Category Archives: quilting

A Favor for my Best Friend


Baby Oliver's Quilt

My best friend of close to two decades (holy cow!), had shoulder surgery last week.

Jewells was working on gifts and other obligations (including working full time!) right up to the wire, including making a quilt top for her brand new great-nephew, baby Oliver. I wanted to do something for her as a get well gift and I wracked my brain trying to think of something helpful. It ended up being kismet that she needed a quilt top finished and I needed something special for a get well gift. Long story short, I offered to finish the quilt, and after swearing to her that it would not be a burden to me (it most emphatically was not!!), Jewells sent me all her stuff for the quilt, and I finished it up this weekend.

My free-motion quilting on anything bigger than a wall hanging tends to be a meander or waves (I’m still learning!). This time, I thought meandering was the way to go.

Baby Oliver's Quilt

Basted and ready to go!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

Quilting, in progress! Look at those happy little monkeys!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

Quilting close up!

Fun fact…the border fabric on this quilt is the sashing/border fabric on my Project of Doom quilt!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

And more quilting…

Baby Oliver's Quilt

More quilting close-ups…’cause I can!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

The back!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

Quilting on the back.

Baby Oliver's Quilt

The awesome label that Jewells made (fabric markers over printed text).

See you tomorrow for Talk To Me Tuesday!

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TTMT #162 – A Trunk Full

Thanks again to the girls at Honey Bee Quilt Store and all my visitors for making my first ever Trunk Show an awesome success!

Find all the quilts featured in this video in the Sewhooked Shop.

See the pictures from this video here.

If you’d like to order a signed (by me!) copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 5, please call Honey Bee Quilt Store at 512-257-1269.

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A Happy Mother’s Day

Me with Sarah from Houston

Yesterday was an exceedingly special day for me!

A Huge, HUGE thank you goes out to Honey Bee Quilt Store for hosting my first-ever Trunk Show. A very special thank you goes out to my friends that came by to help out and cheer me on, as well as the multitude of visitors that so kindly came by to share part of their day with me!

I can’t say enough good things about all the people I was lucky enough to get to visit with. In the photo above, you see me with blog reader Sarah (wearing an awesome Doctor Who tee!!), who came all the way from Houston! We had a lovely visit and it was wonderful to get to meet her face to face. Thanks for coming, Sarah!

If you came yesterday, THANK YOU. I was nervous and excited and it was a wonderful, wonderful day. Everyone I met was so kind about my work and it was lovely to get to share with so many new faces.

As a special thank you to my readers, helpers and yesterday’s visitors and for all the moms out there on this Mother’s Day, I offer you this sweet pair of free patterns.

5 Inch Chick Sitting Hen

Pecking Chick and Sitting Hen

both are 5″ paper pieced

Chick and Sitting Hen

Here they are together, with Sitting Hen increased to a 10″ block!

Both mother and baby can be found on my Free Pattern page or by clicking the links above.

Have a lovely day and thank you all for the gifts you have given me by being part of my life!

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Trunk Show Tomorrow!

Getting Ready for My Trunk Show

Hoo, boy, I have been uncharacteristically quiet this week!

The reason for this is simple, my beloved friends, tomorrow is my very first Trunk Show and I have been busy getting ready.

Trunk Show featuring Jennifer Ofenstein
Honey Bee Quilt Store
10am – Noon, Saturday May 12, 2012
9308 Anderson Mill Rd #300
Austin, TX 78729

What’s a Trunk Show, you say? Well, it’s a bit like a one-woman show.

This is your chance to see many of my Sewhooked projects in fabric! There will be oodles of Sewhooked patterns for sale, some of which are making their quilt store debut!

There will be Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 5 on hand to buy (and I’ll sign my block, if you like!) as well as some fun freebies and a drawing for a wall hanging made by yours truly! 

I really hope to see you there! If you’re a blog reader, please be sure to let me know. I love being able to put faces to names.:)

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Papa Bear’s Quilt – 1 of 12

12 for 2012 - 1/12, Papa Bear

Guess who’s going to star in Talk To Me Tuesday next week?

If you guessed Papa Bear, you guessed right!

This is my first UFO finish for 2012.

