I Love Home BOM month 2 and Giveaway

I’m so excited about this month’s block for the I Love Home BOM!  There is a fantastic giveaway, too, so make sure to read all the way to the end.  You’ll also want to visit our lovely leader and creator of this FREE block of the month, Jacquelynne Steves.  You still have time to sign up if you haven’t already!

As you might recall, I’m picking a season to represent each block and this month’s season is Autumn.  I LOVE this time of year, and all of the fall colors really tug at my heart.  It was so much fun for me to pick fabrics for this block.

I Love Home BOM, month 2. Made by Julie Cefalu and designed by Jacquelynne Steves


Isn’t this block adorable?  I love it when the piecing is easy, but it looks more complicated.  The applique is so cute and cozy – I thought it would make the perfect fall house block.  I added a few pumpkins to mine to really give it that Autumn feel.

I Love Home BOM, month 2. Made by Julie Cefalu and designed by Jacquelynne Steves

I Love Home BOM, month 2. Made by Julie Cefalu and designed by Jacquelynne Steves


The applique stitching is a simple zig zag stitch in matching cotton thread.  I added a thick, triple stitch to the windows to create window panes.  You can read more about how I use machine embroidery stitches in applique here.

I Love Home BOM, month 2. Made by Julie Cefalu and designed by Jacquelynne Steves


I love the addition of the gray floral fabric in the checkered border and that smokey turquoise accent in the applique.  It fits in well with my remodeled living room which has gone from warm browns to cool grays.

I Love Home BOM, month 2. Made by Julie Cefalu and designed by Jacquelynne Steves

Giveaway (Closed)

Are you ready for an awesome giveaway?  This  month, one of our BOM participants, Sarah J. Maxwell is giving away a fat quarter bundle of  A Shout, A Whisper, A Text.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite type of precut fabric.   I love charm squares and fat quarters, myself.  You have until September 10, 2017 to enter!   Giveaway is now CLOSED.

Here are the giveaway rules:

  • To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite type of precut fabric
  • You must comment by 11:59 pm PST on September 10, 2017CLOSED
  • Your email MUST be included in your profile information or in your comment. If I choose your name and I cannot contact you, I will choose another name.
  • Giveaway is open to all.
  • Winner will be chosen at random.

Make sure to be inspired by visiting all of the other featured bloggers and enter their giveaways too.

Remember, you can check out the I Love Home BOM Pinterest board here.  Make sure to use the hashtag #ILoveHomeQuilt for social media.

I Love Home BOM, month 2. Made by Julie Cefalu and designed by Jacquelynne Steves


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  1. I love fat quarters because there is a lot of coordinating material andyou can do so much with them. I also love your Blick with the fall accents.

  2. I guess I love both ends of the spectrum because I love fat quarters and the mini charm packs! They are so much fun to work with.

  3. Charms and fat quarters are probably my fav, but I love any and all aspects of sewing!!! It makes me happy inside!!! Have a great day!

  4. I love fat quarters and fat eights. Lots of variety to keep it scrapy, but in nicely complimenting colors and patterns.

  5. I love fat quarters because you can do anything with them, including making charms and layer cakes. They”re very versatile.

  6. I love them all, but I guess my favorite would be layer cakes because you can do so much with them. #ILoveHomeQuilt

  7. I love using fat quarters. I received some for a gift last year for my birthday & was so excited,that was the best gift ever.

  8. Hi there,

    Thank-you for the opportunity :-). I just love this block! My favorite type of precuts are half yard bundles, . The more the better, haha. Plus, I am never one to make just one, I always make several, and like to ensure I have enough. Plus, I love my scraps ;-).

  9. Probably jelly rolls, then fat quarters but the most fun one is quilter’s candy though I have never made anything with them but they are just cute.

  10. I love jelly rolls! When I participate in block swaps, using the solid colors for sashing helps unify the quilt and calms it down.

  11. My first pre-cuts were charm squares. Then a few layer cakes made their way into my life as have jelly rolls and of course fat quarters. I guess fat quarters are the fav although I really love half yard bundles.

  12. Stopping in to say-HI- I love your autumn block it’s so cute! I miss quilting along this year but am participating in 2 other quilt alongs among in between projects. 🙂 I’ve only had 2 fat quarter bundles and several charm packs, layer cakes, jelly rolls, and a few mini’s. I don’t have a favorite precut- only like to buy when there is a CUTE precut.when i find on sale. oh, then I have to “save” it….IDK why we do that (even with clothes).

