Jacquelynne is the guest designer for this month in the Quilt-Group. I’m totally excited to introduce her. She is one talented gal who is an artist along with her quilting. The pattern she is sharing -Bee Sweet- is only available to members. Join here if you’d like to have access to it + more projects than you have time. Join now!
Guest Designer // Jacquelynne Steves
A little bit about her:
I like to cook and sew and make quilts. I like to paint pretty pictures. I like to browse in cool shops, lurk in interesting museums, and loiter in book stores. I enjoy a good, warm, comforting cup of tea. I do my best thinking while I’m lying awake in bed at 3 a.m. when I’m supposed to be sleeping.
When I think back to where I come from, I remember my mom making Halloween decorations out of construction paper when we couldn’t afford the store bought ones. I remember that she made my sister and me matching blue plaid Easter coats when I was about 6 years old.
I remember my Grandmom Pellegrini ever-so-patiently teaching me how to crochet and read music and taking me to ceramics class with her.
I am an artist and illustrator. I design fabric and quilt & sewing patterns for the quilting industry.
I write and illustrate books featuring creative ideas like quilt patterns, craft projects, and recipes.
I write a blog called The Art of Home where I share lots of my ideas with you. Because home is the perfect place to indulge our creative urges…
Feel free to listen to her interview (it’s not the same as what’s below!)
It was so fun to chat with her in real life. We have never met in person, but I really enjoying chatting with her for the interview! She is so interesting and full of ideas and inspiration and is such a wonderful chatter!
How did you get your start in sewing?
My grandmother was a professional seamstress who worked in a garment factory. My mother sewed a lot of our clothes when we were growing up, so I learned to make doll clothes, etc. When my girls were young, I loved sewing them dresses and matching outfits. However, no one in my family quilted, and it wasn’t until I was an adult that I discovered quilting. I just happened to stumble upon a beginner’s class at a local quilt shop, and instantly fell in love!
What inspires you?
Everything! Shops, gardens, museums, book stores, Pinterest….
Do you have a favorite notion?
I love my QuiltCut2 cutting table, because it really keeps my ruler steady when I cut. I also can’t live without my Dritz UltraFine Glass Head Pins- they are so fine and sharp, they don’t make the fabric “buckle” when you pin layers together.
Quirky Fun little thing about yourself:
When I was a kid, I wanted to be Mary Ingalls from the Little House on the Prairie television show! I thought she was pretty and kind and smart, and I thought it would be really fun to wear dresses every day. And I was always a bit headstrong and I thought that living on the open prairie would be a true adventure!
What’s coming up that we can look forward to?
We are gearing up for the “Maggie’s First Dance” Free Block of the Month! It will start soon and it’s going to be so much fun! The patterns have options for piecing only, and also for machine applique and simple hand embroidery- there are options for everyone! We also have lots of blog hops, prize giveaways, an International Sew Along Day…. It’s really fun and the patterns are completely free. You can find more information here http://jacquelynnesteves.com/maggies-first-dance-block-of-the-month/
Where can you find her?
Bee Sweet – Table Runner & Place Mat Pattern
this pattern is only available to members of the quilt-group. Sign up here for access!
About the project:
I love bees! I just think they are cute, and I love hearing them buzzing around my garden in the summer. I jumped at the chance to make a project with bees, and then I thought about how a honeycomb is made of “hexies.” Hexies are very popular right now, but I’ve heard a lot of people say that they either don’t know how, or don’t like, to make hexies. So I decided to machine applique them instead of doing the traditional EPP (English Paper Piecing.)
You probably already have most, if not everything, you need in your fabric stash to pull this together! Gather up your scraps for the little checkered borders. Then you will need a nice assortment of yellows for the honeycomb hexies.
You will need a lightweight fusible web for the machine applique- I swear by Heat n Bond Light- it holds well and is not too bulky.
You will also need to some thread for the machine applique- I always use Aurifil 50 wt because it comes in a ton of yummy colors, and I think the weight is perfect for machine applique. It works really well for me.
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