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TTMT #295 – The Old & The New

January 27, 2015

Cross My Hearts  Cupid's Arrow, paper pieced block

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TTMT #294 – Froggie, Frogger & Frogged

January 20, 2015

Cross My Hearts Cupid's Arrow, paper pieced block
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Quirky Qwerty Alphabet!

January 16, 2015

Quirky Qwerty Alphabet - Now available!

I’m pleased to present Quirky QWERTY Alphabet, a set of  56 easy-to-piece paper pieced patterns.

Blocks are 6″ blocks (6 1/2″ unfinished). Get the entire set in my Craftsy Shop for just $9. That’s right, 56 patterns to incorporate names, emoticons, birthdays, anniversaries or whatever else you like into your quilt projects for only $9!

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The pattern includes a table of contents, character chart for easy reference and a link to my (free!) tutorial on resizing patterns, the full alphabet (A-Z), numbers (0-9) and lots of great keyboard characters to make emoticons, web addresses and more. See the full list below.

Quirky Qwerty Alphabet!

Included patterns are:

  • A-Z
  • 0-9
  • Period
  • Question
  • Exclamation
  • Comma
  • Semi-colon
  • Colon
  • Quotation Mark
  • Plus
  • Minus
  • Slash
  • Angle Bracket
  • Percent
  • Equal
  • Asterisk
  • Pound (Hash Tag)
  • Parentheses
  • Underscore
  • Dollar (U.S.)

My patterns are designed in EQ7!

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TTMT #293 – Let’s get it DONE!

January 13, 2015

Listen to me talk about The Project of Doom 2015 and my not-as-epic-as-last-year UFO list!

For my own reference, and yours if you’re interested, these are the UFO projects I talk about. You’ve seen most of these before. Here’s hoping they won’t be on next year’s list!

Definitions of some initialisms used in this post:

UFO = UnFinished Object – a project that has been set aside and allowed to collect dust. Chances are it’s existence has been forgotten until it’s pulled out of whatever dark hole it was stuffed into. While there, it probably multiplied like Tribbles, leaving many more UFOs than you remember putting there in the first place.

USO = UnStarted Object – a project that has yet not made it out of it’s incubation period. Often comes in the shape of a stack of fat quarters, a jelly roll or other similarly delicious fabric apparition. Can also appear as a pattern or book with little hearts doodled on the cover. Hopes to be a…

WIP = Work In Progress  – Always in danger of becoming a UFO, a WIP is a project that is currently being worked on, and will hopefully become a…

FO = Finished Object – What all projects dream of being. The object of much blog activity and excitement and a good source of personal pride. The Ultimate Destination of a UFO and WIP.

Progress! #AsYouWish #princessbride #fandominstitches

As You Wish (Princess Bride Quilt) – WIP. From the quilt along on Fandom In Stitches in 2014. I have just under half of the letters hand stitched in place and then it needs to be quilted. I have backing and batting ready to go.

Frogger! Free Pattern on fandominstitches.com and sewhooked.com! #pixel #videogame

Frogger – UFO. Designed in 2014 for fandominstitches.com, I’d like to make this bigger (it’s currently 24″ square), finish it up and donate it to The Linus Connection.

Orphan blocks sorted for quilt making for #TheLinusConnection! #quiltforgood

Orphan Blocks For Linus – WIP. While not technically a UFO, I’m including these here as a reminder to myself to work on quilts for Linus from donated blocks. I collect blocks from anyone that might like to donate and save them until I have enough to make a quilt to donate to The Linus Connection. Want to donate? Drop me an email (sewhooked@gmail.com).

Harry Potter Swap Quilt

Harry Potter Swap Quilt – WIP - This is the second of two quilts made from Harry Potter quilt block swaps from way back in 2007 or so. This quilt is basted and free motion quilting is in progress, The borders are quilted. Each block still needs quilting and then it needs to be bound and labeled. On hold while I have my sewing machine serviced.

2013 Project To Do List

Vintage Quilt Top – UFO . My hubby bought this for me for our anniversary several years ago. I have a back and batting for this quilt, but it still needs basting and quilting. It hasn’t happened yet because I’m still undecided on how to finish it. Fingers crossed for inspiration!

TABABOM top

TABABOM – WIP. 2012 Block of the Month on Fandom In Stitches.  This quilt is now basted and ready to FMQ. It’s in the queue after my Harry Potter Swap Quilt (above).

2013 Project To Do List

TABABOM Signature Quilt – UFO. Similar idea to the Project of Doom signature quilt. I’m missing a block from one of the designers, but I have a plan for moving forward, so hopefully this will change to WIP very soon!

