Jacquelynne Steves

Tips to get those UFO’s (UnFinished Objects & Projects) DONE!

In my last post, I shared some suggestions for categorizing your UFO’s and deciding what to keep. I offered a little bit of “tough love,” and gave you permission to let some stuff GO. Get rid of it. Make room in your life for things that are new and fresh (both literally and figuratively.) Sometimes, it is obvious which projects you want to keep and which you want to let go of.

Thank you for your incredible response to that article! So many nice comments and emails, and people telling me that they were forwarding it to their friends and guild members. I think that a lot of articles address HOW to finish incomplete projects, but what we don’t talk about is WHY we ended up with that mountain to begin with. While going through your UFOs, it might be good to do a little self examination as well. Why did we start these projects? Because the kit was on sale, or because it was a “fad” that everyone in the guild was in to? Were we unrealistic about the amount of time it would take to complete it? Maybe we even have to dig a little deeper… am I using “stuff” to fill some other void? Am I expecting a completed project to make me feel a certain way? (It kind of reminds me of being really gung-ho on the first day of a diet, imagining the new wardrobe and the envy of our friends at the high school reunion… and that lasts for about 3 days… then back to the old ways. We get so excited about a project, but then the reality of how long it’s really going to take sinks in, we get overwhelmed, and into the closet it goes.) Are we looking to “feel” a certain way… and we think that X fabric/kit/project will make us feel that way, or put us in good company??

Today, I’ll share a few more tips for prioritizing your UFO’s and deciding what to do with those projects that are in the “gray area,” in other words- you can’t decide if they are worth working on.

When looking over UFO’s which you’re not sure about, you can consider the following factors: (more…)

Sorting and Letting Go of UFO’s (UnFinished Objects)

This post is about how to sort your UFO’s- but let me tell you a little about the inspiration… This past Sunday, it was 72 degrees- it’s February and I live in NJ, folks! Crazy! We went for a long walk at the park with Alfie, and then treated ourselves to ice cream afterwards.

It’s feeling like Spring (though I’m sure that will only last another day or 2… then we’ll most likely get a seasonable arctic blast.) But while it’s warm and the sun is shining, it’s certainly putting me in a good mood. A SPRING mood. What does that mean? Lately, it makes me feel like doing some purging around the house. So much stuff to get rid of!

My oldest daughter has a new job starting in a few weeks, and while she’s in between jobs, she’s been coming over to help me. The first assignment I gave her was cleaning up my fabric room. While I love this room and it’s perfect for doing photography, I had let it get wayyyyyyyy out of control. Like, I spent the last year just throwing stuff in there (literally) and then shutting the door so that I didn’t have to look at it. Daughter spent a full day getting it under control, sorting and organizing. I love the room again! Alfie loves it too… I couldn’t find him this morning, so I went upstairs to investigate and found him napping in a basket of newly-organized fabric remnants:

While we were going through the dresser drawers, I came across a UFO (UnFinished Object) that I’d forgotten about- a small quilt which was almost done except that it needed ONE border sewn on. And that one border was already pinned on! Seriously- I had left it unfinished with just ONE seam left to do. Whaaaaaat? What is wrong with me, I asked myself- why could I NOT just finish the thing? Why was it shoved in a drawer and abandoned for a few years? And then I remembered the details of the project. A guild had asked me to work up a special project to teach them at a workshop. I did so, and I was almost done the sample, when they cancelled. I was left feeling aggravated that I’d wasted my time on this. I didn’t even LIKE the project! So, I had stashed it away where I didn’t have to see it, and didn’t have to be reminded of the aggravation it had caused me.

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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″

To make this pillow, you will need: (more…)

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…)