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Sunday stash and a few WIP’s

Sunday stash report:  I have attempted to NOT buy fabric online for a long short time, but I couldn’t resist this bright bundle of One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff for RJR Fabrics.  I saw it on Instagram and I was hooked.  Can you blame me?

My Sunday Stash: One Room School House from RJR Fabrics

One Room School House from RJR Fabricsoneroomschoolhouse-hyb-fan-cu

No plans for this group of fabrics yet.  I’m happy just looking at it on the shelf for now.

I must have a thing for charm packs. They’re not too expensive and I get a selection of all of the fabrics in one grouping.  They’re the perfect size for applique projects or a mini quilt.  I just received this beautiful package of Sundrops by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.  I fell in love with Corey’s first line of fabric, Prairie, and I’m excited to play with this group as well.

Sundrops by Corey Yoder for ModaSundrops image


I had to try out the new 80 wt. thread from Aurifil.  I bought a 6-spool package from  Fat Quarter Shop and I have the perfect applique project to test it out on.  It’s 100% cotton thread and at 80 wt, it promises to be a very fine thread for hand applique.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

aurifil trendsetter


I’m plugging away at the Splendid Sampler blocks.  This little bunny, designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs is ready for some hand applique.  I love anything that Anne designs and I’m quite fond of her rabbits.  (I’m in the quilting stage of Rabbits Prefer Chocolate.)

Splendid Sampler Block 25, made by Julie Cefalu

I decided to use my Appliquick tools to do turned edge applique.  The nice thing about this technique is that you do all of the hard part first.  Once all of the pieces are prepared and everything is glued in place, you just hand stitch it down – and I’ll be using the Aurifil 80 wt. thread mentioned earlier.

splendid bunnyhill block


The 50th Splendid Sampler block was designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts, another favorite designer of mine.  This block marks the half-way point of the quilt along and I felt compelled to get it done even though I’m missing quite a few blocks from the first half.  I really enjoy piecing and this was a fun block to sew.

Flights of Fance block from The Splendid Sampler, made by Julie Cefalu


I’ve completed the August block for the Sugar Block Club BOM.  This was a quick make and I loved the fact that there were no diagonal seams that needed to match up.  Easy peasy!  I’m using Prairie by Corey Yoder for Moda (as mentioned previously).

Sugar Block Club BOM, block 8, made by Julie Cefalu

Sugar Block Club BOM blocks made by Julie Cefalu


And lastly, I have a new beginning quilt top sample finished.  I’ve been teaching beginning quilting for over 10 years, and I’m changing to a new book by Alex Anderson, Make Your First Quilt.  I love this book!  You learn how to make one block (Arkansas Crossroads) and then there are twelve different options for the quilt layout.  I’m making a very small sample, and I’ll be encouraging my students to start small as well.

Make your first quilt

beg quilt sample on bed

beg quilt sample on bed 2

Next job is to baste, quilt and bind this one.  It’s going to have to get in line, though, because I have my UFO for August to finish up first.

I hope you’re having a great day!  Happy Quilting!

Julie 176 x 116

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  1. I love Corey’s new fabric. I have followed her designs since before her Birdie Stitches block of the month. It is fun to see the blocks you have been making for the different blocks of the month. I had planned to participate in each of the ones you shared but this has not been the year for me to keep up. I enjoy seeing your blocks and maybe next year I will be better at keeping up.

  2. Wow. What a great blog with so many ideas and techniques. I am super jeaslous since I have hardly sewed a stitch since end of July. . Thank you for sharing your progress. I agree those fat quarters were hard to say no to.

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