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Happy Mother’s Day and Our Winners!

Happy Mother's Day

Hello, my lovelies!

A BIG Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

This is a perfect time to announce the prize winners from my Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol 11 Blog Tour Post!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 11. This is my sixth isssue!

Jewel won a copy of  Vol. 11 directly from Quiltmaker!

Quiltmaker Blog Tour Prize on sewhooked.com

Cindy won a beautiful bundle of fabric courtesy of Debbie B. as well as two of my own patterns, Sir Gareth’s Dragon and In A Castle.

Big congrats to you both and thanks to everyone that commented! There were some wonderful spring activities in there, gardening being the big favorite (mine, too!) and I loved how many of you commented that Sandbox Sisters reminded you of your own friends, sisters, or kiddos. The Blog Tour was such fun and I thank each and every one of you for coming along for the ride!

If you didn’t win and still want a copy of the magazine, I have a limited supply in my Etsy Shop. Get a personalized copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 11 here! I’m also slowly but surely adding all of my for sale PDF patterns to Etsy, a request that you, my fabulous readers made!

I hope you have a beautiful and wonderful day!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 11 Blog Tour!

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Welcome to my post for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 11 Blog Tour! I’m thrilled that you’re here and I’m super-duper extra excited to share my 6th 100 Blocks pattern!

Be sure to keep reading to the end to find out how to be entered to win today’s prizes!

My block in Vol. 11 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Introducing Sandbox Sisters! These two little gals are inspired by two of my friends, Amber & Jewells. Love ya, ladies!

You can find the Sisters hanging out on the top left side of page 25.

Sandbox Sisters

If these girls remind you of Sunbonnet Sue, that’s because she’s one of my absolute favorites to design! I love her so much, she and her friends have an entire page right here on Sewhooked.

I used Kona cotton for the background and lots of fun scraps for the rest. I just love how their little shovels and sandals turned out!

See more Sunbonnet Sue!

Sandbox Sisters, EQ version

This is what the girls looked like before I made them in fabric.

Just like all of my patterns, this block was designed in EQ.

And now, I have the pleasure of giving away not one, but two prizes!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 11. This is my sixth isssue!

First up is a free issue of Vol. 11 directly from Quiltmaker!

Quiltmaker Blog Tour Prize on sewhooked.com

The second prize will come directly from me and includes a beautiful bundle of fabric courtesy of Debbie B. and two of my own patterns, Sir Gareth’s Dragon and In A Castle.  I’m so excited to be able to give such gorgeous teal fabric away! Big thanks to Debbie for being so very generous! :)

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You can find both of the above patterns in my Craftsy Pattern Shop.

Two enter to win BOTH the free issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 AND the Sewhooked prize, just comment below and let me know what your favorite spring activity is!

Only comments that include contact information will be eligible to win. Winners to be contacted Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Get a personalized copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 11 in my Etsy shop.

Supplies are limited.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the Blog Tour!

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100 Blocks Volume 10 Winner!

 

 

Jewels of the Wind, Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 10

 

I had a fantastic response to last week’s Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour post!

Huge thanks go out to the 169 visitors that commented on your favorite autumn activities!

There were wonderful things shared from baking and (of course!) sewing, to leaf peeping and sharing Thanksgiving with friends. I very much enjoyed all of your favorite things and thank you so very much for sharing!

The winner of the free copy of Volume 10 was chosen using Random.org.

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…and the winner is:

liz engman

Congratulations, Liz, thanks so much for sharing! Please check your inbox to find out how to claim your prize.

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on orders placed before Dec. 1, 2014!

I will have a limited supply of signed copies for sale in my Etsy store. These are currently listed as “pre-order” because I am waiting for my copies to arrive. I’ve been assured they are in transit, so the moment I have them, they’ll be shipped out to you! To thank you for waiting, pre-orders will receive a special gift from me!

Tree Trimming

Each month, I give away a fun prize, often a pattern from my Craftsy Shop. In November, share ANY project designed by me (from Craftsysewhooked.com,fandominstitches.com, Quiltmaker, etc.) with the Sewhooked flickr group and be entered to win a free copy of one of my most popular patterns, Tree Trimming!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 10 Blog Tour

Welcome to my FIFTH blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, I am so excited you’re here!

Be sure to read to the end to learn how you can win a free copy of the magazine.

Jewels of the Wind, Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 10

My block for this issue, Jewels of the Wind, can be found on page 31. This block is extra special because it was inspired by my best friend, Jewells.

