August do. Good Stitches Block


This month the Trust Circle for do. Good Stitches was asked at make just one block – the block measures 22″ x 22″.

Trust Circle - Do Good Stitches - August 2016This is the Triple Irish Chain block, tutorial can be found here on the McCall’s Quilting website.  What I liked about this tutorial is that most of the block is assembled with strip piecing, making it go together super quickly. I could see this being a quilt you could assemble really fast if you wanted.

In other news, I have found that my charity sewing continues to be a huge part of what drives me to quilt and sew, so I will soon be starting a new adventure with a quilting friend, look for information on that next month.

This week I am hoping to quilt a do. Good Stitches quilt and get it donated before I head out of town on Thursday. Hopefully I can be super productive and get it done!

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Photographing for Shows


The past few years I have been entering my quilts into shows, I try to enter quilts that are my own designs, but sometimes I find a pattern that inspires me, I buy it and I make it. Every now and then it is truly a beautiful thing to find that someone else has done all the quilting math for you!  That is the case with the Metro Scope Quilt that I have been working on, pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Photographing quits for juried shows is always a challenge, they want the entire quilt in the frame, and no fingers holding them. With no one home to help me, photographing large entries is quite a challenge.

In come my design walls! I haul my design walls outside, preferably on an overcast day because too much sun will wash out my quilts and not really show off their beauty.

Photographing for quilt shows - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBecause this quilt is so long – 72″ – I had to prop it up so it would hang off my porch.  The design walls are pinned together (my design walls are foam insulation from Lowes that are covered with batting) and propped up against my three porch chairs.  Then I pin my quilt through the back into the foam. I try not to get the pins, but you can see them at the top there.

Here is a look at the picture I submitted to the quilt show after it was edited:

Melissa.Dunworth.MetroScope.FullYou can see that it shows pretty much just the quilt and the lighting has perfectly highlighted the quilting. Lucky for me this show does not require that a quilt be 100% finished to enter. I have purchased a binding fabric and just need to stop procrastinating.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Monday! I have been back at Zentangling again so expect to see some pictures of those soon!

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When everything goes wrong…you quilt!


I have to say last week was ROUGH! On Thursday I went to my blog, like I do most days after I post to see if there were any comments I needed to reply to and my blog was GONE! I started calling technical support and basically got the runaround for most of the day. Finally learning that my blog had been hacked, and they weren’t going to help me fix it and until it was fixed, I was going to be down. In stepped Michele from Quilting Gallery, she is such a wonderful friend a true blessing, she took a peek around and calmed me down by re-assuring me that all of my data was still there. As I started to research people to hire to fix this problem my Uncle and Aunt reached out and offered to help me. A full week later and a major overhaul/upgrade. I am back up and running. I have no idea how many hours my Uncle worked on to get me back up, but I imagine it was quite a lot.  I am so thankful for my community!

Since I am dead useless with web stuff, I decided I needed to occupy my mind and lucky for me, my mom sent the perfect project, another fun baby quilt! I was going to do a simple all over design but the artist in me came out to play and what was supposed to be simple ended up as a custom all over design.

Baby Boy Customer Quilt - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBefore I show a close up of the quilting, you just have to see the back that my mom designed. It is a giant fishbowl! I love it, it looks like the little fish are just swimming around and having a grand old time!

Fishbowl Quilt Backing - Customer Quilt - http://sewibttersweetdesigns.comI did two designs, for this quilt, you can see the texture that was created on the back, here is a close up of the center of the quilt:

Close up - Baby Boy Customer Quilt - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comI’m very pleased with how this quilt turned out and my mom was pleased with the fast turn around time. I had planned to ship this on Tuesday, but my poor Anne is sick with a fever again. Poor thing just can’t seem to catch a break, hopefully she will be back on her feet tomorrow and I can get it in the post tomorrow.

Have a wonderful and happy Thursday!

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Custom Quilting – Metro Scope Quilt


Back in June I was getting antsy about my husband leaving with the army again so I decided I needed a project to work on that didn’t require any brain power on my part – interpret that as I didn’t want to have to do any quilty math – which designing my own patterns require. Sometimes it is nice to have all the math and figuring out done for you. This quilt was one that I started working on with my wonderful friends, Vicki of Orchid Owl Quilts and Shanna of Fiber of All Sorts, being two of my closest friends, they knew what I was going through and gave me the go ahead to move forward without them. I will likely make a second quilt with them at a later date.

Metro Scope - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis is the Metro Scope pattern using the Quick Curve Ruler, ruler and pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful

After I finished Linelle’s quilt I decided to pull this puppy out and get it quilted!

I decided to use this quilt to showcase my skills with ruler work and custom quilting.

Block 1 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 2 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 3 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 4 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 5 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.com

Block 6 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 7 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 8 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 9 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 10 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 11 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comBlock 12 - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comToday I am going to work on the sashing between the blocks. I cannot wait to get this quilt off the frame and photograph it properly. These pictures were all taken with my iPhone. I swear the quilt looks way better in person. Also, the last three were taken with my phone at night.

If you like what you see in my custom quilting please contact me, I want to quilt for you and bring your quilt to life in a way that fits with your artistic vision! If you like my quilting but want something a little less dense, I do more basic designs too!

Have a wonderful and happy Hump Day!

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Customer Quilt – Linelle’s Stars


Hello! Sorry I have been gone, Anne has been very sick, and as we all know, kids come first. While she was resting, I was able to get some work done, but not much else was accomplished.  I was given a beautiful star quilt from Linelle, a friend of someone from my quilting guild and she requested an all over edge to edge design with some special words quilted in sporadically.

Linelle's Stars - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comI used Monopoly thread by Superior Threads. I love the way that it disappears into the quilt and doesn’t compete with the beautiful piecing. It also blends perfectly with every fabric because it is invisible. Plus, Spike loves it, so it is a huge win!

Close Up - Linelle's Stars - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere is a close up of the quilting. It was a very simple but fun design.  Linelle was very happy with how the quilt turned out, which made me very happy!

If you are on Instagram or Facebook, you will have seen the quilt blocks I’ve been working on the last few days. This particular quilt is for me, and it is an example of my full custom quilting designs that I offer to my clients. Please feel free to email me if you are interested in having me quilt for you! I would LOVE to make your quilt come to life!

Have a happy Tuesday and remember, it’s one day closer to Friday!

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