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!


Sew Thankful Sunday: July 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

Welcome to the July edition of Sew Thankful Sunday!  Can you believe the year is half way over?  I still have sew much to do!  And there is sew much to be thankful for, too.

(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.  Hexagons are still popular and you’ll love them in these Ultimate Summer Hexie Coasters at the Robert Kaufman blog, The Swatch & Stitch.

summer hexies

Ultimate Summer Hexie Coasters by Diane Gilleland for Robert Kaufman


2.  I love modern and I love dresdens and the two combined make for an awesome Modern Dresden Table Runner at the Nancy Zieman Blog.

Modern Dresden Table Runner by Nancy Zieman

Modern Dresden Table Runner by Nancy Zieman


3.  It’s the year of the mini, and Corey at Little Miss Shabby has a Mini Posies Quilt Block Tutorial that is as sweet as can be!

Mini Posies Quilt block tutorial @ Little Miss Shabby

4.  It’s the season for grilling, and you’ll want to do it in style with this Easy Grilling Apron at the Riley Blake Designs Blog.

Easy Grilling Aprong

5.  Wendy at Ivory Spring has designed a free pattern for Quilting Treasures called Learning is Fun.  I think it would be fun to make too!

learning is fun quilt

Learning Is Fun Quilt designed by Wendy Sheppard


6.  Sew Alongs are quite popular right now, and I love this one from Bethany at Sweet Bee Buzzings for a Toiletry Tote.  It would be perfect to take on a summer vacation!

toiletry pouch

Toiletry Pouch Sew Along @ Sweet Bee Buzzings


7.  Rachel at Stitched in Color has a great free motion quilting tutorial for continuous eights that looks fun to stitch.  I’m going to practice this one soon.

continuous eight fmq

8.  I’ve been making pouches lately and I love how quick they are to make.  Melissa at the Polka Dot Chair has rounded up 40 Zip Pouch Tutorials to inspire you!


9.  If you’re looking for a fun way to practice your FMQ skills, you might want to join Jess at Elven Garden Quilts for her Giant Chevron Free Motion Quilt Along.  She’ll walk you through the lap-size quilt construction and then give you lots of tips for quilting it!

Giant Chevron QAL

10.  Feathers and paper piecing are becoming friends at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Alyce shares her feather block pattern and paper piecing tutorial with some great photos.


11.  Have you seen this Trifle Dish Quilt Along happening at the Moda Bake Shop?  I love the design and several bloggers have been helping build the layers over the past month.  No calories, but lots of satisfaction for this trifle dish!


12.  Another quilt along that has caught my attention is the Flowering Snowball QAL at Molly Flanders Makerie.  I love this design and I just purchased the templates to make the block (or you could make your own).  Mary makes curved piecing seem very simple with her great instructions.

Flowering Snowball Quilt Along

13.  If you need a quick quilt for summer, check out the Summer Slice Quilt Tutorial by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew.  This beginner friendly quilt looks like sew much fun!


14.  Be prepared for a visit from the tooth fairy with this Sail Boat Tooth Fairy Pillow by Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop.  How can you resist making one of these?

sailboat toothfairy pillow

15.  I know there are a lot of English paper piecing (epp) fans out there, and I just saw this beautiful circle block tutorial by Elizabeth at Occasional-Piece Quilt!.  I’m beginning to like circles and curved piecing especially with all of the helpful hints out there!


English paper pieced circle at OPQuilt


16.  Like mother, like daughter for Cristy at Sew Much Like Mom.  She shares the very creative gene pool of her mother, Sharon Schamber and she shares their wonderful quilting tips, too!  Check out this post on Easy Steps to Join Binding Strips.

Easy Binding Steps

17.  I’d like to share a new-to-me blog from down under, Red Brolly.  Bronwyn, the creator/owner of Red Brolly shares recipes, sewing and quilting tips, embroidery and children’s projects to name a few things.  She also has an online quilt shop!  I love this recent tutorial on embroidering the blanket stitch.


18.  Perhaps you struggle with getting perfect points on your hand applique projects.  Me too!  Carrie at A Passion for Applique shares a few “pointers” for her process using the template and starch method.

