Jacquelynne Steves

In the studio this week…

Even though the name of this post is “In the studio this week,” I have to confess that most of what I am sharing is from outside the studio… there has been so much going on the homefront. And, about 90% of the actual work that I’ve done this week has been on the computer… and that does not make for very pretty photos… so here’s what has been going on in our family:

Last week, our son-in-law became an ordained minister. The ceremony was held on Tuesday evening at a church in Ocean City, NJ, and then a reception followed at the old and grand Flanders Hotel. We are so very proud of the work that our daughter and her husband are doing!


We spent the night in Ocean City, and the next morning we went out to breakfast and walked on the boardwalk. The weather was perfect! It’s still not “in season” yet, so the town and boardwalk were pretty empty and quiet:

Ocean City- Jacquelynne Steves

Then, we took a ride down to Cape May to see the lighthouse and saw lots of swans- seeing these magnificent birds taking off was a really spectacular sight.

Cape May Lighthouse- Jacquelynne Steves

The weather here continues to be glorious! Alfie can’t get enough of being outside:


Saturday afternoon, youngest daughter returned home from college- yippee! So happy to have her home. Saturday night, we attended a food truck festival in Philadelphia to support the food bank there. We enjoyed great live music and too much good food!


We spent Mother’s Day here, eating pizza in the backyard with all of the moms in our family.

So now, back “in the studio”:

I’ve managed to start on a new embroidery project. Not quite sure what I’m going to do with it, I just needed to get some hand work going. I spent Mother’s Day evening working on this, watching Jane Eyre (Mother’s Day means that I get to pick the movie!!!)

Embroidery- Jacquelynne Steves

Most of you probably know that I held a giveaway last week. Holy Moly, folks! Over 900 of you commented to win the box of fabric! I was completely overwhelmed! I guess you really like fabric???? The lucky winner, chosen at random, was Sherry:


Finally, due to the popularity of my last potholder tutorial, I am doing another one! It will post tomorrow, so be sure to stop back to find out how to make these little cuties:

Easy Pocket Potholder Tutorial- Jacquelynne Steves

Thursday, I leave for Quilt Market in Minneapolis! Can’t wait to get there!

Beautiful Day Bird Floral Art- Jacquelynne Steves


  • Posted May 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to your son-in-law, Jacquelynne. Lovely stitching.

  • margaret
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    congrats to your son in law, I am a Vicar`s daughter and granddaughter, my sister`s daughter is married to a vicar in Australia, they were missionaries in Pakistan for 14 years and have just got their first parish in Melbourne so Christianity is very much a part of our lives.

  • Leslie Sausville
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Your embroidery project is beautiful! For the last couple of years I have been doing Redwork in the evenings too. I found I would fall asleep for a couple of hours then could not sleep at night. Now I sleep the entire night and a project done in a month or too. I taught a redwork class to my guild neighborhood group. I had 11 kits prepared and had 11 ladies all stitching. What a great morning. It is amazing doing a simple project and adding borders and finishing touches becomes a fabulous piece! Keep on stitching!

  • claire quilty
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos. Happy to hear about the son-in-law’s ordination. It makes my heart sing to see such a lovely couple. May the Lord bless their endeavors.

  • Wendy
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to your son-in-law and daughter-having spent 30+ years in ministry, I’m aware HE may be ordained, but ministry is a shared lifestyle! Your work is beautiful-thank you for sharing your gift!

  • Jacque
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to your son in law and your daughter! And kudos to you on the lovely needlework…can’t wait to see what you create! Have safe and happy travels to Market, and post lots of photos so we can see all the fun!

  • ColleenM
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully you will bring some of your beautiful weather when you come to MN. We have been toyed with lately as far as the weather goes. Beautiful one day, cold and rainy the next. We needed warm jackets yesterday and will most likely need my winter jacket tonight at my daughter’s track meet. Enjoy your time here, wish I could attend and meet you and some of my other quilting “heroes”!

  • Posted May 13, 2015 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    What is the stitch you are using on your embroidery heart project? I love the knot effect.
    Pot holders are wonderful, quick, and use scraps. What could be better?!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      Aline- they are just very tiny backstitches. I need to wear my magnifiers- my eyes aren’t nearly as good as they used to be!

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