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TTMT #212 – Sunshine & Doom

Fandom In Stitches - Giveaway Quilt To Support The Linus Connection

You can win this quilt by making a donation to The Linus Connection and forwarding your receipt toofenjen@fandominstitches.com. You get one entry for every dollar spent. Money orders made out to The Linus Connection will also be accepted. Email me for info. Donations accepted through June 17, 2013. Winner to be announced Tuesday, June 18.
Please note that the winner will receive a finished quilt. Only the quilt top is shown…we’re working on it!
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Banded Star by Jennifer Ofenstein

Banded Star, a pattern to paper piece!

Click for 12″ pattern or 6″ pattern

Both patterns also available on Craftsy

Stars For Linus

Inspired by the recent blog hop, I am rebooting Stars for Linus! Make and donate any 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) star block by sending it  to me and I’ll make them into quilt tops for The Linus Connection!

Check out this page for all the free star patterns from Marie’s blog hop. Want to send a star? Click here for mailing information!

Check back for the winners of my Marie Bostwick Between Heaven & Texas Blog Hop Giveaway later this week. I’m just waiting to hear back on some final details before the announcement. Sorry for the wait! 🙂

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

Linus Tomorrow

Wonky Stars for The Linus Connection

What with Blog Hops, awesome giveaways, Quiltmaker, quilt shows and my Trunk Show last weekend (wow, did that all really happen in the last month?!), I haven’t had much chance to mention my favorite charitable cause, The Linus Connection!

Despite all The Crazy, I continue with my personal goal to donate two blankets per month through Linus to children in crisis in Central Texas. This time of year is especially crucial because our requests tend to go up at the end of the summer as homeless teens graduate and we stockpile blankets for bereavement camps.

The quilt above is a Wonky Stars quilt I put together for last month’s Linus demo. When I took it to the meeting, it was just a quilt top, but with an hour or so of a Harry Potter audiobook and my favorite sewing machine, I have it done and ready to turn in!

Quilt for The Linus Connection

I would love to take full responsibility for this beautiful quilt, but I cannot! The center medallion was pieced by a very kind and talented lady named Patty, who then donated it to Linus. I added the borders, quilted and bound it, all ready to be donated at tomorrow’s meeting!


Want to help?

I collect 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) star blocks for The Linus Connection!

Click for more information.

I hope you are all having a lovely week and that, wherever you are, you have a beautiful and crafty weekend!



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Fun with Stars For Linus


I’ve recently accumulated 7 blocks from Stars for Linus donations, but was 5 blocks shy having enough for a top. Late last week, I remedied that!

I thought I’d give the Wonky Star (also known as Maverick Star) a try so I pulled out some scraps and started piecing.!

Wonky Stars for Linus in progress

“Wings” added to the 4 1/2″ squares for star points.

Wonky Stars For Linus, in progress

All squared up!

Wonky Stars For Linus, in progress

Ready to make stars!

Wonky Stars For Linus, in progress

First one done!

Stars for Linus, pieced

Pieced top! The paper pieced Stars for Linus as well as the bottom right Wonky Star were donations.

Stars for Linus, basted

Basted and ready to quilt! Free-motion quilted.

Stars for Linus February 2012

Tada! This quilt was donated to The Linus Connection on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

I will continue to collect Stars For Linus indefinitely. Remember, Stars need to be 12 1/2″ (unfinished)!

Donated by mkissa

Also donated on Saturday, received in the mail from mkissa


hardhatcat donated several of these sweet circus panels! They’ve now been quilted and distributed.

See Show & Tell from Saturday on the Linus Blog!


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

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My February Linus

scrappy Sideways Shell, donated Feb 2012

Sideways Shell, made from scrappy bright yarns.

The February meeting of The Linus Connection was this past Saturday, and as usual, I have some fun things to show! I’m way ahead of  goal of 2 per month this year, which makes me very happy.

4 1/2 inch strip quilt, donated Feb 2012

This was Saturday’s demo, pattern by Osie. I pieced this one and she quilted it.  I actually swapped the block strips around a bit (on accident!) but I still like the outcome, especially with the addition of the sashing. The block pattern pattern will be on the Linus website as soon as we clear up our technical difficulties.

