Monday, October 31, 2011

Science Fiction, Double Feature OR Happy Halloween!

a free 7" paper pieced pattern

Greetings, earthlings.

Today, those of us here at Fandom In Stitches would like to wish you a very Haunted, Horrible Halloween!

Beware of Witches, Ghouls, Goblins and Vampires!


A Happy Jack can lure you in...
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Jack-O-Lantern, pieced by Marissa, designed by Sonja Callaghan

Are these bats really what they seem to be?
Bats 2014 update

Bats designed by Jennifer Ofenstein


If you see this...then it is probably too late....
fangs
Fangs, pieced by Cat, designed by Jennifer Ofenstein

Unless, by some good fortune, 
you have a wooden steak about your person...
Mr Pointy
Mr. Pointy designed by Lilja Björk Sigurdórsdóttir

Do you have horrible, haunted quilts? We want to see them! Leave us a link in comments or post them to our Flickr Group!




Month 02 - November 2, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'm a Super Hero, Mother

Captain America
Captain America free 5" (5 1/2") paper pieced patterns

You may remember that on Friday, Lilja provided us with a Watchmen pattern. 

Not only was it well-received, but it lit a fire in her designer's soul and she has gifted us with FIVE more super-hero patterns in honor of Halloween.

Five patterns. That she designed. And tested. Since Friday.

I said fire, didn't I?

Go on then, save the world.

Green Lantern
The Green Lantern free 5" (5 1/2") paper pieced patterns

fantastic 4
Fantastic Four free 5" (5 1/2") paper pieced patterns


Spiderman
Spiderman free 5" (5 1/2") paper pieced patterns

Avengers
The Avengers free 5" (5 1/2") paper pieced patterns
by Lilja Björk Sigurdórsdóttir

Find our complete collection* 
of Comic Book designs
on the Comics/Games/Tech page!

*We can actually call it a "collection" now, thanks to Lilja!




The first person to guess the origination of the subject line quote will win a free Fandom In Stitches button! Please leave your answer in comments.

Have you made cool fandom stuff from our patterns? Post photos in our Flickr Group and you might see them here on Fandom In Stitches!




Month 02 - November 2, 2011


Friday, October 28, 2011

Just the FAQs, ma'am

You all have had questions, and we have answers. This list will be continuously updated and will be available from the right sidebar menu under FAQ.

Please note this page is for general site and Block of the Month questions. Please leave your requests on the Request Page.

General FAQ

How do I navigate your site?
Navigating Fandom In Stitches
Heres a handy-dandy guide!


