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Closing Time

Dear friends, in case you missed my last video, this was my big announcement: I will be closing up the Sewhooked Pattern shop, hosted on Etsy, on December 31st.

I’ve had a blast designing and selling over the years. I registered Sewhooked as a business back in 2006 and I’ve been working at it ever since. I’ve sold patterns to magazines, & websites, but most of all, I’ve sold them independently through a changing landscape of internet sales and to a variety of quilt stores.

A lot has changed, both personally and in the quilting world, since I first started in this business as an independent designer. What has become increasingly clear to me is that it’s time for me to move on to other adventures. I’m not leaving quilting or crafting, but I am closing up shop and will no longer be actively designing and I will no longer be selling patterns. There are lots of reasons, some of which I talk about on last week’s Talk to Me Tuesday.

Some important points: I’m not “leaving” or going away. Sewhooked.com will continue to exist and will still be a quilt and craft blog, but it will no longer be a business.

My free patterns, including all of those on Fandom In Stitches, will continue to be available. I will still run fandominstitches.com, but will be looking for more help to keep the website up-to-date and the Facebook communities blossoming.

2020 will be a year for contemplating what’s next and how to best be the person I choose to be.

Now through noon on December 31, 2019 is your last chance to purchase the patterns listed in my shop.

Thanks for the love and support all the years! ūüíú

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol 13!

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Welcome to my EIGHTH Blog Tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! I’m excited to be back yet again for this very fun event!

Be sure to keep reading to the end to find out how to be entered to win today’s prize!

Paddlin by Jennifer Ofenstein

And here we are: You’ll find Paddlin’ on page 20 of Vol. 13!

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These birds were inspired by a design I created some years ago, but never published. It wasn’t quite right, but I loved the birds! If you look closely, you’ll see the “Momma” bird from Paddlin’ is sitting on the ground, while the “babies” are up on the line.

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Just for fun, I put together a small quilt idea using four blocks,, two of which are in mirror image. I just love the wreath-inside-a-window effect!

Just like all of my patterns, Paddlin’¬†was designed in¬†EQ7.

100 Blocks Vol 13

And now, I have the pleasure of giving away a free copy of this issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!  

To enter to win, simply comment below! It doesn’t get easier than that. ūüėČ

Only comments that include contact information will be eligible to win.

Get a personalized copy of Quiltmaker‚Äôs 100 Blocks Vol 13 from my Etsy shop. My supplies are limited, so order now! Please note that my copies haven’t arrived yet, so this is a pre-order. I’ve been assured they will arrive no later than early next week. Your copy will ship as soon as I have the magazines in my hot little hands!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the Blog Tour!

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My Favorite Things. a Block of the Month by Jennifer Ofenstein

Free Pattern Day is the first of every month during 2016!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 12 Blog Tour

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Welcome to my post for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 12 Blog Tour!

I’m extra excited to share today’s patterns because it’s not only one of my favorite things I’ve shared with Quiltmaker, but it’s one of my favorite patterns that I’ve ever designed!

I had such fun creating this block and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Be sure to keep reading to the end to find out how to be entered to win today’s prize!

Special Delivery block by Jennifer Ofenstein, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, 2016

Here it is: Special Delivery!

You’ll find this red-wearing fella and his sleigh full of presents on page 19 of Vol. 12.

See more of my Sunbonnet Sue designs.

Special Delivery block by Jennifer Ofenstein, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, 2016 To add a to the fun, I embellished my block with hand embroidery (patterns included in the magazine).

Special Delivery block by Jennifer Ofenstein, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, 2016

How about a snowflake? Here in Austin, Texas, it’s likely to be the only snow I see this year!

I also had a lot of fun playing with Special Delivery and combining this block with some of my other designs to see what kind of fun quilt layouts I could come up with.

Here are two of my favorites:

Table Runner idea with Special Delivery and On, Dasher! by Jennifer Ofenstein

Here, Special Delivery meets my reindeer block, On, Dasher! for a fun Christmas-themed table runner.

Quilt idea with Special Delivery and On, Dasher! by Jennifer Ofenstein

This layout is a bit more ambitious, with the same number of blocks as the table runner, but with the reindeer set in an arc. I just love this idea! Imagine this with a fun snowflake print fabric or lovely hand embroidered embellishments like oodles of snowflakes and reins for the reindeer team!

