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TTMT #493 – Jinkies!

Happy Halloween, my friends!

I will be going to Quilt Festival in Houston in November. We will be having a meetup, tentatively scheduled for 2 pm Friday in the food court. Invite going out on social media this week! 😀

I had a query about Halloween patterns designed by me. Links are below for some of my favorites!

A Little Haunted Wall Hanging

A Little Haunted, available for purchase on Craftsy



I Want My Mummy

I Want My Mummy, available for purchase in my Craftsy shop.

Nothing But Sincerity (Peanuts Stitch) by Jennifer Ofenstein

Nothing But Sincerity, free pattern to hand embroider

Two Little Hooters

Two Little Hooters, mini quilt, pattern available for purchase in my Craftsy Shop.

All Hallow's Eve by Jennifer Ofenstein (2)

All Hallow’s Eve. Free fusible applique pattern. Download it here OR get it on Craftsy

Bats 2014 update

Paper Pieced Bat Pattern, free to download

Jack's Lanterns, 9 Patterns to Paper Piece by Jennifer Ofenstein

Get Jack’s Lanterns on Craftsy for just $6!


31 Days of Halloween on sewhooked.com

Want more? Check out 31 Days of Halloween from 2015. I shared a different Halloween craft or recipe every day during October!



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TTMT #445 – Boo!

In which I’m busy, busy, busy! I’ll be at the International Quilt Festival in Houston on Thursday & Friday. If you’ll be there, be sure to come to our meetup on Friday. ♥

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Free Pattern Friday – All Hallow’s Eve


Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

Back in 2015, I hosted 31 Days of Halloween here on Sewhooked. During that month, I posted 31 different projects, patterns, & recipes.

It was a crazy month of posting, but so, so fun!

This little pattern is one of the only applique pieces I’ve ever designed. (Gasp…applique, me?!)  I love it still and thought it would be fun to share it again today.

All Hallow’s Eve is 7 1/2″.  Don’t want to applique? You can also hand embroider or even stencil this pattern!

See the original post here.

All Hallow's Eve by Jennifer Ofenstein (2)

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This is just one of the patterns available in my Craftsy shop!

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Happening now! Quilt along or work at your own pace.

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TTMT #434 – Outside Again

Useful links!

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Coming September 11!


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PPV 2017 – Block 12 & Hall🎃ween Reveal!

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Welcome to the finale of our Paper Piecing Vintage Quilt Along (#PPV2017)!

Before we get to today’s block and the reveal of my Halloween PPV, I’d like to say a very earnest THANK YOU to each and every person who has made a Paper Piecing Vintage quilt. I’ve seen some wonderful photos in the Facebook Group, on Craftsy, in various Talk to Me Tuesday Videos, on Instagram, & Flickr.

BIG thanks to my fabulous pattern tester and dear friend Amber Lowery. She made another PPV even though she had tested the entire pattern in 2014. How’s that for dedication?! Amber is a bona fide rock star!

I designed PPV in late 2013 after my daughter left for her freshman year of college. I’ve long loved vintage-style quilts, many of which are hand pieced. While I love to hand embroider and dabble in hand quilting from time to time, hand piecing is definitely not my thing. I’d much rather paper piece any day of the week. Once I started creating paper pieced patterns inspired by vintage blocks, I couldn’t stop and it followed naturally that I share with the awesome online quilting community.

Thank you, dear friends, for joining me for this round of Paper Piecing Vintage. 🙂


The following is the December 2014 block made for my 1930’s vintage fabric-inspired version of this quilt (above).

Find all posts on Sewhooked about PPV 2017

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Block 12 (December 2014) is Spinning Puzzle. You can find it beginning on page 57 in Paper Piecing Vintage, or you can purchase JUST this block pattern here.

All patterns for PPV are 6″ & 12″ (w/o seam allowance). The size you make is up to you.

My 2017 PPV Halloween Quilt Block

Block 12 - Spinning Puzzle

My final Halloween PPV block is, I think, my favorite. I adore the lime green background with the happy little ghosts. I did a little bit of fussy cutting to get the secondary fabric moving in the right direction. It’s worth it for the “spin.”



As you may remember, this was my original plan for my Halloween version of the PPV. I added cornerstones to the inside sections. These are not in the original design but are easy to achieve by making the long horizontal sashing the same length as the short vertical sashing. The black cornerstones are the squares in the same width as the sashing.


PPV 2017 before quilting
Here it is! My lovely, yummy, Halloween-y Paper Piecing Vintage top!
I loved every minute of working on this project. I loved your enthusiasm for your own fabrics and blocks. I loved pulling out my stockpile of cute Halloween fabric. I loved cutting and fussy cutting. I loved piecing. It was a genuine joy to work on and I’m thrilled to have the top ready to quilt.
I think the thing I love most about this project is that unless you look closely at the fabrics, it just look slike a fun, colorful quilt. The “Halloween” of it is subtle, which is exactly what I was going for.
PPV Cornerstones
My cornerstones are the August bonus block in the complete PPV pattern. Even here, I managed to use a few scraps of Halloween fabric!
The piano keys are all made from leftovers from my blocks. There’s a little bit of everything in there and I used almost every scrap of my fun Halloween fabric and black & white prints!

