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Counting Down To Harry, Monday

Counting Down To Harry, Monday

Leaky Cauldron tee, purchased  2006

Today is a super special day for me. Not only am I counting down to Deathly Hallows on Friday, but today just happens to be my 17th wedding anniversary! Seventeen amazing years with my soul mate, Eli.  For almost two decades, he has loved me, supported me, and most of all, put up with me and all my craziness. Quite obviously, he’s a keeper!

Eli & Jen 1994
Eli & Jen, 1994, hiking in Big Bend, Texas 

White Sands
Eli & Jen, 2008, White Sands, New Mexico

So…The Leaky Cauldron (representing the website, not the pub!)….

This is one of two t-shirts I purchased to wear at Lumos in 2006. My order did not make it to my house before the conference, so the t-shirts never made it to Vegas.

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this shirt for years. I love the design. I love the color. When I got it, late (grrr!), it was too big for me, huge, in fact.

I immediately reconstructed it to size it down. I don’t usually mess with the length of the tee when I she-shirt them, but this one was so long, that I did.  Unfortunately, I messed up and ended up with a shirt that was shorter than I wanted .

So, I tried again. This time, I added insets in the sides and extended the length with some white fabric from another tee. That worked for a while…and then I lost weight, and it was once again too big. SO, I resized it a third (and final!) time, making the side insets a bit smaller and, finally, have the shirt you see here.

This tee has also been retired to my some-day-when-I-can-bear-to-cut-them-up-quilt pile.

Countdown To Harry, Sunday

Countdown To Harry, Saturday

Countdown To Harry, Friday

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The Leaky Cauldron: Featured Crafter of the Month


I just received this lovely banner in my email and had to share with you all! After being nominated for Leaky’s Crafter of the Month and sharing the spotlight with some completely amazing and talented crafters, I’ve had the honor of being selected for November’s CotM!

Thanks Leaky and a huge THANKS to everyone that voted for me! It means the world to me to be acknowledged by my favorite fandom!

You can see the November feature here, including a video interview with yours truly or, if you’re a member of the Leaky Lounge, you can check it out here.

What an awesome honor!

If you make a Sew Awesome Craft or any pattern, craft or recipe from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo.  Email me or add it to the sewhooked flickr group.



Leaky’s New Crafter of the Month – Droxy!

Congrats to the amazing Droxy on being the first Featured Crafter of the Month on Leaky!

You don’t know Droxy?  I bet  you do, even if you don’t realize it!  Click on the link above and you’ll see what I mean.

Droxy is an AMAZING crafter, costumer and make up artist.  And?  She’s one of my online friends.  I shall bask in the glow of knowing her and direct you all to read about her crafty exploits.

I expect to see loads of my crafty peeps popping up over the upcoming months because HP Crafters are made of WIN.

You can find out about FCotM more by clicking on the banner below…

Thanks Crafty Witches and Wizard for the awesome new feature!

If you make a Sew Awesome Craft or any pattern, craft or recipe from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo.  Email me or add it to the sewhooked flickr group.

Quilting: Bloggers Quilt Festival

I just heard of the First Annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival yesterday and my first thought was “why didn’t I think of that?!”  What a great idea, bringing quilting bloggers together by sharing photos of our quilts.

The idea is to post photos of your favorite quilt that you’ve made and tell it’s story.   Excellent idea, huh!

Harry Potter QuiltMy Magical Lens, designed, pieced and quilted by Jennifer Ofenstein

My all time favorite quilt that I have made, absolutely hands-down, is my Harry Potter quilt.  I embarked on this project in early 2006.   My family had long been fans (we started reading Harry in 1999) and I’d been quilting for a few years.  After discovering what so many HP crafters now know, that licensed fabric is out of print and nigh on impossible to find (and expensive if you do!), I decided to try to design my own.

The very first HP block I designed was Hedwig, though not the one that ended up in the quilt (you can see it in the photo below…bleargh!).  It was pretty dreadful, too complicated and just bad, bad, bad.  I’d only ever designed simple blocks before, so I changed gears and started with a broom and a lightning bolt.  The stack of blocks began to grow.  All through the process, I was sharing on the Harry Potter Crafts Yahoo! Group.  Members started asking if I’d share my patterns, and before long, my little craft site, then called Jen’s Crochet & Crafts, grew into sewhooked, full of all kinds of crafts, crochet, and now paper pieced patterns.

I went to Lumos in Las Vegas in 2006 and took my HP blocks with me to share with my online craft friends.   By this time I was a Moderator at Harry Potter Crafts.  Sharing my designs and other projects I’d made with them for myself and friends, on top of the fact that I knew HTML, led to a year and a half as a Crafty Witch at The Leaky Cauldron where I made truly amazing friends.  The quilt that wasn’t a quilt yet was already helping me to connect with people.

In the fall of 2006, I decided to attend Phoenix Rising in New Orleans which, like Lumos, was a Harry Potter fandom conference, and was scheduled to take place in May 2007.  Even though my quilt wasn’t even close to done, nor was I close to having enough blocks designed for a whole quilt, I entered a mock-up for consideration in the Phoenix Rising art gallery, and was, to my surprise, accepted.  With a deadline looming, I started churning out patterns and blocks, finishing up the quilt in March of 2007, just two months before it was to be shown in New Orleans.

This quilt is more just a million bits of fabric stitched together.  It represents all the years I’ve loved Harry Potter and some of my favorite things about the series.  It has brought me friends, and fans, and brought more quilters that I can count into the wonderful world of paper piecing.  In the fall of 2007, I started hp_paperpiecing on Livejournal as way to share more with other Harry Potter quilters than just patterns.  I’ve posted over 100 unique HP themed blocks there and have in the process met a lot of awesome quilters and designers, many brand new to paper piecing.

Mock Up Quilt done for the Phoenix Rising entry formThe mock-up submitted for submission into the Phoenix Rising art gallery (complete with horrible Hedwig).

I don’t design as many HP blocks as I used to, though I’m still very involved with hp_paperpiecing.

Harry Potter patterns at sewhooked, free for personal and non-profit use.

See loads more photos of the making of My Magical Lens over at flickr.

If you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting