Category Archives: paper piecing

Free Pattern Friday – Spring!

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

In 2015, I participated in the EQ7 Row Along hosted by Marianne of Seams To Be Sew. Rows were created by a variety of designers to represent each of the four seasons.

EQ7 Seasons RAL - Spring Row by Jennifer Ofenstein

My row was Spring-themed! For me, that means new life: baby chicks, grass growing, and flowers popping to life.

See my original Row Along post here.

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Well, as you probably know by now, I love block sets. Most of my events start with a block set. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share mix & match blocks to use for a row or for anything else the quilter might like. Each block is 6″ finished.

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

Baby Quilt made from my EQ7 Seasons RAL Blocks

I turned my original row into a baby quilt that was donated to The Linus Connection here in Austin, Texas.

Need more help paper piecing? Check out this page of resources I curated just for you!

Want a different size? Check out how to enlarge & reduce quilt patterns using Adobe Reader!

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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…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

Want to connect with other quilters working on Paper Piecing Vintage and other Sewhooked projects? 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 not required, but it is fun!

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Free Pattern Friday – You are my Sunshine

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Welcome back for Free Pattern Friday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Need some green? Check out last week’s Free Pattern Friday!

There is nothing I love more than a clear blue sky and some spring sunshine. Having my kids home from college for Spring Break has made even the cloudy days feel clear and blue!

Today, I have a sweet 5″ pattern to paper piece. Want a different size? I can help with that.

you are my sunshine 2017

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

Need more help paper piecing? Check out this page of resources I curated just for you!

Want a different size? Check out how to enlarge & reduce quilt patterns using Adobe Reader!

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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…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

Want to connect with other quilters working on Paper Piecing Vintage and other Sewhooked projects? 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 not required, but it is fun!

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PPV 2017 Quilt Along Block 5

Posts on this blog post contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support. ♥

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Welcome back to our Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (#PPV2017)!

A reminder of how this works:

PPV was my 2014 Block of the Month. This project was inspired by old-fashioned, hand-pieced quilt blocks. Because I LOVE paper piecing, I couldn’t help but create my own versions of traditional patterns I love using my favorite technique.

Quilting along with us is easy! The Paper Piecing Vintage quilt pattern already exists, so you don’t have to anxiously await each pattern to be released.

We’re making this quilt together, one block at a time, as a group. We’ll be making two blocks a month. I’ll prompt you on the second and fourth Monday to remind you which block to work on next. With a little work and a little luck, we’ll have a finished quilt top by the end of June!

Get the completed quilt pattern (more info below) from CRAFTSY or ETSY for $10 (previously $12). If you already own this pattern, you are ready to go!

Individual blocks available by popular demand! If you want to make just one or two blocks from the set, I am releasing these patterns individually as we go. (Link to purchase Block 5 below.)

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The following is the May 2014 block (Block 5 for us) made for my 1930’s vintage fabric-inspired version of this quilt (above).

See a video about the original PPV!

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

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Today’s pattern, Block 5 (May 2014), is Our Little House. You can find it beginning on page 22 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.

The vintage version (above) is from my 2014 PPV.

My 2017 PPV Halloween Quilt Block

Block 5 - Our Little House

I’ve been saving these sweet and happy ghosts just for this block.

Because you know… haunted house! ♥

I love how fun each Halloween-themed block is coming out.

Now, to get back to cutting out piano keys so I don’t have to do them all in June!

 

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This is my color inspiration, created in EQ (subject to change as I quilt along!).

Since I’m using a lot of Halloween scraps, I’m also cutting the piano keys as I go from the leftover fabrics from each block. It will be a huge time saver at the end!

If you’d like to do a little planning, too, there is a coloring page included in the complete pattern on page 64.

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

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

What do you get for your $10?

  • Updated for 2017
  • 12 vintage-inspired block of the month designs (6″ & 12″ paper pieced patterns included)
  • piecing instructions for each block
  • 3 bonus patterns (2 available only in the set!)
  • layout instructions for two quilt sizes using all 12 blocks (in either 6″ or 12″)
  • Bonus instructions for the optional piano key border (shown).

Quilt sizes:

  • 12″ blocks with 2″ sashing – 44″ x 58″ (with bonus border – 56″ x 70″)
  • 6″ blocks with 2″ sashing – 26″ x 34″ (with bonus border – 32″ x 40″)

Fabric Amounts needed for this project (this information is also in the BOM pattern):

For 12″ blocks:

  • 1 1/2 yards Background Fabric
  • 1 1/4 yards Color 1 Fabric
  • 1 1/4″ yards Color 2 Fabric
  • 1 1/2 yards Sashing Fabric (for 2″ sashing), optional
  • 1 1/3 yards (total) of multiple fabrics for optional piano key border (divide the amount across the number of fabrics you wish to use)

For 6″ blocks:

  • 3/4 yards Background Fabric
  • 1/2 yard Color 1 Fabric
  • 1/2 yard Color 2 Fabric
  • 1/2 yard Sashing fabric (for 2″ sashing), optional
  • 3/4 yards (total) of multiple fabrics for optional piano key border (divide the amount across the number of fabrics you wish to use)

Want to connect with other quilters working on Paper Piecing Vintage? Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber and many friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is not required to quilt along.

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

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Join me later this week for Free Pattern Friday, right here on Sewhooked!

Happy sewing! Let me know how it goes for you and I’ll see you tomorrow for Talk to Me Tuesday!

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Free Pattern Friday – 16% Irish

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Welcome back again for Free Pattern Friday!

Let’s get a little bit personal.

For my birthday last year, I ordered a DNA kit from Ancestry. I’ve dabbled in genealogy off and on for years and I grew up hearing family stories, but there wasn’t much about where our family immigrated from before landing in Texas. I had always been curious, so DNA!

As it turns out, my ancestors were Very British, and Little Bit Irish, with a dash of Scandinavian.

Do you think they make a “Kiss Me, I’m 16% Irish” tees?

Today, in honor of my 16%, and of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 (a week from today), I have two Ireland-inspired free patterns to share.

Enjoy! ☘

irish flag 2017

A 6″ x 8″ pattern to paper piece, this little flag is SUPER fast and easy. It would also work for a variety of other flags by simply switching out the colors as needed.

Check out this Flags of the World Factbook from the CIA. Seriously.

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

Shamrock 2017

Whatever you call it, this shape is kind of everywhere and on everything during March. I have found one four leaf clover in my life. Also, I kind of love the word Shamrock. It’s a good word! 5″ paper pieced.

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

Need more help paper piecing? Check out this page of resources I curated just for you!

Want a different size? Check out how to enlarge & reduce quilt patterns using Adobe Reader!

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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…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

Want to connect with other quilters working on Paper Piecing Vintage and other Sewhooked projects? 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 not required, but it is fun!

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Free Pattern Friday – Peeps Bunnies!

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Welcome back again for Free Pattern Friday!

Spring is in the air here in Texas, so for the next couple of weeks, let’s celebrate the new flowers and buds on the trees!

Also, BUNNIES.

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Originally designed for the Spring Fling Blog Hop back in 2013, I have never stopped loving these Peeps!

Make a whole bunch of Peeps Bunnies to make a 10″ (finished) block, or make just one for a 2 1/2″ x 5″ finished Peep Bunny.

You can also get WILD and crazy and enlarge the pattern for one giant Peep or an entire bunny quilt!

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

Need more help paper piecing? Check out this page of resources I curated just for you!

Want a different size? Check out how to enlarge & reduce quilt patterns using Adobe Reader!

Peeps! 10" paper pieced pattern

Hungry for Marshmallow Peeps? You can buy anything on Amazon…

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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…

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

Want to connect with other quilters working on Paper Piecing Vintage and other Sewhooked projects? 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 not required, but it is fun!

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Self-Trimming Tissue Cover TUTORIAL

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As promised several Talk to Me Tuesdays ago, we have a super simple tutorial to make a self-trimmed tissue packet cover.

Don’t want trim? I have instructions for that, too!

I needed some instant gratification, so #tissuecovers.

Please note that this tissue cover is sized to fit Kleenex Facial Tissues. Mine are a generic version but are the same size as the Kleenex. Use the brand works for you.

Adjust the dimensions if needed. You can also play with quilt blocks and directional fabric as desired.

 Last minute tissue packets for a couple of #carepackages.

These little packets make great gifts, swap additions, and are perfect for keeping your tissues clean and safe in your bag or purse.

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First up! Self-Trimming Tisue Cover…

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You’ll need fabric in two colors. I’m using contrasting colors to make the lining and outside very obvious. For both the trimmed and non-trimmed version, the outside will be orange.

For TRIMMED Cover:

  • Lining/Trim – 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Outside – 5 3/4″ x 6 1/2″

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With right sides together, line one end of OUTSIDE to one end of LINING/TRIM on the side that measures 5 3/4″.

Stitch a 1/4″ seam with backstitching at both ends.

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Line up opposite ends and repeat the 1/4″ seam with backstitching along the other 5 3/4″ side.

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Turn so that wrong sides of the fabric are together. Adjust so that each end of TRIM is approximately the same size.

Press.

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Using a ruler or rotary mat, fold right sides of the OUTSIDE together so that it is 3″ wide. If you’re using a rotary mat, you can align easily use the markings on your mat for this part. Edges should overlap in the approximate center.

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Once adjustments have been made to your liking and the width is 3″, pin or clip with sewing clips. Wonder Clips or Magic Clips work great. (I have both.)

Because this version has TRIM, you will not see the overturned edge during this step.

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Sew each end with a 1/4″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end.

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Clip corners & turn.

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Done!

See how the Lining/Trim makes a lovely accent? You can have fun playing with stripes, dots or other fun fabrics.

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Now, let’s make one that isn’t trimmed. We’ll use the same technique, but the fabric sizes will be reversed.

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You’ll need fabric in two colors. Just as before, the orange fabric is the OUTSIDE.

For UN-TRIMMED Cover:

  • Outside – 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • Lining – 5 3/4″ x 6 1/2″

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With right sides together, line one end of LINING to one end of OUTSIDE on the side that measures 5 3/4″.

