Week 15 Sewing Goals

I missed last week but I’m back for Week 15!  My goal this week is very simple, make Anne’s Easter Dress. My mom is coming to visit and I want it done before she gets here so I have time to relax and visit with her.

Easter 2014 Pattern -http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI think I’m a touch crazy for making a tank dress but it is what Anne picked out and I’m pretty sure it is within my sewing skill set. I’ve not used a Butterick pattern before, I’m praying the instructions are clear.

While I was taking the above picture, Anne came in and said she made me a cake and would I take her picture, so here she is, in all her baking glory!

Anne's Cake - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI hope everyone has a great week!!!


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Open Wide Zipped Pouch – Swapped


Last quarter I participated in a swap on Facebook for Zippered pouches, this is the one that I made my partner. She said that she liked the colors purple and aqua so I raided my stash. Both sides were different and scrappy. I love a good scrappy pouch.

Purple/aqua Tote side 1 - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI followed the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial from Noodlehead, for zipper insertion and changed the measurements for the rest of the pouch.

Here’s a shot of the inside, which I stuffed full of scraps before sending off.

Inside Purple/Aqua Pouch - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis was my last goal for the Finish-A-Long Q1 with Katy from The Littlest Thistle. You can see my goals here.

Woohoo! I can’t believe I finished all 4 and ON TIME too!!!

Have a happy Thursday everyone!


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Fluttering In Formation – 52 Twisted Blocks Tutorial

I am so excited today to be part of the Persimon Dreams 52 Twisted Quilt Blocks QAL!  Below is my block. I found my inspiration in the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Blocks.  The inspiration block is called the Beggar’s Block but when I saw it I just saw butterflies!

Fluttering In Formation - Block Tutorial - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSupplies:

1 White Square – 4.5″ x 4.5″
32 White Squares – 1.75″ x 1.75″
8 body Sections – 2″ x 4.5″
16 Wing Sections – 1.75″ x 4.5″
Black Pearl Cotton Thread

NOTE: All 1/4″ seams and the block finishes at 12.5″ x 12.5″

Fluttering in Formation Supplies - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comStart by drawing a line, corner to corner on each white square.  (See Picture)

Step 1 - Fluttering in Formation - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comNext chain piece sew your white squares onto your wing sections, sew along the line you drew. Pay attention to the orientation of the squares:

Step 2 - Fluttering in Formation - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comTrim off the excess fabric to 1/4″ and press towards the white:

Step 3 - Fluttering in Formation - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSew your wing sections to your body sections – creating 8 butterflies:

Step 4 - Fluttering in Formation - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comLay your block out and sew together:

Step 5 - Fluttering in Formation - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comUse my tutorial over on Kim’s blog and embroider the adorable faces on your butterflies.

You will have a beautiful finish!!

Fluttering In Formation - Block Tutorial - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

There is a fun interview of me over on www.PersimonDreams.com
* If you make the block make sure you upload it to the Flickr group:   http://www.flickr.com/groups/2445539@N20/
* If you are interested in joining this QAL you can learn more information here:   http://www.persimondreams.com/quilt-alongs/lapaceks-orchard/52-blocks

Thanks for visiting!!!


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April Goals! A Lovely Year of Finishes

ALYoF2014April Showers bring May Flowers…right? Gosh I hope so since I will be starting to work on my garden this month!  I will also be working on the Modern She Made Swap on Flickr that I am in. This time the project has to include hexies, and thanks to the wonderful Shanna, I found out and was accepted into the swap.

Spiral Hexie Wall Hanging Layout - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

These are my EPP templates and my layout – the background is going to be a surprise for now…

My partner likes scrappy and rainbows so these are my fabric pulls.

DSC_0298Shanna already gave me an amazing idea for how to quilt it and I am excited to get started!!! A little bit of handwork ahead but I’m looking forward to see this all done!

What about you? What’s your April 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 monthand2. 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’s what we have for April prizes:

1. Thread Prize from Aurifil

2. Quilting Patterns designed by Quilting Lodge

3. $15.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

4, 5. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)


 6. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


Project QUILTING Season 5

 7. Sew Sweetness – 1 pdf Pattern

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

9. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns


 10. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

11. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button


As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Shanna or myself!

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Flowering Lone Star – ALYoF March Reveal

Flowering Lone Star Front - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere is my March finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes!

I have to say that I am so proud of this quilt! I haven’t been able to find another lone star quilt like this on Pinterest so I have named it “Flowering Lone Star” and I will be making a pattern for it!

I did some free motion quilting in the center “flower” of the star. A different design in light blues from the dark blues. Straight line quilting around the outer star and more straight line quilting in the background.

Close Up Flowering Lone Star - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOn the back I made a small lone star block with my leftover diamonds from the outer star on the front.

Back lone star - Flowering Lone Star - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI really do love the back of this quilt. I hope the recipient likes it too!

Back - Flowering Lone Star Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI am going to make a second one of these quilts in more modern fabrics and use that to write the pattern.  I am so excited!

If you finished your March goal, go link up here and if not yet you have until March 31st so get busy!

This was one of my goals for the Finish-A-Long Q1 with Katy from The Littlest Thistle. You can see my goals here.


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