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New year, new BOM’s and baby pics

It’s a new year and along with that comes the start of some new BOM’s (block of the months).  I have a weakness for BOM’s and QAL’s (quilt alongs).  I find myself participating in way too many to keep up with.  I know I’m not alone, thank goodness!??

I always enjoy Fat Quarter Shop’s QAL’s and this year’s project is no exception.  The Crossroads Quilt Along is a beautiful quilt with simple piecing.  It’s a free program, but donations that will benefit March of Dimes are encouraged.

The Crossroads Quilt Along is a free quilt-along program. From February to August 2016, Fat Quarter Shop will post a free pattern each month to create this beautiful quilt. We encourage you to donate just $5 for the use of each pattern. Each donation will be given to the March of Dimes chapter closest to you.

Crossroads quilt along


Fat Quarter Shop is using Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.  They have kits available, and I purchased mine already!

New BOM's, Crossroads Quilt Along Kit



The fabric package is so pretty, I’m afraid to open it!

Strawberry Fields Revisited from Crossroads Quilt Along Kit



Speaking of Strawberry Fields, I get to play with the newest Frivol from Moda which includes all of the goodies you see below.  I’ll be making a sample of the enclosed pattern for The Granary Quilt Shop.  I love this month’s extra surprise which is an adorable strawberry quilt label.

Frivol #6 contents



I’m co-teaching this year’s BOM program at The Granary.  We’re using the book, Farm Girl Vintage, by Lori Holt.  I’ve got two silo barn blocks finished.  They are so fun to make!

Farm Girl Vintage, Silo Barn by Julie Cefalu


Farm Girl Vintage, Silo Barn Block by Julie Cefalu



I’ve also jumped on board with Rebecca Mae Design’s 2016 BOM, Dear Daughter, by Sherri Noel.  I couldn’t resist the fun, bright colors and text options for this one.  This is not a free program, but I promise you it’s worth the price.  I’ve received the first month’s set of instructions and they are really thorough and well done.

Dear Daughter BOM 2016


The Quilt Show has launched this year’s 2016 BOM, Rajah Quilt Revisited.

….sewn by women convicts on board the ship Rajah traveling from England on April 1841 to the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land-now known as Tasmania.  The original quilt measured at approximately 128″ x 128″, but Lessa recreated it in quarter scale with fabrics from her stash.

Rajah Quilt Revisited
Rajah Quilt Revisited, TQS 2016 BOM


This is a free BOM pattern for members of The Quilt Show.  It’s one of the many benefits of becoming a member.  I’ll be helping with some of the monthly videos that go along with this BOM.  We start taping this weekend!

There are more BOM programs that have recently started, and you can find many of them on my Pinterest Board:  BOM’s & QAL’s 2016.  I’ll keep it updated throughout the year as I find more programs to add.  I’ll also highlight a few more in February’s Sew Thankful Sunday post.

What projects are you working on?  Any new BOM’s or QAL’s to add to my list?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  I don’t want to leave anything out!

On a more personal note, we just returned from a trip to Austin where I had the pleasure of visiting my daughter, her husband and their (almost) 6-month-old baby girl.  Amelia is as sweet and cute as can be.  We couldn’t get enough of her.  Seriously.  We have become the spoiling, doting grandparents already, and we love every minute of it.  My iPhone has become more of a camera than anything else, and Amelia has taken over the photo gallery.  See what I mean?

Amelia's Gallery


This is an awesome stage of life.  I’m blessed.  Quilting, teaching, grand-parenting and still parenting our own.  That list is not in priority order 😉  Thanks for letting me share it with you!



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  1. I love coming here for your amazing quilting inspiration, but oh my goodness! That Amelia is just so beautiful. Such eyes! Isn’t being a Grandma the BEST?

  2. A delightfully newsy post, and the cream on top? Pictures of your precious Amelia! She’s gorgeous! Reminds me a little of the Gerber baby. So glad you had such a good visit! XO

  3. Being a grandparent is fabulous, we love spending time with our grandkids. I have not started any BOM’s or QAL’s this year because I am so far behind with unfinished projects. It is so hard for me but I will enjoy watching your progress.

  4. Amelia is such a cutie! What a blessing she is.

    I too ordered the Crossroads QAL fabric package from the Fat Quarter Shop also. I haven’t taken mine out of the package yet. I feel so blessed to finally have some of the Fig Tree & Company’s cherished Strawberry Fields revisited. I haven’t been quilting long enough to have purchased any of this collection from its first release. I’m giddy with delight.

