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January 15, 2019
Save the Bees BOM- The Giant Grand Prize Giveaway!! from Jacquelynne Steves

Many of you have finished your Save the Bees Block of the Month quilts and are posting your photos in the Sew Quilty Friends Facebook group- Bravo on such beautiful quilts!! To celebrate, we will having a GIANT grand prize giveaway, so keep reading!!!

*** I'm even going to give you a sneak peek of the 2019 free block of the month, keep reading!!! ***

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January 8, 2019
In the Studio this week… January 2019 from Jacquelynne Steves

I have not done an "In the Studio" post for a long time! For this year, I would like to do a post every month to show you what's going on behind the scenes in both my business and my life.... so that is one of my goals for 2019!! This is January's post- hopefully this "resolution" won't flop come February!! Another 2019 goal- more "me" time! I was talking with designer friend Pat Sloan the other day, and we were talking about how we work too much- we made a pact for 2019 to do at ...

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2018: Year in Review from 3and3quarters

Thinking back on last year, I immediately frown and wonder just what it was I actually did during the year that could hold some significance for me.

At first I was all like, ‘nahh. Nothing happened that could really hold up in a blog post, detailing my life in and around my sewing room!’

But then a simple scroll through my Instagram and all of a suddenly I have a hurried, messy scribble of a list detailing all of the wonderful events and creative pursuits I managed to fit into the year!

So, listing in chronological order, let’s review ...

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January 5, 2019
the “old bat” cave… from Featherstone Quiltworks

Since it’s pretty tidy, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things in my sewing space, or, as I like to think of it, The Bat Cave.  And no, it’s rarely this tidy!

Welcome to my blog and my sewing room! C’mon in, because who doesn’t enjoy a good snoop around someone else’s sewing space?

I knew I needed a pegboard (or something similar) above my sewing machine. I need to have things handy and out where I can see them. I got this clear plastic pegboard from Amazon, and I love ...

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January 2, 2019
November/December Notes from Featherstone Quiltworks

(Header shot is of a horse-drawn carriage, curbside, in New Orleans.)

Happy New Year!

We were away the first half of December, so I decided to do a combined-month blog post.

HOLIDAYS:

Thanksgiving was a week of puzzles, games, movies, and food!  This is Rob (#3 Son), hard at work.  Isn’t it good to know that my sewing lights get a little extra use?  All the “kids” were home off and on all week, and it was so much fun to have them around.  I’m a lucky mom.

Rob (Son #1), above, working on a puzzle.

Fast forward ...

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January 1, 2019
Free Embroidery Pattern- Valentine Vase! from Jacquelynne Steves

OK, so the Christmas holidays are over, and now it's time to think about... Valentine's Day! I can't wait to see what you make with this Valentine Vase Free Embroidery Pattern! I love Valentine's Day, because red and pink are my favorite colors and I also love hearts & flowers... so it's pretty perfect! Try making the vase with wool or cotton applique, and then doing embroidery for the flowers, hearts, and details. You could also print it out for the kids and grandkids to use as a coloring sheet. The possibilities are endless!! Click here ...

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December 27, 2018
Calling All Quilters: The Best of 2018 from Quilter Chic

Inside: My most popular posts of 2018.

What does it mean to be popular? I never was, but some people seem to have “it”. And what is “it”?

For my blog “it” means the best posts from 2018! I’m participating in the Best of 2018 Linky Party hosted by Meadow Mist Designs.

Each blogger picks their top posts for the year, so relax and enjoy some great blog posts! Here are my QuilterChic picks:

5. This one actually started as an accident when my “featured designer” for May forgot, so I featured myself! Even though the pattern is not ...

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December 18, 2018
Here’s a Quick Free Christmas Pattern from Quilter Chic

My dad decided to grow his own Christmas trees. This was fabulous for a couple of years until the trees were bigger than the family room!

I love Christmas trees, and if you do too, you’ll love this free pattern. It is called Gather Around the Christmas Tree and brings all the fun of the holidays with a funky tree and ornaments.

Instructions included for:

  • Hooked rug
  • Appliquéd pillow
  • Needle-punch
Gather Around the Christmas Tree patterns

Gather Around the Christmas Tree ©QuilterChic

You can download the pattern and template to make your own tree! Enjoy this Christmas gift from me!

So dad had to cut ...

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December 17, 2018
Make Custom Quilting and Sewing Stencils from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

I recently had the opportunity to take a class from a certified HandiQuilter instructor, Mary. It was an outstanding class. In the class she mentioned making our own custom stencils for longarm...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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December 6, 2018
2018 Christmas House Tour- The Art of Home from Jacquelynne Steves

We have our new office ready for the holidays! Last weekend, our new office building was on the Yuletide Tour in historic Salem, NJ. We spent lots of time (and totally blew the budget!!) decorating and getting ready.  The 1821 building is decorated with both traditional and contemporary touches. Come take a tour with us! First of all- isn't Alfie handsome, wearing his red bow for the festivities? And here he is relaxing a little bit before people started to arrive: Read More

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December 3, 2018
Save the Bees Borders & Finishing! Ta-da!! from Jacquelynne Steves

NOTE- Before we even get started- be sure you have saved the patterns to your computer, and I also suggest printing them and putting them in a safe place! In January, the links will be deactivated and the patterns will no longer be free. (Just saving the emails won't be enough, because the links won't work anymore.)

