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Stitch A Little Happiness

Bluebonnet to Hand Embroider, just $2 on Craftsy, 7″ x 9 1/2″

This has been the summer of stitching for me. Almost immediately after finishing my last block for the Doctor Who Stitch Along (it posts on Fandom In Stitches next week…so exciting!), I started thinking about what to stitch next. While digging through some old stencils, I found a bluebonnet I designed ages ago and the lightbulb went on! The bluebonnet idea was doubly perfect, because I was also thinking about what to give my mom for her birthday.

Bluebonnet Stencil

This is the original stencil, created for a class I taught several years ago. I’ve never made this stencil available to the public and it seemed perfect for conversion to hand embroidery.


 Why a bluebonnet? The are the State Flower of Texas. Photo by Shauna.

Bluebonnet Quilt Square

After stitching my bluebonnet in a variety of stitches, I added simple 2 1/2″  sashing to each side of the white 12 1/2″ square to create a 16 1/2″ block.

The background fabric is Sketch by Timeless Treasure. I have another big project coming in the same fabric soon…Mmmm, can’t wait to share that one! 😉

Bluebonnet PillowThe simple quilt block became a pretty pillow that I gave to my mom for her birthday which is coming up in just a few days (it was an early present!). She lives in a country house and her decor is green and blue, so…perfect! The pillow is shown here in my own squashy chair.

You can stitch my Bluebonnet, too. It’s just $2 on Craftsy!

Have you entered to win a free signed copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks? Visit this post for details! The winner will be announced on Monday!


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Featured pattern: Wee Lil’ Penguin, now in two sizes! $2 on Craftsy

Next Class:

Beginning Paper Piecing (3)

Friday, August 2 –Beginning Paper Piecing The Stitching Studio, Austin, TX; 9 am – 12 pm

$35 per person online or RSVP to pay cash at the door (cash or check only)

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You will receive handout and pattern upon registration. 

Texas Twofer Set 3!

It’s here at long last! Texas Twofer Set 3 joins my ongoing Texas series of two Texas-themed patterns for just $2. These patterns are available only through Craftsy!

In this set:

Texas Twofer: Set 3

Tiny Texas Four Patch (5″ x 5″)


 Texas Twofer: Set 3

Texas Cowboy Boot (8″ x 5″).

Both patterns are paper pieced.

Why do I use Craftsy?

For starters, it’s free to join! They do not charge independent designers to use their service, which means more money in designers’ pockets and less fees to pay! When you buy one of my patterns through Craftsy, you will receive an notice if I ever update it. That means if an error gets corrected or improved, you’ll get a free updated version of the pattern you already bought and paid for!

Why only one boot? Because you can do this!

Texas Twofer: Set 3

Get Texas Twofer Set 3!

Here are the rest of my Texas Twofer Series so far:

Tabby Face Block Lotto

Don’t forget about the Tabby Face Block Lotto! You still have time to send those blocks in for a chance to win the lot!

And remember, use coupon code TABBY in my Etsy shop to receive 10% off your total order during the month of September!


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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Quilts In Real Life!

The Austin Area Quilt Guild‘s Capital of Texas QuiltFest is this weekend!

September 14th – 16th, 2012
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs
Austin, Texas

Friday, Sept. 14th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16th 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission is $8. Click here for a printable $1 off coupon.

QuiltFest in the news.


Come by to see loads of great quilts, including the original Project of Doom quilt, designed, pieced and embroidered by me, quilted by Shannon Shaw!

The Project of Doom on display at Hennig House Quilts

The Project of Doom, on display at Hennig House Quilts, April 2012.

Click here for Project of Doom patterns!

Sir Gareth's Dragon

Sir Gareth’s Dragon, all quilted and spiffy, will be on display with the miniature quilts.

All Dolled Up

Also look for All Dolled Up, my doll dress quilt, made from reproduction 1930s fabrics.

I’ll be visiting the show tomorrow with my fabulous stitching friends! Expect a full report and probably a little stalking of the PoD. The voyeur in me is excited at the prospect of seeing others enjoy my favorite quilt! If you are there tomorrow and see me wandering around, please stop me and say hello!

If you are going to the Austin show, take a photo of yourself with one of my quilts and share your picture with my flickr group for the chance to win a fun prize! Winner announced Tuesday!

  Tabby Face Block Lotto

To celebrate the Tabby Face Block Lotto, use coupon code TABBY in my Etsy shop to receive 10% off your total order during the month of September!


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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TTMT #173 – You Say It’s Harry’s Birthday?

Introducing set 2 of my Texas Twofer series, Texas Armadillo and Lone Star Texas! Each pattern set will include two Texas-themed paper pieced patterns for just $2!  Currently only available through Craftsy.

Source: Texas Twofer: Set 2 (Paper Pieced) via sewhooked on Craftsy

Have you made patterns or projects from Sewhooked? Add them to the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to be featured on my blog!


Learn to paper piece now through December with my full-lengthvideo workshop available through STITCHED. Registration is now only $40! Click for details

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TTMT #126 – In No Particular Order

I sincerely apologize for the tardiness today. Let me explain a little.

