Jacquelynne Steves

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’:


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!



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.



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.

Bee Happy Stichery

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

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Border- Bee- Jacquelynne Steves

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….

Bee Sweet Table Runner & Place Mat Pattern-JacquelynneSteves (more…)

See You in Syracuse! And in the studio this week….


SplendidSamplerHey there! I’d like to meet YOU in Syracuse, New York! Join us for Meet Up In The Middle! A Party to Share Your Splendid Sampler Blocks and Meet Quilters and Block Designers

When: July 28, 2016
Time: 5:30-7 pm
Where: Calico Gals, 3906 New Court Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Cost: FREE!
This is going to be an outrageously fun get-together of Splendid Sampler designers and ‘Splenderettes’ in Syracuse on July 28. Mark your calendar, put the finishing touches on your Splendid blocks – doesn’t matter if you’ve completed 2 or 20 – and get yourself to Calico Gals on July 28 at 5:30. Many thanks to Calico Gals and Joan Ford (Splendid Sampler block #84 designer, Hummingbird Highway owner, and Syracuse resident) for organizing this event for us! This fun party will coincide with the Syracuse Quiltweek AQS show.

(My Splendid Sampler block won’t be revealed until November… so you’ll just have to be a little patient, lol….)

There will be refreshments and goodies given away! Don’t miss it! I hope to meet you there! More information here.

….Here are a couple of Splendid Sampler Blocks that I’ve made:




Butterfly Border- Jacquelynne Steves (more…)

Maggie’s First Dance Free BOM- Block 2 is Here!

I'mMakingMaggiesFirstDanceBOMButton450pixHappy Independence Day to all of my friends in the U.S.! I know it’s a holiday and lots of us are going to barbecues and eating our weight in hamburgers and potato salad, but I wanted to stay on the first-Monday-of-the-Month schedule. So here we are! (DUE TO THE HOLIDAY- if you email for assistance, you will probably not hear back from us until July 6.) The second 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.) (more…)

Free Sunflower Pin Cushion Pattern


The other day, I shared some ideas on what kinds of materials to use to fill a pin cushion. Today, I am sharing a cute little free sunflower pin cushion pattern! This is a great beginner project, for young and old alike! If you are looking for a project for the kids this summer, you can use this to teach them simple machine sewing and hand sewing. It goes together quickly, too! (more…)

What Should I Use to Fill My Pin Cushion?


Who can resist a cute little pin cushion? They are great ways to use up scraps of pretty fabrics, they are useful, and they just look darn adorable sitting on your table! Lately I’ve been working on making some pin cushions, and I asked some designer friends about what kinds of filling they like to use. Wow! seems everyone has a particular preference, and for different reasons. Today, I thought I’d share with you what I found out.

Polyester Filling- This is a “fluffy” filling that is often used for making pillows and stuffed animals. The advantages of polyester filling are that it is easy to find in any sewing store, it is clean and free of allergens, and it is washable. You will need to try a few different kinds and see what you like- some of them can be kind of lumpy, and that can make it difficult to get a nice smooth project. (After trial and error, I have found that I like Silky Soft by Fairfield, I find it at JoAnn Fabrics. I also like it for larger projects like pillows.) It is very lightweight, which makes it great for stuffed animals, but you may prefer a heavier pin cushion which won’t easily slip or fall off the table when you use it. (I saw a suggestion to sew a heavy metal washer to the bottom of the pin cushion to keep it from sliding around.) (more…)

Half Square Triangle (HST) Cheat Sheet and Tutorial


If you’ve been quilting for more than 5 minutes, you’ve probably made a HST (Half Square Triangle unit) a time or two (or hundred or thousand.) There are actually several ways to make them, but today I thought I’d show you the most common way to do it. Just in case you’re not sure what I’m referring to, a HST looks like this, and we tend to use them A LOT in quilting:


Each square is cut in half into 2 triangles, and then sewn back together to form a square.

I really like to make my units a little big and then trim them down to the perfect size- I find that no matter how careful I am with cutting, pinning, and sewing, my units can end up a little wonky. (Some people use starch to make their units behave… which is a fine solution… I just don’t like to have to clean my iron.)

I’ve made up a PDF “Cheat Sheet” for you- it’s basically a guide so you can tell at a glance what size to cut your squares for making HSTs. (more…)

My Free Block Pattern for the Aurifil Designer of the Month Series!

Aurifil Embroidery Thread- Jacquelynne Steves

My month is finally here! Have you been following along and getting your free Designer of the Month block patterns? The theme for the Aurifil Designer of the Month series this year has been Blue… Are you a “blue” person? I never really thought I was, but after a recent trip to Delft in The Netherlands (home of the beautiful blue and white Delft pottery and china), I got “the blues!”

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Home in My Heart Mini Quilt Pattern


Wow! I can’t believe we have finally come to the end of our Mini Club! It doesn’t seem like 7 long months ago that my friend Michele and I got together and said, “Hey! Let’s do a quilt club together!!” But here we are! I have really enjoyed designing and making these patterns. I am not the fastest sew-er, so these little projects were easy for me to accomplish, lol. They are each only 26″ big- I love using them as table toppers or putting them on the back of a sofa or chair. What’s your favorite way to use a mini quilt??

Today we are releasing the final pattern, called Home in My Heart:

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Maggie’s First Dance Free Block of the Month- Block 1 is here!!!


It’s FINALLY here! The first 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  As this is the first month, and there may be a few “kinks” to work out, 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- you 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!!!!

So… HERE. WE. GO!!!

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

I made the sample quilt using machine applique. I love machine applique because it’s fast- that means I can get on to my next project! This quilt was made with Hometown Girl fabric by Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics.