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Feeling Chicken

5 Inch Chick

Free 5″ Pecking Chick Pattern, by Jennifer Ofenstein

Several years ago, I participated in a year-long birthday quilt block swap. At the time, one of my dear friends and fellow designers, Cat Magraith, was collecting chicken-themed blocks. She was also participating in the same swap. I drafted several before deciding which blocks to share with her.

The above pattern, Pecking Chick, never made out of the sketch stage and is being posted for the very first time today! I think he’d be a sweet little chick with a French knot eye and a few seed beads at his feet for pecking!

The first two were made for the swap, and I believe I sent the egg block on to her as well. It’s one block I’m incredibly proud of. Doesn’t it just look like you’re looking in a full nest?

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Cat’s Roosters, free 5″ patterns here on Sewhooked.

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Chick for Cat, adapted from this pattern at Patch Pieces.

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Three Eggs. Free 5″ Pattern here on Sewhooked.

But wait, there’s more! I’m not the only that’s created or adapted chicken patterns. Cat has quite a few of her own, many of which are available right here on Sewhooked for free!

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2 Chicks, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

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Hen With Chick, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

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Rooster, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

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Pecking Hen, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

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Hen, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

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Have a very happy, crafty, quilty Friday!

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Guest Designer Spotlight – Lilja Bjork

designs by Lilja Bjork, click image for pattern

It’s been quite some time since we had a Guest Designer Spotlight, and this one is quite overdue! I’m proud to introduce Lilja Bork to you. She has been a Sewhooked Guest Designer since mid-2010. She has an amazing eye for design and had created some stunning pieces!

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Lilja Bjork, Slytherin Team Captain!

Name and where you’re from:

My name is Lilja Bjork, on the Internet I’m known as Liljabs. I’m from Reykjavik in Iceland. I also lived in Kuopio in Finland for 6 months in 2003.

Website/blog/online store or other place where your patterns or photos of your work can be found?

I have a brand new website that I just started in January 2011. That is where I post all my patterns. I also have a flickr and my Livejournal.

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting?

I started paper piecing in 2007 I think, after I found Sewhooked through the leaky cauldron crafts pages. I never really thought quilting was something young people did. I thought it must be terribly boring, hihi I was so wrong It’s almost all I do these days.

What do you use own your block designs for?

The ones I’ve done so far are meant to be for a Disney quilt for my nephews bed and a multi-fandom quilt for myself. I also made a Christmas wall-hanging witch is the first project I finish that is all mine. I was so proud of myself when I finished that one 🙂

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When did you start designing?

April 12th 2010, I remember it was the day after my birthday

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern?

I just really wanted a Tardis for my multi-fandome quilt and I didn’t find one on the Internet. So I thought why not try to make one.

Do you remember what your first design was?

I’m not sure if it was the Tardis or the Doctor who logo but those where my first two designs. I think I even made them on the same day.

Do you have a favorite among your own designs?

Not any one, but the Disney blocks must be at the top. I spent so much time on each of them to get them perfect 🙂

What do you use to design your patterns?  Paper and pencil, a specific software, etc.

I mostly use Quilt Assistant. Witch is free. And I also use Photoshop.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.?

Rather than changing how I craft it is more that the community inspires me to try new things. Things that I never would have tried, or even things I have never heard of before.

See more of Lilja’s patterns on Sewhooked’s Guest Designer Page

Happy Quilting!

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Guest Designer Spotlight: Marissa Dinsdale

designs by Marissa Dinsdale, click for pattern

This week’s Guest Designer profile is of the awesomely talented Marissa, another gem from Harry Potter Paper Piecing.  We’ve been online friends for a while now and I look forward to seeing what designs she’s working on next!

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Marissa at the Harry Potter Exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science

Name and where you’re from:
The name they gave me is Marissa and I go by MKissa on the interwebz. I was raised in Costa Mesa, CA and now reside in the city of Orange, still in CA (7 minutes and 3 freeways from Disneyland).

Website/blog/online store or other place where your patterns or photos of your work can be found?
Public Blog (Mostly Craft Stuff)
Etsy
Livejournal (Mostly Friends Only, but I’m always looking for new friends)

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting?
I’ve been paper piecing since July/August or 2008 and have been seriously quilting for about just as long, although I recently found a quilt top that I made when I was 13ish… so really… about 14 years. 🙂 I started paper piecing when I came across the HP paper piecing community on LJ and immediately jumped in.

