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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!

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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!

Random Doings

Buttercup complete!
Just this evening, I finished stitching my first set of blocks for the As You Wish Quilt & Stitch along.

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The Princess Bride. Seriously! The Buttercup blocks were designed by Elizabeth from Such A Sew & Sew. The quilt layouts for the event were designed by me.

Four Patch Layout for As You Wish
This is the one I’m using, though the more popular of my two designs for this event is definitely this one.

Making it real. #finishin2014
I did an epic post and my TTMT this week all about the UFOs I want to at least touch, and hopefully finish, in 2014. Today I made an actual, physical list on a giant piece of paper. My goal is to finish 2014 with less projects than I started with. I thought that maybe marking projects done from a real life list would inspire me and remind me of my goals!

New projects aren’t on this list, just stuff that’s been hanging around prior to this year.

Smug kitty is smug. One more of Merlin, then I'm done, promise! #mycatisadorable
Marie and Merlin say hello!

Four puzzle postcards for my David Tennant-loving daughter! Mailing one a day for the next four days. #geekmom #itsasecret
I made these postcards to send to my daughter. You see, I’m a giant geek mom and send my college freshman daughter a postcard every day. Yeah, you heard that right. EVERY day. She loves it. I love it. We’re all happy!

Anyway, I have these ancient printable postcards that are essentially a sheet of cardstock with perforations. To make these, I found an awesome wallpaper on fanpop.com by deedeedee123 and printed it to an 8 1/2″ x 11″ document without borders. It seriously worked a treat!

Because. David Tennant. Yeah.

Current crochet project…for The Linus Connection, my longtime favorite, Sideways Shell.

This one is slow going because I’ve mostly been working on hand embroidery the last month. My monthly goal is to donate two blankets per month to The Linus Connection. I missed it by ONE blanket in 2013 and I was super bummed. Seriously. ONE short. Pffth. I’ll do better this year!

Super old UFO #1 for 2014!
This is the first UFO I’m tackling for 2014. It’s 11 on the list. *points up* I’ve already gotten a good start . It’ll be a baby blanket and will again be donated to Linus. This one is so ancient, I don’t even remember when or why I started it! So far, I have done a quilt as you go technique and have most of it done. The goal is to have this one finished before next Tuesday!

Share your Paper Piecing Vintage or any other Sewhooked-inspired photos with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win fun prizes all year long!

Happy Thursday, friends!


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Paper Piecing Vintage BOM, just $12 on Craftsy

12 patterns in two sizes = 24 patterns!

Join the Paper Piecing Vintage Facebook Group and piece with friends!

Busy Bee!

It’s been crazy cakes around my house this week!

My high schooler is back to school, doing what 16 year olds do and my college freshman hit the road and is now back in the dorm, ready for her second semester as a college woman. How did my kids get so grown up? This is a mystery I will never solve!

Paper Piecing Vintage has been amazing so far, with lots of beautiful blocks and fantastic participation in the facebook group.

And now it's a star again! #linusconnection
The crazy mistake I found during this week’s Talk To Me Tuesday has now been rectified. Whew! Now I just need backing fabric to finish up this little quilt of orphan blocks for The Linus Connection.

How I keep projects and events coordinated and on time: clip boards! I've had the one on the bottom for about 30 years. #oldschool
As You Wish, the Princess Bride quilt and stitch along that I’m organizing on behalf of Fandom In Stitches, starts next Wednesday and has been keeping me busy every minute in between!

Quilting is my job and my hobby, what can I say?!


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Fanciful Fairies (Paper Pieced BlockSet)

6 Blocks to Paper Piece, just $7 on Craftsy!

Redundant Doctors for the Win!


Are you tired of hearing about the Doctor Who quilt?

This is it, I promise, the LAST post about it!

Despite talking about it in countless TTMT videos, I just had to share one more post in photos. There’s just something about a good picture, don’t you think?

Doctor Who Quilt 2013

Here she is, the finished quilt with all 11 Doctors plus the TARDIS.

I know, I know, even I’m blown away by this quilt!

Doctor Who Stitch Along Quilt

How about a close up of the quilting? I free motion quilted it on my Baby Lock Quest Plus. The whole thing. On a home sewing machine. Yes, I did!

Doctor Who Stitch Along Quilt

My quilting isn’t perfect, but it makes my daughter happy, and since this is her quilt, I’m happy, too!

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I just LOVE the geometry. LOVE IT>

Doctor Who Quilt - Label

The lovely label made using Jessica Blacknall’s “50 Years” pattern with the names of the Doctor Who Stitch Along Designers added in the space.

Doctor Who TARDIS pillow and Doctor Who Stitch Along QuiltAnd, because it had to be done, a giant TARDIS pillow to go with it.

TARDIS pattern by me, available on Fandom In Stitches.