  13. I like fat quarters because they are a little bigger, but I did make a fun quilt from a layer cake recently which was also great!

  14. Hi Julie,
    I love your fabric selection for this month’s BOM. i like to use charm packs. They are the perfect size.

  15. I love the colors that you chose for your block! It’s beautiful. I like fat quarters because of the versatility they offer. Thanks for sharing your work.

  16. I like charm squares…just enough to give variety, but not too big to be over whelming. Thanks for sharing the chance at the giveaway!

  17. I rarely use precuts, as well; but on those rare occasions that I do, I prefer fat quarters. Thank you! (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

  18. I still like fat quarters but charm squares are fun too. Mainly I’m trying to use up my stash and old clothes that we’ve out grown.

  19. I love fat quarters and charm packs, but I’m trying to stretch a bit. I recently bought my first layer cake, and my first jelly roll for Moda’s Jelly Roll day. Love your blog!

  20. Fat Quarters preferred or 10″ squares because you really can get a lot of other sizes out of these precuts – but fabric just fabric works for me too!

  21. I love getting fat quarters! There are lots of patterns available for FQ’s & I like to mix & match complementary fabric lines in my own combinations.

  22. Hi, my current favorite type of precut fabric are the jellyrolls. My friends are currently having a challenge using a jelly roll and have to present it in June of 2018.

  23. Oh I love charm packs, this is how I started patchwork, so they hold a special place in my heart, however lately I started using fat quarters because they have enough fabric to use on bigger projects!! Love the House project!!! In the Hellenic Patchwork guild, we had made a “My Neighborhood” quilt along-exchange project a couple of years ago, it’s really beautiful, and really love the houses that you make! Thank you for the opportunity to win this bundle of fabrics.xx

  24. Just like standing in the bakery glass case I like all bakery things. But to narrow it down I have had such fun with charm squares and jelly rolls. Your house blocks are so cute for the fall.

  25. Well, I think I like fat quarters the best. They certainly are the ones I have used the longest. I do like jelly rolls, though.

  26. My favorite pre-cut that I have is a Bali Fringe Pop of 40 21/2 ” pre cut strips. There are cotton prints and batiks.
    Very pretty.

  27. Fat quarters are wonderful but pricy. Charms squares aren’t quite big enough. So for me the best compromise are the 10″ squares — enough fabric to use in a project, but not going to break the bank.

  28. I love fat quarters, jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm squares – I’m not picky. Or maybe I just love material!!!

  29. Your Block is Awesome! Great color choices! I love using charm packs, & fat quarters are my
    weakness”…love all the variety!! giggle.. Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 😀

  30. My favorite precut is fat quarters! i use those a lot! I also like charm squares though and layer cakes and … I like them all!

  31. I love my fat quarters. I seem to be able to make the size blocks I like with that pre-cut. I haven’t bought any others but think perhaps the 10″ squares would be good for me too. Your block is so cute…..and beautifully stitched. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. What a beautiful block! I love the added pumpkins for autumn. Fat quarters are my favorite precuts, but I have also started using jelly rolls and charms.

  33. Hi Julie! I love fat quarters the most because they are so versatile, allowing me to use them in a variety of ways and projects. When folded, they’re so easy to use when auditioning fabrics and especially easy to store, too.

  34. I search high and low for the perfect fabric to use on each pattern, so I love 1/2yd. percuts. It always gives me more then enough to have extra for a mini or a special item.

  35. My absolute favorite pre-cuts are fat quarter bundles to get a wide variety of color in the same fabric line. Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Layer cakes and fat quarters! My favorite thing about precuts is getting the entire line of a collection of fabric!

  37. I absolutely love your block . . . the colors are great! And the pumpkins! Love all of it.
    My favorite precuts are jellyrolls. I love to see a tiny piece of each fabric around the edge. 🙂

  38. I think fat quarters are my favorite. I think I have more choices of what to make when I have a stack of fat quarters.

  39. There are so many uses for the 10″ squares; I love them. The charm packs are my favorite to make charity quilts; I love them. Jellyrolls are great for quick quilts; I love them. Fat quarters? I’ve used them before all the “baked” goods were made and I love them too! Most of all, I love your tips and techniques.