Stitch a 1/4″ seam with backstitching at both ends.

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Line up opposite ends and repeat the 1/4″ seam with backstitching along the other 5 3/4″ side.

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Turn so that wrong sides of the fabric are together. Adjust so that each end is approximately the same width.

Press.

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Using a ruler or rotary mat, fold right sides of the OUTSIDE together so that it is 3″ wide. If you’re using a rotary mat, you can align easily use the markings on your mat for this part. Edges should overlap in the approximate center

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Once adjustments have been made to your liking and the width is 3″, pin or clip with sewing clips.

Because this version doesn’t have TRIM, you’ll see the overturned edge during this step.

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Sew each end with a 1/4″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end.

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Clip Corners & Turn.

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Done!

Join us over in the Sewhooked Facebook Group for quilty companionship and fun monthly prizes during 2017! Details at link.

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Stop by tomorrow for Free Pattern Friday for my weekly featured FREE quilt pattern!

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Happening now: My 2017 Quilt-Along: Paper Piecing Vintage.

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

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Get just the fourth block for $2.95 on Craftsy

OR

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

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Happening now on Fandom in Stitches!

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PPV 2017 Quilt Along Block 4

Posts on this blog post contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support. ♥

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Welcome back to our Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (#PPV2017)!

A reminder of how this works:

PPV was my 2014 Block of the Month. This project was inspired by old-fashioned, hand-pieced quilt blocks. Because I LOVE paper piecing, I couldn’t help but create my own versions of traditional patterns I love using my favorite technique.

Quilting along with us is easy! The Paper Piecing Vintage quilt pattern already exists, so you don’t have to anxiously await each pattern to be released.

We’re making this quilt together, one block at a time, as a group. We’ll be making two blocks a month. I’ll prompt you on the second and fourth Monday to remind you which block to work on next. With a little work and a little luck, we’ll have a finished quilt top by the end of June!

Get the completed quilt pattern (more info below) from CRAFTSY or ETSY for $10 (previously $12). If you already own this pattern, you are ready to go!

Individual blocks available by popular demand! If you want to make just one or two blocks from the set, I am releasing these patterns individually as we go. (Link to purchase Block 4 below.)

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The following is the April 2014 block (Block 4 for us) made for my 1930’s vintage fabric-inspired version of this quilt (above).

See a video about the original PPV!

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

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Today’s pattern, Block 4 (April 2014), is Rambling Maid. You can find it beginning on page 16 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.

The vintage version (above) is from my 2014 PPV.

My 2017 PPV Halloween Quilt Block

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My Halloween version started with an awesome fat quarter from the “Not so Spooky” line by In the Beginning Fabrics’ that I found at Thousands of Bolts.* I just love the silhouettes!

*This is not a paid endorsement. I just love the fabric and ToB is a great resource for inexpensive, good quality 100% cotton quilting fabrics! 

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This is my color inspiration, created in EQ (subject to change as I quilt along!).

Since I’m using a lot of Halloween scraps, I’m also cutting the piano keys as I go from the leftover fabrics from each block. It will be a huge time saver at the end!

If you’d like to do a little planning, too, there is a coloring page included in the complete pattern on page 64.

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

CRAFTSY or ETSY

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

What do you get for your $10?

  • Updated for 2017
  • 12 vintage-inspired block of the month designs (6″ & 12″ paper pieced patterns included)
  • piecing instructions for each block
  • 3 bonus patterns (2 available only in the set!)
  • layout instructions for two quilt sizes using all 12 blocks (in either 6″ or 12″)
  • Bonus instructions for the optional piano key border (shown).

Quilt sizes:

  • 12″ blocks with 2″ sashing – 44″ x 58″ (with bonus border – 56″ x 70″)
  • 6″ blocks with 2″ sashing – 26″ x 34″ (with bonus border – 32″ x 40″)

Fabric Amounts needed for this project (this information is also in the BOM pattern):

For 12″ blocks:

  • 1 1/2 yards Background Fabric
  • 1 1/4 yards Color 1 Fabric
  • 1 1/4″ yards Color 2 Fabric
  • 1 1/2 yards Sashing Fabric (for 2″ sashing), optional
  • 1 1/3 yards (total) of multiple fabrics for optional piano key border (divide the amount across the number of fabrics you wish to use)

For 6″ blocks:

  • 3/4 yards Background Fabric
  • 1/2 yard Color 1 Fabric
  • 1/2 yard Color 2 Fabric
  • 1/2 yard Sashing fabric (for 2″ sashing), optional
  • 3/4 yards (total) of multiple fabrics for optional piano key border (divide the amount across the number of fabrics you wish to use)

Want to connect with other quilters working on Paper Piecing Vintage? Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, support & prizes! I’ll be there, as will my awesome pattern tester Amber and many friends of Sewhooked. We’ll answer your questions and nudge you along if you need it. Joining the group is not required to quilt along.

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

free-pattern-friday

Join me later this week for Free Pattern Friday, right here on Sewhooked!

Happy sewing! Let me know how it goes for you and I’ll see you tomorrow for Talk to Me Tuesday!

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