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EQ7 Row Along: September 1

It’s here! The EQ7: Seasons Row Along starts today! This event is hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew!

Today’s designers are:

Marlene Oddie at Kissed Quilts – Spring
Lynn Zydon Provencher at Thimblemouse & Spouse – Winter
Dorice Cotten Rice at The Quilting Queen Online – Summer
Janeen van Niekerk at Quilt Art Designs – Fall
Bea Lee at Be A Quilter – Filler Row
Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row

flickr-logoAnd now, one of my FAVORITE kinds of participation event, a Flickr Giveaway!

Need an Incentive To Participate By Making Blocks and Rows?

Share photos on flickr for a chance to win!

I’d also like to encourage anyone that makes my own Spring row (coming Sept. 15) to post photos in my flickr group. There’s no prize for this, but I hope you’ll consider as I love to see your projects!

Craftsy Class of your Choice Value $40.00 (average value) – 3 individual winners and

nancy's notions

Nancy’s Notions – $10.00 gift certificate- 2 individual winners !



  • Get one entry for each unique block/row to the Flickr Group you’ve created from any of the patterns offered each week.
  • You can enter from any blog featuring the Flickr giveaway once each day of this Row-A-Long until October 13, 2015 when the giveaway closes.
  • Winners Announced October 14, 2015 If you enter both giveaways (Craftsy & Nancy’s Notions), you need 2 unique blocks per entry.
  • Duplicate Entries will be checked and if found you will be disqualified.
  • Filler Rows Do Not Count. These to will be disqualified if entered.

I’ll see you later today for another fun Talk To Me Tuesday!


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Visit Fandom in Stitches for the Smartphone Quilt Along happening now!

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


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! :)

I'm a Craftsy Designer

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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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!

   Disney Mystery Quilt, Block 17, King Arthur Downton Abbey Stephen King - Doctor Sleep (opening line)

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?

Progress! #AsYouWish #princessbride #fandominstitches

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?


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:

 All Dolled Up  

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:

 Okay? Okay.  C3P0 - We're Doomed  photo tenbyjenwithsig_zps0e4a1946.jpg

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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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 9 Blog Tour!


Welcome to Sewhooked and thanks for stopping by for the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour for Volume 9!

If it’s your first visit to Sewhooked, welcome! If you’re an old friend, welcome back!

This is a super exciting day for me. Not only do I completely love my design for this issue, but it’s the fourth time one of my blocks was chosen for 100 Blocks, which you have to admit, is super happy-making!

Be sure and stick around to the end for TWO awesome giveaways!

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein 2

Here it is, my delicious block, Yum Yum Strawberry Cake! You can find it on page 38.

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein

This part never gets old for me!

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein block

Yum Yum, Strawberry Cake was born from a sketch of cake. It was just a doodle really. I was having coffee, and as I tend to do, was doodling as I talked. And then there was cake!

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein

This particular block was made using a variety of fabrics from my stash. There’s a little Michael Miller, some Moda and some Timeless Treasures, as well as a few miscellaneous scraps for the stem. Maybe we should say Yum Yum Fabric!

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein

To add a bit of interest, I decided a declaration of the deliciousness of cake was in order! I use a variety of methods to transfer embroidery to fabric, but for this project, I decided Saral wax free paper would work best. It comes off fairly easily, so it isn’t great for highly detailed embroidery, but it’s perfect for something simple and fast like “yum yum.”

saral paper

You can find Saral paper on Amazon or at your local arts & crafts supply.

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein tracing

Here’s what the traced word looks like. Perfect for stitching!

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein

While working on my design for Yum Yum Strawberry Cake, I kept coming back to the idea of placemats. How fun, how easy and how very summery! I created four coordinating placemats with four different cakes in similar styles. You can find this photo in the same issue of QM, page 20.

Strawberry Yum Yum placemat by Jennifer Ofenstein

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy these placemats make me! I hope to be able to share instructions for them very soon!

And now, the part of this post you’ve been waiting for…

The GIVEAWAYS: I have not one, but TWO giveaways today!

To enter BOTH giveaways:  leave a comment letting me know what your favorite dessert is. Easy right?! 

You must share contact information with your comment to be eligible to win.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 9

First of all, I have a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 9 for one commentor that will come directly from Quiltmaker! The winner for this issue will be chosen on Sunday, May 4. Because this issue comes from Quiltmaker, I will need to hear back from the winner ASAP or the issue will go to the next name drawn.

Blog Tour Giveaway Vol 9

Next we have a giveaway directly from Sewhooked! The winner of my drawing will receive a fabric bundle and a copy of my Texas Twofer Collection! You can find Texas Twofer and many, many others in my Craftsy shop!

