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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

irish flag 2016 Irish Flag

6″ x 8″ paper pieced pattern

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, my friends! Enjoy two free patterns on me…and don’t forget to wear green!

 

Sharmock

Shamrock

5″ paper pieced pattern

sewhooked.com March Flickr Prize
Our March drawing is for a fun set of fabric from the fabulous Vanda, all the way from South Africa!

The prize includes 20 cotton fabric pieces ranging in size from 5.5″ x 8″ to 10″ x 11″.

Visit Vanda at Quilt in Piece.

Entering to win is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll have one chance to win for each photo you share!

Want to sponsor a prize? Please drop me an email.

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, fun and support!

Have a great day!

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

 

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

TTMT #360 – All ‘Bout That Doom

sewhooked.com March Flickr Prize
Our March drawing is for a fun set of fabric from the fabulous Vanda, all the way from South Africa!

The prize includes 20 cotton fabric pieces ranging in size from 5.5″ x 8″ to 10″ x 11″.

Visit Vanda at Quilt in Piece.

Entering to win is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll have one chance to win for each photo you share!

Want to sponsor a prize? Please drop me an email.

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, fun and support!

Have a great day!

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

 

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

Night’s Reverie is back for 2016!

Night's Reverie, 2016 Update

After a year or more out of the spotlight (and out of the shop!), I’ve updated Night’s Reverie for 2016!

♥ Get Night’s Reverie on Craftsy ♥

This fun pattern was originally created in 2010 as a way to teach my local students how to freezer paper stencil.

This is a great pattern to practice stenciling and it now includes the option to hand embroider the design if you’d prefer.

With just a few elements, you can finish this simple wall hanging in no time!

Need to learn stenciling? More info here!

Night's Reverie, 2016 Update Night's Reverie, 2016 Update

Night’s Reverie 2016 Update, Stenciled with font variations.

Night's Reverie, 2016 Update Night's Reverie, 2016 Update

Night’s Reverie 2016 Update, Embroidered with font variations.

 

Original Night's Reverie

The original stenciled Night’s Reverie, created in 2010.

 

sewhooked.com February 2016 Flickr prize

Our February drawing will be for a custom quilt label professionally embroidered by Sarah’s Sewing Studio (photo soon!). Entering to win is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll be entered to win for each photo you share!

Want a quilt label? Get your own custom label for $9.95 (as shown with your name and recipient’s name) or $14.95 for additional text (for example, the name of your quilter). A two color option is also available. Contact Sarah’s Sewing Studio for more info. Make sure to tell her I sent you!

The March winner will be announced Friday, March 4, 2016 (that’s tomorrow!).

Want to sponsor a prize? Please drop me an email.

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, fun and support! This is absolutely optional and not required to participate in the BOM.

Happy stitching!

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

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

 

 

Catnip Lightsaber – Free Tutorial

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

In between Much More Important Things, I’ve been making kitty toys here and there for our cat family members.

Last weekend, I made something new, tubes of fabric filled with Poly-fil & catnip. They were easy to make and the cats love them.

Your kitten pic for the day. The Kitty Kickers have gone over extremely well!

While watching this little guy, 8 month old Iliad, and his brother Ramses, play with their catnip tubes, it occurred to me that they could be much, much more fun to watch!

Enter, CATNIP LIGHTSABERS!

Have I seen The Force Awakens recently?

Yes, twice. Why do you ask?😉

These aren’t much more complicated to make than the original single piece of fabric version. I made both shown here in about an hour, and that includes stopping to take pictures. Easy peasy!

As usual, this tutorial is for your personal & non-profit use. I would LOVE for you to make these both for your own kitties and your local shelter!

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

You’ll need:

  • 2 – 5″ x 8 1/2″ pieces of fabric in blue, red, or the lightsaber color of your choice
  • 2 – 5″ x 1 1/2″ pieces of grey or silver fabric
  • 1 – 5″ x 6 1/2″ piece of black or black printed fabric
  • Poly-fil or batting scraps
  • catnip (I used a leftover packet from a cardboard scratcher)
  • funnel
  • sewing machine
  • iron (not absolutely necessary, but helpful)

EDITED TO ADD: To make a solid cat kicking tube, use a 5″ x 23″ish piece of fabric and skip to the third instruction.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew together pieces as shown:

Blue>Grey>Black>Grey>Blue

Backstitching is recommended for stability.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Press all seam allowance in one direction.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Fold in half, with the black fabric in the center.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Lock the seams in with the opposite-facing seam allowance. Press.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Fold in half lengthwise. You now have a right sides both inside and out, giving you a “lining” for your lightsaber.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch around. Start on the “saber” end with raw edge to the end and nearest you.

