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Free Pattern Friday: String Pieced Picnic

Hello, dear friends!

It’s been a long while since our last Free Pattern Friday and I am delighted to have something new to share!

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My last non-fandom freebie was Virtual Hugs back in March 2020. I’m sure no explanation is needed. You can find it, and many more free patterns here.

String Pieced Picnic is based on an old photo I discovered in January while digitizing my photo collection. The quilt shown was made by one of my great-grandmothers. My version is not an identical replica but is close enough that I know, and now, you know!

Say hello to String Pieced Picnic, named by YouTube viewer Julie T (thank you, Julie!)

String Pieced Picnic
83” x 83” as shown
a free pattern for personal & non-profit use
© Jennifer Ofenstein

My quilt top is complete, but I won’t be able to quilt it just yet as I’m waiting to be cleared for normal activity after foot surgery back in December.

My quilt back is also pieced and ready to go. I plundered my collection of whites + brights, including some fun fat quarters from trips and gifts from friends to make a wild and crazy patchwork back! I hope to have this on my frame very soon!

Now, I’m sharing String Pieced Picnic for free so you have the chance to make your own heirloom-inspired picnic quilt! The design is very versatile and can be string pieced with or without foundation or it can be foundation paper pieced for a more precise design. Instructions for both are included.

As shown, the quilt is 83” x 83” but the size can easily be increased or decreased as desired. I’d love to see what size you make!

I hope you enjoy String Pieced Picnic. If you make it, feel free to share! You can find me at sewhooked.com and on Instagram & YouTube as @sewhookedjen. Looking for community support or just want to share your work in progress? Join the Sewhooked Facebook group!

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you for my next Talk to Me Tuesday vlog! If you haven’t joined me for TTMT, be sure to stop by to say hello to yours truly and to catch up on what I’ve been working on. Want to join the TTMT community? Find out how here!


A note about previously for sale patterns: I’ve recently had a lot of requests for patterns formerly in my pattern shop. I retired from selling quilt patterns on December 31, 2019. If you would still like one of my retired patterns, I will offer it in return for a small donation to a food bank, non-profit, or other similar charity in your area. Volunteering your time, of course, counts! Email your receipt to me or send a photo of yourself donating or volunteering (for me only, I won’t publish or) and I’ll gladly send the pattern. One pattern per donation.

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Free Pattern Friday – Virtual Hugs!

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Surprise, it’s a Free Pattern Friday!

As a person who loves to give and receive hugs, I have found the current social distancing a little trying.

Without being to give out REAL HUGS, I’ve decided to share with you, my online friends, Virtual Hugs!

Make the size you want and give yourself a Virtual Hug from me to you. Share them with your friends and family, too. We could all use a few more hugs right now! ♥

Print or Save Virtual Hugs (Google Drive)

The pattern includes both 6″ & 12″ (finished)

Massive thanks go out to my dear friend and long time pattern tester Amber for getting this super simple pattern tested and for always, always being a fantastic proof-reader!

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Amber’s 6″ Virtual Hugs!

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Amber’s 12″ Virtual Hugs!


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

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Join us for a free sew along and safe socializing over in the Sewhooked Facebook Group! Patterns and other details are available when you join us!




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Facebook Group Sew Along

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Hello, dear friends!

In this crazy time when many of us find our usual activities canceled and ourselves restricted to our homes, I thought a fun, free entirely-online social activity might help us all continue to feel active and connected.

I’m hosting a very informal quilt along over on the Sewhooked Facebook Group.

There are three projects to choose from but there is no schedule and there are no assignments. You pick your project from the three below and we’ll all of sewing along together while sharing our photos and discussion in the Sewhooked Facebook Group.

Participants can choose from the following projects:

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Frosted Firs
(pattern available for free when you join the Sewhooked Facebook Group)

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Happy Hour 1 & Happy Hour 2
(pattern available for free when you join the Sewhooked Facebook Group)

Clover All Over quilt in fabric
Clover All Over
Find the free pattern in on the Sewhooked Free Pattern page.
Also available via the Sewhooked Facebook Group.

I hope to see you there and that sewing with us will bring you some cheer in this strange, strange time.


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I Voted – a free pattern to paper piece


Hello, dear friends!