Granny Gan donated Feb 2012

Lost and found Granny Squares, from my 2011 UFO list. I’m not sure how I misplaced these, but I did. They are found again and off to a good home!

I also received quite a few donations in the mail, always a bonus!

Linus Donations ready to pack up

 The box on the left is full of quilt tops, backing and bindings sent by Rachel, as well as some lovely fabric panels donated by Cat.

Sideways Shell made by Amber, donated Feb 2012

Sideways Shell, donated by Amber

Made by Adrith, donated Feb 2012

Lovely afghan donated by Adrith. You can see Chained Compass, one of my crochet patterns, on the top row.


Top made by Gabriel, donated Feb 2012

Gabriel sent a lovely Stars for Linus quilt top, which was quilted by Osie and bound by Linda. I’ve received quite a few blocks in the mail recently, and will hopefully have enough for another Stars For Linus quilt next month!

See Show & Tell photos plus the raffle quilt winner on the Linus blog!

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A New Year with Sewhooked!

A very happy New Year to you all!

Here’s a run down of where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing for 2012!


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class sample batik - pinapple quilt block 2012 will once again find me doing one of my very favorite things, teaching others!

For spring of 2012, I’m offering Introduction to Paper Piecing and Unfinished Paper Piecing (UFPP) through Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas.

You can find my schedule here.



Don’t miss 12 for 2012 as we craft-along to finish 12 UFOs in 12 months!

UFO=UnFinished Object

Have more than 12? Pick the ones you want to see completed by the end of the year!

Have less than 12? Add in some projects you’ve been meaning to work on!

Post your list to your blog and keep us updated as the year progresses. You are also invited to share your progress photos with our flickr group!

Look for my 12 for 2012 list later this week!


There and Back Again, The Hobbit Block of the Month (affectionately known as TABABOM) continues throughout 2012 on Fandom In Stitches!

Look for a new block the first Wednesday of each month, with each block being a surprise as we journey with Bilbo!

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Find myself and the other Talk To Me Tuesday vloggers every Tuesday as we share our crafty goodness, ideas and challenges on the TTMT Livejournal Community and on our YouTube Channels.

There are lots of very crafty ladies currently making TTMT videos. The variety of talents is endless and always inspiring!

Each of my videos is posted right here on Sewhooked as well as on the TTMT Community.

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Photobucket In November of 2012, I will celebrate my tenth year as a Linus Connection volunteer! I have spent almost all of those years at the Linus webmistress and am now on my second go as a Board Member.

I’m currently in charge of blanket packing and distribution during our monthly meetings, which simply means I make sure each facility gets what they need from the donated blankets we receive. I also write all the blog posts for our group, as well as take care of our Facebook and Twitter pages.

You will hear me talk about “Linus” a lot. When I do, I’m always referring to The Linus Connection of Central Texas, a small non-profit based right here in Austin.

My personal goal is 2 blankets a month, or 24 blankets per year.


In 2012, I will continue to collect Stars for Linus (see above!). In 2011, we donated 3 Stars for Linus quilts to The Linus Connection. This year, let’s try to make it 4!

Each quilt block needs to be 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) and made in bright colors with a light background.

You can use my free pattern or any star pattern of your choice, including Wonky Stars!

You can find my mailing address on the Stars for Linus pattern. For best results, print without scaling. If your pattern scales down, simply make the borders a little bigger and then square up to 12 1/2″!


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Well, I guess that about sums it up! This week I’m planning a look back at 2011 as well as my 12 for 2012 post. I hope you are having a very happy new year!

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Today you are You, that is truer than true.

Donated by Amber - Stitch Close Up

Where in the world would I be without friends?

Floating in a sea of empty Internet, no Bee, no Linus. That’s where I’d be.

Fortunately, none of those things are true. Whew.

Over the last several weeks, I’ve received oodles of packages in the mail from friends sending donations for my favorite cause, The Linus Connection.

