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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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TTMT #323 – Making Things

Have a crafty day!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things...

There’s been fairly regular conversation over on the Project of Doom Facebook group about favorite tools for different aspects of quilting and paper piecing.

I thought I’d take that idea and share a list of some of my personal favorites.

Disclaimer: These are my favorites.  I personally use and recommend every single one of things. This is not a paid ad, though there are some affiliate links.  If you have a tool that you like better, or one I didn’t include, I’d love to hear about it!

I love my rotary mat, rulers, etc., which are all fairly basic quilting supplies, so I’m not including those here. I have a variety of different ruler brands and I enjoy them all. These are my special favorites, the things that I wouldn’t want to live without in the sewing room!

  • Add-A-Quarter 6″ Ruler &  12″ Ruler  (the 12″ is by far my most used ruler) – for trimming seams to 1/4″ as you go. These are ideal for paper piecing and make quick work of trimming as you go! More about paper piecing here.
  • Add-An-Eighth Ruler – also great for paper piecing, especially when there are lots of overlapping seams that need to be graded to avoid bulk.
  • Olfa 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter – great for constant cutting and for anyone that forgets to close the blade on their standard rotary cutter. My first rotary cutter was not ergonomic, which I found harder to deal with as I began using it more and more (and let’s be honest, as I got older!). The Olfa is easy to use and has a squeeze grip that closes the blade when not in use.
  • Mary Ellen’s Best Press – Excellent starch alternative to get out stubborn wrinkles and to give fabric body without flakes or stickiness. Use sparingly when paper piecing if the paper is still attached to your block or you will end up with a soggy mess. I love the lavender, it smells just lovely!
  • Superior Top Stitch Needles – THE BEST. I can’t give these enough praise. Smooth stitching, especially when free-motion quilting and easy to thread. Best yet, they last longer for me, especially with paper piecing, which tends to dull needles faster.
  • Havel’s Ultra Pro Seam Ripper – ideal for serged seams, but it also cuts like butter through seams that need to be “unsewn,” including the small stitches that are best for paper piecing. Do be very careful with this, though. It’s a super sharp blade that will pierce your fabric (or you!) if you’re not careful! Refillable blade, which is a bonus!
  • Fiskar 5″ Softgrip Scissors – I keep these handy little guys hanging on a 3M Command Wire Hook right on the side of my sewing machine. I always know where they are and they are useful for everything from trimming threads to snipping corners.
  • Black & Decker Classic Iron – my favorite iron of all that I’ve used, including the different places I’ve worked, taught and other places besides home where I’ve had the opportunity to try different irons. The Black & Decker has a nice heft to it, which I find I really prefer to lightweight irons when pressing. I use it without steam to press when piecing. It has a safety feature that will turn the iron off when it hasn’t been picked up after about 10 minutes, but turns on and heats up quickly once it’s moved again. That’s a great safety feature if you, like me, tend to get distracted and forget that the iron is on! I also like the Hamilton Beach Retro Iron. It’s nice and simple and gets the job done.
  • Variera Iron Holder from IKEA – keeps the iron off the ironing board and safe from jumping and grabbing critters like cats and kids. I have had my iron holder for years and I couldn’t live without it. My iron stays safely mounted and out of the way when not being used and is a safe place to keep the iron even when it’s on.
  • Recycled Printer Paper – The number one supply question I’m asked is what kind of paper I use for paper piecing. There are a number of products out there specifically for paper piecing, and if those work for you, that’s absolutely brilliant. My personal favorite is recycled printer paper. It comes in reams, is reasonably priced, it runs easily and smoothly through my printer, it’s easier to remove than regular printer paper, but it has enough body that it stays in tact while you sew (and occasionally rip!) seams. After paper piecing, I recycle it again, making the circle complete!

Is your favorite tool not listed? I’d love to hear about it!

My Kitchen Window

In honor of my mother-in-law’s memory, I will be giving away one free copy of My Kitchen Window to a Sewhooked Flickr Member that shares photos of projects made from my patterns during February 2015. This wall hanging pattern was inspired by a stained glass piece made by Carol and gifted to my family many years ago.

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

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Summer 2014, Stitched

Summer of Stitching 2014, A Design Invitational on fandominstitches.com

The Summer of Stitching has concluded on Fandom In Stitches!

