Quilting Flux

I bet you don’t know what quilt design I’m talking about when I say Flux. Well Flux is actually a Zentangle design. In the quilting world, it is better known as Feathers.  I am working on Flux/Feathers because it is a common Zentangle design and I am planning to do a whole cloth Zentangle inspired quilt. Using a white fabric and black thread. I am intimidated by the idea of black on white but also intrigued because I think it will look special if I get it right.

In the mean time, lots of Free Motion Quilting practice is going on in my studio. Today I quilted a baby quilt that measure 53″ x 63″. I was pretty excited because I did the whole thing in 3 hours, which is pretty darn fast for me!

Posy Quilt - http://blog.sewibttersweetdesigns.com

I used a layer cake of Posy by Aneela Hoey to put together this cheerful little baby quilt. Then I completely covered it in feathers. I practiced going around curves, doing them straight and using them to fill awkward spaces. I am really pleased with how they turned out.

Feather Practice - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSorry for the lighting, but I didn’t want to use a flash because it washed out the quilting and the lighting yesterday afternoon in my studio wasn’t the greatest for pictures.

Feather Close - up - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI’m very happy with how the quilting turned out. Now I need to get this bound and sent off to my wonderful friend as her baby girl is already over 2 weeks old!

I hope everyone is having a great week!



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And thus endeth the neverending floor saga!

I am happy to say that we have new floors! And they are absolutely stunning! I just hope my hubby likes them as much as Anne, my mom and I do!

Sewing Room - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comWelcome to my sewing room!  This is the cleanest it has been in four years! I really only took this picture to show my husband. He asked how it felt for it to be clean and I promptly told him it felt strange and uncomfortable and as soon as the movers arrived I would mess it all up!  Not sure he thought that was as funny as I did!

Quilt Wall - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd of course, a shot of my sewing room wouldn’t be complete with out my pretty quilt wall.  This room is now jam packed with all of my sewing things and it is even still mostly clean though a bit more crowded.

I decided that new floors deserved a trip up to Ikea to celebrate the occasion and look at what followed me home:

Bar stools - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love them because they perfectly match our dinning room set and Anne loves the novelty of eating at the kitchen counter. I do think that the hubs will like this particular change for sure!

Stay tuned, I have been playing with some FMQ and have lots to show you this week!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – March 2015 Winners

A Lovely Year of Finishes

So fun for Shanna and I to help celebrate some winners!

Thank you again to our sponsors…this isn’t possible without them.

Here we GO….

March winners are


1. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern


Kris - Sew Sunshine


2. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

Lori - Flickr


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


Cheryl - Paisley Crazy


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

 Rachel - Sew Happily


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


6. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle


7. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


Tisha - Quilty Therapy


8. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs


9. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns


10. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

Andrea - Flickr 


11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


Laura - Flickr


Congratulations to everyone that finished their goal!

Just keep Stitching

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – April Goal Party

A Lovely Year of FinishesShanna from Fiber of All Sorts and I are so excited to see so many of you meeting small and large goals with A Lovely Year of Finishes.


This month is going to be hectic for us. My bottom floor is being moved out this Friday (along with my sewing studio), and our floors are being re-done during spring break. After that’s done I get to unpack and re-organize our house. Because we will be in a hotel for a week I prepped two hand work projects and one is a must finish because it is my homecoming gift for my hubs. I need to sew the binding down on his welcome home quilt.

Fireflies Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comIt is all quilted, done by the wonderful Vicki from Orchid Owl Quilts. I will do a full reveal with the quilt is done!

I can do it.


Do share, what’s your April goal?

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

Please choose ONE project
2. Link-up in 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 is a list of our amazing sponsors for the month

1. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

2. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

3. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


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

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

6. One Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

7. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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

8. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern


9. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

10. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


11. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button


Go and encourage one another

Just keep Stitching

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Raising the Sun – A new mini quilt

Happy last day of March everyone! Did you survive? I barely did! Did you finish your goal for March? You have a few more hours to link up. You can do it! Burn the midnight oil, after all, we’ve got awesome prizes!

One of the things I worked on in the month of March was two mini quilts for a birthday club that I am part of. Both are original designs. One is destined to be a pattern and will appear at a later date. The other could become a pattern if enough people express an interest.

Raising The Sun:

Raising the Sun - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

Here is the back. I used the backing as the binding this time, so I had to do my label a little differently than my usual binding label.

Backing - Rasing the Sun - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
Here’s a close up of that label:

Raising the Sun Label - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI had a lot of fun designing this mini, though I have to admit that it is outside my color comfort zone.

What have you been up to? Come back tomorrow for the April goal party!


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