I had a fabulous time with the Sew Along on Saturday- I hope you did too! Our international “sewing circle” that day included friends from the US, Canada, England, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand! (Thanks to my husband for putting this fun map together!)

Sew Along Day Participants Map-Jacquelynne Steves

We ended up with a big basket full of entries for the giveaways- prizes included fabric, Aurifil thread, books and patterns.


Thanks to EVERYONE who participated! People are still posting on Facebook about the Sew Along Day, and I’m trying to keep up with the comments :) My favorite part of the Sew Along Day was seeing what you were all working on, and hearing about where you are from and the weather that day- some people were freezing, but those in Australia and New Zealand were quite warm. It made it seem like our world was just a bit smaller, and that we were all sitting together, chatting ¬†and sewing.

I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do with my Bonus (um, make that my “Surprise”) Block, since I mixed up some of the squares and it didn’t come out like the original design… I like it so much that I might incorporate it into another small quilt. Or maybe a pillow, the colors would go really well in my bedroom.

Bonus Block 1 Variation- Sew Sweet Simplicity Free BOM- Jacquelynne Steves

(By the way, for more information about this Free Block of the Month, and to get your patterns, click here.)

This week in the studio, I am hard at work on the Winter Issue of The Art of Home Free Emagazine. Today I’m working on a very quick Valentine’s Day project. I’ve got all my fabrics picked out. My favorite part about Valentine’s Day is that it highlights my 2 favorite colors- red and pink :)

Valentine Project Preview for Free Emagazine-Jacquelynne Steves

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Are you doing something creative today? Let us know in the comments!