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TTMT #534 – Zilch, Featuring Cats

 

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New Paper Pieced Pattern Set – Happy Hour!

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🎉 Hello, friends!

I’m super excited to share with you that Happy Hour, my brand new paper pieced pattern set is available for purchase and instant download from my Etsy Shop!

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If you caught my Talk to Me Tuesday yesterday, you already know all about Happy Hour and the quilt blocks I’ve already made from this fun pattern set.

See more of my pattern sets here!

I have had so much fun working on these, I just couldn’t wait another day to share! And I’ll let you in on a little secret…There will be at least one more pattern collection to supplement these Happy Hour patterns! I’m already hard at work on those and hope to have a second set ready to share very soon!

9 patterns in one row

Happy Hour includes 9 patterns for bottles, a cocktail shaker, and a cocktail glass🍸 to mix and match into your own fun project!

Oh, and did I mention it’s only $5.95 for all nine patterns?!

Patterns are 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, making it super easy to mix & match the designs of your choice into rows, blocks, or whatever else you might like.

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🎉 Get the Pattern Set 🎉

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“Bottle with Cork” from Happy Hour🍾 and repeat!

I’d like to send out a BIG thanks to my BFF Jewells for helping me bounce around ideas, insisting that I needed a Chianti bottle, and just generally being amazingly supportive. Thanks also goes to the ever-awesome Amber for pattern testing and proofreading, just two of her many superpowers! All of my patterns are the best they can be because of these two awesome women!

As usual, all of my patterns are designed in EQ8.

If you make your own version of Happy Hour, I’d love to see! Tag me on social media (@sewhookedjen on IG, Jennifer Ofenstein on Facebook, & sewhooked on Twitter) or share your photos in the Sewhooked Facebook Group! You can also tag #sewhookedpatterns. ♥

Need help paper piecing? Let me help! Check out my resources All About Paper Piecing.

Cheers 🥂!

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TTMT #533 – Happy Hour

 

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Free Pattern Friday (Gran’s Faux Flowers) + How to Paper Piece Crazy Angles!

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Welcome to Free Pattern Friday!

I am thrilled to share a fun, cheeky, and VERY simple pattern with you today.

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Gran’s Faux Flowers was inspired by the classic hand-pieced hexi pattern called “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” (above) and an idea from my bff, Jewells.

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Gran’s Faux Flowers doesn’t include the lovely, individual honeycombed pieces. Instead, you get a fun, fast, machine paper pieced version in homage of this quilty classic!

Gran’s Faux Flowers is free for your personal & non-profit use and can be downloaded, printed, or saved using the Google Drive link below.

Gran’s Faux Flowers FREE Pattern
6″ & 10″ paper pieced (6 1/2″ & 10 1/2″ with seam allowance)

Look for fun quilt ideas further down in today’s post!

How to Enlarge & Reduce Patterns using Adobe ReaderWant another size? I can help with that!

Need help piecing angles?

Keep scrolling for a simple tutorial that will help!

If you make this or any Sewhooked pattern, stop by the Sewhooked Facebook group to share your photos or tag me (@sewhookedjen) on Instagram!

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If you have a peek at this pattern, and many, many other paper pieced patterns, you’ll see some not-so-straight angles that might leave you scratching your head, or worse, wasting TONS of fabric to get just right.

I’ve been using the following simple trick for many, many years. I’ve shared it in classes, with friends, on social media, and in my free paper piecing video tutorial. Since making that video way back in 2012, I’ve added a tiny step to this simple trick that makes this trick even easier and more accurate!

So, how on earth do you deal with those wonky angles without wasting a ton of fabric?

Once you learn this EASY method, you’ll never look back!

Used for this tutorial:

  • Gran’s Faux Flowers Unit A. Any pattern with a wonky angle will do!
  • Fabric strip at least 1/2″ – 1″ wider than needed. Works great with scraps!
  • Add-A-Quarter  12″ Ruler. You can also use any quilting ruler 1/4″ markings.
  • Olfa 45mm Rotary Cutter, the rotary cutter of your choice, or scissors if you prefer.
  • Postcard
  • Fabric marker, pencil, pen, etc.
  • Sewing machine with the stitch set to approximately 1.5mm (halfway between 1 & 2 for machines with single numbers).

Crazy Angle tutorial (1)

Using a postcard, fold the pattern piece on the line, just as you would any time you’re paper piecing.

Not sure what I’m talking about? See my full tutorial here.

 Crazy Angle tutorial (2)

With the paper folded back, cut away excess fabric using your rotary cutter. This will be your seam allowance.

If not using an Add-A-Quarter ruler, cut 1/4″ using a rotary ruler.

You can also use scissors, but a rotary cutter and ruler will make the job much easier!

Crazy Angle tutorial (4)

With the paper folded back, place the next piece of fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN with the edge tucked under the seam allowance cut in the last step.

Crazy Angle tutorial (3)

Open the paper, checking to see if the fabric is placed correctly to cover the entire pattern piece. With more irregular shaped pieces, you may need to slide the fabric around to get it just right.

