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TTMT #401 -End of 2016

My Favorite Things #favthingsbom now available as a set in my Craftsy shop! #bom #paperpieced #somanyoptions

60” x 72” (for 12” blocks) or 30” x 36” (for 6” blocks)

The entire set of My Favorite Things patterns, January – December, plus bonus blocks, and these four layouts in two sizes is available in one .zip file in my Craftsy Shop. Prefer Etsy? The set is available there, too.

2017-quilt-along

Thanks to your feedback & requests, Paper Piecing Vintage will be returning as a Quilt Along during the first half of 2017!

Coming January 2017 to fandominstitches.com

Fairy Tale Femmes

Fairy Tale Femmes, a magical Sunbonnet Sue block set to paper piece, is the prize for December 2016! Want a chance to win a free copy ? Simply share your Sewhooked project photos with my Flickr group (any project designed by me). You’ll have one chance to win for each project photo you share!

Want to keep sharing? 2017 giveaways will take place in the Sewhooked Facebook Group!

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Achieve!

One Achievement Hunter cushion, ready to live in the dorm!Both of my kids and the hubby are big fans of all things Rooster Teeth and I mentioned recently that I worked on some cosplay stuff for my two teenagers for RTX.

My daughter really wanted an Achievement Hunter cushion to take back to school when she moves into the dorm for her second year at university this fall and I had a pillow form just waiting, so yesterday, I knuckled down and got it done! Achievement Hunter Cushion in progress I started by trying to figure this out using my favorite method of paper piecing. After about 20 minutes, it was quite clear that it would take me much longer to design it than it would to stitch it.

Finally, I threw in the proverbial towel and decided to go outside of my comfort zone and try applique.

First, I printed the Achievement Hunter symbol on the paper side of lightweight fusible webbing. I ironed that on to the green fabric and then very, very carefully cut out the shapes I needed, being careful to preserve the negative space.

I ironed the star on first, and then used the negative space pieces so I could get the circle places correct. Then, I ironed the whole shebang. So far, so good! After ironing, I stitched around with monofilament thread for extra security. I used a tear-away stabilizer on the back, which really helped keep things nice and flat while stitching.

The cushion cover was completed using an envelope style (two hemmed piecing overlap on the back) and then inserting a pre-made pillow form. Made with a 16″ pillow form. The center block is 12″ (12 1/2″ with seam allowance) and the green border are 2″ (2 1/2″).

I am happy and the daughter is VERY happy, so yay!

Star Trek stitch in progress

Sneak Peek! Coming next week – my offering for The Summer of Stitching: Star Trek week!

Marie has been supervising my sewing today. She's a task master! #cat #kitty Marie was very helpful while I was sewing yesterday. She hung out in her window perch and made sure I stayed on task! Rosie-Posey! Rose isn’t interested in sewing just yet, but she’s still darn cute, so I had to share a photo of her pretty face.

This month, ALL photos of projects made from Sewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage, shared with theSewhooked flickr group will be entered to win a copy of Topsy-Turvy Trees!

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Featured Pattern: Wee Lil’ Penguin (2 sizes, paper pieced), just $2.95!

Another Furry Goodbye

My beautiful Merlin. #kitty

On Saturday, we said goodbye to our furry boy, and the eldest of our kitties, Merlin.

I won’t go into details here, only know that he suffers no more.

Almost exactly a year after we said goodbye to our other old furry boy, Tackett (the TTMT kitty), we let our Merlin go.

We miss him so much already.

Tackett & Merlin - A Temporary Truce

Tackett & Merlin, 2010, both of them fat & happy.

We adopted Merlin in March 2001, when he was 3 years old. We found him at the Austin Humane Society, where he had been for quite sometime. He was a big boy, 13 pounds when he was skin & bones, and no one wanted him because he was a black cat.

They don’t know what they were missing. He had the sweetest temperament, just low key and loveable. He and Tackett were companions and buddies for over a decade.