  40. I enjoy all the pre-cuts, but I’m especially fond of layer cakes. They can be cut into charm squares, rectangles, or larger shapes for piecing, so are quite versatile!

  41. Like you, the fall colors speak to me. I wait until the last minute to take down my fall themed quilts. I enjoy using layer cakes. I can cut them down to size and they are great for applique.

  42. My favorite precut is the one I need for my Moda Bake Shop pattern. I’ve used jelly rolls and layer cakes and really, the one called for in the recipe is my favorite.

  43. Julie, your block is so cute. I love the fabrics that you choose and the little pumpkins. I like jelly rolls. One of the very first quilts I made used jelly roll fabrics, and it was so quick and easy to piece and a confidence builder!

  44. I seem to gravitate to charm squares. A packet of charm sqares and a few yards of a neutral fabric can be stitched into a lap quilt in no time at all. Perfect for those comfy quilts for Children’s Services.

  45. I love fat quarters, but charms give your more variety for that detailed look. Thanks for the giveaway, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  46. I love charm squares and fat quarters myself. As a scrap quilter I find these the most useful. dquilterguy48329 (at) prodigy (dot) NET .

  47. I mostly only use far quarters, unless there is a fantastic sale! I just don’t find precuts to be size dependable, and I get too frustrated with them.

  48. when it comes to my favorite type of precut fabric i’m not sure so far all of the precut that I have used and seen are amazing. I love that they are already so close to the size and shape I’m going to need for everything i’m working on the only problem I’ve run into so far is that I’m not ordering enough at a time.

  49. Layer cakes are my favorite, for their usefulness. FQ bundles are my dream pre-cuts but I never buy those because they are too expensive for my quilting budget.

  50. I have now got my background fabric so can start my houses this week, thinking embroidery again but have bought some applique spray so might try that nt keen on how stiff the fabric feels with bondaweb and also have done hardly any applique.
    I love jelly rolls have quite a hoard in the drawer along with some char packs.

  51. Your sense of colors is wonderful. Fat quarters are my favorites, there are practically and economically, but I love the charm packs too, for the challenge to use all the pack in a single project.

  52. I’m just “discovering” pre cuts ~ but so far I’m enjoying them! Used charm packs, jelly rolls and 10″ squares
    Love your addition of little pumpkins.

  53. I’ve gotten interested in the 10 inch squares. Very versatile size with lots of possibilities. Especially for fussy cutting.

  54. My favorite precut is that awesome stack of fat quarters all folded and tied with ribbon. Jelly rolls are great but most projects need too many……

  55. I don’t buy a lot of precuts, as I seldom like all of the fabrics in a set! (The exception to this is batik). That being said, when I do buy them, I like layer cakes and fat quarters, because there is enough of each kind to do a variety of things with them.

    Your “seasons” approach is wonderful! I look forward to seeing the other seasons–I just joined the BOM, so haven’t seen the Block 1 ones yet.

  56. The only precuts I use are FQ’s. I prewash (and iron) every bit of fabric I buy before adding it to my stash, and obviously jelly rolls and charm packs don’t lend themselves to prewashing. The one time I did use a jelly roll for a quilt, I discovered the strips weren’t all uniform width, which made for some rather colorful language in my sewing room during the piecing process.

  57. Such a sweet autumn house! I can imagine taffy apples and apple cider sitting on the kitchen table inside! Very good how you used embroidery stitches to detail the pieces. Any kind of precut makes me happy, but fat quarters are the best with so many options.

  58. I also love charm squares as well as fat quarters. I have often purchased fat eighth bundles to do small projects.

  59. My favorite precut are fat quarters. I have 120 of them right now all wrapped on mini bolts and organized by color. I can do so mwithen and can pick them up anywhere. My next favorite would have to be the layer cakes. I love the Cake Mix Recipes that use the layer cakes. They are so much fun.

  60. I like the precut bundles because of the coordinating colors/patterns. Of the precut, I like fat quarters, and jelly rolls, but often buy charm packs because they fit my budget better! Thanks for your bog and tips and inspiration! Cheri

  61. I love this block! Autumn is my favorite season and this block is right up my alley.
    I love fat quarters . It seems I use those the most

  62. I love all precuts because you get the whole collection and they are more affordable. I do love the fat quarter for its size because you have more options.

