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Jack and Few Other Thing

Union Jack, paper pieced

Union Jack

5″ x 8″ paper pieced

a free pattern designed for Fandom In Stitches


One of the great joys of running a fandom website like Fandom In Stitches is the never ending variety of requests. On any given day, there are over 100 requests in the spreadsheet that the FiS Designers share.

This freebie is one such pattern.

I have to admit, the Union Jack, as well as a whole slew of other flags, is included in the patterns that come with EQ7, the design software that I use to design most of my patterns. There are actually a ton of patterns in the software that can be used, adapted, etc. What I did with this was to change the size, color and number the pattern and make it available as a PDF so it’s free and easy to use.

The Union Jack is just the tip of the iceberg for my recent free design work. I’ve been furiously going through my older patterns and updating them one at a time. You’ll find those under Free Patterns with the notation “updated 2014.”

I started designing at the end of 2004 or so, and many of my patterns haven’t been updated since then. Back in those days, I drew everything out in Photoshop. Those early patterns are still quite usable, but they aren’t as clean and easy to read as my current patterns. I suppose it’s obvious to say that I’ve improved a lot in the ten years I’ve been designing quilt patterns! With that in mind, I’m updating everything to fit with my current style and to make it much easier for you to use.

Here are just a few of the updates you’ll find. Click on the image to go to the pattern. For even more updates, check out Free Patterns . These will also be added to Craftsy, as time permits.

Sea Turtle 2014 update Bats 2014 update Happy Bee, 2014 simple apple 2014Turtle inspired by queenmlv
There are more pattern updates on the way, posted as I have time to get them online!
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If you love my free patterns, then I’d ask if you’d very kindly considering buying a pattern or two from my Craftsy shop. Selling patterns is how I am able to continue to do and share all the things I do and I appreciate each and every sale!
Share your projects made from any Sewhooked pattern with the Sewhooked flickr group in September, including Paper Piecing Vintage, and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends, Set 1: Monster Madness. The set includes 5″ patterns for all the classic monsters shown…just in time for Halloween!

TTMT #253 – Post-Retreat Extravaganza!

In This Video:

2014 UFO To Do List

  1. HP Swap Quilt
  2. Vintage Quilt Top
  3. Churn Dash Quilt
  4. 10 Minute Block Quilt – Completed & donated to The Linus Connection
  5. PoD Signature Quilt – Done!
  6. TABABOM Signature Quilt
  7. Embroidered Flower Quilt
  8. Topsy Turvy Trees
  9. Australia Quilt – fabric measured and organized
  10. Flannel orphan blocks – Completed & donated to The Linus Connection
  11. Mustachio
  12. Misc. Blocks (orphan, blog hops, etc.) – four quilt tops made for donation!
  13. Garden Party blocks – quilt top made, needs quilting & binding. For donation.
  14. NAWWAL
  15. Wedding Quilt Orphan Blocks  – Completed & donated to The Linus Connection
  16. 80s T-Shirts

And, just for fun:

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Find all of my for sale patterns

(and many of my free ones!) 

exclusively on Craftsy,

including 72 individual block designs

that will be $2 for the rest of March!

sewhooked flickr prize march 2014
Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group in March and you’ll have a chance to win Bonnie Hunter’s awesome book String Fling as well as a copy of my pattern Aces High!


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That’s 24 patterns for just $12!

TTMT #103 – 359 Days

It literally took me ALL DAY to upload this video. Between a faulty internet connection and a really long video, I thought I would miss my first Tuesday since starting TTMT in 2009! Fortunately, I did *not* miss posting on Tuesday and I hope the video is worth the wait.

Herein lies massive post-quilt-retreat Show & Tell! There will be a photo post in the near future. I’m just waiting for a wee bit of sunshine so I can get fabulous out-of-doors photos!

New Project of Doom block tomorrow!



Paper Piecing: Bee-Treat

Bee-TreatBee-Treat 6″ & 12″ Pattern

$2.95 on Craftsy

Bee Treat

I am an extraordinarily lucky woman.    Every year, I go with my group of quilting friends for a long weekend of sewing, eating and giggling.  We join forces in a house by the lake and leave the world behind.  I honestly don’t know where I’d be without these women in my life.  They inspire, encourage and bring loads (and LOADS) of laughter to my life.

There is a wall in the house where we have left mementos of previous years’ retreats.  So far, all of them have been made by Shirley, one of the wonderful ladies in my group.

This year, Shirley issued a challenge.  We were all to make a 6″ block out of our communal scrap basket.  These blocks will go into a quilt that will hang on the wall next year.

Quilt Retreat 2009

previous years’ quilts made by Shirley, along with a bonus applique birdhouse by Osie (bottom right)

On the last night of retreat, we all set to work.  The basket of scraps was dumped and we started to choose fabrics.  We were unusually quiet as we went about planning our blocks.  I pulled out my graph paper and started to draw.  Normally, I design my patterns in Photoshop, so hand drawing my pattern was a challenge in itself.  After about 20 minutes of sketching, I was ready to sew!

We sewed, and sewed and were very secretive about what we were doing!  We waited a respectful distance to use the ironing board, holding our blocks close to us so no one could see.  The whole plan was for what we made to be a surprise.

Even though we’d planned to take our time, none of us did, and a small work-frenzy took place that lasted no time at all.

When the last one of us said “done” we shared our work.

Quilt Retreat 20092009 Retreat Block Challenge

extra pinwheel blocks on top; L-R Top:  by Osie and Linda;

Middle Row: Marylin and Shirley; Bottom Row: Marge and Jennifer

We all had fun with our Block Challenge and loved seeing what everyone made.  There’s an inside joke here and there in the blocks, not the least of which are the giggles surrounding the projects these scraps came from.

Now, I wonder what we’ll make next year?

Quilt Retreat 2009Bee Friends L-R:  Jennifer (me!), Linda, Osie, Shirley & Marge
front:  our hostess with the mostess, Marylin

In honor of these wonderful ladies and the fun we always have at retreat, I’ve named my 6″ block Bee-Treat.

If you make any pattern or craft from Sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo.  Add it to the sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win a prize!

Happy crafting!