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Free Pattern Friday – Holiday House 2017

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

After a week away from Free Pattern Friday for charity work, I’m back with a fun favorite, Holiday House!

Holiday House was first shared as part of a blog hop back in 2011. I’ve updated the pattern for 2017, adding a 10″ version for your piecing pleasure!

I can’t help but think that Holiday House would make a fantastic block swap!

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Holiday House Quilt

Even with a single block repeating, Holiday House would make such a fun quilt!

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On, Dasher! A paper pieced pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein

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

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We begin on Monday!

PDF pattern sale in my @etsy shop! All downloadable patterns are 20% off now through Sept 9. Offer only good on Etsy. Get #paperpieced patterns, block sets, past quilt along #patterns and more! 💜

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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TTMT #401 -End of 2016

My Favorite Things #favthingsbom now available as a set in my Craftsy shop! #bom #paperpieced #somanyoptions

60” x 72” (for 12” blocks) or 30” x 36” (for 6” blocks)

The entire set of My Favorite Things patterns, January – December, plus bonus blocks, and these four layouts in two sizes is available in one .zip file in my Craftsy Shop. Prefer Etsy? The set is available there, too.

2017-quilt-along

Thanks to your feedback & requests, Paper Piecing Vintage will be returning as a Quilt Along during the first half of 2017!

Coming January 2017 to fandominstitches.com

Fairy Tale Femmes

Fairy Tale Femmes, a magical Sunbonnet Sue block set to paper piece, is the prize for December 2016! Want a chance to win a free copy ? Simply share your Sewhooked project photos with my Flickr group (any project designed by me). You’ll have one chance to win for each project photo you share!

Want to keep sharing? 2017 giveaways will take place in the Sewhooked Facebook Group!

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Happy Holidays, My Friends!

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Hello, my friends!

As you may have guessed, I have decided to forgo Talk To Me Tuesday today.

Even so, I wanted to stop by and wish you all a very happy holiday season!

Whatever holiday you and your family are celebrating during this lovely time of year, I hope it is full of family, friends, fun and laughter.

Still hot butter toffee covered in chocolate.

In case you missed it, I shared my family’s favorite Chocolate Covered Butter Toffee recipe last week. It’s one of the easiest and yummiest candies to make!

Need a free festive pattern or two? Here are some of my favorites! Just click on the image to go to the pattern download page!

Sweet Sue Tops The Tree

Holiday House

Sweet Skating Sue, Purple and Green

Find all of my free holiday-themed patterns here!

Holly Jolly Set

Need more holiday happiness? Get Holly Jolly on Craftsy OR Etsy!

SALE! SALE! SALE!

Treat yourself! Now through December 31, everything in my Etsy shop, patterns, magazines & original handmade items, are 20% off your total order over $6.99!  Just enter coupon code HAPPYDECEMBER when you check out to receive your discount.

 

Coming in January 2016!

My Favorite Things 2016 Block of the Month sewhooked.com

I Want To Believe: An X-Files Quilt & Stitch Along coming 2016 on fandominstitches.com

Warm Holiday Wishes

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A very merry Christmas and warm holiday wishes to all of my lovely readers!

Thank you for visiting as I shared crafts and goodies from my family’s Christmas.

I have just a few photos to share today and I hope they bring you a smile!

Marie is enjoying my Christmas quilt.

This is Marie, enjoying our Christmas quilt.

Merlin in my lap.

This is Merlin, sitting in my lap while I enjoy our Christmas quilt! I love the way the light caught his white whiskers. 🙂

Best Christmas stamps ever.  One from @mkissa and one from my mom & dad! First Harry Potter stamp received!  Even though I sent a slew of these myself,  I am still very excited!

I’ve received several Christmas cards from friends and family adorned with the wonderful Harry Potter stamps offered by USPS. I ordered mine online some weeks before Christmas and put them on every single card we sent out!
Have I squeed a little with every card received with one of these wonderful stamps? Why yes I have!

Time is ticking away… Paper Piecing Vintage is just $6 through Dec. 31, 2013. You get 12 patterns in two sizes (that’s 24 patterns!) for just one payment. On Jan. 1, the price goes up to $12, so don’t miss your chance to register at half price!

Join the Paper Piecing Vintage Facebook Group and piece with friends!

Still looking for the perfect gift? The Craftsy class sale has been extended one more day! Save up to 50% on classes through 12/25. Up to 50% Off Classes Today Only!

