A Lovely Year of Finishes – August Goals Party

alyof2015Hi Everyone! I am coming to you live from my new desktop computer. Talk about a learning curve…geez!  My goal for this month is to make Anne a back to school dress. She will be starting Kindergarten and that is sort of a big deal in our lives. I know one of us will be crying on the first day of school and I also know that it won’t be her! She’s so ready and I just want to hold tight so badly…

Anne's 2014 First Day - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis is her dress from last year, which coincidentally just won a blue ribbon at my local county fair this week! This week we will be picking out fabrics and a pattern, then later this month I will be sewing my heart out (and probably crying my heart out too).

How about you?

What one item will 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

and

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’s our amazing prizes this month…thank you sponsors!

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

2. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

3. A Prize from Carrie of Gotcha Covered Quilting

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

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

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

6. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

7. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

FatQuarterShop - http://www.fatquartershop.com

8. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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

9. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

10. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

cloverandviolet

12. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern

http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

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

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Riley Blake 2015 Challenge Quilt

I finished four whole quilts from start to finish this month! Wow! Talk about a busy sewing machine!

Two of the quilts I cannot reveal until later in the year. For now I am going to show my Riley Blake quilt – Top Spin.  This was a challenge presented by the Modern Quilt Guild. The requirements were to make something quilted and to try something new. I tried a whole new pattern and template that I designed.

Top Spin - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis is my own pattern, I actually made my templates out of file folders. This was a fun quilt to make. There are two large appliques one for the center and one for the larger circle. I used my walking foot to quilt the giant spiral.

Top Spin - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI am super happy with the results. I used several solids from my stash paired with the Riley Blake prints. The quilt will make a lovely baby quilt for someone someday.

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – July Finishes Party

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Well! I did it! I managed to finish 4 quilts in one month!  Technically two of them need some hand stitching still, but they will be finished and photographed by the 31st, you have my word on that. I will have a proper post next week revealing how I finished my actual goal (pictured below).

Riley Black 2015 Challenge - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

How about you?

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 month

Please choose ONE project

and

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’s our amazing prizes this month…thank you sponsors!

1. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

cloverandviolet

 

2. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

3. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

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

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

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

6. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

7. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

8. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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

9. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern

http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

10. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

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



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Secret Project – Sneak Peek

This project will have a full reveal in September, and I am so excited to show you all of it, in the meantime I am showing you the back. This project is one of the four that had a July 31 deadline. All that’s left is to trim and bind, so it is looking like I will make it!

Secret Project Backing - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

Before I quilted this one, I printed out a copy of my pattern and zentangled it to figure out exactly how I wanted to quilt it. I am finding that this is the best way for me to plan out my quilting. I will show more pictures when I reveal the front in September. In the meantime make sure you are working hard on those July goals because the link up will open on Saturday!

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Mini For Jessica

I LOVE LOVE LOVE rainbow quilts. I think they are bright and cheerful and it is hard not to smile when you see them. I made one last week for a wonderful friend, who happens to share a birthday with me. In fact, I sewed the top on our birthday!

Rainbow Mini - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

The half square triangles were all made from charms. I mixed low volume prints with saturated color prints. I am very happy with the overall effect. Each square measures 2.5″ finished. I am told that the recipient just loves it, which makes me happy!

I took a picture of it with my mini collection before I sent it off.

Mini Collection - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

It was hard to send it off but given who I was sending it to, I am glad it will be loved!

This was also one of the four goals I spoke of on the July ALYOF link up party! I am actually half way done now because I can’t blog about the second finish until later this year!!!  It is a commission quilt and I’m super happy with how it turned out.

Sorry I’ve been so silent. Now that my husband is back home, I am going to make a more concerted effort to be on the blog more.

Have a wonderful and happy Monday!

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