Jacquelynne Steves

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)

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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

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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! 

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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

Valentine’s Day Mini Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Today we are making this cute Valentine’s Day Mini Quilt! It’s about 10 1/2″, so you could use it for a large mug rug, or a candle mat, or a little mini table topper or wall hanging. This has a fun, unexpected shape- refer to my How to Bind Odd Angles tutorial found here.

This tutorial will also appear in the Olfa newsletter this month! I have always used Olfa rotary cutters and blades, but for the last few months I’ve been using their new Endurance Blades– and let me tell you, they are super sharp! They will cut your fabric like “butta”!!

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Binding Odd Angles Tutorial

Standard quilts have corners with 90 degree angles, but sometimes you come across a project with an “odd” angle. Today, I am going to show you how to bind a quilt which has 135 degree corners (8 sides). Next week, I’ll show you how to make the cute little project that I’m binding today!! (Find the Valentine’s Day Mug Rug project here.)

You will need binding strips just like if you were binding a standard shaped quilt (usually 2 1/4 – 2 1/2″ wide.) Fold them in half lengthwise, right sides out, and press. (more…)

25 Free Projects to Sew for Christmas and Holidays!

Oh, it’s that time of year again! Time to get cozy and creative and make things for decorating and gift giving! 25 Free Projects to Sew for Christmas and Holidays is a great place to start! Quilting, embroidery, and felt projects await- Let’s get busy! (more…)

New Free Embroidery Pattern- Fat Christmas Cat!

Don’t you want to snuggle up with this fat, cozy kitty? He is all bundled up and ready for the holidays in his handsome scarf and spectacles. He’d be super-cute embroidered on a Christmas stocking or pillow.

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!

What other ideas can you come up with for this pattern? Tell us in the comments!

Click here for a printable PDF of this pattern.

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