Jacquelynne Steves

Doing my happy dance!!

Well, today I’m doing my Happy Dance? Why? Because I always get super excited when we open up The Art of Home Club to new members!! It’s always such a fun time as we meet new people, and they meet us and our super cute, fun projects and creative techniques and tutorials.

Plus- I genuinely LOVE the projects that we create for our Club members. And it’s so fun to see what they make as well!

Keep reading to find out about our special first day bonus which is available when you sign up TODAY ONLY!!

I know that you will be sad if you miss it & you’ll really wish you had jumped in when you had the chance!!

Now, maybe you are wondering, “Just what exactly is The Art of Home Club?” Well, we are a creative & supportive community of varying skill levels and experience. The purpose of our Club isn’t to just give you a bunch of patterns (though, they are really, really cute!!) — we want to help you UNIQUELY express YOUR personality and creativity! That’s why all of our collections have lots of options and ideas for making the projects all your own!

You’ll never be “boxed in” to creating the projects as shown. You’ll always get extra designs to choose from, with options for applique, embroidery, fabric painting… Instructional videos and tutorials to learn new techniques… Ideas for different colorways and fabrics… So you get to choose your project, mix and match designs, and YOU get to be the designer!!

By the way- these patterns are Club Exclusive, meaning that you won’t find them on any other website or store.

We believe that everyone is creative… and we want to encourage you and help you along the way. We want to be your cheerleader!

As a member, you’ll also enjoy:

  • 24/7 access to your patterns, videos and content. Log into your account anytime to download patterns and watch member exclusive videos.
  • Club exclusive tutorial videos.
  • Exclusive Member Discounts – save 10% on books, fabric, patterns and notions in our shop EVERY DAY.
  • A new project pattern every month. These are usually small, quick projects that you can get done quickly, like small quilts, table runners, mug rugs, tote bags, pillows, ornaments…. Sometimes, we will also have larger projects which can be completed over several months.
  • Community. Share your projects, tips and questions with other members in our Members Only Private Facebook Group.
  • Member of the Week. Each week, we profile a different Club Member- it’s a really fun way to get to know each other and make new friends!
  • “Grandmothered” Pricing. As long as you remain a member in good standing, your price will never go up! ****SEE SPECIAL NOTE BELOW****
  • Additional Collection Purchases. If you are interested in previously issued collections, you have the option of purchasing them “a-la-carte” as long as you are an active member. These collections are available ONLY to Club Members.
  • A new collection of adorable embroidery patterns every month.
  • Free Block of the Month Patterns included with membership- no need to sign up for the BOM each year.

OR, Choose our Annual Option for $99.50- that’s right, pay for 10 months, get 12 months of membership!!

IMPORTANT- This is the last time we will be offering the Club at the Founders’ Price of $9.95 per month!!

Next time we open the Club, the price will be higher- Join Today and get locked in at this super low price!

The Club is only open now through Tuesday July 16, then we will close our doors to new members until Fall (and the price will be higher.)

So I mentioned a bonus for today only…

Those who sign up TODAY ONLY, Thursday July 11, 2019 will get 2 extra bonuses!!

Bonus #1- Red & White Quilt Pattern

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Announcing Enrollment Dates for The Art of Home Club!!!

 

This is one of my favorite times of my “work” year! Next week, we will be opening up The Art of Home Club to new members! Yippee! It’s always so much fun to meet new people who have the same “quilt-y” interests as you, don’t you think? But this will only be for a short time… Because I want this to be a really great, value packed club, I’m limiting how quickly we grow the membership, so that members get only the best content and customer service.

YOU CAN JOIN THE CLUB FROM JULY 11 through JULY 16!!

AFTER THE 16TH, ENROLLMENT WILL BE CLOSED AGAIN UNTIL SOME TIME IN THE FALL.

Why did I start The Art of Home Club? Because of YOU! You all inspired me with all of your super-creative blocks for our annual Free Block of the Month, and I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to make projects all year that are as unique as their maker? Wouldn’t it be amazing to provide folks with easily adaptable patterns and lots of ideas for different ways to use them? And wouldn’t be wonderful to share our projects and ideas with some friends, new and old?? 

I know that you are going to LOVE our Club!!! Sign up here to get on our “waiting” list, and find out about special bonuses available ONLY to those on this special waiting list.

