Jacquelynne Steves

In the studio this week…

Soooooo. It’s HOT here. Now, my daughter is in Texas this summer, and she assures me that as hot as it is here (on the East Coast), it is hotter in Texas. She’s probably right… but still… it’s HOT. So the best thing to do is to just stay inside and be grateful for air conditioning. I consider this “summer hunkerin’-down”- it’s pretty much the same as “winter hunkerin’-down.” As in, when the weather does not cooperate, it’s a good time to stay in and draw and sew and watch Jane Austen or other period movies. (Yesterday’s selection-  Poldark– have you seen it?? Some are calling it the new Downton Abbey- it’s very different from Downton, quite a bit darker and broodier. I love it.)


The only difference is that in the winter, I also like to make soup and desserts while I’m stuck inside, but in the summer I depend on hubby to bring home take-out food so I don’t have to cook, ha ha.

In the studio, I’m working on a little Autumn project, with this wool applique sunflower:

Sunflower Preview

And the giant hexies (5″ across) continue to pile up. I am cleaning out the fabric stash for this (who am I kidding- there is no end to the fabric stash…)

Hexie Pile- Jacquelynne Steves

The Sew Sweet Simplicity 50% off sale has been very popular, so I’ve extended it another week! The sale now runs through Aug. 6, so if you haven’t gotten your pattern yet, now’s the time! The pattern has gotten lots of wonderful feedback, I think people really like the easy to follow, step-by-step diagrams. Please continue to post your photos of your finished projects on my Facebook page and the Pinterest group board– it’s never too late to show off your pretty projects! Click here to get your pattern half off.

Sew Sweet Simplicity 50 Percent off sale-Sale Extended

I also have some of those lovely decorative pins in stock in the shop! They just make a pin cushion super-cute, don’t you think? They are the perfect finishing touch if you are making pin cushions to give as gifts. There are several different styles in stock right now, click here.

Decorative Pins- Pin Cushions- Jacquelynne Steves



  • Joan
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I really enjoyed the Poldark series. Great storyline! Love your wool sunflower! I’m anxious to see the finished project.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 5, 2015 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Joan- Did you see the season finale the other night? So sad, and such a cliff hanger! Can’t believe we have to wait another year to see what happens!

  • Monica Kostak
    Posted July 31, 2015 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Cute sunflower! I have never worked with wool, and it makes applique so pretty! I’m going to have to try this sometime.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 5, 2015 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      Monica- You will love wool applique- so fun because there are no edges to turn under :)

  • Posted August 5, 2015 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I’m loving Poldark too! I haven’t watched the finale yet – perhaps tonight :)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 8, 2015 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      The finale was sad! But Ross and Demelza are strong characters, aren’t they?

  • Posted August 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Your wool appliqué reminds me I need to get busy on a couple of old wool projects so I can use at least one this fall. Yes, Poldark is on my list too. My sister was a fan of the original and wasn’t sure about this new version, but after part of episode 1, she is hooked! We binge watched it up to the finale on Sunday night. Looking forward to S2. Now she’s reading the books, which I may just borrow … ( If you are looking for a good series and have Netflix, When Calls the Heart, S1 is there. It’s based on Jeanette Oke’s Canadian West books.)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 8, 2015 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      I’m always looking for a good series, but unfortunately I can’t get Netflix where I live :(

  • Marlene
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I love Poldark and didn’t know this was going to be an ongoing series. I was hoping the 7 episodes was it. Do we have to wait until next year to see it again? How is he going to get himself out of this mess? So glad Verity finally got nerve enough to leave home. Those family members treated her like a slave.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 8, 2015 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      Apparently, it’s a long series of books, so there is a lot of material for numerous seasons of programs (that makes me glad!)

  • Sandra
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I also enjoy watching the series “Poldark” or any period pieces that are on PBS. I really like your wool applique and I am so into hexies and will have to try that 5″ one.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 8, 2015 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Sandra- The 5″ hexies go very quickly! I’m almost done making the hexies, then I will have to move onto sewing them all together. That will take quite a bit longer!

      • Sandra
        Posted August 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

        I will be waiting to see them all those hexies put together.

  • Janelle
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Love Poldark! Absolutely wonderful show! So glad I found it. PBS did it again! Bravo! Nice to see that someone else enjoyed it too. Love you posts Jacquelynne. Thank you for such beauty.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 8, 2015 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      Janelle- Thanks for your nice comment! I always like to share when I find something that I think other people will enjoy :) And I do enjoy the show a lot!

  • Alys
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    The wool sunflower looks very interesting. i’ll be looking for the final product.

    My husband and i thoroughly enjoyed Poldark. The finale was certainly a cliff hanger. PBS does a phenomenal job with so many of its period pieces.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 8, 2015 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      Alys- My husband hasn’t seen it yet, but I’ll make him watch it and I’ll watch again with him! I know he will like it, he is a history buff and his mother is from England so I know he will enjoy seeing the scenery from Cornwall.

  • Pamela
    Posted August 6, 2015 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    I too loved Poldark. I didn’t record them and forgot to watch it. On demand has the last two episodes and I watched the first two episodes. I may be buying the bluray disc of this season.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 8, 2015 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Pamela- I asked for the DVD AND the soundtrack for my birthday! So I hope I get them *wink*

  • Karen
    Posted August 6, 2015 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    My birthday is also next week! I will be somewhere between 60 and 65 on Aug. 12.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      LOL Karen. I will be somewhere between 20 and 70 on the 16th!!

  • Anne McKenzie
    Posted August 6, 2015 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know about this Poldark. I remember the original from the 70’s or 80’s. I adored that. wish they would bring that back rather than make new one.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 8, 2015 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Anne- I never saw the old version, so I can’t compare. But I don’t think you can beat the beautiful scenery and wonderful actors in this version. Plus- the actor who played the original Poldark plays a judge in this new series. You might want to give it a try- you will probably like it!

  • CarolK
    Posted August 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been watching Poldark since the first episode. Just love period pieces although I get upset seeing how some people were treated back in those days. Its going to be a long years wait for next seasons show. I understand why you feel a change is in order. As my years advance (I’m somewhere between 65 and 71) I’m feeling the same way. It always feels like there is not enough time for everything we WANT to do. Oh, in case I forget, an early Happy B’day to you. Have a good one….

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted August 8, 2015 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      Yes, the inequalities in the classes were terrible. However, I suppose that highlighting that makes for good drama, right? I love the Ross Poldark character because he is very complex- not a perfect man, but he does have very high moral standards and empathy for his fellow man.
      Change is good! We need to shake things up a bit….

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