What is Fandom In Stitches (FiS)?
  • Fandom In Stitches is a not-for-profit, fan-run site that provides free quilt patterns based on multiple fandoms. 
What Does "Fandom" Mean?
  • A "fandom" is a fan-based community with a specific interest such Doctor Who or Harry Potter.
Who designs the patterns?
  • All the patterns on Fandom In Stitches are designed by fans. 
  • All designers are volunteers. 
  • You can see a complete list of participating designers on our Designer Page.
Do you have permission to post these patterns?
  • If a pattern has been posted on Fandom In Stitches, we have the designer's permission. 
  • Patterns shared on Fandom In Stitches have been submitted by the original designer or are part of a Fandom In Stitches event, in which case it was designed specifically for our quilting community.
How do you rate Skill Level?
  • 1/5 - Beginner. Very basic piecing. Anyone can make this.
  • 2/5 - Advanced Beginner, slightly more complicated, but still fairly basic.
  • 3/5 - Intermediate. More pieces/units, but not too intricate. 
  • 4/5 - Advanced Intermediate. More experience required. Lots of pieces/steps.
  • 5/5 - Advanced. Intricate and complex, not intended for beginners.
How can I help?
Who Owns the Site/Writes The Posts?
You say it's free, why the ads and Zazzle Shop?
  • The ads and FiS product sales pay for our various accounts (extra storage space for photos and pattern files) as well as postage to mail our monthly prizes, and very occasionally, for the actual prizes. We try to keep ads simple, relevant and as unobtrusive as possible.
  • Click here learn how you can support Fandom In Stitches.
Can I use Fandom In Stitches patterns to make items to sell on etsy/craft fairs/etc.?
  • While we are fully aware that we can't stop you from selling items made from Fandom In Stitches' patterns, we ask most emphatically that you do not, unless it is for a fundraiser or non-profit (please see next question). As long as no one is profiting (profiting=making money, even if it is just to "break even") from our patterns, our use of fandom images, themes, etc., all of which are copyright, trademarked or the intellectual property of the originators/authors/etc., we are relatively safe under the broad allowance made under U.S. trademark laws (we have this from a bona fide trademark lawyer!). By not selling items made from FiS patterns, we are in no way competing with or profiting from the fandoms we love. We would absolutely hate to lose our ability to share these patterns with you because someone decided to profit from them. One cease and desist letter would be devastating to our online community and could possibly shut down the entire website. Thank you for understanding and respecting our request to not profit from our patterns.
  • If you need more information, please see this post: Not For Sale
Can I use Fandom In Stitches patterns to make items for non-profits or charities? What about showing my quilt at a quilt show or fair?
  • Absolutely you may use Fandom In Stitches patterns to create items for schools, charities or other non-profit* reasons.
  • *Non-profit implies you are making the patterns absolutely for free and if earning money, it is for legal charitable reasons. It does NOT mean that you are just trying to "break even" on your fabric purchase.
  • Yes, please do show off your work! All we ask is that you credit Fandom In Stitches and it's Designers...and post photos to our Flickr Group!
I'm a designer that sells fandom-themed patterns. Can I submit and/or advertise here?
  • The short and long answer is always no. To protect our website and our designers, we cannot condone the sale of patterns that make use of copyrighted, trademarked or the intellectual property of others.
  • If you need more information, please see this post: Not For Sale
Can I reproduce your patterns to hand out to my bee/guild/sewing group?
  • As long as you are not selling Fandom In Stitches patterns, you are free to print and share, if allowed by the copyright of the individual designer. It's always best to ask first.
Can I repost your patterns to my website/blog?
  • We ask that you not repost actual patterns, but share links to the original file, page or post instead. If you'd like to share photos please contact the photo's owner.
Why are so many of the patterns paper pieced? Do you allow any other style?
  • While this is not quite as true as it used to be, it's still a valid question. Fandom In Stitches grew from a group of designers that met on Harry Potter Paper Piecing, which is the long and short answer as to why many of our patterns are paper pieced. 
  • We welcome any quilting style and have a growing collection of embroidery, pixel and applique patterns. The only patterns we don't currently accept machine embroidery.
  • Read more about being an FiS Designer.
I'm new to quilting/paper piecing/applique, etc. Where do I start?
  • We recommend that you check out our Quilting Help Page. It has links to our favorite tutorials.
There's a pattern I really, really want but you don't have it and I can't find it anywhere else.
  • Make a request using our Request FormPlease note that all designers are volunteers and the patterns they choose to design as well as technique are at their discretion.
I love social media! Where else can I find/follow Fandom In Stitches?
I'd like to sponsor a drawing or a giveaway.
How do I win the a prize and how are prizes awarded?
  • Most prizes are awarded based on participation in our flickr group. Share a photo of a Fandom In Stitches project (ie, something you made using a FiS pattern) and be entered to win!
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  • Unless otherwise stated, participation prizes are awarded by random drawing using Random.org. For monthly drawing, a list is compiled of FiS visitor that has contributed photos to the flickr group. Those photos are numbered and that number is used to choose a winner.
  • Challenge winners are chosen by anonymous poll or by FiS Designers.
  • Giveaway ("sweepstakes") winners are chosen randomly.
  • No purchase is ever necessary to win anything on FiS.
I have a question not listed...
Block of the Month, Block of the Week, Stitch-Along FAQ
Applies to The Project of Doom and There and Back Again, as well as any other FiS BOM or BOW.

