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Blog Hop Party & And Free Fall Goodies

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Welcome to Sewhooked and my post for the Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways hosted by The Quilting Gallery!

This is one of my favorite events to participate in! Not only do I get to visit loads of gorgeous and inspiring quilting blogs, but I get to give away free stuff, one of my all-time favorite things to do!

Make sure to read all the way to the end for a free project,

a fun giveaway, a special discount and mustaches!

Fall Placemat

This year, I’ve worked up this fun seasonal placemat to share with you. It’s EASY peasy.

To create it, you need the following:

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

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

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.

Blog Hop Party Giveaway, Nov 2013

For my Blog Hop visitors, I offer this special giveaway:

Just comment below with your favorite technique. Paper piecing? Embroidery? Hand quilting? I wanna know!

On Wednesday, November 27, I’ll announce one winner who receive everything seen here. Can’t wait? Click the link for each pattern in my Craftsy store.

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Not only do I share my free and for sale patterns via Craftsy, but I also sell one-of-a-kind handmade items and magazines where I’ve had patterns published in my Etsy shop . Just for you, my  Blog Hop visitors, between now and November 26, receive 20% off your total purchase of $8 or more with coupon code QUILTING, only on Etsy!

Proceeds from my online business help off-set my daughter’s college expenses and every single purchase is greatly, greatly appreciated!

For those new around here, I’m donating $1 to Movember for every Mustachio! pattern set sold during November!

Thanks for hopping, I hope you’ll stop by again soon!


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Between Heaven & Texas Blog Hop, Free Pattern and Giveaways!

Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop

Well howdy, y’all!

I can say that…I’m a Texan! 😉

Welcome to Sewhooked and the Between Heaven & Texas Blog Hop for Marie Bostwick‘s newest novel by the same name! Each blog participating in this fun event is sharing a free 12″ star pattern made in a variety of techniques. You’ll find mine below.

Banded Star by Jennifer Ofenstein

Banded Star, a pattern to paper piece!

>>> Click for 12″ pattern <<<

..and because I can’t help myself, here’s the 6″ pattern!

Both patterns also available on Craftsy

Marie Bostwick Blog Tour - Between Heaven and Texas

This is an extra special post for me because just a couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to meet Marie in person at my local quilt store. She was signing copies of her books and very generously agreed to sign giveaway goodies for the blog hop!

Marie Bostwick Blog Tour - Between Heaven and Texas

As one of the bloggers for this special event, I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Between Heaven and Texas. This is Marie signing my copy. For you. That’s right, I’m giving away my autographed copy! Woo!

Marie Bostwick Blog Tour - Between Heaven and Texas

In addition to the autographed copy of Between Heaven and Texas, I will also be giving away a brand new copy of the book, straight from the publisher, a door hanger from Marie’s book signing tour AND, possibly my favorite thing, a 6 1/2″ signature block, signed by Marie!

There will be three winners (two books and the door hanger with signature block)…just answer these questions: Have you ever visited or lived in Texas? Where do you live now? (state or Country okay, no need to share your address!)

Winner to be announced Tuesday, May 14. You must include contact information to win. The book coming directly from the publisher can only be shipped to addresses in North America. Sorry, their rules!

Marie Bostwick Blog Tour - Between Heaven and Texas

Marie signing the block to be given away here on Sewhooked. Do you see my Banded Star peeking out?!

Marie Bostwick Blog Tour - Between Heaven and Texas

Marie showing off one of her quilts.

Be sure to visit all the wonderful bloggers participating in this fun event for free star blocks and great giveaways!

Monday, April 29 – Marie Bostwick, free pattern on The Quilting Gallery
Tuesday, April 30 – Michele – Quilting Gallery
Wednesday, May 1 – Bonnie – Quiltville
Thursday, May 2 – Pat – Pat Sloan (interview with Marie)
Thursday, May 2 – Kim – Persimon Dreams
Friday, May 3 – Melissa – Happy Quilting
Saturday, May 4 – Jo – Jo’s Country Junction
Sunday, May 5 – Wendy – Ivory Spring
Monday, May 6 – Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc.
Tuesday, May 7 – Vicki – Quilting Lodge Blog
Wednesday, May 8 – Melissa/Jake – Generation Q Magazine
Thursday, May 9 – Jennifer – Sewhooked (you’re here!)
Friday, May 10 – Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works

Find all the stars here with direct links to each Blog Hop post.
Between Heaven and Texas Blog Tour Flickr Group…makes blocks and share your photos here!

