Down for the count

Have you missed me? I spent all of last week fighting some mysterious stomach bug. It was pretty awful. The only bright side is that Anne was spared the sickness, thank goodness! Can’t imagine taking care of her and me with us both sick.  She is such a big help.

I did finish my October A Lovely Year of Finishes project, but that will have to wait a few days, unless of course you are on Instagram or Facebook and saw the pictures online already.  Yesterday I was feeling pretty good, I even took Anne to Boo at the Zoo with some friends and while she was napping I worked on my bee blocks for Do Good Stitches. I only finished one, but seeing as I had to design my own paper pieced templates, I’m ok with that! The theme this month is boy themed blocks with blues, greens and browns. I think my second block will be trees and after seeing my first one, I think you will understand why…

Trust Circle - Do Good Stitches - October 2014 Block 1

So the question for you is…want to go camping?


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September Winners – A Lovely Year of Finishes

Hip Hip Hooray!

A Lovely Year of Finishes

October has been one of those months.  Shanna and I have both been super extra busy (and sick too, yuck!).  We both want to thank you and our sponsors for your patience while we recovered and figured out winners.

So let’s get to winners…we all love winners.

These are only possible from our amazing sponsors

Here is the list of winners for September! Thanks to our sponsors!

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

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

Barb - Paint Creek Quilt
Bee - Buzzing Around 

3. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern

Jennie - Jennie’s Threads

4. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

Pauline - Quilt-n-Queen

5. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to
Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

Helby - Helby’s Hatch

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


Shauna - Shauna’s Worl

8. Thread Prize from Aurifil

Carol - Ladybugs Quilting Challenges

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

Denise -

10. 11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


Kell - Flickr
Heather - A Reformed Heath’n

12. PDF Pattern from Katy - The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle -

Carole - Fresh Off The Frame

13. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams



Celine - Espritpatch 

14. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

 Meadow Mist Designs Button

Katie - Good Golly Ginger


Good luck with your October goals!!!


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Sewing Throwback Thursday

This is me…stepping into the sewing confessional.  I have a secret to share.  In 2011 I made a Poodle Skirt for Anne’s Halloween costume.  It was WAY too big for her, so big that it kept falling off, though perhaps if I had FINISHED it I wouldn’t have had that problem.  It also didn’t help my cause any that my awesome mom bought the cutest tutu to go underneath it to act as a crinoline.  Anne fell in love with the tutu and decided that she would rather wear that than the unfinished skirt.  So I did what I thought any beginning clothes sewist would do, I just abandoned the project.  Here is Anne on Halloween just before she turned 2. Get ready for some serious cuteness.  (Oh! And there is one finished sewing project in these pics, her trick-or-treat bag was made by yours truly.)

Daddy & Anne - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere she is with her daddy! So stinking cute if you ask me!

Mommy & Anne - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnne and I, she just brings so much joy and sunlight into my heart!

First Sour Candy - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere she is trying her first sour candy from that night….

First Sour Candy Reaction - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOf course we got a reaction face shot!

Now that you have gotten through all the cuteness that is my baby and family, you can now see a pic of the finally finished poodle skirt. Anne still fits in it (which tells you how over sized it was 3 YEARS ago!) but will only fit it for about 3 more seconds.

poodle skirt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd lets face it…in the eyes of an almost 2 year old this skirt just could never compete against that lovely and fluffy tutu skirt. Doomed from the first sighting of tulle!

I leave you with my husband’s awesome pumpkin carving from 2011.

Pumpkin Face - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comDo you have any sewing confessions that you would like to make?


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Crossed Diamond Block Tutorial

Hi Everyone. Wow! Two posts in a row, that is a record for me lately!
I am guest posting on the blog for my guild, South Sound Modern Quilt Guild today with a fun block tutorial.  I am sure there are multiple names for this block but I don’t feel like busting out my Quilt Block Encyclopedia (yes I have one) to look up the names, so I am calling it the Crossed Diamond block.

Crossed Diamond Block Tutorial -

Head on over to the SSMQG Blog to check the tutorial out!



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Triple Star Mini Quilt

I thought it might be fun to give you a sneak peek at my next pattern, which is based on the quilt I designed for my husband and blogged about at the end of September.  I have always loved this star design that I started working on 3 years ago and it is finally going to be a mini quilt pattern!

Triple Star Mini Quilt -

I thought Triple Star was an appropriate name for this quilt. What do you think?

Next I have to find a backing for this baby and quilt her up. I’m torn between machine and hand quilting.  Which would you want if I was sending this quilt to you? Oh and I also have to write the pattern!

This is also my October goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes, you have until tomorrow night to link up your goal for the month!



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