Be sure to backstitch where the thread crosses in the corner.

Leave the folded end (black fabric) unstitched. This is where the stuffing will go.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Here’s what you should have now.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Trim seam allowance to a scant 1/4″ or so, cutting corners close. Here’s where that backstitching comes in!

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Using the method of your choice, turn the tube so the seam allowance is inside.

I use a large crochet hook to help with the process.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Here it is, ready to stuff!

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Alternate catnip and Poly-Fil, stuffing as needed. A funnel will make this much easier. A cat will not!

(This tutorial is Marie approved.)


Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

The crochet hook I used earlier worked a treat for squishing everything in.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

I used two or three tablespoons of catnip total, making sure there was plenty at each end.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

To save yourself a little grief, make sure you end with stuffing or you’ll have catnip all over your sewing machine.

Don’t ask me how I know.😉

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Keeping the seam to one side, flatten the end. Because this is a fold, you don’t have to worry about raw edges.

This can be hand stitched, but I chose machine stitching for durability.

Are you the happy owner of Wonder Clips? They are not necessary, but very helpful to hold the end closed.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

Stitch across and back a few times.

Catnip Lightsaber Tutorial on sewhooked.com

A very secure closure and we’re done!

Jedi Iliad

Iliad is a Jedi, like his father before him.

Sith Ramses

Ramses is too cute to be a Sith Lord.

Ramses & Iliaid Catnip Lightsaber face off

Hours of entertainment for kitties and humans alike!

January 2016 Flickr Prize for sewhooked.com

Want a chance to win a fun, free prize each month during 2016? It’s easy! Make today’s tutorial  and share it with my flickr group. You’ll be entered to win for each photo you share! Winners to be announced on the first Friday of each month.

Want to sponsor a 2016 prize? Please drop me an email.

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, fun and support!

That’s that, my friends! I hope you enjoyed today’s free tutorial!

 

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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 

Turkey Talk Sale Extended!

Turkey Talk from Sewhooked

Today only SALE EXTENDED!! Get Turkey Talk, a pattern to paper piece and embroider from my Craftsy shop, for just $2.95 (regularly $5.95).

Turkey Talk alternative blocks

Make just the Turkey Talk block for a quick and easy Thanksgiving project!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12, Fall 2015

The winner of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from last week’s Blog Tour is Mary Fredrichs. Congrats, Mary!

I still have a few copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol 12 in my Etsy shop. I’m happy to personalize a copy for you today!

 

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 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 

My Favorite Things 2016!

My Favorite Things 2016 Block of the Month sewhooked.com

I’ve been teasing the 2016 Sewhooked project for some weeks now and I just can’t wait another day!

Beginning January 1, 2016 and each month for the rest of next year, I will be sharing My Favorite Things!

My Favorite Things will include 12 patterns to paper piece in both 6″ and 12″ as well as a number of bonus blocks to mix and match your own favorites.

On the first day of each month, you’ll have the opportunity to download that month’s pattern for free. After the first day, each pattern will be available for a small fee from my Craftsy Pattern Shop, with the entire block set available for sale by December.

I plan to include instructions for at least one possible layout to create a quilt from your blocks, but knowing me, I will have more than one by the time we get to December!

I hope you’ll join me in 2016 for what I hope will be a super fun event!

My Favorite Things 2016 Block of the Month sewhooked.com

Plan to play along? Copy & paste to your blog!

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group to Quilt Along with our community in 2016!

I am currently looking for sponsors for monthly giveaways for participants. If you’d like to sponsor a month, please drop me an email.

Happy stitching!

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Craftsy | Etsy

Facebook | Sewhooked FB | Sewhooked Facebook Group

Instagram | Flickr | Twitter | PinterestBloglovin

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

Coming January 2016