Want to help out a great cause while enjoying the great free patterns from Marie’s Blog Tour? Make an extra star block and donate it the The Linus Connection! Any and all 12″ star blocks are welcome!

I have been an active volunteer for The Linus Connection for over 10 years. To date, I have made and donated approximately 300 quilts and blankets since 2002, many of them made from orphan blocks donated by quilters from around the world from generous quilters like you!

The Linus Connection is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Austin, Texas whose mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in the Central Texas area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women’s shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.

Contact me for mailing information at sewhooked@gmail.com or visit The Linus Connection blog to find out other ways you can help!

Between heaven and Texas

About Between Heaven and Texas (from the publisher):

In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there…

Welcome to Too Much–where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common–superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.

While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for raising babies with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves elusive too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always wanted–a child as different as he is wonderful. And as Mary Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters in her family and her marriage, she begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable. . .

About Marie Bostwick:

Marie Bostwick is the New York Times Bestselling author of eleven books, including the popular Cobbled Court Quilt series of novel.  She lives in Connecticut with Brad, her husband of thirty-one years. When not writing or volunteering for her church, she enjoys quilting, gardening, reading, watching movies, spending time with her friends and family, and especially playing with her grandsons. Marie travels extensively, speaking at libraries, bookstores, quilt guilds, and at quilt shows. She has been a featured speaker at the Paducah Quilt Festival and the Houston International Quilt Festival. In 2013, she will be the keynote speaker at Quilt Nebraska.

More places you can find me:

Look for me on pages 10 & 33! I have a limited number of copies available in my ETSY shop.


Doctor Who? Stitching? Free patterns? What’s not to love?! Only on Fandom In Stitches!

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Featured Pattern Texas Twofer: Set 1 (Paper Pieced), just $2 on Craftsy

We need a winner!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Fantastically HUGE thanks to everyone that stopped by during the Beat The Winter Blues Blog Hop hosted by Quilting Gallery!

There was an amazing response to my post, including 174 comments sharing your favorite hot drinks… So much fun!!

Beat The Winter Blues - Blog Hop Party Prize

The winner of the Sewhooked Prize is…

winner march 2013

Carolyn, I have emailed you and just need your mailing address to get your prize on the way! Big congrats to you!!

Prize pack includes an autographed copy of Quilt Sampler, some fun winter and Christmas fabrics and a free copy of my very own pattern, In A Castle!

Cup o' Love

Mug o’ Love!  a  5″ pattern to paper piece; click here to get it via Craftsy!

Did you make the Mug O’ Love? Post a photo to my flickr group and I’ll share it here on Sewhooked!

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Beat The Winter Blues – Blog Hop Party & Giveaway!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Welcome, welcome to Sewhooked!

I’m thrilled to participate once again in a fun event hosted by Michele from The Quilting Gallery!

This time around, it’s Beat the Winter Blues, a Quilter’s Blog Hop Party with…wait for it… GIVEAWAYS!

Before I get to the giveaway, and because I love to share, here’s a free pattern designed just for this Blog Hop, inspired by my favorite way to beat the winter blues…a lovely hot drink!

Cup o' Love

Mug o’ Love! 

 a  5″ pattern to paper piece

click here to get it via Craftsy!

Mug o' Love Mug Rug

Like mug rugs? This cuppa is perfect for that!

Layout created in EQ7.

Beat The Winter Blues - Blog Hop Party Prize

Now, how would you like to win this great big ole prize pack?

To enter to win this fun prize, just leave a comment and share your favorite hot drink! Have a recipe? Leave a link!