  63. I have never used any of the precuts. That’s sad I am really inspired to begin by choosing a charm pack and a jelly roll. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this wonderful chance to win a beautiful selection of fabrics! I love your Autumn block.

  64. I just love 5 in. squares and then make them into all kinds of half square triangles and build my quilt from those… always different!

  65. My favorite precut is a layer cake that is on sale! I love that all of the prints are already coordinated and that you can use as a 10 inch, 5 inch or even cut off into 2 1/2 inch strips. Such versatility!

  66. Boy what a question! I love all of the pre-cuts. Each one has so many different uses in a pattern. I do like to keep jelly rolls on hand in white and black though. They are great for sashing and binding.

  67. Other than fat quarters and yardage, I tend to buy jelly rolls but thinking that layer cakes may be the next pre-cut for me to love.

  68. I have to pick one? Gee! I love Jelly Rolls for strip piecing, charm squares for applique and piecing, candies for hexagons, layer cakes for larger projects, and yardage for petting!

  69. While I collect all manner of precuts, my favorite is fat quarter bundles because they are the most versatile. They can be cut into a multitude of sizes.

  70. I love my collection of fat quarters and frequently ‘shop’ through them to find just the right fabric for whatever I’m working on.

  71. I love fat quarters but can’t afford them all the time so I tend to get charm squares a lot. sewgood414athotmaildotcom

  72. I buy mostly FQ’s, but 5″ charms are calling my name. I’m sure to succumb eventually. The “I Love Home” blocks are so cute; wish I could make time to do them.

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  73. I would love nothing better than to be surrounded by jelly roll strips. I try to think of new ways to use them so that I can still keep my creative side happy. To be fair, I would take a lovely fat quarter as well, as long as the option to strip it is there. 😀

  74. I like fat quarters but I’m not sure I know all of the benefits of using precuts. Might have to take a class to learn how to use precuts for more stuff. I save even small scraps so I’m experimenting using them up for mini blocks.

  75. I find charm squares to be versatile for my project ideas and if I see coordinating yardage for the charm squares, I usually purchase a yard or so – – just in case!

  76. Hi there Julie!
    oooo I love your Autumn House Block!
    I prefer fat quarters…you can do so much with them!
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs!

  77. I have used charm pack, layer cakes, jelly rolls, and fat quarters. It depends on the project and pattern I’m making. I probably use fat quarters the most and love it when I can get them on sale. Thank you for the give away!

  78. Dear Julie- I also love charms and fat quarters. I like little squares and tiny blocks and often cannot afford meters of fabric. Thank you for your autumn inspiration- I might even make it Hallowe’en.

  79. My favorite precut is a layer cake and charm packs, and fat quarters and jelly rolls! Ok i guess i would have to say all of them!! It just depends on what project i will be working on? Thanks for a chance to win! Also thank you so much for all your wonderful tips especially for machine applique on these houses. I never would have thought to use my embroidery stitches to embellish these cute blocks! So awesome, thanks.

  80. I love your fall house, so cute. I prefer fat quarters & charm squares in pre-cuts, truth be known have not tried any of the others (shame, shame). Thanks for the opportunity to win, such fun.

  81. Layer Cakes and Fat Quarters are my favorites and what tend to buy the most of as far as precuts. If I am needing to throw a quick quilt together, I grab the layer cakes because i can cut them in a number of ways and make several quick and easy but super cute quilts with them depending on my need. Fat Quarters however, my true love, are my very favorite. You can use as few or as many as you want to make as simple or as complex of a quilt as your little hearr desires with those little beauties. Plus I can mix and match them with ease since I have them stacked and stored neatly, which is easy to do with fat quarters. They are super great for applique projects too. Normally i keep myself stocked up with fat quarters so I can pull from them and mux and match anytime i need, but i just donated to someone that their home caught on fire and she lost her sewing room so i am dry. But i love to see the pretty stacks they make. I think they look lovely in sewing rooms as well. Not as bulky as bigger cuts just gor setting out. Pretty!

  82. I love jelly rolls and fat quarters the best. So many projects out there where you can take that jelly roll and fly, er sew, and fat quarters give you the flexibility when you need to cut up pieces to use in your design and it all coordinates. Love your autumn touches in your block!

