WIP Wednesday

I’m starting the year off with a finished UFO (is than an oxymoron?)  This is my jelly roll race quilt that I started in a class last year.  It’s been basted and waiting to be quilted for six months!

jelly roll finished front copyI’m beginning to like the phrase “finished is better than perfect”.  For this quilt, I stitched a wave pattern in the center of each strip.  I like the effect.  It only took me two hours to quilt it!  It still needs binding, and that’s going down later today.

jelly roll finished side copyI think this quilt will be perfect for a beach house, which is exactly what I made it for.  No, not my beach house.  It’s a gift for my hairdresser who has a second home in Pacific Grove (lucky girl).  I used a Bali Pop (precut 2 1/2″ strips of batiks) and a few of my own strips.

I also finished blocks 6 and 7 of the Fat Quarter Shop’s 2013 Designer Mystery BOM.  I really like the way these are going together.

Block #6 of the FQS 2013 Designer Mystery BOM, made by Julie Cefalu
Block #6 of the FQS 2013 Designer Mystery BOM

There aren’t any real tricks to putting these together except for the usual careful cutting, piecing and pressing.

Block #7 of the FQS 2013 Designer Mystery BOM, made by julie Cefalu
Block #7 of the FQS 2013 Designer Mystery BOM

Here’s what they look like so far…

FQS 2014 blocks thru 7 copyThey even match my design wall!  You can read more about my design wall at my Sewing Room Tour Post.

I’ll be back soon with a new series called “Let’s Talk”.  Get ready for some inspiring conversations!


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  1. I love the colors in the strip quilt. And I like the quilting on it.
    I’ve got some strips cut and a batik jelly roll that I hope to make a strip quilt with one. Hope it turns out as nice as yours

  2. I just love a house block! I have several basted too, why I don’t find myself going to those first, I do not know! Going to this year though. Need to seriously get some actual quilting done:)

  3. I have done this quilt before, and yours I think is one of my favorites I’ve seen. Love the beachy colors of your jelly roll and the wavy quilting is perfect for water and sand colors. I admire those BOM too. I always wish I had signed up when I see others making them.

  4. Finished is definitely better than perfect! I always try to do things as perfectly as I can, but those little imperfections really add charm to a quilt! I’m sure she’ll love it! and I love your blocks. those fabrics are yummy!

    Thanks a bunch for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  5. I love your BOM 2013 from FQS. How do I get into that or is it too late? The fabrics are cute and friendly sewn up, esp. the house block!

  6. Love your quilt you made and the quilt blocks your working on . Enjoying your weekly posts. You are very creative. Your sewing room is so inspirational. I am in the process of getting my sewing room organized. Love your design wall. How did you hang it on the wall. ? Love all your ideas. Maria

  7. I really like the wave stitching– I’ve been wanting something that’s quicker so maybe I can use that! Also your FQS mystery blocks looks so cute on your design wall. I love the border on your design wall!

  8. Julie, how can I get the previous Blocks for the FQS 2013 Designer Mystery BOM? I would like to make this quilt. Thank you. Looking forward to getting your newsletters and following you.


  9. Love those colors in your jelly roll race quilt, Julie! I’ve thougth about doing one of these myself. Since I have completed only 1 of the Mystery Blocks of the Month from last year’s Fat Quarter Shop, I can now see what they will look like by checking out your blog! Very pretty. You always make such beautiful, crisp corners. One of these days I’m going to get my sewing room organized. Yours is a real inspiration!

  10. Love that jelly roll race! I am cutting up pieces into 2 1/2 strips from stash and most yard or better pieces of fabric I buy. When I have enough in one color palette that I like-I am racing away!

  11. I have just joined your blog. I will be very interested to see how you quilt the FQS 2013 Designer Mystery BOM, since every block is different. I have a sampler quilt and I cannot begin to decide how it should be quilted.


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