Prize pack includes an autographed copy of Quilt Sampler, some fun winter and Christmas fabrics and a free copy of my very own pattern, In A Castle!

Winner to be announced Saturday, March 16.

Only comments with contact information included will be eligible to win.

Be sure to click here for more awesome blogs and fun giveaways!


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Welcome Paper Pieced Swappers!

Sweet Skating Sue Mini Quilt Swap

Welcome Quilting Gallery friends!

Long time, no see!

The last time you stopped by might have been the Ties That Bind Blog Hop in the spring of this year. Or maybe it was the Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along & Super Deals for Christmas in 2011. However long it’s been, or if it’s your very first time to visit Sewhooked, I’m glad you’re here!

The fabulous Michele is always creating new ways for quilters to connect and have fun! This Swap is one of them and I hope you have as much fun creating a fun mini quilt for your partner as I did creating this quilt pattern for you!

I’m a sucker for Sunbonnet Sue. When Sue visits my house, she plays by my rules, which means she’s paper pieced!

Sweet Skating Sue Sweet Skating Sue, Purple and Green

And now, what you’re here for,  Sweet Skating Sue, the pattern for your Paper Pieced Mini Quilt Swap!

12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished)

Now available:

Get this complete

printable tutorial including

pattern for just $3 on Craftsy!

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In addition to sharing your photo with the Quilting Gallery’s flickr group, I would love to see your Paper Pieced Mini Quilt Swap project in the Sewhooked flickr group! Three participants will win autographed copies of Spring/Summer 2012 Quilt Sampler Magazine, a generous donation from Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas!

The following is a quick paper piecing tutorial specifically for Sweet Skating Sue.  Keep scrolling to see detail quilting photos and how I prepare my mini quilts for hanging!

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How To Sweet Skating Sue (1)

Step one is the easiest! Print your pattern.  For best results make sure scaling is set to none so the pattern will print at actual size.

How To Sweet Skating Sue (2)Gather your fabric. Your scarf can be one color or two, it’s up to you!

In this sample, both parts of the scarf are made using one batik fabric. In the pink version, I used two different fabrics to represent the front and the back of the scarf.

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Let’s prep that pattern! Cut the pieces apart using paper scissors.

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Units B1 and B2 will need to be joined to create one Unit that we will call B. I like to use glue for this. Just a little does the job, and unlike tape, you don’t have to worry about accidentally melting it to you iron!

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Using a light source will help you line up those pieces!

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Set your  sewing machine for a short stitch. I like 1.5 on my machine.  A shorter stitching will make removing the paper easier at the end and will also help to keep those stitches in place when taking the paper out.

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Time to sew! For Unit A is a great place to start! You will need background fabric, Sue’s coat fabric, a rotary cutter, a postcard, an Add-A-Quarter Ruler, an iron and an ironing surface. If you don’t have the ruler, you can use a regular rotary ruler. No rotary cutter? Just use scissors!

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Now we’re ready to go! Your first piece of fabric (A1) will go RIGHT SIDE UP on the BACK of the pattern paper. Use a light source to make sure your fabric covers all the way around. Paper piecing is a great use for scrap fabrics. You can also cut a piece out that is slightly larger than your shape. Pin this piece of fabric to the paper.

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Place the pattern with the printed side up and place your postcard (mine is spiffy and from Australia!). Using the postcard as a straight edge, fold along the line that is between the 1 and 2 on Unit A.

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With the paper folded back, place the Add-A-Quarter Ruler on top of your fabric. The ruler has an edge that will butt right up against the paper, making it super easy to get a perfect 1/4″.

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Use your rotary cutter to trim!

Note: If you’re using scissors, just estimate 1/4″. Paper piecing is absolutely doable with just scissors! It’s stitching on the paper that makes your block come out perfect!

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This is your 1/4″ seam allowance after using the Add-A-Quarter Ruler.

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And this is what it looks like from the other side!

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***On the side of the fabric you just trimmed, place the next piece of fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN. You will repeat this and the following  few steps for every pattern segment from here on out.

