Category Archives: Tolkien

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


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


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Black and Green

The Black Gate of Mordor


So, I’ve been doing SOME THINGS!

Something I’ve been sitting on for quite some time until it was released on Fandom In Stitches is The Black Gate. I took a bit of artistic licensed with the design, because as any Tolkien reader will know, you can’t actually see Mt. Doom from The Black Gate. But hey, I really wanted the mountain in my quilt, so there it is!

You can get the pattern for free as part of Not All Who Wander Are Lost, a Lord of the Rings Block of the Month hosted by Lilja over on Fandom In Stitches.


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In other related Fandom In Stitches goodness, the #tfios Design Challenge is underway! If you’re a John Green reader and enjoy designing, please do check it out! We’d love to have you participate and share your designs inspired by The Fault in Our Stars, which I would venture to say is one of the best books I have ever read.

Challenge details are right here.

Momma's got a brand new bag!On a personal crafty note, I finished a project for myself that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while. This spiffy little bag  was made for a special reason and was created entirely out of fabric I had on hand, some of which were just scrappy bits and pieces. It fills a need for me that I’ve wanted to do something about for quite some time. I’ll talk about it more on next week’s TTMT!

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part of the Friendly Familiars set


All that Glitters is FANDOM!

Have you heard the news?

Lilja is hosting Not All Who Wander Are Lost, a Lord of the Rings block of the month and the follow-up to There and Back Again, over on Fandom In Stitches!

There will be a new post the first Friday of every month in 2013 and the very first post when live yesterday!

Lilja rounded up SEVEN talented designers to participate, myself include.

I am absolutely thrilled to watch Fandom In Stitches grow and was more than happy to have such a talented friend and fellow-designer head up this year’s biggest Fandom In Stitches event!

Why are you still here? Go check out FiS for the first three patterns and to see the gorgeous blocks they make!


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There and Back Again

TABABOM by jen

We have traveled There and Back Again and this journey, at least is complete!

The quilt top above is my version of the There and Back Again (TABABOM) project designed by myself, Lilja Björk, Schenley Pilgram and Michelle Thompson and presented through Fandom In Stitches.

I used all Stonehenge Fabrics from Northcott to create my TABABOM quilt top. I already have quilting plans so that my own TABABOM journey will be truly complete!

I can’t tell you what an honor it was to get to work with these three talented ladies. When I first approached them about the project, it t was just an idea. A Hobbit Block of the Month. They all enthusiastically joined in and we all worked out how many blocks, what blocks, who would design each and agreed on a layout. Without them, this project would not be what it is!

The Lonely Mountain, TABABOM Block 13

The Final Block, The Lonely Mountain


If you are a Tolkien fan, or just love beautiful quilts, check out our final TABABOM post. It includes block 13, The Lonely Mountain, designed by yours truly as well as photos of each of the quilts created by the designers.

All patterns for TABABOM can be found on Fandom In Stitches.

You’re wondering how we can possibly top this? Lilja is organizing a year-long Lord of the Rings Block of the Month with multiple designers, faces old and new to FiS, to continue the journey. Not All Who Wander Are Lost will be presented through Fandom In Stitches starting January 2013. How exciting is that?!

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PoD Layouts and An Announcement

The Project of Doom, A Harry Potter Block of the Week Mystery Quilt, has now concluded, but this is not the end for  Harry Potter Paper Piecing!

The final post for The Project of Doom is now online and includes suggested layout instructions for the 30 blocks participants have created.

Join the Project of Doom Community on Livejournal to talk PoD, share photos, questions and stories!

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Are you wondering what on earth we’ll do after The Project of Doom?  I made a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT this morning on my fandom quilting website, Fandom In Stitches….click the banner below for details!


Two Little Hooters
Two Little Hooters
, a new pattern from The Sewhooked Shop

One Cross Stitch To Rule Them All

The One Family

Some time ago, the amazing Shae (tumblr, blog, etsy) gifted me with an amazing piece of cross stitch that she designed not only for me, but for my family. She knows we’re big Lord of the Rings fans and ingeniously combined our name with a little fandom awesome and created the gorgeous piece of cross stitch you see.

Cross Stitch by shaebay

The edges were unfinished when I received her awesome work and I knew I had to do something fabulous with it. The result is what you see in the top photo.

The fabrics I used were all Fairy Frost from Michael Miller. LOVE FF…love, love, love!

After starting with Shae’s amazing cross stitch, I was able to finish everything but the outside border in one sitting. I added the last border a little later so it would fit the frame of my choice.

The One Family - trimming the quilt

I intentionally made the outside border larger than it needed to be. Then, using the glass from the frame I purchased as well as the grid on my cutting mat, I lined up the piece as evenly as possible.

Then, I trimmed!

Not shown – I also trimmed a piece of cotton batting to the same size to help hold the quilt in place inside the frame. The result is what you see above!

On the back of the frame, I made a note of who made each part of the project and when. It’s just a simple note, but it’ll be awesome for future generations of Ofensteins to know!

Before deciding on this layout, I played around with ideas in EQ7 as seen in my pre-retreat post! When it came down to it, what I really wanted were earth tones (with a little sparkle!) and triangles. I love triangles in quilts.

LotR X-Stitch Mock Up

LotR X-Stitch Mock Up

LotR X-Stitch Mock Up

I have so much more wonderful post-retreat projects to share! See you then!



TTMT #86 – Tolkien To Me Tuesday

I am embarrassed at how neglectful I’ve been of my poor, dusty crafty blog! Can it really be a whole week since I posted here? What possible reason, you ask, could I have for such blatant neglect of my online crafty home?

At the end of October, in a moment of insanity, I signed up for NaNoWriMo.

Yeah, I know, because I don’t have enough to do, right?

The awesome and amazing thing is, I did it! I wrote a 50,000+ word novel in a month, about 1/3 of which was written just this past weekend. So, I procrastinated… a little.  It’s done now and I’m proud of my work!


Today’s video is dedicated to Deb, who sent me the best early Christmas gift I could have possibly dreamed of! You’re right Deb, there really is magic in surprises.