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Love paper piecing? Consider joining my 2014 Block of the Month, Paper Piecing Vintage! The entire year will include 12 vintage-inspired designs, entirely paper pieced. Each pattern comes in 6″ and 12″ versions plus the occasional bonus pattern. That’s 24+ patterns for just $12! We also have a Facebook group and monthly giveaways to participants right here on Sewhooked! Monthly patterns are posted the first day of each month, available exclusively through Craftsy!

PPV Prize April 2014

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group in April and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Quilts From 100 Blocks, Fall 2013 (includes a pattern designed by me!) as well as copies of my patterns Poppies from the Past and My Kitchen Window!

Winners for both 100 Blocks giveaways and for the Paper Piecing Vintage drawing announced on Monday, May 5!

Thanks so much for stopping by. If it was your first time, I do hope to see you again!

Until then, happy stitching!


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Blog Hop Winner!

On this day before Thanksgiving here in the U.S., I’m thrilled to announce the winner of my Blog Hop Party Giveaway!

You all answered the question of your favorite quilting technique. Your comments, as usual, were a blast to read! Mine is paper piecing, but you already knew that. ;)

There were 99 commenters at the time of the drawing, and as I usually do, I used the Random Number Generator over on random.org.

I sure was surprised at the results:

blog hop giveaway


Congratulations to Jan Jones, commenter number one! Jan, you should have already received my email on how to collect your prize.

Blog Hop Party Giveaway, Nov 2013

Jan won the following:

Fall Placemat

Did you miss the blog hop post? Be sure to stop by for this fun, free project!

Paper Piecing Vintage: Sign-ups start December 3!

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Coming January to Fandom In Stitches!

Time is running out! I’m donating $1 to Movember for every Mustachio! pattern set sold during November! You’ve got until Saturday to buy your copy and help with a great cause!

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I hope it’s a safe and happy holiday filled with friends, food and fun.

Until next time,


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Blog Hop Party & And Free Fall Goodies

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Welcome to Sewhooked and my post for the Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways hosted by The Quilting Gallery!

This is one of my favorite events to participate in! Not only do I get to visit loads of gorgeous and inspiring quilting blogs, but I get to give away free stuff, one of my all-time favorite things to do!

Make sure to read all the way to the end for a free project,

a fun giveaway, a special discount and mustaches!

Fall Placemat

This year, I’ve worked up this fun seasonal placemat to share with you. It’s EASY peasy.

To create it, you need the following:

  • 1 pumpkin, pieced at 10 1/2″  or 10″ finished (copy the free, 5″ pumpkin pattern below & enlarge at 200%)
  • 2 maple leaves, pieced at 5 1/2″ or 5″ finished (free 5″ pattern link below!)
  • 2 – 5 1/2″ squares of background fabric
  • 2 – 2 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strips of background fabric (stitch top and bottom)
  • Piece as shown above to create a 20″ x 14″ placemat. Embellish & quilt as desired.

Maple Leaf Pumpkin
FREE – 3″, 5″ and 6″ Maple Leaf Paper Pieced Pattern (get it on Craftsy!)

FREE – 3″, 5″ and 6″ Pumpkin Paper Pieced Pattern (get it on Craftsy!)

Fall Placemat

Feeling ambitious? Add some nine-patches or other 5″ blocks of your choice! This layout also includes a 1″ strip of background fabric between the pumpkin.

Blog Hop Party Giveaway, Nov 2013

For my Blog Hop visitors, I offer this special giveaway:

Just comment below with your favorite technique. Paper piecing? Embroidery? Hand quilting? I wanna know!

On Wednesday, November 27, I’ll announce one winner who receive everything seen here. Can’t wait? Click the link for each pattern in my Craftsy store.

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Not only do I share my free and for sale patterns via Craftsy, but I also sell one-of-a-kind handmade items and magazines where I’ve had patterns published in my Etsy shop . Just for you, my  Blog Hop visitors, between now and November 26, receive 20% off your total purchase of $8 or more with coupon code QUILTING, only on Etsy!

Proceeds from my online business help off-set my daughter’s college expenses and every single purchase is greatly, greatly appreciated!

For those new around here, I’m donating $1 to Movember for every Mustachio! pattern set sold during November!

Thanks for hopping, I hope you’ll stop by again soon!


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Marie Bostwick Blog Hop Winners…At Last!

Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop

After a brief delay, we have winners for the Marie Bostwick Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop!
Marie Bostwick Blog Tour - Between Heaven and Texas

New book from the Publisher: 

winner book from publisher

Autographed book:

winner autographed book

Door hanger & signature block:

winner signature block

Congrats to all three of our winners! I have contacted each of you individually, but if you have not received my message, please email sewhooked@gmail.com.

Thanks to everyone that played! The comments were just wonderful and I really enjoyed reading all your stories about living in and visiting Texas!

See the original post and read all the great comments! There’s a free pattern, too…don’t miss it!

Other fun stuff to do:


Stitch with us!

Fandom In Stitches - Giveaway Quilt To Support The Linus Connection

Stars For Linus


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