First of all, Central Texas, where I live, has been struggling to fight wildfires. People are losing their homes. People have died. Our power was down earlier today due to a fire that was just a few miles away.

My family is safe, for the moment, but I’ve been thinking a lot about what we’d need to do to evacuate. It’s almost unfathomable.

I do talk about the fires in my video, just a little. It’s bad here, and scary. Everything is just so very dry. It hasn’t rained in so long, the grass and bushes and trees are burning like torches.

If you would like to help families and their pets affected by fire in Central Texas, visit this page set up by the Austin American-Statesman. Every little thing will help.

Or, you can make it easy, and donate to The Red Cross of Central Texas.

From Deep In the Heart of Texas,


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Something To Look At

Squirrels in my backyard

A little something to look at while you wait for my tardy TTMT.

These little guys have been hanging out in our backyard all summer, hiding from the heat and the drought.  They especially enjoy napping at the base of the live oak, where they’ve dug a little hole. They also play in the sprinkler when it’s on, and drink from the water hose when it’s off.

It’s been a long, hot summer.

Project for Awesome 2010

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you know that The Linus Connection is a big part of my life. This year, I’m participating in The Project For Awesome in order to help raise awareness for my favorite charity. Please watch, comment, share with your friends and please Thumbs Up on YouTube!



Jan – May 2011 Class Schedule

Bluebonnet Stencil

Here it is, at last! My January – May 2011 schedule is all firmed up. I will be at Honey Bee Quilt Store‘s Open House on Sunday. Come by, meet the teachers and sign up for awesome new classes.


class sample batik - pinapple quilt block

Stellar Stripes

Tree Trimming

Bluebonnet Stencil


You can find my complete public schedule here. This is when I teach, go to guild meetings and volunteer for The Linus Connection.
Hope to see you around!

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Class Display before signs
Class Models at Honey Bee…the signs will probably go up tomorrow.  Notice how my patterns are right there! Love it!

New class lists for Honey Bee
Class Supply lists and information. Woo!

Open House Sunday, 1 – 5pm, at Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas.

You can come meet the Honey Bee teachers and learn about all the wonderful new classes being taught there this fall. I’ve seen the new classes and they are nothing short of wonderful!

How about a refresher of what I’m teaching this time around? (click the titles for price info or to register online)

Paper Piecing Classes with Jennifer Ofenstein
at Honey Bee Quilt Store
August – December 2010

Unfinished Paper Piecing
Sunday, August 29, 2010 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Saturday, December 11, 2010 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Bring your unfinished paper pieced projects or paper pieced projects you’re stuck on and get help to get moving again!

Intro To Paper Piecing
Sunday, September 5, 2010, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Learn to paper piece in a fun and relaxed environment. A technique class.

Paper Pieced Mariner’s Compass Wall Hanging/Block
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Make perfect points with a lovely floating Mariner’s Compass.

Paper Pieced Halloween Wall Hanging
Sunday, October 24, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Make a fun and whimsical Halloween wall hanging.

Paper Pieced Christmas Wall Hanging
Saturday, November 20, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Combine tradition with whimsy with a lovely, easy to personalize Christmas wall hanging. Want a different theme? Just change fabric colors!

See the other great classes at Honey Bee this fall right here!

Happy Crafting!



Linus in May

The Linus Connection on Saturday was quite a whirlwind (Linus Show & Tell -there are thank you cards from kids, go see!).  I think that was partially due to my being so busy last week  By the time Saturday rolled around, it was a continuation of The Busy.

If you caught Wordless Wednesday last week, then you know I had 9 quilts to bind between Wednesday and Saturday.  Despite working and having a sick kiddo, I still managed to get them all done!

9 Quilts – binding PWND in less than three days!  Quilted by Marge L. (individual photos below)

This is the end of my Go Get Granny and Log Cabins For Linus posts.  It’s been amazing and I cannot thank you all enough for your generous donations!  Anything I’ve received after the cut-off date has been donated directly to Linus.  Unfinished projects have been and will continue to be shared with other volunteers so they can be turned into finished quilts and afghans without moldering in my craft room until I have time to get to them!

Of course, if I receive a really amazing (finished!) quilt or afghan in the mail, I’ll share it.  It’s just my way!

And now, quilts and afghans that were donated, sorted and distributed on Saturday, May 15, 2010.

Another stunning afghan by Amber’s Originals

Multitudes of Granny Ghans, blocks by Mary, joined by myself and Linda E. (but mostly by Linda!)

Granny Ghan, blocks by auntypsycho and others (Cat’s mum included!)

Donated by Becky G.

Three quilts made from one giant quilt top, which was donated by Shannon Shaw of Rock Creek Quilts, the official quilter of Harry Potter Paper Piecing.

Unquilted tops donated by Becky G.

Made from quilt blocks donated by clumsy_chord, pieced by Shirley B.

Donated by hardhatcat, Australia (the donation from furthest away!)

Log Cabins for Linus!  Individual block donations pieced into tops by me and quilted by Marge L.

Looking for a place to donate your time and talent?  Try searching for “quilt donation” or “afghan donation” and your area.  There are charitable blanket makers and non-profit organizations all over the world!