A better link and some heart W.i.P.’s

Hey everyone!  I know that many of you could not open up the link to my Happy House Mug Rug Tutorial.  My apologies!  I think I published my post before the Benartex blog (Sew in Love) published the actual tutorial, so the link I used didn’t work.  So let’s try it again.  The tutorial can be found by clicking here:  Happy House Mug Rug.

Happy House Mug Rug Tutorial by Julie Cefalu for BenartexSpeaking of houses, let me give you a little peek at the new house block that I’m making into a pillow:

 House with Heart Sneak Peak

I love the heart inside the house!  I’m going to add a white border and attempt to add some embroidery in that space.  That’s my goal for today, along with finishing up the pillow.  Then a tutorial for you!

Next, I have a wall hanging that just needs some binding:

Flutter wall hanging copyI made this last year as a shop sample.  The center is a panel from “Flirt” by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

moda-flirt-fabricAnd if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll remember that I made a table topper and pin cushions out of that same fabric line for the Moda Bakeshop last year.  You can find that tutorial here.

Flirtatious Hearts Table Topper & Pincushions

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I wanted to share with you the Valentine’s Tutorial Week going on at Summercrafter.

valentine-tutorial-buttonElaine and friends have been busy coming up with some great projects to steal your heart!  Check out Elaine’s Scrappy Kisses table runner:

scrappy-kisses-valentinesAnd this adorable Pieced Heart Pillow and Valentine Table Topper by Sheri @ Sunshine in the Attic:

Pieced Heart Pillow & Valentine Table Topper
Pieced Heart Pillow & Valentine Table Topper @ Sunshine in the Attic

There’s still two more day’s worth of tutorials to come, so make sure to keep up with Summercrafter!

With all of life’s business, I still need to decorate my entryway for February.  This is what I had going on last year:

Love Letters Quilt at The Crafty Quilter
LOVE Letters Mini Quilt Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

The LOVE Letters Mini Quilt tutorial can be found here.  I had fun with Photoshop Elements and did some creative photo editing when I was taking pictures for that post:

Love Letters Quilt at The Crafty Quilter
LOVE Letters Mini Quilt made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

I wish I could remember how I did that!

What are you guys working on?  Anything Valentine related?  Perhaps chocolate is involved?  Quilting and chocolate, what could be better!


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  1. Julie,
    How do I get the second block for the Blogger Girls Block of the Month II? I missed it somewhere along the way. I’m really excited
    about it as I think it will be very pretty.

  2. I got the tutorial to work just fine! Thanks I love all your projects. I loved your chat about seam pressing. I “volunteered” to be night education person for my quild this year. That means I do a 5-10 blurb about something about quilting. Last month I used Lori Holt’s tutorial (Bee in My Bonnet) for an individual block design board – it was a hit. I was nervous, nervous, nervous as we have many very accomplished quilters and several get juried into national competitions. I’m thinking of using your ideas about pressing seams for this month’s blurb. I hope I have your permission. I’ve been following you are some time. I have another question and would have written personally and can’t find your email addy. I thought I saw a freebie pattern for an adorable probably free pattern for an umbrella pattern with ric rac for the edge of the umbrellas. I cannot find it at all. I think it was even suggested for either a boy or girl. Do you remember seeing it? I saw it just in the last couple of weeks and thought I had downloaded it. I was getting ready to order some serious ric rac and couldn’t find the size to order. Julie, I always look forward to your post. Your, what appears to be rust(ish) binding looks as if it is quilting with a hash cross design. Is that the print in the fabric or did you do that? Either way – amazing. Again, thanks for all your inspiration and I each time you post I get a glimmer into you and what might make you tick. Thanks for blogging and being a great inspiration. I do miss you in the hops where I first found you. I certainly understand why you had to make the choice you did. I have made some wonderful “friends” there. I love your ideas and may use many for my guild blurbs, if I have your permission. One of my online friends told me that even the accomplished quilters can learn from an “intermdiate” quilter such as a person like me. I want it to be fun, entertaining, and short. I found a cool ruler for making HST with a $9ish ruler. I’m on a very limited ruler. I’m thinking of ordering two – one for me and one to donate to our ruler library.

  3. Love the tutorial for the mug rug and looking forward for the tutorial on the heart house block. The fabric choices are just beautiful. Just love all your projects. Always look forward to seeing your posts. Maria

  4. Your Happy House mug rug is really adorable. And I adore your house block with the heart inside!!! I am definitely making one of those when you post your tutorial. Also, thanks for sharing my valentine projects– it was a delightful surprise to see them here!

  5. Julie, I love houses in quilts, well, I mean pieced houses, well you know! Yours are so cute I especially love your warm color combinations and your love letters. Thanks so much for mentioning my Valentine’s event at the blog. I am having fun, working hard and some things look better in my mind sometimes. I hadn’t seen that darling heart table topper. I love small projects! I am hoping to learn from you the applique “expert!” hugs!

  6. Your mug rug and wall hanging are so much fun. I love that heart quilting. And thanks for the links to the valentine projects. I love seasonal quilty things.

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