Many of you have finished your Save the Bees 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 2019 free block of the month, keep reading!!! ***
I have not done an “In the Studio” post for a long time! For this year, I would like to do a post every month to show you what’s going on behind the scenes in both my business and my life…. so that is one of my goals for 2019!! This is January’s post- hopefully this “resolution” won’t flop come February!!
Another 2019 goal- more “me” time! I was talking with designer friend Pat Sloan the other day, and we were talking about how we work too much- we made a pact for 2019 to do at least one fun, non-work related thing each week. We will check in with each other at the end of each week! I got my nails done in this gorgeous red, and even splurged and spent the extra $5 to get a snowflake design:
We can’t have a blog post about the studio-goings-on without a photo of Alfie!! Here he is relaxing in a basket that I had on the floor with a project in process- it had piles of fabric, paper with notes on it, and some pattern pieces- the perfect spot for lounging, lol.
If you’re interested, I did a video a few months ago, talking about how I use baskets like this to organize my projects as I’m working on them:
I worked on some applique and embroidery for The Art of Home Club’s January project. For the applique, I used gray thread for everything- I like how it looks, plus I was kind of in a hurry and when you use all one color thread, it saves you a lot of time, not having to switch your thread colors in your machine:
I also tried doing my embroidery as redwork, same idea. By using just one color of thread, you can go much faster. I had some wool thread in my drawer that I thought I’d try… Great textures, but I’m trying to decide how much I mind all of those little “fuzzies” that show up on my white fabric: (more…)
OK, so the Christmas holidays are over, and now it’s time to think about… Valentine’s Day! I can’t wait to see what you make with this Valentine Vase Free Embroidery Pattern! I love Valentine’s Day, because red and pink are my favorite colors and I also love hearts & flowers… so it’s pretty perfect! Try making the vase with wool or cotton applique, and then doing embroidery for the flowers, hearts, and details. You could also print it out for the kids and grandkids to use as a coloring sheet. The possibilities are endless!!
Getting creative with a pattern is something I LOVE to do- I love seeing how many different ways I can use it. That’s why I started The Art of Home Club– every month, I not only give you lots of new super cute patterns, but I give you TONS of ideas for how to use them! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see some photos of our adorable Club projects!
We only up enrollment to new members a few times per year- You can sign up in the box below to get on our waiting list and we’ll let you know more when we open our doors to new members!
Did you know that I have lots of embroidery videos to help you get started with hand embroidery? It’s a great hobby that anyone can do! If you are a complete beginner, I’ll show you everything you need to know, from supplies to basic stitches, to help you get started. And even if you have experience with embroidery, you may pick up a few new tips! Videos are right below!
We have our new office ready for the holidays! Last weekend, our new office building was on the Yuletide Tour in historic Salem, NJ. We spent lots of time (and totally blew the budget!!) decorating and getting ready. The 1821 building is decorated with both traditional and contemporary touches. Come take a tour with us!
First of all- isn’t Alfie handsome, wearing his red bow for the festivities?
And here he is relaxing a little bit before people started to arrive:
NOTE- Before we even get started- be sure you have saved the patterns to your computer, and I also suggest printing them and putting them in a safe place! In January, the links will be deactivated and the patterns will no longer be free. (Just saving the emails won’t be enough, because the links won’t work anymore.)
ALSO- We’re not done yet!! Read below to find out about our giant GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY, coming soon!!
You’re going to love these 26 Free Holiday Projects- I think it’s never the wrong time to get to work on some holiday projects! These are really cute, and many of them are quick too! Get out your supplies and have fun!!
Please note- all links work and are correct as of the writing of this post. If you have a problem or question about a particular project, please contact the owner of that particular blog for information. Thank you!
I have some FUN free video workshops coming up!! I asked on Facebook what people were interested in learning about, and the top 2 answers were English Paper Piecing (EPP/hexies) and embroidery, so I’ll be talking about & demonstrating both!!
