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TTMT #450 – Bit of This, Bit of That

…in which I’m MUCH better rested!

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31 Days of Halloween – Mixed Spice & Pumpkin Cake

31 Days of Halloween on sewhooked.com

We’re doing something a little bit different today on 31 Days of Halloween!  Below, you’ll find a fun recipe and video from my dear friend and fellow TTMTer, Cat Magraith.

The following Talk to Me Tuesday is a much-watch, with Cat’s young daughter Tara being the star of this Food Network worthy show!

Pumpkin cake!

As you probably noticed in her video, Cat is in Australia, so I’ve made a few recipe notations for my American friends. You’ll find those in italics. Her recipe is the bold text.

Pumpkin Cake

Sift dry ingredients into bowl and add remaining ingredients.

Mix well and spoon into loaf tin or muffin tins.

Bake for 30-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean.  I cooked 50 minutes at 350F, but I started checking around 40 minutes.

Optional: sprinkle powdered sugar on top or make a powdered sugar glaze with 1 cup of powdered sugar and 3 TBS of milk. Glaze when cooled.

Mixed Spice (my version)

There are LOTS Of recipes for Mixed Spice online. Use whatever works best for you. This is the version I currently have in my pantry.

Mixed Spice

  • 1 Tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground Ginger

Store in a container with a tight lid. Use as needed. This also makes a fantastic addition to butternut squash and sweet potatoes!

Here’s another recipe from BBC’s Good Food. Do you have a Mixed Spice recipe? I’d love to know what it is!

Are you making projects from 31 Days of Halloween? Share your photos with my flickr group! There will be a fun surprise after Halloween for one lucky winner!


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Garden Party Blog Hop – Day 12

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 12 of Sewhooked’s Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop!

Today’s pattern, Garden Party, comes to us courtesy of my dear friend, Cat Magraith, a prolific Fandom In Stitches designer.

Garden Party by Cat Magraith

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*Jennifer’s note: Cat’s pattern prints at 5″, to be enlarged by 200%. An easy way to do this is to print the pattern, cut the pieces apart, and enlarge them on a copy machine in sections.

From Cat:

We often have parties in our back garden and will often light candles in lanterns and hang them from the trees and veranda.  I thought of nothing nicer for the party than a Victoria Sponge cake, although i have shown this version as iced with cherries or berries on top.  To add to the sense of Spring I’ve added a little butterfly.  My birthday is also in Spring, but being in the southern hemisphere is in a different time of year, but we will often get butterflies about the place for a party.  Most of the butterflies i get in my garden are an orange colour, so i’ve made my butterfly orange.

Photos from my garden, April 2012

I’m having a drawing at the end of each week in April for a fun, new prize pack! You’ll get one entry for each Blog Hop block you make and share with our Flickr Group. Winner to be chosen in a random drawing and the winning photo will be featured right here on Sewhooked!

Garden Party Blog Hop - Week 2 Prize
Week Two Prize: Sewhooked Blog Hop Brights Super Scrappy Charm Pack – 40 unique fabric cut 5″ x 5″ (quilting cotton)!   Remember, only Flickr participants are eligible for the Sewhooked weekly Blog Hop prize!

Previous Blog Hop Posts:

  1. Soma, Whims & FanciesMusic Notes
  2. Jennifer, All Things BelleSummer Sweetness
  3. Aalia, Joy of StitchesGarden Gate
  4. Schenley, Margaret’s Violet
  5. Megan, Monkey BeansGarden Party
  6. Lilja, liljabsBluebird
  7. Jill, Apple Avenue QuiltsBloom
  8. Dolores, A Labour of LovePimm’s Garden Party
  9. Kari, Fresh Cut Quilts: Let Them Eat Cake!
  10. Cindy, Quilt Doodle Designs: Spring Time Blooms
  11. Amy, During Quiet Time: Pick Violets
And just in case you missed my impromptu post yesterday, there’s this! Am I excited? You better believe it! Coming soon…100 Blocks Blog Hop, a REAL LIFE Trunk Show in Austin, Texas and fun giveaways!



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Feeling Chicken

5 Inch Chick

Free 5″ Pecking Chick Pattern, by Jennifer Ofenstein

Several years ago, I participated in a year-long birthday quilt block swap. At the time, one of my dear friends and fellow designers, Cat Magraith, was collecting chicken-themed blocks. She was also participating in the same swap. I drafted several before deciding which blocks to share with her.

The above pattern, Pecking Chick, never made out of the sketch stage and is being posted for the very first time today! I think he’d be a sweet little chick with a French knot eye and a few seed beads at his feet for pecking!

The first two were made for the swap, and I believe I sent the egg block on to her as well. It’s one block I’m incredibly proud of. Doesn’t it just look like you’re looking in a full nest?

Chickens for hardhatcat
Cat’s Roosters, free 5″ patterns here on Sewhooked.

chick for cat
Chick for Cat, adapted from this pattern at Patch Pieces.

three eggs
Three Eggs. Free 5″ Pattern here on Sewhooked.

But wait, there’s more! I’m not the only that’s created or adapted chicken patterns. Cat has quite a few of her own, many of which are available right here on Sewhooked for free!

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2 Chicks, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

CAT_Hen with chick_pic
Hen With Chick, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

Rooster, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

Pecking Hen, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

Hen, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

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(fandom quilt patterns by fans, for fans!).

Have a very happy, crafty, quilty Friday!

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Guest Designer Spotlight: Cat Magraith

blocks designed by Cat Magraith
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This week in the Guest Designer Spotlight is Catherine (Cat) Magraith.

I met Cat through the Harry Potter Crafts Yahoo group and then we briefly volunteered together for The Leaky Cauldron in the craft department.

We’ve known each other for over two years now and have become fast friends.  Her amazing engineer’s brain is a natural for dissecting images and creating (and editing!) paper pieced patterns.


First name and where you’re from:
Cat from Adelaide, South Australia

Website/blog/online store or other place where your patterns or photos of your work can be found?
I have my ETSY store and then there’s my LJ.

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting?
How long have i known you?*  I’m trying to think. Is it 2 years or longer? I have been doing other quilting though since primary school so about 25 years.

*Note from Jennifer:  it’s been two years!

What do you use own your blocks for?
Cushion covers, totes and never quite finished quilts (lets just say quilt tops).

When did you start designing?
Pretty well much almost straight away after i started Paper Piecing.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern?
I was inspired by hp_paperpiecing and your patterns and a desire to create my own custom patterns.

Do you remember what your first design was?
First design was my Dumbledore pattern.

Do you have a favorite among your own designs?
Dumbledore is my favourite still.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.?
I had never seen the US style of PP method before i joined the online quilting community. It is not very common in Australia with most references to PP being the paper hexagons used in a lot of British quilting books and are all hand stitched. US PP has changed the way i design my patterns and has given it a new edge.

Find more of Cat’s free patterns on the Guest Designer Page on sewhooked

Happy Crafting!