Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

Today Anne and I are volunteering at the Thurston County Fair.  My local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild has a booth there and today is opening day, as President of the guild I wanted to make sure I was there to represent the guild. I am bringing lots of projects to entertain Anne and even a dvd player. I will be working on binding the quilt that I posted about on Monday. I finished the quilting Monday, trimmed it and prepped the binding yesterday and today I start the handwork.

In the meantime, since we are going to the county fair I thought I would show off the fabrics for my next design project. I was drawn to them because they are happy. I also love blues and reds. I am pairing these with Kona White.

Cuteville County Fair - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comCuteville County Fair by Cathy Heck for Henry Glass

Have happy Wednesday! And I will be back tomorrow with pictures of my quilts hanging at the fair!


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Week 31 Goals

This week I just want to finish a quilt. The one I posted about last week for my Do. Good Stitches group. I am about 3/5 of the way done quilting, then I just need to trim and bind it. I am working at our local county fair on Wednesday and I would love to have a binding project to work on while doing my 3 hour shift. Anne will be with me too and I’m planning on bringing her DVD player to watch a couple movies on.

Do Good Stitches HST Quilt progress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAre you working on your July Finish? I have to admit that I don’t think I will get mine done, this has become my number one priority and I’m ok with that!

Have a great Monday!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – July Finishes Party


Can I just be the first to say that July has been a month? I mean seriously! Traveling for two weeks can throw a girl off her game and then coming home and trying to get back into a routine with a 4 year old who is on a Disneyland high, talk about a challenge.

This was my July goal: to finish my Simply Style hexies.

Simply Color & Style Hexies -

I did make a lot of progress, but I am about 80 shy of my goal right now. We will see if I make it, if not, I am going to completely forgive myself. After all, piecing these will probably take me a year so what’s another month!

What about you? How did you do?

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 July!!

 July prizes include:

1. A fat quarter bundle from Riley Blake Designs

2. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

3. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts


4. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

5. Thread Prize from Aurifil

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

7. 8. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)

9. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


10. 11. Honey, Bunny and Doll – 2 Patterns

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

12. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

  Meadow Mist Designs Button

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

14, 15. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


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Fan Dance Quilt – A Modern Quilt Guild Challenge

I am finally revealing my Michael Miller Modern Quilt Guild challenge quilt!  When I saw the fabric, at first I was really excited about it…then I got nervous. The colors are really not my colors. I find it hard to work with some colors and when I struggle with that the entire quilt becomes a struggle.  After a month and a half of staring at the fabrics I decided to take out my huge 10 degree wedge ruler and play with the fabrics. I had a few designs in mind and this is what I settled on:

Fan Dance Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI’m calling this quilt – Fan Dance – because it kind of looks like the fans are dancing with each other.  I still wasn’t keen on the top after I finished it, so I decided to turn it into an FMQ sampler. After I finished all the quilting, I finally fell in love with it.

Fan Dance Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI did 9 different FMQ designs and had the sides become mirror images.  This was a huge skill builder for me and made me want to spend even more time practicing different FMQ Designs. I’m not sure you can tell but I alternated between sharp and soft designs. Click on the picture to see a larger view.

Here is a close up of the center section, which happens to be my favorite element of the quilt:

Fan Dance Center Section - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSince I was at my parents house when I finished the quilt, I had to take a picture of the finished quilt on their old wooden bench. It is a tradition when I am home. I just love that bench!

Fan Dance Bench - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis quilt was gifted to a dear friend of our family and she loved it.

Quilt Stats:

Name: Fan Dance
Designed and Quilted by: Melissa Dunworth (me)
Size: 60×60
Fabrics: Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels and Kona Ash, bound with American Made Brand
Thread: Aurifil Mako 50/2

I do love a good finish!


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Week 30 Goals

I have 3 goals this week. Number 1 is to get caught up on emails. Number 2 is to start getting caught up on all my wonderful blogging friends and what they have been up to.  Number 3 I want to finish piecing this top and get it basted if I can.

Do Good Stitches - HST Quilt -

These are the blocks I requested from the Trust Circle of Do Good Stitches back in May when it was my month to be the quilter. I asked for the ladies to make their 2 favorite HST blocks using cool colors. I told them the quilt would be for a teenage girl. Can I just say that these ladies delivered!!! I feel so incredibly blessed to work with these women. I have connected with Kristy from Hopeful Threads to find this quilt a home and that is a whole different story that has made me cry several times.

Wish me luck as I work on this gorgeous quilt!

On a different note, today I am entering two quilts and a dress into our local county fair. I am nervous to put myself out there for “judging” but excited at the same time.

Have a wonderful Monday!


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