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Paper Piecing Vintage – July

Paper Piecing Vintage - July


July is here and we are now seven months into our Block of the Month!

Today is, of course, is the day we enjoy the new Paper Piecing Vintage pattern!

This month, we celebrate a very traditional block that is usually created with applique, Lily of the Valley.

As with all the blocks from PPVLily of the Valley is entirely paper pieced and both 6″ and 12″ patterns are included.

Paper Piecing Vintage - July


Lily of the Valley, by Jennifer Ofenstein (sewhooked.com)

Already registered? Download your updated BOM file now!

Like many of the PPV blocks, the pieces for Lily of the Valley are easy to pre-cut with a little measuring before you start.

Save some time by following these bonus directions:

  • Lily of the Valley includes patterns for two flowers that are mirror image (four flowers make the block). You will need two copies of each.
  • For the 12″ pattern, circle or highlight the letters that go with one flower (A, B, C) using the 6″ pattern as a reference.
  • Save time by chain piecing like pattern pieces.
  • Have fun!

Paper Piecing Vintage Signature Block
Thanks to your generosity, I have already received many wonderful 6″ signature block for the Paper Piecing Vintage Signature Quilt!

If you have not yet shared yours, I will be accepting Signature Blocks until December 31, 2014. See your pattern for details and check out our Facebook Group for photos of blocks received so far!

Haven’t signed up for Paper Piecing Vintage yet? Registration for the entire year is just $12. That’s 12 patterns in two sizes (plus the occasional bonus!), entirely paper pieced for one awesome price! All patterns for the year to date are included when you download. Upcoming patterns will be added for you to download the first of each month in 2014.

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win fun prizes all year long. The June prize is a free PDF copy of my original pattern, Poppies from the Past! Winner to be announced the Monday, July 7.

Join the Paper Piecing Vintage Facebook Group for exclusive content and to sew with friends!


Need some help with paper piecing? Check out my FREE full-length workshop.


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Featured Pattern: Topsy-Turvy Trees, just $7 on Craftsy!

Hey Peeps!

Spring must be in the air, because my Peeps pattern, first released spring of 2013, has been getting a lot of attention over on Craftsy!

Thank you to everyone that has downloaded this fun (and totally free!) pattern.

Need some Peeps? Get them here!

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Find all of my for sale patterns

(and many of my free ones!) 

on Craftsy,

including 72 single block designs

that will be $2 during March.

In April, all $2 patterns will be $2.95. 

sewhooked flickr prize march 2014
Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group in March and you’ll have a chance to win Bonnie Hunter’s awesome book String Fling as well as a copy of my pattern Aces High!


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Sign up for Paper Piecing Vintage
and get a new pattern in two sizes each month during 2014!

That’s 24 patterns for just $12!

Paper Piecing Vintage – Coming in 2014!

Let’s face it, when I get ready to sew, paper piecing is what I love best.

There’s this other thing, too: I’ve always wanted to make a vintage-inspired sampler quilt.

After years of contemplating the idea of paper piecing vintage blocks and considering what blocks I personally would most like to include in a quilt like this, the idea has solidified.

Please join me beginning January 1, 2014

for a very special year-long event:

This will be a for purchase Block of the Month (BOM) through my Craftsy store that includes each month’s block in two pattern sizes: 6″ & 12″.

The entire quilt is designed in two colors with a solid background. Can you make it scrappy? ABSOLUTELY!

If you sign up in December, you will get a super duper special discount, because honestly, I want you to play along. Quilting is more fun when we do it together!

The best part? You only need to sign up once:

It works like this: 

  • Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive a notification from Craftsy to download your pattern.
  • One the first of each month, I will update Paper Piecing Vintage on Craftsy.
  • You will receive notification from Craftsy that the updated pattern is available.
  • Download and print the pattern for each month’s block in the size of your choice.
  • That’s one payment, one time for the entire 12 month series; that’s 24 patterns total, each of the 12 patterns in two sizes, all for one price.
  • Any questions? Ask! I’m just a comment away. ;)

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Remember, buying a pattern from time to time helps keep my free content free, and I LOVE to share free content!

Sign ups begin December 3!

Click here to grab the html for these fun badges

or copy and paste the images directly to your blog!

Do you think you might play along? Let me know in comments before December 3 and I will give two lucky commenters a free copy of the first month’s pattern!

