Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Every once in awhile in the awesome quilting universe that I spend a vast majority of my time in, an opportunity will come by that I cannot let pass me by. Last month, one such opportunity arose. The chance to make a Star Wars – The Force Awakens quilt for Camelot Fabrics.  Because today is Force Friday (#ForceFriday) the Star Wars universe is celebrating the release of all the incredible fan memorabilia that is being released in anticipation of the newest addition to the Star Wars Saga, this includes the release of an awesome new fabric line in honor of the movie!

Force Awakens Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis quilt was made using the new Star Wars Collection: The Force Awakens from Camelot Fabrics. I have to say that the fabrics are a dream to sew with! The pattern is Farm Stand by Anne Sullivan for Camelot Fabrics and is a free download. I have used this pattern twice now and it is fantastic for showing off your favorite fabric collections. There is a link to the pattern on The Force Awakes page.

And now a little fabric eye candy for you!



The fabrics are so detailed, one of my favorites is the Storm Trooper fabric in white, for some reason it just reminds me of in childhood memories of watching the Storm Troopers in the original movies.

One last goodie for you! Camelot is hosting complete fat quarter bundle giveaway on Facebook! Click over here to enter!

So Happy #ForceFriday Everyone! Get out there and enjoy all of #TheForceAwakens goodies that are now hitting the shelves!



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August Do. Good Stitches Blocks

Hi Everyone! I finished my Do. Good Stitches blocks for August on the 31st, I may have procrastinated just a little bit…

Trust Circle - Do Good Stitches - August 2015We were supposed to take our inspiration from the artwork of David Hockney

There were some really awesome blocks created for this quilt and I’m looking forward to seeing the quilt come together.

My top block I picked a batik that reminded me of rippling water, and for the second block I wanted to show the different shades of blue that you see in shallow, medium depth and deep waters. I hope I accomplished those goals.

Today is day three of the Jaftex Blog Hop, make sure you head over to Anjeanette Klinder’s blog to check out her post! –

Have a wonderful Thursday!


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Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop!

Jaftex85thAnniversaryICo-sponosored by: Aurifil ThreadsSchmetz Needles, and Janome

This month I am so excited to be part of the 85th Anniversary celebration of Jaftex Corporation. Myself along with 33 other incredibly talented bloggers will be bringing you 30 days of inspiration and giveaways!

September 1st – Lindsay Fullington –

September 2nd – Pepper Cory –

September 3rd – Anjeanette Klinder –

September 4th – Leanne Anderson –

September 5th – Mark Lipinski –

September 6th – Heather Kojan –

September 7th – Heather Mulder Peterson –

September 7th – Martha Walker –

September 8th – Linda Lum DeBono –

September 9th – Heidi Kuntz –

September 10th – Jill Finley –

September 10th – Dana Brooks –

September 11th – Penny Doucette –

September 12th – Ida Houston –

September 13th – Liz and Beth Hawkins –

September 14th – Melissa Dunworth –

September 15th – Yvonne Fuchs –

September 16th – Amy Hamberlin –

September 16th – Barbara Jones –

September 17th – Erica Jackman –

September 18th – Leona Avny –

September 19th – Margot Languedoc –

September 20th – Sylvia Schaefer –

September 21st – Lorna McMahon –

September 22nd – Kim Niedzwiecki –

September 23rd – Rebekah Craft –

September 24th – Julie Cefalu –

September 25th – Mary Ellen Von Holt –

September 25th -  Mary Jane Carey –

September 26th – Daisy Aschehoug –

September 27th – Melissa Corry –

September 28th – Janet Nesbitt –

September 29th – Jenny Wilding Cardon –

September 30th – Teresa Duryea Wong –


There will be some incredible prizes offered through the blog hop including:

1st Prize:
Blog Readers:  A Janome Skyline S5 sewing machine
Your favorite quilt shop:  30 bolts of fabric
2nd Prize:
Blog Readers:  15 Fat quarter bundles and a box of Aurifil thread [48 spools] 
Your favorite quilt shop:  15 bolts of fabric
3rd Prize:
Blog Readers:  6 Fat quarter bundles and a special edition tin of goodies from Schmetz Needles  
Your favorite quilt shop:  6 bolts of fabric

In addition to the prizes listed above, each blogger will have a special prize offered on their blog the day that they post, so make sure you don’t miss a single day of the blog hop!!! I am going to be giving away a 20 piece fat quarter bundle, you don’t want to miss out!!!

85th Anniversary Giveaway


A little history behind the Jaftex Corporation:

Jaftex Corp. was founded in the 1930’s when Jacob A. Fortunoff started selling fabric on the streets of New York.  At that time, the mainstay of the business was women’s sleepwear and lingerie.  In the 80’s, Jacob’s grandson, Robert, dramatically changed the business of the company.  The business focus was transferred to the over the counter quilt industry when Robert purchased companies like A.E. Nathan, Henry Glass, Stylemaker, Chanteclaire, Fabric Editions/Studioe and more recently The Blank Quilting Corp.  Robert is now joined by his two sons, Scott and Greg.  Scott currently is the President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. & A.E. Nathan Co., Inc.  Greg just joined the business in late 2014 and has successfully spearheaded the company’s foray in to precut fabrics among other contributions.

I am so excited to be part of this blog hop! Check back regularly to find the links to the days blogger!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes – September Goal Party

alyof2015Welcome to September! School is starting and Autumn is almost here, I can feel it in the air and the raindrops falling from the sky are also a sure sign of the changing seasons.

This month I am going to make another Hazel quilt, this one for a dear friend who is having a baby.  I probably won’t be finished by the time the darling baby arrives but at least I won’t be super late!

Hazel the Hedgehog - pink - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHazel won’t be pink, but I felt like I needed a cute picture on this post. :)

How about you?

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

1. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

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

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

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

4. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

5. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

FatQuarterShop -

6. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle -

7. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

8. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams


9. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet


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

11. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern

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Anne’s Back to School Dress

I am so excited to report that I finished Anne’s Back to School dress last Friday morning. This was my August goal and I was worried I wouldn’t finish in time.  If you are just finishing up your goal today, you can enter until midnight tonight!

The dress turned out super cute! The fabric on top is a Michael Miller print and the fabric on the bottom is by Robert Kaufman. The piping I got from JoAnn’s. I had no idea you could buy pre-made piping, and let me tell you that has sort of changed my world! Now that I have successfully done piping in a purse (made it myself and hated every step) and a dress I feel like I can pretty much conquer any project with piping – piping that I will BUY!

Simplicity 1379A - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI am so tickled with how it turned out. The piping just gives it so much pizzazz!

Back to School - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd just look at the pockets!

Back to school dress -

The pattern is Simplicity 1379A – I made it a size 7 which is a little roomy, but I think it looks good on her. Her first official day of school is September 14th. Yes, mommy will be balling her eyes out and Anne will be skipping into the classroom beyond excited!


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