  83. I just adore jelly rolls, great for sashing and bindings, and some wonderful little block pieces. They give a glimpse of most of the designs in a fabric line… 😉

  84. Love,love,L❤VE your Autumn block!!!!! I like working with fat quarter’s easier to cut out pieces. Have a great day!

  85. My favorite precuts would probably be fat quarters, they are easy to divide to make smaller strips, squares etc but also big enough to make bigger pieces. To me they are the most versatile making them my favorite to use! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  86. It all depends on the pattern as to which I use. I like all the pre-cuts but if I had to pick one I would pick jelly rolls

  87. I love the fall colors in your block! Fat Quarters are my favorite precut, because you have more options with the larger cuts. But, I do have quite a collection of charm packs & Jolly Bars too. Who am I kidding?! I love them all! 😉

  88. I love charm square packs. I have quite a stock of them. I am starting to really enjoy fat quarters as well. Shopping for fabric is now a favorite hobby for me.

  89. Fat quarters, fat quarters, FAT QUARTERS are my favorite. I can’t seem to collect enough of them. I buy them by the dozens in fabric I like when they are on sale and use them for everything: appliques, boarders, backgrounds, piecing, etc. They are my “go to fabric” and a way of life for me.

  90. I cannot tell a lie: while I love fat quarters, my favorite cut is the half yard because it’s two fat quarters and because you have WOF, you have a little more flexibility than a FQ. But to answer your question, strictly speaking, my favorite pre-cut is the FQ.

  91. I love your block and I really like the idea of making this quilt with each block representing a different season. My favorite precut is a fat quarter as I find it to be the most versatile.

  92. Julie, I love your Autumn block! Autumn is my favorite time of the year!

    My favorite precut is the fat quarter. I love to pet them, and they are versatile for projects!

  93. I use them all, mostly 5″ squares and jelly rolls… but I also love layer cakes. A jelly roll is in the works and 5″ squares is on deck!

  94. My go-to precut is usually the 5″ squares, but my favorite are the fat quarters. So much you can make with them!

  95. Your block is very pretty. I love Jelly rolls and fat quarter bundles. If it is a small project charm squares are lots of fun.

  96. What a cute block! While I buy jelly rolls and charm packs, I’m always drawn to the lovely pre-cut fat quarters lining the shelves of quilt stores. You can get great variety by going to several stores and just buying fat quarters. Thanks for the give-away.

  97. I prefer fat quarters as I can prewash to check for color bleed and shrinkage. If doing a log cabin, jelly rolls are great

  98. I use a lot of fat quarters. It’s amazing how many different sized pieces you can get from just one fat quarter! They are great fillers and they are easy to store. Any leftovers go into my applique stash!

  99. I love your “Fall House”. I like fat quarters. I have to restrain myself or I would buy way too many. I bought a jelly roll 2 yeats ago that is still calling my name. Someday ….

  100. I like to utilize fat quarters in my quilts along with fabric from my stash. I love the pumpkins that you added to your block!

  101. your block is so very pretty. I just bought my first precut – charm – but after they were washed they were no longer the same size. so not sure about buying precut fabrics at this point.

  102. I like the 10″ Layer Cakes. I can use them as is, can cut them into Charms or use them for appliques, etc. Many uses for them.

    I love your houses. You have picked perfect colors for each of them. You are going to have a cute wall hanging when you finish.

  103. I haven;t quilted very long, but really use more strips than anything else, so jelly rolls would have to be my favorite,

  104. You always have such great ideas to put your own mark on a pattern. I love the idea of making the four home blocks as different seasons. Your color scheme is perfect.
    My favorite pre-cuts are layer cakes as there’s enough fabric to make a quilt (especially if using a background fabric too) and it’s easily divided into 5″ or 21/2″ squares.

  105. My favorite precut is fat quarter bundles. Lots of variety and big enough pieces for a wide variety of cutting sizes.

  106. What an adorable house block! I like fat quarters best – just the right amount of fabric, not too much and not too little.

  107. I love fat quarters and layer cakes because they offer variety and can be cut further for applique or smaller piecing

  108. Love your soft colour palette. My favorite precut are fat quarters as I do like to prewash. FQs also give quite a bit of leeway with respect to what can be done. Thanks for sharing and the fabulous giveaway..

  109. My favorite pre-cut is the fat quarter. It can be cut down to whatever size you need. I have one star pattern that is designed for fat quarters. It is my go to pattern when I want something easy and pretty.

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