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November UFO link up

It’s the last day of the month, so it’s time for our November UFO link up (see the end of this post for the blue link up button).  This month went by so fast which is why I’m still limping along with my UFO (unfinished object).  You can read more about my Hello 2016, Goodbye UFO’s here.

Hello 2016, Goodbye UFO's


You know I’m a fan of the saying “Finished is better than perfect”.  That’s the truth with all of my UFO’s this year.  I just finished quilting “Maggie’s First Dance,” my BOM with Jacquelynne Steves.  I would have, could have done more quilting on this one, but there just wasn’t enough time.  Another consideration for the amount of quilting was the fact that this is going to be snuggled by a 3 1/2 year old and it has minky on the back.  I want it to drape nicely and retain its softness; too much quilting can make it stiff.

Maggie's First Dance BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

Maggie's First Dance BOM, made by Julie Cefalu


I stitched in the ditch along the borders and blocks using Aurifil 50 wt. thread.  I did some large pebbling around the appliques and I quilted large flowers in the alternating blocks.

Maggie's First Dance BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

Maggie's First Dance BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

Maggie's First Dance BOM, made by Julie Cefalu


I did a little free motion quilting in the outside border by echoing around the flowers and swirling in between them.

Maggie's First Dance BOM, made by Julie Cefalu

Maggie's First Dance BOM, made by Julie Cefalu


Guess what happens when you leave a quilt on the floor unattended for more than 30 seconds.  Cooper claims it for his own.  How can I blame him?

Maggie's First Dance BOM, made by Julie Cefalu


It’s a rainy day outside and too dark inside to get a good picture of the whole quilt.  I still need to put the binding on it and then I’ll ship it off to my great-niece.  Her favorite color is pink so I know she’ll appreciate it – if only for the back!

November UFO Link Up

Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve finished this month.  I’ll pick two winners who will each receive a fat quarter bundle equaling 3 yards of fabric (either The Cottage Garden from Riley Blake OR Simon & Kabuki for Quilting Treasures), a Friction pen and 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Creative Grids ruler.  I’m giving you an extra day to link up (Dec. 8) since I’m late in getting this post up.


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 December 8 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 December 9, 2016.
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  1. Thanks so much for doing the UFO link up. Just that little bit of incentive helps me get motivated to get stuff done. Thanks for your blog too, I really look forward to it.

  2. Hi Julie,
    The quilting on Maggies First Dance is perfect. Sometimes less is more and I think that goes for quilting too. Your blocks are so pretty and with pink Minkee on the back it only needed a little quilting embellishment.
    I think it’s perfect!

  3. Hi Julie, I just love your Maggie’s first dance quilt. I am making the same quilt with the same fabric but I am far behind. I am just sewing the rows together. I am a little nervous because the border fabric I chose is from the same Adornit line but I see you picked out the floral-dot fabric and I had chosen the all dot fabric. I hope it will not be too busy. Thank goodness I have my quilting which gives me such joy since my life right now is not very joyous. My 93 yr old mother is living with me and now is in a hospice situation so this is very hard but thank goodness I can escape for a little time and sew and read your blog. I don’t know what I would do without my wonderful quilt community. Love everything you do!
    P.S. I see Amelia came to see you from Austin this Thanksgiving. How nice for all of you.

  4. Your quilt will be loved I am sure. The quilting is just right and the minky will make it so soft and cuddly. I have been inspired to keep trying to finish projects by your posts each month. I will be linking up this month after a few with not finishes.

  5. Your quilt finished up adorably…I have not yet used minky but your quilt looks so cozy. It is sure to be a hit with your niece.

  6. Your quilt looks great! The pink minkee is a wonderful choice. No finished UFO’s for me this month. I am still hopeful for December. 🙂

  7. Julie: The entire quilt top of the Scout wall hanging did not fit into the square space on the entry page. The borders go around the whole project. Thank you for this year’s give-away offer.

  8. Julie, your quilt turned out beautiful! Have a wonderful Christmas season.
    Thanks for this great UFO incentive this year. I actually finished a bunch…and thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Hi, Julie! Every dog I know (including mine) LOVES to lay on quilts-in-progress on the floor! 😉 Are there any tricks to quilting with minkee backing? Do you use batting with minkee? Someone told me that’s the only way to do it, but it seems like it would make the quilt pretty heavy. I appreciate your expertise. Thank you!

  10. OMGoodness, Julie!! Your quilt turned out so wonderfully! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the different quilting you’ve done on each block, etc. Really makes your appliqué shine! You are SEW talented. Hope your great-niece knows how lucky she is to be receiving this beautiful quilt. Wow!

    Blessings, Karla

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