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A Different Kind of Friday

Hello, friends.

Let me start by saying I completely forgot about Free Pattern Friday this week. My mind has been elsewhere. I’m sure that once I explain, you’ll understand.

For most of the week, I’ve been fielding emails and social media messages in my role for The Linus Connection. Our organization is doing what we can to help with the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey evacuees by providing handmade blankets to children displaced from their homes.

In addition to our local volunteers, we’ve had quilters and blanket makers from all over the country step up to help. The outpouring of love and helping hands has been amazing.

If you’d like to help, check out this post on the Linus website for more information. I’m the Jennifer listed in the graphic above, so you have questions, please feel free to ask! You can comment here or contact me at my Linus email.

If you’re local, you can drop handmade blankets & quilts off at Honey Bee Quilt Store. We will continue to collect blankets & quilts as usual at our monthly meeting on September 16.

@thelinusconnection = 💟 @Regrann from @thelinusconnection - First delivery to #adrn! #quiltsforharvey #linusconnection #quiltforgood #texasstrong #Austincares - #regrann

As of yesterday, we’ve been able to get over 200 handmade quilts, yarn blankets, and fleece blankets into the hands of the Austin Disaster Relief Network. Those blankets will go directly to those children affected by hurricane-related evacuations.

To stay up to date on what The Linus Connection is doing to help, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

#lionking quilt 2, quilted and ready to trim and bind for @thelinusconnection. Blocks made by the @fandominstitches Facebook group. Designed, pieced, and quilted by me. #quiltforgood #quiltsforharvey #quiltsfortexasIn between email, social media messages, and other updates, I’ve been working furiously to finish a few of my Linus WIPs. Lion King Quilt 2 is quilted and needs binding. I’ve got another UFO block quilt top quilted. It also needs binding. I’m hoping to get those finished today.
#spiderman and #batman fleece remnants from @joann_stores to make a couple of fun, quick blankets for @thelinusconnection's effort to provide handmade blankets to children affected by #hurricaneharvey. I've also got two quilts to bind. Work, work, work! #

Yesterday, I needed to run to Jo-Ann’s and I scored two good sized remnants of fleece while I was there, one Spiderman, and one Batman. I’ll be turning both of these into blankets for Linus, too.

Want to help, but don’t want to make a quilt or blanket?

Donate to the Austin Disaster Relief Network. This is a local organization. They will get much-needed donations where they need to go. More about their efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Donate to Austin Pets Alive. They are the non-profit where we adopted our fluffy orange cats, Ramses & Iliad. APA and their volunteers have rescued hundreds of displaced pets and are collecting supplies to help take care of them. There is loads more information on their Facebook page.

Make a pillowcase and donate it for the new pillows going on the shelter beds. Honey Bee Quilt Store has free kits. Contact the store for more information. You can also use one my free tutorials to make a pillowcase. Video here. Text version here.

These are just a few of the ways you can get involved. These are some of my personal favorite ways to help. Do what works best for you.

Stay safe,



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Free Pattern Friday – Big Linus ♥


Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

After an April that was all about ME, I wanted to share some fun charity projects in May!

First up is a child-sized quilt pattern I designed inspired by the heart logo of my favorite blanket making charity, The Linus Connection.

heart for instagram

Made of 5 1/2″ squares and half square triangles, this is an easy peasy quilt to chain piece. Make it for a wee one you love or for your favorite blanket charity.

Bonus points if you make one for The Linus Connection!

Get this free pattern on Craftsy


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This is a quick to watch tutorial on chain piecing from Shiny Happy World.

signature block

Are you quilting along with Paper Piecing Vintage? Share a Signature Block for the PPV Signature Quilt! This special project is a for a commemorative signature quilt that I will keep after Paper Piecing Vintage has concluded. 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.

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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)!

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TTMT #330 – Stuff & Sundry

In which I ramble, ramble, ramble!

smartphone quilt along

On Fandom in Stitches beginning tomorrow! Be sure to stop by to see the first three fun designs!

Coming in September, the EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long! I’m super excited to be part of a talented group of EQ Designers for a fun, seasonal Row-A-Long. I’ll be posting more about that very soon!


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TTMT #287 – This One Has A List


Stop by Sewhooked on Thursday, November 20, 2014 for my block and a giveaway!

Looking to buy Quiltmaker Magazine? Here’s an easy link for current and past issues! I will also have a limited supply of signed copies for sale in my Etsy store. I’m waiting for them to arrive so I can post them for sale. I am very sorry for the delay.

