Jacquelynne Steves

23 Free Easter Patterns to Sew

Hippity, Hoppity! Easter’s on its way! We’ve collected some of the prettiest projects here to inspire you! Yep, here’s 23 Free Easter Patterns to Sew. You’ll find crosses, bunnies and eggs done up in pretty pastels, perfect for Spring. What are you waiting for?? Time to get started! (*wink*)

Please note that at the time of this writing, all links are correct. If you have a question about a particular project, please contact the owner of that particular blog. To find the projects, just click the links and photos below.

Looking for even more inspiration?? Find 21 more Easter and Spring patterns HERE. Enjoy! (more…)

22 St. Patrick’s Day Sewing and Craft Projects

They say that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! (Don’t you always wonder who “they” are, anyway? lol) I do like the color green, it’s a fresh reminder that Spring is on its way. We’ve gathered up 22 St. Patrick’s Day Sew and Craft Projects for you to make! You have plenty of time to make up a few of these cute, quick little projects to dress up your home or give as a gift. Another idea- take any favorite quick patchwork project and do it in different shades of green. Voila! Instant St. Patrick’s Day decor which you can enjoy into Spring and Summer. (For example, this free and easy quilt pattern or try this one as well.)

(As of the writing of this post, all of the links below are correct. If you have a question about a specific project, please contact the owner of that particular website, as most of these projects are not mine and appear on websites other than my own.)

St. Patrick’s Day Mini Quilt

DIY Shamrock Pouches

Charmed Table Topper


Spring Table Runner Pattern

This pretty little project is my Spring Meadow Table Runner which I designed for Martingale. Get the Free Spring Table Runner Pattern over here on the Martingale site.  There’s also a great giveaway below, keep reading… (more…)

In the Studio this Week…

This weekend, we went up to visit my daughter at grad school. Her birthday was last weekend- that makes three birthdays in a row that we couldn’t be with her! Darn! I told her that actually, she should give ME the presents, since I gave birth to her, LOL. It was nice to just relax and hang out. Of course, Alfie went with us and you can see how relaxed he was:

I gave Daughter some art supplies for her birthday, so we had fun playing with them:


How to Make a Hanging Sleeve for a Quilt

So you’ve made a quilt that you love and now you are wondering how to display it so that you can see and enjoy it every day… or you want a way to quickly and easily change out your wall hangings for the seasons… OR you’re thinking that you are ready to enter your fabulous quilt creation into a show and a hanging sleeve is required to exhibit it. No worries! Today we will be learning how to make a hanging sleeve for a quilt- it’s really very simple!

There are a couple of ways to make a hanging sleeve, today I will be sharing the most common method. Now, if you’re like me, you may be tempted to skip this step of making the hanging sleeve, because it does require some hand sewing, and you’re like- I just sewed all of that binding on, I do not want to do more hand stitching! But having a hanging sleeve on the back of your quilt makes it so much easier to hang your quilts and swap them out seasonally. Plus- it greatly reduces the stretching and distortion that will inevitably occur if you try to hang your quilt in some other fashion. Generally, the larger/heavier your quilt is, the more you need to worry about stretching. For miniature quilts, you can get away with hanging them with clips or with safety pins in the corners. But for larger quilts, by evenly distributing the weight on a rod, you greatly reduce the distortion than can occur. (more…)

The Art of Home Club is Open for New Members!


Today we have opened up enrollment to The Art of Home Club – we will be open for new members from February 11 through February 15, 2018!

The Club has new patterns every month that you can enjoy, but there are soooo many bonuses that you will receive as soon as you sign up!