Perfect Points

Perfect Points Tutorial @ A Passion for Applique


19.  Lindsey at Fort Worth Fabric Studios is always coming up with the cutest projects.  She does not disappoint with this Strawberry Bunting Tutorial.  All I need is that old weathered window frame and some aqua paint!

Strawberry bunting Tutorial

20.  The drunkards path quilt block is a classic that makes some people nervous with its curved piecing.  Rita at Red Pepper Quilts recently shared her progress and tips while making her own.  Just beautiful!

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21.  Here’s a simple and stress free quilt along for you:  The Postcard QAL at A Quilter’s Table.  Join Debbie and friends for some summer fun with this easy quilt block and use up some of your stash at the same time!

Postcard Quilt

Postcard Quilt @ A Quilter’s Table

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That’s everything for this month.  I’m sew thankful for all of the blogs featured, and I appreciate everyone visiting me today.  It’s a great place to share and support the quilting community!

Happy July!


Red, White & Blue Inspiration

Happy 4th of July to those of you in the United States!  I have some red, white & blue inspiration to “fire” you up for the holiday weekend.

This is one of my favorite quilts that you have seen here before.  It was a long overdue finish from last year, Oh My Many Stars:

Oh My Many Stars made by Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

Several years ago I made this table runner as a sample for a class.  I also did a tutorial on How to add a flange to your quilt, using it as my example:

How to add a flange to your quilt @ The Crafty Quilter

I made a patriotic version of a Christmas table runner which was my stop for the Christmas In July Blog Hop that I hosted last year.  This is really easy, especially if you have some mini charm packs in your stash!

Patriotic table runner @ The Crafty Quilter

And here are a few oldies from my Americana phase.  I still love this beautiful Star of Bethlehem quilt:

Americana Star of Bethlehem @ The Crafty Quilter

And this little flag wall hanging is so cute with its simple qpplique:

Americana Flag Wall Hanging @ The Crafty Quilter

I wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July!  I’ll be back on Sunday with the latest Sew Thankful Sunday post.


Blossoms of Hope Quilt Block Tutorial

I am so excited to share with you my new quilt block tutorial, Blossoms of Hope.

Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful ideas for a name!  It was not easy to pick just one, and I loved the theme of “hope” that so many of you suggested.  In the end, I chose Blossoms of Hope which was a compilation of “Hope Blossom” from Lee, “Blooms of Hope” from Jan and “Hope Blooms Eternal” from Lisa Marie.  In appreciation, I will be sending you three a thank you package next week!

Blossoms of Hope Quilt Block Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I created this block as my contribution to the For Pink’s Sake Blog Hop hosted by Anna at Life Sew Crafty.  You can find my turn for the blog hop here.  That quilt block is being sent to Anna to be combined with others for a charity quilt to raise funds for a special breast cancer patient.

New block on fence angled copy


The fabrics I’m using for today’s block are from Emmy Grace by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I love the sweet sophistication of these fabrics.  I’m thinking of making more blocks for a baby quilt for a little girl that will be here any day now.


Emmy Grace Fat Quarter Bundle @ The Intrepid Thread

So let’s get to the tutorial!

Blossoms of Hope Quilt Block,  finished size: 12″

Fabric requirements:

  • Background:  (1) fat quarter
  • Medium (pink):  (1) fat eighth or scraps
  • Dark (magenta):  10″ square or scraps
  • Center (grey floral):  5″ square (more if you’re fussy cutting)

Cutting Instructions:

  • Background:  (2) 2″ x 14 1/2″ rectangles, (3) 5″ squares, (12) 2″ squares
  • Medium:  (1) 2″ x 14 1/2″ rectangle, (2) 5″ squares
  • Dark:  (4) 2″ squares, (1) 5″ square
  • Center:  (1) 3 1/2″ square

cutting specs copy

You will be creating three different units for this block:  rail fence, corner blossom, and square-in-a-square.

Block units labeled Piecing Instructions:

Rail Fence Units:

  1. Stitch together the (2) 2″ x 14 1/2″ background strips to each side of a 2″ x 14 1/2″ medium (pink) strip.  Press seams toward center strip.  rail fence steps
  2. Cut into (4) 3 1/2″ segments.  Your units should measure 3 1/2″ x 5″.

