BOM and QAL progress and updates

The end of May is one day away, so I wanted to update you on my BOM and QAL progress.  I’ve been trying to keep up with three monthly block of the months and one weekly quilt along.  Whew!  Plus, there’s a new BOM starting that I will be participating in.  I know, busy as a bee (which is a clue for this BOM).

Let’s start with the Quilter’s Planner Sew Along.  I just love these little blocks!  I’m focusing on one color of the rainbow for each month, so for May, I chose blue.  The Essex yarn dyed linen in black  is a perfect background for the Alison Glass fabrics I’m using.

Quilter's Planner BOM, May blocks made by Julie Cefalu. Size of blocks are 6" and 3" finished.


The original pattern has the blocks finishing at 12″ square.  I’m making mine smaller, 6″ and 3″ finished.  Those are some small pieces in that little block!  Here are the “littles” all together:

Quilter's Planner BOM. Smaller sized blocks (3" finished) made by Julie Cefalu. Blocks 1 through 5


The other monthly project I’m working on is the Heartland Heritage BOM.  This month’s block is called Puppy Love.  It’s almost hard to see the puppy at first, but it’s there.  I’m not sure if I’m going to fit this one into the baby quilt I have planned for these blocks.  We’ll see once all of the blocks are finished.

Heartland Heritage, Puppy Love block made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

Heartland Heritage BOM blocks through month 5 made by Julie Cefalu


I’m trying to stay caught up with Amanda at The Patchsmith and her Patchsmith’s Sampler Sew Along.  These blocks are 6″ finished and Amanda has been providing excellent tips each week for piecing the blocks.  I’m missing one block, but here are blocks, 9, 10 and 12.

Block 9 of The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt Along made by Julie Cefalu

Block 10 of The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt Along made by Julie Cefalu

Block 12 of The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt Along made by Julie Cefalu


Isn’t that schoolhouse block adorable?  I love using my scraps to make these blocks.  There are so many possibilities!

I’m really happy to announce that Jacquelynne Steves has another free block of the month starting in August, Save the Bees.  I’ll be one of the participating bloggers again this year and I’m so excited to make this one!  Sign ups have just started and Jacquelynne will have kits available as well (optional of course).

Jacqueylynne Steves' BOM, Save The Bees begins August, 2018


Last but not least, my Summer Fun Quilt Along starts this Friday, June 1st!  I’m so glad to know that many of you will be making this wall hanging with me.  This is a free quilt along, and you don’t need to sign up for anything.  If you follow my blog through email, you’ll get the updates delivered right to your inbox.  If you follow my blog through Bloglovin’ or another RSS feed, you’ll find my updates there.   Otherwise, just type in The Crafty Quilter and the most recent blog post will be there.  I’m going to add a Summer Fun QAL tab to my menu bar as well for easy reference.

Summer Fun Quilt Along @ The Crafty Quilter starts June 1st, 2018

I hope you’re having a great week.  Happy quilting everyone!

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  1. I am making the May Wall Hanging and working on the flowers but they seem small. I was wondering do I need to enlarge them or leave them the way you’ve made them. I love the pattern and enjoy your blog so much. I also tried the straw method although I have arthritis quite a bit so working with small items sometimes is a challenge. Hopefully, I plan on doing the June Summer Fun Quilt Along. I’ getting over a total shoulder replacement and sometimes I get behind on things. Great job you do. Thank you

  2. OHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love all the blocks, but especially the second BOM,and Lord have mercy on anyone who does that little bitty piecing with those little bitty pieces!!!!!!
    I hope to be able to keep up with the wallhanging beginning tomorrow— 1 Jun 18.

  3. Wow! Your blocks are really cute. Love the school house one the best! It is so cute. I can’t imagine downsizing a block to 3 inches. Your work is beautiful and I am so impressed! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Your “Summer” quilt is adorable!!! I love the design and colors! I can’t wait to get started Thanks❤️

  5. You have such great blocks here! All so perfectly put together with some wonderful fabric choices. I love your new Summer wall hanging. Will have to check it out!

  6. Thank you for sharing all the lovely quilt squares, they are beautiful. Am looking forward to the Summer Quilt Along.

  7. I don’t remember ever getting an email from you but thanks. I will continue to follow you so please keep the emails coming Have a nice evening. Ruth

  8. Oops – auto spell messed me up. Should say how to figure out the sizes to make your downsized blocks

  9. Julie, your blocks are beautiful! I cannot imagine making 3” blocks or keeping up with so many different projects!

  10. Dear Julie –
    I think you should have a tutorial or an explanation of some sort of power you figure out the sizes to make you were downsized blocks. Say a block starts out at 12 inches and you want to make one that ends up at 3 inches – I have a feeling it’s not as easy as a quarter for all the measurements.


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