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I like to audition my fabric pieces before stitching. Simply fold the fabric up along the stitching line to make sure it will fit. If the fabric is too unwieldy, you can also pin along the stitching line before opening the fabric.

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Stitch exactly on the line, taking one or two stitches before and after the lines that intersect the 1-2 line.

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Be sure to snip those threads!

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A1 and A2, stitched together! Press open as you go.

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And this is what it looks like from the pattern side.

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Repeat from the instruction marked *** for the  rest of the pieces on Unit A.

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Unit A, all stitched!

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And from the paper side!

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We’re going to repeat the process on Unit B. I will go through a couple of extra steps here to show you how to deal with the crazy angels.

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Remember, that first piece of fabric goes right side up!

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Trim with your Add-A-Quarter Ruler & rotary cutter!

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1, 2 and 3, stitched together

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Now, here is where it gets a little tricky. We’re going add piece 5, which is long, skinny and pieced at an angle. If you know the following shortcut, no paper pieced pattern will ever daunt you!

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Place a long strip of fabric, wrong side up on your cutting surface. Place the pattern on top, making sure the edge between 2 and 5 will be covered. Center the fabric so there is plenty of fabric to go over the long edges.

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Fold back the paper using your postcard.

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Cut the fabric with your rotary cutter.

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Turn the fabric so that it is right sides together with the edge you just cut lined up to edge where 2 meets 5. Center the long piece of fabric over the fabric already stitched to the paper. It’s going to look wonky and sideways, but I promise, this is right!

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Here is what it looks like from the front. If you’re not sure, remember you can audition your fabric!

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Stitch along the line.

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Fold out the paper, and guess what, it covers perfectly!

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Pin the fabric to the paper so that it doesn’t flap around.

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Unit B, with all the fabric stitched in place!

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Continue with the above instructions for each remaining unit until they all look something like this.

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Find the edge where Unit A will join Unit B. Using a rotary ruler, trim along the seam allowance that is printed on the pattern. If your seam allowance is not perfectly 1/4″, use your ruler to make adjustments and find the appropriate width.

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Trim the seam allowance on Unit B where it meets Unit A, just as you did above.How To Sweet Skating Sue (47)

Push a pin through Unit A at the corner adjacent to Unit B.How To Sweet Skating Sue (48)

With the fabric sides of the pattern pieces facing, push the pin through the adjacent corner on Unit B.

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Line up the seam allowance and stitch. If you need to, you can pin before this step. (This is Sewing order A>B, as listed on your pattern.)

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Remove the paper in the seam allowance. It will tear off easily. Repeat for both sides.How To Sweet Skating Sue (51)

Press open as you piece the units together.

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A & B, stitched together. Repeat the above steps using the straight pin to stitch together the rest of the pieces. The sewing order is on your pattern.

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E>F; G>H

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If you have a 12 1/2″ ruler, now is the time to use it! If you do not, use your rotary mat to square up your block.

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Ta Da!

And now…a little bonus! I will show a little of the quilting process for the pink version of Sweet Skating Sue!

Curious about Free-Motion quilting? Leah Day has the most comprehensive FMQ tutorials anywhere!

Sweet Skating Sue

Quilt Sandwich. Yum!

Sweet Skating Sue

I used a combination of FMQ and straight line quilting on this project.

Sweet Skating Sue

Mmmm, metallic thread!

Sweet Skating Sue

Sue, you look fabulous!

Sweet Skating Sue

And a little white Fairy Frost to finish!

Sweet Skating Sue

Motion commotion!

Sweet Skating Sue

Another shot of that yummy silver thread!

Sweet Skating Sue

This Sue’s scarf comes in two colors!

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On small projects like this, I like to add fabric squares that have been folded in half to the back top corners before adding my binding.Sweet Skating Sue

This gives me a super easy label…

Sweet Skating Sue

And an easy way to add a dowel rod for hanging!

Ready to stitch some more? My new pattern, Santa and His Bag are just $2 on Craftsy!

