More Christmas Sewing

While we have been at my mom’s house I have been able to get some sewing done. My mom has a Janome 8900, which is a lovely machine to sew on, if I do say so myself.

On Thursday I made Anne a new skirt for our family reunion this weekend. I don’t have any pics of Anne wearing the shirt, but here is a pic of it all finished.



The pattern was super frustreating but my mom and I are talented enough sewists that we were able to figure it out and make it work.

How is your holiday sewing shaping up?


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Visiting Quilts

Welcome to my room at my parents house! There is something I find so neat when I visit my family about the fact that I get to visit the quilts that I love and spent hours making.  In my room is the quilt I made for my dad when he was recovering from Tuberculosis last year.  This is my Dizzying Diamonds pattern.

In Anne’s room, she is sleeping with the purple quilt I made for my mom’s birthday last year:

In my mom’s room, on her favorite recliner is the quilt I made for her in honor of my grandma. It was supposed to be a chemo quilt for my grandma, but the cancer took my grandma before my mom ever had a chance to make it.

FMQ Flowers I’m not sure why I don’t have a full size picture of this one.

Tomorrow we will decorate for Christmas, and yet another quilt will come out. The first quilt I ever made for my mom was a log cabin Christmas quilt. It is fun to visit and see a bit of my progression in quilting.

I hope everyone is having a lovely start to their holiday season!


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November Winners – A Lovely Year of Finishes

Wrapping up another month, Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts and I are excited celebrate your finishes with some of our amazing sponsored prizes.


A Lovely Year of Finishes


Be sure to go thank these generous businesses and individuals to keep them thriving.

Here is a list of our winners or November!!

1. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

Lisa, Quilts By Lisa

 2.Thread Prize from Aurifil


 3. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


Jannette - Quilting and Cardmaking

4. One Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

 FINAL-Logo-StitchesNGigglesPauline - Quilt-n-Queen

 5. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

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Sophie - Sophies Junction

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


 Marie - Flickr

7. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern

 Jennie - Jennie’s Threads

 8. PDF Pattern from Katy - The Littlest Thistle

 The Littlest Thistle -

  Cathy - Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting

9. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


 Linda - Pieceful Kingdom

 10.  Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns


Tammy - Karamat Sews

 Happy Quilting and keep up the awesome work!


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A Visit With Santa

I love this age, Santa is finally fun and exciting, as opposed to scary and frightening.  I thought I would share Anne’s picture with Santa this year.  We aren’t visiting a mall Santa. Instead, our local fire department came to our neighborhood with one of the trucks decked out with lights and music, complete with Santa. They also don’t ask for money for pictures, instead they ask for canned food items to fill our local food bank. It is a win-win. Happy kids and helping our community!

Santa and Anne 2014 - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd here is a shot of the truck. The people riding on top are Santa’s Helpers, they collect all of the donations.

Santa's Fire Truck - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSanta was kind enough to whisper in my ear what Anne asked for too, so that makes my life so much easier!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Christmas Decorating

Well…not really. Yes our house is decorated, but what I made is intended to decorate someone else’s house.

Christmas Cathedral Window - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis is going off in a care pack in the next day or so. I hope it’s new owner likes it.

It is a Cathedral Window ornament. I meshed together two different tutorials to make it, not really following either exactly… This tutorial by Kim from My Go-Go Life and this tutorial by Jamie from SunFlower Seeds.  I’m admittedly bad at following instructions but I think what I made works and is pretty.

I hope the recipient loves it! Though I have been assured she loves decorating for Christmas so that does give me hope!


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