Featured Designer: Jacquelynne Steves
How did you get into quilting?
My kids were still small, and I was out shopping with a friend. We wandered into a little quilt shop, and saw that they were giving a beginner’s class for a small square quilt called “One Big Star”. We decided to do it as a way to get out of the house once a week! So what began as a strictly social outing turned into a hobby, and then a business. The little shop has since closed, but the fabric obsession remains! The cat has pulled out most of the stitching – but my first quilt is still in my family room, I still love the fabrics in it.
How/when/why did you transition from a quilter to a designer?
From my very first class, I was tweaking and changing designs. It didn’t take long for me to start designing my own quilts for my kids, nieces and nephews. I was making wool pins at the time and selling them at quilt shows as a gift item, and I decided that I would try to write out some of my designs into patterns and sell them at the quilt shows. Then a couple of years later, I went to Quilt Market, and was approached by someone from Henry Glass Fabrics and they asked if I was interested in designing fabric. My answer was a resounding YES!
Which quilt is your favourite? Did you design it? Why is it your favourite?
Spring Fling holds a special place in my heart because it was the first quilt I designed using my first fabric line, Sewing Room Social.
How many UFOs do you currently have? I cannot even begin to count…
What size of quilt do you prefer to make/design? Table toppers, because they are small enough that they don’t take too long but big enough that I still can count them as a quilt.
What colour do you use most often in your quilts? Red.
Favourite one-sentence tip for a new quilter: Take your time and enjoy the process.
Favourite quote or mantra: Faith is believing that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand on, or that you will be taught to fly. Patrick Overton
Block Party #30 – Autumn Jewel Box
Here’s Jacquelynne’s block, Autumn Jewel Box. It’s another great block to use up some scraps. Head over to her blog to download the tutorial.
See the previous free quilt blocks!
Jacquelynne has two prizes to give away! Both prizes will include fabric from her Fruitful Hands fabric line by, along with a pattern assortment OR an autographed copy of Jacquelynne’s book, Fruitful Hands. The retail value for each of the prizes is $40-$50. Head over to her blog to enter the give-aways.