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Ties That Bind – Blog Hop Tour

Marie Bostwick Blog Hop Tour

Welcome to my post for Ties That Bind Blog Hop Tour hosted by Michele Foster and Quilting Gallery to celebrate the release of  Marie Bostwick‘s new book, Ties That Bind!

Visit Marie Bostwick’s website!

Michele invited 10 bloggers to participate, each of which received an advanced copy of Marie’s book and was then asked to answer a few fun questions on their own blogs. Each blogger also shared photos and the story of a baby quilt each one has made, to be posted on Michele’s site, Quilting Gallery.

Each blogger is giving away a copy of Ties That Bind, so make sure you visit all the blogs on the list below for more chances to win!

If you enter to win here on Sewhooked, you’ll have TWO chances to win because I’m also giving away my copy that I received as part of this event! My winners will also receive a FREE Sewhooked pattern of the winner’s choice. It’s super easy to win, just leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve read any of Marie’s books. Winners will be chosen on May 2!

As part of the celebration, you can get 15% off your total purchase from the Sewhooked Shop with coupon code TIESTHATBIND through May 2! Offer not valid on Craftsy or Etsy.

Ties That Bind, Marie Bostwick

Book Synopsis: 

Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to match-make even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she’s made in New Bern; she just never thought she’d still be single on her fortieth birthday.

It’s a shock to the entire town when Phillip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in—finding ways to ease the townspeople’s burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot’s family apart, that bond—and the help of her quilting sisterhood—will prove a saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the surprising detours woven into life’s fabric that provide its richest hues and deepest meaning…

Michele asked each blogger to answer some fun questions…here are my answers!

1. What drew you into the book? 

I’ve always been interested in psychology and picking apart the reasons people do the things they do, the same is true with any character-driven novel.

2. Which character did you identify with? Give one reason as to why.  

I can’t say I really identified with a single character, but I certainly can relate to working in a quilt store (which I have done) and having one’s sewing friends be such an important part of everyday life.

3. If this is the first book of the series that you have read – will you be reading the rest now?      

This is the first book in this series I’ve read. It’s way outside of my usual genre choices (I’m a historical mystery and fantasy/sci-fi girl!), so I can’t say for sure if I’ll read more, but anything is possible!

4. In 5 words or less state why someone NEEDS to read this novel. 

Easy read about quilters.

5. Did you take a beginner quilting class when you first started out? What was it like and did it inspire you to continue quilting?

I did not take a beginning class. I learned to quilt as part of The Linus Connection, the blanket making charity I volunteer for. When I first started volunteering for Linus, my blankets were exclusively crocheted. I already sewed, but had never quilted. A quilting friend encouraged me to join in at a sewing day for our charity and the rest is indeed history!

6. Have you made a baby or toddler quilt? Share the photo and story if you like. 

This story also appears on Quilting Gallery as part of the Blog Tour, but I just can’t resist sharing it here, too!

Cat's Quilt for Eoin, 2012

Because I learned to quilt by volunteering for a blanket making-charity, The Linus Connection, I started with baby quilts and have made many over the years, so coming up with an extra-special baby quilt took an extra bit of thinking! When I think back to the baby quilt that stands out in my memory the most, it is the quilt that my group of sewing friends made for our friend Catherine.
My friends and I live in the Austin, Texas area. Catherine is from Australia. I met her online many years ago through a Harry Potter craft group. She and I became fast friends and online quilting buddies, and eventually, she flew to Austin to visit. My sewing circle adopted her immediately and now she’s a friend to us all. When her first child was born, we all worked together to make a quilt for her.
Catherine is an Engineer and used to work on construction sites. With that in mind, we created a construction-themed quilt using a pattern from a book one of our sewing circle has. Each of us made blocks, and we finished the quilt top at our group’s annual quilt retreat. We each took on jobs of quilting, stitching the binding and making the label. It was a real group effort and meant a lot to us to be able to do this special thing for our friend on the other side of the world!
Ties That Bind Blog Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, April 24
Michele – Quilting Gallery
*Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works
*Wendy – Ivory Spring

Wednesday, April 25
*Jennifer – Sewhooked (You’re here!)
*Erin – One Piece at a Time

Thursday, April 26
*Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc.
*Sandi – A Legacy of Stitches

Friday, April 27
*Michele – With Heart and Hands
*Melissa – Lilac Lane

Saturday, April 28
*Melissa – Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
*Kim – Crafty Apple

Deb Tucker from Studio 180 Designs created this adorable Hide and Seek Baby Quilt to go with the book. The pattern will be available as a free download to those who are registered reading friends at Marie’s website.

