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A Special Project for my Brother

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It’s done!

After Christmas, my little brother gave me his whole cloth baby quilt our grandmother made for him over 40 years ago with the mission to “save it.”

The back was transparent and dry rotted. Many of the original hand ties were missing. The edges were frayed and poking out. The quilt was oddly lumpy.

I really struggled with where to start. I considered patching it, but then quickly realized it was too damaged to just be patched. It’s a quilt full of love and meaning for my brother and I wanted to make sure I did this right.

I shared the “before” quilt on Talk to Me Tuesday earlier this week and then I just dove in. I had to fix this quilt and it wasn’t getting done sitting on the table in my sewing room!

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In the end, I took the whole thing apart, carefully picking out every stitch. The inside was layers of old sheets and flour sacking!

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One of the layers was completely shredded and had turned into fluff, which created the random lumps. I sprinted the vintage fluff outside for birds to use in their nests.

To complete my mission to save this quilt, I hand washed the original fabric top and added a super lightweight fusible to the back for stability and to help close some of the tiny holes created by the ties.

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I kept the sheet that was inside for the weight but replaced the shredded flour sacking with my favorite Hobb’s 80/20 batting. I carefully basted the top, batting, and old sheet and then serged the edges together.

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Then I added a new soft flannel back, rebasting and hand tying to keep it as close to the original configuration as possible.

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The back is turned to the front and stitched. The finish is as close to the same as I could make it.

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I shared a photo with my brother and he’s a happy camper. It’s already in the mail back to him.

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This was a very emotional project and I felt like I was communing with our grandmother while I worked on the quilt. I did record a bit for TTMT before shipping this guy off, so look for that next Tuesday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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WRITE – A Mini Quilt To Paper Piece

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I’m absolutely thrilled to announce a brand new (but kind of old!) pattern to share!

WRITE is an 8″ x 20″ finished, entirely paper pieced mini quilt.

You can find the pattern for just $4.95 in my Craftsy Shop. If you prefer, it’s also available on Etsy.

Members of the Sewhooked Patreon Pattern Club should already have a copy in their inboxes. Thank you so much for your support!

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I’d like to spend special thanks out to Susan P. & MJ for testing this pattern for accuracy. They were extraordinarily helpful with the process and I was able to improve the pattern greatly with their feedback. Coloring page photo by MJ. ♥

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Coming in September! Fabric amounts for each size to be released September 4!

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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TTMT #393 – November!

  • Houston Quilt Festival – I’ll be there on Thursday and Friday as a spectator. If you see me wandering around, please stop and say hello!

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

I don’t generally post twice on one day, but when the first of the month is on a Tuesday, it’s kind of unavoidable. If you’re here for November’s My Favorite Things, just click here.

Wednesday through December on Fandom in Stitches!

Quirky Qwerty Alphabet!

October Prize Winner is Jennifer R ! She receives a .pdf copy of Quirky Qwerty Alphabet!

Get it now from my Craftsy Shop

Entering to win the 2016 monthly prize is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked Flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll have one chance to win for each photo you share!

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by Jodie Tawn

Untitled Ball of Yarn Skein of Yarn

by Kathy

March Bonus Block Favorite Things QAL#sewhooked #favthingsbom Laying catch up 😬 Jan Favorite Things Block#favthingsbom #sewhooked Feb Favorite Things Block#sewhooked #favthingsbom March Favorite Things #favthingsbom #sewhooked April Favorite Things QAL#favthingsbom #sewhooked May Favorite Things QAL #sewhooked #favthingsbom June Favorite Things QAL#favthingsbom #sewhooked June Bonus Block Favorite Things QAL#favthingsbom #sewhooked July Favorite Things QAL#favthingsbom #sewhooked October 12 in Favorite Things QAL#favthingsbom #sewhooked

by Jennifer R (Playful Piecing)

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Jacks Lanterns quilt! 🎃👻

(last month’s random drawing winner…it’s so good, I had to show it again!)

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TTMT #382 – Galaxy 1824

This week, I brave the rain and humidity to share my biggest finish of the year! Watch my makeup slowly melt off of my face as I talk about the quilt I made for my son’s dorm room: Galaxy 1824.

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

The August 2016 sewhooked.com participation prize is a digital copy of my pattern set, Jack’s Lanterns: 9 Halloween Patterns to Paper Piece!

Entering to win the 201 6 monthly prize is easy, just share your photos with the Sewhooked flickr group, making sure your photos are set to share. You’ll have one chance to win for each photo you share!

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

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

Free Pattern Day is the first of every month during 2016!

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!

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

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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!

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

 

 

31 Days of Halloween – A Pumpkin A Day

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We’re back again with another fun post for 31 Days of Halloween!

Today, I’m sharing a fun, festive and very fall project, first created for a seasonal blog hop several years ago.

Fall Placemat

You Need:

  • 1 pumpkin, pieced at 10 1/2″  or 10″ finished (copy the free, 5″ pumpkin pattern below & enlarge at 200%)
  • 2 maple leaves, pieced at 5 1/2″ or 5″ finished (free 5″ pattern link below!)
  • 2 – 5 1/2″ squares of background fabric
  • 2 – 2 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strips of background fabric (stitch top and bottom)
  • Piece as shown above to create a 20″ x 14″ placemat. Embellish & quilt as desired.

Maple Leaf FREE – 3″, 5″ and 6″ Maple Leaf Paper Pieced Pattern (Or get it on Craftsy!)

PumpkinFREE – 3″, 5″ and 6″ Pumpkin Paper Pieced Pattern (get it on Craftsy!)

Need help enlarging your pattern? I have a tutorial for that!

Fall Placemat

Feeling ambitious? Add some nine-patches or other 5″ blocks of your choice! This layout also includes a 1″ strip of background fabric between the pumpkin and other blocks.

2015 Placemat made with PoD 2015 Pumkpin (week 30)

For a slightly different look, try using the 10″ pumpkin pattern from Week 30 of the 2015 Project of Doom!

More Harry Potter Here!

Are you making projects from 31 Days of Halloween? Share your photos with my flickr group! There will be a fun surprise after Halloween for one lucky winner!

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TTMT #337 – Here, there and everywhere!

Today I share a super packed video full of crafty and quilty goodness! Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join me for 15 minutes of quilts, kittens and fun!

In this video:

Watch Vanda talk about the swap items she received from me in the Favorite Color swap on Talk To Me Tuesday!

Don’t forget to visit my EQ7 Row Along post from last week for a free PDF pattern download of my row!

Are you Rowing Along with us? Be sure to join the EQ Seasons Row Along Facebook group!

Quiltmaker's Quilts from 100 Blocks Quiltmaker's Quilts from 100 Blocks

I have just a few copies of Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks available in my Etsy shop.  I’m happy to personalize a copy for yourself or a friend.  Get one before they’re gone!

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smartphone quilt along

Visit Fandom in Stitches for the Smartphone Quilt Along happening now!