 Crazy Angle tutorial (5)

Open the paper back up. Make a dot inside the seam allowance on both pieces of fabric. This doesn’t have to be exact. A pencil or fabric marker works great for this. The dot will be inside the seam allowance and will not show.

Place the ruler exactly where it was before and cut again. This time, you are cutting the second fabric.

 Crazy Angle tutorial (6)

This is the key step to make this angle business work…with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, find those tiny dots and match the seam allowance. It doesn’t have to be precise, but they do need to be more or less in the same spot.

Pin if you need to, flip and sew as usual.

Crazy Angle tutorial (7)

Open out and press for a perfectly covered pattern piece!

I do hope you found that helpful. The number one question I’m asked is how to deal with wonky angles. This is especially true over in the Project of Doom Facebook Group where we get not just new paper piecers, but brand new quilters!

Now that you know how to tackle the crazy angles, how about some fun ideas to use the easy peasy Gran’s Faux Flowers?

 

Gran's Faux Flower mock quilt 2

12 – 10″ blocks.

Every other quilt block is turned once to the right.

Border + binding.

Simple & fun!

Gran's Faux Flower mock quilt

Just four blocks alternated with background fabric.

Border + Binding.

Even easier than the first!

Gran's Faux Flower mock quilt on point

 

9 Flowers on point with a border + binding.

How sweet is that for a little quilt?!

Get Gran’s Faux Flowers FREE Paper Pieced Pattern!

All designs created by me in EQ8.

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FINAL CALL!!!

Medical Themed patterns –  Medical Themed Bundle (all three patterns), HeartbeatStethoscopeLab Coat are for sale in my Etsy Shop with ALL proceeds during April & May 2019 going to the Action Jaxon Medical Fund.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! Thank you to everyone who has purchased to help support Jaxon and his family so far! I’ll be announcing the final donation total in my next Talk to Me Tuesday video.

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Free Pattern Friday – Poultry Update!

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Earlier this week and as a favor to my BFF, Jewells, I added 10″ versions of two existing free patterns, Sitting Hen and Cat’s Rooster.

I have to say a big thanks to Jewells for giving me a project that I can do while I recover from my ankle sprain! As she said in her TTMT earlier this week, I am NOT good at sitting still!

Find updated versions of both poultry patterns below and on my Free Quilt Pattern page.

Both are paper pieced and both include 5″ and1 10″ finished patterns.

 

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Cat’s Rooster

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Sitting Hen

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If you make either of these patterns or ANY of my other patterns, please consider sharing over on the Sewhooked Facebook Group! There are some really wonderful, supportive people there. ♥

2019 Fat Quarter Lotto

REMINDER! April is my birthday month and you’re invited to help me celebrate by participating in the 5th Annual Fat Quarter Lotto

It’s super easy – send up to four fat quarters & I’ll draw a winner (or winners) “live” on Talk to Me Tuesday on April 30, 2019. There will be 1 winner per 50 fat quarters. Last year we had two winners with 50 fat quarters each and one winner with 25 fat quarters!

Watch last year’s live drawing!

Want an extra entry? Include orphan blocks for The Linus Connection! The Linus Connection is an Austin, TX-based blanket making charity. I use orphan quilt blocks to make quilts to donate. I also share orphan blocks with fellow volunteers to make quilts. Any orphan quilt blocks collected will be turned into quilts for kids in crisis in Central Texas. This collection is personally done by me, Jennifer Ofenstein, and is not sponsored or endorsed by The Linus Connection.

The Sewhooked Fat Quarter Lotto is not a sponsored event and I am not eligible to win. This is just my way to say Thank You for another fun year of sharing! There is no purchase necessary and no obligation to play. I will pay for all return postage.

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All entries must be received by April 29, 2019.

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TTMT 10th Anniversary Info!

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TTMT #447 – Thanksgiving Crunch

The real world is having its way with my schedule. I am planning to take next week off from online activities in order to catch up and keep myself sane. ♥

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Block set assignments by color on the second and fourth Mondays through April! 

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Stop by Friday for another fun free pattern! Click here to see free patterns from Fridays past!

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Free Pattern Friday – Nellie Narwhal

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Welcome back to Free Pattern Friday!

Today, we delve back into the Sewhooked Suggestion Box!

This one comes from Kristel, who you may know from Talk to Me Tuesday. You can also find her on Instagram as @clumsykristel.

Kristel requested a Narwhal to paper piece.  She also tested this fun pattern for me!

A narwhal is basically a unicorn whale. I know!! It’s absolutely real and very unusual looking. I couldn’t resist making it just a little cutesy!

Nellie Narwhal (named with the help of my daughter) is available to paper piece in 5″ and 10″. There are two versions of the 5″ pattern, one with embroidered face and one with paper pieced face. Make whichever size and version will work best for you!

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Nellie Narwhal, Tested by Kristel

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How about a mini quilt?

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

Want to support my work but Patreon is not for you? You can still help support my free content and keep me creating by purchasing a pattern. Buying patterns gives you something tangible for your money and helps me keep doing what I do! However, you choose to support me, whether it’s Patron, purchases, or by sharing my work with your other quilty friends, I appreciate you. ♥

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.

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 never required, but it is fun!

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