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Introducing Clara Grace, and a new doll quilt

My heart is full as I get to introduce you to my newest granddaughter, Clara Grace!  She was born on March 27, at 8 lbs. 5 oz. and is now baby sister to Amelia.  After being 7 days overdue, it was time to “get this party started” as my daughter, Kelly, put it. Everything went smoothly (and naturally!) and the newly expanded family is healthy and happy.

Kelly, Amelia & Baby Clara
Kelly, Amelia and Baby Clara


Steven, Amelia and Baby Clara
Steven, Amelia and Baby Clara


It’s hard when we live so far away, but I will be flying to Austin the second week in April to spend a week with my granddaughters.  How fun is that!  And of course, I’ll bring a new baby quilt for Clara and a new doll quilt for Amelia.  I don’t want to give away all of the details of the baby quilt until it’s finished and delivered, but you can see the doll quilt and sneak peak below.

Doll quilt made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

Doll quilt made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


I want to embroider the name, birth date, etc. onto the baby quilt so I had to wait until baby sister had a name – which was just decided upon last night.  Not everyone thinks like a quilter and gives the important details ahead of time!  I can remember when Kelly was born and we waited two days before we decided on a name.  Obviously, I wasn’t a quilter back then.


I’ll show you the finished quilt soon along with more details of the doll quilt.  You might recognize the main heart block as a smaller version of my ombre heart tutorial.  I can’t get enough of these hearts!

Thanks for letting me share my treasures with you.  I’ll be back on Sunday with a new Sew Thankful blog post which also falls on Easter Sunday.  Until then, enjoy your day!

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  1. Congratulations!! What a beautiful family and sweet, sweet baby! Wishing you and your family many blessings.

  2. Welcome to the world Clara Grace … your arrival has been eagerly awaited and you are so loved. Clever girl Kelly and congratulations to you and Steven for making such beautiful babies.
    Julie, how wonderful for you, I feel, and share, your full heart for the immeasurable love one has for grand-children.
    I can imagine how much you are looking forward to your trip.
    p.s. I think Amelia looks more like you each day

  3. Congratulations! What a wonderful surprise right before Easter! So happy for you and I know you can’t wait to come back to Texas! Hearts are one of my favorite and I’m going to have to try your pattern style. AS always-beautiful! 🙂

  4. Congratulations on your growing family. You are blessed.
    I can relate to you living far away from your family…my two grandsons are growing up in Key West and my new granddaughter born in December lives in California…and I live in Maine. I flew out when she was one month old so I could hold her.

  5. Hi Julie, Congratulations to you and Mr Crafty Q on the safe arrival of your 2nd grandchild! You must by dying to get down to Austin! Keep busy making more lovely quilts until then Hugs from Norway

  6. How wonderful, Julie! Your little granddaughters look so sweet! I’m sure Amelia will make a great big sister to Clara. She looks so happy and proud in the picture. Enjoy your visit to Austin. I’m loving it here now that I’m all settled in.

  7. March 27 is also my brothers birthday, except he was born in 1933. What a happy day this is for you! May blessings be with each member of your family and good health continue.

  8. Hi julie,

    Congratulations on the birth of your sweet little Grand baby. She’s a doll. I know you’re going to have so much fun when you go to visit for a week. Can’t wait to see the baby quilt your making her. Take care !

  9. Congratulations!! Beautiful baby added to a very sweet family! Love the quilt too! Have fun grammy!

  10. Congratulations on having your new granddaughter. What a Blessing both granddaughters will be for you and your family!

  11. Congratulations on a new granddaughter, Julie! She’s as beautiful as her name and it appears she has big sis’ approval. What a blessing. Glad to hear all went well.

  12. Congratulations! How exciting to have another future quilter & sewist. Grandchildren are our greatest joy!
    Blessings to the whole family.

  13. What a great day and great pictures. I also lived away from my grandchildren, but squeezed in as much fun and love as I could. Enjoy!!

  14. Congratulations to the newest family member! Best day of the year( that is my birthday!!)
    Love ALL you show us!

  15. Congrats on your new grand daughter and to the big sis a congrats as well on becoming a big sis 😀 I am sure mom is glad it is over as well as dad… now they can all snuggle and love on each other… enjoy your visit in April which is not far away.
    I Love the doll quilt you are sharing and your stippling around the heart just makes the heart pop all the more!
    Have a blessed Easter and thanks for all you do for the quilting and blogging community to keep things positive… it doesn’t go unnoticed!

  16. ENHORABUENA!!! Qué guapas y felices están las tres! Disfruta mucho con tus preciosas nietas.
    Un abrazo,

  17. Many Many congratulations. Have a Happy Easter and a fun week away with your grand daughters.
    Warm hugs, Ruthie

  18. Congrats Julie. Little granddaughters are oh so special. She’s a keeper. Have a wonderful visit and soak in that baby smell.
    Vangie Brake, Ontario Canada

  19. I’ve been waiting to congratulate you and now I can…congratulations to all. Wow, 7 days overdue. My son also lived in Austin for a while and my first grandson was born there. I flew down to see him when he was a month old. It is hard to be far away from family but I am glad you will be visiting soon. What beautiful little girls. I only have 2 grandsons so no quilts but they do love my pillowcases I make for them. Love your little quilt and the fabric choice. Is that Kate Spain fabric?

  20. What beautiful baby. I know how you feel. I live in Indiana, and my Grandaughter lives in Idaho. Although she is now 27, it’s still hard when you see them twice a year.

  21. Congratulations Julie and the whole family! Amelia looks like she is ready to be the ‘big sister’ . Baby Clara is adorable….❤️

  22. How SWEET!! Such a beautiful family, you must be so proud. I am sure that they will treasure the quilt.

  23. Of course congratulations to all‼️ My daughter had two children and did it all natural as well, OMG, these tough women❗️I love hearts and your quilt as well. Have a safe and wonderful trip.

  24. Congratulations! Both granddaughters are adorable. The quilt is beautiful. How lucky you are–I only have grandcats.

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