Some vacation goodies and a sneak peek

I have some vacation goodies and a sneak peek of an upcoming project to show you.  We had a great time traveling to Spain and Portugal.  We got to spend two weekends with our daughter, Sara, who is studying in Cordoba, Spain, for the semester.  It was so great to see her!  We returned Monday night, and it’s always nice to be home.  Here is a collage of pictures from our trip:

Spain Collage

While in Seville, Spain, we did some shopping and wouldn’t you know that I stumbled upon a fabric shop!  And wouldn’t you know they had a patchwork section!


This wall of fabric was so pretty, I had to take a picture just for the colors.


I bought a meter of fabric that had these adorable, vintage sewing labels in some of my favorite colors:

fabric labels

And speaking of adorable, I found some little dandelion-embroidered towels in Portugal that I couldn’t resist.

dandelion towels

Apparently I’ve fallen for the dandelion theme, because here they are again in these wooden hearts:

wooden hearts

This little wool heart said, “Take me home”!  And I said, “Happily!”

wool heart

If you pay attention, you can find quilting inspiration everywhere while on vacation.  I spotted these tiles in a corner of a small pub:


I saw more inspiration in the ancient walls of cathedrals and the paved stones of walkways.  I love the beauty of these old places and the timelessness they evoke.

clock tower
Clock Tower in Tavira, Portugal
view from roman bridge
View from Roman Bridge in Tavira, Portugal


I love the color combination of pink and brown. How sweet is this little bike and basket?

pink bike

Now that I’m home and the laundry is done, the groceries are stocked, and the floors are clean, I’m ready to spend some time in my sewing room again.  I have been working on a little project that is a re-make of something from last year.  I’ve adjusted the scale so that it makes a great mug rug.  Here’s a sneak peek:

sneak peek

I’ll give you all of the details early next week.  For now, I wish you all a Happy Halloween! (You can find out the details of this wall hanging here).

Halloween Pumpkin made by Julie Cefalu.  Pattern from Fig Tree QuiltsJulie


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  1. Welcome home Julie! How nice to see you, your huby and your pretty daughter. You was in Europe, so close to me…Two years ago I was too in Portugal and Spain, so your pictures are a a nice remembrance. Thank you for the Halloween
    idea and for the visit on my blog!

  2. Hi Julie
    How lovely to see photos from your holiday in Europe, and is’t it strange how we quilters manage to home in on quilt shops all over the world!
    Looking forward to seeing all of your newest mug rug, very pretty colours.
    Have a great weekend:-)

  3. Welcome home, Julie. I would love to see more of your gorgeous pictures from your trip. It looks like you had a fantastic time and love how you saw inspiration in so many places! Looking forward to seeing your adaptation from your previous project.I always look forward to reading your blog!

  4. Glad you are home and had such a wonderful trip. I love the larger mug rug so can’t wait for the smaller one. I didn’t know you had been on a trip when I saw you yesterday or I would have commented on your blog which is always enjoyable.

  5. What an enviable trip! Such a beautiful family. You must be so proud of your daughter. So enjoyed all of your photos. Welcome home. Looking forward to seeing just what you are working on!

  6. can see you all had a lovely time and so good to get to visit your daughter. How good where you only buying on piece of fabric that must have been hard! Must be a very friendly place I am sure that pink bike would not have been safe on the streets here in Leeds

  7. Julie, Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures of your little vacation. It was so nice to share a tiny part of your life. You have a beautiful family. I loved all the pictures and the beautiful fabrics also. Janet

  8. Hi Julie, glad you’re safely home! Love the pictures-looks like you all had a great time! Looking forward to the mug rug.

  9. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos and travel tales, this email really brightened up my day. That photo of you and your daughter in the fabric shop would be lovely framed and on the wall of your sewing room. The pink bike, the cookies, the water at sunset, the clock tower, the little felt heart – I love all your photos.

  10. Don’t you just love to travel! And the things we find along the way are just so fantastic, full of memories. Glad you had a great time and of course, it’s always good to be back home. Looking forward to your posts.

  11. While living in Bermuda (some years ago), our neighbors were from Portugal. When they traveled home, they always brought glorious things back, beautiful laces, pottery, sausages, wines & wonderful candies.
    I loved reading about your trip & am thinking I should visit if only to remember beautiful LeAnne, & Joseph. Thank you Julie for a sweet trip down memory lane.

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