Jacquelynne Steves

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…)

Super-Fun Free Bonuses When You Sign Up for The Art Of Home Club!

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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Today I’m going to tell you all about the BONUSES you will receive if you join The Art of Home Club when enrollment opens on Tuesday January 10! In addition to the incredible value you will receive every month as a member, you will also receive:

***First- the Maggie’s First Dance Block of the Month patterns are now included on the Club site- that means that if you lose or misplace your pattern (or part of a pattern), you don’t have to worry about not being able to replace it. As long as you are a member, the Maggie’s First Dance BOM patterns and information will ALWAYS be on the Club site! Just download whatever you need, whenever you need it!

***The 2017 Block of the Month will also be included on the site! That means that you don’t have to sign up for the BOM list each year, wait for the emails with the patterns, search for lost emails and links, worry about misplacing your email with the pattern links…. Just log in to the site on the pattern release day, and it will be right there for you, waiting to be downloaded!! Super convenient!!

***Folks who sign up for a membership in January will also receive the December pattern, called My Heart’s Garden, for free! This pattern includes instructions/patterns for 4 embroidered square blocks, 4 embroidered rectangular blocks, 2 appliqued blocks, and a pieced heart block. You will get TONS of options for mixing and matching the patterns to make projects which are truly your own! Make a Mini Mat, Mini Runner, or Wall Hanging:

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Even more features for The Art of Home Club!

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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For the last couple of days, I’ve been telling you about some of the features and content for The Art of Home Club, and today I’m showing you even more! I know that this is my 3rd post about it- but there’s just so much great stuff I want to share with you!

YOU CAN JOIN THE CLUB FROM JANUARY 10 THROUGH JANUARY 14!

AFTER THE 14TH, ENROLLMENT WILL BE CLOSED AGAIN UNTIL SUMMER.

In addition to all the stuff I’ve shown you over the last couple of days, here are a few more things you will find on the exclusive Club website:

Getting Started with Hand Embroidery Resource Page

Hand embroidery is hot hot hot right now! Nothing beats a relaxing and portable hand sewing project that you can do while watching TV, riding in the car, or waiting for appointments. Not only is it more relaxing than playing on your phone during those odd bits of time, it’s also much more productive! Five minutes here, 10 minutes there… pretty soon you’ve got a pretty embroidered motif that you can use in a quilt, on a table runner or tote bag, a potholder, a wall hanging….

The Club has a special page dedicated to getting started with hand embroidery- so whether you’re a total newbie with no idea where to start, or if you have some experience and you’re just looking for some extra tips, this is the perfect place to start! Everything you need is on one page, making it so easy and convenient to get started. On this page, you will find: (more…)

Fun Ways to Enjoy The Art of Home Club!

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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This week we are talking about The Art of Home Club, and next week we will open up enrollment.

YOU CAN JOIN THE CLUB FROM JANUARY 10 THROUGH JANUARY 14!!

AFTER THE 14TH, ENROLLMENT WILL BE CLOSED AGAIN UNTIL SUMMER.

One of the things that I discovered while running the past 3 Block of the Month events is that everyone loves the variety and options in my BOM patterns. Some people like to do just piecing, some people like to do embroidery, and some people like to do applique. I got so inspired by how creative you all are with my patterns that I wanted to come up with a way that really helps people to be the designer- I could give them the “tools,” and they could get creative and make a project all their own.

So first, I came up with Everything Patterns– patterns that could be used for embroidery, coloring sheets, watercolor pencils, and more. And I thought- What if I gave people not just a pattern, but a bunch of ideas for using it? And thus, The Art of Home Club was born.

Here’s an example of a monthly pattern, and how it can be used. This was Collection #2, called Snow Business. It included 4 snowman designs and 4 snowflake designs, plus a couple of border designs:

 

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Announcing Enrollment Dates for The Art of Home Club!

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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So today is an exciting day! I’m announcing the dates for The Art of Home Club enrollment period! I opened this up for a short time in October, and we’ve been working on the Club site since then. Now, we’re ready to open up the Club to new members again! 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 January 10 through January 14!!

After the 14th, enrollment will be closed again until summer.

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Don’t Forget to Count Your Blessings….

It’s time to look forward to a new year, and reflect back on the year just passed… I find that some years, I fondly look back at the previous year, and some years, I can’t wait for a new year and a new beginning to start… A year can mean such huge, unforeseen changes, both good and bad. This past year, I saw many blessings both in my business and personal life- we started The Art of Home Club, quite on the spur of the moment! Who knew back in January of 2016 that in October we’d be starting a brand new, BIG adventure in cyber-world?? In March, my potholder pattern actually won the Craftsy March Make-It Madness contest!! Our kids made some big life decisions, and we are so proud of the young adults they have become! Back in February, we enjoyed a trip to Orlando with my husband’s family from England for a wonderful “family reunion” vacation.

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Of course, the year had its share of sorrow, as we very unexpectedly lost our 20 year old nephew in June. December 16 would have been his 21st birthday… who knew on January 1, 2016 that this would be his last year with us? It was with bittersweet joy that we welcomed his daughter (and my very first grand-niece), Jaylynn, to the world in September. My nephew never got to meet her on this side of heaven, but he is ever-present with us in her big, beautiful smile. It is a reminder, once again, to hug your loved ones and never miss an opportunity to tell them how much you love them.

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Fabric Scrap Rosette Ornaments

Fabric Scrap Rosette Ornament- Jacquelynne Steves

So it’s one week before Christmas and you think you don’t have time to make an ornament? Wrong! These Fabric Scrap Rosette Ornaments are pretty quick…. What a great scrappy project- You know those long skinny scraps left over after you trim the excess backing from your quilt? Perfect! Fat quarters are also perfect for this project. (Oh, and Jelly Rolls will work too, even though they’re 2 1/2″ wide instead of 3″). You can even use up your scraps of fusible webbing.

If there’s no time to make them for Christmas, you could make them in any fabrics and hang them in your window, or attach to gifts as an embellishment. You could tie them around the neck of a Mason Jar mix or bottle of wine or vinegar for a great hostess gift. Make Blue & White ones to mimic snowflakes for January, or try Red & Pink fabrics for adorable Valentine’s Day decorating.  (more…)

Peppermint Crunch Cookies Recipe

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Have I mentioned that I love cookies?? I’ve always thought that I’d make a really good Christmas elf- because I love Christmas, and I’m pretty sure that elves love cookies almost as much as Santa does! I just love those little bite-sized goodies- easy to eat, and so many different flavors and varieties….  This is the “cookie-est” time of year, isn’t it? Recently, I asked the folks in my Facebook group what their favorite kind of Christmas cookie is, and what a response we got! This time of year has so many memories attached to it, and favorite foods are certainly no exception- maybe it was the cookie that only your Grandma knew how to make, or the ones that you loved making with Mom every year… maybe it’s the kind that you love to make with your kids and grandkids right now. A couple of weeks ago, my sister and I reminisced about our favorite kinds of cookies that we had every year growing up. Making them now surely brings back those childhood memories…

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Today, I am sharing a super-simple Christmas cookie recipe – when you’re in a hurry, cake mix comes to the rescue! These are festive and so yummy! You can use a food processor to crush the peppermint candies, or put them in a few layers of wax paper or large zip-lock bags and let the kids wack them with a rolling pin. (more…)