Center Square-in-a-Square Unit:

  1. Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of (4) 2″ background squares.  Place one square on each corner of the 3 1/2″ center square and stitch on the drawn line.  sq in sq steps
  2. Trim seam allowance and press toward corners.  It should measure 3 1/2″ square.

Corner Blossom Units:

  1. Make (8) half square triangle (HST) units from (1) 5″ background square and (1) 5″ dark square, and make (16) HST units from (2) 5″ background squares and (2) 5″ medium squares:  draw an “X” on the wrong side of each background square. With squares right sides together, stitch 1/4″ on each side of the drawn line.
  2. Cut each square in half vertically using the 2 1/2″ line on your ruler as a guide.  Repeat on the horizontal line.
  3. Now cut along the diagonal lines.  HST steps
  4. Press dark/background HST’s toward dark.  Press med/background HST’s toward background.
  5. Trim to 2″ square.  hst trimming
  6. Create corner units by arranging (4) medium HST’s and (2) dark HST’s, (1) 2″ dark square, and (2) 2″ background squares as show below.  tulip pieces close
  7. Stitch pieces into rows.  Press center row towards middle.  Press top/bottom rows towards outside.
  8. Stitch rows together, matching seams.  Press rows to outside.  This unit should measure 5″ square.  Make 4.  Corner blossom steps

Block Assembly:

  1. Arrange rail fence units, corner blossom units and center square-in-a-square unit as shown below:  block units
  2. Matching seams, stitch units together to form a row.  Press the center row towards the outside and the top/bottom rows toward the middle.   block rows with arrows
  3. Stitch rows together.  Press to the outside.  block cropped

Your block should measure 12 1/2″ unfinished.

You can play with the color placement of your fabrics.  The original block that I made had 3 fabrics total.  For this block, I wanted to sneak in this amazing floral fabric, so I used it in the center square unit.

stained glass bright

Now, go play with your fabric stash and make some Blossoms of Hope quilt blocks and then send me a picture!  I would love to see them.

block in sun

I could schedule a “quilt along” using this block as the core of a quilt.  We could make a quilt together and I would walk you through the steps with lots of tips along the way.  And we could each make one extra block for breast cancer fundraising. Does that sound interesting to anyone?  Let me know, and I’ll start planning!

Please note that I haven’t had this pattern tested by anyone but me.  (You’re all my guinea pigs!)  If you find any errors or if something doesn’t make sense, please let me know.  Thanks everyone for joining me, and have a great day!


My quilt block For Pink’s Sake

Welcome to my stop on the For Pink’s Sakes Blog Hop.  As the name suggests, this is a blog hop about breast cancer.   Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that you or someone you know has been affected by this disease.  Did you know that breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women?  Early detection and increased awareness has made a difference.  You can find more information at the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

This blog hop came about because Anna at Life Sew Crafty is trying to raise breast cancer awareness and to raise funds for her mother-in-law, Tina, who has been left with huge medical bills after undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

For Pinks Sake

If you would like to help, you can make a pink quilt block that will be made into a quilt and donated to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI (where Tina received treatments).  You can find block specifications for that here.  You can also donate directly by going to her contribution page.  I’m sure Tina and her family would appreciate any amount you are willing to donate.

For this blog hop, we were asked to make any size quilt block as long as it was made with pink fabric and a white/off white background. I made a 12″ (finished) block that was a lot of fun to create.  It’s made up of mostly squares/rectangles and half-square triangles.

For Pink's Sake Block

I designed this block myself, and I know you all will want to make one too!  I’ll be posting a tutorial with instructions soon, so make sure you come back next week.

For Pink's Sake Quilt Block

In the meantime, what should I call this block?  If you think of something good, leave me a comment.  If I pick your block name, I’ll have a nice surprise (think fabric) for you!

Also, everyone who participates in the blog hop either by contributing to Tina’s medical bills, makes a pink block, or shares the link to the donations page will be entered into a give-away that Anna will be hosting on August 2nd.

If you would like to see more pink blocks, here is a list of participating bloggers.  I’m sure they’d love it if you stopped by!

May 10
May 24
June 7
June 21
July 5
July 19


Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend!