Jacquelynne Steves

Save the Bees BOM Block 2 is here!

Are you ready for block #2?! Time for another free quilt block! PLEASE NOTE- I realize that there is A LOT OF INFORMATION IN THIS POST! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THROUGH IT ALL- Answers to most of your questions will be found in this post. Thanks!!

The second block for the Save the Bees 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  We 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!!

VERY IMPORTANT- If you email us a question and don’t hear back in 24-48 hours, please check your spam folder! We answer all emails, so if you don’t hear back from us, it’s very possible that our response is in your spam folder!!

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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Free Mushroom Embroidery Pattern

Mushrooms are ALWAYS popular. I remember when I was growing up in the 70’s, we saw them everywhere, but I don’t think they’ve ever really gone out of style! You can reduce or enlarge this to any size you want for any project- it would be great on any type of home decor or kitchen item, such as a wall hanging, pot holder, dish towel, etc. (Hand embroidery pattern only, this pattern not available for machine embroidery.) You could also use it for coloring and make note cards, etc.

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No Sew Bird Embroidery Hoop Art and Note Card

Are you ready for a cute little no-sew project? Embroidery hoop art is HOT right now! I love using Heat n Bond lightweight fusible web for craft projects! It’s much less messy than glue, and as you’ll see with the note card, it’s a great way to combine fabric and paper in a project. We’ll be using the same design to make a bird note card and bird embroidery hoop art.

You can add embellishments if you want- try adding a ribbon bow at the top, or you can use your sewing machine to stitch around the edges of the pieces. Another tip- If you’re nervous about using a permanent marker to add details, use a Frixion pen instead! If you don’t like how it comes out, just iron out the mark and start again! Since these projects won’t be washed, it’s not a problem. Another option is to hand embroider the bird details.

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Save the Bees Block 1 is here!

It’s FINALLY here! PLEASE NOTE- I realize that there is A LOT OF INFORMATION IN THIS POST! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THROUGH IT ALL- Answers to most of your questions will be found in this post. Thanks!!

**The first block for the Save the Bees 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- 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!!!!

So… HERE. WE. GO!!!

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

We will be working on several techniques during this BOM. Blocks 1 and 2 feature applique and/or embroidery. (You can also leave out the applique or embroidery and just do piecing.)

In addition to the first block pattern, this month you are also receiving the “Preliminary Cutting Instructions.” This will allow you to cut EVERYTHING for all of your blocks and borders NOW- that way, you can use the fabrics as efficiently as possible, and you get to just do the fun sewing part each month!

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!

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Our “Save the Bees” Free Block of the Month Featured Bloggers!

Hey! Did you know that the Save the Bees Free Block of the Month starts in less than a week!! Eeek! You are going to love our featured bloggers- they will give you lots of creative inspiration! Today I’m introducing them to you, and next week when we start the BOM you will also be hopping over to their blogs to enter the giveaways!

Have you signed up for our free block of the month yet?? There’s still time! And YES- it’s totally FREE! Get more information and sign up HERE. 

Let’s meet this year’s bloggers!! Be sure to stop by this week and say hello! (more…)

Save the Bees Free BOM- Sponsor Spotlight

The Save the Bees Free Block of the Month is rapidly approaching! Look for the first block pattern in your email on August 6, 2018!

If you’re not signed up yet, please click here, or fill in the box at the upper right and you’ll get all of the free patterns delivered right to your email inbox!! Woo hoo!!

One of our favorite parts of our annual free Block of the Month events is seeing what everyone is making! Please join our Sew Quilty Friends Facebook group so you can join in the fun, share photos of your progress and see what everyone else is up to…

So, speaking of favorite things…. we really need to talk about the giveaways that we do every single month during our Block of the Month event! Every month from August through December, we will be giving away 8 awesome prizes, and then in January 2019 we will do one HUMONGOUS Grand Prize Giveaway!  (more…)

Quick & Easy Handmade Quilt Labels

Carolyn Beam is back to talk more about quilt labels and share a very simple technique for making them. Carolyn has been in the quilting industry for over 30 years. She had her own pattern design business, Colorado Quilt Designs until starting to work for Quiltmaker Magazine in 2005 as an editor. Her career at the magazines evolved into becoming the Content Director for Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quicks until February 2018. She now spends her time doing freelance work in the quilting industry and spending time with her family.

CLICK HERE for part 1 about Quilt Labels- How and Why You Should Label Your Quilts

Hi Carolyn Beam again. Well, now that you know how important it is to add labels to your quilts, let’s have some fun with them. For the quilts I keep for myself or even some of the ones I make for family, adding the basic information to a label works fine, and I love using the preprinted labels for their ease. If you are looking for something quick and easy, there are many sources for ready made labels that you can just fill in pertinent information like these cute labels in Jacquelynne’s shop. (more…)

Free Summer Rose Embroidery Pattern

Do you have any special memories associated with roses? They are probably the world’s most popular flower! For me, they always take me back to my grandmother’s garden, I can still smell the fragrance and hear the bees buzzing! You can reduce or enlarge this to any size you want for any project- it would be great on any type of home decor or kitchen item, such as a wall hanging, pot holder, dish towel, etc. It will give a pretty vintage look to napkins and table cloths, too. (Hand embroidery pattern only, this pattern not available for machine embroidery.) You could also use it for coloring and make note cards, etc.

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Free Coloring Sheet- Save the Bees Home Quilt

Remember in my last post, I showed you all kinds of ideas for fabrics for the Save the Bees Free Block of the Month? Well, now it’s your turn! Here is something fun for you to do while you are “patiently” waiting for the Save the Bees BOM to start- it’s a coloring sheet for the Save the Bees quilt. You can print out as many as you want, get out your colored pencils or markers, and play with all kinds of color combinations! Have fun with it! Your kids and grandkids will probably have fun being a “designer” as well. Try out all kinds of color palettes to see what you like best.

Click here for your PDF coloring sheet!

 

 

Free Bzzzy Bee Pin Cushion Pattern

This oh-so-cute and useful Bzzzy Bee Pin Cushion was designed by my friend Teresa Raleigh of A Quilt and A Prayer a couple of years ago for one of our newsletters. Teresa recycled a decorative jar into a handy holder for your sewing room. Keep your pins and clips on the top, and use the jar to store other notions such as buttons, etc. Clever! Teresa said this cute vintage Avon jar had been waiting for just the right project to come along! I remember all of those Avon jars and containers scattered throughout my grandmother’s house. Maybe you have one or two you can use to make a bee pin cushion like this? You could even use one of those miniature Mason jars or recycle a jelly jar. (more…)