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Hey, Quiltmaker!

I was honored when I received an invitation from Quiltmaker to participate in a special video for 100 Blocks, Volume 10! Check out this fun video they compiled and be sure to keep an eye out for yours truly!

Want a sneak peek of my upcoming block? They’ve got that for you, too!

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Stop by Sewhooked on November 20, 2014 for more about my block and a fun giveaway!
Looking to buy Quiltmaker Magazine? Here’s an easy link for current and past issues! I will also signed copies for sale in my Etsy store once this issue has been released.
November prize announced soon!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 9 Blog Tour!

 

Welcome to Sewhooked and thanks for stopping by for the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour for Volume 9!

If it’s your first visit to Sewhooked, welcome! If you’re an old friend, welcome back!

This is a super exciting day for me. Not only do I completely love my design for this issue, but it’s the fourth time one of my blocks was chosen for 100 Blocks, which you have to admit, is super happy-making!

Be sure and stick around to the end for TWO awesome giveaways!

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Here it is, my delicious block, Yum Yum Strawberry Cake! You can find it on page 38.

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein

This part never gets old for me!

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein block

Yum Yum, Strawberry Cake was born from a sketch of cake. It was just a doodle really. I was having coffee, and as I tend to do, was doodling as I talked. And then there was cake!

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein

This particular block was made using a variety of fabrics from my stash. There’s a little Michael Miller, some Moda and some Timeless Treasures, as well as a few miscellaneous scraps for the stem. Maybe we should say Yum Yum Fabric!

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein

To add a bit of interest, I decided a declaration of the deliciousness of cake was in order! I use a variety of methods to transfer embroidery to fabric, but for this project, I decided Saral wax free paper would work best. It comes off fairly easily, so it isn’t great for highly detailed embroidery, but it’s perfect for something simple and fast like “yum yum.”

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You can find Saral paper on Amazon or at your local arts & crafts supply.

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein tracing

Here’s what the traced word looks like. Perfect for stitching!

Strawberry Yum Yum, by Jennifer Ofenstein

While working on my design for Yum Yum Strawberry Cake, I kept coming back to the idea of placemats. How fun, how easy and how very summery! I created four coordinating placemats with four different cakes in similar styles. You can find this photo in the same issue of QM, page 20.

Strawberry Yum Yum placemat by Jennifer Ofenstein

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy these placemats make me! I hope to be able to share instructions for them very soon!

And now, the part of this post you’ve been waiting for…

The GIVEAWAYS: I have not one, but TWO giveaways today!

To enter BOTH giveaways:  leave a comment letting me know what your favorite dessert is. Easy right?! 

You must share contact information with your comment to be eligible to win.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 9

First of all, I have a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 9 for one commentor that will come directly from Quiltmaker! The winner for this issue will be chosen on Sunday, May 4. Because this issue comes from Quiltmaker, I will need to hear back from the winner ASAP or the issue will go to the next name drawn.

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Next we have a giveaway directly from Sewhooked! The winner of my drawing will receive a fabric bundle and a copy of my Texas Twofer Collection!

PPV Prize April 2014

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group in April and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Quilts From 100 Blocks, Fall 2013 (includes a pattern designed by me!) as well as copies of my patterns Poppies from the Past and My Kitchen Window!

Winners for both 100 Blocks giveaways and for the Paper Piecing Vintage drawing announced on Monday, May 5!

Thanks so much for stopping by. If it was your first time, I do hope to see you again!

Until then, happy stitching!

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Just a Reminder…


Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour begins tomorrow! There were will be lots of wonderful quilters participating, many of them with awesome giveaways!

Be sure to stop by Sewhooked on April 30 for my 100 Blocks post! I’ll share a sneak peek of my block from this issue as well as a fun giveaway!

 

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Can you guess which block is mine by looking at the cover?

#100blocks swag is here! #quiltmaker

Lovely goodies from Quiltmaker! I need to do a group shot with all my mugs and buttons!

 

PPV Prize April 2014

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group in April and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Quilts From 100 Blocks, Fall 2013 (includes a pattern designed by me!) as well as copies of my patterns Poppies from the Past and My Kitchen Window! Winner announced soon!

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Something to Get Excited About!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 9

 

I’m so excited that it’s almost time for another Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!

Due to circumstances outside my control, I missed the opportunity to submit a pattern for Vol. 8 and I really missed being part of the fantastic un that is the 100 Blocks Blog Tour.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 9

Be sure to stop by on April 30, 2014 to see my block design and enter to win fun prizes during the 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

Beginning May 6, I will have a limited amount of signed copies available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 9

 

Here’s a peek at this volume’s spectacular cover! I’m thrilled to have made the cover again…I wonder if you can guess which design is mine!?

PPV Prize April 2014

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group in April and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Quilts From 100 Blocks, Fall 2013 (includes a pattern designed by me!) as well as copies of my patterns Poppies from the Past and My Kitchen Window!

