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Hello!! Here we are!! It’s Catching Up Sew Along Day and I’m so glad you are here!! This is a fun opportunity to get caught up on your Maggie’s First Dance Free Block of the Month, and I’m so excited to see how your blocks are coming along!

As I post updates, I will add to the TOP of this post- so if you are just joining us, scroll down to the bottom where it says “Introduction.” Remember, I’ll be posting every hour, so remember to refresh your page!

PLEASE NOTE– due to the amount of activity going on during this Sew Along Day, I will not be able to answer your individual questions regarding the technical aspects of the pattern (i.e.- can’t find pattern, didn’t receive pattern, can’t print, etc.) If you are having a technical question, please email me here rather than commenting on this post, and I will answer it asap after the Sew Along. THANKS!!

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Wrapping Up!

And the winner of our final giveaway for today (Craftsy class) was Sally Dixon via blog.  Congratulations!

This concludes our Sew Along! I hope you had a lot of fun and got a lot of sewing accomplished. Of course, you can feel free to continue sewing and posting about your progress!

If you’ve been sewing for a few hours, you probably need to get up and stretch a bit. Dance Break!!! Enjoy!!

Thanks for Sewing Along with us! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Now, I think I’m going to go rest up a bit and grab some dinner!!!
Hour 4 (3- 4 pm, EST New York City time)

The winner of the Aurifil thread was Carol N. via Facebook . Congratulations!

Wow! Can you believe it! We’re almost done. The prize for today’s final giveaway is a free class of your choice from Craftsy!


To enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments below:

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

(Please comment by 50 minutes after the hour- I will be drawing the winner at 55 minutes after the hour.)

I would love to be able to clone myself- wouldn’t that be the best?? To be able to be in more than one place at the same time? I’d love that.


If I had clones, I could:

  • Walk Alfie
  • Hang out with the family & watch movies & play games
  • Write all of my patterns
  • Answer all of my emails
  • Work on 5 (or 10 or 50!!!!!) sewing projects
  • AND have time to make a home cooked dinner

(You’ll notice that cleaning the house is on the list…. because honestly…. even with 100 clones- who has time for that???)

Remember to comment by 10 minutes before the hour!!!

(If you haven’t gotten your free pillowcase pattern yet, click here.)
Hour 3 (2- 3 pm, EST New York City time)

The winner of the gift certificate was: Mary Jane E via Facebook.  Congratulations!

The prize for this hour’s giveaway is a gorgeous designer box of Aurifil thread:


To enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments below:

Where are you and what’s the weather like where you are today?

I am in southwestern New Jersey on the northeast coast of the United States. Today it is a beautiful day, about 80 degrees F (27 C), a little breezy… perfect! So, most people are surprised when I tell them that I live in a rural area… farms, in NJ, they think?? Isn’t that home of Jersey Shore and the Real Housewives of New Jersey??? Honestly, the real REAL Housewives of New Jersey look more like this:


than this (I mean… SERIOUSLY?? Who came up with this????):


I have a real life rodeo practically in my backyard- really!!!

Rodeo Bull- Jacquelynne Steves 2

This is MY New Jersey!!

Farmhouse Collage Jacquelynne Steves

Anyway- Don’t forget to comment to win and refresh your page for the next hours’ giveaway!! (If you haven’t gotten your free pillowcase pattern yet, click here.)
Hour 2 (1- 2 pm, EST New York City time)

The winner of the tool and pattern was: Deborah Evans via Blog. Congratulations!

The prize for this hour’s giveaway is a $25 gift certificate for the Fat Quarter Shop!


To enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments below:

What did you have for breakfast today?

Today I had an apple with almond butter, and a mug of warm almond milk with a little honey and cinnamon! Seems very “autumnal,” don’t you think??


I know we’re just talking breakfast…. but I’m already thinking about dinner, LOL!! Remember the other day I posted all of those yummy crock pot recipes? Well, guess what… I’m cheating! I’ve been hard at work all day, so hubby is going to have to take me out to dinner tonight! (He doesn’t know it yet!!) Now I just have to decide what I’m in the mood for- Italian? Mexican? Chinese? Burgers??

Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win, and refresh your page next hour! (If you haven’t gotten your free pillowcase pattern yet, click here.)

Hour 1 (noon- 1 pm, EST New York City time)

Ok, here we go!

The giveaway for this hour is a Clearly Perfect Angles Tool plus a Fall’s Finery quilt pattern! This great prize is provided by New Leaf Stitches.


For your first chance to enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments below:

What are you working on today? 

Today I am working on another pillowcase for the American Patchwork and Quilting Million Pillowcases Challenge! As promised, I am providing you a pattern to make one like this. You can use any of the Maggie’s First Dance applique patterns to make this!

Click here for the PDF pattern.



OK everyone- let’s go sew!! Don’t forget to comment to be entered for the prize! And don’t forget to refresh your page an hour from now for the next post!



We will be starting at Noon Eastern time (time zone converter Here).  You can participate here on my blog, and also on  Facebook. Before we get started, I will explain how this will work.

There will be giveaways every hour. I will post updates here at the top of each hour.

Comments (here on the blog and on Facebook) will receive 1 entry, photos (which can only be posted on Facebook, not here on the blog) will receive 2 entries, and videos (Facebook) will each receive 5 entries!! Your entries are cumulative, meaning that once your entry is put into the drawing, it will remain there for all of the hourly giveaways (unless I draw your name for a prize, then it will not go back into the drawing.) All prizes will be awarded by random drawing. Giveaways are open to U.S. and international winners. You can enter each hour.

You can participate on one or both of the platforms (for example, you can comment here on the blog, as well as post your photos/videos on Facebook for another entry.)

If you are going to participate here on my blog, all you have to do is follow along and comment when prompted. This is important- remember to refresh the page frequently so you get the latest updates! (To refresh the page, just click that little circle-arrow-thingy in the address bar of your browser.) AND- be sure you are not a no-reply blogger. If I draw your name, but your email is not immediately available either in your profile or your comment, I will draw another name.

To participate on Facebook, follow along on my Facebook page and comment on my posts when prompted. You can also post your photos and/or videos directly to my page (once again, photos will get 2 giveaway entries, and videos get 5). Refresh the page frequently to be sure you don’t miss any updates.

OK! We will be starting very shortly!! Remember to refresh your page!!!!

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