I Love Home-Block One and a Giveaway!


Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneGood Afternoon, Quilters!

Welcome to all the quilters joining us from the I Love Home blog hop!

Today is the first day of the Jacquelynne Steves Block of the month project.  There are eight quilters participating–a great chance to see one quilt completed eight different ways as well as an opportunity to meet 8 new bloggers!  WIN-WIN!

Speaking of WIN–each month YOU will have an opportunity to win great prizes by visiting new websites.

All of the patterns are offered at Jacquelyn’s’ website FREE!  Just sign up at The Art of Home HERE.


When you sign up you will receive the pattern for Block One today.  (The other blocks will be available FREE each month).

https://jacquelynnesteves.comAs you can see, I changed the color way.  I used a medium blue fabric in the center because I plan to machine quilt (with a Aurifil 28wt cotton thread) the motifs in the center of each block– (most quilters are appliquéing the houses in the center).

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneAURIFIL THREAD GIVEAWAY

Aurifil Thread is sponsoring the  Block One giveaway!  Thank you, Aurifil! Aurifil 50wt cotton is the perfect thread to use in both the bobbin and on top when piecing this lovely quilt.  When we begin quilting it, my choice is 28wt cotton by Aurifil–the heavier weight shows our quilted line better!

Win one of the thread collections by leaving a comment at an of the designers who are participating in the blog hop.  YOU have eight chances to win!  You must leave a comment by August 14!

Aurifil Thread GiveawayA FEW TIPS

Time Saving Techniques

The center of the four blocks are all the same, so it will save time if you stitch four at once.
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OneThe corner squares are all the same as well--so stitch all 16!
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block OnePIECING TIPS


I always piece with Aurifil 50 wt in both the top and the bobbin.  We will use the heavier weight-Aurifil (28wt) cotton when we begin machine quilting. (More on that to come)

Machine Set-up

For best piecing technique, be sure to use a single hole throat plate.  The smaller hole helps support the fabric from below and the needle can pierce the fabric more readily–less jamming and better stitch formation.

A Favorite Tool

Have your stiletto handy–it really helps feed the pieces through the machine–especially as you feed each new piece under the presser foot.

Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block One

When you’re done, give the block a quick pressing and admire your work!
Jacquelynne Steeves, I Love Home, Block One
Be sure to check back frequently-

We will be doodling some options for the center block quilting–to make our quilts look like HOME!

Happy Homemaking!


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471 thoughts on “I Love Home-Block One and a Giveaway!

  1. I love that you’ve got a head start already! Great idea of getting all the similar things done at once. I think I’ll do that!!!

  2. I’m presently working on a hand applique project called Crazy Cats. Its so much fun and I’m loving doing it. P.S. Sure could use the threads.

  3. I like your tip on using a single hole throat plate! I just recently started doing it and I no longer have an issue of my fabric going down the hole when I begin a seam. Works much better! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I enjoyed seeing your blocks. It’s so wonderful how each person does theirs so different from the rest.

  5. Hola! I luv to hand applique. Sew easy to put in a bag and take along when going to appointments, meetings, etc.

  6. Great tips! Thank you. And thank you for the great giveaway. I could use the thread for hand or machine applique, though hand applique is my favorite method.

  7. I was glad to get your tips. I always have problems picking out the types of threads needed for my projects.

  8. Interesting tips–my 8 year old granddaughter is learning beginning sewing with some squares to practice learning seam allowances.

  9. Hi, I like your tips. I’m also a fan of chain stitching and doing all the same pieces in one go. I think it saves a lot of time.

  10. Lori, I came, I saw, I got lost in the beauty of your other books and designs, spent quite a spell looking everything over! I’d love to win some Aurifil thread, too.

  11. Helle Lori,
    great to see your contributions to Jaquelynne’s BOM, I love your work so can’t wait to see what you do. I think I will do a mixture of applique and embroidery, must confess haven’t even given quilting a thought yet. But I have lots of motifs I can call on when the time comes.

  12. Interesting — I was going to try to machine embroidery the center — still working on the digitizing.

  13. I am super curious to see your design for the house!!! Looking great so far, love those bright colours!!

  14. My favorite appliqué technique.is by machine both raw edge and turned. Thank for the chance to win some GREAT tread.

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