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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Guest Posting Today – The Littlest Thistle

Finish Along 2014
Today I am so lucky to be guest posting as part of the Q3 Finish Along with Katy over at The Littlest Thistle! You may have noticed that 2014 has been the year of the Lone Star for me, so today I am doing a tutorial over on Katy’s blog for a 12.5″ x 12.5″ unfinished Lone Star block. Head on over and check it out!

Basic Lone Star - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comsignature

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – October Goal Party

ALYoF2014Is anyone else in shock that it is already October? I know Shanna and I are in denial about this fact.  Being that it is October and I have some deadlines looming, it is time to get on with some upcoming deadlines. On the upside, this also means back to pattern designing, I’ve taken the last month or so off.

I need to get this done! I have the design drawn out, the fabrics purchased, I need to do the math and get sewing and photographing. This little mini will be my next pattern!  (photo credit: @curly_boy1)

What is the one goal you will have this month?

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 October!!

 1. PDF Pattern from Katy - The Littlest Thistle


The Littlest Thistle -

2. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

3. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


4. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts


5. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern

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

 7. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns


8. 9. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


 10. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

  Meadow Mist Designs Button

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


 12. Thread Prize from Aurifil




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