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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!

sign post title

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.

tested by amber

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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Night’s Reverie is back for 2016!

Night's Reverie, 2016 Update

After a year or more out of the spotlight (and out of the shop!), I’ve updated Night’s Reverie for 2016!

♥ Get Night’s Reverie on Craftsy ♥

This fun pattern was originally created in 2010 as a way to teach my local students how to freezer paper stencil.

This is a great pattern to practice stenciling and it now includes the option to hand embroider the design if you’d prefer.

With just a few elements, you can finish this simple wall hanging in no time!

Need to learn stenciling? More info here!

Night's Reverie, 2016 Update Night's Reverie, 2016 Update

Night’s Reverie 2016 Update, Stenciled with font variations.

Night's Reverie, 2016 Update Night's Reverie, 2016 Update

Night’s Reverie 2016 Update, Embroidered with font variations.


Original Night's Reverie

The original stenciled Night’s Reverie, created in 2010.


sewhooked.com February 2016 Flickr prize

Our February drawing will be for a custom quilt label professionally embroidered by Sarah’s Sewing Studio (photo soon!). Entering to win is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll be entered to win for each photo you share!

Want a quilt label? Get your own custom label for $9.95 (as shown with your name and recipient’s name) or $14.95 for additional text (for example, the name of your quilter). A two color option is also available. Contact Sarah’s Sewing Studio for more info. Make sure to tell her I sent you!

The March winner will be announced Friday, March 4, 2016 (that’s tomorrow!).

Want to sponsor a prize? Please drop me an email.

Join the Sewhooked Facebook Group for community, fun and support! This is absolutely optional and not required to participate in the BOM.

Happy stitching!


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

I Want To Believe: An X-Files Quilt & Stitch Along coming 2016 on fandominstitches.com



How to Enlarge & Reduce Quilt Patterns with Adobe Reader

how to enlarge reduce patterns

Edited to add: This tutorial was written in 2014. It may not work with all versions of Adobe Reader. You can also use the chart below to enlarge patterns on printers that include that feature. Thanks!

Today, I’m sharing a rare mirror post with my fandom site, Fandom In Stitches, but this is more than worth posting twice.

I read and answer a lot (and by a lot, I mean tons!) of email for both Sewhooked and Fandom in Stitches and the question I answer most often is this: How do I resize a quilt block pattern?

The easiest way to ENLARGE or REDUCE a quilt block pattern is to print it as a poster using Adobe Reader and the chart below.

Pattern Size Needed
4″ 5″ 6″ 7″ 8″ 9″ 10″ 11″ 12″
Pattern Size
4″ 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 225% 250% 275% 300%
5″ 80% 100% 120% 140% 160% 180% 200% 220% 240%
6″ 67% 83% 100% 117% 133% 150% 167% 183% 200%
7″ 52% 71% 88% 100% 114% 128% 143% 152% 171%
8″ 50% 62% 75% 87% 100% 112% 125% 137% 150%
9″ 44% 55% 66% 77% 88% 100% 111% 122% 133%
10″ 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 110% 120%
11″ 36% 45% 54% 63% 72% 81% 90% 100% 109%
12″ 34% 42% 50% 59% 67% 78% 84% 93% 100%

Follow these steps and use the chart below to make it even easier:

  1. Download the PDF quilt block pattern file.
  2. Open pattern in Adobe Reader.
  3. Open the Print dialog (shown below) by clicking the printer icon.
  4. Choose which Pages to Print. In the example “All” is chosen, but if there is an instruction page, skip that and just enlarge the pattern pages. It may be least confusing to enlarge one page at a time.
  5. Under Paper Sizing & Handling, choose Poster (see image).
  6. Determine the starting Pattern Size and the chart below to determine what percentage to enlarge to Pattern Size Needed. For example, to print a 5″ pattern at 10″, Tile Scale (see below) will need to be 200%.
  7. Print these instructions for easy reference.

Big thanks to Fandom In Stitches Designer Addie Clark for sharing the poster printing tip over on the Fandom In Stitches Facebook Group.


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Adios Printed Patterns!

After several years of selling my patterns through a variety of sources, I’ve made the decision to phase out hard copy (printed) patterns.

The simple truth is that they just don’t sell very well. Most of my customers are internet-based and when you guys are ready for a pattern you want it right now and PDF patterns are the best way to do that.

I still have some hard copy stock left and I’ve decided instead of letting them collect dust, I’m going to take the month of September to clear them out!

ALL Sewhooked printed patterns are 1/2 price on ETSY, no coupon needed,  and will be gone after September 30.

As of October 1, all Sewhooked my patterns will be available exclusively as PDFs! Want PDFs now? The best place to shop Sewhooked is on Craftsy!


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Join me for my next class: You Can Stencil A T-Shirt!


Friday, September 6, 9 am – 12 pm
$30 per person, pay online or RSVP to pay at the door.
You will receive handout upon registration.
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Fat Quarterly Is Here!

Wow, wow, wow!

Your reaction to Braided Kaleidoscope was fantastic, thank you so much!

By far the number one question I’ve answered since Friday is “where do I get that pattern?!”

Braided Kaleidoscope for Fat Quarterly

Braided Kaleidoscope

Braided Kaleidoscope is available only in Fat Quarterly E-Zine, Issue 8.

The issue was available to subscribers on Friday and is available to everyone today, just look for the Buy Now button on this page!

I’ll be showing off the actual piece in tomorrow’s Talk To Me Tuesday. I think you’ll all be surprised when you see it’s actual size!

If you do make Braided Kaleidoscope, be sure to add it to the Fat Quarterly flickr (you know I love flickr!!) and please, please add it to the Sewhooked flickr, too. I’d love to feature your picture right here on Sewhooked!