There will be no Talk to Me Tuesday today and I’ll be taking a small break from online life so I can spend time enjoying my family over the holidays.

I hope that you, too, will be spending quality time with people you love, whether they be family or friend, and you’re together or chatting online.

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Made By Tiny Fingers

Ornaments Made by Kids

Some of my favorite, and most abundant ornaments are those made by kids.  We have ornaments made by my kids, by kids I watched after school (something I did almost the entire time my kids were in elementary), some made by children of our friends and even a few made by my sister when she was a kid.

Ornaments Made by Kids

This felt star was part of a fundraising event my daughter’s Girl Scout troop took part in many years ago. Volunteer moms made the stars (myself included!) and the girls stitched the buttons on.

Ornaments Made by Kids

This pipe cleaner snowflake was the craft project from my daughter’s first grade class’ winter party. Remember that comment a few posts ago about my having been a room mom for many years? This was a project I came up with. The kids followed directions beautifully!

Ornaments Made by Kids

I have several stuffed Christmas balls on my tree that were made by my sister when she was around 12 or so. They’re all hand stitched and stuffed with a different fabric on each side.

Ornaments Made by Kids

This little guy is a mouse made by my daughter when she was probably 4 or 5 years old. He’s felt and marker with a couple of popsicle sticks  glued to the back for support.

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I saved this one for last. My son had an absolutely wonderful kinder teacher, Mrs. K. She had a variety of these wall hanging designs based on what holiday the children celebrated. She helped the little ones make this very special gift for their parents. The wreath is made of his wee 5 year old hand prints. The holly berries are thumbprints.

We learned just last year that Mrs. K had passed away when we received a Christmas card from her daughter with a very sweet note in it.  Prior to that, we had sent, and received, a card from this most exceptional of ladies every year.


The shortbread recipe! This is from Farm Journal's Best-Ever Cookies, 1980. I've never had a bad recipe from this book and highly recommend it...If you can get your hands on it!

Have a yummy recipe! This is my favorite Shortbread recipe and is from Farm Journal’s Best-Ever Cookies, 1980. I’ve never had a bad recipe from this book and highly recommend it.

Stop back by every day between now and Christmas as I share crafts and ornaments that are special to me and my family.

Do you have special quilted items just for Christmas? Tell me in comments, I’d love to hear!

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A Quilted Christmas

Christmas Quilt

The holidays would not be the same without quilts. There are quilted items all over my house, but we have the special Christmas ones out just once a year.

Tree Skirt Quilt

My hubby and I have been using this Christmas tree skirt, made by my mom, since 1994. It’s adorned every tree, each year we’ve been married.

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This Christmas tree wall hanging was also made by my mom and given to us the same year as the tree skirt. Here it is hanging in or downstairs.

Homes For The HolidaysThis is the one and only Christmas quilt I’ve made that is larger than a wall hanging! We put it away during the year and bring it out at Christmas. This is our third year to enjoy snuggling under the quilt I dubbed “Homes for the Holidays.”

Marie tells Santa what she wants for Christmas.

 

This awesome stuffed Santa being snuggled by Marie was made by my mom for the first Christmas my hubby and I spent together.

His place of honor is the rocking chair. He proudly sits there every year, often with a kitty in his lap. He looks pretty good for a 19 year old Santa!

Guess who just came down my street?! #santa

 

Speaking of Santa, he took a ride down my street earlier this week!

Stop back by every day between now and Christmas as I share crafts and ornaments that are special to me and my family.

Do you have special quilted items just for Christmas? Tell me in comments, I’d love to hear!

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Have Yourself A Fandom Little Christmas

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

So, I got a little carried away with this post.

Someday, I will have one tree dedicated to fandom (let’s face it, mostly Harry Potter!) themed Christmas ornaments. The ones pictured here are just some of my favorites.

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

A small disclaimer: I did not make most of these. They were gifts from fandom friends, all of whom are very talented!

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

There are FOUR snitches!

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

Handmade Fandom Themed Christmas Ornament

As you can see, I’ve been extraordinarily gifted by my very talented friends over the years. I love pulling out these extra special handmade ornaments each year and taking a moment to reflect on how lucky I am to have so many wonderful people in my life!

Stop back by every day between now and Christmas as I share crafts and ornaments that are special to me and my family.

I’d love to hear about your special decorations, too!

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