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Free Pattern Friday – Groovy Mushrooms

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

I always look forward to getting to share with you. ♥

Groovy Mushrooms

Today I’m sharing an old favorite.!

This was my very first hand embroidered pieces made in 2010 or 2011. This was early in my days of learning to hand embroider. This little hoop hangs next to my desk as a reminder that we’re always learning. Also, I think it’s sweet. 🙂

Groovy Mushrooms was inspired by a vintage hand-drawn pattern that came to me in a pile of other things. Date and original designer unknown. I can tell you that the original version was brittle with age and practically fell apart in my hands when I held it. This is my own take on that original doodle.  I share with you now in homage to the unknown, but obviously groovy, artist!

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Free Pattern Friday – New HP Alphabet!

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

In honor of twenty years of Harry Potter and I shared Harry Potter-inspired patterns all month long.

Today is final July pattern and I do hope you enjoyed this magical month as much as I did!

All of my (always free!) Harry Potter patterns in one place.

 Harry Potter Title Font Alphabet Quilt

Many years ago, I shared this Harry Potter-inspired alphabet. I’ve seen many, many fandom-themed quilts, quilt backs, mini-quilts, and other fun projects using these blocks. These are super easy to recognize because they are inspired by the title fonts from the U.S. book printings, later used in the Harry Potter movies.

Today is the “big one” I promised earlier this week on Talk to Me Tuesday. I’m sharing another book-inspired alphabet, this time from the fonts used for each chapter in the books printed in the U.S.

Included in the document are 26 uppercase letters to paper piece. Each block is 5″ finished but can be enlarged as you desire. Unlike my original set, all the patterns are in one file, complete with Table of Contents!

Now let’s get wordy!

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Harry Potter Inspired Alphabet

(U.S. Chapter Font)

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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 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. ♥

Here are just two of the patterns available in my Craftsy shop!

Contemplating a future project using #quirkyqweryalphabet. Decisions, decisions! Find it in my @becraftsy #pattern shop. #paperpieced #paperpiecing #foundationpaperpiecing #foundationpieced #paperpiecedalphabet #alphabetquilt Runic Alphabet Sampler

 

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Free Pattern Friday – S.P.E.W.

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

In honor of twenty years of Harry Potter and my ongoing love of all things Harry, I’m celebrating with Harry Potter-inspired fandom patterns through July!

All of my (always free!) Harry Potter patterns in one place.

Today’s pattern is a silly fun one! I have a number of designs that I had started and never finished. S.P.E.W. is one of them. I originally designed all of my stand-alone Harry Potter inspired blocks at 5″ because they would fit on a single sheet of paper. I always thought S.P.E.W. was too small at 5″, so it lingered in the “unfinished” folder. For many years now, my patterns have been much more than a single page (imagine!) and I decided it was time to dust this one off and make it a generous 10″.

For those of you not in the know, S.P.E.W. is a society created by Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. It stands for Stands for the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare. Read more on Pottermore.

Big thanks to Jo Minvielle, one of our many awesome Fandom in Stitches Pattern Testers, for testing this one and making sure it all worked!

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Free Pattern Friday – House Unity

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

In honor of twenty years of Harry Potter and my ongoing love of all things Harry, I’m celebrating with Harry Potter-inspired fandom patterns through July!

All of my (always free!) Harry Potter patterns in one place.

Back in April, I was tagged on my personal Facebook to share 7 quilt photos for 7 days by my friend Shelley. I don’t usually participate in chain-letter type projects, but I couldn’t resist this one!

This is one of the projects I shared. It’s not something I’ve talked about much, and it gives me warm fuzzies to get to do so now. 🙂

House Unity Banner made for JKR

Made in 2007, this is far from the best quilt photo I’ve ever taken. I call this little guy House Unity.

What’s important is not the quilt itself, but who I made it for.

At the time that I created this little quilted banner, I was a moderator and contributor at The Leaky Cauldron, under the awesome crafty leadership of Josée Leblanc. She organized a gift-giving effort between we crafty types as a thank you to the one and only J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter has touched and changed my life in many ways. My kids grew up with Harry and Fandom has given me some of the best friends I've ever had. There aren't enough ways to say than you to #jkrowling for the gift #harrypotter has been in my life. #ha

Not only did Jo receive our gifts, but she sent us each personal thank you notes. According to her letter to me back in 2008, this wee piece of my art would go on to hang on her office wall. In case you’re curious, the letter is framed and hangs in my living room. It’s one of my prized fandom possessions!

