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 - 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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Down for the count

Have you missed me? I spent all of last week fighting some mysterious stomach bug. It was pretty awful. The only bright side is that Anne was spared the sickness, thank goodness! Can’t imagine taking care of her and me with us both sick.  She is such a big help.

I did finish my October A Lovely Year of Finishes project, but that will have to wait a few days, unless of course you are on Instagram or Facebook and saw the pictures online already.  Yesterday I was feeling pretty good, I even took Anne to Boo at the Zoo with some friends and while she was napping I worked on my bee blocks for Do Good Stitches. I only finished one, but seeing as I had to design my own paper pieced templates, I’m ok with that! The theme this month is boy themed blocks with blues, greens and browns. I think my second block will be trees and after seeing my first one, I think you will understand why…

Trust Circle - Do Good Stitches - October 2014 Block 1

So the question for you is…want to go camping?


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September Winners – A Lovely Year of Finishes

Hip Hip Hooray!

A Lovely Year of Finishes

October has been one of those months.  Shanna and I have both been super extra busy (and sick too, yuck!).  We both want to thank you and our sponsors for your patience while we recovered and figured out winners.

So let’s get to winners…we all love winners.

These are only possible from our amazing sponsors

Here is the list of winners for September! Thanks to our sponsors!

1. 2. Honey, Bunny and Doll – 2 Patterns

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

Barb - Paint Creek Quilt
Bee - Buzzing Around 

3. Sew BitterSweet Designs  one pdf pattern

Jennie - Jennie’s Threads

4. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

Sew Sweetness

Pauline - Quilt-n-Queen

5. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

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

Helby - Helby’s Hatch

7. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts


Shauna - Shauna’s Worl

8. Thread Prize from Aurifil

Carol - Ladybugs Quilting Challenges

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

Denise -

10. 11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


Kell - Flickr
Heather - A Reformed Heath’n

12. PDF Pattern from Katy - The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle -

Carole - Fresh Off The Frame

13. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams



Celine - Espritpatch 

14. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

 Meadow Mist Designs Button

Katie - Good Golly Ginger


Good luck with your October goals!!!


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Sewing Throwback Thursday

This is me…stepping into the sewing confessional.  I have a secret to share.  In 2011 I made a Poodle Skirt for Anne’s Halloween costume.  It was WAY too big for her, so big that it kept falling off, though perhaps if I had FINISHED it I wouldn’t have had that problem.  It also didn’t help my cause any that my awesome mom bought the cutest tutu to go underneath it to act as a crinoline.  Anne fell in love with the tutu and decided that she would rather wear that than the unfinished skirt.  So I did what I thought any beginning clothes sewist would do, I just abandoned the project.  Here is Anne on Halloween just before she turned 2. Get ready for some serious cuteness.  (Oh! And there is one finished sewing project in these pics, her trick-or-treat bag was made by yours truly.)

Daddy & Anne - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere she is with her daddy! So stinking cute if you ask me!

Mommy & Anne - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnne and I, she just brings so much joy and sunlight into my heart!

First Sour Candy - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere she is trying her first sour candy from that night….

First Sour Candy Reaction - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comOf course we got a reaction face shot!

Now that you have gotten through all the cuteness that is my baby and family, you can now see a pic of the finally finished poodle skirt. Anne still fits in it (which tells you how over sized it was 3 YEARS ago!) but will only fit it for about 3 more seconds.

poodle skirt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd lets face it…in the eyes of an almost 2 year old this skirt just could never compete against that lovely and fluffy tutu skirt. Doomed from the first sighting of tulle!

I leave you with my husband’s awesome pumpkin carving from 2011.

Pumpkin Face - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comDo you have any sewing confessions that you would like to make?


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