Hope Blooms Quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Shop’s Top 10 Video tour!  They’ve invited some bloggers and designers to celebrate with them, and I’m glad to be able to join in the fun.



Today’s top video is the Hope Blooms Quilt Block.  It reminds me of why I love log cabin blocks so much!

The video shows you how to make an 8 1/2″ log cabin block using the Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool.  If you want to make your own Hope Blooms Quilt, you can buy the pattern here.


I used a Jolly Bar of First Crush by Sweetwater for Moda.  I love all the shades of gray, black and red, plus the text prints are my favorite.  This pattern isn’t designed for a Jolly Bar but I made it work.  Plus, I have left over scraps to play with.

Hope Blooms Quilt @ The Crafty Quilter



The fabric inspired me to make a Valentine themed wall hanging, and I’m gonna be honest with you – I {heart} it!

Hope Blooms Quilt made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


One of the things I love about applique is the way it can adapt a project to any style or occasion.  For my hearts, I sewed together some leftover strips of fabric and then applied fusible web to the wrong side and cut out the shapes.  For a full lesson on machine applique, you can check out my tutorial here.

Hearts Bloom Applique by Julie Cefalu


This was a quick and easy project.  It took me four days to cut, piece, baste, quilt and bind it.  The Log Cabin ruler is truly genius.  It gives you perfect 8 1/2″ square log cabin blocks every time.  I will definitely be using this again.

log cabin trim toll



I added a flange between the inner and out border.  It gives it a little pop of definition.  You can find my tutorial on how to add a flange here.

Hope Blooms Quilt made by Julie Cefalu



I think the name “Hearts Bloom” fits my version of this quilt nicely.  It would make a great gift for a wedding, an anniversary or a Valentine’s Day wall hanging.

Hearts Bloom Quilt made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


If you’re on Instagram, use the hashtag #hopebloomsquilt and #FQSTop10 for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Shop $100 Gift Certificate.  This contest ends January 31, 2016 and the winner will be announced on Instagram February 1, 2016.

To see more Hope Bloom Quilts, make sure to visit the other participating bloggers today!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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  1. Hi Julie!
    I love your quilt! It’s beautiful ❤️ So fun to hang on your wall! I have always loved Log Cabin Blocks and can see The Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Tool is a MUST for me!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. the heart finishes off the wall hanging perfectly. Will check out the ruler as I avoid log cabin as if slightly out the errors show so clearly

  3. Lovely quilt just in time for Valentine’s Day. I have the log cabin ruler and have never used it, though I’ve thought about it many times. Thanks for the encouragement – I just might pull it out soon!

  4. Hi, Julie. I love your interpretation of the Hope Blooms quilt! Your touches of appliqué are beautiful! Thank you for another great tutorial (flange) that I’ll use! I often adapt patterns for using precuts as well or adapt strip patterns for layer cakes or vice versal! It’s a great way to get a lot of fabric variety. I find precuts very fun.

  5. Hi Julie-
    New here, from FQS blog hop. That log cabin quilt Is. Too. Adorable.
    now I’m off to see your other stuff
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Julie, I just love your latest quilt. The text fabric makes a fantastic border, especially with the red flange. Looking forward to seeing your next project:-).
    As the thermometer fluctuates between -10 and -20C here, I have put quilting aside and pulled out my knitting machine to ‘run up’ some woollen pants and tops for the smallest grandkids!

  7. Hi Julie, greetings to you from me in Belle River, Ontario, Canada. Enjoy you on Pinterest and your newsletter. Had to let you know how much I like this little quilt. Perfect for my wall. Will have to get busy.

  8. Julie, this quilt is absolutely darling. Since I want to have a wall hanging up at all times, this would be perfect for February. You inspired me once again!

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