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Block 5 - Our Little House

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PPV 2017 Quilt Along Block 5

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

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 (previously $12). If you already own this pattern, you are ready to go!

Individual blocks 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 5 below.)

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The following is the May 2014 block (Block 5 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 5 (May 2014), is Our Little House. You can find it beginning on page 22 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

Block 5 - Our Little House

I’ve been saving these sweet and happy ghosts just for this block.

Because you know… haunted house! ♥

I love how fun each Halloween-themed block is coming out.

Now, to get back to cutting out piano keys so I don’t have to do them all in June!

 

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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…

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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.

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Happy sewing! Let me know how it goes for you and I’ll see you tomorrow for Talk to Me Tuesday!

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Free Pattern Friday – 16% Irish

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Welcome back again for Free Pattern Friday!

Let’s get a little bit personal.

For my birthday last year, I ordered a DNA kit from Ancestry. I’ve dabbled in genealogy off and on for years and I grew up hearing family stories, but there wasn’t much about where our family immigrated from before landing in Texas. I had always been curious, so DNA!

As it turns out, my ancestors were Very British, and Little Bit Irish, with a dash of Scandinavian.

Do you think they make a “Kiss Me, I’m 16% Irish” tees?

Today, in honor of my 16%, and of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 (a week from today), I have two Ireland-inspired free patterns to share.

Enjoy! ☘

irish flag 2017

A 6″ x 8″ pattern to paper piece, this little flag is SUPER fast and easy. It would also work for a variety of other flags by simply switching out the colors as needed.

Check out this Flags of the World Factbook from the CIA. Seriously.

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Shamrock 2017

Whatever you call it, this shape is kind of everywhere and on everything during March. I have found one four leaf clover in my life. Also, I kind of love the word Shamrock. It’s a good word! 5″ paper pieced.

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

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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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The Project of Doom, a Short History

#throwbackthursday -  the inspiration for the first #projectofdoom #harrypotter #quilt is this mural I painted in my daughter's room when she was 8 years old. She's 21 now. You can find my #pod2015 and #pod2011 patterns for free on sewhooked.com and fando

In 2002, I painted a Harry Potter-inspired mural in my daughter’s room. While creating the mural, I added things that I thought might be found on a Hogwarts bookcase, including Crookshanks, an owl, a crystal ball, quills, the Sorting Hat and, of course, textbooks.

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In 2004 or so, I learned to design paper pieced patterns and very shortly thereafter began work on My Magical Lens, my first Harry Potter-inspired quilt. It’s a small quilt made entirely from 5″ blocks I designed myself.

Because I was designing and piecing and working and still making loads of other things all at the same time, I didn’t finish MML until 2007, when I showed it for the first time at Phoenix Rising, a Harry Potter conference in New Orleans.

I continued to craft and design and grow my abilities as a designer. Somewhere in there, I signed a book deal and later had it canceled. Not long after, I turned back to fandom for love and support, which is a great way to heal a broken heart.

The idea to create a bookcase quilt based on the one I’d painted in my daughter’s room had been in the back of my mind for a long time and I desperately needed some craft therapy.

I realized right away that I’d already designed many of the items I’d want to include for My Magical Lens. What I’d need to do next was to figure out how to incorporate them.

2011 Project of Doom by Jennifer Ofenstein

I learned to use EQ7 in 2010 while designing the PoD. I started with a picture of the mural and grew the quilt one 10″ block at a time. I thought, and still think, that it’s less daunting when broken into manageable chunks.

By the time I’d finished the design and the individual block patterns, I had decided that there was nothing I wanted more than to share the quilt with my fellow Harry Potter fans. The quilt was now dubbed “The Project of Doom” for both the amount of time I’d put into it and also because I planned to stop designing Harry Potter patterns after I completed it.

Little did I know that this quilt would change my life and still be going strong in 2017! The Project of Doom, indeed.