On, Dasher! A paper pieced pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein

Like On, Dasher? You can find him in my Craftsy Pattern Shop!

Just like all of my patterns, Special Delivery and the above fun layouts were designed in EQ.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, Fall 2015

And now, I have the pleasure of giving¬†away a free copy of this issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!¬†¬†

To enter to win, share your favorite winter activity in comments. Easy peasy!

Only comments that include contact information will be eligible to win.

Winner to be contacted Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Get a personalized copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 12 from my Etsy shop. My supplies are limited, so order now!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the Blog Tour!

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TTMT #340 – What’s a little noise?

31 Days of Halloween on sewhooked.com

Today’s video doesn’t have much in the way of Halloween (unless you count the end of the video!), I do hope you’ll forgive me! I’ll be back tomorrow with more¬†31 Days of Halloween!

Are you making projects from 31 Days of Halloween? Share your photos with my flickr group! There will be a fun surprise after Halloween for one lucky winner!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 11 Blog Tour!

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Welcome to my post for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 11 Blog Tour! I’m thrilled that you’re here and I’m super-duper extra excited to share my 6th 100 Blocks pattern!

Be sure to keep reading to the end to find out how to be entered to win today’s prizes!

My block in Vol. 11 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Introducing Sandbox Sisters! These two little gals are inspired by two of my friends, Amber & Jewells. Love ya, ladies!

You can find the Sisters hanging out on the top left side of page 25.

Sandbox Sisters

If these girls remind you of Sunbonnet Sue, that’s because she’s one of my absolute favorites to design! I love her so much, she and her friends have an entire page right here on Sewhooked.

I used Kona cotton for the background and lots of fun scraps for the rest. I just love how their little shovels and sandals turned out!

See more Sunbonnet Sue!

Sandbox Sisters, EQ version

This is what the girls looked like before I made them in fabric.

Just like all of my patterns, this block was designed in EQ.

And now, I have the pleasure of giving away not one, but two prizes!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 11. This is my sixth isssue!

First up is a free issue of Vol. 11 directly from Quiltmaker!

Quiltmaker Blog Tour Prize on sewhooked.com

The second prize will come directly from me and includes a beautiful bundle of fabric courtesy¬†of Debbie B. and two of my own patterns, Sir Gareth’s Dragon and In A Castle. ¬†I’m so excited to be able to give such gorgeous teal fabric away! Big thanks to Debbie for being so very generous!¬†ūüôā

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You can find both of the above patterns in my Craftsy Pattern Shop.

Two enter to win BOTH the free issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11 AND the Sewhooked prize, just comment below and let me know what your favorite spring activity is!

Only comments that include contact information will be eligible to win. Winners to be contacted Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Get a personalized copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 11¬†in my Etsy shop.

Supplies are limited.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the Blog Tour!

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TTMT #226 – Big Tees

In which I share some big news (hint…spoilers below!)!

Quilts from 100 Blocks, Fall 2013

 

 Corn Maze in Quilts from 100 Blocks

Quilts from 100 Blocks, Fall 2013

Corn quilting!
Corn Maze Basted

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Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 Blog Tour!

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol 6

Welcome, welcome!

November crept right up on me and here it is November 5 and time for my Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour post!

I’m so excited to be included in another fantastic issue of 100 Blocks!

Let’s do it!

Leave a comment by Nov. 11 and be entered to win a free copy of this issue.

How fun and easy is that?! 

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

I have a new friend to introduce to you today called Scarecrow Surprise!

This guy came about because I wanted something that said “autumn,” but was also playful and included a tiny bit of hand embroidery.

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

You can find Scarecrow Surprise on page 30 of¬†100 Blocks Vol. 6. And look there to the right…I’m super excited to have Scarecrow Surprise right next to a wonderful pattern by Charise from¬†Charise Creates! How awesome is that?

Scarecrow Surprise! In Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

Here’s something else fun… Scarecrow Surprise is on the cover, too!

*throws confetti*

He joins May Showers as 100 Blocks cover alumni!

Scarecrow Surprise!

What? You’re supposed to be scared of me!

