I am so excited about this week’s quilt contest! The theme is Appliqué, a quilting technique that I’ve been exploring in great detail the past year. Any style of appliqué is acceptable for entering the contest. I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful creations.
I had the great pleasure of meeting this week’s sponsor, Jacquelynne Steves, at Spring Quilt Market last year in Minneapolis. Isn’t her booth inspiring? Jacquelynne is guest blogging below and in addition to donating the prize for this week’s contest winner, she’s also doing a give-away on her blog too.
See below for details on how to enter the contest and/or the give-away.
Jacquelynne Steves – The Noble Wife
Happy Monday, everyone! My name is Jacquelynne Steves, and I am the owner/designer for The Noble Wife design company. I design quilt patterns, and punch needle and wool patterns. I also design fabric for Henry Glass Fabrics, which I love doing – it allows me to combine my love of drawing and painting with quilting and sewing. I love pattern, design and color, so this is the perfect job for me!
I have always been what I call a "collector of hobbies." Cross stitch, decorative (tole) painting, crochet, sewing clothes, pottery, scrapbooking, baking, gardening… I have even dabbled in making Pysanky eggs (those really gorgeous, ornate, over-dyed Ukrainian Easter eggs), but I very quickly learned that I didn’t have the patience for that. You name it, and I’ve probably tried it (and I have all of the supplies in my basement to prove it – can anyone else out there relate??) I say that I am a "Jacquelynne of all trades, master of none." So one day while looking at a calendar that I really liked, of course I thought to myself, "I wonder if I could do that?" A trip to the art store for some watercolor paints and a pad of paper, and I was off on my next creative journey. I even had some of my paintings printed into note cards.
Another hobby I love is playing with wool (I adore all of the yummy colors, don’t you??) A few years ago, I was making wool flower pins and donating the money through my favorite charity, World Vision, to buy sheep for poor families. I was selling them at quilt shows as a gift item, and I thought, well, maybe I should have a pattern or two to sell also. I wrote up the pattern for a quilt I had made for my niece, Ladybug Garden, and I’ve been a pattern designer ever since.
Being someone who draws and doodles a lot, I always want to add that element to my sewing designs. Enter appliqué. It seems to be a natural extension for me – a quilt just doesn’t seem quite finished to me until there is some drawn or pictorial element added. Appliqué may be done by hand or by machine. I like both hand and machine appliqué, but because I am a very impatient person, I tend to do mostly machine appliqué – instant gratification, you know! I have gotten quite good at it and can do my stitching pretty quickly – and all it took was a little practice. You can do it, too!
There is a Fusible Machine Appliqué Tutorial [PDF file] on my web site (where you will find such useful tips as this: Don’t let your machine boss you around!) If you haven’t tried it yet, why not get out some scraps and play. I also like the fact that the prep work for fusible appliqué is quite quick – and no edges to turn under! If you haven’t found an appliqué method that you like yet, don’t give up – there are many, many ways to do appliqué, and there is bound to be one that is perfect for you.
Here are a few of my favorite patterns that feature appliqué:
Basket of Posies – I hand appliqued this one, and I just love the colors.
Ladybug Garden – My first quilt pattern! Comes in 2 colorways – and the ladybug and dragonfly wings are dimensional.
Samantha’s Garden – Named for my eldest daughter because it is her favorite. Comes in 2 colorways and 2 different flower appliqué options.
Dress Your Nest Collection – This is the pattern which will be included in the prize for this week’s contest (see below). I have used appliqué to make all kinds of home décor projects – pillows, wall hangings, and a lampshade. You could also use the designs to dress up a jean jacket or a summer skirt – wow! – wouldn’t that be cute???
I am sponsoring 2 giveaways this week. One will be right here at Quilting Gallery – submit a photo of a favorite appliqué project you have done (more info on entering the contest is below). The winner will receive a bundle of Fat Quarters from my Sewing Room Social Fabric line and a free pattern (retail value $53.00). (And even if you don’t have a project to submit – make sure you vote for your favorite starting on Friday!)
The second giveaway will be on my blog at TheNobleWife.blogspot.com. To enter, go to my web site and choose your favorite quilt pattern featuring appliqué, then comment on my blog and tell me what it is. The winner will receive 3 free patterns and a pile of other goodies (retail value $45.00). Winner will be drawn at random, you must comment on my blog by midnight EDT on Sunday April 10th.
You may enter both giveaways. Good luck!
Enter the Contest
Enter the Give-Away
Visit Jacquelynne’s I Love Appliqué Giveaway blog post, follow the rules indicated, and leave a comment there. You must comment by midnight EDT on Sunday April 10.
Do you have an amazing quilting product or an awesome quilt shop you’d like to share with my readers? There are just a few sponsorship dates left for this year. Don’t miss out:
Last Week’s Quilt Contest
Thanks to everyone who entered last week’s Wearables contest. It was great to see all of your creations. Thanks also to everyone that took the time to vote.
Congratulations Cheryl who won with the most votes for her gorgeous quilted jacket:
Congratulations also to Cassie who won the random drawing of a $25 gift certificate. She wrote:
I love Anna Marie Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings. And I agree with you, the Pockets to go Organizer is fun, as well as the debit and credit wallet pattern. OH and the Pinwheels and Playgrounds Car Seat Cover Pattern… so cute! I also love the Henrietta Turtle Pattern and the Effie and Ollie Elephant pattern. The Summertime Baby Book looks like it would have some fun things to make in it as well. I would obviously have a hard time choosing just one… :)
They both won $25 gift certificates from Fat Quarter Shop.
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