Pictures to share and destash update

I hope you don’t mind if I share a few pictures with you that are not about quilting, but I’ll leave with you with a destash update at the end.  Let’s start with the pictures.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Crafty Quilter and I celebrated our 30th anniversary – I know, I can’t possibly be old enough to say that!  We spent it with our kids and their spouses/fiances in the California Sierra mountains along the Feather River.

feather river

We stayed in rustic cabins (no more tents for me) and had a blast!  It was beautiful and awesome to be all together for six days.


group photo

John & Nicole, Steven & Kelly, Jon, Sara, Allen & Julie

One of the nights, the kids cooked us dinner and made a cake to celebrate our anniversary.  Not bad for cabin cooking!

me dad and cake

This next picture is our four kids jumping for joy because they love us so they’re so happy to be together in their favorite spot.

Our kids jumping for joy

Kelly, Jon, Nicole & Sara (in age order, coincidentally)


I was happy to see this little barn quilt on the side of one of the cabins.  It’s becoming trendy up here!

Barn quilt on cabin @ Camp Laymans


Here’s our dog, Cooper, all tired out from a full day of romping:

Cooper snuggling on a vintage pillow case

Anyone recognize that pillowcase he’s sleeping on?  Definitely vintage and it brings back memories from my childhood.  It’s the reason I own the fat quarter collection of “Dreamin’ Vintage” by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics.

dreamin vintage2


And that leads me to my DESTASHING PROJECT!  On Monday, September 1st, 7 a.m. (California time) I will post fabric bundles for sale.  I currently have 20 bundles of fabric that I have put together and they each contain about 4 yards of fabric.  I’m also including a pattern with each package.  The cost will be $20 each and that includes priority shipping.  I’m still looking into shipping to Canada – if I do, the price will reflect a higher shipping rate.

I will show a picture of each bundle and it will be labeled as A,B, C, etc.  If you want it, you will need to leave a comment indicating which one and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice.  It will be first come, first serve.


Most of these bundles are traditional-style fabrics and all of them are 100% cotton, quality quilting fabric.  I have a lot of fall colors, so the timing is perfect.  There’s a very good chance that I will have a destash #2 after this first one is finished.  I’m finding all kinds of goodies in my sewing room that need a new home!

We’ll see if I’m brave enough to show a “before” picture of my sewing room.  Thanks for everyone’s encouragement and I hope you’re having a great week!


It’s a Wrap!

I finished the final video taping of The Quilt Show’s block of the month, A-Z for Ewe and Me, designed by Janet Stone, on Friday.  It’s a wrap, and it feels so good to have it completed!

Here is a picture of me in Alex Anderson’s home studio; she is the one holding the camera!

Julie video 640

She is so gracious and made me feel very comfortable (which was soooo appreciated).  Hopefully, I’ll be working more with the TQS gang in the future.

I made this monogrammed mini quilt as a sample for the last video I did.  It’s a great example of how you can take a piece from a quilt and change into a completely different project.

MK Mini copy

This was originally part of the “F” block from the BOM quilt. I added another row of flying geese and widened the center to fit the letters “MK”.  It will be a “thank you” gift for a friend once I get the binding finished.

My F Block


Now that this BOM is over (for me), I get to work on some of my own projects.  I’m hoping to add a few tutorials for you all in September, but first I have to clean my sewing room!  Holy cow, what a mess!

As part of this clean up, I’ll be doing some destashing.  I’m thinking of putting some fabric bundles together and offering them to my blog readers (at a great price). If that sounds good to you, let me know!  I hope you have a great week.



A Few Updates

I feel like I have been a little absent from the blogging community this summer, so I’d like to give you a few updates.  I’m busy getting ready for the next set of videos for The Quilt Show’s BOM for 2014.  I have really enjoyed making this alphabet sampler, but I’ll be glad when the “pressure” is off.  I can’t wait to show you my finished quilt!

Mr. Crafty Quilter has been keeping me busy with fun things to do, but also, recently, with (his) rotator cuff surgery.  He’s an active guy so I’m trying to keep him out of trouble and on the road to recovery!  Plus we’re celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this month, and we have all four of our children going on a 6-day camping trip with us in the Sierra mountains.  I have to confess that camping for me is really more like staying in a rustic cabin with running water and a stove!  We leave on Sunday, and I’ll share pictures when I get back.