The 2011 Project of Doom was hosted on Harry Potter Paper Piecing, my first fandom-themed quilt group.

You can still see all the original PoD posts, including photos of those first quilts made by our group in 2010.

The quilt along gained so much attention that it was overloading the previous incarnation of Sewhooked. My website was constantly down from all the downloads! That led me to start Fandom in Stitches as a way to support my own fandom patterns as well as the quilting community that was beginning to grow up around fandom-inspired quilts. All Fandom in Stitches patterns remain absolutely free for personal & non-profit use.

The Livejournal group slowly faded away, but the PoD did not.

You can find The Project of Doom patterns free right here on Sewhooked or in my Craftsy Pattern Shop (free to download, of course).

Find my PoD patterns plus more awesome bookcase designs from other Fandom designers on Fandom in Stitches.com.

We have a Facebook group over 2,000 members strong where there is always someone quilting along!

AAQG QuiltFest, Austin, TX Sept 2012

The original PoD has since done a little bit of traveling and been on display several times. My favorite photo of its adventures is this one taken at the Austin Area Quilt Guild’s 2012 Quilt Show. I stood back for a long time watching the crowd mingle around the quilt and I stood in awe and was a bit overwhelmed by the reaction it evoked. Despite the popularity of the quilt, I was just beginning to understand the reaction it was having on others.

The PoD won three awards from this show:

  • Overall Award: Creativity (large quilts)
  • Overall Award: Judge’s Choice
  • Honorable Mention: Two Person Quilts (quilted by Shannon Shaw)

The Project of Doom for Charity

Since finishing the original PoD, I’ve been involved in creating a number as part of group projects for various charitable causes.

The above quilt was made by Fandom in Stitches community members in 2013 and raffled off to support The Linus Connection. Quilted by Shannon Shaw.

Make A Wish Project of Doom by the Fandom In Stitches Quilting Community

The above quilt was created in conjunction with Harry Potter Crafts over on Yahoo! They were contacted by someone from Make-A-Wish for help creating Harry Potter inspired goodies for Samantha. She was going through chemo at the time.

All blocks were made and donated by Fandom in Stitches community members. Completed by me.

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Samantha receiving her quilt in 2014.

 

Project of Doom Mini Quilt

I’ve also completed a fair few mini-PoDs for The Linus Connection.

Fandom in Stitches and Project of Doom group members have sent me a plethora of extra blocks, “redos” and orphans left from their own projects. Quilts range in date from 2012 – 2016.

And yeah, I’ll still take your extras. Email me for my address. 🙂

Two Friday #finishes for #TheLinusConnection! We have been running under an extreme shortage, so I'm using all my spare time working on quilts to donate. The left quilt was made entirely from #scraps. The right quilt was made from my own Project of Doom p

Donated to The Linus Connection (also, apparently the only photo I have of this one!)

1 of 2! On #talktometuesday today, #projectofdoom for charity. Blocks designed, tops pieced, and quilts bound by me.  Blocks made by the #pod Facebook group! To be donated to @thelinusconnection. Quilted by sarahssewingstudio.com.  #freepatterns on @fando

Donated to The Linus Connection.

2 of 2! On #talktometuesday today, #projectofdoom for charity. Blocks designed, tops pieced, and quilts bound by me.  Blocks made by the #pod Facebook group! To be donated to @thelinusconnection. Quilted by sarahssewingstudio.com. #freepatterns on @fandom

Donated to The Linus Connection.

Late in 2014, due to growing interest, I decided to reboot the Project of Doom for Fandom in Stitches as a quilt along. My long time friend and pattern tester, Amber Lowery helped me as I went through every single block from the original pattern looking for ways to make them easier to piece.

She received a relentless number of messages from me about new block ideas. The original 30 blocks grew to almost 80 and I added a new castle layout with several variations.

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The reaction was huge. The Facebook group grew from a few hundred to over a thousand within a few weeks. I was invited to design for other events and I was even invited to be a guest on Pat Sloan’s podcast. Talk about star struck!

