My First Quilting/Sewing Contest – The Thurston County Fair

One of my personal sewing goals this year was to enter a quilting contest.  I think the reason I picked this as a goal was because while I do put myself out there all the time on this blog, I don’t put myself out there for “judging”.  Judging is hard.  You worry if what you do is good enough.  I’m really glad that I decided to participate if only for the experience. I’m not sure I will do it again but it was certainly fun yesterday to walk into the hall where the quilts are displayed at the county fair and see my quilts hanging.

Anne's Easter Dress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI entered Anne’s Easter Dress into the fair just for fun. This is the dress that I am probably most proud of making because the bodice is fully lined (a first for me).  I won a blue first place ribbon for her dress. It was so cute when Anne saw it yesterday and asked “mommy, is it going to stay here forever?”  I had to reassure her repeatedly that we would be picking it up on Monday.

After finding her dress, I went on a hunt for my quilts and found my Rainbow Star Burst quilt.

Rainbow Star Burst - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI entered this quilt into the lap quilt lot for the machine pieced, machine quilted category and won a blue first place ribbon.

I ended up being kind of silly and entering two quilts in the same category, so they were competing against each other.

Sew Intertwined Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThe Sew Intertwined Quilt was awarded a third place ribbon in the same category, Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted.

Ribbons aside, the most fun part was seeing all the quilts hanging up!  I get to pick my quilts and Anne’s dress up on Monday and I will get a feedback form from the judges.  I am excited to see what they have to say. I’m hoping for truly constructive criticism so that I can improve my work.

In the meantime I have 20 hours left to figure out my goal for August. Guess I better get on that! Don’t forget to link your finish up for July!

Oh, and I apologize for the crappy cell phone pictures! I brought my camera with me and took one picture and then got a nice little message saying “memory card full”. Seriously?!? I’m hoping to head back tomorrow with my parents (who are flying in this afternoon for a weekend visit), this time I will bring an empty memory card!

Have a great Thursday!


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Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

Today Anne and I are volunteering at the Thurston County Fair.  My local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild has a booth there and today is opening day, as President of the guild I wanted to make sure I was there to represent the guild. I am bringing lots of projects to entertain Anne and even a dvd player. I will be working on binding the quilt that I posted about on Monday. I finished the quilting Monday, trimmed it and prepped the binding yesterday and today I start the handwork.

In the meantime, since we are going to the county fair I thought I would show off the fabrics for my next design project. I was drawn to them because they are happy. I also love blues and reds. I am pairing these with Kona White.

Cuteville County Fair - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comCuteville County Fair by Cathy Heck for Henry Glass

Have happy Wednesday! And I will be back tomorrow with pictures of my quilts hanging at the fair!


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Week 31 Goals

This week I just want to finish a quilt. The one I posted about last week for my Do. Good Stitches group. I am about 3/5 of the way done quilting, then I just need to trim and bind it. I am working at our local county fair on Wednesday and I would love to have a binding project to work on while doing my 3 hour shift. Anne will be with me too and I’m planning on bringing her DVD player to watch a couple movies on.

Do Good Stitches HST Quilt progress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAre you working on your July Finish? I have to admit that I don’t think I will get mine done, this has become my number one priority and I’m ok with that!

Have a great Monday!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – July Finishes Party


Can I just be the first to say that July has been a month? I mean seriously! Traveling for two weeks can throw a girl off her game and then coming home and trying to get back into a routine with a 4 year old who is on a Disneyland high, talk about a challenge.

This was my July goal: to finish my Simply Style hexies.

Simply Color & Style Hexies -

I did make a lot of progress, but I am about 80 shy of my goal right now. We will see if I make it, if not, I am going to completely forgive myself. After all, piecing these will probably take me a year so what’s another month!

What about you? How did you do?

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


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 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


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)

9. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


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


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Fan Dance Quilt – A Modern Quilt Guild Challenge

I am finally revealing my Michael Miller Modern Quilt Guild challenge quilt!  When I saw the fabric, at first I was really excited about it…then I got nervous. The colors are really not my colors. I find it hard to work with some colors and when I struggle with that the entire quilt becomes a struggle.  After a month and a half of staring at the fabrics I decided to take out my huge 10 degree wedge ruler and play with the fabrics. I had a few designs in mind and this is what I settled on:

Fan Dance Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI’m calling this quilt – Fan Dance – because it kind of looks like the fans are dancing with each other.  I still wasn’t keen on the top after I finished it, so I decided to turn it into an FMQ sampler. After I finished all the quilting, I finally fell in love with it.

Fan Dance Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI did 9 different FMQ designs and had the sides become mirror images.  This was a huge skill builder for me and made me want to spend even more time practicing different FMQ Designs. I’m not sure you can tell but I alternated between sharp and soft designs. Click on the picture to see a larger view.

Here is a close up of the center section, which happens to be my favorite element of the quilt:

Fan Dance Center Section - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSince I was at my parents house when I finished the quilt, I had to take a picture of the finished quilt on their old wooden bench. It is a tradition when I am home. I just love that bench!

Fan Dance Bench - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis quilt was gifted to a dear friend of our family and she loved it.

Quilt Stats:

Name: Fan Dance
Designed and Quilted by: Melissa Dunworth (me)
Size: 60×60
Fabrics: Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels and Kona Ash, bound with American Made Brand
Thread: Aurifil Mako 50/2

I do love a good finish!


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