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TTMT #154 – TWO DAYS! and TWO Winners!

Owl Fat Quarter
Thank you so much to everyone that commented on my STITCHED Blog Hop Tutorial!
We have TWO winners of the super cute owl fabric I used in my tutorial:
ladyoctavia
and
kimberlee
 Congratulations, ladies, I hope you both enjoy your fabric!

Reminders:

In honor of my participation in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop, get 15% off your TOTAL PURCHASE from the Sewhooked Shop during the month of March with coupon code MARCH15. Not valid on etsy or craftsy.
Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

The Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day blog hop is coming April 1, 2012! We have a full compliment of designers ready to share awesome Garden Party-themed FREE paper pieced patterns with you!

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!

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STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop – Make An Oven Mitt

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Welcome to my STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop!

Today, I thought we’d do something both fun and useful…make a cute oven mitt!

This is a project already had on my mind when the opportunity to participate in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop came up. It seemed like the ideal time to make this project a reality!

Owl Fat Quarter

Read through the post, then leave a comment for a chance to win one of two owl fat quarters! Winners announced Tuesday March 20!

Making an oven mitt is a great way to bring fun fabrics into your everyday life. I chose fabrics from my stash. You can do that, too, or use this as an excuse to buy a couple of new fat quarters. You can also incorporate quilt blocks or the recycled materials of your choice for a unique and fun oven mitt!

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For each oven mitt you want to make you’ll need the following:

  • 1 fat quarter for the outside, pressed
  • 1 fat quarter for the inside, pressed
  • OR 1/2 yard for both inside and outside, pressed
  • Cotton batting, approximately fat quarter size (18″ x 22″)
  • Hobbs Thermore Batting or another batting made specifically for potholders, etc., approximately fat quarter size (18″ x 22″)
  • 2 1/2″ x 18″ strip of fabric OR a scrap of quilt binding (shown)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Paper Scissors
  • Fabric Snips (optional)
  • Thread
  • Water Soluble Glue Stick
  • Sewing Machine
  • Size 80 or 90 Sewing Machine Needle
  • Optional: Free-motion foot
  • Also optional, but very useful: Walking Foot for your sewing machine
  • Oven Mitt Pattern; for best results, print with no scaling
  • Dowel Rod, any size

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First, we’ll prepare our pattern. Overlap the center lines and tape the pattern together, as shown.

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Trim the excess paper from the pattern using your paper scissors.

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Once printed and trimmed, the pattern should measure approximately 12 1/4″ from top to bottom.

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Next, we’ll layer our fabrics. The owl fabric will be my “outside fabric” and the dot fabric will be my “inside fabric.”

These are layered together with the two kinds of batting just like for any quilt sandwich.

The fabrics face right sides out, with the Thermore directly under the “outside fabric.” It is important that the Thermore be directly under the “outside” fabric so that it will be closest to the heat when the oven mitt is in use.

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 Since we’re working with such a small area, we will not be pinning, instead, we will glue baste the fabrics to the two layers of batting.

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Place dots of glue 6″ – 8″ apart directly on the batting.

You’ll do this for both the front (“outside”) and back (“inside”).

You do not need to baste the two layers of a batting together. They will grip to each other without glue.

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Smooth the fabric to the batting. Once you’ve smoothed it by hand, take the quilt sandwich to your ironing board and press to remove any bubbles or creases. This will also help set the glue.

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I chose free-motion for my quilt sandwich. How you quilt your sandwich is up to you.

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If you free-motion your quilt sandwich, be sure to drop your feed dogs!

If you’re new to free-motion quilting, check out Leah Day’s blog, The Free Motion Quilting Project

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I decided to keep it simple and created a large meander to quilt the layers together.

For a simpler approach, you can try Straight Line Quilting. Here’s a great tutorial from Tall Grass Prairie Studio.

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Once your sandwich is quilted, pin the paper pattern to the top or “outside.”

My fabric is directional, so I made sure that the owls would be pointed in the correct direction.

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Using your fabric scissors, cut around the paper pattern.

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For the second side of the oven mitt, reverse the pattern. Cut with your fabric scissors.

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You will have two pieces for your oven mitt. They should be mirror image.

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Just for fun, here are the same two pieces from the other side!

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Fold the 2 1/2″ strip in half and press OR use a binding remnant.

Align the raw edges along the “inside” fabric where the mitt opening will be.

