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31 Days of Halloween & TTMT #341 – Qapla’!

31 Days of Halloween on sewhooked.com

There’s a lot more Tuesday than Halloween going on today, but I do talk a bit about my favorite holiday and the 31 Days of Halloween in today’s TTMT!

Also, WORF!

All Hallow’s Eve (witch applique)

2015 UFO List, Updated
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  • As You Wish – at the quilter
  • Frogger – done, donated to Linus
  • Orphan blocks for Linus – ongoing
  • Harry Potter Swap Quilt – partially quilted
  • Vintage Quilt Top – needs to be basted & quilted
  • TABABOM – basted, to be quilted
  • PPV Signature Quilt – needs to be pieced
  • Embroidered Flowers Quilt – needs to be basted & quilted
  • Topsy Turvy – needs to be basted & quilted
  • Australian Fabric Quilt – now a quilt top, needs to be basted & quilted
  • Carol’s Quilt – completed and given to Amelia (added to the list in April)

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31 Days of Halloween – Tri-Wizard Tee Costume

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Crack open the WAY BACK MACHINE for today’s 31 Days of Halloween!

Today we have a fast, easy costuming option for the Harry Potter fans out there.

TriWizard Tee Tutorial sewhooked.com Craftster Swap - HP for our kids

Originally created in 2006 for a Craftster Swap, I’m breaking this tutorial out today for anyone that might not have a costume in mind, or, like me, might need something a wee bit cooler to wear come Halloween!

The best part about this project is that you can sew it by hand if you don’t have a machine or use a serger to finish it even faster!

You’ll need:

  • 1 red t-shirt
  • 1 black t-shirt in the same size and style as the red t-shirt
  • Rotary cutter, 24″ rotary ruler & cutting mat
  • OR a straight edge, pencil and sharp scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine, serger or needle and thread
  • Freezer Paper, cut into 2 8 ½” x 11” sheets (print Hogwarts Crest Stencil & Potter/Star Stencil on these sheets)
  • fabric paint in red, green, blue, yellow, white and gold
  • foam paintbrushes

Instructions

t-shirt black t-shirt red

  • Find the center of each shirt by folding in half towards the front and matching the sleeves.
  • Mark the top and the bottom with a pin.
  • If using a rotary cutter, this is your cutting line.
  • If using a straight edge, draw a pencil line from top to bottom.
  • Cut as straight as possible.

Sleeve Reconstruction

t-shirt left right sleeves

  • Select the red shirt right (right side when the shirt is worn) and black shirt left and carefully remove the sleeves from each side of the shirt using a seam ripper. Be very careful to not stretch the fabric.

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  • Swap the sleeves so that red sleeve is with black shirt piece and the black sleeve is with red.
  • Turn the shirt half you are working on inside out and place the sleeve, right side out inside the
  • sleeve hole (right sides will be together), matching the top and bottom creases. Pin the sleeve in place, being careful not to stretch the fabric.
  • Using a serger or a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, stitch in a 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam all the way around.
  • If stitching by hand, take small stitches.
  • Repeat for second sleeve.

Shirt Body Reconstruction

t-shirt 2

  • Place one shirt half inside the other, right sides together so that the wrong sides of the seam lines will be on the outside. You will have two seams, a front seam and a back seam.
  • Carefully pin every few inches starting at the t-shirt ribbing and work your way down, trying not to stretch the fabric.
  • If the bottoms hems do not meet, pin the bottom edges together and ease along the middle of the shirt (t-shirts can be really wonky, but you can make it work!).
  • Carefully stitch along this line as for the sleeves.
  • Snip the corners of the inside seams on the diagonal.
  • Turn the shirt right side out.

Stenciling the front (Hogwarts Crest)

  • Cut out the four sections of the Hogwarts Crest stencil.
  • Place cardboard or newspaper inside the t-shirt to protect from bleed through.
  • Using a warm iron, carefully place the stencil on the upper left side of the shirt (the black
  • side).
  • Stencil the upper left section red, the upper right section green, the lower left section yellow and the lower right section blue*.
  • Gently peel stencil away and allow to dry.
  • Optional: Paint a cursive “H” over the four sections in gold paint.