Do you Facebook? Join our spiffy new group for Paper Piecing Vintage and quilt with friends during 2014!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Don’t miss my Blog Hop Party post with a fun giveaway, a free project and a special, limited time coupon for blog hoppers!

Movember is almost over, but there’s still time to buy Mustachio! Remember, I’m donating $1 to Movember for each pattern set sold during November!

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


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Name That Mustache – Mustachio!

Mustachio 2.0

Welcome to the final Name That Mustache post!

It’s been a month of fabulous and funny mustache names!

Thank you to every single person that submitted a name. Whether your submission was chosen or not, I loved reading them all and sincerely appreciate your ideas!

Today, I have our Week 4 WINNERS to announce!

Each winner receives a free pdf copy of the mustache pattern he or she named, a free fat quarter and his or her name included in the new version of the pattern! 

If you were chosen as a winner, please email sewhooked@gmail.com with your mailing address so you can receive your prizes.

In the case that a name was suggested more than once, the first commenter to suggest that name wins the prize.

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Mustache #10 – “Reginald” – submitted by Gwen

Mustache #11 – “Clarke” – submitted by Michelle Thompson

Mustache #12 – “Gus” – submitted by Gwen (two in one week, way to go, Gwen!)

Mustachio! Now with fabulous names!

Get the entire Mustachio! set from my Craftsy shop!

Once I hear from today’s winners, Mustachio! will be updated with the winning names. If you purchase Mustachio! from Craftsy prior to the name update, you will receive a notification from Craftsy that the pattern has been updated.

Just want one mustache? For the first time ever, all twelve mustaches will be available for the first time ever! The first nine are already on Craftsy! The last three will be up as soon as I hear from the winners.

But hey, why not buy the whole shebang and help a good cause? During the month of November, I will donate $1 to Movember for the sale of each Mustachio! pattern set! 


Don’t forget to vote for your favorite quilts during the Blogger’s Quilt Festival! You’ll find my entries under Wall Hangings and Bed Quilts.

Stay tuned for a Crafts of Halloweens Past flickr roundup and winner! Another big thanks for all of your recent participation! See you tomorrow for Talk To Me Tuesday!


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Featured Pattern: Turkey Talk, just $8 on Craftsy!

Name That Mustache, Week 4!

Mustachio 2.0

Welcome to the final week of Name That Mustache!

Thanks for stopping back by and for ALL the wonderful mustache names! Week three was just as fun as weeks one and two and I found it even harder to choose because all the names were just SO GOOD!

Before we move on the final three mustaches, I have our Week 3 WINNERS to announce!

Each winner receives a free pdf copy of the mustache pattern he or she named, a free fat quarter and his or her name included in the new version of the pattern! 

If you were chosen as a winner, please email sewhooked@gmail.com with your mailing address so you can receive your prizes.

In the case that a name was suggested more than once, the first commenter to suggest that name wins the prize.

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Mustache #7 – “Pierre” submitted by Roubaix

Mustache #8 – “Pops” submitted by Sandy A.

Mustache #9 – “Albert” submitted by Kelly 

Congratulations and THANK YOU for the wonderful names!

And now, on to Week 4 of Name That Mustache!!

Name That Mustache is a weekly challenge for my readers throughout the month of October.

The rules are simple:

  • Share a name idea for one or more mustaches in each week’s post, making sure to include the mustache number.
  • Comments must be made on Sewhooked during that week’s post. For example Week 4 Mustache names must be commented on this post.
  • At the end of each week, I’ll pick my favorites and that will be the name of that mustache pattern!
  • Please do not use copyrighted names. If you’re not sure, just let me know.
  • The winners will receive a fat quarter, a free PDF copy of the mustache pattern he or she named AND I will include the winner as the namer on that pattern!

In November, Mustachio! will be updated and all of these fun mustaches will be available individually…for the first time ever! To celebrate and help a good cause, during the month of November, I will donate $1 to Movember for the sale of each Mustachio! pattern!

Enough talk, let’s get started…ready, set…GO!

Name these three mustaches in the comments for a chance to win:

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name that mustache 11

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Need a little lip hair in your life? Get the entire Mustachio! set from my Craftsy shop!

Mustache Names so far:

  1. Wyatt
  2. Victor
  3. Watson
  4. Walter
  5. Rollie
  6. Beauregard
  7. Pierre
  8. Pops
  9. Albert


Check out my entries for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival:

Halloween Bats

A huge thanks to everyone that has already shared mustache names! If you didn’t win this time, try again, I’d love to hear what you come up with!