I also wanted to let you know about a few sales going on this weekend.  First of all, don’t miss Craftsy‘s Dog Days of Summer Sale happening now! Enjoy up to 50% off ALL online classes! I’ve seen quite a few NEW quilting classes recently that I would love to try.  Take advantage of big savings today. This offer expires August 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT.



Also starting this weekend, the Fat Quarter Shop is offering 20% OFF ALL RILEY BLAKE FABRICS  with coupon code:  RILEY.  This sale starts Friday, August 8 and continues until Thursday August 14th at 11:59 PM CST.


If you have wanted to make a t-shirt quilt, now is your chance!  My friend Diane Gilleland is teaching a free online class on CreativeLive about how to turn your old t-shirts into a fantastic keepsake.  You should join her!  For more information, check out:


T-Shirt Quilting with Diane Gilleland @ CreativeLive


And, I wanted to let you know about a special offer from The Quilt Pattern Magazine.  They are inviting all email newsletter subscribers to join them for their In The Beginning BOM.  No subscription is necessary; the pattern is free. You can sign up here:


In The Beginning BOM @ Quilt Pattern Magazine


There are lots of great things happening this month online for the quilting community.  I hope you get a chance to take advantage of some of them!

I’ll be back in a few weeks with some pictures from our vacation and hopefully some quilt projects!




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Sew Thankful Sunday: August 2014

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

Sew Thankful Button

Hey everyone!  I hope you’re having a great summer so far.  I can’t believe it’s August already.  I had so many good intentions for getting some projects finished, but the craziness of life keeps getting in the way.  Fortunately, there are many other bloggers that have been busy with fresh ideas and awesome tutorials to share with you, so let’s get started!

(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1.  The girls at Clover & Violet and Sew Lux Fabric have teamed up to bring you The Summer Breeze Mini Medallion Series.  With a leisurely pace and a small project, you can’t help but join them in the fun!  It starts off with this center block:

SewLux-SummerBreeze-medallion @ Clover & Violet

Summer Breeze Mini Medallion Series by Sew Lux Fabric @ Clover & Violet


2.  If you’re a quilter, you’re constantly striving to get that perfect 1/4″ seam allowance.  Anita at Bloomin’ Workshop has a few pointers to help you in her Piecing 101 Series.  I appreciated her mention of feed dogs and how they can help or hinder your efforts.

Quarter Inch seams @ Bloomin' Workshop

3.  You might not think of Elmer’s School Glue when you think of quilting, but Cristy at Sew Much Like Mom will have you thinking again!  She gives you great tips and examples of how using glue instead of pins can help improve your accuracy in quilting.  After reading her post, I’m a believer!

Glue Basting Tips @ Sew Much Like Mom

Glue Basting Tips & Tricks by Sew Much Like Mom


4.  I’m a huge fan of the Superior Threads company and their products.  They are very quilter-friendly, and they have a great website that is designed to educate (among other things).  In their recent newsletter, they shared a great Q&A for quilters that will give you lots of “ah hah” moments.

Superior Threads Newletter

5.  Whether you’ve made a few quilts or a hundred, at some point you’re going to have to store them.  Check out Red Brolly and her 8 Tips For Storing Your Quilts.  She has lots of great suggestions!


6.  Are you looking for a summer tote bag to make?  Check out the Calypso Tote designed by Bethany at Sweet Bee Buzzings for Inspired by Fabric.

Calypso Tote Bag

7.  I am seeing quite a few English paper piecing tutorials, and I love how comprehensive this one is by Jessie at Messy Jesse.  This is part of a series that just started in July.

English Paper Piecing Basics @ Messy Jesse

English Paper Piecing Basics @ Messy Jesse


8.  I always appreciate a good tip, and Geta of Geta’s Quilting Studio has a good one for all of you bag makers out there.  I love how she makes the interior pockets of her bags and she has great patterns, too!

interior pocket tip

9.  I love this GenX Aztec Baby Quilt from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  She gives you the full details on her blog so you can make one too!

Gen X Baby Quilt

GenX Aztec Baby Quilt at Sew Fresh Quilts


10.  Here’s a very pretty Laptop Bag Tutorial by Rebecca of Our Busy Little Bunch for Bear Creek Quilting Company.  Functional, practical and cute all in one!


