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Don’t stop…designing!

Oodles of Harry Potter Pattern Updates!

 

Well, I suppose a better way to say that would be “don’t stop updating!”

The above images are all my original Harry Potter paper pieced designs, the ones that inspired my now-defunct group Harry Potter Paper Piecing and were the petri dish for Fandom In Stitches.

 

Harry Potter Quilt

My Magical Lens, my first Harry Potter quilt, completed in 2007. I started designing these patterns in 2004.

I’m giving all of my pre-2010 patterns a facelift to make them easier to read and current with where my design style has evolved to. Back in 2010, when I was designing The Project of Doom, I started using EQ7 to draw my patterns. It changed the way I design and while I still use multiple softwares for entire patterns, all of my drafts start in EQ7.

With very few exceptions, I draw all of my patterns entirely from scratch and I’ve had a complete blast going back through images I created years ago and updating them to share with all my fellow Harry Potter fans that are still creating their quilts.

All I ask in return is that you not make items to sell from my patterns. These are free for your personal and non-profit use. Use them for charity or yourself, but not for sale, please.

You can find all my my updated Harry Potter patterns right here on Sewhooked and on Fandom In Stitches under Harry Potter. I started at the top and am currently through the Quidditch patterns. Here on Sewhooked, looked for “updated 2014” for those patterns that have been recently improved for your sewing enjoyment.

 

I'm a Craftsy Designer
 If you love my free patterns, then I’d ask if you’d very kindly considering buying a pattern or two from my Craftsy shop. Selling patterns is how I am able to continue to do and share all the things I do and I appreciate each and every purchase!
Share your projects made from any Sewhooked pattern with the Sewhooked flickr group in September, including Paper Piecing Vintage, and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends, Set 1: Monster Madness. The set includes 5″ patterns for all the classic monsters shown…just in time for Halloween! Winner coming soon!

Jack and Few Other Thing

Union Jack, paper pieced

Union Jack

5″ x 8″ paper pieced

a free pattern designed for Fandom In Stitches

 

One of the great joys of running a fandom website like Fandom In Stitches is the never ending variety of requests. On any given day, there are over 100 requests in the spreadsheet that the FiS Designers share.

This freebie is one such pattern.

I have to admit, the Union Jack, as well as a whole slew of other flags, is included in the patterns that come with EQ7, the design software that I use to design most of my patterns. There are actually a ton of patterns in the software that can be used, adapted, etc. What I did with this was to change the size, color and number the pattern and make it available as a PDF so it’s free and easy to use.

The Union Jack is just the tip of the iceberg for my recent free design work. I’ve been furiously going through my older patterns and updating them one at a time. You’ll find those under Free Patterns with the notation “updated 2014.”

I started designing at the end of 2004 or so, and many of my patterns haven’t been updated since then. Back in those days, I drew everything out in Photoshop. Those early patterns are still quite usable, but they aren’t as clean and easy to read as my current patterns. I suppose it’s obvious to say that I’ve improved a lot in the ten years I’ve been designing quilt patterns! With that in mind, I’m updating everything to fit with my current style and to make it much easier for you to use.

Here are just a few of the updates you’ll find. Click on the image to go to the pattern. For even more updates, check out Free Patterns . These will also be added to Craftsy, as time permits.

Sea Turtle 2014 update Bats 2014 update Happy Bee, 2014 simple apple 2014Turtle inspired by queenmlv
There are more pattern updates on the way, posted as I have time to get them online!
I'm a Craftsy Designer
If you love my free patterns, then I’d ask if you’d very kindly considering buying a pattern or two from my Craftsy shop. Selling patterns is how I am able to continue to do and share all the things I do and I appreciate each and every sale!
Share your projects made from any Sewhooked pattern with the Sewhooked flickr group in September, including Paper Piecing Vintage, and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends, Set 1: Monster Madness. The set includes 5″ patterns for all the classic monsters shown…just in time for Halloween!

Touchdown!

Football with Laces

6″ pattern to paper piece

$2.95 on Craftsy

Football season is here and that means a busy season for any family with kids who play, cheer, dance or march!

I’m a marching band mom and go to as many of the games as I can to see my kiddo out on the field during half-time. While I haven’t been a big football fan in the past, I am trying to learn, and with that in mind, have designed this new pattern, available exclusively through my Craftsy store!

How to Enlarge & Reduce Patterns using Adobe Reader

Like the pattern but want a different size? Don’t miss my tutorial, How To Enlarge & Reduce Patterns!

