Jacquelynne Steves

Super Tips For Organizing Your Sewing Space

A few weeks ago I shared 27 Sewing Projects You Can Make to Organize Your Sewing Space and Your Life.  Today let’s talk about ways to organize your sewing space. Whether your sewing space is big or small, here are some great ways to keep it organized. Personally, I really like a neat space to create in, it helps me to be more relaxed. AND- I hate it when I’m looking for something in my studio and I can’t find it! That wastes valuable creating time! Finally, when your area is a pleasant, pretty place to be, you’re much more likely to want to spend time there.

P.S.- This post is FULL of ideas! You’ll want to pin this to your Pinterest boards, and/or save to your Facebook page so you can refer to it again!

In my video, Messy or Neat?, you’ll find some great ideas for staying organized and keeping your creative “mojo”:

 

Patchwork Posse offers some great tips and how-to’s for organizing your sewing room. From storage, to folding your fabric, to your sewing room layout,  you’ll find some fantastic ways to keep yourself organized:

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Sweet, Savory & Cocktails Too…50 Valentine’s Day Recipes

We’ve gathered together 50 Valentine’s Day recipes- because nothing says “I love you” more than a gift made with your own hands. Here, you’ll find appetizers, main dishes, desserts and cocktails- You can plan a whole Valentine’s Day meal! Whether romantic or for the whole family, it’s a beautiful, creative thing to do for the ones you love!

And, once you’ve made some sweet treats, share them with your loved ones in my DIY Valentine Treat Bags. What a super sweet way to say “I Love You”!!! (See below.)

*Please note that at the time of writing this post, all links are correct. If you have a question about a particular recipe, please contact the owner of that particular site.

 

Linzer French Toast for Valentine’s Day

 

M&M’s Valentine’s Day Cookie Bars

 

Mini Heart Shaped Pizzas

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25 Valentine’s Day Projects That Will Fill Your Home With Love

Love is in the air! I love to decorate for Valentine’s Day- it’s just so darn pretty and cheerful in the house with all those pops of red and pink. I think the cheerful colors really help to brighten up the place in the midst of gray winter days, and of course the hearts kind of feel like a little hug every time you look at them. So, we’ve looked and looked, and we’ve found 25 Valentine’s Day projects to fill your home with love.

Enjoy these free patterns and projects!

(As of the writing of this post, all links are correct. If you have a question about a specific project, please contact the owner of that particular website.)

“You’re My Jam” Embroidery Hoop Art

Twisted Hearts Quilt

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27 Projects you can make to organize your sewing space and your life

So, it’s January and many people make a new year’s resolution to get more organized… which sounds like a chore… but we can make it much more fun! We’ve gathered up some really cute projects that you can make that will help to organize your home, sewing space and projects. Many of these can be made with scraps and fat quarters- so think of it as cleaning up your stash, as well!! Here are 27 Projects you can make to organize your sewing space and your life!

Arm Chair Sewing Caddy

Easy Berry Basket Organizers

Fabric Basket With Chalkboard Label

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Save the Bees BOM- The Giant Grand Prize Giveaway!!

Congratulations to our winner – Laura Whicker!  Laura, we have sent you an email and need your address so that we can ship your prize!!

 

Many of you have finished your Save the Bees 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 2019 free block of the month, keep reading!!! ***

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In the Studio this week… January 2019

I have not done an “In the Studio” post for a long time! For this year, I would like to do a post every month to show you what’s going on behind the scenes in both my business and my life…. so that is one of my goals for 2019!! This is January’s post- hopefully this “resolution” won’t flop come February!!

Another 2019 goal- more “me” time! I was talking with designer friend Pat Sloan the other day, and we were talking about how we work too much- we made a pact for 2019 to do at least one fun, non-work related thing each week. We will check in with each other at the end of each week! I got my nails done in this gorgeous red, and even splurged and spent the extra $5 to get a snowflake design:

We can’t have a blog post about the studio-goings-on without a photo of Alfie!! Here he is relaxing in a basket that I had on the floor with a project in process- it had piles of fabric, paper with notes on it, and some pattern pieces- the perfect spot for lounging, lol.

If you’re interested, I did a video a few months ago, talking about how I use baskets like this to organize my projects as I’m working on them:

I worked on some applique and embroidery for The Art of Home Club’s January project. For the applique, I used gray thread for everything- I like how it looks, plus I was kind of in a hurry and when you use all one color thread, it saves you a lot of time, not having to switch your thread colors in your machine:

I also tried doing my embroidery as redwork, same idea. By using just one color of thread, you can go much faster. I had some wool thread in my drawer that I thought I’d try… Great textures, but I’m trying to decide how much I mind all of those little “fuzzies” that show up on my white fabric: (more…)

Free Embroidery Pattern- Valentine Vase!

OK, so the Christmas holidays are over, and now it’s time to think about… Valentine’s Day! I can’t wait to see what you make with this Valentine Vase Free Embroidery Pattern! I love Valentine’s Day, because red and pink are my favorite colors and I also love hearts & flowers… so it’s pretty perfect! Try making the vase with wool or cotton applique, and then doing embroidery for the flowers, hearts, and details. You could also print it out for the kids and grandkids to use as a coloring sheet. The possibilities are endless!!

Click here to download the free PDF pattern.

Getting creative with a pattern is something I LOVE to do- I love seeing how many different ways I can use it. That’s why I started The Art of Home Club– every month, I not only give you lots of new super cute patterns, but I give you TONS of ideas for how to use them! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see some photos of our adorable Club projects!

We only up enrollment to new members a few times per year- You can sign up in the box below to get on our waiting list and we’ll let you know more when we open our doors to new members!

Did you know that I have lots of embroidery videos to help you get started with hand embroidery? It’s a great hobby that anyone can do! If you are a complete beginner, I’ll show you everything you need to know, from supplies to basic stitches, to help you get started. And even if you have experience with embroidery, you may pick up a few new tips! Videos are right below!

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2018 Christmas House Tour- The Art of Home

We have our new office ready for the holidays! Last weekend, our new office building was on the Yuletide Tour in historic Salem, NJ. We spent lots of time (and totally blew the budget!!) decorating and getting ready.  The 1821 building is decorated with both traditional and contemporary touches. Come take a tour with us!

First of all- isn’t Alfie handsome, wearing his red bow for the festivities?

And here he is relaxing a little bit before people started to arrive:

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Save the Bees Borders & Finishing! Ta-da!!

NOTE- Before we even get started- be sure you have saved the patterns to your computer, and I also suggest printing them and putting them in a safe place! In January, the links will be deactivated and the patterns will no longer be free. (Just saving the emails won’t be enough, because the links won’t work anymore.)

ALSO- We’re not done yet!! Read below to find out about our giant GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY, coming soon!!

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26 Free Holiday Projects!

You’re going to love these 26 Free Holiday Projects- I think it’s never the wrong time to get to work on some holiday projects! These are really cute, and many of them are quick too! Get out your supplies and have fun!!

Please note- all links work and are correct as of the writing of this post. If you have a problem or question about a particular project, please contact the owner of that particular blog for information. Thank you!

Treelicious Christmas Pillow Tutorial

 

Sweater Upcycled Christmas Ornaments

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