January UFO giveaway winner

Hey everyone!  Just a quick announcement of the giveaway winner of January’s UFO challenge.  Out of 58 entries, the True Random Number Generator chose #55.  Congratulations to Karla at My Sewful Retirement who finished her Paper Hearts quilt plus a few pillows, too.

Paper Hearts by Karla

Paper Hearts Quilt by Karla @ My Sewful Retirement


I’ll be sending you a Moda Frivols very soon!  Thanks to everyone who participated in January.  It looks like it was a productive month!

Moda Frivols prize for giveaway winner


Have you started on your UFO project for February?  I haven’t touched mine yet, but I still have 20 days left in the month.  I hope your week is off to a good start!


Sew Thankful Sunday, February 2016

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”.  I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others.  I try to do that once a month for my Sew Thankful Sunday posts.  I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site.  If your blog has been mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers.}

Sew Thankful Button

February is one of my favorite months; I love anything with hearts!  This month’s list of “things to be thankful for” has a Valentine theme to it.  You’ll also find many block of the month programs showcased today.  It’s not too late to join a BOM program or to whip up a little heart project!

(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.  This True Love mini quilt from Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations is just adorable.  It’s representative of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club (which starts March 1st) that she hosts, and this particular pattern is free for everyone.
True Love Mini Quilt

True Love Mini Quilt by Megan Pitz @ Canoe Ridge Creations


2.  Pillows are always fun to decorate with and I love this Valentine Pillow by Lindsey at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  She has a free tutorial so you can make one too.

Valentine Pillow @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio


3.  I love this Encircled Love Table Topper from Laura at Kittens & Threads.  The circle design is a perfect accent for any table.



4.  You can’t forget the sweet treats when it comes to Valentine’s Day!  Check out these Strawberry Cobbler Bars from Hoosier Homemade.  I’m trying these out tomorrow (seriously).



5.  This I Heart You mini quilt is a free pattern from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew.  It’s the cutest thing ever!  It would make a great companion (pillow maybe?) to Allison’s tutorial from last year, Simple Hearts, which I just finished!

I heart you mini quilt

I Heart You Mini Quilt by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew


6.  These Valentine Gift Tags from Amy at Nana Company are as sweet as can be.  You can download the pdf and have yourself some adorable gift tags in no time.  Amy used her new fabric line, Paperie, as the inspiration.  I think I need some Paperie fabric to go with my gift tags!

Valentine Gift Tags Paperie

Valentine Gift Tags @ Nana Company


7.  I’m really excited about the Splendid Sampler Sew Along which starts on Feb. 14 and will continue for a year.  Hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, this sew along will introduce two 6″ blocks every week, for a total of 100 blocks!  It will include a variety of techniques from pieced, to applique, to embroidery, to English Paper Piecing (EPP) and Paper piecing.  This is a free program; sign up today!




8.  Another block of the month program that starts in February is the In Our Garden Blog Hop hosted by Sew Incredibly Crazy.  Each month you will get instructions for two blocks; one that is appliqued and one that is pieced.  You should see the February blocks – they’re adorable!

In Our Garden Blog Hop


9.  If you’re looking for something different, check out this Seminole Sampler BOM from Morning Glory Designs.  Each month you will receive instructions for constructing a Seminole Patchwork row.  I love the bright colors and layout of this one!

Seminole BOM from Morning Glory Designs

Seminole Sampler BOM from Morning Glory Designs


10.  For those of you that enjoy hand embroidery, you’ll appreciate the Gentle Domesticity BOM from Jenny of Elefantz.  Jenny has designed these blocks to celebrate the home-maker, and I think she does is it with beautiful, feminine charm.   The patterns are free during the month of their release.  After that, they can be purchased for a nominal fee.

ELEFANTZ gentle domesticity BOM block 1 jan 2015


11.  Here’s something for those of you that enjoy paper piecing.  Marianne at Adventurous Quilter has designed the Adventurous Stars BOM which will include 7″ paper pieced blocks that you can download for free.  This looks like it will be a striking quilt when it’s all done!

Adventurous Stars 2016 BOM image


12.  Do you enjoy a good mystery?  When you pair it with quilting, you’ll get the Beguiling 2016 Mystery Quilt Along at Cora’s Quilts.  It starts February 26 and by the end of July, you’ll have all of the instructions for a beautiful 80″ square quilt.



Isn’t that a great list of things to be thankful for?  It was so fun finding all of these treasures to share with you!  Thank you to everyone featured today; you’ve got big hearts ♥!

For those of you in the States, enjoy the Super Bowl today.  I live 15 minutes from Levi Stadium (near San Francisco), so I’m staying clear of the mayhem.  Maybe I’ll start a Valentine project or get ready for my BOM while I watch it from home.  Either way, I can’t go wrong if I stick to something from this list!


February UFO project and other things

Are you ready to tackle a “new” UFO project this month?  The good news is you get one extra day this February since it’s a leap year!  I wish there was an extra day each week just for quilting and crafting.  In my perfect world I would live long enough to use up all of my stash and finish all of my UFO’s!  I might as well be 20 pounds lighter, too. 😉

I look forward to the beginning of each month with anticipation because I get to find out which UFO I’ll be working on.  Since my method of selection is based on the APQ UFO Challenge, each month is a surprise because they randomly pick a number (1-12) and that’s the one on my list that I’ll work on.  The number 5 was chosen for February and that means I’ll be quilting my Snow Flower quilt.

