Author Archives: Jennifer Ofenstein

About Jennifer Ofenstein

Owner of sewhooked.com and fandominstitches.com. Quilt designer, instructor and craft enabler.

Free Pattern Friday – Crazy Cakes!

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

Today is my birthday!

*throws confetti*

I recently spent a whole lot of time cleaning up the hard drive on my computer. During this adventure in bytes, I found tons of unfinished patterns, sketches, doodles, and whatnot, all of which I’d never shared.

At some point it the distant past, I sat and doodled a slew of cupcakes with personality for hand embroidery. Why? Not a clue, but when I rediscovered these designs, it occurred to me that nothing could be more perfect for my birthday post!

I hope you enjoy these personality-filled cupcakes to hand embroider. Happy birthday to me!

Crazy Cakes by Jennifer Ofenstein

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

Pro-Tip: I use Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy for all of my hand embroidery projects. Print designs on this water soluble fabric using your printer, stick it on your fabric and stitch! It rinses away cleanly when you’re done. Easy, peasy perfect transfer every time. This isn’t a paid endorsement, but the above is an affiliate link. I really do use this stuff all the time! 😉 Check your local quilt store or order online.

Want a different size? Check out how to enlarge & reduce quilt patterns using Adobe Reader!

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Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. Find this block on page 21 of Paper Piecing Vintage. If you’re only making a few blocks, you can also find the Signature Block Pattern right here.

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Stop by Sewhooked on the second and fourth Mondays of every month through June for the Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (PPV2017)!

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

Get the complete Paper Piecing Vintage quilt pattern for $10 from…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

 

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

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Do you enjoy my free content? Consider Becoming a Patreon Patron and help keep me keep creating and sharing!

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber along with many other friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is never required, but it is fun!

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TTMT #418 – Give it Away!

In this video:

2017 Fat Quarter Lotto

 

Watch today’s video for winners!

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Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage?

Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt!

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Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

Block 08 - Caught in the Web

Get just the eighth block for $2.95 on Craftsy

OR

Get the complete Paper Piecing Vintage pattern for $10 from…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

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PPV 2017 – Block 8

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Welcome back to our Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (#PPV2017)!

2017 Fat Quarter Lotto

 

Stop back by tomorrow for the 3rd Annual Fat Quarter Lotto Drawing,

to be shared “live” on Talk to Me Tuesday!

A reminder of how this works:

PPV was my 2014 Block of the Month. This project was inspired by old-fashioned, hand-pieced quilt blocks. Because I LOVE paper piecing, I couldn’t help but create my own versions of traditional patterns I love using my favorite technique.

Quilting along with us is easy! The Paper Piecing Vintage quilt pattern already exists, so you don’t have to anxiously await each pattern to be released.

We’re making this quilt together, one block at a time, as a group. We’ll be making two blocks a month. I’ll prompt you on the second and fourth Monday to remind you which block to work on next. With a little work and a little luck, we’ll have a finished quilt top by the end of June!

Get the completed quilt pattern (more info below) from CRAFTSY or ETSY for $10 (previously $12). If you already own this pattern, you are ready to go!

Individual blocks now available by popular demand: If you want to make just one or two blocks from the set, I am releasing these patterns individually as we go. (Link to purchase Block 8 below.)

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The following is the August 2014 block (Block 8 for us) made for my 1930’s vintage fabric-inspired version of this quilt (above).

See a video about the original PPV!

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

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Today’s pattern, Block 8 (August 2014), is Caught in the Web. You can find it beginning on page 37 in Paper Piecing Vintage, or you can purchase JUST this block pattern here.

All patterns for PPV are 6″ & 12″ (w/o seam allowance). The size you make is up to you.

The vintage version (above) is from my 2014 PPV.

My 2017 PPV Halloween Quilt Block

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I was lucky enough to have just enough of this fantastic orange spider print to make this block. The stripes were fussy cut to add a little more movement. I ♥ it!

Eight blocks in…we’re getting closer to the end!

Now is a great time to start cutting out those piano keys and 6″ blocks for cornerstones (optional, of course!).

signature block

Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. Find this block on page 21 of Paper Piecing Vintage. If you’re only making a few blocks, you can also find the Signature Block Pattern right here.

