Anne’s Back to School Dress

I am so excited to report that I finished Anne’s Back to School dress last Friday morning. This was my August goal and I was worried I wouldn’t finish in time.  If you are just finishing up your goal today, you can enter until midnight tonight!

The dress turned out super cute! The fabric on top is a Michael Miller print and the fabric on the bottom is by Robert Kaufman. The piping I got from JoAnn’s. I had no idea you could buy pre-made piping, and let me tell you that has sort of changed my world! Now that I have successfully done piping in a purse (made it myself and hated every step) and a dress I feel like I can pretty much conquer any project with piping – piping that I will BUY!

Simplicity 1379A - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI am so tickled with how it turned out. The piping just gives it so much pizzazz!

Back to School - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd just look at the pockets!

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The pattern is Simplicity 1379A – I made it a size 7 which is a little roomy, but I think it looks good on her. Her first official day of school is September 14th. Yes, mommy will be balling her eyes out and Anne will be skipping into the classroom beyond excited!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – August Finishes Party


I have been derailed on my progress for Anne’s dress. I have all my supplies, including PIPING (give me strength!). But as soon as I mail out my secret project, this dress will be my top priority, if I don’t finish by August 31st, it won’t be the end of the world because the first day of kindergarten isn’t until September 14th, so I still have lots of time!

How about you?

What one item did you choose?

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

1. Link-up the first 7-days of the month

Please choose ONE project


2. Link-up in {on this post} the last 7-days of the month

Only with a completed, successful project.  And yes the same one that you choose earlier in 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!

And if you are on twitter or Instagram tag #ALYoF

**Please note, the linky party is the same here and over at Shanna, so there is no need to enter twice **

 Here’s our amazing prizes this month…thank you sponsors!

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

2. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

3. A Prize from Carrie of Gotcha Covered Quilting


4. One PDF pattern from Honey, Bunny, and Doll Designs

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

5. Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies – Custom fabric package, 3 yards plus free shipping anywhere

6. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

7. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

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8. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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9. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

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10. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


12. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern

13. One PDF pattern from Michele of Mishka’s Playground


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Hazel the Hedgehog

The last week I’ve been working away feverishly on swap projects. For some reason I thought it would be brilliant to sign up for three swaps that all had deadlines within a week of each other, and to top it off…I procrastinated on all three! So my style!

After going through my partner’s feeds, I realized that there was one pattern that I could personalize for all three people. Hazel the Hedgehog II by Elizabeth Hartman. It is such a fun pattern that I will actually be making two more, one as a baby quilt for a friend (fabrics already selected) and one as a mini quilt for my sewing room, because I just fell in love with Hazel.

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This was my first Hazel for the Text Me Mini Quilt Swap on Instagram. My partner loves Cotton and Steel and the color green. I hope she loves this one. The background is a remnant that I picked up on vacation at Intrepid Thread.

Hazel the Hedgehog - pink - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis little Hazel is winging it’s way across the Atlantic to one of the ladies in the birthday club that I have been participating in all year. I hope she loves her as much as I do. The best part is everything came out of my stash – always nice!

Hazel the Hedgehog - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis is all three of the Hazel’s that I made. The bottom on is actually a quilted pillow cover for one of the ladies in my guild. And I’m actually ahead of schedule for this one as it isn’t due until September 2nd!

So a few things about the pattern: Elizabeth Hartman is a genius with how she has you assemble Hazel. I know it looks like a ton of triangles and scary bias seams, but I promise you that it is super easy and I would venture to say that it is a confident beginner pattern. The key is to read all the way to the end and make sure you cut precisely!

This week is all about finishing up the secret project I spoke of last Friday. I need to get it finished and shipped ASAP! Then back to making a wonderful friend a Hazel quilt for her soon to be born daughter. Oh and I have to crank out Anne’s back to school dress by next Monday! Tomorrow is the link up for August Finishes!

Happy Sewing!


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Secret Project

keep-calm-and-shhhh-shhToday I start working on a new fun secret project. Not sure when I will be able to share it with you but know that I am sewing my heart out this weekend trying to hit a deadline. Next week I will show you all the Hazel mini quilts I finished this week. I am really quite tickled with how they turned out!

In the meantime, happy sewing!


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July Charity Sewing

I’m a bit behind in posting these blocks, but then I was a bit behind in making them because we went on vacation for the last week of July and first two weeks of August.

Trust Circle - Do Good Stiches - July 2015 Block (2)The first two blocks are log cabin blocks in bright cheerful colors. These were requested by Jessica (@plumpatchwork on Instagram).  I think this is going to be a gorgeous and happy quilt when it is all put together.

Trust Circle - Do Good Stitches July 2015 - Block for AlexThis happy little paper pieced block was a challenge for me (I’m not used to so many TINY pieces). It was a free pattern on Craftsy offered by Kristy from Quiet Play. She is such a talented designer! You should really check out her blog!  This block is for a secret project, hopefully I can share more about it later.

Have you been doing any charity sewing lately? I have a few more blocks to make for my guild and the August blocks for Do Good Stitches. Sewing for others really does make me happy.

Have a happy hump day!


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