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Free Pattern Friday – Fall Placemat Projects

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

I often share optional quilt layouts and other suggestions with blocks for inspiration.

For this’s week’s freebie, I jumped in my TARDIS and I traveled in time to a few years ago when I shared the following ideas, as ideas only, for a blog hop.

These fun fall themed placemats are now together in one complete pattern! Pattern document includes project instructions, 2 different pumpkin patterns, maple leaf pattern,  paper pieced nine patch (because it’s way easier than cutting out 2 3/16″ squares!), and layout charts for both projects.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your photos with the Sewhooked Facebook Group!

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Get it Free from Craftsy

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Want to support my work but Patreon is not for you? You can still help support my free content and keep me creating by purchasing a pattern. Buying patterns gives you something tangible for your money and helps me keep doing what I do! However, you choose to support me, whether it’s Patron, purchases, or by sharing my work with your other quilty friends, I appreciate you. ♥

This is just one of the patterns available in my Craftsy shop!

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Free Pattern Friday – As You Wish

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday! Today, I thought we’d do something a little different.

In a shocking turn of events, today’s patterns are not paper pieced!

As you’re probably already aware, in addition to living it up here on Sewhooked, I also run Fandom in Stitches, a fandom quilting website.

One of the best parts of Fandom in Stitches are the awesome quilt-alongs that we host there!

What makes a quilt along different from the multitude of individual patterns we share is that an event includes not only the blocks to make the quilt but also instructions for putting the quilt together, what I think of as the “final layout.”

As You Wish: A Princess Bride Quilt & Stitch Along took place on Fandom in Stitches in 2014. We had lots of amazing designers contributing patterns to hand stitch and paper piece.

As You Wish had two final options, both designed by yours truly.

Both quilt patterns can be used with any 7″ (7 1/2″ blocks). You can even fussy cut a fun fabric or use pre-printed fabric book pages.

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Open Book Quilt

Save or print from Google Drive

For 7″ blocks

Includes block and layout instructions

Part of As You Wish: A Princess Bride Quilt & Stitch Along on Fandom in Stitches

Free Princess Bride Patterns are here!

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Amber, my fabulous pattern tester’s, finished Open Book quilt.

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Four Patch Pieced Quilt

save or print from Google Drive

for 7″ blocks

Includes block and layout instructions

Part of As You Wish: A Princess Bride Quilt & Stitch Along on Fandom in Stitches

Free Princess Bride Patterns are here!

Progress! #AsYouWish #princessbride #fandominstitches

This is my own quilt top was made using the Four Patch pattern. After a couple of false starts, it is officially the next of my UFOs in line for me to quilt (hence the not-so-fabulous photo!). Thinking about quilting this is what inspired me to revisit these two layout patterns I created for As You Wish. 🙂

2017 Fat Quarter Lotto

April is my birthday month and you’re invited help me celebrate by participating in the 3rd Annual Fat Quarter Lotto. It’s super easy – send up to four fat quarters, I’ll draw a winner* “live” on Talk to Me Tuesday on April 25.

It’s free to play. I am self-disqualified from playing. This is my way to say Thank You for another fun year of sharing!

*1 winner per 50 fat quarters!

Click for Details!

All entries must be received by April 24, 2017.

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Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. Find this block on page 21 of Paper Piecing Vintage. If you’re only making a few blocks, you can also find the Signature Block Pattern right here.

(Save on postage and mail with your Fat Quarter Lotto!)

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Stop by Sewhooked on the second and fourth Mondays of every month through June for the Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (PPV2017)!

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

Get the complete Paper Piecing Vintage quilt pattern for $10 from…

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Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber along with many other friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is never required, but it is fun!

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Galaxy 1824

Galaxy 1824 by Jennifer Ofenstein of sewhooked.com

Several of you lovely people have asked for a photo of Galaxy 1824 that you can share. I am flattered and honored that you’d want to do so.

This is the quilt I made for my son to take for his freshman year of college. He’s studying Physics and asked for a spiral galaxy. I used a NASA photo for inspiration and figured it out one pixel at a time.

If you’d like to know more, I talk lots more about this in last week’s video.

Have a great day!

 

Jack's Lanterns, 9 Patterns to Paper Piece by Jennifer Ofenstein

The August 2016 sewhooked.com participation prize is a digital copy of my pattern set, Jack’s Lanterns: 9 Halloween Patterns to Paper Piece!

Entering to win the 201 6 monthly prize is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll have one chance to win for each photo you share!

Want to sponsor a prize? Please drop me an email!

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My Favorite Things. a Block of the Month by Jennifer Ofenstein

Free Pattern Day is the first of every month during 2016!

