September Favorites

I keep a running list of my favorite goodies to share with you guys.  It’s sometimes quilt-related but often it’s just because!  Here are my current September favorites.

I’ve recently discovered a fabulous online tea resource based in Portland, Oregon:  Plum Deluxe.  I love to drink a hot cup of tea in the afternoon and then again after dinner.  It’s a great way to relax and be present in the moment.  All of the Plum Deluxe tea blends are organic, non-gmo, and free of chemicals and sulfites.  They support local and USA farmers wherever possible and run an active philanthropy program.  The company was founded by Andy Hayes as a tribute to his mother, who lost a brave 6-year battle with breast cancer but never forgot to enjoy “the little things” in life.  Try the Spicy Caramel Apple Herbal Tea or the Garden Grove Green Tea – so good!

Image source: Plum Deluxe


The only digital magazine that I subscribe to is Make Modern.  It’s definitely worth mentioning because it is loaded with great patterns and wonderful articles on the latest in quilting.  I enjoy reading it on my iPad and I can print only what I need.  It’s great for the environment, it fits my budget, and it’s easy to organize!


Here’s a handy tool for machine stitched binding:  the Shortcut Binding Tool by Franklin Quilt Company.  I was given this tool last year (thank you Sandy) and it sat in my drawer, until I was reminded of it and watched the video.  This ruler works for a flanged binding or a two-sided-colored binding with ease.

Shortcut Binding Tool from the Franklin Quilt Company
Image source: Franklin Quilt Company


My latest find from Pinterest:  these Best Chewy Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies from My Gluten Free Kitchen.  They really are amazing!  Even if you don’t care about gluten (which sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t), they’re worth making.  The secret ingredient is cream cheese.  I wish I had one right now, to go with my afternoon tea.  Hmmm….

The Best Chewy Gluten -free Chocolate Chip Cookie from My Gluten Free Kitchen


Here’s a great gift idea for your favorite crafter (or yourself):  a Tiny Tin Sewing Room from Tea Rose Company on Etsy.  These are unique and hand-crafted miniature sewing rooms that fit inside a tin.  I think they are so cute and sweet!  I love the bright colors and attention to detail that Sachiko gives to each item.

Tiny Tin Sewing Room from Tea Rose Company on Etsy


Note: My monthly favorites are not sponsored by anyone. These are picked by me “just because”. They are something I would tell my friends about and that definitely includes you! Do you have any favorites you’d like to share?  Do tell and leave a comment.

Have a wonderful and creative day!



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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.

5 thoughts on “September Favorites

  1. I have a few favorites blogs i subscribe to and receive updates by email or Bloglovin, and a few on youtube. Not many but a few-good ones 🙂 (hint hint) that i enjoy reading, learning, and copying crafts–and it’s free. I’m totally a tea drinker will need to look into this. I saw the ruler at the Dallas quilt show in the spring, choc chip cookies i love and like you i’m not clear on the “to be or not to be gluten” . I also subscribe to Tea Rose Company and yes all her stuff is cutesy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing as i always in enjoy reading. 🙂

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