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Patreon!

This is a little long, so please bear with me.

I LOVE TO SHARE:  my once a week crafty show & tell via Talk to Me Tuesday, free patterns here on Sewhooked or over on Fandom in Stitches, quilting communities on Facebook, photos on Instagram, quilt-alongs. giveaways, swaps.

I love it ALL.

Over the years, I’ve tried many ways to keep my patterns low cost and to make them as easy as possible to share with you all while still providing an income for me. I’ve published printed patterns, sold to quilt stores, sold patterns to magazines, published online both individually and through various digital media, and I’ve participated in all kinds of events.

After more than a decade of self-publishing, I am currently barely making enough to cover the costs of creating my patterns.

The funny thing is that this hasn’t discouraged me at all. I love doing all these things and I don’t want to stop. I know you all enjoy my work because you tell me with your emails and comments and you show me with the photos of the projects you’ve created from my patterns, both free and purchased. I feel your love every time I post a new video or pattern. You are my online family!

With that in mind, I’m going to try something completely different.

Patreon.

If you’re a fan of YouTubers, PodCasters, or other online creators, then Patreon probably isn’t going to be news to you. For those of you who don’t know what it is, Patreon allows fans of internet creators like myself to support their work directly by becoming their Patrons. You’ll find YouTubers, podcasters, artists, musicians, and more on Patreon.

And now, you’ll find a quilter

pa·tron
/pātrən/
noun
1. a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity.

I’ve joined Patreon as a creator with the goal of eventually being able to share all of my new content for free.

Yeah, free. That means patterns, too, and not just on Friday, but always.

How can you help make this happen? For as little as $1 per month, you can help support me as I dip my toe into uncharted territory. Over the course of an entire year, that’s the price of purchasing a single yard of quilt store quality fabric or a single quilt pattern.

Do you have to? Absolutely not. Sometimes, a dollar a month is too much to ask. Any of the content that I release for free will be free to everyone, just as it has been in all the years I’ve been sharing.

If this little experiment works out, my plan is to host an absolutely free quilt along right here on Sewhooked during the second half of 2017. This QAL will include an entirely new quilt design by me. It’s fun and versatile and, in my own opinion, not like anything I’ve done before. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Have experience with Patreon? Suggestions? Ideas? Leave them in comments!

Want to know more? Check out my Patreon page!

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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!

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Stop by on Friday for a brand new free pattern!

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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Free Pattern Friday – You are my Sunshine

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Welcome back for Free Pattern Friday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Need some green? Check out last week’s Free Pattern Friday!

There is nothing I love more than a clear blue sky and some spring sunshine. Having my kids home from college for Spring Break has made even the cloudy days feel clear and blue!

Today, I have a sweet 5″ pattern to paper piece. Want a different size? I can help with that.

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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!

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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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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! ☘

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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.

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

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

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!

2017 quilt along.jpg

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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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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Free Pattern Friday – Let Me Give You a Hand!

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Welcome back for a BIG Free Pattern Friday.

Today I’m sharing several patterns in a theme!

If you’ve ever met me in “real life” or watched my Talk to Me Tuesday videos, you’ll know that I express myself with my hands. I’ve been known to accidentally smack unsuspecting passers by with my exuberant communications. Oops!

Last week, a request took my fancy (something that doesn’t happen very often) and I decided to give it a try. The result is a new hand-themed design, but it certainly isn’t my first!

I also have a guest designer this week, fellow Talk to Me Tuesdayer and Fandom in Stitches Designer, Vanda Chittenden!

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First up is this 5″ paper pieced Hand. It’s a fairly simple design with a very simple name. I’ve seen it adapted for many, many quilts, including some fun fandom-themed ones! Somewhere out there is a four-fingered version that was added to a Lord of the Rings quilt. If you anyone knows where I can find that photo, please leave the link in comments. 😛

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

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Created by request many years ago, ASL I Love You is a 6″ paper pieced pattern. I’d say this one is self-explanatory. ♥

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

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Created by request just last week, this 10″ paper pieced pattern symbolizes strength and solidarity.

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

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Like most things fandom, I LOVE Star Trek. I asked Vanda Chittenden if I could share this awesome  10″ pattern today because it just makes sense to include it in a post all about hands! Find it on Fandom in Stitches under Star Trek, on Vanda’s website, Quilt in Piece, or go directly to the pattern with the link below.

Vulcan Greeting

Save/Print from Google Drive

Hand of Glory 2014

Last but not least, is one of my own patterns from Fandom in Stitches, the Hand of Glory. Adapted as an option for my Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt, The Project of Doom, this is a 5″ pattern to paper piece.

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!

2017 quilt along.jpg

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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Free Pattern Friday – Woven Heart

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Hello, friends! Welcome once again to Free Pattern Friday!

I am so glad you enjoyed last week’s pattern, Mug O Love!

In honor of Valentine’s Day next week, and because I’m loving your response to Free Pattern Friday, I have a brand new freebie for you: Woven Heart.

This is a 6″ pattern to paper piece. It includes instructions to create a Woven or Checkered effect. Enjoy!

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Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

Need 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!

We also have a special bonus free pattern from Designer Anita McDowell (aka QueenOfCreative)! When she shared this block with me, I couldn’t help but notice how great minds think alike, so I asked if I could share her design today along with Woven Heart. Enjoy!

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Patch Up My Heart

5″ or 10″ paper pieced

by Anita McDowell

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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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Free Pattern Friday – Mug O Love

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Hello, my amazing friends! Thank you so much for your very positive response to Free Pattern Friday!

I’ll keep at it as long as you continue to enjoy it. 🙂

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Mug O Love is a 5″ pattern originally designed for the Beat the Winter Blues Blog Hop + Giveaways hosted by Michele from The Quilting Gallery. It still makes me think warm thoughts of my favorite beverages.

Get this free pattern on Craftsy

or

Save/Print from Google Drive

Need 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!

2017 quilt along.jpg

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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