Laptop Bag Tutorial by Rebecca at Our Busy Little Bunch for Bear Creek Quilting Company


11.  Have you seen projects made with Quilt As You Go fabric panels and wondered, “how did they do that?”  Caroline at Sew Can She has a fabulous tutorial that takes you through every step with great pictures and instructions.  It’s on my bucket list!

Quilt as you go

Quilt As You Go Fabric Tutorial @ Sew Can She


Last month, there were lots of Christmas in July happenings, and I’d like to give you a recap of what I saw:

12.  These free printable Christmas gift tags from Stitch This, the blog of Martingale Publishers, are perfect for handmade gifts:



13.  Here’s a roundup of Christmas in July projects from the archives at the Moda Bake Shop that are sew cute!


14. The Sweet Scandinavian Sew Along has just started at Little Bits of This & That and will continue until August 28.  This sew along requires Sherri Fall’s book, Holly Jolly, which is loaded with adorable Christmas projects.

Scandinavian Sew Along

15.  Christmas in July has just ended at Fort Worth Fabric Studios but you can still be a part of the giveaways and free projects/tutorials if you hurry!

FWFS Christmas in July

Here are some of the tutorials from guest contributors at Fort Worth Fabric Studio:

Check out these Patchwork Pocket Placemats from Melissa at My Fabric Relish:

Patchwork Pocket Placemats

And this quick and easy table topper by Paula at The Sassy Quilter:


Also this Boxing Day Block Tutorial by Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts:

Boxing Day Tutorial

16.  Here’s another great Christmas in July series from Sew Lux Fabric.


They, along with some guest bloggers, have made up some really beautiful holiday projects.  You must see them all, and most recently, they shared this Snowy Stars Table Runner:


And that’s a wrap!  I’m so glad you joined me today and thank you to everyone who was featured.  I hope you are as inspired as I am!


WiP Wednesday

Sometimes it’s the little things that count.  I have to keep repeating that mantra, since I don’t have anything BIG to show you, but I have been busy!

I participated in my second ever online swap, with Schnitzel & Boo’s mini quilt swap.  I think I had the best swap partner ever, because I got the greatest mini quilt in the mail!  This quilt was made by Sarah Oviatt and I love it.  I gave her lots of clues as to my favorite colors and style.

Mini Quilt by Sarah Oviatt for Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap

Mini Quilt made by Sarah Oviatt

Those mini churn dashes are so sweet and I love the paper pieced center star.  Not bad on the quilting part either!

Mini Quilt made by Sarah Oviatt

And here’s the back with the very important quilt label:

Mini quilt back

Plus, she included lots of extras, too!  Fingernail polish, note cards, a Hawaiian quilt book and a card.  There is one thing missing from the picture, and that would be the chocolate!  The quilt mouse must have eaten it.

mini swap contents received copy

For my partner, I made a paper-pieced, rainbow-inspired sun with her initial appliqued in the center:

Mini Quilt made by Julie Cefalu for Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap

I had so much fun making this, that I would like to make another one to keep for myself!  The quilting was done with straight lines echoed around the center triangles and pebble quilting around the applique.

Mini Quilt by Julie Cefalu

Here are the extras that I added to the package:  dark chocolate (of course), a charm pack of Joel Dewberry fabric, a zipper pouch (love this pattern, Bridget’s Bagettes by Atkinson Designs), a Frixion pen and a small ruler (both perfect for marking diagonal lines).

mini swap sent copy

And let’s not forget the cute card:

Let's Create Card by Julie Cefalu

It was just as much fun (if not more) putting this package together as it was receiving mine.  I’m sure I’ll be participating in more swaps in the future, and I’ll try to let you know ahead of time so you can join in too.

I got caught up on my BOM’s for July and (June).  Here are two from the Classic Meets Modern Quilt Along at Sew at Home Mummy:

Classic Modern Block 7 by Julie Cefalu

class modern block 6  made by Julie Cefalu

Here’s all seven of them on my design wall:

class modern design wall

And my TQS blocks for A-Z for Ewe and Me are finished for this month:

Letter N of TQS BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

Letter O of TQS BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

Letter P of TQS BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

Letter R of TQS BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

Letters N thru R of TQS BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

Here’s what I have so far:

a thru r blocks 2 copy

That’s it for now.  I’m preparing for the next set of videos that I’ll be doing in August for The Quilt Show.  That usually keeps me out of trouble for a while!  I hope you’re enjoying your day!  Happy Quilting!