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This is my color inspiration, created in EQ (subject to change as I quilt along!).

Since I’m using a lot of Halloween scraps, I’m also cutting the piano keys as I go from the leftover fabrics from each block. It will be a huge time saver at the end!

If you’d like to do a little planning, too, there is a coloring page included in the complete pattern on page 64.

Get the complete Paper Piecing Vintage pattern for $10 from…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

What do you get for your $10?

  • Updated for 2017
  • 12 vintage-inspired block of the month designs (6″ & 12″ paper pieced patterns included)
  • piecing instructions for each block
  • 3 bonus patterns (2 available only in the set!)
  • layout instructions for two quilt sizes using all 12 blocks (in either 6″ or 12″)
  • Bonus instructions for the optional piano key border (shown).

Quilt sizes:

  • 12″ blocks with 2″ sashing – 44″ x 58″ (with bonus border – 56″ x 70″)
  • 6″ blocks with 2″ sashing – 26″ x 34″ (with bonus border – 32″ x 40″)

Fabric Amounts needed for this project (this information is also in the BOM pattern):

For 12″ blocks:

  • 1 1/2 yards Background Fabric
  • 1 1/4 yards Color 1 Fabric
  • 1 1/4″ yards Color 2 Fabric
  • 1 1/2 yards Sashing Fabric (for 2″ sashing), optional
  • 1 1/3 yards (total) of multiple fabrics for optional piano key border (divide the amount across the number of fabrics you wish to use)

For 6″ blocks:

  • 3/4 yards Background Fabric
  • 1/2 yard Color 1 Fabric
  • 1/2 yard Color 2 Fabric
  • 1/2 yard Sashing fabric (for 2″ sashing), optional
  • 3/4 yards (total) of multiple fabrics for optional piano key border (divide the amount across the number of fabrics you wish to use)

Want to connect with other quilters working on Paper Piecing Vintage? Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber and many friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is not required to quilt along.

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

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Join me later this week for Free Pattern Friday, right here on Sewhooked!

 

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Would you for future Events like Paper Piecing Vintage to be absolutely free? Become a Patreon Patron and help me bring more free content to all our online quilting community!

I’ll see you tomorrow for Talk to Me Tuesday when I’ll be choosing the winner of the 3rd Annual Fat Quarter Lotto!

Happy sewing!
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Free Pattern Friday – Icy Goodness!

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

Today, I’m sharing a new to you pattern, never before posted by me anywhere online.

Icy Goodness is a pattern to paper piece and includes both 6″ and 10″ patterns. This design was requested by a publisher some time ago but was ultimately not used for the publication and has been sitting in my “unused” folder ever since.

“Unused” is a much better choice of words than “rejected,” now isn’t it?

I hope it brings a smile to your face. 🙂

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Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

Need more help paper piecing? Check out this page of resources I curated just for you!

Want a different size? Check out how to enlarge & reduce quilt patterns using Adobe Reader!

 

2017 Fat Quarter Lotto

LAST CALL! All entries must be received by April 24, 2017.

April is my birthday month and you’re invited help me celebrate by participating in the 3rd Annual Fat Quarter Lotto. It’s super easy – send up to four fat quarters, I’ll draw a winner* “live” on Talk to Me Tuesday on April 25.

It’s free to play. I am self-disqualified from playing. This is my way to say Thank You for another fun year of sharing!

*1 winner per 50 fat quarters!

Click for Details!

signature block

Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. Find this block on page 21 of Paper Piecing Vintage. If you’re only making a few blocks, you can also find the Signature Block Pattern right here.

(Save on postage and mail with your Fat Quarter Lotto!)

2017 quilt along.jpg

Stop by Sewhooked on the second and fourth Mondays of every month through June for the Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (PPV2017)!

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

Get the complete Paper Piecing Vintage quilt pattern for $10 from…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

 

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber along with many other friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is never required, but it is fun!

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TTMT #417 – It’s Raining FQs!

In this video:

2017 Fat Quarter Lotto

April is my birthday month and you’re invited help me celebrate by participating in the 3rd Annual Fat Quarter Lotto. It’s super easy – send up to four fat quarters, I’ll draw a winner* “live” on Talk to Me Tuesday on April 25.

