A Lovely Year of Finishes – April Finishes Party

alyof2015So how did April go for you? Was it all you imagined? Did the finishes just pile up around you? Mine…not so much. I finished a baby quilt, but that wasn’t the quilt I intended to finish this month. Oops! I am halfway done with the binding on my goal quilt so I will keep plugging away and hopefully finish it before the end of the month.


Do share, did you finish your April goal?

What one item did you choose?

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

1. Link-up the first 7-days of the monthPlease choose ONE project
2. Link-up {on this post} 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 our amazing sponsors for the month

1. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

2. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

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

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/

8. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern


9. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

10. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


11. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button


Go and encourage one another

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Posy Quilt

Anne has strep throat. She spent Saturday night learning how to “aim for the bucket” and spent most of Sunday sleeping. We had 6 hour trip to the ER on Sunday night to find out she had a “throat infection” and did a second round of testing yesterday to find out she actually has strep throat. Bring on the antibiotics and send prayers that mommy doesn’t get it next!  In the meantime, naps are long and mama has been quilting.

Posy Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

The quilt went together quickly and has some very special to the baby mama and me fabric on the back. I’ve had the fabric since we were teenagers and we both had dresses made from it. I’m pretty sure that, even though it will be years until baby understands how special it is, mommy will make sure she one day understands how precious it is.

Quilt Stats:

Designed, Pieced & Quilted by: Melissa Dunworth (Me)
Fabric: Posy by Aneela Hoey
Measures: 64″ x 54″

I will be mailing this quilt off soon. I just love knowing that it will not only be well loved but also well used!

Come back Friday to link up your April Finishes, I still have to finish mine. I have two more sides of binding to hand sew down. This month I am the Tortoise!


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Quilting Flux

I bet you don’t know what quilt design I’m talking about when I say Flux. Well Flux is actually a Zentangle design. In the quilting world, it is better known as Feathers.  I am working on Flux/Feathers because it is a common Zentangle design and I am planning to do a whole cloth Zentangle inspired quilt. Using a white fabric and black thread. I am intimidated by the idea of black on white but also intrigued because I think it will look special if I get it right.

In the mean time, lots of Free Motion Quilting practice is going on in my studio. Today I quilted a baby quilt that measure 53″ x 63″. I was pretty excited because I did the whole thing in 3 hours, which is pretty darn fast for me!

Posy Quilt - http://blog.sewibttersweetdesigns.com

I used a layer cake of Posy by Aneela Hoey to put together this cheerful little baby quilt. Then I completely covered it in feathers. I practiced going around curves, doing them straight and using them to fill awkward spaces. I am really pleased with how they turned out.

Feather Practice - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSorry for the lighting, but I didn’t want to use a flash because it washed out the quilting and the lighting yesterday afternoon in my studio wasn’t the greatest for pictures.

Feather Close - up - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI’m very happy with how the quilting turned out. Now I need to get this bound and sent off to my wonderful friend as her baby girl is already over 2 weeks old!

I hope everyone is having a great week!



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And thus endeth the neverending floor saga!

I am happy to say that we have new floors! And they are absolutely stunning! I just hope my hubby likes them as much as Anne, my mom and I do!

Sewing Room - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comWelcome to my sewing room!  This is the cleanest it has been in four years! I really only took this picture to show my husband. He asked how it felt for it to be clean and I promptly told him it felt strange and uncomfortable and as soon as the movers arrived I would mess it all up!  Not sure he thought that was as funny as I did!

Quilt Wall - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd of course, a shot of my sewing room wouldn’t be complete with out my pretty quilt wall.  This room is now jam packed with all of my sewing things and it is even still mostly clean though a bit more crowded.

I decided that new floors deserved a trip up to Ikea to celebrate the occasion and look at what followed me home:

Bar stools - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love them because they perfectly match our dinning room set and Anne loves the novelty of eating at the kitchen counter. I do think that the hubs will like this particular change for sure!

Stay tuned, I have been playing with some FMQ and have lots to show you this week!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – March 2015 Winners

A Lovely Year of Finishes

So fun for Shanna and I to help celebrate some winners!

Thank you again to our sponsors…this isn’t possible without them.

Here we GO….

March winners are


1. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern


Kris - Sew Sunshine


2. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

Lori - Flickr


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


Cheryl - Paisley Crazy


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

 Rachel - Sew Happily


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


6. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle


7. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


Tisha - Quilty Therapy


8. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs


9. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns


10. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

Andrea - Flickr 


11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


Laura - Flickr


Congratulations to everyone that finished their goal!

Just keep Stitching

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