BOM=Block of the Month (Pattern Posted Monthly)
BOW=Block of the Week (Pattern Posted Weekly)
SAL=Stitch Along (embroidery patterns)
QAL=Quilt Along (quilt patterns)

I've never participated in a Block of the Month, Block of the Week or Stitch Along can you explain how it works?
  • A Block of the Month (BOM) on FiS will include a new pattern on an designated day every month that is part of a theme and works toward a full set of blocks to create an entire quilt.
  • A Block of the Week (BOW) works the same as a BOM, but with weekly patterns instead of monthly.
  • A Stitch Along (SAL) on FiS works the same as a BOM or BOW, but the pattern is hand embroidered instead of strictly machine stitched.
  • All BOM, BOW & SAL on Fandom In Stitches are also QALs.
I want to participate, but I don't have time. Can I save/print/come back later?
  • Absolutely. You can start our BOM, BOW or SAL whenever it works best for you.
Are BOM/BOW/SAL/QAL files available as one large file?
  • Large or ongoing projects are available as they were originally posted, that is to say, one pattern per month or week. If you are participating after the fact, you will need to print each pattern individually.
The blocks in the BOM/BOW are too big/too small for my taste. Can I decrease/increase the pattern?
  • You are welcome to change the pattern size to a scale that works better for you, but please keep in mind that the BOM is designed with an overall quilt in mind and changing the size of your block will require you to change the final layout.
  • Tutorial to Enlarge & Reduce patterns
My blocks are coming out the wrong size, what do I do?
  • To prevent patterns printing at the wrong size, always check to make sure your documents are set to "no scaling," "no resizing," or that you do not choose "fit to page."
  • If possible, square up your block after all the individual units are in place. It's not uncommon for patterns to print slightly off due to differences in printers, software, paper, etc.
  • We recommend that you wait until you have all your blocks and are ready to proceed with the layout until making any changes. You may be able to correct your block size at this point by making adjustments to individual blocks, like adding additional background fabric.
I'm stuck, lost or frustrated, what do I do?
Where can I go to talk about my project?
I've think I'd like to host an event on fandominstitches.com, what now?
  • For all events, the entire project (patterns, testing, etc.) must be completed and submitted ahead of the event. If you haven't finished your project yet, please contact us first to make sure your event is appropriate for FiS.
  • All events require a quilt layout to put all the blocks together at the end of the event. 
  • Events can be a collaboration or created by a single designer.
  • Event specific prizes are nice, too, but not required. 
  • You will have the opportunity to write your own posts or to provide all the information and one of our Editors will write them for you. 
  • One of the newer things we've been doing is creating a Facebook Group that is event specific. This is optional as we do have a general FB group for all FiS patterns.
  • Email Jennifer at ofenjen@fandominstitches.com for questions or to arrange hosting your own event.
Links to Past Events

I own a store/make fandom crafts and would like to be a Sponsor.
What have we missed? What do YOU need to know? Let us know in comments!

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Watchmen logo
free 5" (5 1/2") paper pieced patterns

On Friday night, a comedian died in New York. 
Somebody knows why. Out there, somebody knows.

Lilja has been inspired by our Request List! Following Clumsy Smurf, posted earlier in the week, she brings us the Watchmen Logo.

Watchmen on Wikipedia.


Bat symbol
Bat Symbol, pieced by Shae, designed by Jennifer Ofenstein

X-Men paper pieced block
X-Men Symbol designed by Jennifer Ofenstein

More awesome patterns on Comics/Games/Tech!


Fandom In Stitches is looking for designers to help with our Request List. If you'd like to be part of the awesome fandomy goodness, you can read about being an FiS Designer right here. Please note: all quilt techniques are welcome; appliqué, traditional, embroidery, etc.

Have you made cool fandom stuff from our patterns? Post photos in our Flickr Group and you might see them here on Fandom In Stitches!








Month 02 - November 2, 2011


Thursday, October 27, 2011

What a lot of things you do use 'Good morning' for!

Month 2 - November 2, 2011

Gandalf
by LynetteCC

As we count down to month 02 of There and Back Again, Gandalf continues to appear in the Fandom In Stitches flickr group.
What can we say to that? We are honored that you would consider joining out little party!

