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Un-Retired Unicorn

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

Vol11-blog-tour-coming-socialmedia_66016It’s almost time for another wonderful issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and I’m excited to once again be included among some of the most talented designers in the world! Look for the blog tour coming May 4 – 8 and for my post on May 7…there will be PRIZES!

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Free Pattern – Chocolate Box!

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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Find more free patterns right here on Sewhooked!

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

Vol11-blog-tour-coming-socialmedia_66016It’s almost time for another wonderful issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and I’m excited to once again be included amongst some of the most talented designers in the world! Look for the blog tour coming May 5 -8!

Have a wonderful, quilty day!

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TTMT #279 – Let It Slide

Find all the freebies shown in today’s video right here on Sewhooked! Patterns that have been updated in my Update All The Things marathon will say “updated 2014.” There are still plenty more on the way!

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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!

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!
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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!

Okay, fandom? Okay.

Okay? Okay.

TFiOS Okay? Okay.  a free fandom pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein

Also on the Fiction & Literature page on Fandom In Stitches

I get a lot of emails from readers of both Sewhooked & Fandom in Stitches and one of the comments I receive more than any other is “why aren’t your fandom patterns on Sewhooked?”

Well, isn’t that a good question?

Back in 2012, I split Sewhooked in two when I established Fandom in Stitches. My collection of fandom patterns designed by myself and my friends had grown so huge that it was actually crashing my website. After a lot of rearranging, I eventually decided that those fandom patterns needed a home of their own.

Everything that was Harry Potter Paper Piecing, the Twilight Block of the Month (designed by Cat Magraith), and a slew of other fandom-themed patterns by both myself and my designer friends were the beginning of Fandom in Stitches.

When I split Sewhooked, I moved all those fandom patterns to make Sewhooked friendlier and easier to navigate. The unanticipated side effect is that you, my beloved and loyal readers, often don’t realize that I design for more than one website, so when I share a pattern like The Fault In Our Stars: Okay? Okay. (above), you may never see it.

10" TARDIS quilt block, paper pieced

10″ TARDIS

also on the Doctor Who page on Fandom In Stitches

So, by popular request, I have compiled my collection of fandom-themed patterns designed by me and put them together on their own page here on Sewhooked!

Each and every one is absolutely free for your personal & non-profit use.

HP Snitch

Harry Potter Patterns on Sewhooked

Find more Harry Potter on Fandom In Stitches

 

Find my free fandom patterns and many more by other excellent designers on fandominstitches.com. All patterns are absolutely free. All we ask in return is that you use them for personal & non-profit use only. We wouldn’t say no to sharing your photos either!

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I love to share free patterns and continue to do so by your generous support of my Craftsy shop. Thank you so much for shopping Sewhooked and supporting Indie Designers. :D

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Time and Relative Dimension In Space

Embroidered Doctor Who blocks

And then there was that summer that I spent every free moment stitching something related to Doctor Who with other designers and loads of a DW fans.

It. Was. Awesome.

The Doctor Who Stitch Along on Fandom In Stitches has officially concluded. Myself and six other designers presented 12 free hand embroidered designs over 12 weeks.

I cannot tell you how much sheer joy I get out of events like this. For me, fandom means community and a Stitch Along is a great way to bring fans (and stitchers!) together!

Today, we added Bonus Blocks by the original SAL designers as well as oodles of great designs as part of the Doctor Who Stitch Along Design Invitational, all from FiS readers!

Below are my own extra offerings (and one I stitched from Aalia!) as well as my DWSAL blocks.

TARDIS
Time And Relative Dimension In Space

Time And Relative Dimension In Space. Had to be done! This will be a cornerstone for my DW quilt. I think it’s my favorite of the smaller designs.

ten alternative
Alternative Tenth Doctor

This alternative version was my original Ten pattern and the one that started the idea for the SAL. After drafting and stitching him up, I decided this style wasn’t quite what I was going for, so I started over and created the Tenth Doctor seen in the SAL (he’s below with the other Doctors!). He will most likely end up as a cushion cover to coordinate with the DW quilt I’m making for my daughter.

i'm the doctor Wibbley Wobbley Timey Wimey
I’m The Doctor & Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey

I’m the Doctor and Wibbley Wobbley Timey Wimey are two more cornerstones for my DW quilt.

trust me

Trust Me, designed by Aalia Zaman. You can find this on Page 1 of her Doctor Who quotes! This is the final cornerstone for my DW quilt.
Bow Ties Are Cool
Because they are. And I couldn’t resist.  I’m particularly pleased with how the bow tie came out.
 
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Since I digitized the 11th Doctor’s logo for the Time and Relative Dimension in Space design, I thought I should share it on it’s own for anyone that might like it. It’s 7 1/2″, so it could be used with the SAL blocks if desired.
10" TARDIS quilt block, paper pieced
So, during all the Who-insanity, two things happened (just, two?!).
One, my daughter asked for an army of Daleks around her quilt. They’re in progress (below), from an updated version of a pattern I designed several years ago. While work on the first couple of the little killing machines, I kept thinking about paper piecing a TARDIS large enough for a cushion. It stuck in my head. And then, of course, I realized that if I made not just the block, but the actual pattern larger, I could get lots of details in. Hmmm…. I’ve designed two paper pieced TARDIS patterns in the past (see them here) and while I do like those, I’ve always wanted more detail. So, I sat down and drew the 10″ TARDIS. It is exactly what it sounds like. I might even stitch “Police Public Call Box” after I piece it…which is AFTER I finish the Dalek Army!
Daleks in progress.
8 of 12 Daleks….just four more to go!
The are lots more paper pieced Doctor Who-themed patterns for Free on Fandom In Stitches…get them here!

