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!

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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

and

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 - http://www.the-littlest-thistle.com/

2. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

3. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

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

250

5. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern

 http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

 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

cloverandviolet

 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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Anne’s First Day of Pre-K

So this was actually 2 full weeks ago and I’m just kind of behind on blogging and photo editing.  Anne is in Pre-K this year, I’m so not ready for Kindergarten, but I guess it doesn’t matter what I’m ready for, it is right around the corner and I better get on board!

Anne picked out the dress pattern and fabrics that we used to make her dress this year. We were at Fabric Depot in Portland and she had so much fun picking everything out. The crazy thing is that with all the fabrics available, she managed to pick out 3 Riley Blake prints all on her own. Clearly the girl knows coordinating prints when she sees them!

Anne's 2014 First Day - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comLast year she said she wanted to be a pilot and she actually said that first, but then she insisted I write Doctor down on her board. I guess with how much time she has spent in the hospital the doctors have made a good impression on her. She has very high aspirations in life!

Preschool Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOur preschool doesn’t do back packs for the kids, they have preschool bags in a range of colors for each child. Cuts out on the competition aspect of school that will start all too soon next year.  She was stoked that her bag was pink. As Anne will tell you “Pink goes with everything!”

Anne - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comShe was so excited for school that she kept looking in the window while we waited for her teacher to open the door.

Did you make anything for the first day of school?

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – September Finishes Party

ALYoF2014Woohoo! This is my first successful A Lovely Year of Finishes month since June! I have had other finishes, just not ones that I set goals for.  I’m very happy to report that I have finished the top for my hubby’s quilt. It only took two years! I even bought the back fabric on Monday (check it out here).

An absolute miracle happened today, I finished two quilt tops!!! This one is for my hubby. #alyof #quiltingmiracleThe quilt just turned out so beautifully and there are so many wonderful friends to be thanked for helping me get this baby finished, you know who you are and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to make this gorgeous top. There is a quilting plan, but you will have to wait and see…

Now how about you? Was it a successful month? I sure hope so!

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

and

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 **

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 Here is a list of our generous sponsors for September!!

1. 2. Honey, Bunny and Doll – 2 Patterns

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

3. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern

http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

4. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

5. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

7. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts

250

8. Thread Prize from Aurifil

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

10. 11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

cloverandviolet

12. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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

13. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

14. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

 Meadow Mist Designs Button



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Wonderland Bag – Craft Book Month

 

For Craft Buds Craft Book Month, I decided I should blog about a project I finished back in April and I don’t think I have ever blogged about it.  I have, however, put it on instagram before. Back in March I bought Sara Lawson’s book Big City Bags, and I was determined to sew something out of it.  My friend CeLynn helped me make up my mind when she asked me to sew the Wonderland Bag with her. Decision made!

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

My favorite part of making the bag was when I showed it to my mom and she asked me where I bought it, she was very impressed when I told her I made it!  That was awesome.

I was able to use some of my favorite fabrics in making this bag, on the exterior and the interior. I just love the print on the outside. I’m not sure why but it makes me very happy.

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThere were two parts I struggled with, the piping and finding the right length handles.  I will be investing in a piping foot for my machine the next time I decide to make anything that has piping, I think that will simply make life a whole lot easier.  The bag handles I think are kind of a crap shoot, though I’m happy with what I ended up getting.

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThese curves threw me for a loop, but I do love the overall effect. Now I need a reason to use the bag, a place to travel to and show it off maybe…

I love the interior too, I used some Simply Color fabrics that I have been hoarding and waiting to use on a special project. This was definitely the right project.

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love the way that Sara writes her patterns, I think pretty much anybody with enough patience and willingness to slow down could easily put this purse together.

Are you linking up to the Craft Book Month linky party?

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