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St. Patrick Shamrock!

Shamrock Sample

Are you wearing green today? Even more importantly, do you have green fabric?

Good, because I have a brand new free paper pieced pattern to share with you!

I thought a fun and simple Shamrock pattern would be just the thing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

5″ paper pieced Shamrock Pattern

After years of hand-drafting all my patterns in Photoshop, I’ve been learning  EQ7. The learning curve is finally getting smaller and I still prefer to color and number my own patterns in Photoshop, but I have discovered that one of my favorite things to do with EQ7 are fun quilt layouts! This one is super simple, but I hope it inspires you to create a little Shamrock quilt of your own!

shamrock quilt mock up

Happy St. Patrick’s Day…and happy quilting!


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Classic Film

Classic Film

Get Classic Film


What a relief that this pattern is finally created for your enjoyment!

When I first drafted this pattern back in 2008, it was strictly as a prop for my then-book. Once my contract was canceled, this piece sat in closet with the rest of the finished Magical Friends projects.

When I made the decision to literally bring them out of the closet and add the patterns I had worked so very hard on to my infant Sewhooked shop, showing off Saturday Morning Monster Movies garnered an immediate response. You wanted the layout pattern and you wanted it yesterday! Well, of course I couldn’t find my original notes anywhere. So, guess who drafted this pattern all over again, just for  you?

I am so excited that I can finally share the newly drafted, tested and altogether fun-to-make Classic Film pattern. I hope you have as much fun making it as I had drafting it…both times!

Classic Film was created specifically to display 5” (finished) quilt blocks, which is by far my favorite size block to design. All the Magical Friends are 5″ in their original size, as are most of the free patterns available on Sewhooked.

Use your favorite paper pieced patterns, applique or fussy cut to create a striking film layout to show off your favorite blocks!

Finished size – 12″ x 31″
Techniques – Traditional and Strip Piecing


Want to learn to paper piece? Check out my free paper piecing resources and text tutorial!

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Happy crafting!


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Friendly Familiars

Wizard with Rat

Witch with Owl Wizard with Snake

Wizard with Toad Witch with Cat

There’s just something a little extra magical about a story with animals in it. Perhaps it’s how they seem to perceive our needs and be our friends, without ever being able to verbally communicate. Maybe it’s because they’re cute or maybe, just maybe, it’s because we see something simple and appealing when we look at our cat curled up in a spot of sunshine.

Enter Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends (Set 4) – Friendly Familiars: Wizard with Rat, Witch with Owl, Witch with Cat, Wizard with Snake and Wizard with Toad.

Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends are inspired by the classic Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam blocks, with a fun, whimsical twist!

Complete paper pieced patterns and sewing order for each. Pattern can be printed in color or gray scale.

5″ finished
patterns can be printed in color or gray scale

Included: 5  paper pieced block patterns with sewing order.

These patterns and others are super-easy to buy from the Sewhooked Shop as an instant PDF download with PayPal payment – completely secure shopping through E-junkie! If you feel more comfortable shopping through e-junking, you can go straight to my storefront there.

With your PDF download, you receive a 6 paper pieced patterns with seam allowance and stitching instructions.

Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends.

Set 1 – Monster Madness

Set 2 – Wand Wielders

Set 3 – Fanciful Fairies

Want to learn to paper piece? Check out my free paper piecing resources and text tutorial or take my Introduction To Paper Piecing class at Honey Bee Quilt Store (new dates coming soon)!

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!



Way Back Craft: Teeny Goblet of Fire

Goblet of Fire

Once Upon A Time, I entered a Challenge. It was called The Little Tiny Challenge. I was beaten soundly by a tiny fast food meal made of real food, though I did come in second (even though second was hundreds of votes from first!).

Here’s my original post made on craftser way back in April of 2006.

The Pattern:

Sewing one of the center segments.  Man that’s small!

Individual segments ready to be pieced:

The block is pieced!  Photo from the back!

Finished block next to the original 5″ version (pattern available at sewhooked.org )

The finished block, front & center!  All 1.5″ of it!

Happy Crafting!



sewhooked shop!

My Kitchen Window

My Kitchen Window

I’m thrilled to announce that after months of research, sleepless nights, filing of papers, designing, stitching and lots and LOTS of work, the Sewhooked Shop is finally online!

