Wonderland Bag – Craft Book Month


For Craft Buds Craft Book Month, I decided I should blog about a project I finished back in April and I don’t think I have ever blogged about it.  I have, however, put it on instagram before. Back in March I bought Sara Lawson’s book Big City Bags, and I was determined to sew something out of it.  My friend CeLynn helped me make up my mind when she asked me to sew the Wonderland Bag with her. Decision made!

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

My favorite part of making the bag was when I showed it to my mom and she asked me where I bought it, she was very impressed when I told her I made it!  That was awesome.

I was able to use some of my favorite fabrics in making this bag, on the exterior and the interior. I just love the print on the outside. I’m not sure why but it makes me very happy.

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThere were two parts I struggled with, the piping and finding the right length handles.  I will be investing in a piping foot for my machine the next time I decide to make anything that has piping, I think that will simply make life a whole lot easier.  The bag handles I think are kind of a crap shoot, though I’m happy with what I ended up getting.

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThese curves threw me for a loop, but I do love the overall effect. Now I need a reason to use the bag, a place to travel to and show it off maybe…

I love the interior too, I used some Simply Color fabrics that I have been hoarding and waiting to use on a special project. This was definitely the right project.

Wonderland Bag - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love the way that Sara writes her patterns, I think pretty much anybody with enough patience and willingness to slow down could easily put this purse together.

Are you linking up to the Craft Book Month linky party?


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – Participant Highlight

ALYoF2014Shanna and I are so excited to present our September participant highlight post to you!  We have Kris from Sew Sunshine with us today.  If you haven’t visited Kris yet, you really should, she does some amazing quilts!

Blog name: Sew Sunshine
Blog address: http://www.sewsunshine.blogspot.com
Name you’re known by throughout quilting world: Kris@SewSunshine

What’s your ALYoF goal this month? Well I think I bit off more than I can chew  this month. I wanted to make a back and quilt my Mod Olive quilt from the Mod Olive qal earlier this summer, over at Sew Kind of Wonderful. It has lots of curved seams and secondary designs made by those curves that would be great for fun quilting. However, quilting like that is a real weakness for me. I want to have some fun with it but tend to stress out of what to do and how to do it.

Mod Olives - http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/

How do you approach your sewing goals? I don’t really like to make much of a list or goal. I found that picking one item each month for A Lovely Year of Finishes motivates me to give my attention to that one thing if nothing else. Sometimes I can do it and many more things. Sometimes I get distracted by other quilts I want to make, or projects I want to do.  Items made for gifts can throw any plan out the window as well as family events and well, just life.

Mod Olives - http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/

How do you organize/prioritize your projects? I like to keep that one thing in mind  for  each month but I sort of go with the flow. I don’t put away the fabric for a quilt that is not finished. If I start a new project before the others are finished, I have to work around that mess. Most of the time that keeps those projects to the forefront and I get them done.  Other times I am 3 deep on the design wall, one on the floor while I walk past and stew about how to finish it, and one on the cutting table waiting to get started. Not to mention drawings/sketches  and bags of fabric stashed for upcoming ideas. So to answer the question…not so organized at my house.

What is your current favorite project that you are working on?  Currently I am working on this sort of southwest looking block. I was going through some old magazines and I found this cool way to make this block.  It is one of those blocks that you sew together one way and then cut it apart and put it back together and you end up with something so cool.  The block is cool but what I find to be the best part about it is that I am using up stash fabric. I have fabric that I purchased in my stash dating back to the 80’s so it is so exciting to just use it up.  I have been trying to do the Purge over at Stitched in Color. I have several items I completed from my stash for this project.

Mod Olives - http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/

What is your dream project to work on? I think my dream project would be to make a super king size quilt for my bed. I would make pillows and shams and matching curtains. I used to love working on big projects.  I am not quite ready to quilt a big quilt like that on my home machine so for  right now I am just dreaming about it.

What is your favorite time of day to sew? I really do my best when the sun is just coming up.  I like really early. The rest of the house does not, so it is not often  something I get to do.

What is your favorite quilting/sewing accessory? I think this year my favorite quilting accessory is spray starch. I never liked to iron/press but when you use spray starch you see just how smooth and flat something can get. It really has helped me out so many times. I use all kinds but really I am finding that expensive is not always the best.

What is your number one quilting/sewing goal for 2014? I really want to finish a quilt that I made my first year of blogging. It is a diamond pattern using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I have the top done the backing pieced and the batting bought. Now I am waiting for my fmqing skills to improve so I can do a great job of quilting on it. I have been gaining some skills  in this area and making bigger and bigger quilts to quilt.  To date my DIY sampler is my largest  finish at 54” x 70” you can see HERE

Mod Olives - http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/

What is one technique you really want to learn? I had this idea of doing a new technique at the beginning of the year. This year I chose to do the portrait of my mom in pixelated format. I really want to do this again but refine the colors and pattern and maybe use prints.  I think there are lots of opportunities for this technique to really become art.  I like the cross over into mixed media by dying my own fabrics and using other textiles too.

Mod Olives - http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/Thanks for joining us Kris!!



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Blocks are complete!

So I just couldn’t help myself and I went ahead and finished all of the blocks yesterday! I think I am going to go ahead with a navy border. I just need to buy more fabric, how sad!

Curve It Up Challenge Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comDo you see the little spot of pink hiding on the right hand side? Someone is playing a little hide and seek…

Found you! http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com“Found You!” she yelled.

And because Anne loves to take pictures with my camera, her is her picture of my blocks.

Anne's Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSo I will be heading to the fabric store today to purchase some Navy to finish this puppy up! So excited!


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Curve It Up Challenge Update

I have been trucking along with the Curve It Up Challenge, pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I have all but two blocks done!

Love how this is coming together! #ciuchallenge #janome #quickcurveruler

Excuse the cell phone picture, but as I write this post it is late at night and the lighting now sucks too much for a real picture.

I am just so happy with how the blocks are turning out. My Fancy Fans and my Drunkards Path blocks are a tad different from the original designs, and I am really happy with how they turned out. I could seriously see a whole quilt made from the fans. I just love that block!

I am hoping to be done with the blocks by Wednesday and then I need to decide if I want to sash or not. So far I’m not leaning in any particular direction, I would like to try and stay within my stash, as so far I haven’t bought anything for this quilt. That may change when I have to back it but for now I haven’t spent a dime on it! Who knew I had so many solid shades of blue in my stash!

Happy Monday and Happy Quilting to Everyone!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – August Winners

Gotta love winners..as so many of you are!

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Let’s celebrate our sponsors and tell you about the winners from last month.

Shanna and I are excited to announce that the August winners are:

1. PDF Pattern from Katy - The Littlest Thistle

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

Katie - Katie Mae Quilts

2. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


Lucy - Lucy Made

3. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

Heather - Peachy Pages

4. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

Anita - Quilt in a Not-Shell

5. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

Kell - Flickr

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

Katie - Good Golly Ginger

7. Thread Prize from Aurifil

Allison - Allison Sews

8. 9. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern
from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)


Pauline - Quilt-n-Queen
Sharon - Forget-Me-Not-Stitche

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

Cathy -  Winter Wanderings

11. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

 Meadow Mist Designs Button

 Julie - That’s Sew Julie

12. 13. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


Jessica - Quilty Habit
Leanne - She Can Quilt

14. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts


Thank you again to all our sponsors and for all of you being amazing.

Keep it up … there are more prizes this month.


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