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Free Pattern Friday – Simple Book


Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

Today’s freebie is an updated version of one of my earliest patterns, Simple Book. This easy to piece book dates back to well before I had tackled turning my daughter’s Harry Potter bookcase mural into The Project of Doom.

Pattern included for 5″ & 10″ versions.



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Ties That Bind – Blog Hop Tour

Marie Bostwick Blog Hop Tour

Welcome to my post for Ties That Bind Blog Hop Tour hosted by Michele Foster and Quilting Gallery to celebrate the release of  Marie Bostwick‘s new book, Ties That Bind!

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Michele invited 10 bloggers to participate, each of which received an advanced copy of Marie’s book and was then asked to answer a few fun questions on their own blogs. Each blogger also shared photos and the story of a baby quilt each one has made, to be posted on Michele’s site, Quilting Gallery.

Each blogger is giving away a copy of Ties That Bind, so make sure you visit all the blogs on the list below for more chances to win!

If you enter to win here on Sewhooked, you’ll have TWO chances to win because I’m also giving away my copy that I received as part of this event! My winners will also receive a FREE Sewhooked pattern of the winner’s choice. It’s super easy to win, just leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve read any of Marie’s books. Winners will be chosen on May 2!

As part of the celebration, you can get 15% off your total purchase from the Sewhooked Shop with coupon code TIESTHATBIND through May 2! Offer not valid on Craftsy or Etsy.

Ties That Bind, Marie Bostwick

Book Synopsis: 

Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to match-make even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she’s made in New Bern; she just never thought she’d still be single on her fortieth birthday.

It’s a shock to the entire town when Phillip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in—finding ways to ease the townspeople’s burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot’s family apart, that bond—and the help of her quilting sisterhood—will prove a saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the surprising detours woven into life’s fabric that provide its richest hues and deepest meaning…

Michele asked each blogger to answer some fun questions…here are my answers!

1. What drew you into the book? 

I’ve always been interested in psychology and picking apart the reasons people do the things they do, the same is true with any character-driven novel.

2. Which character did you identify with? Give one reason as to why.  

I can’t say I really identified with a single character, but I certainly can relate to working in a quilt store (which I have done) and having one’s sewing friends be such an important part of everyday life.

3. If this is the first book of the series that you have read – will you be reading the rest now?      

This is the first book in this series I’ve read. It’s way outside of my usual genre choices (I’m a historical mystery and fantasy/sci-fi girl!), so I can’t say for sure if I’ll read more, but anything is possible!

4. In 5 words or less state why someone NEEDS to read this novel. 

Easy read about quilters.

5. Did you take a beginner quilting class when you first started out? What was it like and did it inspire you to continue quilting?

I did not take a beginning class. I learned to quilt as part of The Linus Connection, the blanket making charity I volunteer for. When I first started volunteering for Linus, my blankets were exclusively crocheted. I already sewed, but had never quilted. A quilting friend encouraged me to join in at a sewing day for our charity and the rest is indeed history!

6. Have you made a baby or toddler quilt? Share the photo and story if you like. 

This story also appears on Quilting Gallery as part of the Blog Tour, but I just can’t resist sharing it here, too!

Cat's Quilt for Eoin, 2012

Because I learned to quilt by volunteering for a blanket making-charity, The Linus Connection, I started with baby quilts and have made many over the years, so coming up with an extra-special baby quilt took an extra bit of thinking! When I think back to the baby quilt that stands out in my memory the most, it is the quilt that my group of sewing friends made for our friend Catherine.
My friends and I live in the Austin, Texas area. Catherine is from Australia. I met her online many years ago through a Harry Potter craft group. She and I became fast friends and online quilting buddies, and eventually, she flew to Austin to visit. My sewing circle adopted her immediately and now she’s a friend to us all. When her first child was born, we all worked together to make a quilt for her.
Catherine is an Engineer and used to work on construction sites. With that in mind, we created a construction-themed quilt using a pattern from a book one of our sewing circle has. Each of us made blocks, and we finished the quilt top at our group’s annual quilt retreat. We each took on jobs of quilting, stitching the binding and making the label. It was a real group effort and meant a lot to us to be able to do this special thing for our friend on the other side of the world!
Ties That Bind Blog Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, April 24
Michele – Quilting Gallery
*Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works
*Wendy – Ivory Spring

Wednesday, April 25
*Jennifer – Sewhooked (You’re here!)
*Erin – One Piece at a Time

Thursday, April 26
*Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc.
*Sandi – A Legacy of Stitches

Friday, April 27
*Michele – With Heart and Hands
*Melissa – Lilac Lane

Saturday, April 28
*Melissa – Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
*Kim – Crafty Apple

Deb Tucker from Studio 180 Designs created this adorable Hide and Seek Baby Quilt to go with the book. The pattern will be available as a free download to those who are registered reading friends at Marie’s website.

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

If it’s your first time to visit Sewhooked, I do hope you’ll stop by again! I’m currently hosting a Blog Hop with a free paper pieced pattern every day for the month of April, each one designed by a different awesome designer!

Next week, I’ll be part of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 5 Blog Tour! Stop by again to see my block and enter a giveaway for a free copy of  the newest edition of 100 Blocks on May 3!



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Give Paper Piecing A Chance

Wingless Wyrm - original paper pieced design

Wingless Wyrm available in the sewhooked shop

Hello, my name is Jennifer, and I am a paper piecer.

And a paper pieced designer.

And I teach paper piecing online and in real life.

And I talk about it on my blog, vlog, and to anyone that will listen.

And I run several paper piecing communities and belong to several others.

Okay, how about a paper piecing addict?

It’s true, it’s true, I love paper piecing. LOVE. Capital, bold and highlighted, burn-your-eyeballs-out-huge-flashing font love!

What is it about paper piecing? I can’t speak for others, but I can speak for me.

Paper piecing is, as you may or may not know, a quilting technique that produces a perfect mirror image in fabric of whatever pattern you may be attempting.

When I say perfect, I mean perfect. Whatever you see on the pattern is what your fabric will be when it’s done.

I love the intricacies of paper piecing, the way I can choose to make my design appear any way I want, how I can tweak this line or that to make the appearance of the finished pieced express whatever it is I want to express.

Mostly, I just love the control I have over the art I’m creating.  Traditional patterns are great, but I loved to be tested, pushed and challenged.  I love to be different and to bring all my friends, old, new and not-yet-met along for the quilty ride.

For years, I worked on Harry Potter Paper Piecing as a fan of J.K. Rowling’s work.  I cut my teeth on those patterns.  They have been a gift to me as much as they have been my gift back to the fandom that has given me so very much.  These days, I feel a bit like the Mother of HP Paper Piecing, beaming with pride every time I get an email saying “I’m learing to paper piece just to make your patterns!”  or there is a new designer that starts creating their own patterns after trying mine.  There’s no way to express how amazing that feels!

Since 2007, I’ve been working on a book of original, never-before-published designs.   The manuscript is in rough draft stage and every block and sample piece is completed.  I’m insanely proud of the work as being not only fun and whimsical, but original and interesting, too.    I was briefly contracted for my book, and then the recession hit and ripped my contract right from under my feet.  Since then, I’ve been sending my proposal to an increasingly longer list of publishers, with one negative after another.

It has, in a word, been frustrating.  Paper piecing is what I do.  I love other crafts, but it owns me.   I make it, teach it and share it.   It’s the one craft that I could not live without.

Will I give up?  Heck no!  I’m exploring other options as I continue to plow through the list of publishers until I find one that fits and sees my work as new and exciting instead of “not mainstream.”

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