I know, I know, I already posted my TTMT earlier today BUT, I voted today and then I had to wait on a technician at my house and one thing led to another and BOOM, accidental new pattern!

“I Voted”

(print or save from Google Drive)

a free pattern to paper piece

6″ x 10″

Full discloser: This pattern is hot off the press and has not been tested. If you make it and have problems, please let me know and I’ll get it edited asap. I’m releasing it pre-testing because it’s Super Tuesday and, well, it feels relevant.


This is me and my fella, voting earlier today, sporting our own “I Voted” stickers.


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Trees for Australia🌳🌳🌳

trees for wollongong by janina

The lovely Janina made these 12″ paper pieced trees using two of my free patterns to send to Australia for the quilt block collection by Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild. The blocks will be used to make quilts for families affected by the bushfires in New South Wales.

Tree blocks will also be collected at QuiltCon here in Austin later this week to send to the Wollongong MQG. You can read more about that here.

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Janina used my Tree at Sunset & Whomping Willow patterns. Both were enlarged from 5″ to 12″. I have a handy dandy tutorial for enlarging patterns here.

Thank you for sharing your lovely blocks, Janina! 🌳💜🌳💜🌳



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Happy Love Day! Heart Pattern Roundup

Happy Love Day to all of my friends out there!

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Donated to The Linus Connection, May 2005

I have always loved hearts in crafts in general, but especially in quilts. One of the early quilts that I made for donation to The Linus Connection was made of simple pieced hearts and I remember just how EXCITED I was when each heart made its appearance!

In honor of love and friendship, I am sharing a round-up of my free heart patterns. I’ve even added a couple of patterns that were previously retired. They are now back to share the love!

I hope you enjoy these and I hope you have some time to appreciate yourself, hug someone you love, and maybe get a little sewing in today. Each of these patterns is a  virtual hug from me to you.♥

Click on any image to print or save the free pattern with Google Drive.

All patterns are paper pieced. Find out more about Paper Piecing here.

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hearts go round repeat

Hearts Go Round, Repeated


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Cross My Hearts (two sizes of blocks plus a quilt pattern!)

cupid's arrow 2



yellow ribbon heart


log cabin heart

linus heart by me

braided heart by me

scrappy heart 2 by me (1)

scrappy heart by meless than three by me

Find more Free Patterns here!

Sending you love and wishes for lots of sewing this weekend!


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Free Printable Paper Piecing Tutorial

Hello, my friends! Many years ago, I wrote a full-length tutorial that has been available for sale in my various online shops. Since I’ve retired from selling, but not from my love of paper piecing, today, I offer it to you for free.
Learn to Paper Piece with Sweet Skating Sue is now available as a FREE printable PDF download. The step-by-step tutorial includes 23 pages of paper piecing goodness perfect for beginners. You get photos and easy-to-understand instructions for paper piecing Sweet Skating Sue. The pattern is also included in the tutorial, so you get everything you need to get started on your paper-piecing adventure! Once you learn the basics using Sweet Skating Sue, you can tackle any project that includes paper piecing. There are thousands of patterns out there, making the possibilities of creating a special quilt project just for you absolutely endless. Prefer a video approach? Paper Piecing Art: Beginner and Beyond, is a full-length class I created for a subscription-based platform back in 2012. Both the class and the pattern are absolutely free.

Need more? I have a whole page about paper piecing!

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My Favorite Things – Etsy Update!


Hello, friends!

In my continued efforts to include all of my for sale PDF patterns to download in my Etsy Shop, I have now added the individual block patterns from My Favorite Things!

My Favorite Things was my 2016 block of the month featuring, as you may remember, many of my favorite things. From sewing and yarn to crayons, and paint, I love all things crafty!

I talked about My Favorite Things in this 2016 Talk to Me Tuesday.

My finished quilt (above) was quilted by Sarah’s Sewing Studio.

Individual blocks with direct links are listed below. Those are just $2.95 each. If you want the entire quilt worth of patterns and instructions, you can get that here for $9.95. All patterns are both 6″ and 12″ to allow you to choose what size quilt (or block!) you’d like to make.

Finally, a big, huge thank you for your patience as I go through the process of updating and adding my patterns to Etsy. I had almost three hundred patterns available through Craftsy, most of them individual blocks patterns like these. I’m working a little at a time to remove broken links from all of my existing patterns and adding my new 1″ scale to all patterns before adding them to Etsy.