APQ 2016 Feb checked


I started this quilt in 2009(?).  It was the first kit I’d ever bought and it sat on the shelf for a year before I opened it up.  Talk about overdue!  Some of the quilting is done but I’d like to add a feathered border and something in the pieced squares.

Feb UFO full copy

Feb UFO copy


I’m still in the mindset of done is better than perfect.  We’ll see how kind this month is to me in terms of UFO time.

What UFO project are you working on this month?  You still have until Feb. 6 to link up your January finish here.  So far, you guys have been busy getting things done!  I love it!

I will have another link-up at the end of this month to keep you motivated.  And there will be at least one prize winner selected from the participants that enter.

We’re doing a block of the month at the quilt shop I work at, The Granary, and we’re using the book Farm Girl Vintage as our pattern.  We’re making a sample to hang in the shop with the silo barn blocks and it’s almost done.  Don’t you love the Hazel fabric by Allison Harris for Windham Fabrics?

silo barn blocks copy


Working in a quilt shop is fun, and it comes with an occasional side benefit.  Yesterday I received this adorable pincushion from my coworker, Candy.  It was such a nice surprise!  The pattern is called Pincushion Panache by Oceanlake Design.

blue pin cushion copy


I’m busy researching blog logos and custom themes for The Crafty Quilter.  Hopefully I’ll have a pretty site to click on soon!

Happy Wednesday!


January UFO completion and linkup

Today is the last day of January, and hopefully, you have a UFO finish to show me. You’ll find a link-up at the end of this post so you can add your project and be entered into this month’s giveaway.

Goodbye UFO's Linky @ The Crafty Quilter; giveaways each month of 2016


If you’re new to the UFO concept, let me help demystify it for you. UFO in the context of this post means “unfinished object”. Many of us makers have a talent for starting new projects before finishing the last one. I have such a talent for it that I’ve challenged myself to finish one UFO each month in 2016. I’m inviting you to play along with me.

At the beginning of each month, I’ll tell you what project I’ve decided to finish. I’m using the 2016 UFO Challenge at All People Quilt to determine which UFO I’m going to work on. They pick a number each month that corresponds to a numbered list of UFO’s that I’ve made. January’s number was 2. You can pick your project any way you want. This is just what I’m doing. I like the element of surprise and that I’ve made a list that I get to cross things off of.

On the last day of each month, I’ll show you my finished project and have the link-up available so we can see what you’ve completed that month, too. For a little extra motivation, I’m having a giveaway for one prize each month!

I have been working hard to get my Simple Hearts Quilt finished (tutorial can be found here), and I’m happy to say that I’ve got it done! I may have spent more time on the quilting, and I still might go back and add more. But it’s finished. And it’s cute. And I like it.

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter



I used a stencil in every other open square and echo quilted around it.

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter



I added some straight line quilting along the side-triangles and attempted a heart ribbon design along the outer border. You can find a great tutorial on how to free motion quilt the heart ribbon at The Inbox Jaunt.

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter


I added some sparkle to the pieced hearts with my favorite, Sliver thread from Sulky. It’s iridescent and gives the perfect shimmer to the hearts.

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter

Simple Heart Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, @The Crafty Quilter


Now it’s your turn! If you have a quilt or other sewing project that you finished in January, add a picture of it to the link up.

Link-up Rules:

  • You may add up to 2 finished projects.
  • One image per finished project.
  • Project must be sewing or quilting related.
  • The link-up will be open until February 6, at midnight, PST.
  • The giveaway is open to USA or Canada only, however, anyone can join the link-up. If a winner is chosen that is international, then another number will be picked until it meets the criteria.
  • Winner will be drawn at random on February 7, 2016.

Thanks for joining me!


Another January UFO update and testing

I just spent the last 4 hours in a panic as I stared at a blank, white screen that should have been my blog. I couldn’t even log onto my WordPress dashboard so I was completely helpless. After spending an hour on the phone with my web host (who always fixes things for me) they told me they couldn’t do anything and it was a WordPress issue. Well, WordPress has no phone contact or live support. Just a support forum. Panic ensued. After many frustrating hours, I hired someone from Codeable and they fixed my problem in 20 minutes. It was well worth the $59 I paid (although I’m sure I still have more gray hairs on my head from this morning’s technological problems).  As a matter of fact, if you ever have a problem with your WordPress sight, I highly recommend Codeable.  It was a live chat with someone in Russia, I believe.  And it worked.  I’m still in disbelief!

It turns out that I was running an outdated WordPress theme, so he switched me over to the default theme. If you visit my blog now, it will look a little different than it used to. I’ve wanted to update my blog for a while and now it’s a #1 priority. I’ll be working on that this week.

As it turns out, I scheduled my January UFO completion and linkup post to be published at midnight, last night. Because of the problem with my theme, it didn’t get sent to my subscribers. So, I’m going to republish that post today. I apologize for the inconvenience. I hope it’s smooth sailing from here on out!

I can’t end this without a pretty picture, so here is my finished project for January. You’ll see more pictures soon!

heart quilt on house 2 copy