Jacquelynne Steves

The Christmas Emagazine is here

Are you ready? Christmas is just 10 days away! I seem to wait later and later each year to get started… I still have over half of my shopping to do, all the wrapping, Christmas dinner planning and shopping, haven’t baked a thing (but then, we probably don’t need the extra calories anyway)…. but actually I enjoy doing all of those things, so although it’s hectic, I enjoy it all. And Daughter comes home from college in 2 days, I can’t wait!!

Did you get your Christmas issue of the free emagazine? I whipped that one up in a hurry… but I hope you liked it anyway :)  I had such a great response to the Red and White Quilt Pattern in the issue, I am making it available as a FREE PDF pattern to anyone who subscribes during the month of December- so please tell your friends. If you are already a subscriber, this week I’m going to send out the PDF link for just the pattern, for easier printing (it’s the same pattern included in the emagazine)- so keep your eye out for that email. If you’re not signed up yet, just enter your email in the box at the upper right, and you’ll get the Red and White pattern, as well as a special issue of the emagazine which is just for subscribers.

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I also asked you on Instagram and Facebook to choose your favorite cover- the winner, with 59% of the vote, was cover A. I like both of them for different reasons- “A” looks more like a standard magazine cover, but “B” gives more of a hint as to all the goodies inside. What do you think??

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(By the way, if you are already a subscriber, but did not get your issue last week, it is most likely in your spam folder. Or, you may have unsubscribed and need to sign up again. Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions page (it’s actually for the Block of the Month, but all of the details are similar.) The FAQ page has tips for “finding” lost emails, etc. (Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder for me to answer individual emails with technical questions, so I’ve set up the FAQ page to help you trouble shoot on your own- most of the time the solution is very simple.)

And… I am actually working on a Winter issue, to be released in January. I have really been wanting to do a hexie project- I keep seeing them everywhere and they’re just so darn adorable. I tried making hexies once, at a workshop, but they were kind of small, and we were just turning under the edges and stitching as we went. I had trouble and gave up quickly (blaming it on my short stubby fingers!) So this time, I decided to try making the hexies quite large- 4 1/2″ across- and I pressed the edges under with an iron first. So much easier! And the big hexies make the project go super-fast. Next time, I’ll try using smaller hexies, and I’ll once again press under the edges with an iron (and try not to burn my fingers!). I have to admit- they’re so enjoyable to make, I’m getting hooked!

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Are you finding time to stitch this busy season? Trying to finish up holiday gifts- or will you just be grateful to get the shopping and wrapping done?? I know many of you have been a little busy and have fallen behind on your Block of the Month… no worries! We are going to have a fun “catching up” event in January, so stay tuned!!

(PS today I am linking to WIPWednesday over at Freshly Pieced blog.)

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21 Comments

  • Margaret
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    re the cover I like B as it shares more of what is inside.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted December 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Margaret. The vote seems to be split almost down the middle…

  • Tammy L
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    I love making hexie’s. I leave more fabric on them to have more to turn under on all the sides. It makes it a lot easier. It doesn’t seem to interfere with quilting them either afterwards. And they seem to be sturdier as well. Everyone is different though…So choose the method that works the best for you and stick with it. That way you will feel more competent and enjoy it more and in turn you will be much more productive in your endeavor.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted December 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

      Good advice, Tammy! I think there are about a million ways to do something, you just have to figure out what works best for you!

  • Tammy Muscato
    Posted December 16, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Cover B definitely! Still rushing to get all my Holiday quilting done. Carpel Tunnel surgery slowed me down, but I’ll get it all done! Love the Hexies!! Want to try but seems a bit hard, will try it one of these days lol. Merry Christmas :)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted December 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      As (the other!) Tammy said above, it’s a matter of finding a method that works for you. I had trouble the first time I tried them too! But now I’ve got it figured it, they’re really very fun. Hope you are back to stitching soon!

  • Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    your hexies look so cute! best wishes on working with them.

  • Evie H
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I like cover B, but I already received the magazine with cover A. Thanks! I love your projects.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted December 18, 2014 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      Yes, I sent out the one with cover A, since that had the majority of the vote on Facebook and Instagram. But it was still hard to choose :)

  • Karen
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I like A best. Love those hexes, but I pieced them by machine with triangles. Turned out beautifully.

  • Kathleen Dalecio
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I prefer cover “A”. Thank you for your efforts and generosity, Jacquelynne!
    Merry Christmas!

  • Joan
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I love cover A and the table topper is gorgeous. Looking forward to your next magazine and your inspiring posts. Thank you for your generosity! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  • Judy Carlson
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the quilt pattern. Looking forward to quilting in the new year. I am enjoying the Art of Home e mag. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • Susan
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I like cover B

  • JillB
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I like the clean beauty of cover A

  • Judy Goldthorp
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I like Cover B. Glad to hear you are thinking about doing a project with hexies. I just discovered them and have made a few as a little decoration on a T shirt.

  • Posted December 17, 2014 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I put my hexagons away this month. I am attempting to work on gifts. Maybe 2015 I can start on them in January??

  • Elaine Tucker
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    I like B I love quilting and making pretty things. Most of the things I make are given away. Thank you for the lovely table topper pattern Hugs Elaine

  • Lois
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I just got my e-mail with the .pdf Red and White Quilt pattern and had to pop over to say thank you so very much!!! I love this pattern, and I even love the red (although pink is my #1 favorite color followed up by teal and lime green) and after I slow down (maybe sometime in January LOL) I will stitch one up in the red as you suggested.

    Thank you again for taking the time to make this and write up a tutorial — all for free.

    May you and your family enjoy a Blessed Christmas

  • Anita
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I really like B :) I love to make gifts for family !

  • Maryanne
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I like cover “A” ! It looks more like a magazine cover. Both are very attractive though! Just recently signed up and it’s the 1st time I’ve ever done anything like this. Have often enjoyed your website. You’re fabrics are lovely and “the stuff you make”, divinely inspired! The other night I couldn’t sleep and saw your website in my bookmarks. I browsed for almost 2 hrs, and read your article about “Joy”. I believe the Lord had me read that! It really blessed me and I just needed to hear what you wrote. So, thank you Jacquelynne, from my heart to yours! Bless you!!

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