Disappearing Act – An Explanation

I know, I haven’t been the most consistent blogger this year, between personal family disasters and my home being torn apart for new floors things have been crazy.  This time though, I have a very positive reason for disappearing, and if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I bet you already know why…

Homecoming 2015 - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

That’s right! Anne’s daddy came home over the weekend! After 9 very very long months our family is whole again.

homecoming 2015 - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comYesterday, was the first day I have sewn since my hubs got home and I finished up all of the teacher gifts. The mug rugs turned out beautiful, now Anne and I need to go pick out coffee mugs to go with them!

2015 Teacher Gifts - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSorry for the blurry picture. I took it with my phone while standing on top of an office chair that spins, holding onto the ceiling to steady myself (yup, good thing I don’t work for anyone else or OSHA would be all over me for that one! LOL).

I hope everyone has a very happy Thursday!


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A Little Handwork

I find handwork relaxing and cathartic. How about you?

This past weekend I sewed forty-nine 1″ hexagons into seven flowers. These will be turned into individual mug rugs for seven special women in Anne’s life. I am excited to make these because in some ways they represent a beginning and an end in our lives.  Here are some in progress pictures from the weekend. Today I start the machine work – time to Quilt!

Hexie In Progress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI did my best to personalize each flower to the recipient.

All Hexies - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThey are all basted and ready to quilt!

Basted Mug Rugs - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHappy Tuesday and Happy Sewing Everyone!



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A Lovely Year of Finishes – April Winners


Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! And Happy Sunday to everyone else!

Here is a list of our amazing sponsors for the month of April

1. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

Denise – Craftraditions

2. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

Carole – Fresh Off The Frame

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

Mary – Mary Emmens

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/

Tisha – Quilty Therapy

8. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern

9. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

Lisa – Flickr

10. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

11. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

Amanda – Fabric Engineer

I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!


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Teacher Appreication Gifts

Do you make Teacher Appreciation Gifts? I have a million ideas running through my head and I thought I would share a few with you.

Giving Handmade: Holiday Shopping List Holder « Lark Crafts

Journal Covers from Stitched In Color

Image courtesy of Ariane Quilts

I was thinking I could also make some mug rugs, the images above are to simply show what I mean by mug rugs, I wouldn’t make these exact ones – though these are lovely!

Do you make Teacher Appreciation and year end gifts?

I made them last year and I know the teachers loved the. I am thinking if I do mug rugs I might do ticker tape mug rugs and let Anne pick out fabrics that remind her of her teachers and include a small starbucks gift card and a coffee mug with each one. We have like 7 teachers to sew for though, which is CRAZY!

Happy Friday!


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Taking A Step Back

Do you ever look back on your hobby, which maybe you are trying to turn into something more than a hobby, and think to yourself “wow! I never thought I could do that!”?  That’s where I am at today. It is no secret that I am selling my patterns. It is no secret that I have submitted to a couple of magazines and even been accepted to a couple (coming soon to a newsstand near you).  Sometimes though, I look at the things I am making and I just can’t believe the designs are from me and that I have come far enough in my sewing to actually accomplish turning them from digital images into real life quilts.

I am a mostly self-taught quilter. My mom taught me the basics and the rest I have learned very much on my own. The only class I have ever taken was a color theory class and while it was helpful I couldn’t say that it helped with my actual quilting, though I did truly enjoy the experience. This may not seem like a big deal to most people, but when I look at my current project and see it coming together, I am quite proud of myself. Are we allowed to be proud of ourselves these day? Well even if we aren’t, I am going to say that I am.

To Be Named - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere are all the pieces for my next quilt cut out, the paper pieced sections are pieced, and I actually have two whole blocks pieced together too!

No Name Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI am super pleased with how this quilt is coming together. My goal is to piece the second two blocks and have the top assembled before my guild meeting tomorrow night. Wish me luck!

So just for today, I am taking a step back and appreciating how far I have come in my quilting journey. I am excited for what comes next!


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