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31 Days of Halloween – Witches’ Brew

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Happy Thursday! We’ve got just a few more days left in our 31 Days of Halloween journey and I do hope you’ve enjoyed every step of the way!

Today, we’re revisiting more fun patterns from the massive collection I’ve created over the years and turning their original Harry Potter-ish intention towards things Halloween!

Cauldron 2014 Update

First, we have the humble cauldron, a staple in any witch’s pantry!

Get the free, 5″ paper pieced pattern here.

Want to Enlarge or Reduce this pattern? Find out how here!

Simple Witch Hat 2014 Update

And, of course, a witch’s wardrobe would not be complete without her hat!

Get the Simply Witch Hat, free 5″ paper pieced pattern

Cauldron Quilt Idea using sewhooked.com free patterns

I’ve taken these two simple patterns, added in Moody’s Magical Eye and my Paper Pieced Bat Pattern, both featured earlier in the 31 Days, and created this fun quilt layout using EQ7!

Are you making projects from 31 Days of Halloween? Share your photos with my flickr group! There will be a fun surprise after Halloween for one lucky winner!

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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

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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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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

May 2014 Flickr Prize

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win fun prizes all year long.  The May prize includes the bundle of fabric and two Sewhooked-themed pin back buttons above! Winner to be chosen Monday, June 2, 2014.

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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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