I’m asked fairly regularly if I ever wonder if Jo Rowling is aware of my work and the answer is that I know that she was, at least for a moment.

Until now, I’ve never shared a pattern to make this mini quilt/banner. It’s been ten years, and well, I feel like it’s time.

I don’t have the original measurements from when I created this project, and I tweaked the colors a bit so your banner will be a tiny bit different from the one I made for Jo all those years ago.

As you might expect, this mini quilt/banner uses Crest patterns designed by yours truly. You can find links to those, as well as everything else you need to know to make your own House Unity banner, in the pattern document.

House Unity Finishes 15″ x 25″.

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Free Pattern Friday – Harry Potter Chapter Stars

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

In honor of twenty years of Harry Potter and my ongoing love of all things Harry, I’m celebrating with Harry Potter-inspired fandom patterns through July!

All of my (always free!) Harry Potter patterns in one place.

Chapter Stars

Today’s pattern comes directly from the Fandom in Stitches Suggestion list! The Chapter Stars from the U.S. Edition of Harry Potter have been requested many times over the years. I’ve had this pattern ready to go for a little while now and am happy to share it with you today.

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This pattern is paper pieced & finishes at 5″. Want to make it bigger? Click here!

You’ll also find today’s pattern posted to Fandom in Stitches, sister-site to Sewhooked exclusively for free fandom patterns designed by a plethora of amazing designers!

Did you know I’m now accepting pattern suggestions? Check out the Sewhooked Suggestion Box!

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Coming in September!

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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Free Pattern Friday – Stop Voldemort

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

In honor of twenty years of Harry Potter and my ongoing love of all things Harry, I’m celebrating with Harry Potter-inspired fandom patterns through July!

All of my (always free!) Harry Potter patterns in one place.

I’m almost positive I haven’t shared a new HP-inspired pattern since the reboot of The Project of Doom on Fandom in Stitches in 2015. Even so, I have continued to doodle and think about the series because there will never be any stopping that!

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STOP Voldemort Sign (formerly located outside a high school in CA, photographer unknown)

Today’s pattern is a little bit different than my usual fandom-fare as it is based on an image seen in our very own muggle world (above). If you’re part of the Harry Potter fandom, you may remember this image going viral some years ago. While I don’t condone the vandalism, I do appreciate the sentiment and offer it here in fabric and with the possibility to create a version of your very own without committing a misdemeanor crime. 😉

STOP Voldemort is 10″ (10 1/2″ unfinished) and is entirely paper pieced. I highly recommend using an Add-A-Quarter or Add-An-Eighth ruler for accuracy. You can find more useful paper piecing links here.

You’ll also find today’s pattern posted to Fandom in Stitches, sister-site to Sewhooked exclusively for free fandom patterns designed by a plethora of amazing designers!

Did you know I’m now accepting pattern suggestions? Check out the Sewhooked Suggestion Box!

Stop Voldemort FABRIC

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Want to make a full stop sign? You can do that!

 

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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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PPV 2017 – Block 12 & Hall🎃ween Reveal!

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Welcome to the finale of our Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (#PPV2017)!

Before we get to today’s block and the reveal of my Halloween PPV, I’d like to say a very earnest THANK YOU to each and every person who has made a Paper Piecing Vintage quilt. I’ve seen some wonderful photos in the Facebook Group, on Craftsy, in various Talk to Me Tuesday Videos, on Instagram, & Flickr.

BIG thanks to my fabulous pattern tester and dear friend Amber Lowery. She made another PPV even though she had tested the entire pattern in 2014. How’s that for dedication?! Amber is a bona fide rock star!

I designed PPV in late 2013 after my daughter left for her freshman year of college. I’ve long loved vintage-style quilts, many of which are hand pieced. While I love to hand embroider and dabble in hand quilting from time to time, hand piecing is definitely not my thing. I’d much rather paper piece any day of the week. Once I started creating paper pieced patterns inspired by vintage blocks, I couldn’t stop and it followed naturally that I share with the awesome online quilting community.

Thank you, dear friends, for joining me for this round of Paper Piecing Vintage. 🙂

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The following is the December 2014 block made for my 1930’s vintage fabric-inspired version of this quilt (above).

