Jacquelynne Steves

30 Fun Back-to-School Projects to make!

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It’s almost time for the kids to go back to school! I always loved the beginning of the school year- shopping for school supplies, new shoes, and a new lunch bag! Even if you don’t have little kiddos going back to school (mine are grown, too!), I think you will find some really cute projects here that you will enjoy for your own use, or to give as gifts! And guess what- all of these projects are free :)

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Shark pencil pouch– what boy (or maybe girl!) wouldn’t love to go back to school with this??

 

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Kids’ Messenger Bag– adorable!

 

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Drawstring Backpack– great for using up those novelty fabrics.

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Million Pillowcase Sewathon is coming!!

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I think most of you have probably heard about the One Million Pillowcase Challenge, hosted by American Patchwork and Quilting. In a nutshell- you can make simple pillowcases and donate them to a local charity of your choice, and the goal is to reach One Million Pillowcases donated. Isn’t that awesome!?

American Patchwork & Quilting is hosting the third annual One Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon at its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. Starting at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, September 16th and running through 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 17th, the public is invited to Meredith Corporation to sew pillowcases for local Des Moines charities. All supplies will be provided free and staff members will be on hand to help walk participants through the process of making a pillowcase using the easy roll-it-up method. Light refreshments will be served.

Here is the good news- you can participate even if you don’t live in the Des Moines area. I’ll get to that in a bit…

Also, find out how to make this totally adorable pillowcase (keep reading….)

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How to Trim Hourglass Blocks- tutorial

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I am really fan of making units a little larger than you need them, and then trimming them down to size- I find that no matter how careful I am with cutting and sewing, it’s hard to get them perfect. I like to do this with flying geese units, HSTs, and hourglass squares.

It is important to get your units accurately trimmed- if they’re not accurate after you trim them, then what’s the point, right? For hourglass squares, you really need those diagonal seams to be lined up in the corners of your squares, or your block won’t go together as well and your points will be weird. Nobody wants that!

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In the studio this week…

Summer is just a-flyin’ by, isn’t it? (For our friends in the southern hemisphere, I’m sure you are happy to be approaching winter’s end…)  Next week, we will be spending some time at the beach with the kids before they go back to college (older daughter is in grad school, younger daughter will be a senior undergrad this year.) Here is a little bit of what’s been going on in the studio….

I’m working on a fall project, which you will see very soon here on my blog (end of August…)

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I’m trying to do more art… so hard to find time… here are a couple things I’ve done over the past month or so. I’ve posted them over on my Instagram account:

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The Splendid Sampler Meet Up in Syracuse!

What a GREAT weekend I had! Last week, I headed up to Syracuse, New York for the Splendid Sampler Meet Up, held at Calico Gals shop. First of all, if you’re ever in the Syracuse area, be sure to visit Calico Gals– great shop, great staff! This was my first solo road trip in I-don’t-know-how-many-years. Five hours each way with just little old me in the car. I rather enjoyed the solitude, and getting to choose all of the radio stations myself!

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I got to meet lots of Splenderettes! It was fun seeing your blocks and getting to talk to you! The shop had portable design walls set up so everyone could display and share their blocks.

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More Splendid Sampler Blocks & Giveaway!

Yesterday, the 5oth block for the Splendid Sampler was released- there are 100 blocks, so just in case you’re not a math wizard, that means we are officially halfway through! I’ve gotten a few more Splendid Sampler blocks done… I am by no means caught up! I have 8 blocks done out of about 50 which have been released so far. But even if I don’t do another one, I think I could put together a cute “mini sampler” quilt. If you’re not caught up either, don’t sweat it, just take your time and enjoy the process. I designed a bonus block, called Summer Flip Floppin’, for The Splendid Sampler, and my other block will be released in November, so stay tuned!

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Some fun stuff….

To celebrate this milestone, I’d like to invite you sign up for my newsletter, and receive a FREE tote bag pattern:

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PLUS, you can also sign up for my FREE Block of the Month:

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I’m also doing a celebratory giveaway! Keep reading….

I thought I’d show you some of my most recent blocks. This one is block #32, The Constant Needle, designed by Laurie Simpson. Machine applique made this very quick and easy to do. And the style is so “me.”

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Maggie’s First Dance Free Block of the Month- Block 3 is here!!!

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The third block for Maggie’s First Dance 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  It may take us a little while to get back to you, but we will do our best to answer as soon as possible. PLEASE do not comment here to tell us that you can’t find your email – your comment will be deleted! Please email for assistance. Thank you!!

For technical questions, like how to download/save a PDF, etc. please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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! 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!!!!

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OK- Let’s GO!!!

Read through to the end of this post to find out how you can win a really great prize :)

For those of you who were having trouble with the Linky page, saying that the url had already been used and couldn’t be used again- this has been fixed. Please try again. Also, please don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s a problem with my site- I can’t fix it if I don’t know it’s broken!! Thanks.

Here is my appliqued version of block #3:

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Teal Mini Swap for Ovarian Cancer Research

 

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Today I have the privilege of talking about the Teal Mini Swap, hosted and organized by EvaPaige Quilt Designs. Beth from EvaPaige Quilt Designs said, “I started this swap several years ago because I lost my own mother to ovarian cancer in 2002. It’s an insidious form of female-only cancer that affects far too many women at a prime time in their lives – average age of diagnosis is 57, which is exactly how old my mom was and is also a popular age for quilters.  Awareness comes in as participants are invited to join the Teal Mini Swap Facebook page, where we share photos of our swaps, encourage each other to share articles and personal experience with ovarian cancer, and overall it has become a very lovely group of women who just want to make a difference. We have several survivors as members as well as a few who still fight. Sadly, we lost a member this year to the disease, but she’s a good reason to keep fighting.”

So, how does it work? You can register here. Participants are sent an 8″ square of the designated swap fabric along with info about their swap partner. Partners are matched 1:1 (in other words, you make a mini for your partner while she makes one for you) and the swap fabric must be used somewhere in the mini. You can choose to make a 10″ mug rug or 18″ mini quilt (choose when you register.) Everyone has until October 1, 2016 to get their mini finished and mailed to their partner. This year the designated swap fabric is being donated by Moda:

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My Splendid Sampler BONUS Block! Summer Flip Floppin’

I was talking with my pal Pat Sloan the other day, and we thought that a summer “bonus” block for The Splendid Sampler would be fun! I came up with this design, called Summer Flip Floppin’:

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Flip flops are summer couture! Do you own a pair to match every outfit in your summer wardrobe? Stitch up a cute block in celebration of the sunny season and our favorite warm weather footwear!

This block would be GREAT for a summer tote bag! Or, I think this would make an ADORABLE summer quilt, if you made a whole bunch of the blocks in scrappy fabrics or batiks!

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Guess what? There’s a contest! Take a photo of your Summer Flip Floppin’ block and you could win some Moda French General fabric!! Get the details AND the free pattern here.

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Free Bee and Bird Embroidery Patterns

Hey there crafty and quilty peeps! I’ve recently added a new free embroidery pattern to my Craftsy page- It’s called Bee Happy. You can download it here.

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Also, I’ve got a little Sewing Bird free embroidery pattern that’s pretty cute!

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And if you’re into Bees (I’ve always loved them, but I’m seeing more and more of them these days!! In quilt patterns, home decor… everywhere…), check out my Bee Sweet Table Runner and Place Mat pattern. This pattern is available exclusively through the online Quilt Guild– if you sign up, you get this pattern plus TONS more….

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