We have a new prize for September! Share your projects made from any Sewhooked pattern with theSewhooked flickr group, including Paper Piecing Vintage, and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends, Set 1: Monster Madness. The set includes 5″ patterns for all the classic monsters shown…just in time for Halloween!

How to Enlarge & Reduce Patterns with Adobe Reader

How to Enlarge & Reduce Patterns using Adobe ReaderToday, I’m sharing a rare mirror post with my fandom site, Fandom In Stitches, but this is more than worth posting twice.
I read and answer a lot (and by a lot, I mean tons!) of email for both Sewhooked and Fandom in Stitches and the question I answer most often is this: How do I resize a pattern?

The easiest way to ENLARGE or REDUCE a pattern is to print it as a poster using Adobe Reader and the chart below.

ENLARGE OR REDUCE PATTERNS USING THIS SCALE
Pattern Size Needed
4″ 5″ 6″ 7″ 8″ 9″ 10″ 11″ 12″
Pattern Size
4″ 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 225% 250% 275% 300%
5″ 80% 100% 120% 140% 160% 180% 200% 220% 240%
6″ 67% 83% 100% 117% 133% 150% 167% 183% 200%
7″ 52% 71% 88% 100% 114% 128% 143% 152% 171%
8″ 50% 62% 75% 87% 100% 112% 125% 137% 150%
9″ 44% 55% 66% 77% 88% 100% 111% 122% 133%
10″ 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 110% 120%
11″ 36% 45% 54% 63% 72% 81% 90% 100% 109%
12″ 34% 42% 50% 59% 67% 78% 84% 93% 100%

Follow these steps and use the chart below to make it even easier:

  1. Download the PDF pattern file.
  2. Open pattern in Adobe Reader.
  3. Open the Print dialog (shown below) by clicking the printer icon.
  4. Choose which Pages to Print. In the example “All” is chosen, but if there is an instruction page, skip that and just enlarge the pattern pages. It may be least confusing to enlarge one page at a time.
  5. Under Paper Sizing & Handling, choose Poster (see image).
  6. Determine the starting Pattern Size and the chart below to determine what percentage to enlarge to Pattern Size Needed. For example, to print a 5″ pattern at 10″, Tile Scale (see below) will need to be 200%.
  7. Print these instructions for easy reference.

Big thanks to Fandom In Stitches Designer Addie Clark for sharing the poster printing tip over on the Fandom In Stitches Facebook Group.

This month, ALL photos of projects made from Sewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage, shared with the Sewhooked flickr group will be entered to win a copy of Jack Leaves The Light On!

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Paper Piecing Vintage – August

August Paper Piecing Vintage Block

 

Welcome to August!

It’s hard to believe, but after today’s update, there are only four more blocks to go in Paper Piecing Vintage!

Today, I bring you a slightly different take on a very classic block, the Spider Web. I call mine Caught in the Web!

As with all the blocks from PPVCaught in the Web is entirely paper pieced and both 6″ and 12″ patterns are included.

Your August PPV update includes a surprise Bonus Block (not pictured)!

August Paper Piecing Vintage Block

 Caught in the Web, by Jennifer Ofenstein (sewhooked.com)

Already registered? Download your updated BOM file now!

August PPV, helpful hint
Save some time by following these bonus directions:

  • The 12″ pattern includes only one page. Make four copies and lay out the pieces following the included lettered units and using the 6″ pattern as a guideline.
  • For simple pre-cutting, use a strip of fabric and alternate pieces for triangles (see photo). This works on either size block and for many other PPV designs, too!
  • Save time by chain piecing like pattern pieces.
  • Have fun!

Paper Piecing Vintage Signature Block
Thanks to your generosity, I have already received many wonderful 6″ signature block for the Paper Piecing Vintage Signature Quilt!

If you have not yet shared yours, I will be accepting Signature Blocks until December 31, 2014. See your pattern for details and check out our Facebook Group for photos of blocks received so far!

Haven’t signed up for Paper Piecing Vintage yet? Registration for the entire year is just $12. That’s 12 patterns in two sizes (plus the occasional bonus!), entirely paper pieced for one awesome price! All patterns for the year to date are included when you download. Upcoming patterns will be added for you to download the first of each month in 2014.

There is still time to win this month’s Sewhooked flickr prize!  In July, ALL photos of projects made from Sewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage and College Days, that are shared with the Sewhooked flickr group will be entered to win a copy of my pattern Topsy-Turvy Trees! Winner to be announced Monday August 4, 2014.

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Featured Pattern: Wee Lil’ Penguin (2 sizes, paper pieced), just $2.95!