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

If it’s your first time to visit Sewhooked, I do hope you’ll stop by again! I’m currently hosting a Blog Hop with a free paper pieced pattern every day for the month of April, each one designed by a different awesome designer!

Next week, I’ll be part of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 5 Blog Tour! Stop by again to see my block and enter a giveaway for a free copy of  the newest edition of 100 Blocks on May 3!



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Garden Party Blog Hop – Day 22

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 22 of Sewhooked’s Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop!

Today we have a new pattern and the Week 4 Sewhooked Prize Pack!

Michele from Quilting Gallery  is stopping by to help us keep nice and cool with an elegant Patio Umbrella!

Garden Party Blog Hop Day 22

Click here to read more about this block, get some helpful tips from Michele and be sure to check out the awesome Aurifil Thread giveaway!

Weekend Down South

I’m having a drawing at the end of each week in April for a fun, new prize pack! You’ll get one entry for each Blog Hop block you make and share with our Flickr Group. Winner to be chosen in a random drawing and the winning photo will be featured right here on Sewhooked!

Garden Party Week 4 Prize Pack - Fruit & Flowers!

Week 4 Prize Pack: Fruit and Flowers Fat Quarters plus The Angler 2!

Remember, only Flickr participants are eligible for the Sewhooked weekly Blog Hop prize!  All winners are chosen with via random.org.

Previous Blog Hop Posts:

  1. Soma, Whims & FanciesMusic Notes
  2. Jennifer, All Things BelleSummer Sweetness
  3. Aalia, Joy of StitchesGarden Gate
  4. Schenley, Margaret’s Violet
  5. Megan, Monkey BeansGarden Party
  6. Lilja, liljabsBluebird
  7. Jill, Apple Avenue QuiltsBloom
  8. Dolores, A Labour of LovePimm’s Garden Party
  9. Kari, Fresh Cut Quilts: Let Them Eat Cake!
  10. Cindy, Quilt Doodle Designs: Spring Time Blooms
  11. Amy, During Quiet TimePick Violets
  12. Cat Magraith: Garden Party
  13. Susan-Claire, GourmetQuilter: Garden Party Munchies
  14.  Cyrille, Bubblestitch QuiltsYummy Cupcake
  15. Missy, GraceParfait CreationsBirdhouse
  16. Gaya, borsedigayaPosh 20s Lady
  17. Jessica, Plum PatchworkGarden Topiary
  18. Diane, From Blank PagesPotted Roses
  19. Cherry, Cherry Blossom Quilting StudioGeorge
  20. Vanessa, Crafty GeminiMod Mushrooms
  21. Sonja, Artisania: Vintage Mason Jar Lanterns



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Quilting Types and Styles on The Learning Center

Talk to Me Tuesday is on the way, but while you wait, I wanted to let you know about a fun opportunity I recently had. Pat Sloan, host of The Learning Center (among many other awesome things!), invited me to write up a little piece explaining what paper pieced quilts are.

Well, how exciting!

Keeping it short was a challenge, but I managed. As you all know, I have loads to say on the subject!

The Learning Center is part of Quilting Gallery, one of my favorite quilt web sites, and is a great resource for quilters to learn all there is to know about quilts. There are new posts regularly and lots of great information!

Check out today’s post and then come back here and let me know what you think. My favorite comment will win a free PDF pattern of their choice! Winner announced Friday, March 9!

Just in case you missed it…Quilting Types and Styles!


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Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

The Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day blog hop is coming April 1, 2012! We have a full compliment of designers ready to share awesome free paper pieced patterns with you!