Tree Trimming


In November, share ANY project designed by me (from Craftsysewhooked.com,fandominstitches.com, Quiltmaker, etc.) with the Sewhooked flickr group and be entered to win a free copy of one of my most popular patterns, Tree Trimming!Photobucket

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Reminder: Silent Auction on Saturday!

#silentauction #fundraiser #TheLinusConnection #charity #nonprofit thelinusconnection.org


There will be a LIVE Silent Auction on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the monthly meeting of The Linus Connection at St. Philip’s United Methodist Church in Round Rock Texas. There are lots of great things to bid on.

All proceeds go toward buying blanket making supplies for Linus volunteers!

Check out the Silent Auction Preview over on The Linus Connection for more details!



sewhooked.com October 2014 Pick 3 Giveaway!

This month’s giveaway is a bit different!

Stop by the Sewhooked flickr group and share photos of your quilt blocks & projects made fromSewhooked patterns, including Paper Piecing Vintage or any other pattern (free or for sale) designed by me. You will each project you share, you will be entered to win your choice of THREE individual block patterns ($2.95 or less each) from my Craftsy Shop! Click on the banner to go Sewhooked flickr group. Winner to be announced November 3, 2014!








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Checking in With Stars For Linus

It’s been quite some time since I talked about Stars for Linus here on Sewhooked.

For my new visitors, Stars for Linus is a small thing I do for my favorite blanket making charity, The Linus Connection.

You, my quilting friends, have an open invitation to create 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) stars of bright colors on a light background and mail them to me. I turn them into quilts that are donated to The Linus Connection and from there go to children in crisis in Central Texas.

Not up for making stars? I also accept orphan blocks in any size!

It doesn’t get easier to help brighten the life of a child than that!

Want more information? I have an entire page on Stars For Linus linked from my top menu.

Use one of the patterns linked from the Stars for Linus page or any other 12″ star block of your choosing!

Paper Piecing Vintage February Flickr prize from sewhooked.com! #paperpiecingvintage #sewhooked  #flickrLooking for a chance to win a fun prize? Just share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group in February and you’ve got a chance to win the fabulous prize above! Winner to be announced Monday, March 3, 2014.Be sure to stop back by on Saturday, March 1 for Paper Piecing Vintage!


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and get a new pattern in two sizes each month during 2014!

That’s 24 patterns for just $12!

Packing Up For Linus

This is the photo post I promised earlier this week during Talk To Me Tuesday.


We’ve had two sewing days in the last month where Linus volunteers get together to stitch quilt tops. Usually, these tops are pre-cut and ready to sew together. Sometimes it’s a pre-printed panel that just needs borders or a donation of pre-made blocks. These sewing days are always a lot of fun and we get tons accomplished.

After piecing the quilt tops, they go off to our fabulous long-arm quilters who do a beautiful job quilting them for us.

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

Scrappy Brick Quilt, a favorite pattern for work days

January 2012 donation, made by me

This was my first new crochet project for 2012. These were all yarns that were donated to Linus in December. I brought home a tangled snarl of yarns and turned them into this. It’s all double stranded, DC, and super simple, but I really like how squishy and soft it is!

January 2012 donation, made by me

Box Stitch baby blanket, crocheted by me, end of December, beginning of January.

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

Pieced during the December work day, blocks donated by Kristel. Kristel, I hope you’ll forgive me for the willy-nilly layout!

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

Pieced at the January sewing day. This top and the following were pieced out of a huge assorted stack of funky 5 1/2″ pre-cuts fabrics. I just grabbed and stitched! The string pieced blocks were in the stack, too.

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

A panel that needed borders. Almost instant gratification!

Quilt Tops Pieced at Linus Work Days Dec/Jan

This was a panel that was cleverly puzzle-pieced together by Osie. She did the cutting, I did the stitching.

pieced by clumsy_chord

Wonky Stars quilt, top donated by Kristel. Quilted by Marge.

by ladyoflosttimes

Afghan donated by ladyoflosttimes

made by Terry

Afghan donated by Terry M.

made by Terry

Afghan donated by Terry M.

The Linus Connection meets tomorrow to collect and distribut blankets to children in need throughout Central Texas, I hope to see you there!

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Blog Hop Call for designers – We’ve had some great people sign up so far, but there is still space available! If you think you might like to design a block for April, please check out the post and fill out the form. We’re going to have a blast sharing Garden Party patterns for the entire month of April!


Workshops are open!

Register Now!


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