I started with just a scarecrow, but after a couple of doodles, I quickly realized that he was a lonely old guy standing there all alone. I started thinking about what a scarecrow is actually supposed to do and I wondered how often a birds ignore the You Shall Not Land directive.

A lot, I bet!

 

Scarecrow Surprise! Penciled in face.

When I drafted this guy out, he had a plain face. After adding the bird to his shoulder, I realized what was missing…his reaction! Here it is penciled in on my first draft.

Scarecrow Surprise! Design in Progress

Here’s a little sneak peak of how the pre-published version of the pattern looked. Look, ma, no numbers!

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And, of course, I have to share some variations!

Above is Stonehenge Scarecrow, Feeling Blue Scarecrow and Warm Colors Scarecrow!

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 6 will be available at your local quilt shops and bookstores November 13 and I will be selling a limited amount of signed copies¬†in my etsy shop, so be sure to check back for that!

Come see me at¬†Honey Bee Quilt Store¬†in Austin, Texas, Sunday November 25 for a Quiltmaker’s 10o Blocks Vol. 6 magazine signing event! I will be signing magazines and sharing some of my other work!

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A Quick Announcement…

Join me for the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour from April 30 through May 4

On May 3, I will be talking about my block from this issue and there will be giveaways!

Also…

Save the date for May 12, 10 am – Noon. I will be at Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas for a 100 Blocks signing event and a trunk show of my quilty goodness! All of my hard copy patterns will be available for purchase through the store!

I am so excited!

Squee!

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Fat Quarterly Is Here!

Wow, wow, wow!

Your reaction to Braided Kaleidoscope was fantastic, thank you so much!

By far the number one question I’ve answered since Friday is “where do I get that pattern?!”

Braided Kaleidoscope for Fat Quarterly

Braided Kaleidoscope

Braided Kaleidoscope is available only in Fat Quarterly E-Zine, Issue 8.

The issue was available to subscribers on Friday and is available to everyone today, just look for the Buy Now button on this page!

I’ll be showing off the actual piece in tomorrow’s Talk To Me Tuesday. I think you’ll all be surprised when you see it’s actual size!

If you do make Braided Kaleidoscope, be sure to add it to the Fat Quarterly flickr (you know I love flickr!!) and please, please add it to the Sewhooked flickr, too. I’d love to feature your picture right here on Sewhooked!

Just a reminder that STITCHED workshops will now be available for a full year! That’s right, six more months of workshop awesomeness, giveaways and access to fabulous STITCHED instructors, including yours truly teaching you how to paper piece! If you’ve been hesitant to sign up for STITCHED, don’t be, because it’s a fantastically fun site full of wonderful workshops and community!

I hope to see you there!

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Workshops are open!

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Braided Kaleidoscope

Braided Kaleidoscope for Fat Quarterly

In recent weeks, I’ve been dubbed Teasing McTeaser by a good friend of mine.

You see, I keep dropping hints in my blog and on Talk To Me Tuesday (TTMT  for short) that I have would have something super awesome to share soon.

Finally, today, NOW, I get to share one of those awesome things! Yes, I said one…there will be more surprises in the weeks (and months!) to come!

Braided Kaleidoscope for Fat Quarterly

Braided Kaleidoscope

I designed a brand new 12″ paper pieced block for Fat Quarterly, a fantastic Ezine for quilters!

Issue 8 РPaper, is where you will find Braided Kaleidoscope (pg 29 & 30). Paper Piecing, English Paper Piecing and Freezer Paper all make an appearance and all the projects are just fantastic!

Subscribers can access their issue today, and it will be available for sale to non-subscribers on Monday. You can see the full (and very talented!) list of contributors right here.

If you do make Braided Kaleidoscope, be sure to add it to the Fat Quarterly flickr (you know I love flickr!!) and please, please add it to the Sewhooked flickr, too. I’d love to feature your picture right here on Sewhooked!

Last, but definitely NOT least, I have super-duper-awesome news about STITCHED! All workshops will now be available for a full year. That’s right, six more months of workshop awesomeness, giveaways and access to fabulous STITCHED instructors, including yours truly! If you’ve been hesitant to sign up for STITCHED, don’t be, because it’s a fantastically fun site full of wonderful workshops and community!

Have a very, very happy Friday!

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