It’s almost Halloween, my favorite time of year! Be sure to check out Crafts of Halloweens Past for some fun free tutorials and patterns!

Coming soon…wait for it… mustache companions!


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Featured Pattern: Two Little Hooters

Blogger’s Quilt Festival: The Body In The Library Wall Hanging

Agatha Christie quilt

The Body in the Library, a 17″ x 25″ wall hanging

Welcome to my first post for Amy’s Creative Side’s twice-annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival! First post? Yes, that’s right! I will be entering two quilts this year!

Be sure to read to the end for a fun giveaway!


The timing of this particular festival could not be better as my Wall Hanging entry, The Body in the Library,  was just finished earlier this month!

For weeks I’d been wracking my brain for an idea for the perfect birthday gift for Jewells, my best friend of almost 20 years.

While thinking about things I know for sure she enjoys, Agatha Christie came to mind.

On a whim, I began Googling.

Then I found this:

the body in the library agatha christie

Immediately, I knew it was The One. This was what I was looking for and it HAD to be a quilt; in fact, it had to be THE birthday quilt!

Don’t the graphics just shout QUILT!?

Within moments of finding this image, I’d fired up EQ7 and begun drafting.

In approximately two days, I designed, paper pieced, hand embroidered, pieced, free motion quilted, bound & labeled this little gem.

Agatha Christie quilt top half

The shelves of the quilt are entirely paper pieced.  These three shelves contain more than 36 pattern pieces. Not pieces of fabric, but actual pattern pieces!

Watch the video where I talk about this quilt!

Agatha Christie quilt close up

I straight-line quilted around the books and free-motion quilted the shelves, border and background, all on my Baby Lock Quest Plus.

IAgatha Christie quilt bottom

“Agatha Christie” is hand embroidered using DMC in a font called Alpaca 54. “by” was drawn by me.

Agatha Christie quilt back

The back of the quilt shows the quilting much better than the front!

You can also see the tabs I created for hanging. To make them, I fold a 3″ square in half on the diagonal and stitch them onto the corners when attaching the binding. Simply place a dowel rod in the pockets and it’s ready to hang! The best way I’ve found to do this is by using two 3M Command wire hooks placed approximately 6″ apart. The label is a larger square created the same way as the pockets at the top.

The Body in the Library is a Miss Marple mystery story.  According to Freaky Trigger, this particular cover is the  1942 Australian Collins Crime Club edition.

Quilts from 100 Blocks, Fall 2013 Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 7

As an added bonus today, comment on this post with the name of your favorite book for a chance to win one of two prizes! I’ll be giving away a free copy of Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks  and a copy of of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol 7. to TWO random commenters at the end of the festival!

Quilts From 100 Blocks includes my pattern Corn Maze and Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 7 includes my pattern Make Lemonade. Want these magazines now? Get them in my Etsy shop!

Mustachio 2.0 Halloween Bats

There’s always lots going on around Sewhooked! In October, join me Name That Mustache and Crafts of Halloweens Past!

Don’t forget to check out the Blogger’s Quilt Festival for more fabulous quilts!

I hope to see you around!


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Featured pattern: Jack Leaves The Light On, $6 on Craftsy

you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are

TFiOS Clouds for hand embroidery or applique TFiOS Clouds to paper piece

Left: TFiOS Clouds, 7″ Hand Embroidery or Applique

Right: TFiOS Clouds, 8″ Paper Pieced

While organizing the #TFiOS Design Challenge over on Fandom In Stitches, I could not resist designing a couple of patterns myself.


 The Fault in Our Stars has been one of my favorite books since the first time it was placed into my hot little hands.

As well as being a beautifully written, it is also an extremely quotable book. With that in mind, I created two versions of the same image, both just waiting for Your Words Here.

The design on the above left will work either for applique or for hand embroidery.

The design on the above right is paper pieced, but will also work just fine if you’d like to embroider the clouds after piecing.

And now, a couple of my favorite quotes, grabbed from GoodReads.

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.

“Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”

“The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

“You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”

― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars


I know, right?

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Go Vote! Winner announced Tuesday on Fandom In Stitches.


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Featured Pattern: A Little Haunted, $8 on Craftsy