Gloaming fabric blog hop and giveaway!

Hey everyone!  I am so happy to be participating in the Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop at Sew in Love {with fabric}.  This new fabric line was designed by Shelley Cavanna for Contempo Studio Fabrics by Benartex, and it is just SO dreamy!  You can see the entire line of fabric here.  There’s also a fantastic giveaway at the end of this post!

Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop


I was thrilled when Shelley of Cora’s Quilts asked me to be a part of this blog hop.  I have always been a fan of Shelley’s pattern designs and now she has added fabric design to her list of accomplishments.  The rich color palette and beautiful floral elements of this fabric line are just gorgeous.  I had so much fun working with it!

Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric


I named this quilt Diamond Twilight.  It measures 45″ x 60″.  I really wanted to make something that showcased the fabric well, and so I came up with this staggered diamond design.  I used EQ8 to draft the quilt design, and I loved it on the computer screen before I even had the fabric in my hands!  The blocks are large”ish” (5″ x 10″) and easy to make using the Diamond Rects – Quilting Tool by Studio 180 Design .

Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric
Diamond Twilight Quilt, 45″ x 60″ designed and made by Julie Cefalu


The dark blue fabric really sets off the teals and greens so well.  I love this combination of colors along with that awesome border fabric.  I was able to fussy cut the border strips to get a row of the large floral motif on each side of the quilt.

Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric


I quilted this myself and had my first experience using a quilting ruler on my domestic sewing machine.  It was a learning experience for sure, but by the end I felt fairly competent.  Just don’t pay attention to the size of my stitches – they’re all over the place!

Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric


I quilted a large flower motif in the center of the green diamonds.  It adds a delicate touch to the more tailored look of the straight lines.

Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric

Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric


The backing fabric is a “new to me” plush called Soft Textures Fireside from Moda.  It was easy to work with and it feels very soft and luxurious.  You can really see the stitching detail on the back, too.

Another first was the use of Hobbs Tuscany cotton/wool blend batting.  Let’s just say, I’m in love.   It has a little extra loft, a luxurious feel and drape, and is lighter in weight than 100% cotton.

Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric


And then I fell in love all over again when I added the binding!  I love scrappy bindings, and I used all of my leftovers to make the binding for this quilt.  I’m usually working with a deadline, so I’ve been binding my quilts entirely by machine.  I’ll work on a tutorial for that sometime soon.

Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric


Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric



The generous folks at Benartex are giving away a fat quarter bundle of Gloaming!  Woo hoo!  To enter my giveaway, please do the following:

  • Leave a comment (about anything) on this blog post.
  • Get a bonus entry by following me on Instagram and leave a comment on this blog post that includes your IG name (@____).
  • Deadline:  Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST
  • Giveaway open to US residents only.

Make sure to check out the other participants in the Gloaming fabric blog hop.  They have some beautiful creations to share and more chances to win a fabric bundle!

Gloaming Week Schedule
Monday: Introducing Gloaming – interview with Shelley Cavanna
Tuesday: Gloaming Hop – Cara Cansler @Sew_Colorado and Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse@patchwork_posse
Wednesday: Gloaming Hop – Karen Foster of CapitolaQuilter@capitolaquilter and Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream@seamslikeadreamquilts
Thursday: Gloaming Hop – Julie Cefalu (that’s me!) of The Crafty Quilter@thecraftyquilter and Rene Stout @QuiltingNona
Friday: Shelley’s Virtual Trunk Show


Diamond Twilight Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter Designs for Shelley Cavanna's Gloaming Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Benartex Fabric
Diamond Twilight designed and made by Julie Cefalu


Thank you to Benartex and Shelley Cavanna for letting me play with your beautiful fabric!

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  1. Thank you for the delightful fabric blog hop and giveaway! Your creativity shines through every post, inspiring us to embark on our own crafting adventures.

  2. Just gone going through your blog and I have to comment, it was an absolute hoot. Your writing technique is so engaging, I felt like I was on a wild goose chase with you. The picture you included were also a hoot, and I’m persuadedconvinced that you must have a photographic memory because they were so vivid. Keep it up, it’s a real trip!”

  3. Any tips and knowledge on business, fashion, travel, and a host of other topics are welcome on Digitalize Pedia. it is a good platform for learning and sharing your knowledge with others.

  4. Julie, always enjoy following your blog. Especially like the Gloaming fabrics and your quilting, I myself have just started practicing the ruler work,

  5. I think your quilt is lovely. So nice to see all the good pictures of it. Especially the ones showing the quilting.

  6. Julie, as usual, your workmanship is beautiful. I absolutely love your Diamond Twilight quilt, it is perfect with the Gloaming fabric. And, the ruler work/quilting is wonderful. I always get such inspiration from the work you do. Thank you for being so generous in sharing your work and others.