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

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Block 12 (December 2014) is Spinning Puzzle. You can find it beginning on page 57 in Paper Piecing Vintage, or you can purchase JUST this block pattern here.

All patterns for PPV are 6″ & 12″ (w/o seam allowance). The size you make is up to you.

My 2017 PPV Halloween Quilt Block

Block 12 - Spinning Puzzle

My final Halloween PPV block is, I think, my favorite. I adore the lime green background with the happy little ghosts. I did a little bit of fussy cutting to get the secondary fabric moving in the right direction. It’s worth it for the “spin.”

 

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As you may remember, this was my original plan for my Halloween version of the PPV. I added cornerstones to the inside sections. These are not in the original design but are easy to achieve by making the long horizontal sashing the same length as the short vertical sashing. The black cornerstones are the squares in the same width as the sashing.

 

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Here it is! My lovely, yummy, Halloween-y Paper Piecing Vintage top!
I loved every minute of working on this project. I loved your enthusiasm for your own fabrics and blocks. I loved pulling out my stockpile of cute Halloween fabric. I loved cutting and fussy cutting. I loved piecing. It was a genuine joy to work on and I’m thrilled to have the top ready to quilt.
I think the thing I love most about this project is that unless you look closely at the fabrics, it just look slike a fun, colorful quilt. The “Halloween” of it is subtle, which is exactly what I was going for.
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My cornerstones are the August bonus block in the complete PPV pattern. Even here, I managed to use a few scraps of Halloween fabric!
The piano keys are all made from leftovers from my blocks. There’s a little bit of everything in there and I used almost every scrap of my fun Halloween fabric and black & white prints!
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I had EVERY intention of having my quilt finished for this post, but I decided that I really, really wanted spiderwebs in the quilting.

Spiderwebs are something I had never done before and I decided at the last minute that I didn’t just need to, but that I SHOULD practice before attempting them on my PPV. Sometimes it’s hard to wait to work on the Real Deal, but I really do what this quilt to be special and as well done as I can make it.

It just so happens that I had a small Harry Potter Bookcase/Project of Doom quilt top pieced from donated blocks made by members of the PoD Facebook group that was ready to quilt.

I spent most of my weekend practicing. My spiderwebs are inspired by this tutorial by Lori Kennedy.  I used glow-in-the-dark thread gifted to me by my BFF and boy does it GLOW! One of the upsides to using the same thread I’m planning to use for my PPV is that I found that I needed to slow waaaay down in order to keep the glow-in-the-dark thread from breaking. I’m a bit of a speed demon when I sew, and that isn’t always the best choice for the thread.

As of right now, my PPV is on my Gracie King frame and ready to quilt! When it’s quilted & bound, I’ll share a finished photo here for you all, and of course, I will talk about it on on Talk to Me Tuesday.

If you’d like to follow my daily quilting adventures (and my cats, let’s be honest here!), be sure to follow me on Instagram.

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Have you shared your PPV signature block? 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.

Now that PPV has concluded, you are cordially invited to join me for the next Sewhooked Quilt Along and my very first entirely free Sewhooked QAL brought to you thanks to our Patreon Patrons!

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Rainbow Cascade, is a FREE Quilt Along for a brand new quilt pattern designed by yours truly to take place September 2017 – April 2018!

Rainbow Cascade QAL coming to sewhooked.com September 2017!

Rainbow Cascade is unlike any quilt I’ve designed or any quilt along I’ve hosted. It’s a single pattern quilt that is all about COLOR!

The quilt along will include 5 quilt sizes so you can make your version as big or small as you like. We’ll be piecing our blocks in a cascade so you can watch your own quilt grow from the corner out.

I will keep the Second & Fourth Monday schedule we’ve had for PPV, so even if you’re making the biggest quilt (70″ x 80″), you will never need to piece more than 4 blocks in a two week period.

I myself will be using Rainbow Cascade as a stash busting project. I’ll release fabric amounts in August so you can pull (or purchase!) fabric for your own version of Rainbow Cascade!

I very much hope you’ll play along for fun and rainbow-themed piecing!

As during PPV, you will find Quilty Fun & Prizes in the Sewhooked Facebook Group.

 

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I’ll see you tomorrow for Talk to Me Tuesday!

 

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