As a member of The Art of Home Club, you will receive:

  • *A new project pattern every month. These are usually small, quick projects that you can get done quickly, like table runners, mini quilts, tote bags, pillows, ornaments…. Sometimes, we will also have larger projects which can be completed over several months.  Many patterns have a choice of embroidery and applique patterns.
  • *A new collection of adorable embroidery patterns every month.
  • *Helpful tips for mixing and matching your projects and patterns. For example, you could use Month #1 embroidery patterns with the Month #3 project- YOU get to be the designer!
  • *Tips and instructions for making the projects without embroidery, for when you need to make something really quick!
  • *Club Bonus Projects and Patterns that expand your creative possibilities even more! Plus, occasional bonuses like printable coloring pages, gift tags, note cards, etc.
  • *You have 24/7 access to your patterns, videos and content. Log into your account anytime to download patterns and watch member exclusive videos.
  • *Free Block of the Month Patterns included with membership- no need to sign up for the BOM each year.
  • *Community. Share your projects, tips and questions with other members in our Members Only Private Facebook Group.
  • *Exclusive Member Discounts – save 10% on books, fabric, patterns and notions in our shop EVERY DAY (that includes the Block of the Month fabric kit for 2019!!)
  • *Club exclusive tutorial videos.
  • *”Grandmothered” Pricing. As long as you remain a member in good standing, your price will never go up!

**Exclusive MEMBERS ONLY patterns for the Happy Little Things Block of the Month:

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A Reminder on Creativity

Whew!  I have to admit, things have been very hectic for me lately.  We are preparing to open our doors for The Art of Home Club, and I’ve been doing quite a bit of “prep” work for that.  I’ve been writing patterns for the Club, and working on getting the colors “just right” for some of our pre-printed panels for Happy Little Things Block of the Month.

And then there is the shipping – probably the least favorite part of my job, but is something that I haven’t been able to delegate to others quite yet.  My husband and I will work for a few hours in the evening a couple times a week so that we can ship out what people have ordered from my shop – and this time of year is pretty busy with the kits, labels, and buttons for the Happy Little Things BOM.

(Oh! and by the way- we just added these to the shop! Just Another Button Company has created these adorable little pins especially to coordinate with our Happy Little Things Block of the Month!!! Can you believe it??

Whew!  I’m tired just typing all of that!  I know that all of that work is important, but if it isn’t very creative it isn’t that fun for me.  Do you have times where it seems that all you can do is “busy” work, and don’t have time for creativity? (more…)

Color & Fabric Ideas for Happy Little Things Free Block of the Month

Have you signed up for the Free Happy Little Things Block of the Month yet? No?? Just click here– it’s going to be so much fun!!

Yep, the BOM patterns and sew along are Free! Yippee!

Let’s talk about fabrics, OK? One of the things I love best about quilting is how many different looks you get from the same pattern, just by choosing different fabrics. It’s always a lot of fun during our BOM events to see what everyone is doing! Today, I thought I’d show you a ton of ideas for making this year’s quilt. For the center of the blocks, you can use white or cream fabric and make the applique or embroidery option (included in the free pattern) OR you can use a “focus” fabric like a pretty floral or a novelty print.

So, let’s go!! (Get the fabric requirements here.)

Want your quilt to look just like my sample? You can get a fabric kit here! (Hurry- they are selling fast!)

Don’t feel “boxed in” by the colors suggested in the pattern or sample quilt. Feel free to substitute navy, brown, or even dark green for the black. In place of the yellow, try gold, cheddar, chartreuse, orange or rust. Keep in mind the tones and values of your other fabrics- for example, if you are using reproduction fabrics, you might want to use gold, rust or cheddar instead of a bright yellow.

When choosing fabrics for this, or any other quilt project, think about the finished look you are trying to achieve. Do you love a clean, simple look? Do you really want the block and quilt design to take center stage? If so, then try using solids or almost solids, like this quilt:

Do you love a soothing, romantic, fluid look to your quilts? Try lots of dreamy florals in a variety of scales (small to large). Note that the values (lightness or darkness) of most of the fabrics are fairly similar, giving a soft look:

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Free Summer Couture Embroidery Pattern

Do you have any special memories associated with Summer?   One my favorite and most precious memories is the adorable sun dresses and accessories, like matching pocketbooks, that my Grandmother and Mother would sew for me. I can still remember sitting in my Grandmother’s sewing room, watching her cut and sew the patterns. You can reduce or enlarge this to any size you want for any project- it would be great on a tea towel, or so sweet as an embroidered embelleshment on a little girl’s dress or pocketbook. (Hand embroidery pattern only, this pattern not available for machine embroidery.) You could also use it for coloring and make note cards, etc.

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Happy Little Things BOM Fabric Requirements

Have you signed up for the FREE Happy Little Things Block of the Month yet?? Just click here.

This year, we are including instructions for TWO different colorways- we are going to “max out” your creativity on this one! There is the modern “Desert” color way, with green, navy, peach & coral, and the traditional “Cottage” color way, with pink, red, pale yellow, light blue and black.

You have several options for making these blocks. In months 1 through 4, we will be making the blocks. There are options for piecing only, machine/hand applique, or embroidering the blocks. You can:

–Machine or hand applique the motif in the center of the block (patterns provided.)

–Hand embroider the motif in the center of the block (patterns provided.)

–Use the white fabric in the center as shown, leave out the applique and embroidery altogether, and use that negative space to showcase some fabulous quilting.

–Use the floral fabric (the same as the border) or a novelty fabric as your block center, and leave out the applique and embroidery.