  7. Hi Julie, love your quilt, and beautifully quilted too! Just a little question…when quilting inside the individual motifs, is It any easier to use the ruler than the presser foot as a guide?

    1. Hi Edith,
      When doing free motion quilting, it’s easier to use a ruler as a guide because it makes my stitching perfectly straight. Otherwise, I’m a little bit wobbly! I can go a little faster, too, because I’m not concentrating on keeping the foot 1/4″ away from the seam.

  8. I love these colors together. Your quilt is lovely, from the design to the quilting to the binding. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win some yummy FQs.

  9. Love the colors and the quilting design in the diamonds. I don’t DO IG so I wont be getting any bonus points.

  10. OH my, oh my, I love this fabric. I already have an idea for a quilt to make with these colors. I really need to win this. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. really love this quilt design! Will you be sharing the details with us?? I want to make one! The colors are so fun!

  12. I love how you did the quilting on this quilt–good job with learning how to use the rulers, too!

  13. Love your quilt and how you use your colors. I too am trying to tell myself that I can quilt my own quilt. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  14. Julie,
    I love this quilt and hope that you publish the pattern for it.
    These are my favorite colors and the pattern is
    intriguing. Look forward to a class on this too.
    Sandy Rich

  15. Love the blue fabrics! and the scrappy binding really sets them all off!
    Don’t know how to instagram

  16. Great job with the rulers! I just started working with them and find that I do OK on small practice pieces but it gets dicy on the larger quilt.. instagram @judetwo

  17. What a beautiful quilt. It showcases the fabric perfectly!
    Following you on Instagram (demersdjd87)

  18. Beautiful use of the Gloaming line. The diamonds sashed with the dark blue are stunning. Thank you for all you teach us.

  19. I’ve not seen the Gloaming before but I love the colors and I’m just learning to quilt. My husband surprised me with a new Bernina at Christmas and I’m sooo excited and dumbfounded at the same time. My instagram is @adelleashtontwibey and I’ll definitely follow you on Instagram! Yes, please on the tutorial for machine binding and thanks for the wonderful blog! Adelle

  20. My kind of binding; scrappy and put on by machine. Fabric is lovely. Thank you for this giveaway.

  21. Your quilt is beautiful–I never think of using dark colors for the background but always love it.

  22. The fabric is beautiful but the way you used it brilliant withe the dark blue setting it off more.

  23. Your Diamond Twilight Quilt is beautiful. Your pattern really showcases the Gloaming fabrics. Your quilting is so perfect for the diamonds. I can’t wait to see the tutorial!

  24. GORGEOUS Quilt!! Colors & fabrics (backing too!)are Awesome!! The Quilting is Super! LOOOOOOVE it!! You are so creative! & Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! 🙂

  25. Absolutely stunning use of color and design. Love the blues!! I already follow you on instagram@gramrichins and enjoy your blog and patterns. Can’t wait to hang my cute patchwork Easter bunny, that pattern is adorae!!

  26. Your new pattern is great. It looks very modern. That fabric is wonderful. Thank you for all your comments, tips and recommendations.

  27. Comment on one thing? How about everything? The fabric is lovely, the design is great. All of the elements combine to make a very nice quilt. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and sharing your process.

  28. Love your quilting. I look forward to your binding tutorial. I have trouble when I machine sew it.

  29. You did it best! I love your quilt the best of all the ones in this blog hop so far. And your ruler work looks terrific! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Love your quilt design. And your quilting is outstanding. Is there a plan to offer the pattern for sale?
    I have used Tuscany wool-cotton blend and also fell in love with it.

  31. Love the colors and the fact that you left the fabrics in big enough chunks to appreciate the fabric design. Keep up the great work.

  32. Beautiful quilt…the diamonds really are a great canvas for your quilting. Love the border fabric

  33. I love how the flowers show up on the back. Lovely design and really great fabrics. I especially like the colors.

  34. Those fabrics are beautiful. And I love your design and choice of quilting motifs. Looking forward to seeing the moda plush in the stores. It does look very cozy.

  35. Thank you for the chance to enter the give away and the kids haven’t taught this old lady how to do Instagram yet. Your quilt is beautiful .

  36. Love the quilt — my favorite colors!! Design is great and can’t wait to see (and feel)
    the backing!! Thanks once again for inspiration.

  37. It is tempting to order the quilting rulers and foot.
    You did go more into detail in a recent post, which is appreciated.
    Like Louise, I’m looking forward to your machine binding tutorial.
    Love your blog- always fresh ideas!

  38. I love this color way and your quilting on the diamonds. I follow you on Instagram @artswife1972.

  39. I like scrappy bindings also. My last quilt ended up scrappy on the binding as well as the quilt itself. Lovely fabric and great quilt that you show!

