think this year my favorite quilting accessory is spray starch. I never liked to iron/press but when you use spray starch you see just how smooth and flat something can get. It really has helped me out so many times. I use all kinds but really I am finding that expensive is not always the best.

What is your number one quilting/sewing goal for 2014? I really want to finish a quilt that I made my first year of blogging. It is a diamond pattern using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I have the top done the backing pieced and the batting bought. Now I am waiting for my fmqing skills to improve so I can do a great job of quilting on it. I have been gaining some skills  in this area and making bigger and bigger quilts to quilt.  To date my DIY sampler is my largest  finish at 54” x 70” you can see HERE

Mod Olives -

What is one technique you really want to learn? I had this idea of doing a new technique at the beginning of the year. This year I chose to do the portrait of my mom in pixelated format. I really want to do this again but refine the colors and pattern and maybe use prints.  I think there are lots of opportunities for this technique to really become art.  I like the cross over into mixed media by dying my own fabrics and using other textiles too.

Mod Olives - for joining us Kris!!



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Blocks are complete!

So I just couldn’t help myself and I went ahead and finished all of the blocks yesterday! I think I am going to go ahead with a navy border. I just need to buy more fabric, how sad!

Curve It Up Challenge Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comDo you see the little spot of pink hiding on the right hand side? Someone is playing a little hide and seek…

Found you!“Found You!” she yelled.

And because Anne loves to take pictures with my camera, her is her picture of my blocks.

Anne's Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSo I will be heading to the fabric store today to purchase some Navy to finish this puppy up! So excited!


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