I’ll see you again tomorrow for Talk To Me Tuesday!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 7 Blog Tour!

Welcome to Sewhooked and thanks for stopping by for the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour! I’m thrilled to get to share my newest Quiltmaker offering… Lemons Into Lemonade!

Be sure and stick around to the end…I have TWO fantastic giveaways!

Lemon From Lemonade block

Lemons into Lemonade was inspired by one of my favorite warm weather drinks. Mmm…lemonade!

Lemons into Lemonade

You can make it too… block #623 on page 33 of Vol. 7!

Lemonade sketch...figuring out the block!

I design most of my quilt patterns in EQ7, but I still tend to start with a doodle!

Lemon from Lemonade Block

EQ7 rendering of Lemons into Lemonade.

Make Lemonade quilt with hand embroidery

You’ll also find this fun table runner, Make Lemonade, on page 10!

Make Lemonade Quilt

Here’s a fun close up…hand embroidered and free motion quilted. 🙂

Now…let’s GIVE STUFF AWAY!!

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I am absolutely thrilled to announce that as part of this very special day, I’m giving away a FREE Craftsy class!

One lucky winner will win Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing with Carol Doak!

It’s super easy … just click here and you are registered to win! The winner will have Carol’s Craftsy class added right to their account! Classes never expire and you can access them anytime.

Important stuff: Must have a Craftsy account to enter (it’s free!). One entry per person. Having trouble seeing the entry page? Try using Firefox.

There’s always something to learn over on Craftsy…be sure to check out all the great patterns (here are mine!) and don’t miss the fun quilting classes!

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In addition to giving away an awesome free Craftsy class, one lucky commenter will win a FREE copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 7. All you have to do is tell me what your favorite warm weather drink is in comments and you’re entered to win!

Winners to be announced Tuesday, May 7! 

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 7 will be available at your local quilt shops and bookstores and I will be selling a limited amount of signed copies in my etsy shop, so be sure to check back for that!

Love fun blog events? Here are some more:

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We’re collecting blocks for a great cause…you can help, too!

Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop

Click for full Blog Tour details! Visit Sewhooked May 9 for my post! Wanna win a book? I know you do!

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Doctor Who? Stitching? Free patterns? What’s not to love?! Only on Fandom In Stitches!

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TTMT #187 – Happy and Sad

In which I talk about cats, quilt ‘stache and Quiltmaker.

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

There were over THREE HUNDRED comments on my Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 Blog Tour post!

One lucky commenter wins a free copy of the magazine directly from Quiltmaker.

And the winner is….

Congratulations, Linda, I hope you enjoy the magazine and a big thank you to everyone who commented!

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Featured Pattern Set: Holly Jolly, just $6 on Craftsy!

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 Blog Tour!

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol 6

Welcome, welcome!

November crept right up on me and here it is November 5 and time for my Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour post!

I’m so excited to be included in another fantastic issue of 100 Blocks!

Let’s do it!

Leave a comment by Nov. 11 and be entered to win a free copy of this issue.

How fun and easy is that?! 

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

I have a new friend to introduce to you today called Scarecrow Surprise!

This guy came about because I wanted something that said “autumn,” but was also playful and included a tiny bit of hand embroidery.

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

You can find Scarecrow Surprise on page 30 of 100 Blocks Vol. 6. And look there to the right…I’m super excited to have Scarecrow Surprise right next to a wonderful pattern by Charise from Charise Creates! How awesome is that?

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

Here’s something else fun… Scarecrow Surprise is on the cover, too!

*throws confetti*

He joins May Showers as 100 Blocks cover alumni!

Scarecrow Surprise!

What? You’re supposed to be scared of me!

I started with just a scarecrow, but after a couple of doodles, I quickly realized that he was a lonely old guy standing there all alone. I started thinking about what a scarecrow is actually supposed to do and I wondered how often a birds ignore the You Shall Not Land directive.

A lot, I bet!

 

Scarecrow Surprise! Penciled in face.

When I drafted this guy out, he had a plain face. After adding the bird to his shoulder, I realized what was missing…his reaction! Here it is penciled in on my first draft.

Scarecrow Surprise! Design in Progress

Here’s a little sneak peak of how the pre-published version of the pattern looked. Look, ma, no numbers!

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And, of course, I have to share some variations!

Above is Stonehenge Scarecrow, Feeling Blue Scarecrow and Warm Colors Scarecrow!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 will be available at your local quilt shops and bookstores November 13 and I will be selling a limited amount of signed copies in my etsy shop, so be sure to check back for that!

Come see me at Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas, Sunday November 25 for a Quiltmaker’s 10o Blocks Vol. 6 magazine signing event! I will be signing magazines and sharing some of my other work!

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Featured Pattern Set: Holly Jolly, just $6 on Craftsy!

It was a good mail day!

It's a good mail day!

After a very long, but awesome day at work that included getting to meet Hanspeter Ueltschi, 4th generation owner of Bernina and the very fabulous and talented Vanessa Christenson (work definitely has it’s perks!), I came home to find the above in my mailbox.

