Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop

QCRbloghopbuttonI am sew excited! I have been asked to be part of the first ever Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop. I had the privilege of meeting Jenny a few years ago at Sew Expo in Puyallup, WA. I bought her ruler and quickly fell in love!

There is going to be a linky party on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog on Friday 29 through 31 August – you can link up any quilt or block made using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you haven’t tried a QCR project yet, never fear, there’s a chance to win a ruler during the bloghop and have a go. You can find plenty of inspiration on the bloghop so please go and check out the other participants!


Monday 18 August
Tuesday 19 August
Wednesday 20 August
Thursday 21 August
Friday 22 August
Monday 25 August
Tuesday 26 August
Wednesday 27 August
Thursday 28 August
Friday 29 August

The bloghop is going to be followed by a ‘Curve it up’ Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog starting in September, so join in the bloghop, get inspired and get ready to Curve It Up!


I hope you will join me and follow along for the blog hop, there will be so much curvy inspiration!


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Week 33 Goals

Some sewing got done last week, mostly just learning some of the basic features of my new Janome 15000. One of the things I love so far is that I really don’t have to ever lift the presser foot or even put it down. As soon as I press the pedal the foot lowers automatically and once I take my foot off the pedal the foot lifts automatically. Pretty cool if you ask me.

This week though, I am not setting a sewing goal, I am setting a survival goal. If I make it through this week, my mom (who is visiting this week), Anne and I will reward ourselves with a trip to Quilt! Knit! Stitch! in Portland.  Here’s hoping I survive!

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Winners! July – A Lovely Year of Finishes

ALYoF2014July has come and gone and August is now in full swing. Time to celebrate the FIFTEEN winners from last month. But first! A huge thank you to our incredible sponsors!  Without our sponsors we would still have all our finishes but it wouldn’t be near as much fun.  Thank you for your support!

1. A fat quarter bundle from Riley Blake Designs

Patti – Retired to Quilt

2. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

Sandra – Musings of a Menopausal Melon

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


Sophie – Sophie Junction

4. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

Ella – Throw a Wench in the Works

5. Thread Prize from Aurifil

Linda – The Pieceful Kingdom

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

Cathy – Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting

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

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)

Lynne – Tinking Along

Andrea – Flickr

9. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


Deana – Daughters of Dorinda

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

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

Pat – Bell Creek Quilts

Denise –

12. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

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Cynthia – Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

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

Julie – That’s Sew Julie

14, 15. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


Carolyn – Sweet Boater Chick

Amy – Amy’s Crafty Shenanigans

Shanna and I would like to congratulate all of the winners and everyone who completed their goal in July! Good luck with August!


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Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

This week I am going slow on the sewing projects and testing out the amazing new machine that has fallen into my lap.  My first two projects were simple repairs, a good way to familiarize myself with basic sewing.  The hubs has been after me all summer to repair a pair of PT shorts for his uniform, so with the help of my mom (she pinned everything for me while I was reading my manual) I finally got them done!Repaired Shorts -

What have you all been working on?

Tomorrow is the last day to link up your goals for this month so make sure you do that!!


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Flowering and Bursting Lone Star Pattern Launches!

I am very excited to announce the launch of two new patterns to my Craftsy Shop!  The two patterns available are the Flowering Lone Star and the Bursting Lone Stars.  I am offering these patterns as individual patterns or a combination download.

The Flowering Lone Star

 DSC_0734This was the original pattern I started with, the Flowering Lone Star. I made one for my cousin and quickly realized I needed to make one for me. I used some of my leftover diamonds (having cut way more than necessary) for the back, which is now it’s own pattern, Bursting Lone Stars.

Bursting Lone Stars

Bursting Lone Stars - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI put a call out for testers back in June and some truly talented people took the call and tested for me!  You can see there amazing quilts and quilt tops below. Please be sure to visit their blogs too because they will have pattern reviews and giveaways this week!!!

Beth Bursting Lone Stars - beth-kinder.blogspot.comBeth, from My Husband’s Headache, tested the Bursting Lone Stars pattern, I just love use of solids and prints in the stars!

Amy Bursting Lone Stars - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAmy, from @amybob3kids on Instagram, also tested the Bursting Lone Star pattern, I love the colors that she chose!

Diane - Flowering Lone Star - - Flowering Lone Star - from Bella 9 Quilting Studio tested the Flowering Lone Star pattern, she enjoyed it so much she did two! I love how changing the fabrics completely updated the entire quilt in the look and feel! Go here to read her review, she will also be hosting a giveaway for one of the patterns too so make sure you check that out!

Kris Front - Kris Back - from Sew Sunshine, also tested the Flowering Lone Star. I love how she masculine her quilt looks and the completely modern feel of her backing! Please visit her blog and make sure you enter her giveaway too!

Elizabeth - Bursting Lone Stars -, from, created this gorgeous modern take on the Bursting Lone Stars pattern. I love her use of solids and play with color value.  Make sure you visit her blog to ready about her experience with the pattern and enter her giveaway!

Lucy - Flowering Lone Star -, from Charm About You, created this stunning rainbow version of the Flowering Lone Star pattern. All of my regular readers know how much I love a good rainbow, so it goes without saying that I adore this quilt! Make sure to visit Lucy to read about her take on the pattern and enter her giveaway!

Mary - Flowering Lone Star - mary-quiltingrandma.blogspot.comMary, from Quiltin’ Grandma’s Blog, did this beautiful Flowering Lone Star quilt! I love her use of prints and play with values! Make sure to visit her blog to read about her experience with the pattern and enter her giveaway.

Sarah - Flowering Lone Star -http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOne of my regular readers, Sarah R, created this stunning quilt from the Flowering Lone Stars pattern. I love how her star pops against that dark blue background. I also love how she staged her quilt for this picture, that is one area I really need to get better at!

Jo - Flowering Lone Star - - Bursting Lone Stars - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comJo, from CReate the poinT, made the Flowering Lone Star quilt top and used the Bursting Lone Stars pattern for the backing (which is why the Bursting Lone Stars has an extra border around it).  I am in awe of how she made the Flowering Lone star with one quarter of the center star in white. It adds so much visual interest to the quilt. I also love how she used all solids for the fabrics. Very modern!  Please visit Jo’s blog to read her review of the patterns and later this week Jo will be hosting a giveaway for a pattern as well!

Carolyn - Flowering Lone Star - - Bursting Lone Stars - wonderful blogging from Carolyn, from Sweet Boater Chick, tested for me again. She has tested virtually every pattern I have released and is just wonderful! She decided to get an early jump start on her Christmas Sewing and created these two stunning tops.  I am excited to see how she quilts them. Make sure to visit Carolyn to read about her experience and enter her giveaway!

As I hope you can see, both of these patterns are very versatile. To purchase the Flowering Lone Star pattern, visit my Craftsy Shop, it is $9.00. The Bursting Lone Stars pattern is also available in my Craftsy Shop for $9.00.  I have decided to also offer a bundle of both patterns together for $12.00. All purchases are instant PDF downloads.

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!


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