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

31 Days of Halloween on

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
(with pictures & video here)

  • 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!

Make It Mosaic quilt block challenge on photo makeitmosaic_zps6c1e54e9.jpg

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.
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.

Tree Trimming


In November, share ANY project designed by me (from,, 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.

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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Big Linus Heart

Big Linus Heart Quilt via LinusConnection, free on Craftsy

There’s not a whole lot for a crafty sick girl like me to do besides hang out in bed with her laptop, drawing quilts.

In this case, the quilt was already drawn, it just needed a little bit of instruction added.

This Big Linus Heart quilt is free for you to download and make oodles of gloriously scrappy heart quilts for your favorite blanket charity!

Big Linus Heart Patchwork Quilt

Inspired by heart logo used by my own favorite blanket making charity, The Linus Connection, Big Linus Heart is the second variation of this patchy heart I’ve created.

The Linus Connection Heart via LinusConnection, free on Craftsy.

Do you sense a theme going on here? 😉

While the paper pieced version above is a mere 5″ finished, the patchwork quilt version makes a respectable 44″ x 49″ quilt, a great lap size quilt for a kid’s blanket!

So go, dig out your scraps and make a patchwork quilt for a charity (or kiddo) you love, with my compliments.

Stay well, and I’ll see you again when I’m back to my usual, bouncy self!



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Waiting for Rain, companion pattern for my STITCHED Workshop.

Just $4 on Craftsy!

Almost as Good as Being There!


Did you miss Quilt Con in February?

Where you there and are now suffering a terrible case of post-con blues?

Don’t despair!

Whether you’re in Austin, Albuquerque or Adelaide, you can enjoy awesome QuiltCon lectures for free courtesy of one of my absolutely favorite resources for all things creative … Craftsy!

This awesome FREE series includes topics on everything from free-motion quilting to fabric design.

How cool is that? No, really, I mean it…how cool is that?!

Did I mention it’s free?! FREE!

That’s right, you have zero, nothing, NADA to lose! Go, enjoy!

***click me, I’m free!***

@ QuiltCon, 2013
See the photos I took @ QuiltCon! This piece was one of my favorites at the show. 🙂

Were you at QuiltCon?

Five of my quilts were in the Babylock booth and I will give a free prize to every person that took a picture of one of them…just leave a link to your photo in comments and make sure to include your contact info!

Not sure which quilts were mine? How about a little hide and seek in my Craftsy shop! All five of the featured projects can be found there!


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Featured Pattern:

Featured Pattern: A Little Haunted, $8 on Craftsy

Quilts In Real Life!

The Austin Area Quilt Guild‘s Capital of Texas QuiltFest is this weekend!

September 14th – 16th, 2012
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs
Austin, Texas

Friday, Sept. 14th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16th 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission is $8. Click here for a printable $1 off coupon.

QuiltFest in the news.


Come by to see loads of great quilts, including the original Project of Doom quilt, designed, pieced and embroidered by me, quilted by Shannon Shaw!

The Project of Doom on display at Hennig House Quilts

The Project of Doom, on display at Hennig House Quilts, April 2012.

Click here for Project of Doom patterns!

Sir Gareth's Dragon

Sir Gareth’s Dragon, all quilted and spiffy, will be on display with the miniature quilts.

All Dolled Up

Also look for All Dolled Up, my doll dress quilt, made from reproduction 1930s fabrics.

I’ll be visiting the show tomorrow with my fabulous stitching friends! Expect a full report and probably a little stalking of the PoD. The voyeur in me is excited at the prospect of seeing others enjoy my favorite quilt! If you are there tomorrow and see me wandering around, please stop me and say hello!

If you are going to the Austin show, take a photo of yourself with one of my quilts and share your picture with my flickr group for the chance to win a fun prize! Winner announced Tuesday!

  Tabby Face Block Lotto

To celebrate the Tabby Face Block Lotto, use coupon code TABBY in my Etsy shop to receive 10% off your total order during the month of September!


Learn to paper piece with me now through December with my full-length video workshop available only through STITCHED. You get access to over 20 classes AND instructors and registration is now only $40! Click for details.

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