I don’t have a lot of frequently asked questions, but will do the best to answer the ones I have.
If there’s something you need to know that isn’t listed here, feel free to comment or email me.
Where can I find your Published Work?
I have an in progress list of my published work under Ballyhoo.
Is your Harry Potter Quilt for sale or do you sell Harry Potter-related quilts?
All of my Harry Potter Quilts and related projects belong to my family.
I do not sell Harry Potter-related patterns, quilts, or quilted items out of respect for the J.K. Rowling’s copyright & intellectual property. To be very clear, because this is the number one question I’m asked: It’s illegal to sell anything branded Harry Potter (or anything else) without licensing, which I DO NOT have. All my Harry Potter-related patterns are free online as derivative art, shared with the understanding that it is to be used for personal and non-profit use only. You can find a quick reference to my Harry Potter projects here. The patterns are free on Fandom In Stitches.
Do you take commissions?
My schedule has gotten a bit crazy and I am no longer able to take commissions, but I do occasionally have handmade items available for sale in my etsy store.
Do you take requests for paper pieced patterns?
Occasionally, yes, but requests are currently closed. If you are looking for fandom-based patterns, check out the Fandom In Stitches Request page.
Can I sell items made from your patterns? Can I use them for non-profit purposes, like a swap or charity auction?
I do ask that you please do not sell items made from my patterns for profit. If you use my patterns, you are accepting my copyright and agree not to sell. This is standard for any pattern you’d get out of a book or magazine and also applies to internet patterns, both free and for sale, unless the patterns state otherwise.
Do you have special software for designing your patterns?
For many years, I did not use any kind of special software for designing patterns. Because I’m an artist first, and came to paper piecing from that background, I started by drawing all of my patterns in Adobe Photoshop. After years of drafting patterns, I started using Electric Quilt 7 in late 2010. I now draft all of my patterns in EQ7, but I still color and number all of my patterns in Photoshop. I have more about designing on the Paper Piecing page.
Who keeps up with your website? Is Sewhooked your first website?
That would be me, all by my lonesome! I take care of every aspect of Sewhooked, including all the mistakes you might find.
I started playing with HTML in 1995 or 96, back when everything was written in a text editor like Notepad. My first website was called Star Links and was a Star Trek fansite with reviews and links for, you guessed it, other ST fansites!. It’s been defunct since about 1999, which is when I created Jen’s Crochet & Crafts, which eventually became Sewhooked.
Will you post my crafts on your site?
If you’ve made crafts, quilts, etc. from the patterns here on Sewhooked, please add them to our flickr group and they could be featured on Sewhooked!
Do you know where I can find Harry Potter fabric?
Sadly, Harry Potter fabric, as of the moment I type this, is out of print. The licensing was formerly held by Spring Industries in the United States. They printed fabrics for Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. There has been no new licensed fabric since 2003.
HP licensing is extremely expensive, and it’s unlikely that a fabric manufacturer will want to invest that kind of money, especially now that all the Harry Potter books have been released. You can find the previously printed fabrics on ebay, and occasionally in online stores, but they can get very pricey. If you do shop online, be sure and double-check the size you are getting. I’ve seen fat quarters selling for as much as $15, which is an astounding $60/yard.
The scarcity and limited prints of HP fabric is what started my own sojourn into HP quilting. I wanted to make a Harry Potter quilt and couldn’t find any fabrics locally. Looking back over the last few years, I’m thankful that it was so hard to come by!