Hand embroidered flower quilt

Embroidered Flower Quilt – WIP. This was a 2011 BOM by a blogger that is no longer online. Borders added, have back & binding. To be quilted & bound.

2013 Project To Do List

Topsy Turvy Trees – UFO. Needs a back and to be quilted, bound. One of my original designs.

Australia Fabric Project

Australian Fabric Quilt – USO.  Fabric gifted over several years from my friend Cat. I picked the pattern a couple of years ago.I plan to pre-cut all the pieces before I go on Retreat with my bee in March.

In summary:

  • As You Wish
  • Frogger
  • Orphan blocks for Linus
  • Harry Potter Swap Quilt
  • Vintage Quilt Top
  • TABABOM
  • TABABOM Signature Quilt
  • Embroidered Flowers Quilt
  • Topsy Turvy
  • Australian Fabric Quilt
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2014 UFO To Do List Report Card

January 10, 2015

Making it real. #finishin2014

For the last several years, I’ve started January with a To Do List for projects past that I would like to tackle and (hopefully!) finish for the year.

This is my 2014 Report Card!

See my 2014 To Do list, including photos of where each project stood at the beginning of last year. Today’s recap doesn’t include projects started and finished in last year, just UFOs from previous years.

2014 UFO projects in an IKEA bag

The entire list in one bag,  sorted by project and ready to work on as of January ’14.

1. HP Swap Quilt

Harry Potter Swap Quilt

January 2014 Status – WIP.  This is the second of two quilts made from Harry Potter quilt block swaps from way back in 2007 or so. Pieced with border. Have batting & backing fabric.  Needs to be quilted and bound. I’m planning on binding in red so the pale blue border has a solid stop.

Current Status – WIP, with progress - This quilt is basted and free motion quilting is in progress, The borders are quilted. Each block still needs quilting and then it needs to be bound and labeled. On hold while I have my sewing machine serviced.

2.  Vintage quilt top

2013 Project To Do List
January 2014 Status – UFO. My hubby bought this for me for our anniversary several years ago. In needs to be quilted, possibly by hand. Needs a back & binding. I’m thinking muslin for the back.

Current Status – UFO with progress. I now have a back and batting for this quilt, but it still needs basting and quilting. It hasn’t happened yet because I’m still undecided on how to finish it. Fingers crossed for inspiration!

3. Vintage Churn Dash Quilt
Finished Quilt - Vintage Churn Dash + Snowballs

January 2014 Status – WIP. Vintage churn dash blocks with supplemental snowball blocks made with replica fabrics. Has borders, backing and batting. Needs to be quilted & bound.

Current Status – Complete! This was my last UFO finish of 2014. I free motion quilted and bound machine bound it. It washed up beautifully and is now my favorite snuggle quilt.

4. Green/Purple 10 minute block quilt

Did I also mention I finished a #ufo today? For donation to #TheLinusConnection.  #finish2014

January 2014 Status – WIP. Green charm swap from TTMT 2011 or so, I think. Borders added, have backing and batting. To be quilted/bound. Made using the 10 minute block quilt tutorial on YouTube.

Current Status – Complete! Free motion quilted, bound and donated to The Linus Connection in March 2014.

5. Project of Doom Signature Quilt
Project of Doom Signature Quilt
January 2014 Status – WIP. Blocks from the 2011 Participants of The Project of Doom. I love this quilt. Adore it. Quilted by Shannon Shaw. It needs binding. Seriously, I’ve gotta get on that!

Current Status – Complete! Bound with scrappy binding in Hogwarts House colors. I’m so pleased to have this one done! It’s even more gorgeous (and more special!!) in person. It’s the prefect companion to my 2011 Project of Doom Quilt.

6. There and Back Again Block of the Month (TABABOM)

TABABOM top

January 2014 Status – WIPish. 2012 Block of the Month on Fandom In Stitches. Have backing, batting and binding. Not yet quilted.

Current Status – WIP. This quilt is now basted and ready to FMQ. It’s in the queue after my Harry Potter Swap Quilt (above).

7. Project - There and Back Again signature blocks.

2013 Project To Do List

January 2014 Status – UFO. Similar idea to the Project of Doom signature quilt. I’m missing a block from one of the designers, so I have put off working on it. To be pieced into a top. Will need fabric for sashing and possible center piece, possibly the name of the event with dates in embroidery.

Current Status – UFO. I’m still missing a block for this quilt, but I have a plan for moving forward, so hopefully this will change to WIP very soon!