2002 - Merlin, our black cat

He was such a special part of our lives that in October 2002 my daughter decided that there would be nothing better to be for Halloween! It’s hard to see in this photo, but her tag says “Merlin” and she’s sporting a long black tail. 🙂

A Rose in the morning!  #kittyspam Marie says good morning!

We are very lucky to still have our two beautiful girls, the new: Rose (left) and Marie (right). Marie was the baby when we still had our Kitty Herd. The girls aren’t quite getting along yet, but we’re working on it and hope that they will have a long, happy life together.

To those of you that follow me elsewhere online and sent your condolences over the weekend, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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How can evil be so cute? And Cats, just because.

Two #Cthulhu are better than one! #crochetHappy Saturday!

Yesterday, I crocheted the dark green Cthulhu you see her for my hubby to take to work.

Baby C has lived in on his bedside table for quite a few years now and he really wanted another to geek up his desk at work, so I obliged. Big C was relatively fast to make and just so cute! Baby C was Caron Simply Soft, and Big C was made from worsted acrylic. It was a cake of yarn, so I’m not sure what brand, could have been Bernat.

 

The free pattern is here.

Hanging out with Rose.  #sheltercat #rescuekitty #catsofinstagram

Our new baby, Rose, is doing well. She is still mostly hiding, but I can coax her out with treats and when I do, she is so, so sweet and snuggly. For some reason, some loves my big toes and will lay in my lap with her paws on either side of one toe, like she’s holding on to it. That’s a new one on me!

She has met both Merlin and Marie, and while there had been very mild hissing, there was an initial 5 seconds of tail poufing and that was it. M & M have pretty much ignored her since becoming aware of her existence. I think once she comes out of my bedroom, they will take more interest. The door has been wide open for three days, but Rose hasn’t ventured past the door yet. I carried her to the top of the stairs and she was pretty much scared silly, so I put her down and she dashed back under my bed.

Merlin in a sunbeam.
This is Merlin in a sunbeam, just because. At 16 1/2, he’s the old man of the house now. He’s had a few health issues recently, but as my wonderful vet said, he’s doing pretty good for a guy his age.

marie face
Our beautiful Marie is no longer the baby of the house, but the sassy lady. She’s very curious about Rose and I have a feeling that once the Miss R settles in, they will be excellent playmates.

 

PPV Prize April 2014

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Just A Few Things

merlin picture by elena

After losing Tackett, we’ve taken great comfort in our remaining two kitties. Neither Merlin (above, enjoying a sunbeam) or Marie (covered in toys below) are overtly people kitties. As long as they’re fed and have a place to sleep, they’re happy as can be. Even so, getting the odd petting session in here and there has been much needed by the non-furry people in the house.

Marie is covered in toys!

This is what happens when you have cats and teenagers. Marie was completely unphased by this turn of events.

Marie, lounging

She is also very good at napping. And extremely cute doing it.
Seven

The Doctor Who Stitch Along on Fandom In Stitches is chugging right along!

This most recent pattern was The Seventh Doctor, designed by Kristel over at wipgirl.wordpress.com, stitched by me. Her posts about the SAL are epic, so if you haven’t read her blog before, do eeet!

Doctor Who Quilt - 70" x 90" version

I’ve been toying with many layout options to create the perfect quilt for my daughter while building on the basic layout that I designed for Fandom In Stitches. I think this one is it. She loves it. I love it. It has Daleks. So, yeah…more on this as it develops!
Class of 2017

This is the reason why it was so quiet around here this week. My daughter and I were in Denton, Texas for her college orientation. My brain is still a little overwhelmed with all the information.

Parent Orientation, UNT

I’m not entirely sure how this happened, but I am now the mom of a college student. Eek!Mean Green Family

Everyone got t-shirts, even family members. We are now Mean Green Family. Caw!
Pineapple continues to grow

The wee pineapple on my front porch continues to grow.

The sky on my streetThis is a random sky picture from in front of my house one evening when I was out for a walk. It was such a beautiful sunset, I had to snap a picture.

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