Category Archives: Fandom In Stitches

TTMT #622 – Itty Bitty-O Video

Just a short one today to share the new pattern I had come out on Fandom in Stitches last week and an update on my outdoor space.

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Free Patterns – Year of Doom Bookcase Pattern Round Up

Frame – Bookcase Quilt Filler Block, a Year of Doom Paper pieced block. Designed by Jennifer Ofenstein. 10″ finished. Find more like this on Fandom in Stitches. Free for personal & non-profit use.

Hello, friends!

I have a new free bookcase quilt along pattern to paper piece over on Fandom in Stitches for today’s installment of a Year of Doom, a multi-fandom bookcase quilt along!

This super simple pattern is a picture frame to fussy cut fabric, add your own printed fabric, or the quilt block of your choice.

The inside of the frame measures 6″x8″ (6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ with seam allowance).

The block is 10“ (10 1/2“) and will mix and match with any Project of Doom or Year of Doom bookcase quilt block.

The quilt along is taking place during the entire year of 2021. This post includes the patterns that I personally have shared so far. Be sure to check out Fandom in Stitches for more awesome blocks from a wide variety of designers. All designers are volunteers and all patterns are free for personal and non-profit use.

The machine embroidery shown is a personal embellishment and is not included.

The following patterns are designed by me for the Year of Doom and were previously posted on Fandom in Stitches.

Tiny White Van (No. 1 Ladies Detective Angency), a Year of Doom Paper pieced block. Designed by Jennifer Ofenstein. 10″ finished. Find more like this on Fandom in Stitches. Free for personal & non-profit use.

Poirot Bookcase Block ,a Year of Doom Paper pieced block. Designed by Jennifer Ofenstein. 10″ finished. Find more like this on Fandom in Stitches. Free for personal & non-profit use.

The Journal (Indiana Jones), a Year of Doom Paper pieced block. Designed by Jennifer Ofenstein. 10″ finished. Find more like this on Fandom in Stitches. Free for personal & non-profit use. d more like this on Fandom in Stitches.

The Man in Black (The Princess Bride), a Year of Doom Paper pieced block. Designed by Jennifer Ofenstein. 10″ finished. Find more like this on Fandom in Stitches. Free for personal & non-profit use.

Are you quilting along with Fandom in Stitches? I’d love to see your work! Comment here or tag me on social media (Jennifer Ofenstein on Facebook, @sewhookedjen on Instagram!).

Happy stitching!

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TTMT #621 – Lots of Talk & One Block

We’re outside today because it’s a beautiful day!

Sarah D., I am thinking of you lady and hope you’re doing well. ♥

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TTMT #620 – Favors & Fun Stuff

I switched angles on you yet again in my search for better lighting. You’ll eventually know what my entire garage looks like. 😉

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TTMT #615 – Bloomers & Blocks

We’re back in The Sewing Hole today with two new blocks for The Year of Doom as well as some progress on my 15″ Raggedy Ann doll. Special thanks to Becki for the replacement pattern pieces!

Tiny White Van, A No. 1 Ladies Detective Angency Bookcase Block. Free for personal & non-profit use on Fandom in Stitches. 10″ paper pieced. Designed by me.
Poirot Bookcase Block. Free for personal & non-profit use on Fandom in Stitches. 10″ paper pieced. Designed by me.
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TTMT #613 – Feeling Raggedy

Many Texans still find themselves without water & power after last week’s storms. This affects food access for both families and individuals. My family donated to the Central Texas Food Bank. If you’re able, please consider donating there or any other food bank in an affected area. Thank you. ♥

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TTMT #612 – Snow Day(s)

Update…I did venture out and make the round trip to rescue my daughter, her boyfriend, and Marie cat. They live VERY close, so even driving super slow and carefully, I wasn’t out very long. It is a huge relief to have them all safe and warm at home with us. ♥

The Journal a Year of Doom Block to paper piece, designed by Jennifer Ofenstein. 10″ finished. Find more like this on Fandom in Stitches.
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TTMT #611 – Story Time

Keeping it real in The Sewing Hole (aka, my garage).

The Man in Black, a Year of Doom Block to paper piece, designed by Jennifer Ofenstein. 10″ finished. Find more like this on Fandom in Stitches.
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Free Pattern Friday – Metroid Charts

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At last and as promised, the Metroid charts are here!

