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: http://cr8.lv/UQMrUA.


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:  http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/SignUp.html


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!}

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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!

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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!


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!}

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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.

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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.