A wedding, a baby and a little fabric

The dust has settled after my daughter’s wedding and having our new granddaughter (and her mom and dad) stay with us for a glorious 10 days.

The wedding was a weekend destination wedding at Camp Layman which is along the Feather River near Graeagle, California.  There were 13 cabins which we rented for the weekend. The bride, Nicole, her sister, Sara, and I arrived a few days early to get everything ready.  We had so much stuff to carry in our car, there was barely enough room for Sara!

road trip


We were very busy for the next three days getting stuff ready for the cabins and the wedding decorations in order.  I will have more pictures to show you when the photographer has them ready.  For now, I can give you a glimpse through various cell phone cameras.

This is our four children before the rehearsal and playing as if they were still little kids.  Actually, they’re a lot nicer to each other now that they’re grown up!

cefalus kids at play
Kelly, Nicole, Sara & Jon


Rehearsal time!

walking the bride in rehearsal

rehearsal high 5


And a few from the wedding day:

cefalus and cooper

John, Nicole and little Emma


As you can see, Nicole did not go the traditional route with her wedding dress.  She had a dress customized to suite her personality.  It was perfect for her and I love her style.

I mentioned that we got to spend time with our new granddaughter.  Amelia is 7 weeks old now and a happy little girl.

amelia lying pretty


She has the best parents, too.


We got to babysit for one evening while Kelly and Steven went to a Giant’s baseball game.  Amelia behaved perfectly and she has both grandparents in the palm of her little hand!

amelia smiling at grandmaamelia smiling at grandpa


I’m often apprehensive about including personal stuff on my blog, but I feel like you’re all my friends.  And good friends share their ups and downs; I hope you don’t mind a little of both now and then.  My life beyond quilting is what makes it all complete.

Now, I will loop back around to the quilting stuff.  I finally made the plunge and bought EQ7 software.  I’m getting the hang of designing my own blocks.  It’s so much faster than graph paper and pencil (once you get the hang of it).   There’s still so much to learn.  Here’s a little glimpse of what I’m working on.  It’s a butterfly block that will be part of something bigger (but it’s still a secret for now).

butterfly progress

I love playing with these Kona solids from Robert Kaufman.  They’re irresistible!

kona rainblow


I recently ordered (and received) this bundle of Farmhouse by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.  I’m not sure what they will become, but I love just having them on my shelf.

farmhouse fabric


Have you been keeping up with the Jaftex Blog Hop?  They’re celebrating their 85th year of being in business.  My turn is September 24th.  Here’s the full schedule:

September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions
September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs
September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios
September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake
September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket
September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads
September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.
September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

I hope your guys enjoy the week ahead!  Thanks for joining me today!


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  1. Julie-what a lovely family photo and what appears to be a down to earth wedding! My son is getting married in 2 weeks and it will be vintage, but casual and i’m feeling a little stressed right now! It was a happy time for you with your family altogether (and with the new addition) on this special occasion that you can’t help but to share with all of us. Look forward to more stories and pictures!

  2. Love the destination wedding your daughter planned and her non traditional attitude! It gave me goosebumps…and then I got to the grandbaby pictures and I couldn’t help it..I welled up in tears. I could just feel your joy. You have a beautiful family! Good luck with EQ!

  3. Thank you for sharing. I always look forward to reading your blogs, not just for quilting content, but the fact that you include your family too. After all life is about our families…. Congratulations to you all

  4. Hi Julie

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful occasion with us. You have a lovely family and you and your husband must be extremely proud of your beautiful children. What a truly blessed day! Little Amelia is a treasure and absolutely gorgeous! Please keep the photos coming! Keep enjoying life and God bless you all. Love, Jennifer x

  5. Hi Julie, thanks for sharing your fun family photos. It sounds as if you all had a wonderful wedding celebration together. Little Amelia has grown so much already, it must have been such fun having them to stay. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with using your new design software and all those lovely fabrics! Hope to catch up with you soon as I’m heading over the ice cap (what’s left of it) to sunny CA tomorrow

  6. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful family. What a wonderful time you all had. Amelia has grown so much. Such beautiful and happy little girl. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I enjoy your blog so much! So glad you shared the photos of the wedding and baby Amelia. So precious! And your butterfly blocks are the best I’ve seen!

  8. I love that you’re sharing. All those happy faces…what could be nicer?…well, how about grandpa and grandma’s faces while they admire (love) that little Amelia. Just too sweet!

  9. What a happy time for you and your family, Julie! Good for your daughter for choosing the style of dress that she did for her wedding — she looked wonderful and very happy as did all your family in the photos you posted. And your sweet granddaughter is just precious! I love her name, by the way. Seeing her pictures made me anxious for my twin granddaughters that are due in November! Congratulations on all the happiness you’ve experienced recently and thank you for sharing it with us!

  10. Congratulations on a wonderful wedding getaway. Looks like everyone had a great time, your family is beautiful.
    Looking forward to seeing the next projects, once you have caught your breath and gotten back into your quilting rhythm.

  11. Wonderful, wonderful photos. You have a beautiful family. Can’t wait to see the wedding photos.
    Don’t blink or the baby will be going to school. Amazing how much she has grown already & smiling for the camera. Thank you for sharing!
    Joann Head

  12. Congratulations to the newlyweds! You have a beautiful family. Your little one is so adorable. Nice job on designing your butterfly blocks, have fun with your new software. Nice new stash addition.

  13. Thanks for sharing it’s always fun to see good times and I loved the wedding dress. There really is nothing to say about your granddaughter except she’s perfect! Congrats to all of you.

  14. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful event. Love seeing such happy faces, just makes the day a little brighter. Grandbaby is adorable. Being a grandma is the best.

  15. I loved you daughter’s dress and casual style! Who says you have to be all trussed up in white?

    You granddaughter is precious! You can tell that she is a happy baby and is developing a wonderful joyous personality already. Congratulations to you all!

    Thanks for the visit! I’ll be back! (famous words, right??? LOL)

  16. What happy photo’s … What wonderful memories for everyone … and it looks an idyllic setting.
    Congratulations to the newlyweds.
    Great family photo’s

  17. Looks like a good time was had by all. I’m anxious to see more pictures. And I like the dress, I thought you may have made it. Amelia looks older than 7 wks. She is a pretty girl but then look at the rest of the family. Enjoyed the visit. It’s always interesting here.
    Hugs and Blessing

  18. looks like a good time was had by all. Are you sure Amelia is only 7 wks old?
    She sure looks older than that 8-)). She has personality already. And is a pretty baby, but then look at the rest of the family. Enjoyed the visit as usual. Always interesting here.
    Hugs and Blessings

  19. Looks like a good time was had by all. Are you sure that baby is 7 wks. old? 8-), she sure looks older than that. She is a pretty baby, but then look at the rest of the family. Enjoyed the visit as usual.
    Blessings and Hugs

  20. With four beautiful grown children, Amelia’s angelic face, and the fun company of the Brittanys, your family had some serious fun at this wedding. Congratulations, Mom!

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