If there is something you personally are looking for and haven’t been able to find it, please let me know and I’ll add it straight away.

You can find all my free patterns right here on Sewhooked.

My Favorite Things

Complete Quilt Pattern includes all patterns & instructions

60” x 72” (for 12” blocks)

30” x 36” (for 6” blocks)

My Favorite Things Individual Blocks (6″ & 12″) paper pieced are below.

 NEED PAPER PIECING HELP? I have a page for that!

My Favorite Things BOM: January (Sewing Machine)

January My Favorite Things Pattern – Sewing Machine

02 February

February My Favorite Things Pattern – Buttons

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March My Favorite Things Patterns – Scissors & Rotary Cutter

04 April

April My Favorite Things Pattern – Glue Bottle

05 May Favorite Things

May My Favorite Things Pattern – Crayons

06 June both

June My Favorite Things Patterns – Crochet Hook & Knitting Needle

07 July Fav Things

July My Favorite Things Pattern – Seam Gauge

08 Aug Fav Things

August My Favorite Things – Glitter

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September My Favorite Things – Yarn Ball & Skein 


October My Favorite Things – Needle & Thread


November My Favorite Things – Hot Melt Glue Gun


December My Favorite Things Pattern – Paint Tube & Brush

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L’amour sous la Tour Eiffel, updated

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Hello, dear friends!

I’m happy to share that I’ve updated one of my most popular patterns, L’amour sous la Tour Eiffel! I’ve had a number of requests to add fabric amounts and to color this pattern. For your sewing convenience, both of those things are now done! I have also tweaked the pattern to make it a bit more symmetrical.

Originally inspired by my daughter’s international travels, L’amour sous la Tour Eiffel is available on Etsy for $2.95.

Have you already purchased this pattern? Download the update for free right from Etsy! If you bought this pattern on Craftsy, email your receipt (or a screencap of it in your Craftsy library) and I will happily send this updated version right to your inbox! As a reminder, my patterns are no longer be available on Craftsy. Here’s why.

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One keen quilter asked for a sample rainbow quilt inspired by L’amour sous la Tour Eiffel! How fun is that? You could go much bigger if you desired (see link below!). This simple version includes multiple colors of the Eiffel Tower with 2″ sashing and cornerstones.

Are there other patterns you’d like to see updated or would like to see a quilt mock-up for? Let me know!

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FYI – The Sewhooked Suggestion Box is temporarily closed as I work my way through my inventory of patterns to update links and remove Craftsy badges.

A quick reminder: my Holiday and Winter themed patterns are on sale through December 31. You can find those in my Etsy Pattern shopWant some holiday freebies? I have those, too!

Talk to you again soon!


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Surprise! New pattern – Signs Signs Signs


Guess who has been working on a new pattern in between all the other craziness?!

You guessed it!

Some time ago, Robin B. made an amazing suggestion that I have had in the back of my mind ever since – a multi-directional signpost.

With all the travel I’ve been doing this year, I absolutely could not resist designing this one. I did a little research and a little sketching. I worked up a pattern and sent it off to my pattern testers.

It is now tested and ready to share!

This awesome, versatile pattern is perfect to express your wanderlust or to point to where your loved ones are, or maybe share your favorite fandom locations. Think fabric with existing text, hand or machine embroidery, stenciling, fabric markers, the list goes on!

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Find Signs Signs Signs in both of my online shops:

$3.95 on Craftsy


$3.95 on Etsy

10″ x 30″ (10 1/2″ x 30 1/2″ with seam allowance) as shown, made using three paper pieced blocks.

Need more signs? Duplicate and rotate the center block! Add to larger projects or make as is for a fun wall hanging.

Includes full-color instructions with fabric amounts, suggestions, and paper pieced pattern.

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And here is Amber’s fantastic tested version! She has big plans for this and I can’t wait to share what she does!

If  you try your hand at this pattern, I’d love to see what you do with it over in the Sewhooked Facebook Group! Not on Facebook? Tag me on Instagram (@sewhookedjen) or Twitter (@sewhooked)!

Thank you for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend! 😀

See you soon!



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