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TTMT #712 – Old and New

In which I share a TINY bit of progress on the quilt recreation I mentioned last week as well as some show & tell from my past.


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Feeling Chicken

5 Inch Chick

Free 5″ Pecking Chick Pattern, by Jennifer Ofenstein

Several years ago, I participated in a year-long birthday quilt block swap. At the time, one of my dear friends and fellow designers, Cat Magraith, was collecting chicken-themed blocks. She was also participating in the same swap. I drafted several before deciding which blocks to share with her.

The above pattern, Pecking Chick, never made out of the sketch stage and is being posted for the very first time today! I think he’d be a sweet little chick with a French knot eye and a few seed beads at his feet for pecking!

The first two were made for the swap, and I believe I sent the egg block on to her as well. It’s one block I’m incredibly proud of. Doesn’t it just look like you’re looking in a full nest?

Chickens for hardhatcat
Cat’s Roosters, free 5″ patterns here on Sewhooked.

chick for cat
Chick for Cat, adapted from this pattern at Patch Pieces.

three eggs
Three Eggs. Free 5″ Pattern here on Sewhooked.

But wait, there’s more! I’m not the only that’s created or adapted chicken patterns. Cat has quite a few of her own, many of which are available right here on Sewhooked for free!

CAT_2 chicks_pic
2 Chicks, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

CAT_Hen with chick_pic
Hen With Chick, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

Rooster, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

Pecking Hen, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

Hen, free 5″ pattern by Cat Magraith

Get more great

free patterns right here on Sewhooked 

and on

 Fandom In Stiches 

(fandom quilt patterns by fans, for fans!).

Have a very happy, crafty, quilty Friday!

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Pineapple…the Fruit, A Free Pattern

Pineapple...The Fruit
Pineapple…the Fruit, a free 5″ paper pieced pattern

You might know by now that I have a bit of a love affair with pineapples.  I knew this day would come eventually. I have designed my a pineapple block.

But this one, this block? It’s special. It’s not intended to be a traditional pineapple quilt block, it’s intended to look like the fruit.

When I teach Intro to Paper Piecing, I use a traditional, paper pieced pineapple, this pineapple, in fact:

class sample batik - pinapple quilt block  class sample red and white - pinapple quilt block class sample scrappy - pinapple quilt block

I eat them. I grow them. A make quilt blocks named after them out of fabric. It’s a sickness, really.

pineapple, day 1

Pineapple, planted

I even made a video showing how to cut them up.

It seems fitting somehow that I design a pineapple quilt block that looks like an actual pineapple!

Pineapple…the Fruit

 a free 5″ paper pieced pattern

Mock up done in EQ7. Pattern drafted in  EQ7 & Photoshop

Thank you to the YouTube commenter that requested this pattern. I don’t often do requests, but this is a special case. Not only do I love pineapples myself, but it’s not the first time I’ve been asked for this exact thing.

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Project of Doom – Week 5


Just a reminder, The Project of Doom, A Harry Potter Block of the Week Mystery Quilt, is taking place over on Harry Potter Paper Piecing (hp_paperpiecing on Livejournal).

The Week 5 pattern is now posted and we are officially 1/6 of the way down the road to completing our blocks!

Want to see what other quilters are making of the PoD patterns? You can see related photo posts here.

If you participate, and you’re part of the hp_paperpiecing community (it’s easy, you just need a Livejournal account), you’ll be eligible for awesome prizes every month! There are details on the site…so GO!

*PoD pattern posts go to the PoD page, with the actual block behind a link to keep it a mystery!



Free Pattern: Simple Kites

four patch kite

Four Patch Kite

One of my most rewarding past times is volunteering for The Linus Connection, so when a friend asked me to design a simple paper pieced kite that would be easy to incorporate into quilts for Linus, I eagerly accepted.

simple kite

Simple Kite

Of course, I couldn’t create just one pattern! Having more adds variety.  When I was done, I had the Four Patch Kite and it’s reverse and the Simple Kite and it’s reverse.  Each block prints at 6″ x 8″, so it’s easy to make a nice large block by adding sashing, or, keep it as is and sprinkle a kite here and there through your quilt!

Please do take print these patterns and use them for your own non-profit group, or make a sweet summer quilt for a child that you love!

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Happy stitching!


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Charity: Go Get Granny and Log Cabins For Linus

Log Cabins for Linus / Go Get Granny

For many years now, I’ve been a volunteer for The Linus Connection*, a small local non-profit charity that makes blankets for children in need in Central Texas. I’m a blanket maker, sorter and volunteer Webmistress for linusconnection.org.  I’ve served a term on the Board, and was the newsletter editor for a time.  Suffice it to say, Linus is very important to me!

Just as many other charities are suffering due to the current economy, Linus is suffering, too. Our demand has risen, while the number of blankets has decreased. When our numbers decrease, that means children that need a little extra security in a difficult time are going without. It’s a very hard call to decide who doesn’t get the security of a handmade blanket. If I had my way, every child touched by severe illness, injury, abuse, homelessness or other crisis situations would know the comfort and love of a handmade blanket.

My blog is a place I share my ideas, patterns, recipes and tutorials with the world for no charge, but this time I’d like to ask for a little something back.  Throughout 2010, I will be collecting quilt blocks and yarn squares through my craft blog to assemble into Linus blankets.

If you are a quilter, please consider participating in Log Cabins for Linus!   Make 12″ log cabin blocks (12.5″ unfinished) in 100% quilting cotton of any log cabin pattern, any color, any style you like.

Here are some patterns to get you started:

If yarn is your forte, then Go Get Granny is for you! I’ll be accepting 12″ knit or crochet blocks made in acrylic yarns of any color or style and will join those into afghans.

When you’re ready to send your block, email me for my mailing address and I’ll send it your way. Donations to The Linus Connection are tax deductible, so if you need a receipt, please include a note with your block and I’ll make sure one gets to you.

All blocks donated will be shared here on the sewhooked blog and on Talk To Me Tuesday as completed blankets before being donated to The Linus Connection.

I encourage you to post photos of your blocks to the Go Get Granny & Log Cabins for Linus flickr group.  You can also see blankets I’ve donated since 2002.

Anything you can do is greatly appreciated.

For more information about The Linus Connection, please visit our website or blog or become a fan on Facebook.


Disclaimer: This is my effort to increase blanket numbers for my own favorite blanket making charity, The Linus Connection, located in Austin, Texas.  This effort is not in any way organized by TLC.  All blankets will be donated to The Linus Connection by me, Jennifer Ofenstein.  If you have any questions please contact me or leave a question in the comments.

*The Linus Connection is a small, local non-profit located in Central Texas and is not affiliated with Project Linus.