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If you were free-motion quilting earlier, remember to raise your feed dogs and change your presser foot.

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Straight stitch the binding 1/4″ from the edge of the mitt.

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Repeat for the second side.

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When you fold the binding out, it will look like this.

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Roll the binding to the outside. Top stitch near the edge of the binding using a straight or decorative stitch.

Repeat for other side of the mitt.

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Your binding will look like this.

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Trim off any excess binding.

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Each side of the mitt is bound individually. You can opt to use continuous binding, but I find this to be a much simpler method.

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Binding, from the other side.

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Now, with right sides together, align the two halves of the oven mitt. This is going to be a thick sandwich!

You’ll be stitching through four layers of fabric and four layers of batting.

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Stitch the oven mitt together using a generous 1/4″ seam.  Back stitch at the beginning.

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I was able to use my presser foot for a guide.

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Back stitch on both sides of the thumb.

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Back stitch when you get to the end.

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Once the two sides are stitched together, snip the area between the thumb and fingers.

If you have Fabric Snips, this is a great time to use them.

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Snip the curve for easier turning.

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Snip the binding corners.

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Now comes the hardest part…turning this guy right side out!

With your hand inside the mitt, tuck the end inside and grab on, slowing working the mitt until you have the mitt turned right side out.

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If you need it, use a dowel rod to poke the rest of the mitt into shape.

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The dowel rod is especially useful for the thumb! Be careful when working on the thumb, you don’t want to pop any stitches.

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Here’s what your mitt looks like from the inside. Nice and thick to protect your hands from hot pans!

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Ta-Da! We’re done!

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You will have some scrappy bits of quilted material left. I used mine to make hand covers for my cast iron skillets!
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And just for fun, this was my proto-type. I made this one with a hand-drawn version of the pattern. By making a prototype, I was able to work out the tricker bits and figure out the best way to go about this project.

Visit the rest of the STITCHED Blog Hoppers!

Everybody Hop!
March 1st  – Deborah of Deborah’s Journal
March 5th – Paula  of Paula Joerling Studio
March 6th – Jackie of Stitchworks
March 8th –  Mollie of Wild Olive
March 15th – Jennifer of Sewhooked (oops, I posted a day early!)
March 20th – Kelli of Kelli Nina Perkins
March 22nd – Tracie of Radical Recycks
March 27th – Alma of Alma Stoller
March 29th – Ann Tucker of The Lavendar Tree

Reminders:

In honor of my participation in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop, get 15% off your TOTAL PURCHASE from the Sewhooked Shop during the month of March with coupon code MARCH15. Not valid on etsy or craftsy.
Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

The Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day blog hop is coming April 1, 2012! We have a full compliment of designers ready to share awesome Garden Party-themed FREE paper pieced patterns with you!

Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a fat quarter of the owl fabric used in this tutorial!

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!

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Hopping around and a WINNER!

Have you been hopping along with the STITCHED instructors this month? The tutorials have all been super fun, Be sure and check them out!

STITCHED is a subscription-based community with a slew of awesome instructors, workshops, prizes and more!

My STITCHED workshop is a comprehensive paper piecing tutorial. We make a block, from beginning to end, of an original pattern I designed just for STITCHED. I share all of my tips, hints and suggestions that I have accumulated from my years of paper piecing and teaching beginners.

Everybody Hop!
March 1st  – Deborah of Deborah’s Journal; Blog Hop: Handwriting on Fabric
March 6th – Jackie of Stitchworks; Blog Hop: Printed Fabric, Printed Fabric part 2
March 8th –  Mollie of Wild Olive; Blog Hop: Honey Bee Candle Mat
March 15th – Jennifer of Sewhooked (that’s me…woohoo! AND this is my sister’s birthday!)
March 20th – Kelli of Kelli Nina Perkins
March 22nd – Tracie of Radical Recycks
March 27th – Alma of Alma Stoller
March 29th – Ann Tucker of The Lavendar Tree

STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop

My Blog Hop tutorial is March 15. Here’s a sneak peek!

In honor of my participation in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop, get 15% off your TOTAL PURCHASE from the Sewhooked Shop during the month of March with coupon code MARCH15. Not valid on etsy or craftsy.

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And, we have a winner! Carol’s comment on my Learning Center post wins the free PDF pattern of her choice from the Sewhooked Shop!

