My latest finish and a work in progress

My latest finish has been a secret for the past month, but now I get to share it with you.  I was busy as a bee in April working on two projects for Jacquelynne Steves’ The Art of Home Club.  This sweet little bee hive pincushion and embroidered vintage bee pillow are the latest patterns available for April.

Bee pillow and bee hive pincushion made by Julie Cefalu for The Art of Home Club

Bee pillow and bee hive pincushion made by Julie Cefalu for The Art of Home Club

Bee pillow and bee hive pincushion made by Julie Cefalu for The Art of Home Club


I discovered that I am still a beginner when it comes to embroidery.  I was so slow!  And my stitches were uneven.  And my eyes are old so it made everything that much harder.  But I persevered and I love the results.

Bee pillow and bee hive pincushion made by Julie Cefalu for The Art of Home Club


If you’re already a member of The Art of Home Club, you have some beautiful patterns and ideas to look forward to.  If you’re not a member, Jacquelynne will be opening up memberships in the summer.  It’s a small, monthly fee and you receive a new project each month along with a collection of adorable embroidery patterns, how-to videos, club discounts, bonus projects, free BOM access and more.  Don’t worry, I’ll remind you when enrollment is open!

The Art of Home Clubs at Jacquelynne Steves


My work in progress – well there are many.  I have actually walked into my sewing room, turned around and walked back out because I didn’t know where to start.  There are SO many projects that need to be completed, or they are ongoing (monthly) and so many that have been waiting for me to start.

What I ended up diving into is this cute pattern, Sewing Patchwork, from Fig Tree Quilts.  I love the whimsical prints and timeless blocks that are part of this quilt.  I got all of the fabric cut and these two scissor blocks sewn together.  And guess what?  They’re not paper pieced, which is a big bonus in my book.  I’m sure the pattern could have been written for paper piecing, but it uses traditional stitch and flip techniques.

Sewing Patchwork pattern with scissors block @ The Crafty Quilter


That’s all I’ve got to show for now.  We leave for Austin tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to see my little granddaughter!  I’ll be taking lots of pictures so be prepared!  Have a great weekend everyone!



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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

7 thoughts on “My latest finish and a work in progress

  1. How nice-a lovely spring decor idea! ! Jacquelynne has a lot on nice projects too but I only wish i had more time craft. I enjoy seeing others projects! 🙂

  2. I just love your bee themed pillow and hexi pincushion! Your hand stitches make them so beautiful!
    And I love seeing the black scissors in the Sewing Patchwork quilt! I look forward to seeing this quilt grow!

  3. How utterly delightful! I’d almost become a member just for those two patterns! Doesn’t she have such vision?! I love the new pattern you are working on. I thought for sure those scissors were pp! Glad for you they are not! Enjoy your Austin visit. Wish I was still in Tx. It’s mighty cold here! XO

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