I mention Linus often, because it’s a big part of my life. I’ve been volunteering as a blanket maker since late 2002. I’ve been the webmistress of linusconnection.org since 2003. I’m currently in my second term on the Board of Directors. I write all of the Linus Connection blog posts. I’m in charge of blanket sorting and distribution. Most of my local friends were met either through or because of my participation in The Linus Connection.

Like I said, it’s kind of a big deal to me.

When the Central Texas fires occurred, and I mentioned Linus and that we, the volunteers, would do everything we can to fill the requests of facilities that are helping the children affected, my friends, both near and far, stepped up.

They stepped up in a big way.


Stars For The Linus Connection 

a free 12″ pattern

for best results when printing, set scaling to “none”

We have already donated two Stars For Linus quilts and a third is in the making. I continue to accept not only Stars For Linus blocks, but Wonky Star blocks.

In addition to Stars For Linus blocks, I’ve received quilt tops, completed quilts, and a stack of afghans.

Like I said, my friends stepped up. See the full list of those that have donated.

In addition to the stack of quilts I showed in this post, the following wonderful offerings were donated to Linus yesterday, thanks to a few of my friends:

Donated by Mary
Donated by Mary

Donated by Amber
Donated by Amber

Donated by Amber

Donated by Amber
Donated by Amber

Donated by Amber
Donated by Amber

Donated by Kristel
Donated by Kristel

Donated by Kristel
Donated by Kristel

Donated by Kristel - Quilting Close Up
Quilting Close-Up…triangles!

Donated by Kristel
Donated by Kristel

Have you mailed Stars for Linus blocks or made a blanket donation? There’s a flickr group for that!

Would you like to help The Linus Connection raise funds for blanket-making supplies? Buy a raffle ticket! They are super inexpensive ($1 each or 6 tickets for $5). Click on the banner above for details. I am also personally happy to accept paypal payment or U.S. checks or Money Orders made out to The Linus Connection for your tickets. Please include your name, mailing address and preferred email so I can fill out your ticket information and mail the stubs to you. If you’d like to send a check or money order, please email me for more information.

Yesterday was The Linus Connection’s twelfth Birthday and our Annual Blanket Challenge. If you have not already seen all the amazing blankets that were entered in the Challenge, go see! We had an absolutely stunning turn out, breaking our previous record for number of blankets turned in for the Challenge.

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Seeing Stars

Stars For Linus Quilt Top #1

Well, well, would you look at that fun quilt top! Above is the very first Stars For Linus top, made from your donations, to be quilted this week and donated to The Linus Connection, which in turn will distribute it to a child in crisis in Central Texas.

And boy, has Central Texas been in crisis recently. Drought. The hottest summer on record for any state in the U.S. Ever.  Fires that have left thousands of people scrambling to find a new home.

Isn’t that a good reason to make happy quilts?

Stars For Linus Quilt Top #2

This second Stars for Linus top went together absolutely beautifully, and I still have another stack of blocks that’s just a few shy of having enough for another top!


Stars For The Linus Connection 

a free 12″ pattern

for best results when printing, set scaling to “none”

Because The Linus Connection is such an important part of my life, I will continue to collect Stars for Linus indefinitely. Use them for my organization, or your own favorite blanket charity! Get your friends together for a sewing day and bring the pattern along to share! It only takes 12 stars to make a comfort quilt for a child. 20 blocks will make a wonderful teen-sized quilt.

Wonky Star
Wonky Star, by mkissa

donated to the Bushfire Quilt Project

So, you’re not a paper piecer, but you’d still like to contribute? Inspired by WIP Girl, Kristel, known as Clumsy Chord on Talk To Me Tuesday, I will also accept 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) Maverick Stars or Wonky Stars (the same technique, different tutorials). To make a 12 1/2″ Maverick or Wonky star, your nine patch units need to be 4 1/2″.

See the video with Kristel’s Wonky Star quilt for Linus.

Check out the updated list of Stars for Linus contributors in this post!

Sew Something in Leander is hosting their first ever Linus Work Day tomorrow, October 8, from 10-1. I will be there, taking photos and helping in any way I can. I hope to see you there!

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