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She lives in Albuquerque, and fall for her means hot air balloons filling the sky! This amazing photo was taken in Albuquerque by Marvin on Flickr.

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See Jewels of the Wind there on the bottom left? This never gets old!

Jewels of the Wind was designed in EQ7!

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Here we are, on page 31. This is the version of Jewels of the Wind that I made to share in Quiltmaker’s special videos about Volume 10. Volume 10 means there are now ONE THOUSAND BLOCKS. Isn’t that fantastic?!

Check out the 100 Blocks, Vol. 10 Pinterest Board for more great photos & videos!

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I was thrilled to see Jewels of the Wind pop up in the Block Tester’s Gallery on page 94. This sweet summer quilt by Anita Jones includes several of the 100 Blocks from this issue.

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More fun colors!

Want a chance to win a free copy of  Volume 10? Just share your favorite autumn activity in the comment section by November 23, 2014. Winner will receive his or her copy directly from Quiltmaker!

Visit the Sewhooked Etsy Shop

and get 15% off your order with

coupon code SHOPSEWHOOKED!

I will have a limited supply of signed copies for sale in my Etsy store. These are currently listed as “pre-order” because I am waiting for my copies to arrive. I’ve been assured they are in transit, so the moment I have them, they’ll be shipped out to you!

Tree Trimming

Each month, I give away a fun prize, often a pattern from my Craftsy Shop. In November, share ANY project designed by me (from Craftsysewhooked.com,fandominstitches.com, Quiltmaker, etc.) with the Sewhooked flickr group and be entered to win a free copy of one of my most popular patterns, Tree Trimming!

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Blog Tour Reminder!

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It’s your friendly reminder that Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 10 Blog Tour is going on NOW! There are oodles of giveaways, so make sure you check out Quiltmaker here for links to each day’s blogs.

Stop by Sewhooked on November 20, 2014 for my block and a fun giveaway!

Looking to buy Quiltmaker Magazine? Here’s an easy link for current and past issues! I will also have a limited supply of signed copies for sale in my Etsy store. I’m just waiting for them to arrive so I can post them for sale. I am very sorry for the delay.

Tree Trimming

 

In November, share ANY project designed by me (from Craftsysewhooked.com,fandominstitches.com, Quiltmaker, etc.) with the Sewhooked flickr group and be entered to win a free copy of one of my most popular patterns, Tree Trimming!Photobucket

 

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Hey, Quiltmaker!

I was honored when I received an invitation from Quiltmaker to participate in a special video for 100 Blocks, Volume 10! Check out this fun video they compiled and be sure to keep an eye out for yours truly!

Want a sneak peek of my upcoming block? They’ve got that for you, too!

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Stop by Sewhooked on November 20, 2014 for more about my block and a fun giveaway!
Looking to buy Quiltmaker Magazine? Here’s an easy link for current and past issues! I will also signed copies for sale in my Etsy store once this issue has been released.
November prize announced soon!

Around The World Blog Tour

A couple of weeks ago, the fabulous and very talented Alida (also known as TweLoQ), one of my fellow designers over at Fandom In Stitches, nominated me for a pass-it-on style Around the World Blog Tour.

You can see her post here.

I left this post a little longer than I intended because of illness and other pressing obligations, but I’m here now to share and encourage you to Pass It On! You don’t have to be nominated to play, just answer the questions below and feature three bloggers you enjoy!

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Alida is a generous and prolific designer. She’s been a huge help over at Fandom In Stitches, where she is a regular contributor and one of our writers.

I love her patterns and fabric choices and you never know what she’s going to work on next! She’s created everything from a fantastic Sword in the Stone quilt design to very elegant Stephen King embroidered blocks.

And now, a little about me:

1. What am I working on & where can you find me?

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Oh, I’m always working on 12 things at once! My current personal WIPs are a crochet blanket for The Linus Connection, the non-profit I volunteer for, and slow progress doing some handwork on my Princess Bride quilt, created from a Fandom In Stitches event that I organized with several other designers (including Alida!) from earlier this year.

I design quilt patterns, and am always drawing, updating, tweaking or piecing something. You can find lots of them, both free or for sale, right here on Sewhooked or in my Craftsy shop.

The first day of each month during 2014, you’ll find me hosting Paper Piecing Vintage, my entirely paper pieced block of the month.

Every Tuesday, I post Talk To Me Tuesday, a crafty video blog, where I talk about what I’m working on, fun events I’m hosting or participating in, and ask you to talk back to me. The TTMT community lives on Livejournal.