Carol’s been a long-time Sewhooked reader and commenter. Her comment was an inspiration and such a surprise to me. Carol, please email me and let me know which pattern you’d like from the Shop. And? Congrats! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

Carol

Hi Jennifer, Something you may not know about me is that I was in a near fatal rollover in November, 2009. My recovery took a big leap when I stumbled onto your website. I was looking for pillowcase directions after reading about the One Million Pillowcase challenge. It wasn’t long before I became a dedicated FAN of TTMT. I have been so inspired by your patterns, your enthusiasm for trying new things, and the designing and crafting you do for good. You inspired me to take a beginning quilting class to renew very rusty skills. I tried paper-piecing when you drafted the Stars for Linus pattern and asked quilters to make and send blocks. It was a great feeling to complete a block – finishing something has been huge for me – and send it to you to become part of a larger project. When I read your article on the Quilting Gallery today and saw the beautiful examples, I was reminded about how you have played a major role in my recovery. I rediscovered my love for quilting, learned how to paper-piece, actually completed a block, made at least a dozen pillowcases (I also recommend your tutorial to folks) work very part time in a quilt shop, and hope to become skilled enough at paper piecing to teach a future class using your Tree Trimming pattern. All this took place because of you and your willingness to share with others! Thank you!!! Carol P.S. Your directions are concise and easy to follow. And, your examples are beautiful!

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

The Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day blog hop is coming April 1, 2012! We have a full compliment of designers ready to share awesome free paper pieced patterns with you!

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!

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STITCHED is Hopping Through March

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that am taking part in a Tutorial Blog Hop during the month of March that is brought to you by 10 STITCHED instructors, myself included!

STITCHED is a subscription-based community with a slew of awesome instructors, workshops, prizes and more!

Read all about STITCHED right here.

Each one of the tutorials in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop is unique and FREE, so definitely check out each of these blogs, learn something new and have some crafty fun!

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My tutorial is March 15. Here’s a sneak peek!

Everybody Hop!
March 1st  – Deborah of Deborah’s Journal; Blog Hop: Handwriting on Fabric
March 6th – Jackie of Stitchworks; Blog Hop: Printed FabricPrinted Fabric part 2
March 8th –  Mollie of Wild Olive; Blog Hop: Honey Bee Candle Mat
March 15th – Jennifer of Sewhooked (that’s me…woohoo! AND this is my sister’s birthday!)
March 20th – Kelli of Kelli Nina Perkins
March 22nd – Tracie of Radical Recycks
March 27th – Alma of Alma Stoller
March 29th – Ann Tucker of The Lavendar Tree
In honor of my participation in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop, get 15% off your TOTAL PURCHASE from the Sewhooked Shop during the month of March with coupon code MARCH15. Not valid on etsy or craftsy.
Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

The Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day blog hop is coming April 1, 2012! We have a full compliment of designers ready to share awesome free paper pieced patterns with you!

 Shop Sewhooked and help keep the free pattern page free! (Craftsy Shop)

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!

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This Post is Made of Win

Lily After Surgery

This is going to be a post of GOOD NEWS!

We have winners and a happy kitten home after her surgery!

First…winners of my STITCHED Registration celebration are:

sequana

dragonsinger594

&

Jeanann

My Kitchen Window

They each win a PDF instant download copies of My Kitchen Window to celebrate STITCHED registration openng!

Congratulations to all three winners, I hope you enjoy your prize! If you do not hear from me in 24 hours, please contact me at sewhooked@gmail.com so I can get your prize to you.

There will be more giveaways coming this month, so make sure you stick around for you chance for some fun prizes!

Lily After Surgery

Lily is home with my sister and her hubby, and will be pampered and loved while she heals and finds some normalcy in what’s been a crazy life for a little kitten!

For anyone that missed it, Lily was adopted by my sister and her husband after she was abandoned on our parent’s property. Her leg was injured, but what we didn’t know what she had been shot. I’ve been on a mission to help my sister and her husband pay for the surgery Lily needed to save her life. Lily’s leg had shrapnel in it and was infected. She she was running a fever and her leg was amputated today to save her life. She’s on antibiotics and painkillers and short a leg, but she’s already improving, is happy, eating and being a kitten again, despite her big surgery today!

Lily After Surgery

In donations alone, we have raised $1300 to help pay Lily’s expenses!

I can’t say thank you enough. Really. THANK YOU.

Check out all the fantastic auctions going on at Love For Lily with all proceeds going to help with Lily’s medical expenses!

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Registration is open!

 
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Time To Get STITCHED – Registration is open…and a Giveaway!