What do you use own your block designs for?
Quilt labels, contest entries, and my Buffy designs will be a wall hanging or in their own quilt.

When did you start designing?
April 2009

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern?
I needed a label for a pair of quilts I was making for a friend that was having twins… the quilts had monkeys and bananas on them, so I decided that a banana pattern would definitely do the trick.

Do you remember what your first design was?
See above

Do you have a favorite among your own designs?
I am currently working on some Buffy designs and am really happy to bring another of my favorite fandoms to the quilt world.

What do you use to design your patterns? Paper and pencil, a specific software, etc.
I was using Microsoft publisher, but I am switching over to Illustrator or Photoshop since I just got Creative Suite for my home computer.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.?
Oh my gosh yes! It has taught me to take inspiration from everywhere. My online friends have taught me that if you don’t know how to do something and want to do it you can figure it out. My friends are always encouraging, willing to lend a helping hand, give some great advice, or point me in the direction of a favorited tutorial.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m 28, and live with my MAN and our two cats (Rupert & Dexter). I work full time as the Event Coordinator for a non-profit in the city of Orange (where we live) and I work part time as an assistant manager at a local pizza joint. Most of the time that I am crafting I am ignoring some other chore that should be done or staying up way past my bedtime, but I love it, and it is my ME time, which is oh so important.

Find Marissa’s patterns on sewhooked!

Happy Quilting!

Guest Designer Spotlight: Mary Groesbeck


Designed by Mary Groesbeck

This week’s Guest Designer Profile brings you a brand new paper pieced designer.  So far, sewhooked only hosts one of Mary’s designs, but it’s lovely, as I’m sure you’ll agree!

Name and where you’re from:

I am Mary Groesbeck. I am from Louisiana (just the first 20 years). Does that make me sound old? I now have two homes. We live in Las Vegas on school days and in a 120-year old farm in Minnesota the rest of the time.  No website, store, or anywhere else (except I like to put my photos on my facebook).

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting?

I made my first quilt in high school (a very large cathedral window made entirely by hand). I first paper-pieced about 12 years ago, and havemade entire queen-size quilts from paper-piecing, but nothing like the HP one I’m working on.

What do you use own your block designs for?

I am making two (yes, two) identical king-size quilts for my daughters. BTW, nobody tell my youngest that there are Twilight squares! Some are my own design, most are from sewhooked, and some are appliqued. I put my daughters on the Hogwart’s Express with Harry, and each quilt with have the initials “HP” along with my daughter’s initials.

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When did you start designing?

Although I have designed quilts before, I never “designed” my own paper-pieced pattern until a few weeks ago. I have done really diverse paper-piecing, from large pictorials with tiny pieces to very simply blocks. But, Jennifer’s tutorial inspired me, and I thought, “I have a coloring book site, I have Photoshop, why not?” BTW, I am a digital scrapbooker also, so Photoshop comes naturally.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern? Do you remember what your first design was? Do you have a favorite among your own designs?

My first paper-pieced design was the Engine of the Hogwart’s Express. Then the passenger car. Then Crookshanks. I’m on a roll now. My favorite so far is Crookshanks, mainly because I’m really a cat person.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.?

I have one hour to myself every morning. I either quilt or scrap. Since I joined this community [Harry Potter Paper Piecing], I haven’t made ONE page for my scrapbook! My goal is either one page for the scrapbook or one quilt square per day.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I do have a full-time job, second to being a mom. If I could just quilt all day, I would be in heaven. I have a husband (21 years) and two daughters (16 and 13), who both play competitive volleyball and hope to be in the olympics (preferably before I die or run out of training money). I have a long-arm quilting machine at the farm that I’ve practiced on but never really had to guts to use–but still believe I will any day now.

I love the feeling of creating something. I very seldom just make something as designed. I like adding my personal touch (often so subtle that no one notices). For instance, on my Hedwig, the white-on-white fabric for her wings has a snowflake pattern–because she’s a snow owl. This makes me happy, even if no on else knows. My knight bus has tractor wheels….to bring a little of the farm to it….just for fun, not because a knight bus particularly needs tractor wheels.

