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Un-Retired Unicorn

May 3, 2015

Rearing Unicorn 2015

Free Pattern: Rearing Unicorn by Jennifer Ofenstein

Occasionally, I’ll retire one of my designs. This happens for a variety of reasons. Perhaps I designed the pattern for an event or for a person. Maybe I’m not happy with the design or it’s too complicated to share.

Whatever the reason, I rarely bring those retired patterns back, mostly because I have so many new things to work on, that I just flat out forget!

You can thank Emily for emailing and asking about my Rearing Unicorn pattern. I had taken it down ages ago because I wasn’t happy with the complexity level of the pattern. Thanks to Emily’s email enquiring as to where she could find this pattern, it has been updated for 2015 and restored to it’s proper place:  Magical Creatures on my Harry Potter page!

You can also find Rearing Unicorn on Fandom in Stitches and (for free!) from my Craftsy Shop.

The un-retired version of Rearing Unicorn was updated using EQ7!

Here are some of the original versions from back in the heyday of Harry Potter Paper Piecing.

Unicorn pieced by me

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pieced by Laci

unicorn hpfan_poa
pieced by hpfan_poa

Unicorn pieced by mamalama1
pieced by mamalama1

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pieced by Julie

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TTMT #307 – Birthday Winners!

April 28, 2015

In which I announce the winners of the Project of Doom Facebook Group’s Fat Quarter Lotto and welcome some new TTMTers!

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TTMT #306 – Some Things

April 21, 2015

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Berry Apple Cake Recipe

April 20, 2015

It tasted as good as it looks. Recipe to come!

Last week, I went a wee bit crazy with the berry buying.

Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries…yum!

Unfortunately,we can only eat fresh berries so fast and my beautiful collection of yummy berries were not going to keep long enough for us to finish them.

So… cake!

About to go in the oven: Berry Apple Cake. If it works out I'll share the recipe.

To start, I found a recipe called Double Berry Cake on food.com.  It has great reviews and looked to be a good base for what I wanted to try. While I followed the actual cake part of the recipe, I changed the berry part entirely.

This cake smells amazing, like a giant fruit muffin! #baking #cooking

My version:

  • 3 cups fresh berries (I used a combination of raspberries, sliced strawberries, blackberries & blueberries)
  • 2 cups chopped granny smith apple (I needed about three small ones)
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Mix the berries and apples with the 2 TBS flour, set aside.

In a large bowl beat the butter and the sugar until light and creamy. I used my KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

Add the vanilla and the eggs, one at the time, until well combined. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl, add to the butter mixture, alternating with milk.

Stir the berries into the batter and spread into a 9″x13″pan.

Bake for approximately 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool & serve!

Note: The original recipe included sugar sprinkled on top before baking. I didn’t do this and it still came out fantastically. I suspect adding some fresh whipped cream or ice cream on top would be amazing, though I haven’t tried it myself!

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Have a wonderful day, and do let me know if you try the recipe!

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Free Pattern – Chocolate Box!

April 16, 2015

Chocolate Box, a free 14

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Twice now, I’ve shared fun projects made with this very simple traditionally pieced block above. I’ve had several requests to share this free pattern, and you know I love to share, so here you go!

This pattern is absolutely free because I think it is perfect for charity quilts. I designed it to be used with novelty prints, which make absolutely wonderful quilts for children. I plan to make several out of fabric I have on hand for The Linus Connection.

During my research to make sure this was indeed my own design, I did discover a similar free pattern from McCall’s called Garden Path.  The McCall’s block is made with different sized fabric cuts but creates a similar effect. Their version is also free. You can find it here.

Just like all of my patterns, Chocolate Box was designed in EQ!

Included in the free Chocolate Box pattern are the instructions for the traditionally pieced 14″ block (14 1/2″ with seam allowance) and a 6″ paper pieced version, because that’s what I do!

Also included is a chart and fabric amounts for making the Australian Quilt (shown below).
Chocolate Challenge Quilt (Chocolate Box)

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The Chocolate Box pattern started with The Chocolate Challenge, a friendly challenge between my local sewing friends taken up at our 2014 Quilt Retreat. We all swapped a variety of chocolate themed fabric and brought back a completed project for 2014. This one is mine (still to be quilted!)

Australia Quilt

I loved my Chocolate quilt so much that I decided to use the same pattern to create a quilt with a collection of Australian-themed patterns that were gifted to me by my friend Cat from Adelaide, SA, over the course several years. With the help of some Fossil Fern fabric, I created this 70″ x 84″ quilt top (also to be quilted!). The layout instructions and fabric amounts for this quilt are included for free in the Chocolate Box pattern.

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Please use Chocolate Box with my blessing for your own personal use or even better, to make a quilt for your favorite blanket charity!

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Have a wonderful, quilty day!

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TTMT #304 – Something New

April 14, 2015

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A Very Special Monday

April 13, 2015

Alida (tweloquilting.blogspot.com) recreated one of my later mother-in-law's stained glass pieces as a quilt for my birthday. I'm absolutely overwhelmed with emotion. #paperpiecing #gift #tweloq

Over the weekend, I received an unexpected parcel in the mail from Alida over on Tweety Loves Quilting.

There were many wonderful things in the parcel, with one very special one tied with a ribbon. When I opened it, there was a beautiful wall hanging inside:

Stained Glass Quilt by TweLoQ

I looked at the gorgeous quilt and I knew it reminded me of something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it right away. It was only after I walked away and into my kitchen that I realized.

Alida recreated one of my mother-in-law, Carol’s, stained glass pieces that I had shared in this post the day after Carol passed away.

The original piece looks like this:

Stained Glass by CarolTo say I was gobsmacked is an understatement. I immediately raced up stairs to pull the photo up so I could compare. The gorgeous birthday gift is a recreation of this piece, there was no doubt about it.

Made for Linus by AlidaMade for Linus by Alida

Not only did Alida send me this beautiful piece she obviously worked long and hard on, but she also included two wonderful quilt tops for donation to my favorite blanket charity, The Linus Connection.

Color me speechless.

After the private thank you I sent, I had to share a huge public one. Thank you, Alida, for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

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