I’m starting with just a few products, all available for instant download with PayPal payment.  Every pattern is also available for wholesale.  Contact me for more information at sewhooked@gmail.com.

How excited am I? I ate a lot of peanut butter today…That’s how excited!

Please check it out…I’d love your feedback!

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Have a wonderful day!

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Guest Designer Spotlight: Jennifer Tanner

designed by Jennifer Tanner
click on image for pattern

After a long time without a Guest Designer Spotlight, I’m proud to say that I have a brand new sewhooked Guest Designer to introduce:  Jennifer Tanner!  Jennifer answered some questions about herself for us so fans of her patterns can get to know her a little better.


First name and where you’re from: Jennifer Tanner; Zimmerman, Minnesota

Website/blog/online store or other place where your patterns or photos of your work can be found? I do not have a website & I hardly think you could call my Live Journal account a blog! But I am going to do my best to learn how to use it. I will keep passing on new designs to Jennifer though, so you can always find them at www.sewhooked.org on the Guest designer page! (Many thanks to Jennifer for creating this part of her website!)

How long have you been paper piecing and/or quilting? The first quilt I made was a baby quilt for my husband’s cousin. I do not remember the exact year but I think it was somewhere in 2001 – 2003. I didn’t start paper piecing until November of this past year (2009). I decided that I was going to get going on the Harry Potter quilt I had wanted to make since 2001. I started to get pretty downhearted when looking for Harry Potter material because it was OUTRAGEOUSLY priced on eBay. I then did a Google search & found Jennifer’s website. (HURRAY!) I had only heard of paper piecing once before so I wasn’t sure this would work either. With the help of Jen’s tutorial & another gal’s YouTube video, I gave it a whirl. Needless to say, I loved it!

What do you use own your blocks for? I am using my HP themed blocks for my Harry Potter quilt top. I designed a Christmas tree for a table runner, a Mickey Mouse outline for a pillow for my son, & a pirate square that hasn’t been tested yet. Once I am done with my HP quilt I would like to make a book bag using some of the HP patterns.


click image for pattern

When did you start designing? I designed my first block December 2009.

Was there a particular inspiration to draw your first pattern? Do you remember what your first design was? Seeing the fulfillment Jennifer got from her own designs inspired me to just go for it. My first block was a Christmas tree. My next block was a train engine that I drew up for my sister after not being able to find a pattern I liked online. That is what led me to design my Hogwarts Express. I just kept going from there.

Do you have a favorite among your own designs? I am equally in love with my Hogwarts Castle & Durmstrang ship. The ship is available for download on Jennifer’s website, www.sewhooked.org, but I decided to keep the castle as my own block.

How has the online community changed the way you craft/quilt/design, etc.? Where do I begin!?! God just blessed me with the crafty online community this fall & it has helped me so much! I would not be designing today if I had not discovered this community. Not to mention I probably would not be making my HP quilt right now either! I can go to YouTube & watch tutorials if I’m stuck on something; Jennifer has been amazing in answering so many questions that I’ve had about paper piecing & designing. The compliments people share with each other is so encouraging. It has inspired me to be a better crafter. I enjoy being able to share something I love with others who share the same passion! And I’m so happy to have found paper piecing. 🙂

What do you use to design your patterns?  Paper and pencil, a specific software, etc.  I hand draw all of my patterns using pencil & a ruler. I’ve tried & tried to get the computer drawing down. I can get the picture drawn, but can’t figure out how to get the seam allowance in there so old fashioned drawing it is for me!

find more of Jennifer Tanners’ patterns on the sewhooked Guest Designer page

Happy Quilting!

A Holly Jolly Memory

Christmas Wall Hanging for Eric & Dominae

“Holly Jolly Christmas”
12″x13″ – 2008

Do you remember this little beauty?

It was a gift that I made for our friends Eric & Dominae. One of my favorite quilty sites, The Quilting Gallery, is having a contest called Holiday Traditions. There’s a small category and I decided that “Holly Jolly” would be the perfect quilt to enter.

The contest is open to small and large quilts and to any winter holiday and there are loads of fantastic prizes.  Go see and enter your own holiday quilt!

Holiday Traditions Quilt Contest

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.