Watch for more of Mary’s designs on sewhooked!

Happy Quilting!

Guest Designer Spotlight: Schenley Pilgram

designed by Schenely Pilgram

This week’s Guest Designer is one I’ve only just become acquainted with.  Schenley just started designing recently, but jumped in with both feet and has already made some amazing new designs!

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Name and where you’re from:

Schenley Pilgram
My hometown is Philipsburg, PA.  I’m currently living in Grove City, PA.

Website/blog/online store or other place where your patterns or photos of your work can be found?

Flickr

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting?

I started sewing when I bought a heart-shaped yo-yo maker in August ’08, intending to make a gift for my mom, who LOVES quilts (and has made a few herself).  I ended up making multiple yo-yo gifts, both with hearts and circles.  My best friend remarked that the circles reminded her of hydrangeas, which we both love.  The idea of making her a hydrangea pillow was born.  I used multiple sizes of circles, and appliqued the leaves.

I had stumbled upon sewhooked.org months earlier because of the Legend of Zelda blocks.  I absolutely adored them (and all the HP designs, of course!).  I figured if the internet could teach me to applique and make a pillow (complete with piping), I could give the Triforce a try.  Obviously, I was hooked.


What do you use own your block designs for?

I have made a few pillows, and my second original design was for a wall hanging.  I am currently working on a Harry Potter quilt.

When did you start designing?

December 2009.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern?

After I made the yo-yo hydrangea pillow, I wanted to make a pillow for my other best friend.  I decided to do a paper-pieced version of her Welsh Corgi, Habibi.  I couldn’t find anything even close online, so I thought I might as well try designing it myself.

Do you remember what your first design was?

Habibi the Corgi.  My first Harry Potter design was Dumbledore’s Deluminator.  I was trying to think of magical items that had not been done yet, and that was the easiest one to conceptualize and make quickly.

Do you have a favorite among your own designs?

Probably the wall hanging I did of Aslan, because that was a big undertaking (and only my second attempt at paper piecing!).  My favorite Harry Potter block so far is my most recent, Harry’s Patronus.

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Aslan pattern

What do you use to design your patterns?  Paper and pencil, a specific software, etc.

I use Photoshop Elements – typically I have a photo, illustration or composite that I use as a guide to draw the lines and begin the pattern.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.?
I have long used Photoshop for my photography and the occasional graphic design (I have items for sale on Zazzle that my sister and I designed), and I am loving being able to apply that to my new hobby.  I’ve grown up surrounded by quilts, but thought quilting would be too frustrating because I’m a perfectionist.  If it were not for this community I would never have experienced the joy and pride that comes from sewing and designing these blocks!

Anything else you’d like to add?
My best friend wants me to start designing Lord of the Rings blocks – she said it would get her to actually try paper piecing!
The photo shows my two house rabbits, Luke and Leia.

Do you have a favorite among your own designs?

Probably the wall hanging I did of Aslan, because that was a big undertaking (and only my second attempt at paper piecing!).  My favorite Harry Potter block so far is my most recent, Harry’s Patronus.

Happy Quilting!


Guest Designer Spotlight: Jennifer Tanner

designed by Jennifer Tanner
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After a long time without a Guest Designer Spotlight, I’m proud to say that I have a brand new sewhooked Guest Designer to introduce:  Jennifer Tanner!  Jennifer answered some questions about herself for us so fans of her patterns can get to know her a little better.

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First name and where you’re from: Jennifer Tanner; Zimmerman, Minnesota

Website/blog/online store or other place where your patterns or photos of your work can be found? I do not have a website & I hardly think you could call my Live Journal account a blog! But I am going to do my best to learn how to use it. I will keep passing on new designs to Jennifer though, so you can always find them at www.sewhooked.org on the Guest designer page! (Many thanks to Jennifer for creating this part of her website!)