Stenciling the back (Potter & Star)

  • Cut out the Potter and Star stencil.
  • Optional: Create a stencil with your own name using a Sans Serif font OR use purchased iron on letters.
  • Place cardboard or newspaper inside the t-shirt to protect from bleed through.
  • Using a warm iron, carefully place the stencil in the middle of the back of the shirt, matching center lines.
  • Stencil the name and star with red paint.
  • Gently peel away and allow to dry.

*I recommend testing your paint on dark fabric before you start. Some paints will need multiple layers. If the paint doesn’t cover, you can start with a white base coat.

TriWizard Tee Tutorial sewhooked.com

Need more information on stenciling? Check out my post from last week!

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TTMT #339 – Purple Doom and 31 Days of Halloween Sneak Peek!

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31 Days of Halloween on sewhooked.com

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Free Pattern: Three Patronuses

Three Patronuses Stitched by Jennifer Ofenstein

Three Patronuses

7″ embroidered

It’s been quite some time since I’ve shared anything other than Talk to Me Tuesday here on Sewhooked and Project of Doom updates on Fandom in Stitches.

Unsurprisingly, I still have Harry Potter on the mind!

Today’s offering is a free pattern that comes from a sketch I did years ago when imagining Harry, Ron and Hermione’s patronuses.

I love it so much, I’m thinking it might go in a frame.

My version is entirely backstitched. I do hope you’ll enjoy!

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Un-Retired Unicorn

Rearing Unicorn 2015

Free Pattern: Rearing Unicorn by Jennifer Ofenstein

Occasionally, I’ll retire one of my designs. This happens for a variety of reasons. Perhaps I designed the pattern for an event or for a person. Maybe I’m not happy with the design or it’s too complicated to share.

Whatever the reason, I rarely bring those retired patterns back, mostly because I have so many new things to work on, that I just flat out forget!

You can thank Emily for emailing and asking about my Rearing Unicorn pattern. I had taken it down ages ago because I wasn’t happy with the complexity level of the pattern. Thanks to Emily’s email enquiring as to where she could find this pattern, it has been updated for 2015 and restored to it’s proper place:  Magical Creatures on my Harry Potter page!

You can also find Rearing Unicorn on Fandom in Stitches and (for free!) from my Craftsy Shop.

The un-retired version of Rearing Unicorn was updated using EQ7!

Here are some of the original versions from back in the heyday of Harry Potter Paper Piecing.

Unicorn pieced by me

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pieced by Laci

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pieced by hpfan_poa

Unicorn pieced by mamalama1
pieced by mamalama1

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pieced by Julie

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Dooming Along, 2015 Style

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We’re over a month into The Harry Potter Quilt Along featuring my very own Project of Doom patterns over on Fandom in Stitches, and I have to say, it’s been a Harry Potter EXPLOSION over there!

I’ve been busy updating all of my original patterns to include new options, a pattern scale and other useful information not included in the 2011 versions. My fabulous friend and pattern tester, The Great Princess Amber, has tested each and every pattern for me, too. (She’s just awesome like that!).

For those of you that want to play along, you can start fresh with the newly updated 2015 versions, or pull out your unfinished Project of Doom and get it done! There is a newly updated pattern every week on Fandom In Stitches and the 2011 versions of the patterns will continue to be available.

You can find all of my (entirely free!) Harry Potter patterns archived right here on Sewhooked.

In addition to all this, I’ll be making not one, but two, Project of Doom quilts this year! My 2011 quilt turned into an accidental show piece and I love to show it off, but I don’t use it.

These are my first four blocks, to be included in the quilt I’m making for myself. These are made entirely out of Northcott fabrics. The background is Artisan Shimmer and all of my books, objects, etc. are made out of Stonehenge. Yum!

Click on any of the images below to open the pattern in a new tab.

Project of Doom 2015 Block 1

Week One included an updated version of the original pattern, as well as this slightly more complex base for the Crystal Ball.