My daughter leaves for college on Saturday. These are hers. 🙂

Want to hear more about all this stuff? Watch my last TTMT video!

Because I love this quilt layout SO very much and because you asked, I thought it unfair to not share it with the world!

Here it is, dubbed Faux Mitered Marvel, a full-color six page pattern complete with fabric chart and instructions, just $8 on Craftsy. The best part is you could feature ANYTHING in the 8″ and 5″ squares.

I can’t wait to see what your wonderful creativity does to this surprisingly simple pattern!


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


Friday, September 6, 9 am – 12 pm
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I ran out of time to mention what we’ll be doing over on FiS next year! Lilja is organizing a year-long Lord of the Rings Block of the Month with multiple designers, faces old and new to FiS, to continue the journey. Not All Who Wander Are Lost will be presented through Fandom In Stitches starting January 2013. How exciting is that?!

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Learn to paper piece with me now through December with my full-length video workshop available only through STITCHED. You get access to over 20 classes AND instructors and registration is now only $40! Click for details.

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Papa Bear’s Quilt – 1 of 12

12 for 2012 - 1/12, Papa Bear

Guess who’s going to star in Talk To Me Tuesday next week?

If you guessed Papa Bear, you guessed right!

This is my first UFO finish for 2012.

This quilt was started in 2008 as a pass around with my bee. You can read more about this project in my 12 for 2012 UFO post.

This quilt has always been intended for my hubby and will be his birthday gift in February.

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All my 12 for 2012 posts

Since I ended up working most of Thursday (it was an accident, I swear!), I took yesterday off. I spent the morning having coffee with bee friend Linda while hand stitching the binding to the quilt. I took pre-washing pics yesterday, and then washed it last night. It scrunched up beautifully, especially in the cross-hatching. I love the transformation from bits and pieces I’ve sewn together to a yummy, scrunchy quilt ready to be cuddled and loved after the first wash. I’ll get post-washing pics when there’s more natural light outside.

12 for 2012 - 1/12, Papa Bear

The entire quilt is straight lines because Big E asked for a geometric design. I eyeballed it all, using the shapes of the blocks. The lines aren’t perfect, but I didn’t have any puckering and I love the way the cross-hatching turned out.

12 for 2012 - 1/12, Papa Bear

I put muslin on the back, something I’m becoming more and more fond of doing. I love how distinctly you can see the quilting and the way it looks after washing. This is a pre-wash picture.

We have a Linus Connection sew day today from 9 – 4 at a local non-profit place called The Stitching Studio. It is exactly what it sounds like, a place to stitch. It believe it seats about 15 and has design walls all around, sturdy tables and comfy chairs. There’s a kitchen and a bathroom, perfect for sewing all day!

All Dolled Up

Did you see my latest pattern set, All Dolled Up? Check it out here!

Get the PDF download of Floating Mariner for half-price (that’s just $3!) through January 15 with coupon code BEINSPIRED.

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Have a very happy Saturday!



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Let’s Talk Turkey

Turkey Talk from Sewhooked

It’s time to talk turkey, specifically about Turkey Talk!

So, there’s this idea I’ve had for a long, long time. It didn’t really start to take shape until after I learned to embroider for The Project of Doom. Before that time, the design was never quite right.

And then, inspiration!

My turkey was too quiet.

It was simple. He just needed a few words.

Words are a miraculous thing. Once added, I couldn’t wait to get this wall hanging made to share with you!

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paper piecing, strip piecing and embroidery

Turkey Talk from Sewhooked

French Knot eye…see that embroidery is coming in handy!
Turkey Talk from Sewhooked

Gobble Gobble? That’s what he said!

Turkey Talk from Sewhooked

Quilting close-up. Done on my Babylock Quest

Turkey Talk, a veiew from the back.And, from the back. Guess who forgot to add a hanging sleeve? Dang it.

Turkey Talk alternative blocks

Why does this turkey make me so darn happy? I couldn’t say, but he really, really does!

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The PoD Goes To The State Fair

I want to give a HUGE congratulations to Shirley U., whose Project of Doom quilt won the Blue Ribbon at the North Carolina State Fair quilting competition in the “Other Technique” Category!

Can I even tell you how excited I am? I really don’t think there are words!

Her quilt will be on display October 12 – 23, so if you have the chance to go see it, please, please do.

And? If you do go? I want pictures!

Project of Doom Patterns right here on Sewhooked

I would encourage everyone that participated in The Project of Doom to share their finished quilt. Check with your local quilt guild about future shows, or your local library or school library to see if they might like to have it on display. Those things I plan to do with my own PoD once the quilting is complete.

We put a lot of fandom love into each of our quilts and we need to share it with the world! That’s my real hope for the legacy of this very special project we all participated in together.

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!



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