My completed Doctor Who Stitch Along blocks. Designers are noted below.

Doctor Who Stitch Along - The First Doctor The Second Doctor

The First Doctor, Designed by Aalia Zaman

The second Doctor, Designed by Jennifer Ofenstein (me!)

The Third Doctor The Fourth Doctor

The Third Doctor, Designed by Aalia Zaman

The Fourth Doctor, Designed by Kim Kuehn

The Fifth Doctor The Sixth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor, Designed by Kristel Carnahan

The Sixth Doctor, Designed by Jennifer Ofenstein

Seven The Eighth Doctor

The Seventh Doctor, Designed by Kristel Carnahan

The Eighth Doctor, Designed by Jordan Frederick

The Ninth Doctor The Tenth Doctor

The Ninth Doctor, designed by Aalia Zaman

The Tenth Doctor, designed by Jennifer Ofenstein

Eleven TARDIS, week 12 of the DWSAL

The Eleventh Doctor, designed by Soma Acharya

The TARDIS, designed by Angelica Rodriguez

Well, that’s it for me! After I finish the final four Daleks, I can get the borders pieced and then it’s on to quilting and then the big reveal. Today…I buy batting! Almost there!

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Shrinking Solution

Sorting Hat Get more Harry Potter patterns on Fandom in Stitches!

When Cheryl over at Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting asked for permission to use some of my free patterns for an upcoming project she’s working on, I enthusiastically agreed!

What’s her project?

Well, you’ll just have to wait and see…don’t worry, I’ll share when she does!

crystal ball

What I can tell you is that she asked to use six of my Harry Potter patterns. She was planning to reduce each pattern to 4″, but I volunteered to do it myself.

student hat witch hat

All this happened at the same time that the hard drive on my laptop crashed. I have access to many of my files on my backup drive, but not EQ7, the design software I’ve been using for the last couple of years and I’m waiting for my laptop to be repaired and before I will have access to all my design tools. While I wait, I decided to try out Quilt Assistant, free block design software

I recommend this software all the time based on the experience of other designers I know over at Fandom In Stitches. It’s about time I try it out myself!

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Now this software is not EQ7, and I knew that going in. I wasn’t expecting the bells and whistles of fancy design software, layout options, etc. QA is intended for individual block design, and if that’s what you need, and all you need, it’s perfect for that. I found it super easy to navigate and use and had redrafted several blocks using my original designs in a relatively short amount of time.

In addition to drafting patterns, you can also import a photo to follow, color and number images, as well as export and print different versions of your pattern.

Since most of the patterns I was redrafting were originally designed in Photoshop and not EQ7, I worked from my quilt blocks and “printed” my work to PDF.

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I’m a picky girl when it comes to the way my patterns are presented.  I like clear, concise lettering that goes left to right and top to bottom. If you’ve used any of my patterns previously, you will find they are all labeled this way. If a design software exists that allows complete control over labeling, I have not found it yet!

The following four images were generated using Quilt Assistant print options:

QA Print Option: Design at true size, no seam allowance added. Numbers generated with QA.

QA Print Option: Paper Pieced Pattern, no seam allowance added.

QA Print Option: Paper Pieced Pattern, Seam Allowance Added.

QA Print Option: Paper Pieced Pattern, Seam Allowance and Colors Added.

I printed to PDF as a paper pieced pattern with seam allowance but no color (third option above). I opened up each PDF file in Photoshop and rearranged the pieces so they would be as close to the actual piecing order as possible. In EQ7, arranging pattern piece placement on the page is an option before printing, one I use often.

I also deleted all the numbers generated by QA and renumbered each pattern myself so they would reflect my personal design style. I started designing back in 2004 using Photoshop for every step of the process. I still color and label all my patterns with it, even my  patterns drafted in EQ7.

You will also find sewing order on all my patterns. When I first started paper piecing, I came across a very complicated pattern with oodles of asymmetrical pieces and no instructions whatsoever. It took me ages to figure out how it went together. Because of that, I started adding sewing order with my very first design!

Making it mine: How the Cauldron pattern looked when I finished editing.

Download the 4″ Cauldron pattern

In a nutshell, Quilt Assistant is free, it’s easy to use and you can share your patterns from it by printing them to PDF with software like Primo PDF or Cute PDF. If you want to make changes, use Photoshop or open source software like Gimp.  Save the file as a PDF for easier printing.

The best part about this for me? Well, a couple of things. First, I got to revisit some of my older Harry Potter patterns that I hadn’t played around with in ages. Second, I get to share these patterns with Cheryl and look forward to her upcoming project (and I hope you will, too!). Last of all, as soon as I’m up and running on my own computer again, I can export these files to EQ format and edit them just like any of my other EQ7 projects!

Direct links to the magically shrunken versions of the above blocks:

4″ Witch Hat

4″ Student Hat

4″ Crystal Ball

4″ Cauldron

4″ Sorting Hat

4″ Broomstick

I hope my little review of Quilt Assistant is useful to you. If you’re still on the fence about designing your own paper pieced patterns or about using design software and you’re looking to draft individual blocks, give it a try. It’s a nifty tool, it’s free, and if you decide to upgrade to EQ7, all your QA work is exportable!

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A footnote: I am reviewing QA because I want to and for no other reason, but if you happen to take up pattern drafting, consider becoming a Fandom In Stitches Designer! Fandom In Stitches is my all-fandom quilt pattern site featuring Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Doctor Who, Sesame Street and much, much more! All the patterns are free and all the designers are volunteers!

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