A thank you & a book review

First, I want to thank you ALL so much for your loyal support and generous comments from my Staying Connected post.  It has truly uplifted me and motivated me to continue to do the best I can as a blogger and as an artist.  Sometimes that involves creating space for yourself!  As my daughter said, technology can be a mixed blessing.  So true!

And just to be clear, I will continue to post as often as possible.  The only thing that is switching to a monthly format is my Sew Thankful Sunday series.

And now, I’d like to share my latest book review with you: Playful Petals by Corey Yoder.

 Playful Petals, by Corey Yoder; Book Review by Julie CefaluThis is a book that I was waiting for with great anticipation, and I was not disappointed.  I love every page and every project in this book.  Truly, I have read it over and over and I’m still smiling!

Corey Yoder has done an excellent job of mixing a timeless petal shape with beautiful quilt projects.  Plus she gives you easy instructions for applique that  makes it achievable for anyone.

Playful Petals, by Corey Yoder; Book Review by Julie Cefalu

You know I love applique and I love the combination of piecing and petals that Corey has come up with.  Here’s the cover quilt:

Playful Petals, by Corey Yoder; Book Review by Julie CefaluAnd a beautiful pillow:

Playful Petals, by Corey Yoder; Book Review by Julie Cefalu

Every quilt pattern has an accompanying pillow project, so if you’re not ready to take on a whole quilt, you can “test the waters” with a smaller version.  For instance, this Starflower quilt is way cute:

Playful Petals, by Corey Yoder; Book Review by Julie Cefalu

And this matching pillow is too:

Playful Petals, by Corey Yoder; Book Review by Julie Cefalu

As a matter of fact, I liked it so much that I made my own pillow:

Starflower Pillow made by Julie Cefalu; from the book, Playful PetalsI just love how it turned out!  I used a combination of fabrics, starting with a Strawberry Fields print from Fig Tree for Moda.  I love the vintage looking strawberries, so I used them in the border and for the back:

Starflower Pillow made by Julie Cefalu; from the book, Playful Petals

Here’s a few close ups of the quilting:

Starflower Pillow made by Julie Cefalu; from the book, Playful Petals

Starflower Pillow made by Julie Cefalu; from the book, Playful Petals

I think I’m ready to make a whole quilt with this block.  But, it will have to wait.  For now, I’m happy with my little pillow.

Starflower Pillow made by Julie Cefalu; from the book, Playful Petals

Petal Play was released last week, and I purchased my copy at my local quilt shop.  (Always my first choice).  I’m so happy I did!

If you’d like more information on Corey Yoder, you can visit her blog at Little Miss Shabby.  I’ve been following her for a long time and she’s always got something fun going on!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Oh, and happy Spring by the way!

Julie

 

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

21 thoughts on “A thank you & a book review

  1. Julie,
    First time I’ve commented, but felt I should also tell you how much I enjoy your posts. I think you give such a wonderful gift with each post. They are beautiful and informative. Thank you so much!
    Sheryl

  2. I love everything about this project clear down to the photography! The strawberry and green colors are delightful! I also love the book and the photos from it. The quilting on your pillow is also wonderful! I am so glad I found your blog and will return again and again.

  3. Hi, Julie! I have a son who is a doctor, and he is so specialized (anesthesiologist for “big” cases–major heart/thoracic surgery) that he’s no practical help to me! Oh well-proud of him anyway, of course 🙂 I LOVE the petal book! Thank you for reviewing it. If I saw it in the store, I wouldn’t have given it a 2nd look, since it’s not my usual style. Thank you for your tips on the tea cup from El’s Kitchen BOM!!!!!!!!! It went much easier with your modifications!!!

  4. One block Starflower quilt block would make a nice table topper or a small quilt???? My quilt guild is asking for each for our quilt show in June. I think this block would be stunning! Thanks for the book review. It’s always nice to have someone whose work you adore to give a book a review. Thanks.

  5. Thankyou. Looks like a book to buy 🙂 I have started my first aplique and found it very enjoyable. I drew an owl and cut it out in fabric and apliqued it. Then I found the world of aplique 🙂 thankyou

  6. Hi Julie, I was sorry to hear about your data issues…….great when all runs smoothly but frustrating and time-consuming when it’s not fixable without professional help! Not surprised you have chosen to cut back a bit on the blogging.
    But it looks like you are up to pace with beautiful creations……I mean, giving us a book review already when you bought it on Tuesday AND sewing that gorgeous pillow, well that’s impressive! Love the pattern and the lovely Spring colours you used. Thanks for sharing it (and the close up of your quilting)
    Have a great weekend!

  7. Love the colors and quilting! It’s a great idea to make a pillow to enjoy right away while the quilt sometimes has to wait its turn in the queue.

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