Jacquelynne Steves

Splendid Sampler One Year Anniversary Blog Hop & Giveaway

Today is the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of The Splendid Sampler– WOW! That’s hard to believe! I’m doing a Giveaway to celebrate…. keep reading…

One year ago today, the first block for The Splendid Sampler was released. It was February 14, 2016 that this perfectly themed block was released:

I designed 2 blocks for The Splendid Sampler, a bonus block called Summer Flip Floppin’:

and a block called Little Things:

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21 MORE Free Valentine’s Day Projects for Quilters and Sewists!!!

It’s that time again! Time to bring out the red and pink (my favorite colors!) Last year, I brought you 13 Free Projects for Quilters and Sewists, and once again this year I’ve been searching the internet, looking for even more of the cutest free projects for Valentine’s Day- I don’t think you will be disappointed with this list! Most of these are very quick and easy, so there’s plenty of time to create decor and gifts before February 14. Enjoy!

Sweetheart Apron by Sew and So

Love-ly Valentine’s Day Pillow by Jacquelynne Steves (yep, that’s me!)

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Love-ly Valentine’s Day Pillow Tutorial Plus tips for sewing curves!

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it! This is a very quick project that you can make in an afternoon with fabrics and materials which are probably already in your sewing room. It’s also a very good beginner project- so get the kids and grandkids involved!

I will also give you some tips for sewing and working with curves- it’s easy peasy and you’ll get great results with just a couple of simple tricks.

Finished size of pillow is about 10 x 12″

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Creamy Mushroom Soup Recipe

It’s soup season!! I love all kinds of soup- because it’s warm, comforting, and you can use just about any ingredient you find in your fridge or pantry to make it. You could have a different kind of soup every single day during the cold weather and never get bored, right?

This is my recipe of Creamy Mushroom Soup. While I grew up with the famous canned kind of mushroom soup, this is a “grown up” version that everyone will love. It’s simple and delicious. This recipe calls for mixed mushrooms. Don’t stick to just the white button variety, try some Portabellas, shiitake, oyster, and other varieties as well- they have more flavor and will make your soup more interesting. I used 8 ounces of large white mushrooms (whole), 8 ounces of baby portabellas (also whole), and 4 ounces of an “exotic” blend from the produce department of my local grocery store. The white and portabella mushrooms are quite a bit larger and “meatier” than the other varieties and will need a little extra cooking time. When roasting your mushrooms, start with the largest ones and then toss in the smaller ones a little later so that they all cook evenly. (more…)

Find me in Quilts & More all throughout 2017!!!

Friends- I have some exciting news!!! You will find me in every issue of Quilt and More magazine in 2017!!! I have been sitting on this news for over a year… and I can finally tell you all about it! I’ve given a sneak peek or two on social media, but now I can show you the first project which will appear in the Spring 2017 issue.

Each year, Quilts and More does a series of projects- for this year, I was honored to be asked to design 4 seasonal table runners. A different table runner pattern will appear in each issue of Quilts and More for 2017. They all feature a seasonal machine applique motif and a different pieced background.

I love table runners because they are small and quick to make- and such a wonderful way to dress up your decor for the seasons! Use them on the kitchen or dining room table, on a coffee table, or on a buffet or dresser. So versatile! (more…)

In the studio this week

It’s been busy busy here lately! Last week, we welcomed many new members to The Art of Home Club! I’ve also been working on several projects for various magazines and books that you will be seeing later this year.

Towards the end of last year, I promised myself that I’d get my studio space sorted… I started with the cutting table, and got no further! It was heaped with fabrics from about a dozen different projects which had been completed over the year… and I never got around to “filing” the extra fabric back in the stash in my studio. (I should have taken a photo before I cleaned it- it was truly a mountain of fabric!)

Of course… despite my best efforts, it’s starting to pile up again. I recently received several projects back from my long arm quilter. There were lots of strips of fabric/batting to be trimmed from the edges. I can’t part with the scraps, so as time allows, I’ve been trimming the extra backing fabric from the batting. And in the meantime, it’s piled up on the cutting table, waiting for attention.

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Enrollment Open for The Art of Home Club! Plus, Everything Patterns are available again!

ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED- THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED UP! IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF FUN!