2015 Block 1 - update

Updated simple version of block one.Project of Doom 2015 Block 2

Week 2 was very minimally changed. It’s what I think of as a “filler” block, intended to add books to the shelf and not overwhelm the design with too many objects.

PoD 2015 - Block 3 Variation

Week 3 includes two new options, a Dark Mark bookcover (see below) and the Deathly Hallows symbol substituted for the original potion bottle. I couldn’t resist making the new version for my new PoD!

2015 Block 32015 Block 3 Dark Arts Alt

Week 3, original (updated!) version on the Left, Dark Mark book cover version on the right.

PoD 2015 - Block 4Week 4 has changed very little, but includes two new variations (see below). The primary change in this block are the way the glasses are incorporated in the block. They are now a 5″ (finished) square so that another 5″ design can be substituted if desired. I still love the original head-one version of Harry’s Glasses, so made it for my own quilt.

2015 Block 4 with glasses from a different perspective 2015 Block 4 with Hand of Glory

Week 4 Variations, Harry’s Glasses, side perspective on the Left, The Hand of Glory on the Right.

The Project of Doom at the AAQG's QuiltFest 2012

New to Sewhooked? The Project of Doom is a quilt I designed and shared as a mystery quilt in 2011. Here it is at the Austin Area Quilt Guild’s Show in 2012!

In 2010, I spent hundreds of hours in my then-newly acquired EQ7 lovingly designing and arranging the blocks before ever releasing a single pattern so that the quilt would have flow, negative space and have lots of books without having too many.

The original quilt along ran from January – August, 2011 on Harry Potter Paper Piecing.

Read the story of the Original Project of Doom here.

See (and hear!) me talk about The Project of Doom!

HP Closet MuralMy inspiration was a mural I painted for my daughter. I drew the original design in chalk and then painted entirely free-hand (you can tell I didn’t even use a ruler on the shelves…oops!). This mural has been part of  my daughter’s bedroom since 2003! While I didn’t copy it exactly for The Project of Doom, I did use it for my inspiration and you can see elements in the quilt that are identical to the original!

I hope you’ll stop by Fandom In Stitches and join us for the Harry Potter Quilt Along featuring The Project of Doom. Week 5’s updated pattern posts this coming Wednesday…and we’ll have the entire first row complete!

Cross My Hearts  Cupid's Arrow, paper pieced block

Be sure to share photos of projects made from my patterns with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win the monthly Sewhooked prize. The January winner will receive free copies of two of my block patterns, Cross My Hearts and Cupid’s Arrow! WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW!

My patterns can be found on sewhooked.comfandominstitches.com,  & various Quiltmaker Magazines. Photos must be shared with the Sewhooked flickr group to be entered to win the monthly giveaway.

Happy stitching!

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The Project of Doom 2015!

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I’m thrilled to announced that I will be hosting The Project of Doom 2015 on Fandom In Stitches! We’re going back to our Harry Potter roots and invited you all to make the quilt that started it all on Fandom In Stitches!

We’ll have special, Harry Potter-themed prizes, a block drive for charity and more as we make Harry Potter Bookcase quilts together!

The Project of Doom 2015 will be taking place on Fandom In Stitches!

Click here for details!

Stop by Sewhooked on Thursday, November 20, 2014 for my block and a giveaway!

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Tree Trimming

 

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Don’t stop…designing!

Oodles of Harry Potter Pattern Updates!

 

Well, I suppose a better way to say that would be “don’t stop updating!”

The above images are all my original Harry Potter paper pieced designs, the ones that inspired my now-defunct group Harry Potter Paper Piecing and were the petri dish for Fandom In Stitches.

 

Harry Potter Quilt

My Magical Lens, my first Harry Potter quilt, completed in 2007. I started designing these patterns in 2004.

I’m giving all of my pre-2010 patterns a facelift to make them easier to read and current with where my design style has evolved to. Back in 2010, when I was designing The Project of Doom, I started using EQ7 to draw my patterns. It changed the way I design and while I still use multiple softwares for entire patterns, all of my drafts start in EQ7.

