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New Pattern! French Macarons to Paper Piece or Hand Embroider

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Fresh from the Sewhooked Suggestion box, with BIG thanks to Robin B for the idea, I’m pleased to share French Macarons, a new pattern now available in my Craftsy Shop.

This pattern is dedicated o $10+ Patron Susan Pepper. Thank you for your support, Susan!

This $2.95 pattern includes:

  • 6 – 4” x 6” individual Macarons patterns to make a 12” pattern to paper piece (12 1/2” unfinished)
  • 10” design to hand embroider (stitch on 12 1/2” or larger fabric)

Get it on Craftsy

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Robin’s suggestion was for French Macarons to paper piece. I wanted a simple way to make as many of these delectable treats as you wanted for your quilt, so instead of designing an overall block, I went for something more modular. Make as many as you like. Make them one color or mix it up for a fun, colorful selection!

I’ve also been wanting to include more hand embroidered designs in my patterns. The embroidery is included here as a bonus to see how you like it as an option. If hand embroidery is something you’d like to see more of my patterns, let me know!

 

 

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Coming in September!

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 – Coconut Candy Crochet Baby Blanket

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

Today is the final freebie for the month of May designed especially for The Linus Connection.

In the distant, far, far away time of 2005, my website was called Jen’s Crochet & Crafts. There were at that time, way more crochet than crafts, and the very beginning of my quilting adventures!

Coconut Candy was posted to that long ago web site and has been along for the ride ever since. I’ve made several for The Linus Connection over the years, some multicolored, some not.

Working on today’s post led me to revisit my Ravelry page, something I haven’t done in a long, long time. I spent a little time there updating links and making sure all the patterns actually went somewhere. It seems a long time ago that I was almost exclusively designing crochet projects!

I hope you’ll enjoy today’s yummy pattern. ♥

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Get this free pattern on Craftsy

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Save/Print from Google Drive

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Add to your Ravelry queue

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Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. 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.

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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…

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PPV 2017 – Block 9

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

It’s our first block to make for the month of May!

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. If you already own this pattern, you are ready to go!

A Note from Jennifer:

Individual blocks now 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 8 below.)

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The following is the September 2014 block (Block 9 for us) made for my 1930’s vintage fabric-inspired version of this quilt (above).

See a video about the original PPV!

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Today’s pattern, Block 9 (September 2014), is Beggar’s Block. You can find it beginning on page 42 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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I have a confession to make. This is not the first block I made for my Halloween version of Paper Piecing Vintage. I had the great idea of fussy cutting some cute Halloween print that I had. It was a little larger than the other prints I used, but I thought it would be fine, so I rolled with. Unfortunately, the black on white fabric I chose was also too busy and, oh boy, was it not fine (see block below). I found the block to be way too busy and really not what I wanted for this quilt, and I ultimately decided on a do-over. The block with the sweet little skull and crossbones you see above was my second version and I am much, much happier with it. Oh, what a difference print size makes!

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Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. 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.

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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

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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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Happy sewing!
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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.

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Get just the fourth block for $2.95 on Craftsy

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

CRAFTSY or ETSY

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Free Pattern Friday – Let Me Give You a Hand!

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Welcome back for a BIG Free Pattern Friday.

Today I’m sharing several patterns in a theme!

If you’ve ever met me in “real life” or watched my Talk to Me Tuesday videos, you’ll know that I express myself with my hands. I’ve been known to accidentally smack unsuspecting passers by with my exuberant communications. Oops!

Last week, a request took my fancy (something that doesn’t happen very often) and I decided to give it a try. The result is a new hand-themed design, but it certainly isn’t my first!

I also have a guest designer this week, fellow Talk to Me Tuesdayer and Fandom in Stitches Designer, Vanda Chittenden!

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First up is this 5″ paper pieced Hand. It’s a fairly simple design with a very simple name. I’ve seen it adapted for many, many quilts, including some fun fandom-themed ones! Somewhere out there is a four-fingered version that was added to a Lord of the Rings quilt. If you anyone knows where I can find that photo, please leave the link in comments. 😛

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

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Save/Print from Google Drive

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Created by request many years ago, ASL I Love You is a 6″ paper pieced pattern. I’d say this one is self-explanatory. ♥

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Created by request just last week, this 10″ paper pieced pattern symbolizes strength and solidarity.

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Like most things fandom, I LOVE Star Trek. I asked Vanda Chittenden if I could share this awesome  10″ pattern today because it just makes sense to include it in a post all about hands! Find it on Fandom in Stitches under Star Trek, on Vanda’s website, Quilt in Piece, or go directly to the pattern with the link below.

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Last but not least, is one of my own patterns from Fandom in Stitches, the Hand of Glory. Adapted as an option for my Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt, The Project of Doom, this is a 5″ pattern to paper piece.

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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 – Giraffe

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Hello, friends! Welcome once again to Free Pattern Friday!

It’s been a fun month of sharing free patterns and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

Today I’m sharing a pattern I designed for a friend ages ago. This was one of the first paper pieced patterns I incorporated embroidery into. See those tiny horns and the eye? French knots! You can also use a dot of fabric paint or marker if you’re not a fan of embroidery.

Pattern finishes 5″ or can be enlarged using Adobe Reader.

 

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Get this free pattern on Craftsy

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Save/Print from Google Drive

Pro-Tip: Add-A-Quarter & Add-An-Eighth rulers are SUPER helpful when paper piecing a block with tiny pieces. The video above shows the new Add-A-Quarter Plus.

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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TTMT #408 – Heart Day!

In this video:

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Get just the third block plus bonus 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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