Happy quilting day!

Happy quilting day!  It’s official, today is National Quilting Day!  As if you need an excuse to spend some time quilting this weekend, but maybe there is a little less guilt and a lot more community involved with today.

I will be working on a project that has a March 31st due date, but you’ll have to wait until then to see what it is.

Today I want to share a mini quilt that I recently finished as part of the March Mini Madness going on at the Fat Quarter Shop.  They challenged us to make a mini quilt by the end of March and to post it on social media with the hashtag #fqsmarchminis.  And to top it off, they’re having a giveaway.  One winner will be chosen on March 31st from all who enter.  You have plenty of time to join the fun!

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie Cefalu


My mini quilt was made using the pattern Mini Shine by A Quilting Life Designs.  I LOVE this quilt!  It makes me happy whenever I look at it.

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie Cefalu


The fabric came from a fat 1/8 bundle of Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics.  This is a bright and cheery line of fabric inspired by traditional feedsack prints.

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie Cefalu


It took me two days to make this quilt from start to finish.  I think I could just make mini’s from now on.  It satisfies my need for instant gratification.

The quilting was done using a serpentine stitch on my Bernina 440QE and a walking foot.

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie Cefalu

I love the texture it adds without much fuss.  No marking the quilt and just straight (ish) lines.

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie Cefalu

The settings on my machine for stitch #4 (in case we happen to be sewing machine twins) looks like this:

machine settings


For such a small quilt (17″ square), it’s easy to use one fat quarter for the backing:

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie Cefalu

And since Spring has sprung (especially in Northern California), I took my quilt outside to be photographed amongst the flowers.

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie Cefalu

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie Cefalu

Are you inspired to whip up a little quilt?  I really think you should.  It’s National Quilting Day after all!

Mini Shine Quilt made by Julie CefaluEnjoy your weekend!


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  1. Love your shine, and I love that you showed us your quilting! And I love that it looks so good and is so simple (the quilting). The quilting is what always holds me up on finishing, so yay, I have a great new way to finish a quilt!! Thank you!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg PS Found you on the Henry Glass blog today. Love your place mats!!!

  2. I absolutely love your little quilt . . . colors, pattern and quilting! I know exactly how you feel about the quick gratification! ! ! Love your posts.

  3. So beautiful! You chose great colors! I completely agree that minis are wonderful for (nearly) instant gratification. I have committed to making a mini a week this year just to encourage myself to try out some new techniques in a low risk form!

  4. Hi Julie,
    Just love your mini quilt, great job on all those tiny stars! Thanks for the quilt stitch tip too, I have never thought to use that one, must go and try it. I tend to go for a free motion wave pattern but of course that one will give straighter lines when using the walking foot.
    Hope you enjoyed your National Quilting Day

  5. I love receiving your emails. All of your projects are so inspiring it makes me want to get right to my machine and get some of my own projects completed. Keep on creating.

  6. As always Julie your colours are mouth watering – yes I must get going myself and you do inspire me.


  7. Oh I am inspired! LOVE LOVE LOVE your mini Quilt!! YOur fabrics, and that serpentine stitching is so pretty! What a cool idea!! (I also am hooked on making mini quilts.)

  8. Julie Happy Quilting Day to you as well. What a lovely mini quilt, the fabrics are just scrumptious. The quilt looks absolutely stunning among your flowers. What an inspiration.

  9. Julie, what a gorgeous quilt! I am still very much the novice and I never thought about quilting across the patchwork. I’m still at the stitch in the ditch stage!

  10. Julie, this is fabulous! I have to make this quilt. Fresh and happy colors. You are truly an inspiration! You made my day. Thank you.

  11. This mini is adorable! And I love the fabric collection. Fat eigths huh? Seeing your finish makes me want to jump right up and start my day at the machine. Just one more cup of coffee………

  12. I love it. 17″ square? That’s about pillow size isn’t it? All of those pieces had to be pretty tiny. Yikes! I’m going to have to check into that fabric collection. Very Pretty.

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