Next week, there will be a BIG wrap-up post that includes the winner of the Free FiS t-shirt as well as every pattern submitted for the event. Be sure to stop by Fandom In Stitches on Wednesday for that!

At the beginning of the summer, I challenged to design one new pattern for each SoS theme. There were 12 in all, and in the end, I’d designed 15 patterns, though I only stitched 14 of them.

Underachiever, right?! 😉

All of my designs are entirely free, all are hand embroidered and each design works up to approximately 7″ (my blocks are trimmed to 8 1/2″ after stitching).

I hope you find one among the lot that you’ll enjoy!

All of these patterns and more can be found under Free Fandom Patterns:

Kiss The Girl (embroidery)
from The Little Mermaid
Week 12:  I ❤ Disney
Game of Thrones: The Eons
C3P0 - We're Doomed
C3P0 – We’re Doomed
(with bonus quote – “Let the Wookiee Win”)
Week 10: Star Wars
Mos-es Sup-pos-es
from Singing in the Rain
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
from Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
from Star Trek: The Next Generation (t.v. & film)
Week 7: Star Trek
Aslan: Not A Tame Lion
I see, said the vampire thoughtfully
“I see,” said the vampire thoughtfully.
The first line of Interview With The Vampire, by Anne Rice
Week 4: I ❤ Books
Our Little Infinity
Our Little Infinity
inspired  by The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Week 4: I ❤ Books
from Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Week 3: Monty Python
from Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Week 3: Monthy Python
from The Dresden Files: Storm Frontby Jim Butcher

 

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast

Smoke Me A Kipper
From Red Dwarf
Week 2: I ❤ Sci-Fi & Fantasy
untested pattern /not yet posted on FiS

Holmes Has A Look
Holmes Has A Look (Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes)
Week 1: Sherlock Holmes

We have a new prize for September! Share your projects made from any Sewhooked pattern with the Sewhooked flickr group, 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!

Still Stitching!

Summer of Stitching 2014, A Design Invitational on fandominstitches.com

I’m a little behind on sharing my last two designs for Fandom In Stitches’s Summer of Stitching! Be sure to stop by next week for the final installment: I ❤ Disney!

C3P0 - We're Doomed
C3P0 – We’re Doomed
(with bonus quote – “Let the Wookiee Win”)
7″ embroidered
C3P0 was always my favorite Star Wars character. I love how pessimistic he is and how much he depends on R2D2 without even realizing it. When it came time to design a Star Wars block, he was the first thing that popped in my mind.
Game of Thrones: The Eons
7″ embroidered
I’m a bit behind on Game of Thrones, having only read the books once and only watching the first season of the show. My daughter is currently working her way through the books and as she and I both agree that dragons are one of the best parts of any fantasy novel, I designed this block for her!
Get the free pattern for both designs by clicking on the name under the photo.
Looking for all my fandom patterns? You can find them on the Free Fandom Patterns and under Free Harry Potter Patterns! Visit Fandom in Stitches by even more free designs by a plethora of designers!

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! Winner announced next week!

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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.

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Make It Sew

7″ embroidered
It’s no secret that I love my fandoms!
It should also, by now, not be a secret that I love Star Trek.
My very first website was a Star Trek fan site, way back in the early internet days of 1996. Seriously, 1996. I wrote the HTML in Notepad and hosted it through my ISP. It was back in the day of Geocities and entire pages consisting entirely of links. I still remember creating my first animated .gif: the Voyager ship flying across my website, and how unbelievably proud I was of that.
My, how times of changed! Fortunately, my love of fandom has not and since then, it’s way cooler to be a geek. Who knew that would ever happen!
To celebrate Star Trek on Summer of Stitching, I created a Picard Quote sampler of some of my favorite utterances from the man himself. The pattern is free for personal & non-profit use. I do hope you’ll enjoy it!
Harry Potter stitch in progress
Sneak peek of my design for the current theme, Harry Potter Quotes. I have been planning this one for the entire event, and I really can’t wait to share!

Find more of my fandom patterns right here on Sewhooked!