PLUS- we’ll have a Workshop EXCLUSIVE project that we’ll be working on together! This will be fast and fun- it’s designed for you to be able to complete it while the workshop series is running.
We’ll also be talking a little more about creativity and finding time for our projects- that’s something that I think just about everyone is interested in. I find that soooooo many people want to spend MORE time on their creative hobbies….. but just can’t seem to fit it in their schedule.
**Here’s the thing- I won’t be sending those free videos out in my regular newsletters, I’ll only be sending them to people who tell me that they are interested in them.**
Well- there is just SO MUCH going on here!! Did I mention to you that we bought a building for our business??? I put it in a newsletter a while back, but I’ve been so busy that blogging has been pushed to the back burner…. so if you’re not receiving my newsletters you may not know about it.
While packing & moving, I realized that I have waaaayyyyy too much STUFF! So, we’re having a giant sale next week!! I’m calling it the Holiday Hooennany Sale- ’cause it’s gonna be a hoot!! It will run Monday to Friday, November 12-16, 2018.
Every day we’ll have a new deal- fabric, notions, gift items, and patterns. Savings of 25% to 55% off regular prices!!!
BUT- each deal will only be for 24 hours, then we’ll move onto the next one. You can shop all week, and we’ll hold the orders until the end so we can package & ship all of your purchases together and save shipping charges. (more…)
Time for another free quilt block! PLEASE NOTE- I realize that there is A LOT OF INFORMATION IN THIS POST! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THROUGH IT ALL- Answers to most of your questions will be found in this post. Thanks!!
The fourth block for the Save the Bees Free Block of the Month was sent out a short time ago. If you are signed up, please check your email for your pattern. (Please note- sometimes it can several hours for the email to reach your inbox. If you don’t have it yet, please be patient and check back a little later.)
If you can’t find your email, please check your spam folder, and Gmail users please check your “Promotions” folder. If you still can’t find it, please email me comments@JacquelynneSteves.com We do our best to answer as soon as possible. PLEASE do not comment here to tell us that you can’t find your email- you comment will be deleted! Please email for assistance. Thank you!!
VERY IMPORTANT- If you email us a question and don’t hear back in 24-48 hours, please check your spam folder! We answer all emails, so if you don’t hear back from us, it’s very possible that our response is in your spam folder!!
If you are NOT signed up yet, please fill in the box in the upper right side bar of THIS PAGE to get your FREE block patterns, or click here to sign up! NOTE- THE PATTERNS ARE NOT ON MY WEBSITE OR BLOG- YOU MUST SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THEM BY EMAIL.
Just ONE MORE THING- Please download and save the files to your computer immediately, so that you can find them when you need them. Don’t rely on trying to find the email with the links later- As many have found, emails tend to get lost, even when you put them in a special folder :) As this event grows larger with more and more participants, it gets more difficult for me to reply to emails requesting that I re-send the patterns. THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!
This free embroidery pattern is called Coffee Shop Puppy! When I was drawing it, I was imagining a cute little “hipster” type of puppy who would enjoy hanging out at the coffee shop with his friends, warming up with some cocoa or lattes! Can you imagine how cute that would be? It would be soooo cute framed, or as a pillow. Add it to a snuggly quilt for the favorite kid or “tween” in your life. You could also print it out for the kids and grandkids to use as a coloring sheet. The possibilities are endless!!
Getting creative with a pattern is something I LOVE to do- I love seeing how many different ways I can use it. That’s why I started The Art of Home Club– every month, I not only give you lots of new super cute patterns, but I give you TONS of ideas for how to use them! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out a little more about our special Club!
Did you know that I have lots of embroidery videos to help you get started with hand embroidery? It’s a great hobby that anyone can do! If you are a complete beginner, I’ll show you everything you need to know, from supplies to basic stitches, to help you get started. And even if you have experience with embroidery, you may pick up a few new tips! Videos are right below! (more…)