This quilt was started in 2008 as a pass around with my bee. You can read more about this project in my 12 for 2012 UFO post.

This quilt has always been intended for my hubby and will be his birthday gift in February.

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All my 12 for 2012 posts

Since I ended up working most of Thursday (it was an accident, I swear!), I took yesterday off. I spent the morning having coffee with bee friend Linda while hand stitching the binding to the quilt. I took pre-washing pics yesterday, and then washed it last night. It scrunched up beautifully, especially in the cross-hatching. I love the transformation from bits and pieces I’ve sewn together to a yummy, scrunchy quilt ready to be cuddled and loved after the first wash. I’ll get post-washing pics when there’s more natural light outside.

12 for 2012 - 1/12, Papa Bear

The entire quilt is straight lines because Big E asked for a geometric design. I eyeballed it all, using the shapes of the blocks. The lines aren’t perfect, but I didn’t have any puckering and I love the way the cross-hatching turned out.

12 for 2012 - 1/12, Papa Bear

I put muslin on the back, something I’m becoming more and more fond of doing. I love how distinctly you can see the quilting and the way it looks after washing. This is a pre-wash picture.

We have a Linus Connection sew day today from 9 – 4 at a local non-profit place called The Stitching Studio. It is exactly what it sounds like, a place to stitch. It believe it seats about 15 and has design walls all around, sturdy tables and comfy chairs. There’s a kitchen and a bathroom, perfect for sewing all day!

All Dolled Up

Did you see my latest pattern set, All Dolled Up? Check it out here!

Get the PDF download of Floating Mariner for half-price (that’s just $3!) through January 15 with coupon code BEINSPIRED.

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Have a very happy Saturday!

 

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A Day Off

12 for 2012

Today is officially my Day Off. I work almost every day and I’ve decided NO MORE. I need a day to do my own thing and have a little breather from working. So, today, I work on my own projects, do some errands and quite possibly start reading The Fault In Our Stars, which landed on my doorstep yesterday.

I’ll be attaching binding to the quilt you see Tackett so blissfully napping upon later today. “Papa Bear” has been featured in my last couple of Talk To Me Tuesday videos and is my first personal project of the year, 1/12 in my 12 for 2012 list. I hope to hand stitch the binding to the back this weekend!

See all my 12 for 2012 posts!

Sewhooked Shop sneak peek

I have a number of new projects in the works, including the one you see above, which is a sneak peak of tomorrow’s post…a brand new pattern set for the Sewhooked Shop! This is unlike anything I’ve done before and you will not believe the sheer cuteness! Make sure you stop by tomorrow for the reveal!

Get the PDF download of Floating Mariner for half-price (that’s just $3!) through January 15 with coupon code BEINSPIRED.
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Homes For The Holidays

Homes For The Holidays

It’s raining in Austin.

Beautiful, wonderful, life-giving rain. After a year of drought, it’s a magical sound.

Rain is not, however, conducive to taking quilt photos. I love photographing my quilts outside. This so-so photo was taken in-between showers. It’ll have to do for now because I will trade good photos for rain any day!

“Homes for the Holidays” started as a pile of cottage blocks from a 2009 swap on the now defunct All About Paper Piecing (the site is still there, but deactivated).  I free-hand designed the paper pieced trees and just kept adding until the quilt top was a  nice lap size!

This project made my UFO to do list for two years running: 2010 and 2011. It’s good to move it to the “completed” list!

Christmas Cottage Swap
Blocks made by me for the Christmas Cottage Swap on All About Paper Piecing, 2009.

Pattern by Tina Reed.

Homes For The Holidays

Quilting Detail: Custom Quilting by Rock Creek Quilts

Homes For The Holidays

Quilting Detail: Custom Quilting by Rock Creek Quilts

Homes For The Holidays

Quilting Detail: Custom Quilting by Rock Creek Quilts

My family always holds off on decorating for Christmas until after my son’s birthday on December 2. We had a house full of boys last night and this morning the celebration is officially over.

We’ll be decorating tonight after I spend my afternoon at Honey Bee Quilt Store for Open House for January – May classes and then “Homes for the Holidays” will officially be in circulation!

Happy Sunday!

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