With very few exceptions, I draw all of my patterns entirely from scratch and I’ve had a complete blast going back through images I created years ago and updating them to share with all my fellow Harry Potter fans that are still creating their quilts.

All I ask in return is that you not make items to sell from my patterns. These are free for your personal and non-profit use. Use them for charity or yourself, but not for sale, please.

You can find all my my updated Harry Potter patterns right here on Sewhooked and on Fandom In Stitches under Harry Potter. I started at the top and am currently through the Quidditch patterns. Here on Sewhooked, looked for “updated 2014” for those patterns that have been recently improved for your sewing enjoyment.

 

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Share your projects made from any Sewhooked pattern with the Sewhooked flickr group in September, including Paper Piecing Vintage, and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends, Set 1: Monster Madness. The set includes 5″ patterns for all the classic monsters shown…just in time for Halloween! Winner coming soon!

Mr. Weasley is a very wise man.

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
Never trust….

A quote from Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, as spoken by Arthur Weasley

7″ embroidered

This is it. The design that inspired the entire idea for The Summer of Stitching on FiS! I’ve had this in my mind to do forever, just years, and it’s finally a real thing!

My idea behind this was to do a wizardy version of a embroidered saying that might hang on the wall at The Burrow. I’ve loved this quote since the very first time I read The Chamber of Secrets. How incredulous Mr. Weasley is when he realizes that Ginny has (as he sees it) ignored his good advise!

You’ll find credits for the fonts used (even the griffin is a font!) in the pattern itself.

It’s been a while since I created a new Harry Potter pattern, and I have to say, it was not only fun, but brought back a lot of good memories from when I was designing HP almost every day.

Find more of my fandom patterns right here on Sewhooked!

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Be sure to stop by Fandom In Stitches every Wednesday into September for a new theme and a new batch of fun patterns to stitch!

This month, ALL photos of projects made from Sewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage, shared with the Sewhooked flickr group will be entered to win a copy of Jack Leaves The Light On!

 

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Okay, fandom? Okay.

Okay? Okay.

TFiOS Okay? Okay.  a free fandom pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein

Also on the Fiction & Literature page on Fandom In Stitches

I get a lot of emails from readers of both Sewhooked & Fandom in Stitches and one of the comments I receive more than any other is “why aren’t your fandom patterns on Sewhooked?”

Well, isn’t that a good question?

Back in 2012, I split Sewhooked in two when I established Fandom in Stitches. My collection of fandom patterns designed by myself and my friends had grown so huge that it was actually crashing my website. After a lot of rearranging, I eventually decided that those fandom patterns needed a home of their own.

Everything that was Harry Potter Paper Piecing, the Twilight Block of the Month (designed by Cat Magraith), and a slew of other fandom-themed patterns by both myself and my designer friends were the beginning of Fandom in Stitches.

When I split Sewhooked, I moved all those fandom patterns to make Sewhooked friendlier and easier to navigate. The unanticipated side effect is that you, my beloved and loyal readers, often don’t realize that I design for more than one website, so when I share a pattern like The Fault In Our Stars: Okay? Okay. (above), you may never see it.

10" TARDIS quilt block, paper pieced

10″ TARDIS

also on the Doctor Who page on Fandom In Stitches

So, by popular request, I have compiled my collection of fandom-themed patterns designed by me and put them together on their own page here on Sewhooked!

Each and every one is absolutely free for your personal & non-profit use.

HP Snitch

Harry Potter Patterns on Sewhooked

Find more Harry Potter on Fandom In Stitches

 

Find my free fandom patterns and many more by other excellent designers on fandominstitches.com. All patterns are absolutely free. All we ask in return is that you use them for personal & non-profit use only. We wouldn’t say no to sharing your photos either!

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May 2014 Flickr Prize

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win fun prizes all year long.  The May prize includes the bundle of fabric and two Sewhooked-themed pin back buttons above! Winner to be chosen Monday, June 2, 2014.

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