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You have through this weekend to share photos of projects made from Sewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage and any of my fandom-themed patterns with the Sewhooked flickr group to be entered to win a copy of Topsy-Turvy Trees!

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Achieve!

One Achievement Hunter cushion, ready to live in the dorm!Both of my kids and the hubby are big fans of all things Rooster Teeth and I mentioned recently that I worked on some cosplay stuff for my two teenagers for RTX.

My daughter really wanted an Achievement Hunter cushion to take back to school when she moves into the dorm for her second year at university this fall and I had a pillow form just waiting, so yesterday, I knuckled down and got it done! Achievement Hunter Cushion in progress I started by trying to figure this out using my favorite method of paper piecing. After about 20 minutes, it was quite clear that it would take me much longer to design it than it would to stitch it.

Finally, I threw in the proverbial towel and decided to go outside of my comfort zone and try applique.

First, I printed the Achievement Hunter symbol on the paper side of lightweight fusible webbing. I ironed that on to the green fabric and then very, very carefully cut out the shapes I needed, being careful to preserve the negative space.

I ironed the star on first, and then used the negative space pieces so I could get the circle places correct. Then, I ironed the whole shebang. So far, so good! After ironing, I stitched around with monofilament thread for extra security. I used a tear-away stabilizer on the back, which really helped keep things nice and flat while stitching.

The cushion cover was completed using an envelope style (two hemmed piecing overlap on the back) and then inserting a pre-made pillow form. Made with a 16″ pillow form. The center block is 12″ (12 1/2″ with seam allowance) and the green border are 2″ (2 1/2″).

I am happy and the daughter is VERY happy, so yay!

Star Trek stitch in progress

Sneak Peek! Coming next week – my offering for The Summer of Stitching: Star Trek week!

Marie has been supervising my sewing today. She's a task master! #cat #kitty Marie was very helpful while I was sewing yesterday. She hung out in her window perch and made sure I stayed on task! Rosie-Posey! Rose isn’t interested in sewing just yet, but she’s still darn cute, so I had to share a photo of her pretty face.

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Untamed

Aslan: Not A Tame Lion (close-up)

I’ve gotten a bit behind sharing my Summer of Stitches designs, so we’re going to have two weeks’ worth today!

Aslan: Not A Tame Lion
7″ embroidered

For the Chronicles of Narnia theme, I worked on an sketch of Aslan, aided by my bff, who suggested the quote “Not a tame lion.”

I love how he turned out and can think of a handful of other fandoms he’d work for, too!

Aslan: Not A Tame Lion (close-up)

 

Whisker details. I’m especially proud of these!

Cobert: TRUTHINESS

Stephen Colbert: TRUTHINESS

7″ Embroidered

For the most recent theme, I ❤ T.V., I decided to go with one of the two shows my family rarely misses, The Colbert Report. After toying with a variety of themes, I decided to focus on Colbert’s arched brow.

The text, once again, was suggested by bff, Jewells… “Truthiness.” Seriously, what would I do without her? 😉

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Some Infinities

Our Little Infinity

Our Little Infinity

inspired  by The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

7″ embroidered

Yesterday, I shared the Interview with the Vampire-inspired design (also below) that I created for The Summer of Stitching on Fandom in Stitches.

Not long after posting that, I realized there was something I really, really wanted to make and share.  As I’ve mentioned many, many times before, I am a big fan of John Green. The Fault in Our Stars has been one of my favorite books since the first time I read it and I grow more fond of the story with each re-read.

Our Little Infinity took me a little over three hours to draft, trace & stitch the above pattern. It was also designed for The Summer of Stitching  on Fandom In Stitches for the I  Books theme.

Apparently, I just can’t stop stitching!

Okay? Okay.

TFiOS Clouds + Okay? Okay.

Posted earlier this year, also inspired by The Fault in Our Stars (TFiOS) . Find this and more free fandom patterns designed by yours truly here! Lots more free patterns by a variety of designers on Fandom In Stitches.

I see, said the vampire thoughtfully

I posted this one yesterday, but what’s a repeat of a free pattern between friends?

The first line of Interview With The Vampire, by Anne Rice.

Get the free pattern here

7″ embroidered + fabric paint

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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 theSewhooked flickr group will be entered to win a copy of Topsy-Turvy Trees!

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