Please sign up for my interest list below to be notified when membership is opening up again.

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Hi everyone! Today is the BIG day and I’m so excited! I’ve spent the past week showing and telling you all about what we will be doing in The Art of Home Club for 2017, and now enrollment is finally open!

Enrollment for the Club is open today, January 10 through Saturday January 14, 2017. After that, the Club will be closed to new members until Summer.

Here are the links to previous posts so you can see EVERYTHING that’s included in the Club- Monthly Patterns and Printables, Member Exclusive Video Tutorials, a Members Only Message Board, Maggie’s First Dance Block of the Month patterns, 2017 BOM pattern, and so much more! (more…)

The Club Opens Tomorrow! PLUS- Get your Everything Patterns ebook!

ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED- THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED UP! IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF FUN!

Please sign up for my interest list below to be notified when membership is opening up again.

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Tomorrow is the day! Tomorrow we will open up enrollment for The Art of Home Club!

Enrollment for the Club is only open tomorrow, Tuesday January 10 through Saturday 14, 2017 then it closes until this summer!

Don’t miss out!

Want to see what’s new for 2017? I’ve put together this video to see just SOME of the fun stuff we’ll be doing in the Club this year:

Remember back in October, the Everything Patterns ebook was available to purchase? In addition to opening the Club for enrollment, we will once again have the Everything Patterns ebook available- so you will have 3 choices from January 10-14: (more…)

Super-Fun Free Bonuses When You Sign Up for The Art Of Home Club!

ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED- THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED UP! IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF FUN!

Please sign up for my interest list below to be notified when membership is opening up again.

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Today I’m going to tell you all about the BONUSES you will receive if you join The Art of Home Club when enrollment opens on Tuesday January 10! In addition to the incredible value you will receive every month as a member, you will also receive:

***First- the Maggie’s First Dance Block of the Month patterns are now included on the Club site- that means that if you lose or misplace your pattern (or part of a pattern), you don’t have to worry about not being able to replace it. As long as you are a member, the Maggie’s First Dance BOM patterns and information will ALWAYS be on the Club site! Just download whatever you need, whenever you need it!

***The 2017 Block of the Month will also be included on the site! That means that you don’t have to sign up for the BOM list each year, wait for the emails with the patterns, search for lost emails and links, worry about misplacing your email with the pattern links…. Just log in to the site on the pattern release day, and it will be right there for you, waiting to be downloaded!! Super convenient!!

***Folks who sign up for a membership in January will also receive the December pattern, called My Heart’s Garden, for free! This pattern includes instructions/patterns for 4 embroidered square blocks, 4 embroidered rectangular blocks, 2 appliqued blocks, and a pieced heart block. You will get TONS of options for mixing and matching the patterns to make projects which are truly your own! Make a Mini Mat, Mini Runner, or Wall Hanging:

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Even more features for The Art of Home Club!

ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED- THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED UP! IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF FUN!

Please sign up for my interest list below to be notified when membership is opening up again.

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For the last couple of days, I’ve been telling you about some of the features and content for The Art of Home Club, and today I’m showing you even more! I know that this is my 3rd post about it- but there’s just so much great stuff I want to share with you!

YOU CAN JOIN THE CLUB FROM JANUARY 10 THROUGH JANUARY 14!

AFTER THE 14TH, ENROLLMENT WILL BE CLOSED AGAIN UNTIL SUMMER.

In addition to all the stuff I’ve shown you over the last couple of days, here are a few more things you will find on the exclusive Club website:

Getting Started with Hand Embroidery Resource Page

Hand embroidery is hot hot hot right now! Nothing beats a relaxing and portable hand sewing project that you can do while watching TV, riding in the car, or waiting for appointments. Not only is it more relaxing than playing on your phone during those odd bits of time, it’s also much more productive! Five minutes here, 10 minutes there… pretty soon you’ve got a pretty embroidered motif that you can use in a quilt, on a table runner or tote bag, a potholder, a wall hanging….

The Club has a special page dedicated to getting started with hand embroidery- so whether you’re a total newbie with no idea where to start, or if you have some experience and you’re just looking for some extra tips, this is the perfect place to start! Everything you need is on one page, making it so easy and convenient to get started. On this page, you will find: (more…)