    I have to renew my The Quilt Show membership this next month. I downloaded the first month’s pattern and I love the quilt. Its amazing! It will be fun to watch your lessons.

    Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book is super cute. I was able to get in on her SAL with this book. It will be lots of fun for everyone in your class. I love down home farm girl vintage quilts. Your barns are amazing.
    Like Maree, I should be getting the latest Lori Holt materials together and get in on her Bloom QAL. Its super cute as well.

    So happy you got to love on your Amelia. She is precious.

    May God bless your new year with all things wonderful.

  5. Great photos and some very neat BOM programs.
    Another two I have found are:
    Westering Women by Barbara Brackman on her blog Civil War Quilts. (It starts on Jan 27th.)
    The free Craftsy block of the month for 2016, Garden Charm, by Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries

    1. I saw this post and was so busy checking the fabric collections I didn’t see the Westering Women BOM.

      Thank You for mentioning it.

  6. Glad you had a nice visit and a safe trip. Adorable pictures. She is growing so fast. Nice fabrics and BOMs you are doing. If I were to do one, I like Lori Holt’s new one Bloom Sew along. Looking forward to seeing your projects progress.

  7. The pictures of Amelia are beautiful. Being a grandmother is the best thing ever. You and Mr. Crafty Quilter look so happy to be with her. The quilt looks lovely and the fabric is so pretty.

  8. Love the pictures, being a grandma is the best thing ever. Amelia is beautiful and you and Mr. Crafty Quilter look so happy with her. The quilt looks like a fun one to do. The fabric is so pretty. Hope to visit the store soon.

  9. What a gorgeous family!!! NO wonder you are proud of them! Amelia looks so cuddly and gorgeous! Enjoy! Time flies, it seems like yesterday mine where that size and now have children of their own! I adore my grandchildren although 4 are in New Zealand with me but the other one at 3 months lives in Sweden so have not seen him as yet in the flesh, although thanks to Skype we can see him often! he has learned to recognise us when the picture comes through, and smiles at us, so cute!

  10. What a fun post to catch up on the latest BoM’s !
    I love your Farm Girl Vintage barn blocks in the Hazel fabric!!!
    I am so tempted to start the Crossroads BoM… That Strawberry Fields Forever Revisited is just darling!
    Your little Amelia is a beauty! So nice to see your family.

  11. Amelia looks like the sweetest thing! What fun to be a grandparent! And I love this quilting sight. Thanks so much! I really like seeing all the projects you do! Keep up the good work!

  12. Sure looks like you are going to be quite busy this year:-) I still have quite a few things to finish before I start something new. But once they are done, I have a list of things I want to try.

    OMG…Amelia has grown so much:-) She sure is a precious little girl. You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family:-)

  13. Julie, Aren’t grandchildren the best! I’m in Austin and the weather has been fantastic so far but for the crummy days I’ve begun a BOM called Prairie Gathering in luscious barn reds and creams. I’m actually making progress on it and hope to have it ready for our September guild show. We’d love to see you at the show so let me know if you can come and I’ll hook you up with some tickets.

  14. Loved the baby pictures. She is adorable. I am working on the Poinsettia pillows. I really like them. They will be a gift for a friend. I am also in a bom in our quilt guild,and making baby hats.

  15. Oh Julie, I laughed out loud when I read “that list is not in priority order”. I just love your posts. I’m doing the Bloom Sew Along with Lori Holt – I’ve bought a Calico Days stacker and am just waiting for my Sew Simple Shapes to arrive so I can get started. I’m really looking forward to it. We won’t talk about the beautiful applique BOM of the month I started, oh maybe 14 years ago, which is still unfinished! Maree in Australia xxx

  16. The QALs and BOMs are addicting, aren’t they?! I always get excited and get things together, then poop out before long….What a wonderful time you must have had. Miss Amelia is adorable. It must have been very difficult to leave her and go home. 6 months is fun, but I think 8 months is even better. They’re a little more aware, and peek-a-boo is so much fun, because they get it. My older daughter has an 11 yr old who is starting puberty. He’s a sweet, sensitive boy and always has been, but now “she doesn’t understand him”. I feel bad for her, but told her to be patient, and that it will get worse. Mark Twain said that 12 year old boys should be sealed up in a barrel and fed through a knothole, and when they turn 16, the knothole should be sealed up! Having gone through it with 5 boys, I can understand the sentiment….. Of course, same daughter was horrible for a few years, but now appreciates what I went through with her and her siblings….lol.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. I think winter pics with babies are even cuter because of the bundling up.

    xo Linda

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