8. Embroidered block quilt top

Hand embroidered flower quilt

January 2014 Status – WIP. This was a 2011 BOM by a blogger that is no longer online. Borders added, have back & binding. To be quilted & bound.

Current Status – UFO. No change since January 2014.

9. Topsy Turvy Trees

2013 Project To Do List

January 2014 Status – UFO. Needs a back and to be quilted, bound. One of my original designs.

Current Status - UFO. No Change since January 2014.

10. Australia fabric from Cat

Australia Fabric Project

January 2014 Status – UFO. (Actually, USO…UnStarted Object!). I’ve picked a pattern I like, and that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I need to find an accent fabric and cut this puppy out!

Current Status – UFO. No change since January 2014, but I do have plans to decide on accent fabric and pre-cut all the pieces before I go on Retreat with my bee in March.

11. Flannel Quilt Blocks.

Quilt as you go with raggy edge.

January 2015 Status – UFO. These were unearthed during the same archaeological dig that found the Flannel Quilt included in my 2013 Recap. I have no idea why these weren’t on last year’s list. No matter, they are on this year’s! These fabrics are from pajamas my kiddos had when they were small. As in pre-school and elementary small. Yeah. Anyway, to be made into a quilt for donation to The Linus Connection.

Current Status – Complete! I used a Quilt As You Go technique, and completed the quilt with raggy edges instead of binding. I had very little flannel to work with and decided to not add borders. Donated to The Linus Connection in March 2014.

12. Mustachio! quilt

Mustachio!

January 2014 Status – UFO. Has backing and batting. Needs to be quilted. One of my original designs.

Current Status – Complete! As of June, my Mustachio blocks are finally a quilt! I fmq’d it, complete with “hair” quilting in the mustaches. Mustachio now lives at the top of my stairs and never fails to illicit a chuckle or two when visitors first see it.

13. Misc. Published Blocks

Misc. Published Blocks

January 2014 Status – UFO? WIP? Kinda Both. This is the bag where I stash blocks I’ve designed for magazines, blog hops, events, etc., when I don’t have a project in mind for them. I’d like to do, I don’t know…something…with at least some of these this year. I have another bag just like this of unpublished designs. Mayhap I’ll do something with those, too!

Current Status – UFO. No change since January 2014, except that this bag now has more miscellaneous published designs in it and no plan for what to do next! I may remove this from the list in 2015.

14. Garden Party Blog Hop Blocks
2014 04 April Linus Donation (14)
January 2014 Status – UFO; 8 of 30. Way back in 2012, I hosted the Paper Pieced Pattern A Day Garden Party Blog Hop (the link goes to a round-up of all the designs). It was an amazing events, with 30 designers and 30 designs, one for every day in April, 2012. Between hosting, running three blogs, and having my first pattern published in a magazine, I kind of got lost and my blocks ended up in a bag collecting dust. I would love, at the very least, make some progress on these this year.

Current Status – As Complete as it’s going to be! I ended up using 7 of the 8 blocks I originally made during the Paper Pieced Pattern A Day Garden Party Blog Hop, added two Stars for Linus blocks that I received in the mail (sorry, I don’t remember who they came from!) added sashing & borders, free motion quilted the top and donated it to The Linus Connection in April 2014. I love the way this came out, even thought it’s only a fraction of the original designs intended for the quilt. Incidentally, swirls are one of my favorite things to fmq!

15. Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost blocks My Northcott Stonehenge collection

January 2014 Status –  UFO. 2 of 29. NAWWAL was hosted by Lilja on my fandom quilt blog, Fandom In Stitches. I had every intention of making this quilt. See that on the right? That’s my collection of Stonehenge fabric kept specifically so this project will match my There and Back Again quilt. Despite my best intentions, the only blocks I made for these event are the two I designed for it. Like the Garden Party quilt, I would like to make some progress this year.

Current Status – Removed from To Do list. While I really would like to make this quilt someday, I just have not felt inspired to work on it. I’ve removed it from my To Do list for the time being to work on other things. My Stonehenge stash is being used for my 2015 Project of Doom instead.

16. Orphan Block Quilt 2013, #2
March 2014 - Orphan Block Quilt
January 2014 Status – UFO. One of three made from orphan blocks for donation to The Linus Connection. These were slice and dice 9 patch blocks left over from a quilt I made for a friend’s wedding way back in 2007. Needs borders, backing, batting & binding.

Current Status – Complete! Free motion quilted, bound and donated to The Linus Connection in March 2014.