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting? The first quilt I made was a baby quilt for my husband’s cousin. I do not remember the exact year but I think it was somewhere in 2001 – 2003. I didn’t start paper piecing until November of this past year (2009). I decided that I was going to get going on the Harry Potter quilt I had wanted to make since 2001. I started to get pretty downhearted when looking for Harry Potter material because it was OUTRAGEOUSLY priced on eBay. I then did a Google search & found Jennifer’s website. (HURRAY!) I had only heard of paper piecing once before so I wasn’t sure this would work either. With the help of Jen’s tutorial & another gal’s YouTube video, I gave it a whirl. Needless to say, I loved it!

What do you use own your blocks for? I am using my HP themed blocks for my Harry Potter quilt top. I designed a Christmas tree for a table runner, a Mickey Mouse outline for a pillow for my son, & a pirate square that hasn’t been tested yet. Once I am done with my HP quilt I would like to make a book bag using some of the HP patterns.

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When did you start designing? I designed my first block December 2009.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern? Do you remember what your first design was? Seeing the fulfillment Jennifer got from her own designs inspired me to just go for it. My first block was a Christmas tree. My next block was a train engine that I drew up for my sister after not being able to find a pattern I liked online. That is what led me to design my Hogwarts Express. I just kept going from there.

Do you have a favorite among your own designs? I am equally in love with my Hogwarts Castle & Durmstrang ship. The ship is available for download on Jennifer’s website, www.sewhooked.org, but I decided to keep the castle as my own block.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.? Where do I begin!?! God just blessed me with the crafty online community this fall & it has helped me so much! I would not be designing today if I had not discovered this community. Not to mention I probably would not be making my HP quilt right now either! I can go to YouTube & watch tutorials if I’m stuck on something; Jennifer has been amazing in answering so many questions that I’ve had about paper piecing & designing. The compliments people share with each other is so encouraging. It has inspired me to be a better crafter. I enjoy being able to share something I love with others who share the same passion! And I’m so happy to have found paper piecing. 🙂

What do you use to design your patterns?  Paper and pencil, a specific software, etc.  I hand draw all of my patterns using pencil & a ruler. I’ve tried & tried to get the computer drawing down. I can get the picture drawn, but can’t figure out how to get the seam allowance in there so old fashioned drawing it is for me!

find more of Jennifer Tanners’ patterns on the sewhooked Guest Designer page

Happy Quilting!

Guest Designer Spotlight: Julie Pyka

Patterns designed by Julie Pyka

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This week in the Guest Designer Spotlight is Julie Pkya.  Julie is a quilting gem I met through hp_paperpiecing.  The first block Julie shared with me was her Dobby, which remains one of my favorites she’s designed.  Her wonderful Howler block was the winner of the hp_paperpiecing Design A Harry Potter Paper Pieced Block Challenge.

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First name and where you’re from: Julie- San Diego, California

Website/blog/online store or other place where your patterns or photos of your work can be found? – patterns/pictures on sewhooked and just photos on yahoogroup, PCPiecers.

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting?  – I can’t remember when I first started quilting, but really the last two years I have become a more serious sewer. I started paper piecing this last summer. I made my first paper piece quilt called Crazy Birds.  (http://quiltmaker.com/currentissue/qatf13/project1/) and of course the Harry Potter blocks.

What do you use your own blocks for? – I make quilts that are usually lap size.

When did you start designing? – This past summer I started designing portraits of presidents.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern? – I was making a quilt top with my mom and grandmother were you take fat quarters and stack them together and for the number of fabrics the number of cuts you make. Then you shuffle and piece them back together. That’s when it dawned on me that this is exactly how paper piecing works.

Do you remember what your first design was? – My first pattern I designed was President Benjamin Harrison. I am planning on designing all of the United States presidents, but it will be awhile before I get them all drawn out.

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Do you have a favorite among your own designs? My favorite pattern is the Howler I designed for the September challenge.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.? – A few Yahoo groups and Sewhooked is really helping me grow. It wasn’t before joining and being active within these online communities that I have tried new techniques and expanded the level of difficulity. Now instead of whiping together straight sewing that takes a weekend I am putting a lot of work and have a lot more pride in my finished pieces.

What do you use to design your patterns?  Paper and pencil, a specific software, etc. – I start with pencil in paper and scan them into Adobe Photoshop CS. The online tutorial that you created really helped me figure out how to make it clean and perfessional. THANX!

find more of Julie’s patterns on the sewhooked Guest Designer Page

Happy Crafting!