Where I’ve Been…and Week 29 Goals

Hello everyone! Did you miss me? I have been away on a family vacation and for the most part was able to truly unplug, at least from the blog anyways. I kept up on my email for pattern testing purposes and was on Instagram (@SewBitterSweetDesigns) If you follow me there you might know that we are just getting back from a trip to Disneyland. I will share some pictures here soon and I will also explain why we decided to be insane and take a 4.5 year old to Disneyland, but not today!

The winner from my birthday giveaway, and thank you to all who entered and left such sweet comments, is Kerry from the UK. She has been contacted and is very excited about her win!

Churn Dash - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy goal this week is 4 more of these and I have 5 more other blocks to make as well. Needless to say I will be sewing like a mad woman!

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Happy Birthday Giveaway!

Today is my birthday. The cool thing is that I also share this birthday with one of my favorite people, so a quick shout out to my dear friend Cindy, Happy Birthday!

For my birthday I have decided to celebrate with a fun little giveaway just for you!

Fat Quarter Shop is offering one of my wonderful readers my favorite pre-cut!  I am a huge fan of the Layer Cake.  I have my eye on a couple different lines right now and if I got to choose, I would likely pick one of the following (if not both!):

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There is something that draws me in about those two lines.

Entering is simple, just follow the rafflecopter below! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – July Goals!

ALYoF2014Well hello July! Now that summer is in full swing I am beginning to think of more portable sewing projects. My goal this month is to work on my hexagon quilt. In order to do make the quilt, I need to finish making my hexies. I have one set of hexagons left to make and I will have them done by the end of July! Then I can start piecing my quilt!!!!

Simply Color & Style Hexies - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThese hexagons are all from the Simply Style and Simply Color fabric lines. I love both of these lines so much and I can’t wait to start piecing my quilt, that being said I still have about 150 left to piece so my goal this month is to finish piecing them.

What about you? What will your July goal be?

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

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 July!!

 July prizes include:

1. A fat quarter bundle from Riley Blake Designs

2. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

3. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts

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4. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

5. Thread Prize from Aurifil

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

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

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)

 http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

9. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

10. 11. Honey, Bunny and Doll – 2 Patterns

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

12. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

  Meadow Mist Designs Button

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

14, 15. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

 cloverandviolet



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Swoon Journey – The Backing

I started my Swoon quilt way back in January of 2012. I kept up with the swoon along on Flickr for a few months, I think I made 6 blocks before I stopped dead in my tracks.  Then last May for my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal, I swore I would finish my top, and I did!

Half Moon Modern Swoon Vertical - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love this top! It is probably one of my most favorite (for me) quilts I’ve ever made.  Then I stopped dead in my tracks again.  The reason was/is silly but I bet many of you can identify…I didn’t want to cut into the remainder of my precious Half Moon Modern fabrics. After all, it is an out of print line that is still in high demand. If I cut them and used them…then I wouldn’t have them anymore.

Fast forward to January of 2014 and my self-imposed fabric diet.  I decided I wasn’t buying anymore fabric so I had better finish my projects with what I have!

My goal this month has been to make a backing for my Swoon.  I decided on a giant star so I could feature some of my favorite scissor prints from the line. I didn’t use a tutorial for the backing, though I know there are tons out there for giant stars.  Anne insists on having her picture taken with all of my quilting projects so here is the obligatory cute picture (sorry, I just can’t help myself but to share her adorableness).

Anne with Swoon Backing - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd here is another one with the borders on. It is hugenormous if you can’t tell. 89″ x 89″

Swoon Backing - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

Have you finished your June Goal yet? Link up here!

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – June Finishes Party

ALYoF2014It is official! With this post we have reached the half way point of the year.  Can you believe it?!? I personally want to cry just a little bit because this year has gone by so fast. On the other hand I want to celebrate because I have so many finishes under my belt. I honestly can’t remember ever being so productive.

My goal this month was to make a backing for my swoon quilt.

Half Moon Modern Swoon Vertical - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere is my top, I will show you the back tomorrow. I really love how it turned out.

Did you finish you June Goal?!?

What one item did 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

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 June!!

 June prizes include:

 1.  Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

2.PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

3. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

4. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

 Meadow Mist Designs Button

5, 6. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

 cloverandviolet

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

8. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

9, 10. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)

 http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

11. Thread Prize from Aurifil

12. Quilting Patterns designed by Quilting Lodge

 

13. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

We can’t wait to see what you have made!



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