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No TTMT Today…Remembering with Stained Glass

February 10, 2015

Stained Glass by Carol

Hey all, I want to leave a quick note for my friends and readers and let you know that there will be no Talk To Me Tuesday today.

We’ve had another death in the family and I just can’t face recording a video right now. You may remember, that we lost my grandmother almost three weeks ago.

My wonderful, amazing, kick ass mother-in-law, Carol, passed away yesterday and aside from telling you this, I’m pretty much speechless.

Instead of sharing stories or thoughts or a lot of words, I want to share some of her stained glass. It was one of the many things that she mastered and she was amazing at it. This is just a tiny sampling from my own photos. I hope you enjoy them.

stained glass by my mil, Carol

Stained Glass by Carol, design by Archie

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

Stained Glass by Carol

My Kitchen Window

This final photo is a quilt that I made based on the piece shown at the very top of this post, which hangs in my kitchen window.Before I started sharing my patterns online, I made a version of this for Carol. With her permission, I then shared the pattern with the world. It makes me happy to think there are more versions of this floating around out there.

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TTMT #296 – That’s Doomable… and a Flickr Winner!

February 3, 2015

  • Smart Sassy Stitches (aka Satin Stitches of Danville PA) for the awesome embroidered shirt I’m wearing!

Cross My Hearts  Cupid's Arrow, paper pieced block

I’m thrilled to share this month’s Sewhooked flickr photos and to announce the winner of the January prize! The January winner receives copies of Cross My Hearts and Cupid’s Arrow!

The January Sewhooked Flickr Winner is Rachel Hanson!

Rachel, check your flickr messages to find out how to collect your prize. :)

Be sure to share photos of projects made from my patterns with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win the monthly Sewhooked prize.

My patterns can be found on Craftsysewhooked.comfandominstitches.com,  & various Quiltmaker Magazines. Photos must be shared with the Sewhooked flickr group to be entered to win the monthly giveaway.

Phoenix Week 4 Week 3 Week 2 Week 1
by Rachel Hanson

Harry Potter Project of Doom Block 1 POD block 2

Project of Doom block 4 Project of Doom block 3 with Deathly Hallows
by Terry

pawn king rook bishop
by Kim DJ

For a secret project For a secret project

PPV-BOM - October block PPV-BOM September block

PPV-BOM - December blocks

POD-2015-2    POD-2015-1
by TweLoQ

Block 2 Block 1 2015
by joanmansfield

Block 2 Block 1
by Tereza Kulovaná

Miss P's PoD Block 1
by Julia Murtha

All winners chosen using Random.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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Dooming Along, 2015 Style

February 2, 2015

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We’re over a month into The Harry Potter Quilt Along featuring my very own Project of Doom patterns over on Fandom in Stitches, and I have to say, it’s been a Harry Potter EXPLOSION over there!

I’ve been busy updating all of my original patterns to include new options, a pattern scale and other useful information not included in the 2011 versions. My fabulous friend and pattern tester, The Great Princess Amber, has tested each and every pattern for me, too. (She’s just awesome like that!).

For those of you that want to play along, you can start fresh with the newly updated 2015 versions, or pull out your unfinished Project of Doom and get it done! There is a newly updated pattern every week on Fandom In Stitches and the 2011 versions of the patterns will continue to be available.

You can find all of my (entirely free!) Harry Potter patterns archived right here on Sewhooked.

In addition to all this, I’ll be making not one, but two, Project of Doom quilts this year! My 2011 quilt turned into an accidental show piece and I love to show it off, but I don’t use it.

These are my first four blocks, to be included in the quilt I’m making for myself. These are made entirely out of Northcott fabrics. The background is Artisan Shimmer and all of my books, objects, etc. are made out of Stonehenge. Yum!

Click on any of the images below to open the pattern in a new tab.

Project of Doom 2015 Block 1

Week One included an updated version of the original pattern, as well as this slightly more complex base for the Crystal Ball.

2015 Block 1 - update

Updated simple version of block one.Project of Doom 2015 Block 2

Week 2 was very minimally changed. It’s what I think of as a “filler” block, intended to add books to the shelf and not overwhelm the design with too many objects.

PoD 2015 - Block 3 Variation

Week 3 includes two new options, a Dark Mark bookcover (see below) and the Deathly Hallows symbol substituted for the original potion bottle. I couldn’t resist making the new version for my new PoD!

2015 Block 32015 Block 3 Dark Arts Alt

Week 3, original (updated!) version on the Left, Dark Mark book cover version on the right.

PoD 2015 - Block 4Week 4 has changed very little, but includes two new variations (see below). The primary change in this block are the way the glasses are incorporated in the block. They are now a 5″ (finished) square so that another 5″ design can be substituted if desired. I still love the original head-one version of Harry’s Glasses, so made it for my own quilt.

2015 Block 4 with glasses from a different perspective 2015 Block 4 with Hand of Glory

Week 4 Variations, Harry’s Glasses, side perspective on the Left, The Hand of Glory on the Right.

The Project of Doom at the AAQG's QuiltFest 2012

New to Sewhooked? The Project of Doom is a quilt I designed and shared as a mystery quilt in 2011. Here it is at the Austin Area Quilt Guild’s Show in 2012!

In 2010, I spent hundreds of hours in my then-newly acquired EQ7 lovingly designing and arranging the blocks before ever releasing a single pattern so that the quilt would have flow, negative space and have lots of books without having too many.

The original quilt along ran from January – August, 2011 on Harry Potter Paper Piecing.

Read the story of the Original Project of Doom here.

See (and hear!) me talk about The Project of Doom!

HP Closet MuralMy inspiration was a mural I painted for my daughter. I drew the original design in chalk and then painted entirely free-hand (you can tell I didn’t even use a ruler on the shelves…oops!). This mural has been part of  my daughter’s bedroom since 2003! While I didn’t copy it exactly for The Project of Doom, I did use it for my inspiration and you can see elements in the quilt that are identical to the original!

I hope you’ll stop by Fandom In Stitches and join us for the Harry Potter Quilt Along featuring The Project of Doom. Week 5’s updated pattern posts this coming Wednesday…and we’ll have the entire first row complete!

Cross My Hearts  Cupid's Arrow, paper pieced block

Be sure to share photos of projects made from my patterns with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win the monthly Sewhooked prize. The January winner will receive free copies of two of my block patterns, Cross My Hearts and Cupid’s Arrow! WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW!

My patterns can be found on Craftsysewhooked.comfandominstitches.com,  & various Quiltmaker Magazines. Photos must be shared with the Sewhooked flickr group to be entered to win the monthly giveaway.

Happy stitching!

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TTMT #295 – The Old & The New

January 27, 2015

Cross My Hearts  Cupid's Arrow, paper pieced block

Be sure to share photos of projects made from my patterns with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win the monthly Sewhooked prize. The January winner will receive free copies of two of my block patterns, Cross My Hearts and Cupid’s Arrow!

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.

Happy stitching!

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TTMT #294 – Froggie, Frogger & Frogged

January 20, 2015

Cross My Hearts Cupid's Arrow, paper pieced block
Be sure to share photos of projects made from my patterns with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win the monthly Sewhooked prize. The January winner will receive free copies of two of my block patterns, Cross My Hearts and Cupid’s Arrow!

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.

Happy stitching!

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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!

I'm a Craftsy Designer

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!

Be sure to share photos of projects made from my patterns with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win the monthly Sewhooked prize (January prize to be announced!).

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.

Happy stitching!

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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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