Gandalf has visited Bilbo at Bag End and been invited to tea. On Wednesday, November 2, look for the Month 2 pattern to continue our story!


Gandalf-- my very first block!
by Dreamflower02

CIMG0186_2099
by walgal06

007
by midge817

006
by midge817


Did you know that we also have Lord of the Rings patterns?
Eye and Staff
"Eye and Staff" by kiteflyer532


Do you want to play along? It's never too late to start! 

There And Back Again
Block of the Month



You can join us on our adventure by posting your photo of each month's block to the Fandom In Stitches flickr group. The first Tuesday of each month, a winner will be chosen at random from those participants that contributed photos. That winner will receive the prize donated by our awesome monthly sponsors!



This months's sponsor is, foxwise. Our October winner will receive this gorgeous hand-stamped bracelet, created just for There and Back Again!







Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dumbledore!

Potter Puppet Pals - Dumbledore!
5" (5 1/2") free paper pieced pattern
designed by Jennifer Ofenstein

Potter Puppet Pals was a little side project that I started during The Project of Doom. We all took a week off, as a group, both as a breather and to give those that needed it extra time to sew. I couldn't not post something on Harry Potter Paper Piecing that week. As I visited my list of HP ideas, Potter Puppet Pals jumped out at me. I drafted Harry first, and then of course, I had to draft them all!

Paper Pieced Potter Puppet Pals. Say that five times fast!

Please enjoy our fandom homage to one of Harry Potter fandom's greatest icons. We are, after all, fans of fandom!


Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise


Potter Puppet Pals: The Trio
The Trio - Hermione, Harry and Ron

Potter Puppet Pals Quilt Layout 2
The Gang's All Here!




Please don't tell us you haven't read Harry Potter yet...just do!



Coming next week: There and Back Again Month 2



Month 02 - November 2, 2011


Fandom In Stitches is looking for designers to help with our Request List. If you'd like to be part of the awesome fandomy goodness, you can read about being an FiS Designer right here. Please note: all quilt techniques are welcome; appliqué, traditional, embroidery, etc.

Have you made cool fandom stuff from our patterns? Post photos in our Flickr Group and you might see them here on Fandom In Stitches!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We feel Smurfy!

Clumsy
Clumsy Smurf, by Lilja Björk Sigurdórsdóttir
10" (10 1/2") free pattern

Lilja has outdone herself in fulfilling the request for Smurf patterns! Clumsy is the first installment, but she promises more Smurfy goodness to come.

Clumsy Smurf joins the Animated Page with other great patterns like these:

Bob The Builder by Cat Magraith

Lightning McQueen
Lightning McQueen by Lilja Björk Sigurdórsdóttir


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Belle by Schenley Pilgram


Fandom In Stitches is looking for designers to help with our Request List. If you'd like to be part of the awesome fandomy goodness, you can read about being an FiS Designer right here. Please note: all quilt techniques are welcome; appliqué, traditional, embroidery, etc.

Have you made cool fandom stuff from our patterns? Post photos in our Flickr Group and you might see them here on Fandom In Stitches!






Month 02 - November 2, 2011



Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pigs and Pattern Designers


Gaya has added Green Pig to the Angry Birds family! You can find the rest of the family right here under Comics/Games/Tech.

Now that the Angry Birds have flown, let's talk about pattern requests! The Fandom In Stitches Request Page is a continually updated resource that includes all of the pattern requests that we receive here on FiS, organized by category, complete with information that indicates whether they are currently being worked on, patterns have been posted, etc. 

Our Designers are all volunteers, so patterns are drafted when and if a designer is interested or has the time. We're all fans here, but each of us is not a fan of everything. The diversity of Designers is what creates the awesome variety that we've assembled so far. 

Which brings me to...

Fandom In Stitches is looking for designers to help with our Request List. If you'd like to be part of the awesome fandomy goodness, you can read about being an FiS Designer right here. Please note: all quilt techniques are welcome; appliqué, traditional, embroidery, etc.


Have you made cool fandom stuff from our patterns? Post photos in our Flickr Group and you might see them here on Fandom In Stitches!