Happy Halloween from Queen Elsa

The things we do to make our children happy. I, for instance, have been known to take on sewing projects that I know will make me completely miserable just so I can see this smile:

Queen Elsa - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comPretty much since the Disney Frozen movie came out Anne has been telling me she wants to be Elsa for Halloween. We have seen a million costumes at the stores, but NO! She saw this pattern:

Elsa Dress Pattern - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd immediately had it in her head that mommy would make her dress and she would be one of a kind.  Well she is definitely one of a kind and she definitely forced mommy to learn a whole bunch of new sewing skills.  Working with sheer fabrics, hand sewing an underlining into a garment and how to do a rolled hem, just to name a few new skills.

Trick or treat - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comDo you like our Teal Pumpkin peeking out from behind Queen Elsa? She is here trick-or-treating at our house because she knows we are an allergy safe house. In fact, in addition to “safe for Anne” candy (she has a deadly allergy to peanuts and tree nuts) we are giving out Halloween pencils. She insisted on a pencil for posing for these pictures this morning. She drives a hard bargain, and then for my troubles…she froze me!

Frozen! - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHappy Halloween from Queen Elsa (Anne) and me. We hope you have a fun and safe day!


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A Quilt Top is Born

Some times I just get motivated. Last week was one of those times where I was just motivated to finish.

Backlit Spinner Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love the way a quilt top looks against a bright window.  Always makes me think of stained glass.  This quilt is an original design that sat for almost 3 full years in the UFO pile.  I still need to name it and eventually write the pattern for it, but I am glad the top is finally done. I have a plan for the backing too, which is an added bonus!  Oh and did I mention the entire project will be made from my stash?!?

Spinner Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere is a regular front view.  I already have the perfect Aurifil thread for quilting this beauty so I should meet my finish by Christmas goal.

The next week and a half will be dedicated to Charity projects. I have a quilt block pattern to write for Do Good Stitches, I am the quilter next month. I also have a bunch of sewing to do for my guild’s QuiltCon charity challenge quilt.

What is on your plate?


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – October Finishes Party


Well October is almost over! I have a hem to put in an Elsa Dress and a sweatshirt to embroider before it is all said and done, but I think we are almost ready to close the books on this month.  Did you finish you goal?  I can happily report that I did!

Triple Star Mini Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

I will do a more in depth post later, probably when the pattern is written, but I am happy to report it is done and was accomplished using fabrics that were entirely from my stash! Woohoo!

How did you do? Did you finish your goal?
Remember you have until October 31st to link up!

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

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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!

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Here is a list of our generous sponsors for October!!

 1. PDF Pattern from Katy - The Littlest Thistle


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

2. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

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3. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


4. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts


5. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern


 6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to
Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

 7. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns


8. 9. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


 10. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

  Meadow Mist Designs Button

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


 12. Thread Prize from Aurifil




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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Fall 2014


It is that lovely time of year again when the Blogger’s Quilt Festival gets into full swing and we get to see so many incredible creations from across the blogosphere. A quick thank you to Amy from Amy’s Creative Side for hosting this fun event!  Make sure you visit the festival so you can see all the gorgeous creations!

I decided to enter the small quilt category with my Flowering Lone Star quilt. Those of you who have been with me for awhile are already familiar with this quilt, so I apologize for repeating myself. For those who are new, you should know that I have been on a Lone Star Kick this year.  I’ve made 3 different lone star quilts and one block tutorial.  Some ideas just get stuck in your head.

Flowering Lone Star - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com I decided to do circular spiral quilting on this one just to add some movement. It reminds me of a very still pool of water and someone threw a stone into it.

Quilting Flowering Lone Star 2 - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis quilt is reversible, I had lots of extra diamond pieces so I created a pieced backing, which later became the 2nd quilt. Gotta love reversible quilts. I call the backing Bursting Lone Stars. These stars are also known as Le Moyne stars – in my research I discovered that there are about 12 different names for this one block alone!

Bursting Lone Stars - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI didn’t intend for this quilt to be a Christmas quilt, but the colors just kind of lend itself to Christmas so this beauty will be gracing the couches of my living room throughout the month of December.

Quilt Stats:
Front Name - Flowering Lone Star
Back Name - Bursting Lone Stars
Measures - 51″ x 51″
Quilting Thread - Aurifil
Pattern Design – Melissa Dunworth (Me)
Fabric - Modern Poppy and Kona Steel

I hope you enjoy the festival and thank you so much for stopping by and visiting!



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New Life

Have you ever had one of those projects that you started for no reason and then fell out of love with it and stashed it into a drawer?  I have lots of them, I can admit it.  Today’s project got stashed in a drawer for lots of reasons, but it is coming back to life.  Someone in my life is pregnant and having a baby girl and I thought this would be an adorable quilt for them. I designed it back in 2012 and I am changing the design slightly, more on that in a future post once I have made a few more blocks.

Spinner Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSo here is a sewing confession for you, I love batiks! My great grandparents are from French Polynesia and I swear it is just in my blood. So here is my pink, yellow and purple spinner baby quilt.  At least the start of it. The blocks are only 8.5″ by 8.5″ so I have quite a few more to make before it is a decent sized baby quilt.

Have a Happy Wednesday!


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