College Days Blog Hop – GO TEAM!

Welcome, College Days blog hoppers! Enjoy the free pattern shared here today and make sure to read through to the end to find out how to win a free pattern set from my Craftsy shop!

Go Team - Finished Block

 Go Team! (free pattern)

or…get it on Craftsy (also free!)

a 10″ pattern to paper piece

The College Days blog hop comes at a time when we’re just a few weeks away from my own daughter returning to her university for her second full year of college studies.

We live in Texas, and the fall in Texas means football. I’m a high school marching band mom and I won’t lie, I’m not much of a sports fan…I attend games for the music!

Anyway, while thinking about how to tackle this pattern, one thing kept coming back to me: the university bunting I myself hung on my wall while in college. All universities have a team of some variety, whether it be football, baseball, rugby or quidditch!

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Go Team - Close Up

Go Team in UNT Mean Green colors. Caw!

Go Team Sully Colors

 The are the colors of my alma mater, Sul Ross State University!

Go Team UT ColorsThis is for The University of Texas, my hubby’s favorite.

Go Team - Hogwarts Colors

My brilliant friend and faithful pattern tester, Amber, suggested that this design would be perfect in Hogwarts House colors. She is, of course, absolutely right!

As a special bonus, leave a comment letting me know your favorite university team or alma mater for a chance to win a free copy of my Holly Jolly pattern set! Already own Holly Jolly or would prefer something else? The winner can choose any other pattern or patterns of equivalent value from my Craftsy shop!

While you’re here, I’d like to invite you to  a couple of events going on right now!

 

Join me and lots of other quilters for Paper Piecing Vintage! Registration for the entire year is just $12. That’s 12 patterns in two sizes (plus the occasional bonus!), entirely paper pieced for one awesome price! All patterns for the year to date are included when you download. Upcoming patterns will be added for you to download the first of each month in 2014.

 

Summer of Stitching 2014, A Design Invitational on fandominstitches.com

On my fandom website, Fandom In Stitches, every Wednesday into September, we invite designers of all experience levels to join us to design patterns for a new theme and help bring fun, free, fandom-themed patterns to our quilting community!

 

Last, but not least, the chance to win another prize! This month, ALL photos of projects made from Sewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage and College Days, that are shared with the Sewhooked flickr group will be entered to win a copy of my pattern Topsy-Turvy Trees!

 

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Featured Pattern: Wee Lil’ Penguin (2 sizes, paper pieced), just $2.95!

Paper Piecing Vintage – July

Paper Piecing Vintage - July

 

July is here and we are now seven months into our Block of the Month!

Today is, of course, is the day we enjoy the new Paper Piecing Vintage pattern!

This month, we celebrate a very traditional block that is usually created with applique, Lily of the Valley.

As with all the blocks from PPVLily of the Valley is entirely paper pieced and both 6″ and 12″ patterns are included.

Paper Piecing Vintage - July

 

Lily of the Valley, by Jennifer Ofenstein (sewhooked.com)

Already registered? Download your updated BOM file now!

Like many of the PPV blocks, the pieces for Lily of the Valley are easy to pre-cut with a little measuring before you start.

Save some time by following these bonus directions:

  • Lily of the Valley includes patterns for two flowers that are mirror image (four flowers make the block). You will need two copies of each.
  • For the 12″ pattern, circle or highlight the letters that go with one flower (A, B, C) using the 6″ pattern as a reference.
  • Save time by chain piecing like pattern pieces.
  • Have fun!

Paper Piecing Vintage Signature Block
Thanks to your generosity, I have already received many wonderful 6″ signature block for the Paper Piecing Vintage Signature Quilt!

If you have not yet shared yours, I will be accepting Signature Blocks until December 31, 2014. See your pattern for details and check out our Facebook Group for photos of blocks received so far!

Haven’t signed up for Paper Piecing Vintage yet? Registration for the entire year is just $12. That’s 12 patterns in two sizes (plus the occasional bonus!), entirely paper pieced for one awesome price! All patterns for the year to date are included when you download. Upcoming patterns will be added for you to download the first of each month in 2014.

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win fun prizes all year long. The June prize is a free PDF copy of my original pattern, Poppies from the Past! Winner to be announced the Monday, July 7.

Join the Paper Piecing Vintage Facebook Group for exclusive content and to sew with friends!

 

Need some help with paper piecing? Check out my FREE full-length workshop.

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Featured Pattern: Topsy-Turvy Trees, just $7 on Craftsy!