Tutorial – Supporting Those Large Quilts

The projects I will be working on for the next couple weeks will be largely heavy on the handwork. This is because my flooring did not match and I had to pick out all new floors.  When they are finally ready to do my floors Anne and I will have to move out for a minimum of 5 days. To say the least, I am not looking forward to that prospect.  In the meantime, I got my Swoon Quilt back from the incredibly talented Vicki of Orchid Owl Quilts. You should follow her on Instagram, if you don’t already!

The Swoon is huge, 80″ x 80″ huge!  When working with a quilt of this size I know some people can get a little intimidated, but over the years I have come to find that it is simply a matter of getting creative on how you support your quilt.

This is my sewing set up on a typical day.  How I like it to be when I am piecing or working on small quilts.

Quilty Inspiration Wall - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThe table next to my sewing table is actually a drawer set from Ikea and bonus, it is on wheels.

This is my set up when I am working on a huge quilt. Even though I didn’t quilt my Swoon, I still have to be able to work with it’s giant size to put the binding on the front. This is my set up for that process.

Large Quilt Set Up - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

I’ve turned my ironing board into a side table and moved my set of drawers out to the front to support the weight of my quilt.

Now here is how it looks with my 80″ x 80″ Swoon on it:

Swoon Binding - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOnce I sit in my chair and adjust the quilt to sit further back on the extra table, the quilt doesn’t pull down at all.  It is 100% supported and I don’t have to worry about it pulling on my machine or impacting my tension.

Get creative in your sewing room to support those big quilts. I’ve used chairs, ironing boards, extra side tables and my husband once or twice.  Don’t let your quilt pull or hang from your machine.  It isn’t good for the machine or the quilt.

Have Fun Quilting!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – January 2015 Winners

The last couple weeks have been rough in our house, but I have to say announcing winners with Shanna always cheers me up a bit because I know it brings people joy, and who doesn’t like bringing joy to others?

Our list of winners for January: 

1. PDF Pattern from Katy - The Littlest Thistle

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

2.  Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

Andrea - Flickr

3. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern


4. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


5. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


 Melissa - Melia Mae Quilting

6. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

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

Julie - That’s Sew Julie

8. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

Becky - Flickr

9. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

Melinda - MekiQuilts

10. Honey, Bunny and Doll – 1 pdf Pattern

Mina - Kinda Quilty

11 Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 3 yards plus free shipping anywhere 

Alida - Tweety Loves Quilting

Keep working on those February finishes!



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Pot Holder Swap

My local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild had its monthly meeting last Wednesday. We also had our first swap of the year.  We did modern pot holders.  The goal was to use modern fabrics, color combinations and/or modern pattern to create a pot holder.  It needed to be something that you, yourself, would want to receive.  This is what I created:

Modern pot holder - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comIt is the Circle of Geese block by Piece By Number.

I actually downsized the pattern to finish around 8.5″ square. I used a layer of InsulBrite batting and a layer of 100% cotton batting – as stated in the directions for the InsulBrite.  I didn’t got crazy with the quilting, because the two layers of batting made it pretty thick. I also didn’t bother attempting to traditionally bind this.  It is so tiny, it made more sense to me to just flip the backing over to the front. I have a great tutorial here on how to do that.

I got a fun Valentine’s inspired pot holder in return, I would love to show you a picture but being pink and covered in hearts, Anne has long since absconded with it!

Have a Happy Tuesday!

signaturePS. I get my floors tomorrow! Say a prayer that they match and this month long saga can finally be over!

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Preschool Quilt Unveiling

This past weekend my father flew in from California and surprised Anne.  Monday night was dad’s night at her preschool and he didn’t want her to have to go alone, since her daddy is still away with work.  I swear he is the most wonderful grandpa in the world!

We spent the weekend bowling and doing “man chores” around the house. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty nice having someone here to help me for a couple days! Plus I love spending time with my daddy!

Anne and Baba - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere is Anne and her Baba (that’s what she calls him) with the preschool quilt for her class. She really had a hard time giving it up. I guess I will be buying a ticket and trying to win it for her.

Anne and preschool quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comJust Anne with her quilt.

Preschool Quilts - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThey only had room to display 3 of the quits at a time. I do love how the turned out and I’m quite proud of them. I sincerely hope that this turns out to be a great fundraiser for the school.  The scholarship fund needs the help!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – February Goals

alyof2015And just like that, it’s February!  Welcome to a whole new month and a whole new opportunity to finish a goal! I have a small goal. I need to hand sew a binding.  I was going to select a bigger goal of quilting the top I showed you last week, but my floors are still ripped out and I’m waiting for the repair. If all does not go as planned a very simple repair will turn into ripping out all the floors in my downstairs.  I figured a small goal was probably a better idea for me this month.

Backlit Spinner Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy beautiful niece (this makes 7 nieces and nephews for me!), was born this past Friday. The quilt is all done, it just needs to be bound.  Wish me luck!

Do share, what’s your February goal?

What one item will you choose?

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

Please choose ONE project


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

Only with a completed, successful project. And yes the same one that you choose earlier in 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!

And if you are on twitter or Instagram tag #ALYoF

**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 the lovely new and old sponsors and prizes for February:

1. 10 piece Fat Quarter Bundle of Cotton and Steel
from Gotcha Covered Quilting


2. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


3. One PDF pattern from Michele of Mishka’s Playground


4. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist DesignsMeadow Mist Designs Button

5. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

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

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

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

8. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

9. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

10. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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

11. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern


12. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


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




Thank you to everyone for jumping on board with us for the first time or again.

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

Just keep Stitching

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