Next Free Pattern day is September 1, 2016.

TTMT #382 – Galaxy 1824

This week, I brave the rain and humidity to share my biggest finish of the year! Watch my makeup slowly melt off of my face as I talk about the quilt I made for my son’s dorm room: Galaxy 1824.

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Jack's Lanterns, 9 Patterns to Paper Piece by Jennifer Ofenstein

The August 2016 sewhooked.com participation prize is a digital copy of my pattern set, Jack’s Lanterns: 9 Halloween Patterns to Paper Piece!

Entering to win the 201 6 monthly prize is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll have one chance to win for each photo you share!

Want to sponsor a prize? Please drop me an email!

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My Favorite Things. a Block of the Month by Jennifer Ofenstein

Free Pattern Day is the first of every month during 2016!

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)

Are you making projects from 31 Days of Halloween? Share your photos with my flickr group! There will be a fun surprise after Halloween for one lucky winner!

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Hoppity Frog

Frogger Pixel Quilt

 

Today is Make it Mosaic over on Fandom In Stitches. There was HUGE excitement when I first posted the Challenge, but it we only had a tiny turn out. Even so, the entries received were super cute and I appreciate each one!

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Most of the time when we have a Challenge or Event on FiS, I’m the organizer. I still like to participate even though it would be silly to award myself, so if there are enough minutes to squeeze out of the day, I’ll whip something up to share.

Frogger Pixel QuiltWith that in mind, I created this fun Frogger design! I didn’t play video games much as a kid, but when I did, I tended to play Frogger. My game abilities are limited, as was my pocket money as a kid, so I focused every quarter on the same game in the hopes that I would improve and not completely waste the dollar bills I had to spend at the Putt Putt!

Also, Frogger is just cute.

Frogger Pixel Quilt
Frogger (free pattern!)
12 x 12 Grid
24″ as shown
Made from 2 1/2″ squares. You can adapt it to your own needs by increasing or decreasing the patch sizes.
There is also a possibility that I spent a bit of time getting splatted by cars as I tried to safely navigate my frog across the road. It was research, I swear it was research! Play Frogger for free here.
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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 have a limited supply of signed copies for sale in my Etsy store once this issue has been released.

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In November, share ANY project designed by me (from Craftsysewhooked.com,fandominstitches.com, Quiltmaker, etc.) with the Sewhooked flickr group and be entered to win a free copy of one of my most popular patterns, Tree Trimming!

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How to Enlarge & Reduce Quilt Patterns with Adobe Reader

How to Enlarge & Reduce Patterns using Adobe ReaderToday, I’m sharing a rare mirror post with my fandom site, Fandom In Stitches, but this is more than worth posting twice.
I read and answer a lot (and by a lot, I mean tons!) of email for both Sewhooked and Fandom in Stitches and the question I answer most often is this: How do I resize a quilt block pattern?

The easiest way to ENLARGE or REDUCE a quilt block pattern is to print it as a poster using Adobe Reader and the chart below.

ENLARGE OR REDUCE PATTERNS USING THIS SCALE
Pattern Size Needed
4″ 5″ 6″ 7″ 8″ 9″ 10″ 11″ 12″
Pattern Size
4″ 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 225% 250% 275% 300%
5″ 80% 100% 120% 140% 160% 180% 200% 220% 240%
6″ 67% 83% 100% 117% 133% 150% 167% 183% 200%
7″ 52% 71% 88% 100% 114% 128% 143% 152% 171%
8″ 50% 62% 75% 87% 100% 112% 125% 137% 150%
9″ 44% 55% 66% 77% 88% 100% 111% 122% 133%
10″ 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 110% 120%
11″ 36% 45% 54% 63% 72% 81% 90% 100% 109%
12″ 34% 42% 50% 59% 67% 78% 84% 93% 100%

Follow these steps and use the chart below to make it even easier:

  1. Download the PDF quilt block pattern file.
  2. Open pattern in Adobe Reader.
  3. Open the Print dialog (shown below) by clicking the printer icon.
  4. Choose which Pages to Print. In the example “All” is chosen, but if there is an instruction page, skip that and just enlarge the pattern pages. It may be least confusing to enlarge one page at a time.
  5. Under Paper Sizing & Handling, choose Poster (see image).
  6. Determine the starting Pattern Size and the chart below to determine what percentage to enlarge to Pattern Size Needed. For example, to print a 5″ pattern at 10″, Tile Scale (see below) will need to be 200%.
  7. Print these instructions for easy reference.

Big thanks to Fandom In Stitches Designer Addie Clark for sharing the poster printing tip over on the Fandom In Stitches Facebook Group.

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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