I’m the owner, a designer and primary editor over at Fandom In Stitches, my fandom-themed quilt pattern website. I’m always writing, updating, tweaking or something for FiS. Currently, I’m organizing a Design Challenge for our community. It posts today, you should go check it out!

2. How is my work different?

The Project of Doom at the AAQG's QuiltFest 2012

My background is in drawing, and I am a lifelong doodler. When I first dabbled in design, I found that my drawing background transitioned very naturally to paper pieced patterns and even easier to embroidery, a skill I learned later. I prefer to have imagery in my quilts, which I include whenever I can. See The Project of Doom (above).

I’m primarily a quilt designer, though I dabble in pretty much anything that grabs my interest. I prefer to focus on quirky and fun things that I love (like Harry Potter!) and I draw all of my own patterns from scratch. More about that below

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I create because I can’t do anything else. I’ve been both writing and creating my entire life and having a way to easily share what I do makes it even more compelling. Anything that inspires me drives me to create. If I didn’t create, I would probably explode!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

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My brain never turns off and a lot of my design work begins as doodles. I draw everything myself from scratch, occasionally (but rarely) using a photo as inspiration. My process for designing quilt-related patterns has evolved into a kind of crazy list of things, which I’ll try to boil down for my favorite techniques to design in.

For paper pieced patterns:

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Whether I’m designing a pattern that will be free or for sale, or one that happens to be for publication, I always start with a sketch or idea and I tackle them all exactly the same way. After sketching, I then draw the pattern in EQ7. For those patterns I publish myself, once my design is properly patternized, I export a blank copy of the pattern (no colors, numbers, text, etc.) to a PDF file. EQ will do a lot of things for you, including numbering patterns, but I really like my patterns to have a specific style, so I color and number everything myself using an ancient version of Photoshop that I just happen to be very comfortable using.

For embroidery patterns:

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Again, I start with an idea, and that is often inspired by quotes or favorite characters. That turns into a sketch, which I will generally scan and then prettify using Inkscape so that it’s a clean, printable image that I can share. I love drawing embroidery patterns, which I’ve been doing for much less time than paper pieced patterns. They feel very uncomplicated and zen to create.

For any patterns I design:

If I’m testing the pattern myself, I print it out and and then make the design in fabric, adjusting and editing as I go.

Next, it’s time for photography! Since I photograph everything myself, often that means I’ll be crawling around on my hands and knees or hanging off of a ladder in my backyard to get just the right shot!

Once I have everything I need for a pattern document: pattern, photos, diagrams, etc., I use a spiffy template I created in LibreOffice Write to create a pattern document. I save my patterns at all stages (from EQ to Photoshop to Write) so that if an error turns up, I can go back and correct it with minimum hassle.  For many patterns, I test them myself and they go off to a pattern tester before being posted online. In case there is no one available to test for me, I’ll run though the whole thing a few times on paper just to make sure it works the way I intend’

5. Three Creators I Enjoy

According to the guidelines of the Blog Hop, I’m to tag three bloggers you may want to know and pass Blog Hop torch to them. I’ve decided to tag some of my favorite people, and I hope you enjoy giving them a visit!

Great Granny's Squares

Julia Makes Stuff is the blog of my best friend, Jewells. She does it all: works full time, is an involved mom, makes blankets for charity, creates handcrafted gifts for those she cares about and participates in Talk To Me Tuesday. Visit her blog and give her some love!

 

Next I want to recognize Michelle Thompson, designer extraordinaire. Michelle is another Fandom In Stitches designer, and with a little help from the of Fandom In Stitches Pattern Testers, she is one of the most prolific designers on the site. Nobody does faces like Michelle! Check out her blog here.

Mikey's quilt - I did the quilting and binding only

Last, but certainly not least, is Francesca of Swink Girls Quilts. Francesca is one of the three long arm quilters that make up Swink Girls Quilts. Not only does she do beautiful custom work, but she goes out of her way to do charitable work, too. She recently used her expertise to finish a quilt made by the Fandom In Stitches community for a kiddo named Mikey. You can read more about her efforts here.

 

sewhooked.com October 2014 Pick 3 Giveaway!

Want to win an awesome prize? Stop by the Sewhooked flickr group and share photos of your quilt blocks & projects made from Sewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage or any other pattern (fandom or non, free or for sale) designed by me. With each photo you share (one entry per project), you will be entered to win your choice of THREE individual block patterns ($2.95 or less each) from my Craftsy Shop! Click on the banner to go Sewhooked flickr group. Winner to be announced November 3, 2014!

 

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