–Optional purchase preprinted panels for the center of your blocks– Just sew preprinted panels for the centers of your blocks!

Finished quilt size approximately 43 1/2” x 53 1/2”.

These are fabric requirements for appliquéd version of the quilt. If you do the version with just piecing or embroidery, you will have a little fabric leftover.

Fabric Requirements- COTTAGE:

–White- 5/8 yard

–Black Dot- 1/4 yard

–Large Scale Black Floral- 1 yard (If you are doing the pieced version, with no applique or embroidery, and want to use Floral fabric in the block centers, add an extra 1/4 yard.)

–Pink Dot- 1/4 yard

–Pink Plaid- 1/4 yard

–Pale Yellow-2/3 yard

–Red- 3/4 yard

–Light Blue Dot- 1/3 yard

–Medium Scale Light Blue Floral- 2/3 yard

–Backing- 3 yards 42/44” wide

–Batting- 49” x 59”

Fabric Requirements- DESERT:

–White- 5/8 yard

–Small Scale Navy Print- 1/4 yard

–Large Scale Navy Floral- 1 yard (If you are doing the pieced version, with no applique or embroidery, and want to use Floral fabric in the block centers, add an extra 1/4 yard.)

–Medium Scale Peach Floral- 1/4 yard

–Peach Check- 1/4 yard

–Pale taupe- 2/3 yard

–Coral- 3/4 yard

–Small Light Blue Print- 1/3 yard

–Medium Scale Green Floral-2/3 yard

–Backing- 3 yards 42/44” wide

–Batting- 49” x 59”

 Optional:

Applique version:

–Supplies for your preferred method of applique (thread, needles, freezer paper, fusible web, etc.)

Embroidered version:

–Embroidery supplies such as floss, needles and hoop, interfacing, etc.

Click HERE for a PDF copy of the fabric requirements for the Happy Little Things BOM.

Click HERE for a PDF with larger images of the Happy Little Things BOM Colorways

I want to emphasize that purchase of products is NOT required for participation in the BOM. You can receive the patterns for free simply by signing up . However, we have a limited number of fabric kits left in stock.  If you see something you want, order it NOW- because I when they are gone, they are gone- we cannot reorder the fabrics, as they are no longer available.

Click HERE to learn more about the kits and other goodies available for purchase from my SHOP. 

Strawberry Lemonade Cake Recipe

There is something about Summer that makes me feel like a kid, no matter how old I get.  Something about long days and getting outside in the sun, feeling like the days and the season will stretch on forever. The freedom of not wearing shoes and eschewing utensils to eat food like corn on the cob and hamburgers…Yes summer is definitely my season!

You’ve probably noticed a strawberry theme going on lately. In last weeks blog, I gave you a Free pattern for my sweet Strawberry Lemonade Table Runner.  Since the month of June is strawberry season here in Southern New Jersey, I thought I would share my recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Cake. This recipe is a favorite in my house during strawberry season! (more…)

Join me TODAY on the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast!

Quick announcement!! I’ll be a guest on the American Patchwork & Quilting podcast later today! Please join me and my friend & host, Pat Sloan, as we chat about all kinds of quilty stuff!! Pat is the Queen of Quiltiness and it’s sure to be a lot of fun!!

You can join us LIVE at 4 pm EDT (New York City time.) If you miss it, you can listen to the recording any time!! Just click here.

Hope you’ll join us!!

Strawberry Lemonade Table Runner Free Pattern

Here is a sweet little project for you! While designing this project, I decided that pink and yellow is my new favorite color combination! Isn’t it perfect for summer or spring? I remember as a kid, that the unofficial kick-off of the summer season was going to a local “pick-your-own” field to harvest baskets & baskets of strawberries. Then we would come home and eat strawberries til they were coming out of our ears, and Mom and Grandmom would make strawberry jam. Those fond summer memories are brought back with this fun, refreshing project.

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Free Coloring Sheet- Happy Little Things Quilt

We now have fabric kits available in 2 different colorways for the Happy Little Things Free Block of the Month. Just click here. (If you want one, HURRY– they are selling fast and there won’t be any more, the fabric is no longer available!)

But now it’s your turn to be the designer!

I love playing with colors, and seeing how different colors will make the same quilt pattern look so different. You can even use the same exact colors, but put them in different places, for completely different looks!

Here is something fun for you to do while you are “patiently” waiting for the Happy Little Things BOM to start- it’s a coloring sheet for the Happy Little Things quilt. You can print out as many as you want, get out your colored pencils or markers, and play with all kinds of color combinations! Have fun with it! Your kids and grandkids will probably have fun being a “designer” as well. Try out all kinds of color palettes to see what you like best.

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be showing you some more ideas for colors and fabrics, and sending out the fabric requirements, but this will get you “dreaming” about colors for now!

Click here for your PDF coloring sheet!

And if you haven’t signed up for our FREE Block of the Month yet, please click here!!!