A Lovely Year of Finishes – November Finishes Party!

ALYoF2014Whew! We made it! Survived another month!  This has been a crazy sewing month for me. I finished quilting my goal. I designed, pieced, quilted an bound another quilt. I released a new pattern, and I’ve got a jump start on my Christmas sewing.  Who needs sleep…right?

Spinners Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSorry for the picture, I realized as I was writing this post, that I never got a proper picture of my quilt outside. My goal this month was to finish quilting this and if I was able to bind it then that would have been icing. I couldn’t bind it though…there is still no name for the baby it is going to. Don’t worry, the parents still have lots of time as she isn’t due to make her arrival until January!  Binding will wait. In the meantime, I finished my goal, woohoo!

How about you? Did you have a successful month? I sure hope so!

You have two requirements to be entered into the prizes this month.

1. Link-up 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 November!!

1. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

2.Thread Prize from Aurifil

3. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


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

5. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

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


7. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern


8. PDF Pattern from Katy - The Littlest Thistle

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

9. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


10.  Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

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Stacked Pyramids Quilt Block

Today I am excited to launch a new quilt block pattern! The Stacked Pyramids Pattern!

Stacked Pyramids - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis block is very special to me because it incorporates one of my favorite quilting themes, Flying Geese. It is also very versatile as you can see from the color variations below:

Stacked Pyramids - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

Stacked Pyramids - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comStacked Pyramids - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comStacked Pyramids - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

Materials Required:

  • Background Scraps (low volume or solid): 36 squares – 2.5″ x 2.5″
  • 6 Raspberry Rectangles – 2.5″ x 4.5″
  • 12 Aqua Rectangles – 2.5″ x 4.5″

The one note I will give before you purchase this pattern, is that an accurate 1/4″ seam when piecing this block is absolutely essential, 0therwise it will not measure 12.5″ x 12.5″.

I recommend testing out your 1/4″ seam and measuring before you start sewing. I have found that a seam gauge is the most helpful for determining if your seams are accurate You can buy one here – this one by Dritz is my favorite and is the one I use to check my seam allowance when piecing. If you seam is too big, move your needle position over towards the right, closer to your seam guide.

The Stacked Pyramids block is on sale in my Craftsy Store and is available for $2.50. As you can see it is a fabulous block that allows for lots of freedom in your design!

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed it!



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Quilty Inspiration Wall

Over the last year I have been collecting/making items for my quilty inspiration wall. The wall that I face when I am sewing. I thought it would be nice to be able to look at that wall and feel inspired while I was sewing.  The ladies from the birthday club I am went all out to help me decorate my creative space!  Each item on the wall is truly precious to me and has a unique story that cheers me up whenever I look up from my sewing.

Quilty Inspiration Wall - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comStarting on the upper left is an amazing wall hanging from @chelsiecreates on Instagram. I just love the colors and brightness.

Second column from the left at the top is a stunning rainbow inspired drunkards path wall hanging from @rooibosmom also on Instagram.  Below that is a beautiful little wooden painting my mom gave me of a classic treadle and a woman sewing. I love how dolled up she is to sew – especially since I’m usually in my jammies! Below that is another wall hanging/mug rug from one of my friends in my Modern Quilt Guild – @4BAGGYS we were in a swap, the cool thing is that she made it using fabrics from my stash!  And below that is a gorgeous wall hanging my mom made years ago in a class. I found the top in her stash and brought it home to quilt and bind. I just LOVE it so much!

At the top of the middle column is a stunning wall hanging from @plumpatchwork, I was blown away when this ended up in my mailbox last month!   Below that wall hanging is some artwork by my wonderful Anne. As she inspires most of what I do, I can’t imagine her not being represented!

Second from the right is a stunning wall hanging by @weshallsew – oh my goodness, don’t you just love those hexies and the colors are SO me!

Finally, all the way to the right, is a crazy quilt block I made to try out some embroidery techniques. One day I will be making a real crazy quilt and this was a good test run for me.

So there you have it! My little inspiration wall. I plan to continue to add to it and I’m pretty sure that Anne does too! Do you have an inspiration wall?


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Swirling Out of Control

This past week I have been working on my submission for the Michael Miller Couture Cottons Challenge for Quilt Con.  Each person who signed up was sent 8 fat eighths of the pastel colors from the Couture Cotton line by Michael Miller. I have found this to be especially challenging because pastels, for the most part, turn me off, but hey, that’s what makes this a challenge…right!

I have posted a couple full views on Facebook and on Instagram. I don’t have a good pic on my camera to post on here.  I will share a full view when it is all done.  For now, here is a picture of my quilting progress. I finished the FMQ yesterday and started on the straight-ish quilting. I am doing gentle curves with my walking foot.

Pastel Challenge Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comWhen I finally finish this one up, I will tell you all about my inspiration and how I made the quilt.  Maybe by the time I finish I will also have a name, right now it I am just calling it the pastel quilt because I just haven’t thought of anything more fitting yet.

I will tell you black thread on black fabric is very challenging to quilt with because it is very hard to see where you have been and to keep the swirls from running into each other!

Have a happy Monday!


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Piccadilly Circus Handbag

Back at the beginning of October my wonderful friend CeLynn and I decided it was time to make another set of handbags together.  We picked another pattern out of Sara Lawson’s book, Big City Bags, and started pulling from our stashes.

I found some great prints that I bought this summer when my mom was visiting but I was completely unsure if I would have enough fabric because I was slightly under the fabric requirements for the pattern.  I emailed Sara on a Saturday, and I wasn’t expecting a response for a couple days, after all it was the weekend. I was so excited that she responded almost immediately and told me I should be fine so long as I was very careful with my cutting. I love AWESOME designers like Sara who really do make themselves available to their followers!

Piccadilly Circus Handbag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI have to say that I absolutely love how this bag turned out. In fact I only made one change and that was using D-Rings instead of actual rings. I couldn’t find any at all at JoAnns and I was too excited to get stitching to order any online and wait. I was so pleased with how the curved corners turned out – if you showed me this pattern 3 years ago I would have scoffed at the idea that I could sew it!

Piccadilly Circus Handbag inside - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI didn’t have enough of my interior fabric to make the pockets so I grabbed a coordinating Kona. The entire bag, minus the interfacings was made from my stash. Oh how I love stash projects, my husband would be so proud!

Piccadilly Circus Handbag and Me - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI asked Anne to take a picture of me with the bag. When the only person available to take your picture is just under 4 feet tall you end up with some interesting angles.  Next time I will have her stand on a foot stool!

I have to say I really love this bag and again I am just so pleased with Sara’s patterns. I am really looking forward to her next book!

And for those who don’t follow me on instagram, today is a certain someone’s fifth birthday. I am crying on the inside!

Anne on her birthday - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com


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