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 - http://bella9studio.blogspot.com/2014/07/flowering-lone-star-pattern-testing.htmlDiane - Flowering Lone Star - http://bella9studio.blogspot.com/2014/07/flowering-lone-star-pattern-testing.htmlDiane 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 - http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/ Kris Back -http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/Kris 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 -http://andpins.wordpress.com/Elizabeth, from andpins.com, 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 - http://www.charmaboutyou.com/Lucy, 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 - http://createthepoint.blogspot.ca/Jo - 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 - http://sweetboaterchick.blogspot.com/Carolyn - Bursting Lone Stars - http://sweetboaterchick.blogspot.com/My 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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Janome 15000 – A Huge Win

About a month ago, I woke up to an email stating that I had won the grand prize from a marketing survey that I filled out. The prize, much to my surprise, was a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000.  At first I was in complete shock and slowly it turned to denial. Then a week and a half ago I received a phone call from Janome telling me where I could pick up the machine, from my local Janome dealer – South Sound Sewing.

Janome 15000 - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

Winning this machine is such an incredible blessing and surprise. It is an embroidery, quilting and sewing combination machine and is even wi-fi enabled. It comes with an iPad mini that has 2 apps which are used to monitor the machine while it is stitching embroidery designs.  I have so much to learn.  One of the cool things about Janome, is that I come from a Janome family. I learned to sew on my mom’s Janome, I currently sew on a Janome Horizon 7700 and Anne is learning to sew on the same machine.

I thought it would be cool to have all three generations of sewing women together with the machine.

3 generations - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnne is so excited to try out the new machine, as soon as I sat down to look at the floor model she climbed right into my lap to look too!

Anne Sewing - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy machine is currently sitting in the box, but will probably be set up tonight or tomorrow. I cannot wait to see how she sews!

Janome 15000 - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI think the the dealer, Julie, was just as excited as I was about my win.  The cool thing is that I bought my Horizon from her, so I guess you could say I will be a continuing customer for years to come. I’m also very, very glad that they offer lessons on how to use this machine, because I know I will be needing them!

South Sound Sewing - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOne thing is for sure, this was my lucky day! I truly feel so incredibly incredibly blessed.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – August Goals Party

ALYoF2014Welcome to August!  I am not ready for this month. We have some big things going on that I am just not emotionally prepared for right now. That being said, sewing and quilting help keep me grounded so this month I am going to sew Anne a new Elsa dress. I know Halloween is months away but ever since we went on our family vacation in July she has been living in princess dresses. Time to make her one!

Elsa Dress Pattern - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

What is your goal?

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 August!!

1. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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

2. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


3. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

4. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

5. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

7. Thread Prize from Aurifil

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

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)


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

11. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

 Meadow Mist Designs Button

12. 13. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


14. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts



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My First Quilting/Sewing Contest – The Thurston County Fair

One of my personal sewing goals this year was to enter a quilting contest.  I think the reason I picked this as a goal was because while I do put myself out there all the time on this blog, I don’t put myself out there for “judging”.  Judging is hard.  You worry if what you do is good enough.  I’m really glad that I decided to participate if only for the experience. I’m not sure I will do it again but it was certainly fun yesterday to walk into the hall where the quilts are displayed at the county fair and see my quilts hanging.

Anne's Easter Dress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI entered Anne’s Easter Dress into the fair just for fun. This is the dress that I am probably most proud of making because the bodice is fully lined (a first for me).  I won a blue first place ribbon for her dress. It was so cute when Anne saw it yesterday and asked “mommy, is it going to stay here forever?”  I had to reassure her repeatedly that we would be picking it up on Monday.

After finding her dress, I went on a hunt for my quilts and found my Rainbow Star Burst quilt.

Rainbow Star Burst - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI entered this quilt into the lap quilt lot for the machine pieced, machine quilted category and won a blue first place ribbon.

I ended up being kind of silly and entering two quilts in the same category, so they were competing against each other.

Sew Intertwined Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThe Sew Intertwined Quilt was awarded a third place ribbon in the same category, Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted.

Ribbons aside, the most fun part was seeing all the quilts hanging up!  I get to pick my quilts and Anne’s dress up on Monday and I will get a feedback form from the judges.  I am excited to see what they have to say. I’m hoping for truly constructive criticism so that I can improve my work.

In the meantime I have 20 hours left to figure out my goal for August. Guess I better get on that! Don’t forget to link your finish up for July!

Oh, and I apologize for the crappy cell phone pictures! I brought my camera with me and took one picture and then got a nice little message saying “memory card full”. Seriously?!? I’m hoping to head back tomorrow with my parents (who are flying in this afternoon for a weekend visit), this time I will bring an empty memory card!

Have a great Thursday!


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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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