Just a reminder that STITCHED workshops will now be available for a full year! That’s right, six more months of workshop awesomeness, giveaways and access to fabulous STITCHED instructors, including yours truly teaching you how to paper piece! If you’ve been hesitant to sign up for STITCHED, don’t be, because it’s a fantastically fun site full of wonderful workshops and community!

I hope to see you there!


Workshops are open!

Register Now!

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

I’m still looking for designers!


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Half Price Happy Tree!

Tree Trimming

Feel like making something Tree-ish?

Tree Trimming has been one of the most fun patterns that I have released “into the wild,” and certainly one of the most fun patterns that I’ve presented as a class!

The creative interpretations have been many and I never ceased to be amazed by the creative choices of fabrics and embellishments!

In the spirit of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, how about Sewhooked Saturday? My most popular pattern, Tree Trimming, is on sale now through November 30!

$8.00 $4.00 through Nov. 30, 2011

with coupon code HAPPYTREE

This cheerful tree combines tradition and whimsy in the color palette of your choice. Add buttons, beads, embroidery or quilting to make it your own!

paper piecing, strip piecing
14 1/2″ x 21 1/2″ finished size

Includes paper pieced patterns, fabric requirements, cutting and piecing instructions.

Instant Download PDF pattern  Add to Cart

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Tree Trimming - Honey Bee Quilt Store Kit

Here are some great examples from the Sewhooked flickr group:

Tree Trimming

by liljabs

Tree Trimming Outside

by shaebay

Tree Trimming

by hermione_jean

Happy stitching!


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Peace, Love, Pi

Peace, Love, Pi

During the craziness that was getting sewhooked.org and blog.sewooked.org consolidated into the Shiny New sewhooked.com, one of my newest designs, Peace, Love, Pi, slipped through the cracks of blog posting.

This spiffy new design was created to entertain my husband and son, both who love math and have great senses of humor. They love the design and once it’s quilted, it will quite possibly end up hanging in my husband’s office where he does magical things with computers all day long.


9 1/2″ X 21 1/2″

Includes 3 original

paper pieced patterns

plus sashing instructions.

One of the best parts about this pattern is it’s construction. It’s super simple, with 5″ (5.5″ unfinished) paper pieced patterns and simple sashing.

Pi 5" paper pieced pattern
Added March 2012 – By popular request, Pi is available as a single pattern for just $2 on Craftsy!

Not into math but love the “Peace, Love” part of the pattern? Replace the bottom block with any 5″ square of your choice and create a statement about what you love!

How about….

sewing machine
Peace, Love, Sewing

Peace, Love, Zombies

Peace, Love, Vampires

Tree @ Sunset
Peace, Love, Trees

Lil' St. Nick
Peace, Love, Santa

HP Snitch
Peace, Love, Harry Potter

The combination is endless with the variety of both free and for sale free patterns available through Sewhooked, Fandom In Stitches and many other great online sources!

Add your Sewhooked project and block photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!


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Poppies from the Past

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Sometimes, magic just happens and sometimes, I really have to work at it. With Poppies from the Past, I did not have to work at it.

Bee-Treat 2011

At my last quilt retreat, my lovely friend Marylin pulled out several lovely hand-pieced blocks that she’d found at a flea market. Inspired, I took a photo of the block, thinking vaguely that I might like to make a block or two.

Once I was home, I started searching through my books and the web, looking for a pattern for the block. By the time I’d given up, the basic design for Poppies from the Past was already in my head.

My poppy differs from my vintage inspiration in several ways. For one, mine pattern is completely paper pieced, no hand applique or set-in seams! Secondly, I designed the actual flower just a little bit different because I wanted a more upright effect with the petals. Last, my block is much, much smaller; only 7″ compared to the originals approximately 14″ – 15″.

Bonnie Blue Black Background fabric

You may remember that not long ago, I was on the hunt for the lovely background fabric I used in this project. That was the only hard part of this project, running out of fabric and then not being able to find what I needed locally! Fortunately, I have fantastic friends and with their help, I was able to get this project complete.

Poppies from the Past is available for only $8 for instant PDF download with secure PayPal payment from the Sewhooked Shop. You get foundation patterns for the poppies and the flying geese border, as well as fabric requirements, cutting and stitching instructions to create a 14 1/4″ x 29 1/4″ wall hanging.

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Alternative color combinations, created in EQ7


This version was created by Midge, who helped me test the pattern.

Happy stitching!


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Ravelry Shoppe: Bubble Cloche

Bubble Clocke

Free pattern

It’s not that I procrastinate.  Okay, maybe I do.  But mostly it’s because I get myself so very busy that I occasionally forget something important(ish).  Like this hat.  I ❤ this hat, which I call Bubble Cloche.  I made a whole stack of them in December and January and even enlisted pattern testers!

It took a gentle reminder nudge from the fabulous Pren Wilcox for me to remember that I’d neglected this poor cute hat for these many months.

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.

Happy crafting!




paper piecing: Quilt For Your Inner Genius

Pi 5" paper pieced pattern!
5″ Pi pattern only on etsy

Living in a house full of incredibly smart people, it was only a matter of time until their interests started bleeding into my crafting.  There have been cross-overs before with all sorts of fandom paraphanelia, from Star Trek to X-Men.

Now, it’s math.

I mean really, who doesn’t need a paper pieced Pi?

Alright, alright, it was my 11 year old son’s idea!  Happy now?

And for the curious…

From Wikipedia:

Pi or π is a mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle‘s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space; this is the same value as the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius. The symbol π was first proposed by the Welsh mathematician William Jones in 1706. It is approximately equal to 3.14159 in the usual decimal notation

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.