Customer Quilt – Minecraft Quilt


Last week I was super lucky because I got to quilt the most fun quilt I’ve seen yet, it was a Minecraft quilt made by my guild mate Kate. She participated in the Minecraft Monday’s Sew Along hosted by Kelli from Seriously…I think it needs stitches. If you have someone in your life that is into the Minecraft world, then this quilt should be on your must make list!

Minecraft Quilt - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAfter talking with my client, we determined that she wanted a simple all over design that wouldn’t compete with the awesome piecing that she did for the blocks. We settled on an all over soft loopy design and I used Monopoly thread by Superior Threads. I have come to love using Monopoly because it is a clear thread that blends perfectly when you want the piecing to be the star of the quilt and you want the thread to melt into the background.

Here is a close up of the quilting.

Minecraft Quilt - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI have a fun quilt to show you later this week, also quilted with monopoly as soon as it is delivered to it’s new home. I don’t often follow other people’s patterns but this one was 100% worth it because it fits the recipient perfectly!

Remember! I want to quilt for you so please feel free to contact me, I still have openings for the inevitable Christmas rush!

Have a wonderfully happy Wednesday!

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Customer Quilt – Autumn Quilt


Yesterday I got to work a beautiful Autumn colored quilt. The pattern was simple, rail patch blocks and flying geese (which are my favorite). My customer asked me to do a edge-to-edge design and to do whatever inspired me. Based on the colors of the quilt, I was inspired to do a vining leaf design.  I used the same color across the quilt so it pops in some of the lighter colored fabrics, blends perfectly in the oranges and adds a nice design detail in the purple and green fabrics.

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For some reason I am having a hard time getting my camera to focus properly, sorry for the fuzzy edges. Here is a close up of the leaves.

Autumn Quilt - http://ww.sewbittersweetdesigns.comIt’s a darling pattern for a quilt that will hopefully be well used and well loved! Remember I want to quilt for you too so please email me and send me your tops! I am open for Christmas quilts right now. Please email melissa (at) sewbittersweetdesigns (dot) com.

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September Courage Circle Do.Good Stitches


So excited to post these quilt blocks! This is the first month for Courage Circle Do. Good Stitches. The quilts made for this circle will be sent to army hospitals on opposite sides of the country to benefit kids who have to be hospitalized with one or both parents gone on a duty assignment for the US Military.  I am so proud to not only be part of this circle but to have worked with my dear friend Jessica to start it. Most of our circle is comprised of military spouses, former military members, military mom and some of the most kindest women I have ever had the please of sewing with.

Our first block is an Around the World block, tutorial by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I’ve used this technique before to make my own trip around the world quilt and I love how quick and easy it is to do.

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I cannot wait to see this quilt come together, the blocks that I have seen so far from the other ladies have been fabulous and fun. You can follow our progress on instagram on the #dgscouragecircle hashtag.

Have a wonderful and happy Wednesday!

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Fireflies Do. Good Stitches Quilt


Last month I quilted my last quilt for the Trust Circle of Do. Good Stitches. Don’t worry, I am still part of Do. Good Stitches, but with a wonderful friend, Jessica (@plumpatchwork) I am starting a new circle to benefit military children that have to be hospitalized when a parent is away on deployment or duty assignment. This is a cause extremely close to my heart, as you can imagine and I am excited to get started. Before I could move on with the new group I needed to finish my final quilt for my old circle. This quilt was based on my block tutorial for the Fireflies block.  This is the second quilt I have helped make using this block tutorial I love all of the secondary patterns at are created with this block. Check out my first quilt created with the pattern here.

Fireflies DGS Quilt - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

I asked the ladies to use a Kona White background with Aquas and Reds. If you didn’t know, this is one of my favorite color combinations.

Here is a close up of the custom quilting job that I did on it. I love the feathers!

Fireflies DGS Quilt - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.com This was a super fun quilt to do and it was so quick too! All quilts should turn out this successfully when made of blocks from 8 different quilters! I know this quilt will bring much joy and love to a child in the foster care system.

What have you been working on? I’ve been prepping two quilts for shows and ordering supplies to get started on the customer quilts I have waiting for me. Don’t forget that I want to quilt for you so please feel free to leave a comment here or email me at any time! Melissa (at) sewbittersweetdesigns (dot) com!

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First Day of First Grade!


Whoever told my Anne that she could grow up…I’m not happy with you! She needs to stay little and mine forever!

Seeing as I’m not going to get my way and she is going to keep growing up into a beautiful little girl, I need to come to terms and celebrate that! Today she started First Grade! I am in shock and yet so proud of her too. She handles everything that is thrown her way with such grace and poise, she is wise beyond her years. Here are our standard back to school photos in the new dress that I made her.

Back to School Dress - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comShe told me that she wants to be a doctor, and given the amount of time that she has had to spend in hospitals during her short lifespan I think she would be amazing. I know she would be full of empathy for her patients and beyond understanding of nervous parents. That being said…she is six and surely her dreams will change many times between now and when she needs to make tough grown up decisions like what she wants to be when she grows up. Heck I’m 35 and still haven’t quite figured that out!

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Dress information – Fabric is House of Hoppington by Violet Craft and the pattern is by Simplicity. It is the same pattern that she picked out last year except this year she wanted the version with the cap sleeves.

And now that school has started, I will be spending quite a number of hours with Spike, we have 5 customer quilts ready and waiting and hopefully will be receiving two more tonight. We plan to burn the school hours together until I get my little girl back!  I hope everyone has a very happy Wednesday and I have a few projects to show you in the next several days that I didn’t get to share before I went on vacation last month! So stay tuned!

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