ALSO- We're not done yet!! Read below to find out about our giant GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY, coming soon!!

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November 25, 2018
Life Update 2018 edition from Play Crafts

Hi everyone! How’s it going?

It’s been *cough* a while *cough* since I’ve posted, and I’m in no way promising that I will be updating regularly, because I know better. If you want more regular peeks into my life, you can find me on instagram as @playcrafts.

But I thought I’d post a bit about what’s been going on in the last year or so.

Photo by: Mistercontributer [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons.
Life: We’ve moved. Again. Hopefully this is the last big move ...

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November 20, 2018
26 Free Holiday Projects! from Jacquelynne Steves

You're going to love these 26 Free Holiday Projects- I think it's never the wrong time to get to work on some holiday projects! These are really cute, and many of them are quick too! Get out your supplies and have fun!! Please note- all links work and are correct as of the writing of this post. If you have a problem or question about a particular project, please contact the owner of that particular blog for information. Thank you! Treelicious Christmas Pillow Tutorial   Sweater Upcycled Christmas Ornaments Read More

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November 15, 2018
FREE VIDEO WORKSHOP SERIES COMING SOON from Jacquelynne Steves

Free Video Workshop Series starts November 19…

I have some FUN free video workshops coming up!! I asked on Facebook what people were interested in learning about, and the top 2 answers were English Paper Piecing (EPP/hexies) and embroidery, so I’ll be talking about & demonstrating both!!

PLUS- we’ll have a Workshop EXCLUSIVE project that we’ll be working on together! This will be fast and fun- it’s designed for you to be able to complete it while the workshop series is running.

We’ll also be talking a little more about creativity and finding time for ...

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November 8, 2018
Our NEW Building, and a BIG SALE Coming! from Jacquelynne Steves

Well- there is just SO MUCH going on here!! Did I mention to you that we bought a building for our business??? I put it in a newsletter a while back, but I've been so busy that blogging has been pushed to the back burner.... so if you're not receiving my newsletters you may not know about it. While packing & moving, I realized that I have waaaayyyyy too much STUFF! So, we're having a giant sale next week!! I'm calling it the Holiday Hooennany Sale- 'cause it's gonna be a hoot!! It will run Monday ...

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November 5, 2018
Save the Bees BOM Block 4 is here! from Jacquelynne Steves

I really can't believe that we are on our very last block! Where did the time go? I guess it just "buzzed" right by us!! Next month, we will be adding the borders to our quilt!!

***REMEMBER TO DOWNLOAD AND SAVE YOUR BLOCK PATTERNS!

EARLY NEXT YEAR, THE LINKS TO THE PATTERNS WILL BE DEACTIVATED.***

I've been following your progress over in the free Facebook group- you guys are doing a GREAT JOB on your Blocks!!! Time for another free quilt block! PLEASE NOTE- I realize that there is A LOT OF INFORMATION IN THIS POST! PLEASE TAKE ...

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November 3, 2018
November 3rd Report from Featherstone Quiltworks

The featured image above is my “auditioning” my Thanksgiving table.  New napkins and placemats!  Getting me in the mood…it will be here before we know it.  On with October in review:

STITCHIN’:

October was a very busy month…a trip to Alabama to sew with my auntie, progress on my Ruffled Roses, and I finished the MQ Mystery top!  The quick-and-dirty summary is:  lotsa sewing!  But you came for the details…

RUFFLED ROSES:

I did the matchstick little border and the paper-pieced lattice border.  Those borders are framed by a peach 1/4″ border.   The next big border is ...

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November 1, 2018
Free Embroidery Pattern- Coffee Shop Puppy! from Jacquelynne Steves

This free embroidery pattern is called Coffee Shop Puppy! When I was drawing it, I was imagining a cute little "hipster" type of puppy who would enjoy hanging out at the coffee shop with his friends, warming up with some cocoa or lattes! Can you imagine how cute that would be?  It would be soooo cute framed, or as a pillow. Add it to a snuggly quilt for the favorite kid or "tween" in your life. You could also print it out for the kids and grandkids to use as a coloring sheet. The possibilities are endless!! Getting creative with ...

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October 30, 2018
Messy or Neat?? Creativity and Organization Ideas from Jacquelynne Steves

I’ve been wondering about something lately…. is there truth to that stereotype about creative people being messy? I, for one, work much better in a clean organized space- I feel like clutter makes me overwhelmed and stressed. I think whether you are messy or neat, you have to be at least a LITTLE organized so you can find your stuff…. We’re all so busy and I hear so many people saying that they don’t have the time to be creative. There’s nothing worse than finding 15 minutes to work on a project, and then wasting that ...

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October 25, 2018
24 MORE Free Projects to sew for Fall! from Jacquelynne Steves

When is your favorite season for sewing? For me, it is definitely when the weather turns cooler... it just feels cozy and perfect for being in the house. I like to imagine myself in a sisterhood with women who came before me... A couple of hundred years ago when we lived more seasonally, warm long days meant working outside and preparing food for the upcoming winter. But the shorter, cooler days signaled the time for hunkering down and spending more time indoors, doing activities like sewing. And yes, I like to sometimes imagine myself as one of the Ingalls, out ...

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