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Blog Hop Party Giveaway!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Hoo-boy, I cannot resist a giveaway! And a Blog Hop Party? This just keeps getting more fun!

Welcome Sewooked friends, old and new…I have some fabulous things to share with you today!

First, in honor of the Blog Hop Party and inpsired by my recent finished UFO, a free pattern just for you:

Holiday House
click for the pattern >>>>    Holiday House    <<<< click for the pattern
a free paper pieced pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein
5″ or 8″ ( 5 1/2 or 8 1/2″ unfinished)

Now, how about the “Giveaway” part of this party?

Tree Trimming

Comment* on this post and be entered to win a most wonderful winter prize, this fantastic grab bag of reproduction fabrics plus a hard copy version of my best-selling pattern, Tree Trimming!

Winner to be announced Saturday, December 17, 2011!

*Please make sure to include contact information with your comment. Anonymous comments and those without contact information cannot be included in the drawing.

*** Coupon Alert ***

In honor of the Blog Hop Party, get 20% off  your entire purchase of PDF instant download patterns from my Shop with coupon code BLOGHOP! Offer good through December 17, 2011.

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Quilting Gallery’s Christmas Quilt-Along: Sweet Sue Tops The Tree

Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along and Super Deals for QuiltersWelcome Quilt-Along visitors!

I have been excited about Quilting Gallery’s Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along since the very first moment of my involvement. What an amazingly talented bunch of designers Michele has brought together. I’m absolutely thrilled to be included and to bring you today’s pattern!

Am I always this excitable? Yes, yes, I am!

My goal was to share a pattern that would reflect both the theme and my personal design style. With that, Sweet Sue was born. Sunbonnet Sue has always been a personal favorite, and I’ve designed oodles of patterns that feature Sue characters. More on that later…

Presenting, for your Christmas quilting enjoyment

 Sweet Sue Tops the Tree

 Sweet Sue Tops The Tree – a free 12″ paper pieced pattern

For best results, print with scaling set to “none.”

New to paper piecing? Visit my Paper Piecing Resource Page!

See this block on Quilting Gallery.

Isn’t she just a sweetie?

I’ve been designing patterns for quite a few years now, and it never gets any less fun for me, but it’s only been in the ten months or so that I’ve started using EQ7.

For those that might be unfamiliar with it, Electric Quilt is a quilting software that allows you to draft quilt patterns using specialized tools just for quilting. I primarily use the block drafting tools to create my own whimsical paper pieced patterns.

One of the most fun things for me is getting the chance to see my designs in a myriad of fabrics before I ever start digging through my stash. If you’ve visited Sewhooked before, you already know that I love to share design variations to get your creative juices flowing!

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Fabric variation is the spice of life! Each of these blocks was generated using EQ7.

Apart from designing and playing with fabric, one of the great joys of quilting, at least for me, is getting to share it with my friends! I am incredibly lucky to have quite a few quilting friends that are ready and willing to try out my patterns before I release them into the wild.

For your quilting pleasure, Sweet Sue has been tested by:




Feeling a little lost? There’s a tutorial for that!

So what’s all this about a slew of  Sunbonnet Sues? What I enjoy quilting most, whimsy and magic, found their way into my versions of Sue, entitled Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends. All of Sue’s Friends are available as themed sets in the Sewhooked Shop.

Mrs. Claus  Little Wonky Christmas Tree Lil' St. Nick Santa's Elf Wee Lil Penguin

Sunbonnet Sue’s Magical Friends, Supplemental Set 1: Holly Jolly includes Lil’ St. Nick, Wonky Lil’ Christmas Tree , Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Lil’ Helper, and Wee Lil’ Penguin.

In honor of the Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along, right now through November 1, get Holly Jolly as an instant PDF download pattern for half price using coupon code CELEBRATE. Yep, just $3 for five sweet patterns!

Sue doesn’t do it for you? How about 10% of your total Sewhooked instant download purchase instead with coupon code QUILTOBER!

Tree Trimming
 Tree Trimming

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Happy quilting, and thanks so much for dropping by!


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