STITCHED

That’s right, registration is now open!

*throws confetti*

Join me and 19 other talented instructors for hours of video workshops!

Click here for more details.

In my workshop, Paper Piecing Art: Beginner and Beyond, I will take you through paper piecing step by step using an original pattern I designed especially for STITCHED! I share all my tips and tricks for making paper piecing both fast and fun and at the end, you’ll have an 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ piece of fabric art great for using in cushions, wall hangings, tote bags and more, plus the skills you need to tackle any paper pieced pattern!

I am so excited to be part of this project and to get the opportunity to share my love of paper piecing with you in a new and exciting way!

STITCHED workshop - Paper Piecing Art, Beginner and Beyond

Use your STITCHED project to make a cushion cover…

STITCHED workshop - Paper Piecing Art, Beginner and Beyond

or a piece of art…

STITCHED workshop - Paper Piecing Art, Beginner and Beyond

or get scrappy with a fun wall hanging!

To celebrate registration day, I am giving away three PDF instant download copies of My Kitchen Window! Just leave a comment today and I will announce the winners on Friday!

My Kitchen Window

My Kitchen Window

paper piecing and strip piecing
Finished Size – 15″ x 16 3/4″

Happy STITCHing!

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2012 STITCHED Instructions

Run, don’t walk, to see the list of all 20 STITCHED instructors, just released on Alma Stoller’s blog!

As one of the aforementioned 20 (um, yeah, SQUEE!), I can’t even begin to express how exciting this process has been. Everyone that participates in STITCHED is in for such a treat, it’s really like nothing I’ve ever been involved in before….just you wait!

There will be more, more, more coming soon and I can’t wait to share more with you about my paper piecing workshop.

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Let’s get STITCHED!

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I’m thrilled to be able to announce the Big Thing that I’ve been referring to in recent weeks.

I have the honor of being one of 20 fabric artists that will be presenting online stitching workshops on a brand new site starting January 1, 2012.

As the great Alma Stoller, organizer extraordinaire describes it:

STITCHED is a collection of online video workshops featuring sewing and 
 fabric art projects from an eclectic and talented group of artists. 
For 89.00 you get a total of 20 unique workshops by 20 amazing artists.
Exciting, huh?
I will be presenting a workshop called…

Paper Piecing Art, Beginner and Beyond

I’m incredibly enthusiastic for this opportunity to not only share my love of paper piecing, but to teach an online workshop in a video format that will include not only an original designed created specifically for STITCHED, but also all of the tricks and techniques that I have picked up while both creating paper pieced patterns and projects and teaching classes over the last several years.
Keep an eye on Alma’s blog for more announcements about STITCHED, including the other participating artists!

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Tree Trimming Kit

Tree Trimming - Honey Bee Quilt Store Kit

I’m happy to share with you all that I will be participating in the Austin Area Quilt Guild’s 2011 Gift of Quilting! I will be representing Honey Bee Quilt Store and offering my Tree Trimming class as part of the program.

With the help of my friend Osie, who also works at Honey Bee, I put together this new color combination especially for The Gift of Quilting. As an added bonus, the kit is available not only to those participating in GoQ, but to anyone!

You can order online directly from Honey Bee or you can stop by the store to pick up your kit.

The $22 kit includes the Tree Trimming pattern, all the fabric to make the quilt top as well as the binding. All you need is batting and backing fabric!

Honey Bee Quilt Store
9308 Anderson Mill Rd #300
Austin, TX 78729

Do you prefer to use your own fabric? You can also purchase just the pattern! It’s just $8 for PDF Instant Download from my E-Junkie Shop!

Tree Trimming PDF Instant Download $8 Add to Cart

Or, if you prefer to have a hardcopy version of the pattern, but would like to use your own fabrics, you can purchase a copy from my Etsy shop and I will send it right to your door!

As always, happy quilting!

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Jan – May 2011 Class Schedule

Bluebonnet Stencil

Here it is, at last! My January – May 2011 schedule is all firmed up. I will be at Honey Bee Quilt Store‘s Open House on Sunday. Come by, meet the teachers and sign up for awesome new classes.

January

class sample batik - pinapple quilt block

February
Stellar Stripes

March
Tree Trimming

April
Bluebonnet Stencil

May
UFPP

You can find my complete public schedule here. This is when I teach, go to guild meetings and volunteer for The Linus Connection.
Hope to see you around!