Black Friday sales

Are you ready for some Black Friday sales?  Here are just a few:

You can start your shopping with the Fat Quarter Shop. They have 25% OFF all orders from Friday, November 27 until Saturday, November 28 at Midnight CST. Excludes purchases of gift cards.  No code necessary.



C&T Publishing has 30% off everything in stock!

CTPub black friday


Pile O’ Fabric is offering 30% off all fabric, patterns and notions!

Pile O Fabric sale


The Intrepid Thread has 30% off everything, even clearance items, (except pre-orders).  Use the coupon code BLASTFRIDAY until Midnight Eastern US time Saturday night 11/28.

intrepid thread black friday


Don’t forget about the great deals at Craftsy!  Up to 75% OFF craft supplies & project kits. ALL online classes on sale for $19.99 or less per class!


Have fun shopping!


Thanksgiving happenings

Today is a busy day of preparation at the Cefalu house.  We will be hosting Thanksgiving for our family, so today I try to get as much prep work done as possible.  Pies are baking, cranberry sauce is made and last minute shopping is done.

We have our daughter, her husband and grandbaby Amelia staying with us all week – we love having a baby in the house.  At four month’s old, she’s starting to chat (telling everybody what to do already)!  Mr. Crafty Quilter is a bit of a baby hog, but when it’s time for cuddling, grandma gets the prize.

sharing amelia


I made Amelia two stuffed elephants, one large and one small, using this free tutorial from Birch Fabrics.  The small one is just her size and the trunk is perfect for chewing.

big elephantamelia and elephant in mouth


I haven’t had much time in the sewing room this week, but I did finish this quilt top that has been a UFO for over 8 years.  I still love this mixture of Kaffe Fassett and cinnamon solids.  My son Jon was a good sport and agreed to be the quilt model.  It’s a perfect fall day here in Northern California for picture taking.

jon and kaffe quilt


I completely stay away from the Black Friday madness that follows Thanksgiving.  Fortunately, there are a few ways to get my shopping fix without leaving the comfort of my home.

It’s worth checking out these deals for supplies at Craftsy.  Plus it’s a great time to try a new class at Craftsy, too




You can also find some great deals on books, magazines, patterns and kits at Interweave.  Save 50% Storewide at Interweave!



How about you?  Are you celebrating Thanksgiving?  Going shopping this weekend?  Where ever you are and whatever you do, I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

happy thanksgiving


Virtual Trunk Show

Are you ready for a virtual trunk show of quilts?  This brilliant idea comes from Soma at Whims and Fancies.  She’s hosting a Virtual Trunk Full of Quilts and I thought I would jump on board.  There is no judging at this show, just appreciate of quilts past and present.


I’ve picked seven of my favorite quilts to show you.  They range in size from mini to full.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll recognize most of them.

I made this rainbow mini quilt for an Instagram swap earlier this year.  It’s my own design, and it’s one of my favorites.

Rainbow Mini Quilt made by Julie Cefalu


This is my Classic Meets Modern BOM that I finished last year.  Actually, I still need to stitch the binding down!

Classic Meets Modern Quilt made by Julie Cefalu


This next one, Watch Out For Those Geese, was designed for the Jaftex 85th Anniversary blog hop.  (The picture below shows the quilt top only, but it’s completely finished.  I just don’t have any good pictures of the finished quilt.) I’m obviously going through a rainbow phase!  You can find the mini version, along with the tutorial here.

Watch Out for Those Geese made by Julie Cefalu


I finished this red, white & blue quilt, Oh My Many Stars, back in 2013 and it’s a classic that I will never get tired of.

Oh my many stars quilt made by Julie Cefalu


I’ll be bringing out my Quilty Christmas quilt soon to decorate for the holidays.  This was an Instagram sew along last year from Lori Holt at Bee in My Bonnet.

Quilty Christmas Quilt made by Julie Cefalu


Another holiday favorite from last year is my little Nordic Mini Quilt.  The tutorial is still available if you want to make your own!

Nordic Mini Quilt by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


Another mini quilt that I made earlier this year is still hanging on my sewing room wall.  If you want more details, you can read about it here.

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie Cefalu


Make sure to check out the other participants in the Whims And Fancies Trunk Full Of Quilts 2015 .  It’s full of quilty inspiration!


Just For You giveaway winner

I have chosen a giveaway winner for last month’s book review and giveaway of the book, Just for You: Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers.

The winning number is 103.  That comment belongs to Kathy H. who said, “My favorite craft is quilting but I am always adding a small sewing project in between the bigger quilts.”

retro urban apron main

In the giveaway, I asked people to tell me what their favorite craft is.  Curious to know what everyone said?  The number one answer was QUILTING.  I think it has something to do with all of that fabric you guys have been collecting!  SEWING was a close second, with many of you making bags, gifts and garments.  Then came KNITTING/CROCHETING and EMBROIDERY; so nice because they’re transportable hobbies.  There was also cross-stitch, paper crafting, scrapbooking, art journaling, painting and furniture restoration.

I related to many of you that said it was hard to choose just one.  It seems many of us are crafters at heart, no matter what the medium is!  Thank you for participating in the giveaway.  It’s always hard for me to pick just one number.  I used the “true random number generator” to do it for me. I truly enjoyed reading all of your comments!


Some projects made by you!

Yes, projects made by you.  One of my favorite things about blogging is when someone emails me with a picture of a project they made using one of my tutorials.  It’s so gratifying to know that my tutorial has come to life in someone else’s hands!

I received a photo from Claire in Alberta, Canada with a picture of her Halloween version of my Spring Petals Table Topper.  This is a great way to showcase a few Halloween prints, and that spiderweb quilting is spectacular!

spring petals for Halloween

Halloween Table Topper made by Claire


If you remember, I offered a non-applique option for the center of this table topper.  Claire combined the two options and made it her own.  I think hers turned out much better than mine!

spring petals halloween close


Another follower, Nicola Knott from the UK made a table runner using my Pinwheel Stars Table Runner tutorial.  Her version is called “Paws and Pinwheels” and it was made for the Leonberger Rescue auction.  The paws fit right in that space between the stars – very clever idea!

Pinwheels and Paws tablerunner

Paws and Pinwheels Table Runner made by Nicola Knott


Nicola (Nik) also made this “Paws for Christmas Advent Calendar” using my Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Tutorial.  I love that paw at the top and the one down below!

Christmas tree paws

Paws for Christmas Advent Calendar by Nicola Knott


Another clever idea was to make the star centers into pockets.  They’re big enough to hold a dog treat or a piece of chocolate (for the human breed).   Very sweet addition!

christmas tree paws pouch


I know many of you are busy making gifts for the holidays.  I’m right there with you!  You can find plenty of inspiration at my Christmas Quilting Pinterest Board or you can check out my tutorials page for more holiday gift making ideas.