I had EVERY intention of having my quilt finished for this post, but I decided that I really, really wanted spiderwebs in the quilting.

Spiderwebs are something I had never done before and I decided at the last minute that I didn’t just need to, but that I SHOULD practice before attempting them on my PPV. Sometimes it’s hard to wait to work on the Real Deal, but I really do what this quilt to be special and as well done as I can make it.

It just so happens that I had a small Harry Potter Bookcase/Project of Doom quilt top pieced from donated blocks made by members of the PoD Facebook group that was ready to quilt.

I spent most of my weekend practicing. My spiderwebs are inspired by this tutorial by Lori Kennedy.  I used glow-in-the-dark thread gifted to me by my BFF and boy does it GLOW! One of the upsides to using the same thread I’m planning to use for my PPV is that I found that I needed to slow waaaay down in order to keep the glow-in-the-dark thread from breaking. I’m a bit of a speed demon when I sew, and that isn’t always the best choice for the thread.

As of right now, my PPV is on my Gracie King frame and ready to quilt! When it’s quilted & bound, I’ll share a finished photo here for you all, and of course, I will talk about it on on Talk to Me Tuesday.

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Have you shared your PPV signature block? Find this block on page 21 of Paper Piecing Vintage. If you’re only making a few blocks, you can also find the Signature Block Pattern right here.

Now that PPV has concluded, you are cordially invited to join me for the next Sewhooked Quilt Along and my very first entirely free Sewhooked QAL brought to you thanks to our Patreon Patrons!

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Rainbow Cascade, is a FREE Quilt Along for a brand new quilt pattern designed by yours truly to take place September 2017 – April 2018!

Rainbow Cascade QAL coming to sewhooked.com September 2017!

Rainbow Cascade is unlike any quilt I’ve designed or any quilt along I’ve hosted. It’s a single pattern quilt that is all about COLOR!

The quilt along will include 5 quilt sizes so you can make your version as big or small as you like. We’ll be piecing our blocks in a cascade so you can watch your own quilt grow from the corner out.

I will keep the Second & Fourth Monday schedule we’ve had for PPV, so even if you’re making the biggest quilt (70″ x 80″), you will never need to piece more than 4 blocks in a two week period.

I myself will be using Rainbow Cascade as a stash busting project. I’ll release fabric amounts in August so you can pull (or purchase!) fabric for your own version of Rainbow Cascade!

I very much hope you’ll play along for fun and rainbow-themed piecing!

As during PPV, you will find Quilty Fun & Prizes in the Sewhooked Facebook Group.


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I’ll see you tomorrow for Talk to Me Tuesday!


Happy sewing!

TTMT #392 – Terribly Mysterious

In which I talk about Halloween, a very special quilt, and quilting practice on some projects for The Linus Connection!

I have a TON of Halloween content right here on Sewhooked. You can find it all here.

My Favorite Things. a Block of the Month by Jennifer Ofenstein

Free Pattern Day is the first of every month during 2016! Come back Tuesday, November 1, 2016 for the next Free Pattern Day.

Wednesday through December on Fandom in Stitches!

Quirky Qwerty Alphabet!

October Prize – .pdf copy of Quirky Qwerty Alphabet!

Get it now from my Craftsy Shop.

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31 Days of Halloween – Nothing But Sincerity

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A very happy Halloween my friends!

We made it, it’s the final day of 31 Days of Halloween!

Over the last month, we’ve stitched, pieced, cooked and prepared Halloween costumes! We’ve revisited old favorite crafts and discovered new ones. I hope that at least one of my Halloween projects caught your fancy and gave you something fun to work on during the month.

If you’d like to revisit our month of Halloween, simply scroll back through Sewhooked starting with this post or click the banner above for a summary of each day and links to all the Halloween goodness.

Thank you, thank you for sticking with me until the end!

I have one last Halloween-themed craft for you today. It’s  a little something to keep your hands busy while you enjoy watching Halloween movies and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Let’s start with this little clip from one of my all-time Halloween favorites, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

I watched this Halloween gem when I was a child and then shared it with my own kids. It’s still a favorite in our house.

Nothing But Sincerity (Peanuts Stitch) by Jennifer Ofenstein

With Linus’ optimism about The Great Pumpkin in mind, I created a little hand embroidery pattern for you that I’m calling Nothing But Sincerity.

This sweet stitch is 7″ x 10″, perfect for a 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) block.

My version is entirely backstitched, but feel free to use any stitch you like.

Won’t it make a lovely pillow or addition to a Halloween quilt?

Download Nothing But Sincerity

Want to Enlarge or Reduce this pattern? Find out how here!

Need embroidery help? Try the Quilting Help page over on Fandom in Stitches! We have lots of great links to useful tutorials.

Nothing But Sincerity (Peanuts Stitch) by Jennifer Ofenstein

The pumpkin was inspired by the scene in the clip above. 

Need a little more Halloween love?

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for a very special Halloween installment!

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


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