Well, YAY!

And now, I’m going to enjoy some yummy dinner with my family and indulge in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon. What better to do on a Saturday night?!

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Check back Monday for my 100 Blocks Blog Tour post!

 

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100 Blocks Blog Tour Winners!

100 Blocks, Vol. 5

It’s been a fantastically awesome time, giving away so many wonderful freebies!

In the last month, I have given Sewhooked Prize Packs as part of the Garden Party Blog Hop, free patterns, copies of Marie Bostwick’s newest novel and a free copy of EQ7. How awesome is that?!

Today I have more fun prizes to give away…what can I say, I love giving stuff away!

Each person that commented on my Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour post was entered to win two separate drawings: a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 5  or a copy of my pattern set, Fanciful Fairies.

Thanks once again to the awesome that is random.org, we have a winner for the free issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 5 !

Yay, congrats, Leenah!! I hope you enjoy your free magazine!

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Because I can’t give just ONE thing away, I had to include a free pattern! I’m happy to announce the winner of a free copy of my pattern set, Fanciful Fairies is…

Congratulations to both of my winners! You should both have already received emails from me about your prize. As noted above, both winners were chosen via random.org.


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Don’t forget to look for block #421, my own May Showers!

If you didn’t manage to score a free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 5, it hit newsstands, quilt and craft stores TODAY!

Reminder: Today is the last day to use coupon code QUILTMAKER to get 20% off your total purchase from the Sewhooked Shop! Offer not valid on Etsy or Craftsy.

If you’re local to the Austin, Texas area, please stop by Honey Bee Quilt Store on Saturday, May 12 from 10am-Noon for my Trunk Show! There will be copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 5 for sale at the shop and I will be giving away a wall hanging made from May Showers to one lucky visitor!

Please stop by later today for Talk To Me Tuesday and some sneak peeks of my upcoming Trunk Show!

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Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 5 Blog Tour!

Welcome, welcome to my Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour Post! It is with the utmost pleasure that I share my block and quilt from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 5with you today!I’m celebrating by not only sharing my block and lots of fun photos, but with fun giveaways! Make sure you scroll to the bottom for details!

If you do a little bit of poking around on Sewhooked, you’ll find that I’m absolutely obsessed with paper piecing! I design my own patterns, I teach paper piecing courses both online and in real life and I am active in a number of paper piecing groups.

Just recently, I hosted the Garden Party Blog Hop, which featured a new paper pieced pattern every day during the month of April, each by a different designer!

You can also find me right each week hosting Talk To Me Tuesday, my crafty show and tell vlog!

Enough about me, on to the fun stuff…my Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks contribution… May Showers!

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Meet Sue. She’s a sweet little lady, heading out for the day. She takes her umbrella and then reaches out to see if it might be raining. April is over now and she’s ready for May flowers, but a few drops of rain are still falling!

May Showers

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How about trying May Showers in a variety of fabrics?

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Just look at that sweet little hand! Don’t be scared of tiny pieces, they’re just like any other part of a paper pieced pattern, but with less stitches!

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I do tend to make a mess when I work!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 5

Quick Tip: When stitching block units together, remove the paper that is inside the same allowance after you stitch. That will keep those tricky little pieces from getting stuck when you stitch across the seams.
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I was super excited when I was asked to contribute a quilt for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks that included May Showers. I ran with the very first idea I had, which was our rainy day girl leaving her house! I call this piece 100% Chance of Showers. 🙂

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Sue and her house (which had to be purple!), in progress (above) and a great photo I took outside (below) before mailing 100% Chance of Showers off to Quiltmaker!

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This quilt is actually four individual blocks, all created to work together! It’s made primarily of Moda Marble coordinates.

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To quilt 100% Chance of Showers, I outlined the shapes of Sue and free-motion quilted in the background.

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For the house, I added “siding” with stitching and quilted around the windows so the panes would stand out.

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I make most of my quilt labels by ironing a piece of fabric to freezer paper and securing the top with masking tape. It works fantasticly, as you can see! To make attaching my label a bit quicker, I stitch two sides into my binding before appliqueing the rest.

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Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 5! Another lucky reader will win a free PDF copy of my my pattern set, Fanciful Fairies! You have until May 8 to comment! Only comments with email addresses will be included in the drawing.

Use coupon code QUILTMAKER now through May 8 and get 20% off your total purchase from the Sewhooked Shop! Offer not valid on Etsy or Craftsy.

I am giving away a copy of EQ7, so be sure and check out my Garden Party post from April 28 for details on how to enter! Winner to be announced on May 7.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour Post and that you’ll stop back by sometime soon!

If you’re local to the Austin, Texas area, please stop by Honey Bee Quilt Store on Saturday, May 12 from 10am-Noon for my trunk show! There will be copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 5 for sale at the shop and I will be giving away a wall hanging made from May Showers to one lucky visitor!

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