17. 1980s T-Shirts

1980s t-shirts

January 2014 Status – Something. UFO. I’ve saved the most dubious project for last. Many years ago, before I ever held a rotary cutter or knew anything about squaring up, paper piecing, half-square triangles, batting, free-motion quilting or any other quilting term you might like to throw out, I got the crazy idea to cut up my favorite t-shirts from high school for a quilt-type project. Maybe a bag or pillow? I don’t know what I was thinking, but I can tell you I chopped without impunity, leaving very little seam allowance to work with. After years… And Years… And a few more YEARS stuffed in a bag on a shelf, I brought these memories of high school out into the light. This year, I will do something with them. I have no idea what, but something. It’s high time to get them off my self. Besides, I like a challenge. Ehem.

Current Status – Removed from List. As sad as I am to do it, I’ve removed this project entirely from the list. Many of the t-shirts had dry rot and weren’t worth saving. I kept a couple for nostalgia reasons and let the rest go to the great T-Shirt Store In the Sky.

18. Bonus! Orphan Block Quilts
2014 04 April Linus Donation (6)2014 04 April Linus Donation (8)

2014 04 April Linus Donation (11)Orphan block quilt for #TheLinusConnection! Feel free to tag yourself if you contributed blocks. Quilted by Marge. #blanketcharity #orphanblocks #craftforgood
January 2014 Status – Orphan Blocks. While these were not originally on the list, they were in my stack To Do for 2014. I have an ongoing collection of orphan blocks made both by myself and donated by other quilters all over the world (want to donate? just email me! sewhooked@gmail.com). Many of these blocks were donated prior to 2014 with a few newer blocks thrown in.

Current Status – Four Completed Quilts, Block Collection Still Ongoing. Four completed quilts, donated to The Linus Connection in 2014. I finished the top three at quilt retreat last year and donated them in March & April as I finished the fmq and binding. The fourth one was quilted by my friend and fellow Linus volunteer Marge and turned in later in the year.

2014 UFO To Do List

2014 UFO Report Card

Finished – 7

Unchanged – 4

Removed from List – 3

WIP – 3

Bonus Finishes – 4

Well, well, that’s not too bad, especially considering all I had going on in 2014, including Paper Piecing Vintage, As You Wish (look for my Princess Bride quilt on this year’s UFO list…oops!), two Quiltmaker Blog Tours and a number of other small events, deadlines, swaps and new projects! It was a very productive year and I’m quite happy with my progress.

Hardest of all, I think, was assessing what I had done and what I was likely to do and actually removing items from the list. I’d like to be more realistic about what I want to do in future and hopefully not drown myself in a list of new projects that end up on yet another UFO list!

How did you do in 2014? Did you keep track? Do you have a recap that you shared online? If you do, please do share a link in comments!

Now, to assess what I have to do for 2015 and make a brand new list! Let’s hope this one is a bit shorter…

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January 7, 2015

Thank you to everyone that shared photos in December! I know it’s a crazy time of year and remembering to post photos can easily be put on the back burner with everything else going on. I very much appreciate your participation!

The winner of the December Prize is kerryberry! Congrats, Kerry!

Sewhooked Prize - December 2014

Thanks for sharing your projects made from (and occasionally adapted from!) patterns designed by me. My patterns can be found on Craftsysewhooked.comfandominstitches.com,  & Quiltmaker. Photos must be shared with the Sewhooked flickr group to be entered to win the monthly giveaway. :)

Wonky house with Topsy-Turvy Trees
BlockSwap-2015-1.2by TweLoQHufflepuff crest!

Hedwig

Harry's glasses & Scabbers

Bertie Botts every-flavor beans

by kerryberry

Star Trek Stocking
by Liza

Vintage Block #11

Vintage Block #12
by jewelri

All winners chosen usingRandom.org.

Paper Piecing Vintage with bonus pieced borders

Get the ENTIRE Paper Piecing Vintage block of the month in one file for just $12 on Craftsy!

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TTMT #292 – Another Year!

January 6, 2015

I’m back for another year of Talk To Me Tuesday!

In This Video:

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Join me tomorrow on Fandom In Stitches for the 2015 Project of Doom Quilt Along!

Sewhooked Prize - December 2014

I’ll be announcing the winner of the December prize tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, so make sure your photos are in the Sewhooked flickr group today!

Share ANY project designed by me (from Craftsysewhooked.comfandominstitches.com, Quiltmaker, etc.)with the Sewhooked flickr group in December and be entered to win this fun prize! One entry per project. :)

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