Jacquelynne Steves

My Redwork Embroidery & Hexie Pillow Project in Quilts & More Magazine!

You may remember this little sneak peek which I showed you, waaaaaaayyyy back last Spring:


So now I can show you the entire project!! As I mentioned the other day, so often I am working on things which will not see “the light of day” for months and months!! My Red Bird Roost pillow project appears in the Winter 2015 Issue of Quilts & More magazine, which is on newsstands NOW!!

Red Bird Roost -Jacquelynne Steves-Quilts&More Winter 2015

This was a really fun project to make. I used a lot of scrappy red fabrics to make the hexies (it was really FUN going through my scrap baskets for those!), and then used them to create wide borders on the pillow. The little winter bird is done with just one embroidery floss color, and consists of simple backstitching and French knots, so it stitches up pretty quickly as far as hand embroidery projects go. The design will take you through all of the winter holidays, right into Valentine’s Day and beyond. You could also do this in blues instead of reds- that’s also a wonderful winter palette!

I have heard a lot of people say that this is their favorite magazine, but they have a difficult time finding the issues, because they sell out so fast! So, you have 2 options- lace up your sneakers and RUN to your local quilt shop or Barnes and Noble right this very minute to get your copy. OR, get yourself a subscription (digital subscription only) so you make sure to never miss an issue….


I got my copy a couple of days ago- and there are sooooooo many cute projects you will want to make in this issue! Here is a small sampling of the projects that you will find in the Winter 2015 issue:






I’m really proud to be part of this issue… I so enjoyed flipping through it the other day, and I know you will too!

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  • Linda W
    Posted November 13, 2015 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    You are so talented! It is inspiring to see the details that you put in your design!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your nice comment Linda! I’m glad that you enjoyed the post :)

  • margaret
    Posted November 14, 2015 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    such a pretty cushion, the magazine looks full of good things too, will see if it is sold here in the UK

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      I hope you can find it Margaret- there are so many great projects. If not, you can always get a digital copy (see the link in the post above.)

  • Sandra
    Posted November 17, 2015 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    It is amazing how like minds think. I have been working on Christmas patchwork blocks for couch pillows also. I kept seeing these high priced pillows and decided to make my own. I have a 3 tree blocks, 2 gift package and 1 mistletoe wreath block ….all for 18″ pillows. Now all I need to do is get the backs sewn……busy busy busy. I am thinking about using the 3 tree blocks together in a “back of the couch runner”. LOL I have cats and use quilts and/or shams to put over the back of the couch. I think they might appreciate the tree….LOL

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 17, 2015 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      I love making pillows because they fun and quick to make, and you can change them out so easily for different seasons! A couch runner is a great idea too!

  • Allison Evrard
    Posted November 17, 2015 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Your block and pillow are amazing! I particularly like the Redbird Roost.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 17, 2015 at 8:09 am | Permalink

      Thanks Allison!!

  • Posted November 17, 2015 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Such a beautiful block!! Love the redwork with the hexies!!! Congratulations on being in this issue of Quiltmaker!

  • Allison
    Posted November 17, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Love your design – very cute!

  • Kaye M.
    Posted November 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Your block is so pretty and your embroidery is impeccable! The red hexi pillow is so creative, it would make a great Christmas gift.

  • wilma serrao
    Posted November 18, 2015 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    hi jacquelynne
    loved this project too. i hope i get hold of a copy here. i am anxiously waiting for quilting time again due to poor health. your projects just make me want to do them right now. but this whole year has been a challenge and i am eagerly waiting to start again. send some hope and prayers along my way.
    congratulations again

  • Darlene B
    Posted November 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I love your pillow. I haven’t done hand embroidery and didn’t think I was interested in it, but this pillow really caught my eye. Maybe I’ll need to start another project…..

  • Peggie Purchase
    Posted November 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Your redwork is positively wonderful! I have just finished the Cozy Afternoon quilt and am just waiting until after Christmas to start on Sweet Simplicity. Your patterns are always an inspiration and your instructions so easy to follow that everything goes together really well. Thanks for all you do….you do it so well!

  • Linda Phillips
    Posted November 19, 2015 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    I have only recently found your website. What a wonderful source of inspiration. Thank you for your dedication to the creative world.

  • sandy Lowery
    Posted November 19, 2015 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Your redbird roost is darling, I need to make some Christmas pillows.

  • Janan Doster
    Posted November 21, 2015 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    You are so gifted with your stitching. I purchased the magazine and love the Redbird pillow.
    Do you normally use DMC floss and 2 strands of thread (as per the instructions for this project) on all your embroidery? Your backstitch is so pretty, mine are always uneven and sometimes not in a straight line like they should be. Any tips?

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 23, 2015 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      Hello Janan,
      The number of threads that I use depends on the size of the design- I almost always use 2 or 3 strands. If you were doing something really tiny, you could use one strand, and if you were doing something very large and you didn’t want the design to get lost, you could use more. DMC is very easy to find and has a wide range of colors available. Lately, I’ve been using Aurifil embroidery floss which I really like- especially because it comes on a spool which is very easy to work with and keeps the thread from tangling!

      My biggest suggestion for embroidery is to make sure you have very good light, and perhaps some magnifying glasses- you can’t do nice work if you can’t see what you’re doing! And of course, practice does make perfect!!

  • Linda Cartwright
    Posted November 25, 2015 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    This is one craft I need to learn.

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