Join today and get immediate access to bonuses like:

    • —All patterns for our 2016 Block of the Month, Maggie’s First Dance and the 2017 Block of the Month, I Love Home! (These patterns cost $21.95 each at my online shop).
    • —Beginner’s Guide to Hand Embroidery, perfect if you’re just starting out with embroidery! (Videos, bonus “mini” patterns great for practicing basic stitches, printable stitch guide, and printable supply list you can take with you to the store.)
    • —Bonus quilt, tote bag and pillow projects you can make with any embroidered or appliqued block
    • —Fusible Machine Applique Tutorial – this sells for $10.00 at my online shop
    • —Club Exclusive Video tutorials you won’t find anywhere else:
      • -fabric painting– use this technique with ANY of our embroidery patterns for a fun project PLUS video tutorial for combining fabric painting with machine applique
      • -how to make an envelope pillow cover
      • -how to make pieced backgrounds to give your embroidery, applique, and painted fabric projects more interest
      • -turn any quilt block into wrapped canvas art
      • -and MORE!
    • —Bonus embroidery patterns – “Bitty Blooms” mini patterns and Grandmom’s Vintage Flowers
    • —Downloadable wallpaper for your computer, tablet and phone (created from my original watercolor paintings)


Valentine’s Day Sewing Project- Quilted Tags

February 14 is right around the corner! I was trying to think of something quick- really quick- to dress and brighten up little spots in the house that needed some “love”. I made these little Valentine’s Day quilted tags! Sort of a super-mini Valentines Day quilt pattern, lol. They are the perfect way to use up some fabric AND batting scraps! (If you’re anything like me, you hate to throw even the littlest pieces away!) Have you noticed that metallics are everywhere?? For this Valentine’s Day sewing project, you can use metallic DecoFoil like I’ve done here, or you can do machine applique. If you do machine applique, keep in mind that the pieces are fairly small, so you will want to use a small stitch, and don’t forget to use the reversed patterns. When using DecoFoil, you don’t need to reverse the patterns.

You can just sit the tags in little bowls like this:

Or add some twine or ribbon and tie them to a vase like I’ve done below. Ooooh… you know what would be really cute??? Fill Mason jars with candies or cookie mix, and tie one of these little tags to it! I’d definitely love to receive that as a gift, how about you??

For each quilted Valentine’s Day tag, you will need: (more…)

27 Free Valentine’s Day Patterns & Projects to Sew and Quilt

Looking for a free Valentine’s Day quilt pattern (or 2 or 27?) It’s no secret that I LOVE Valentine’s Day! Not for the chocolate and roses (though those are nice….), but I LOVE red and pink! I think another reason I love Valentine’s Day decorating is that it’s a really nice way to “warm” up the house in the midst of the cold, gray and dreary winter. I’m always a bit sad when we take down the Christmas decorations in January- but I look forward to adding punches of bright cheerful color with my red and pink hearts!

For this post, we’ve rounded up 27 Free Valentine’s Day projects for you to stitch up! I think you’ll “love” these!

And if you like these, be sure to check out these previous posts:

13 Free Valentine’s Day Projects for Quilters and Sewists

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


I Love Home BOM- The BIG Wrap Up & Giant Giveaway!!

Many of you have finished your I Love Home Block of the Month quilts and are posting your photos in the Sew Quilty Friends Facebook group– Bravo on such beautiful quilts!! To celebrate, we will having a GIANT grand prize giveaway, so keep reading!!!

*** I’m even going to give you a sneak peek of the 2018 free block of the month, keep reading!!! ***

Here are just a few of the quilts which have been posted to the Facebook group- hop on over to see what everyone’s been up to! 


New Free Embroidery Pattern- Warm Winter Wishes Mitten

It’s the perfect season for cozy winter stitching!! I think this would be really cute embroidered onto a pillow or quilt. Or make a wall hanging! Wool would be really great for this, too.

You could also use it for a coloring sheet. Get my coloring tips in this video, and tips for using watercolor pencils in this video.

(Embroidery videos here, here, and here.)

If you would like to try the Heat n Bond lightweight fusible interfacing mentioned in my videos, please click here.

And if you like cute embroidery patterns, consider joining The Art of Home Club– there are so many new embroidery patterns released each month which are exclusive to Club members!

Click here to get a printable PDF of this pattern.

A free downloadable PDF can also be found in my Craftsy shop! Click here