  40. How do you find time for all your beautiful work??? I love not only the fabrics in this collection but also your choice of diamonds and flower in the quilting. It set the patterns off perfectly.

  41. I thought I *was* following you on Instagram already, but I’ve taken care of that and I am now. My Instagram name is @wordygirl11.

  42. Thanks for the chance to win. As usual, I love your designs and blog. Great photos and clear instructions on every quilt you make. Following you on instagram @terryrn3

  43. The flower in the center of your green blocks was such a nice touch! Thanks for introducing me to the soft, warm backing; it looks like something I can handle quilting, with a texture we’d love to snuggle under.

    I think you chose a great pattern to show off the Gloaming fabrics!

  44. Finally into my new house and am organizing my sewing/crafting room. Can’t wait to be quilting again. Love the fabric

  45. I like the fussy cut flower border on your quilt, I think it adds a special touch. Just before I sat down to read my e-mail I was debating what I would use for binding on my current project. You solved my dilemma, I will borrow your idea and make a scrappy binding. Thanks!

  46. Great design to show off these gorgeous fabrics — just my colors! I don’t use instagram, unfortunately.

  47. Wowza! I love your quilt and the fabric. I especially like how striking the diamonds are. I follow you on Instagram as @joyfully_tracie

  48. IT’s because of you i’ve been using stencils and i have REALLY want to learn about using rulers. Your quilting and fabric choices is always beautiful- what a lovely and and warm quilt. I have often thought of trying out wool batting and think i will purchase for my next quilt. Thanks always for the ideas and encouragement that we “all can do” by sharing and showing your techniques and ideas makes it more visibly understandable. maybe you can do a tute on your quilt rulers 🙂 THANKS!

  49. Love your quilt and especially how you quilted it. That is always my problem….how to quilt it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  50. I thought I already followed you on Instagram, but I do now. Saw something I had missed from the blog. Like that beautiful cat, It is a Maincoon right? or is it Manecoon? What ever one he or she is gorgeous. I’m going to start browsing Instagram in the evenings and see what I have been missing. Enjoy your day.

  51. I have been watching you tube videos about machine quilting, so your comments are very encouraging. I think this turned out so pretty. I follow you on instagram IG@jewlia

  52. What a beautiful quilt. I do have a question. I am making a quilt for a wonderful boy with Autism. I have heard that a weighted quilt is helpful for children with Autism. Do you think that a double layer of batting is enough? Since he lives in Dallas Texas I didn’t want to make it to hot.

  53. I love this quilt! And thank you for giving such great information about all of it. Love the backing and quilting. So beautiful!! I am very interested in the batting also. Sounds just wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway also! I hope I win!

  54. I really love your quilt. It does a great job showing off the beautiful fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

  55. I love those diamonds in those fabric colors, but your quilting really made that quilt. Awesome job!

  56. Beautiful fabrics and I love the quilt you made. I am going to have to get brave and try some quilting of my own quilts. Yours looks great. I always enjoy visiting to see what you have been working on.

  57. Julie,
    Your quilt came out beautifully! I love the colors AND your quilting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. Good grief Julie, where do you find the time to make and quilt all your quilts and projects! I’m still working on the blocks for our BOM and can’t seem to get to anything else! That quilt is lovely!

  59. Love this quilt – the colors, the design and the quilting – Great Job!! Maybe some day I’ll get the nerve to try FMQ a little more. Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂

  60. OMG!!!! Gorgeous and aaahhhhh! I absolutely love this design and the colors are just beautiful.
    Can we get the pattern soon. I have to make this quilt with the fabric, of course. I also loved the machine quilting that you did. Exceptional work.

  61. Hello Julie; I love your new quilt in every aspect! The fabrics are gorgeous! So definitely count me in on the give away opportunity! Also, I think your design works so beautifully with the fabric and you did such a superb quilting job with the two main sections pulling us into the design and then gradually having the eyes wonder back out to see the whole quilt and what other wonderful quilting you have done. Thank you so much for sharing this Julie! I truly love your new quilt in every aspect!!!

  62. Your quilts are always so beautiful, from the wonderful fabric choices to the quality of workmanship. Fantastic job!

  63. Your blog is always filled with lovely inspiration. Love the quilt and your quilting is beautiful.

  64. Julie,

    I love the quilt you designed. I was thinking it would make a great “happy hour “ quilt, hint hint. I also loved your combination of straight lines and floral motifs it was a nice touch.

  65. I love the contrast of the straight line quilting and the flower motif. I really enjoy your posts.

  66. Love the quilt, the dark blue really makes the other colors pop. Looking forward to checking out the backing fabric.

  67. Your quilt is just gorgeous! The Studio 180 rulers are wonderful aren’t they!? I haven’t tried the diamond recs. The Gloaming fabric is just perfect! Thanks for your wonderful blog–I don’t often comment, but always enjoy!