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Earlier this month, I finished the quilt above, dubbed “Quilt-Roid.”  See my Talk to Me Tuesday about it here.

Below, I share the charts for Samus (the tough lady shown here in yellow) and the Metroid (the creepy little critter in the top right).

Please note, this is NOT a pattern for the entire quilt. These are charts to piece the two characters with some additional suggestions and information. You can use this to make something similar to what I did or use the charts in your own creations.

I’m planning to use just the head part of the Samus pattern sometime soon to make a cushion for my Metroid-loving daughter.

Find my Fandom-themed patterns here on Sewhooked under Free Quilt Patterns: Free Fandom Quilt Patterns. I will also be posting this to Fandom in Stitches in the near future. It’s in the rather long queue!

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#notahalloweenquilt

Pre-cut your fabric squares to save time.

#metroid progress! #samus

I like to print my chart and then break it into smaller chunks so that I don’t get overwhelmed.

I start from the left and work my way across, marking off what I’ve done as I go so I don’t get lost.

Some tiny #chainpiecing! #metroidquilt

Chain piecing is EVERYTHING.

After a week of not much sewing I've made some good progress on the #metroidquilt! I'm keeping the wrap up a surprise until it's complete and gifted to @spleenarinobambino. I hope to have it ready to quilt today. #tinypiecing #solids #chainpiecing

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I chain piece from the top down, keeping the threads between the rows intact so that nothing will be out of place. When the rows are together, go back and sew together the horizontal seams, matching seams.

It's time to make #homemade spray starch! My preferred recipe is 1/4 cup liquid starch, 2 oz vodka, 10 drops of lavender and approximately 4 cups of distilled water. #spraystarch

Use my homemade spray starch for a smooth, flat finish. I find this especially useful when working with solids. Recipe adapted from one shared years ago by my friend Linda.

  • 1/4 cup liquid starch
  • 2 oz plain/non-flavored vodka (If you don’t have vodka and don’t want a whole bottle, a sample size bottle works great!)
  • 10 – 12 drops of lavender
  • approximately 3.5 cups of distilled water in a 32 oz spray bottle

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Free Pattern Friday – House Unity

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

In honor of twenty years of Harry Potter and my ongoing love of all things Harry, I’m celebrating with Harry Potter-inspired fandom patterns through July!

All of my (always free!) Harry Potter patterns in one place.

Back in April, I was tagged on my personal Facebook to share 7 quilt photos for 7 days by my friend Shelley. I don’t usually participate in chain-letter type projects, but I couldn’t resist this one!

This is one of the projects I shared. It’s not something I’ve talked about much, and it gives me warm fuzzies to get to do so now. 🙂

House Unity Banner made for JKR

Made in 2007, this is far from the best quilt photo I’ve ever taken. I call this little guy House Unity.

What’s important is not the quilt itself, but who I made it for.

At the time that I created this little quilted banner, I was a moderator and contributor at The Leaky Cauldron, under the awesome crafty leadership of Josée Leblanc. She organized a gift-giving effort between we crafty types as a thank you to the one and only J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter has touched and changed my life in many ways. My kids grew up with Harry and Fandom has given me some of the best friends I've ever had. There aren't enough ways to say than you to #jkrowling for the gift #harrypotter has been in my life. #ha

Not only did Jo receive our gifts, but she sent us each personal thank you notes. According to her letter to me back in 2008, this wee piece of my art would go on to hang on her office wall. In case you’re curious, the letter is framed and hangs in my living room. It’s one of my prized fandom possessions!

I’m asked fairly regularly if I ever wonder if Jo Rowling is aware of my work and the answer is that I know that she was, at least for a moment.

Until now, I’ve never shared a pattern to make this mini quilt/banner. It’s been ten years, and well, I feel like it’s time.

I don’t have the original measurements from when I created this project, and I tweaked the colors a bit so your banner will be a tiny bit different from the one I made for Jo all those years ago.

As you might expect, this mini quilt/banner uses Crest patterns designed by yours truly. You can find links to those, as well as everything else you need to know to make your own House Unity banner, in the pattern document.

House Unity Finishes 15″ x 25″.

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Coming in September!

Happening Now on Fandom in Stitches!

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