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July UFO Link up & some WIP’s

The end of July has crept up on me with little warning and I find myself with three deadlines in the next two days.  The July UFO link up is here (at the end of this post), and I’m nowhere near completing my UFO for this month.  I hope you’ve had more success in that department than I have.

Hello 2016, Goodbye UFO's

With no completed projects to share, I can at least tell you about some WIP’s and other things that have been keeping me busy.  I just finished taping a video (this morning!) for The Quilt Show about quilt borders (that will be available on September 1st).   I made this little sample for that video to show how to measure and cut borders.  This will also be a beginning quilt sample for the shop that I teach at.  I’m using Alex Anderson’s new book, Make Your First Quilt and I love all of the different setting options available.  The quilt uses one block, Arkansas Crossroads, and it’s so fun to play with on my design wall.

Setting options for Arkanasas Crossroads block at The Crafty Quilter


I ended up using the layout in the lower left corner.  I’ll put the final border on it later today and snap some pictures once it’s quilted.

I just wrapped up a beginning quilt class with 5 lovely ladies.  You really get to know your students after five or six weeks of classes and the group often become friends by the end.  The photo below is missing one student, but the rest of them are proudly displaying their finished quilt.

Beg Quilt students 7-2016
Beverly, Stacey, Julie (me), Rina & Jayashree


I just finished block #3 of Maggie’s First Dance BOM.  Tomorrow, I’ll publish the blog post with pictures of my block and a giveaway as part of the BOM hosted by Jacquelynne Steves.  Here’s a sneak peek:

maggies block 3 sneak


Although these next pictures don’t qualify as WIP’s or UFO’s, they have been keeping me busy!  Last weekend I was in Austin, Texas, celebrating my daughter’s 30th birthday and my granddaughter’s 1st birthday.  It was so much fun and we got to babysit Amelia for 24 hours.  She was so good (perfect, really)!  She waved goodbye to her mom and dad, and then continued to play with grandma and grandpa as if nothing unusual was happening.  She only cried when we needed to change her diaper.  Were my children ever this good?

Kelly and Amelia celebrating their birthdays
Mom and daughter share birthdays 4 days apart.


Amelia and Grandma having fun
Amelia loves being pushed in her little cart.


Amelia nd Mr Crafty Quilter in the garden
Mr. Crafty Quilter and Amelia finish building the garden beds for Mom.


Kelly and Steven just finished turning their office into Amelia’s playroom.  You can see the wall hanging I made her on the left side and on the right, Kelly made a reading corner with pillows and a hanging canopy.  It’s such a bright and fun place to be!

Amelia's playroom designed by Kelly & Steven Cutbirth


We have a small garden in our yard and it’s cranking out some beautiful tomatoes and lemon-cucumbers.  It makes for a great composed salad.  I top it with olive oil, lemon juice and a little salt and pepper. This has been a favorite lunch of mine this summer:

composed salad


July UFO Link Up

This month’s link up has a mystery prize package that will be mailed to two lucky winners.  (Read – Julie is way behind and still needs to put it together).  All you need to do is add a photo of your finished UFO project to the link up and you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing.

Link-up Rules:

  • You may add up to 2 finished projects.
  • One image per finished project.
  • Project must be sewing or quilting related.
  • The link-up will be open until August 7, at midnight, PST.
  • The giveaway is open to USA or Canada only, however, anyone can join the link-up. If a winner is chosen that is international, then another number will be picked until it meets the criteria.
  • Winner will be drawn at random on August 8, 2016.
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  1. I love the ” Block 1 of the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM” but I need the piece sizes. I have tried to make the block and have figured out the outer triangles but the rectangles are not so easy. Where can I get the instructions?

  2. Hi Julie…..Here is my very first finished UFO project of 2016. Thanks for your inspirations. I really enjoyed reading about you, your family and your adorable Amelia.

  3. I have not had a very productive month when it comes to sewing. I did complete one project but not the one on my list for July. Spending time with family is a very good trade off for time sewing and I can see that you have been able to do some of that. Summer is a great time of year!

  4. So glad you get to enjoy your grandaughter. There really is nothing better! Hope you can get your current projects finished and I hope you are still planning a visit to the Austin Area QuiltFest in September Bring Amelia…she’ll love all the beautiful quilts.

  5. I love your little extra WIPs.

    I am still,working in my Feathered Star quilt with the feathered borders. Since it is paper pieced and has HSTs that are under one inch, it really is a WIP. I can only work on it for so long before I need to do something ( anything) else! I am working on the row by row and one shop’s row has 147 pieces plus appliqué! Not going to win and “first finished” but I love all the rows I have collected!

  6. It must feel fulfilling to teach these ladies how to quilt. I remember my first quilt was a rail fence pattern too.
    I do have a finish for this month. I made my quilt top back in early 2014 using a pattern from Jess at her Elven Garden blog. The quilt sandwich was made and even stitched in the ditch. And then it sat in my closet as I did not feel confident doing free motion quilting. I have been doing some practicing since then and this month the quilting was finished and the binding put on. It’s not easy to see but each stripe has a different quilt pattern and the background has its own as well.

  7. Thanks for your interesting post. Lots of inspiration here. I finally finished a pouch which has sat on my table “waiting” for a very long time. The image has appeared in your link up. I’m hoping I set it up correctly.

  8. Hi Julie,

    I agree with your choice of the layout of the quilt. It’s really cute. I can’t believe that Amelia is 1 already, and walking (or at least cruising) around. I know you’re still madly in love with her (I can tell by your face), is grandpa still under her spell? He looks like he is. Kelly did a wonderful job on the reading corner. That little doll will be reading before you know it.

    xo Linda

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