2015 was not all sunshine and roses. We had a number of deaths in the family. There were other stressful things, as there always are. The PoD quilt along kept me going. It kept me grounded and reminded me constantly that art can save us. Craft can keep us sane.

The Facebook group continues to grow and a number of other awesome Fandom designers have contributed their own designs to mix and match with mine (scroll down on this page to see them). There seems to be an infinite variety of ways to interpret what I once thought of as a fairly simple Harry Potter inspired quilt.

Have I mentioned that this quilt has changed my life? The community and friendships, the charity and love, and the sheer joy that these quilts have brought to so many have been the highlight of my creative life.

Project of Doom for my sister, bound, labeled and ready to gift! Quilted by sarahssewingstudio.com. Designed by me. Free patterns on sewhooked.com and fandominstitches.com. So happy to see this completed! #projectofdoom #fandominstitches #harrypotter #pod

Finally, I pieced two quilts during the 2015 event, one for my sister (the purple one above), which I completed and gave to her in 2015. Hers was quilted by Sarah’s Sewing Studio.

In 2015, I rebooted my #projectofdoom for @fandominstitches as a #qal with the help of my friend and pattern tester, @hp5freak. I pieced two quilts during the event, one for my sister, which I completed and gave to her in 2015, and one for me, made entire

My own top was almost completed in 2015.

Then it sat and waited while I ran other events, hosted other quilt-alongs, designed other patterns.

And waited. And I then had surgery and it waited some more.

Then I added the castle top, the only thing left to piece. It waited a little more.

I finally started quilting it in November.

The quilting and binding was finished a few weeks ago, but it still wasn’t “done.”

After hearing a compelling story about unlabeled quilts last year, I’ve made a promise to myself to label every quilt I make.

Finally, finally labeled. That means it's done, done! #projectofdoom #pod2015

As of last night, it is finally, FINALLY finished.

My own 2015 Project of Doom has officially taken it’s rightful place on my sofa for lots and LOTS of future snuggles.

Designed, pieced, quilted (and quilted and quilted!), bound and labeled all by me. I created the label in Embrilliance Essentials. The candle is a design from EQ Stitch.

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Now, I want to talk about THIS Project of Doom.

This one was not made by me. It was made by the fantastic Jennifer Rowles, a fellow Fandom in Stitches designer. She pieced and quilted this beauty as a fundraiser to help a 13-year-old girl that really needs a new kidney.

I mean, what better cause could there be?

Want a chance to win this Project Of Doom Harry Potter-inspiredbookcase quilt AND help 13-year-old Kenzie get the new kidney she needs?

Donate $5 to Kenzie’s GoFundMe and get one chance to win.

Donate $20 and get FIVE chances to win.

Drawing on March 25, 2017
DONATE HERE

You can find The Project of Doom patterns free right here on Sewhooked.

Find my PoD patterns plus more awesome bookcase designs from other Fandom designers on Fandom in Stitches.com.

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TTMT #411 – Just a Peep

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Free Pattern Friday – Peeps Bunnies!

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Welcome back again for Free Pattern Friday!

Spring is in the air here in Texas, so for the next couple of weeks, let’s celebrate the new flowers and buds on the trees!

Also, BUNNIES.

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Originally designed for the Spring Fling Blog Hop back in 2013, I have never stopped loving these Peeps!

Make a whole bunch of Peeps Bunnies to make a 10″ (finished) block, or make just one for a 2 1/2″ x 5″ finished Peep Bunny.

You can also get WILD and crazy and enlarge the pattern for one giant Peep or an entire bunny quilt!

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

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!

Peeps! 10" paper pieced pattern

Hungry for Marshmallow Peeps? You can buy anything on Amazon…

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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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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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Happening now: My 2017 Quilt-Along: Paper Piecing Vintage.

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Get just the fourth block for $2.95 on Craftsy

OR

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CRAFTSY or ETSY

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