  68. I love your choice of fussy cutting for the border, and your then following up the flower motif with that beautiful quilted central flower, and the quilted flower border on the back. Beautiful.

  69. Beautiful. If possible I’d appreciate some info or where to go look about quilting with rulers for beginners. Thanks

  70. Your quilt design showcases the Gloaming fabric so well. Thanks for sharing. Fireside is wonderful. I experimented with it about a year ago and now I consider it every time I need a quilt backing. It is easy to work with and so cuddly.

  71. A great quilt design. Shows off those pretty fabrics, and you did a wonderful job of quilting it!!!

  72. I love the quilting in this quilt! It really sets off the pattern. The fabric is perfect for the pattern.

  73. Love the colors – they are so peaceful…like floating along in a magical sea. And you quilting was really great!

  74. Love this fabric – such rich colors. And your quilting is really interesting and inspires me to try some ruler work. I do follow you on Instagram

  75. Yay! I’m following you on Instagram. I’m @margaretanne54. I don’t know why I haven’t thought to look at your Instagram postings before, so I’m happy to be a follower now – I really enjoy your patterns and the way you use color.

  76. That is a beautiful quilt and I am so envious of your talent 🙂
    I follow you on Instagram @peggywilde

  77. I LOVE all the colors in this fabric line, and I love the way you used the dark blue for a striking contrast to the other colors. Lovely quilt, lovely quilting and beautiful fabrics!

  78. Beautiful quilt and love how the pattern really shows off the fabric line. I look forward to your machine binding tutorial in the near future.

  79. Love the colors you chose, and your machine quilting looks wonderful! Look forward to your binding tutorial.

  80. Julie, not only is this quilt beautiful, the quilting is amazing! However did you get such perfect flowers in every flower block! Isn’t quilting with rulers fun?

  81. Wow Julie! What a wonderful quilt. Your ruler work looks fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration. I especially like those painted toe on your last pic.

  82. Love the way the pattern showcases the fabric. I would also like to try that backing fabric. Sounds wonderful!!!

  83. Working with rulers on a domestic is a learning curve. I too have problem keeping my stitches all the same. Love the blues and greens in this line. Thank you for sharing your quilt and the quilting.

  84. Beautiful quilt – I love the colours! I want to try using rulers for quilting but am a little nervous about it.

  85. Love your quilt, beautiful fabrics and quilting. I need to learn to use those rulers .Are you going to feature a tutorial on those?

  86. I too like the scrappy bindings. This morning I’m making one from the pink ombré I just used. Looking forward d to the various blogs.

  87. Your choice of color placement is very attractive. My eyes glide smoothly over the quilt and it almost creates it’s own fabric print.

  88. Your quilt design is beautiful, and I agree about the palette – it’s magic with that navy background. Those diamonds just shine against it. What a gorgeous combination!

  89. Love the whole thing! Today’s my birthday so I think I’ll follow your links and do some shopping!

  90. Your quilt is lovely. Can you include more details about how you quilted the flower motifs in the blocks and borders. Did you trace a stencil or is it free hand free motion?

  91. Thanks for the chance to win. I would say you are a pro already with your ruler quilter. I love the way you used the blue to separate the diamonds.

  92. I adore your quilt. I’m usually not a fan of diamonds but I fell for your quilt instantly! The colors combinations are terrific, and your choice of quilting motif perfect. The “simple” straight lines on the teal/blue diamonds are wonderful esp the tips. I’ve never quilted with a ruler, looks complicated. Thank you for sharing.

  93. This quilt is stunning and really showcases these beautiful fabrics. Would love to win this fat quarter pack!

  94. I love, love your quilt. I’m so drooling at the thought of that beautiful faric. You choices are inspired

  95. wow your quilt is gorgeous. I love the triangle quilting you did. makes it look even more springy.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

  96. Very nice! Like your quilting. I’m learning to use rulers too. It’s much more difficult on a big quilt. You did a great job. The quilt pattern is very nice.

  97. Love the colors of Gloaming! Envy you quilting with rulers. I’ve practiced but still can’t get it right.

  98. Hi Julie, love your quilt! It just seems to be glowing! Beautiful blues, someone is going to be lucky to win a FB.
    Have a nice week!

  99. Your quilt is beautiful as is the gorgeous fabric. Would love to win the fat quarter bundle. Thanks so much.

  100. I love this quilt! I love the design and the colors are beautiful. Wish I could FMQ like you do….

  101. Eager to find that yummy backing! I love Gloaming too, and will be looking for both at a quilt show I’m going to this month.

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