Marbled Hexies Fleece Blanket

Marbled Hexies Fleece Blanket ; Custom Zazzle {an Art School Dropout's life}

Last year I had shared my first custom fleece blanket from Zazzle, as seen here, and we have been in love with it since. It washed up so well and still is as great looking and fluffy as ever.

So of course when they had yet another huge fleece sale, I just HAD to snag myself one. This time I used my new Various Marbled Hexies design on a much larger blanket. It’s perfection and looks great folded up on my couch. I am now officially obsessed with custom products. Seriously. Wait until i get good photos of the custom towel I also have made!! CRAZY!

Marbled Hexies Fleece Blanket ; Custom Zazzle {an Art School Dropout's life}If you are interested in this, or any of my other designs, then head on over to Zazzle to snag one!


Janome Memory Craft 9400 QCP Review, Tips & Tricks

A few months back I was approached by the kind people at Janome and asked if I would like to borrow one of their new machines and give a review. I’ve only sewn on a Janome twice in my life, once was at Glamp Stitch-A-Lot last year and then when I help my daughter with her Sew Mini machine. Both times were good experiences, so I said why not.

Janome Memory Craft 9400 Review, Tips, Tricks and Zipper Pouch Assembly {an Art School Dropout's life}I was expecting them to send a nice machine, but what I got was just pure amazing!

Say hello to the Janome Memory Craft 9400 QCP. It’s loaded with so many bells and whistles that I didn’t even know where to start with this review. I have a lot to say, so strap in for the long haul. Oh, and if you stick around to the end I’ll tell you how I pieced that pouch shown above…

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Another Year, Another Anniversary!


It just sounds crazier every year! Art School Dropout is 13?!! My business is now a true teenager. It had a rough patch there during puberty, but I think we are on the right path again. I have a giveaway planned for later in the month, but for now I’m having a teeny tiny sale…


40% off all patterns in the Etsy pattern shop! Just use coupon code “ASD13” during checkout to get the discount.

Make sure to check back in two weeks for the giveaway I mentioned! I wish i could have hosted it sooner, but I’ve been working my butt off prepping for my trip to Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City this week. If any of you remember the horror story from last year, please wish me all the luck for this year! I am staying four extra days this time around, so expect a few blog posts all about my trip when I get back.

My teenage business and I are very excited!

Bust Your Scrap Fabric Stash with a Half-Square Triangle Quilt for Sizzix!

Bust Your Scrap Fabric Stash with a Half-Square Triangle Quilt for Sizzix! by Jessee {an Art School Dropout's life}

Today on the Sizzix blog I share a step by step tutorial on how I pieced this super scrap fabric busting half-square triangle quilt. There’s loads of photos and illustrations, plus I timed most of the process. Also, it was my absolute first custom quilt on my new longarm!! (which I now realize I never blogged about, I need to get on that!)

Bust Your Scrap Fabric Stash with a Half-Square Triangle Quilt for Sizzix! by Jessee {an Art School Dropout's life}

So head on over to read the full blog post.

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Trick or Treat Mini Quilt Swap: How to Make a Square Mosaic for Instagram

I love swaps, and I like talking about it, A LOT!

So of course when a certain friend of mine who really loves Halloween suggested I host a Halloween swap, I said “GREAT IDEA!”

#trickortreatminiquiltswap / Jessee Maloney {an Art School Dropout's life}

We called it the Trick or Treat Mini Quilt Swap, and had around 108 participants sign up in only 12 hours! Crazy, right? I had to turn off the submission form because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself the first time hosting one of these.

Something different I tried out with this swap was taking on brand new swappers! I thought everyone should have a chance to do a swap, and I didn’t mind helping everyone along.

That brings me to today’s tutorial. It’s a bit different than most of my sewing tutorials, since there isn’t any sewing involved, but I promise it’s useful!

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