It’s free to play. I am self-disqualified from playing. This is my way to say Thank You for another fun year of sharing!

*1 winner per 50 fat quarters!

Click for Details!

All entries must be received by April 24, 2017.

signature block

Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage?

Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt!

(Save on postage and mail with your Fat Quarter Lotto!)

2017 quilt along.jpg

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

Block 07 - Lily of the Valley

Get just the seventh block for $2.95 on Craftsy

OR

Get the complete Paper Piecing Vintage pattern for $10 from…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

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Stop by Friday for more featured free patterns!

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Free Pattern Friday – As You Wish

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday! Today, I thought we’d do something a little different.

In a shocking turn of events, today’s patterns are not paper pieced!

As you’re probably already aware, in addition to living it up here on Sewhooked, I also run Fandom in Stitches, a fandom quilting website.

One of the best parts of Fandom in Stitches are the awesome quilt-alongs that we host there!

What makes a quilt along different from the multitude of individual patterns we share is that an event includes not only the blocks to make the quilt but also instructions for putting the quilt together, what I think of as the “final layout.”

As You Wish: A Princess Bride Quilt & Stitch Along took place on Fandom in Stitches in 2014. We had lots of amazing designers contributing patterns to hand stitch and paper piece.

As You Wish had two final options, both designed by yours truly.

Both quilt patterns can be used with any 7″ (7 1/2″ blocks). You can even fussy cut a fun fabric or use pre-printed fabric book pages.

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Open Book Quilt

Save or print from Google Drive

For 7″ blocks

Includes block and layout instructions

Part of As You Wish: A Princess Bride Quilt & Stitch Along on Fandom in Stitches

Free Princess Bride Patterns are here!

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Amber, my fabulous pattern tester’s, finished Open Book quilt.

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Four Patch Pieced Quilt

save or print from Google Drive

for 7″ blocks

Includes block and layout instructions

Part of As You Wish: A Princess Bride Quilt & Stitch Along on Fandom in Stitches

Free Princess Bride Patterns are here!

Progress! #AsYouWish #princessbride #fandominstitches

This is my own quilt top was made using the Four Patch pattern. After a couple of false starts, it is officially the next of my UFOs in line for me to quilt (hence the not-so-fabulous photo!). Thinking about quilting this is what inspired me to revisit these two layout patterns I created for As You Wish. 🙂

2017 Fat Quarter Lotto

April is my birthday month and you’re invited help me celebrate by participating in the 3rd Annual Fat Quarter Lotto. It’s super easy – send up to four fat quarters, I’ll draw a winner* “live” on Talk to Me Tuesday on April 25.

It’s free to play. I am self-disqualified from playing. This is my way to say Thank You for another fun year of sharing!

*1 winner per 50 fat quarters!

Click for Details!

All entries must be received by April 24, 2017.

signature block

Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. Find this block on page 21 of Paper Piecing Vintage. If you’re only making a few blocks, you can also find the Signature Block Pattern right here.

(Save on postage and mail with your Fat Quarter Lotto!)

2017 quilt along.jpg

Stop by Sewhooked on the second and fourth Mondays of every month through June for the Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (PPV2017)!

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

Get the complete Paper Piecing Vintage quilt pattern for $10 from…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber along with many other friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is never required, but it is fun!

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patreon

 

TTMT #411 – All Kinds of Stitching!

In this video:

2017 Fat Quarter Lotto

April is my birthday month and you’re invited help me celebrate by participating in the 3rd Annual Fat Quarter Lotto. It’s super easy – send up to four fat quarters, I’ll draw a winner* “live” on Talk to Me Tuesday on April 25.

It’s free to play. I am self-disqualified from playing. This is my way to say Thank You for another fun year of sharing!

*1 winner per 50 fat quarters!

Click for Details!

All entries must be received by April 24, 2017.

signature block

Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage?

Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt!

(Save on postage and mail with your Fat Quarter Lotto!)

2017 quilt along.jpg

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

Block 07 - Lily of the Valley

Get just the seventh block for $2.95 on Craftsy

OR

Get the complete Paper Piecing Vintage pattern for $10 from…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

free-pattern-friday

Stop by Friday for more featured free patterns!

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