Can A Girl Get A Refund? And A Quilt Reveal…

If I was to tell you that 2015 is just not working out so well for me, would you take me at my word? In addition to all the things that have gone wrong with my fridge and house, then family and friends who passed away at the beginning of the month, for some reason Anne and I both decided to top off February with two separate trips to the ER. One for me -  I sliced my finger open (learned a new rule – if you can make it talk, go to the doc); and one for Anne – she had her first ever headache and we couldn’t figure out what was going on.  Needless to say I’m exhausted and would like a refund on the last 2 months!

I haven’t been able to sew much this week, something about one of my hands being bandaged and both hurting because I can’t take my RA meds – they impede healing.  That being said, I still have a reveal for you!

Spinner Quilt -

Quilt Stats:

Name: Spinning Out
Designed by: Me – Melissa Dunworth
Quilting Thread – Aurifil
Size: 56″ x 56″
Made for: Our new niece

I enjoyed making this quilt. It felt like too much pink so the backing is bright green with large flowers.

Here is one more pic all folded up:

Spinner Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI do love a good finish! You still have time to link up your February finish! The party closes on Saturday, February 28th and March goals go live on Sunday March 1st. Come join us for some fun, finishes and prizes!

Happy Thursday!



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A Lovely Year of Finishes – February 2015 Finishes Party

alyof2015Well I survived this month. Let me tell you…it has been an emotional roller coaster. I am so glad that I picked a small goal that I could accomplish this month.  Next month will be more of the same, as well April. My floors are going to be completely ripped out and replaced, which means Anne and I will have to move out for a full week and also take care of a lot of the moving prep as well. No one is moving my sewing machines except me! LOL

Here is my finished bound baby quilt.

Spinner Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI will post more photos later this week!  It has been delivered and I’m told is well loved. Which is what every quilter wants to hear!

Do share, were you successful with your February goal?

What one item did 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 the lovely new and old sponsors and prizes for February:

1. 10 piece Fat Quarter Bundle of Cotton and Steel
from Gotcha Covered Quilting


2. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


3. One PDF pattern from Michele of Mishka’s Playground


4. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist DesignsMeadow Mist Designs Button

5. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

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

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

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

8. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

9. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

10. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle -

11. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern

12. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


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


Remember to click on a few other’s links and give people some love.

Just keep Stitching

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Working on my Free Motion Quilting

This past week I have been working on a mini quilt for a birthday club I am in.  This one is special because the person I am sewing for is a long arm quilter. Ahhhh! I hope my FMQ is up to snuff! Here is the back of my quilt. It is a rainbow octagon of my own design.  I’m pebbling and doing some straight-ish lines.

Rainbow Octagon Quilting - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSince I am planning to bind this by turning the backing to the front I stitched the label onto the backing.  Hoping that decision doesn’t turn out to be a bad one!

Happy Friday and don’t forget that Sunday the Finishes Party opens for February A Lovely Year of Finishes!!


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Tutorial – Supporting Those Large Quilts

The projects I will be working on for the next couple weeks will be largely heavy on the handwork. This is because my flooring did not match and I had to pick out all new floors.  When they are finally ready to do my floors Anne and I will have to move out for a minimum of 5 days. To say the least, I am not looking forward to that prospect.  In the meantime, I got my Swoon Quilt back from the incredibly talented Vicki of Orchid Owl Quilts. You should follow her on Instagram, if you don’t already!

The Swoon is huge, 80″ x 80″ huge!  When working with a quilt of this size I know some people can get a little intimidated, but over the years I have come to find that it is simply a matter of getting creative on how you support your quilt.

This is my sewing set up on a typical day.  How I like it to be when I am piecing or working on small quilts.

Quilty Inspiration Wall - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThe table next to my sewing table is actually a drawer set from Ikea and bonus, it is on wheels.

This is my set up when I am working on a huge quilt. Even though I didn’t quilt my Swoon, I still have to be able to work with it’s giant size to put the binding on the front. This is my set up for that process.

Large Quilt Set Up -

I’ve turned my ironing board into a side table and moved my set of drawers out to the front to support the weight of my quilt.

Now here is how it looks with my 80″ x 80″ Swoon on it:

Swoon Binding - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOnce I sit in my chair and adjust the quilt to sit further back on the extra table, the quilt doesn’t pull down at all.  It is 100% supported and I don’t have to worry about it pulling on my machine or impacting my tension.

Get creative in your sewing room to support those big quilts. I’ve used chairs, ironing boards, extra side tables and my husband once or twice.  Don’t let your quilt pull or hang from your machine.  It isn’t good for the machine or the quilt.

Have Fun Quilting!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – January 2015 Winners

The last couple weeks have been rough in our house, but I have to say announcing winners with Shanna always cheers me up a bit because I know it brings people joy, and who doesn’t like bringing joy to others?

Our list of winners for January: 

1. PDF Pattern from Katy - The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle -

2.  Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

Andrea - Flickr

3. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern

4. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


5. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


 Melissa - Melia Mae Quilting

6. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

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

Julie - That’s Sew Julie

8. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

Becky - Flickr

9. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

Melinda - MekiQuilts

10. Honey, Bunny and Doll – 1 pdf Pattern

Mina - Kinda Quilty

11 Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 3 yards plus free shipping anywhere 

Alida - Tweety Loves Quilting

Keep working on those February finishes!



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