The art of hand lettering and Happy Mother’s Day!

We’ll get to hand lettering in a minute, but let’s start with Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day from Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


Even though I am a mother, it’s not about me.  It’s about celebrating my own wonderful mother and now my oldest daughter who has become an amazing mom to two beautiful girls.  And of course, all of my children are perfect reasons to celebrate being a mom.

Me and my Mom in 2016


The Cutbirth family of four


For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a creative nature.  I loved to color and draw as a child.  When I was 10 or 11, I learned how to crochet and before I was 13, I was crocheting scarves, afghans, and sweaters.  Next came sewing in junior high, then cross stitch, decoupage, knitting, paper crafting and finally in my 30’s, I discovered quilting.  That was the game changer for me.

One thing I had forgotten until recently was the art of writing and hand lettering. I have always enjoyed writing stories, letters and journaling.  And the process of writing each letter that formed the words was always a part of the creative process for me.  I would play with my cursive letters and tweak them until I found the perfect “g” or “xyz”.


Just recently, I discovered the world of hand lettering and I’ve been playing with the writing process again in a much more creative way.  I can’t remember what led me to the book, The Guide to Mindful Lettering, by Lisa Funk, but it was one of those “aha” moments.  Maybe not quite the loud voice of quilting, but something that has tugged at my creative soul nonetheless.

Hand lettering:  The Guide to Mindful Lettering by Lisa Funk
Image Source: Hand Lettered Design.com


As soon as I received my book, I dove right into practicing the art of hand lettering.  This new”ish” art form is also known as brush lettering and modern calligraphy.   I think the lettering process is similar to free motion quilting in that it takes hours and hours of practice to build up the muscle memory and fluid motion of making beautiful letters.


I wrote a poem for my daughter, Kelly, for Mother’s Day and used my new (shaky) hand lettering skills to write it onto this lovely watercolored paper that I made.  It’s definitely not perfect, but it’s the thought that counts.

Hand lettered Mother's Day poem by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


This is not a sponsored post about hand lettering.  I’m just sharing my latest creative endeavor.  However, the timing is perfect to add a plug for Craftsy Unlimited (affiliate link).  They are offering free, unlimited access this weekend!

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Last month, I joined Craftsy Unlimited.  I usually focus on the quilting classes they offer, but there is so much more!  They even have a beginner’s guide to hand lettering.  I hope you take advantage of this free weekend.

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Thanks for taking the time to visit today.  I truly wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend full of family and creativity.

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  1. Happy Mother’s day!! Just wanted to say I just got that lettering guide about a week ago and am trying to get my stamping/card making desk cleared off so I can get to work on practicing! Your poem and art for your daughter is beautiful!! Hugs, H

  2. You too Julie, have a very happy mother’s day.
    Beautiful shot of you and your Mum, and a lovely pic of your eldest and her family.
    Love the poem

  3. Happy Mothers Day Julie,
    I am happy! Cards from each of my girls and flowers from my son…can it get any better?!!
    Your hand writing is beautiful…… and the poem so meaningful for your daughter. Have a wonderful day……

  4. Your poem is so beautiful! I like it so much! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  5. Happy Mothers Day to you, Julie! I have been watching two classes since yesterday when I found out about the free weekend. It is wonderful that you have also mentioned it, everyone can take a class or two that they want. How fun you must be having learning so many techniques with the lettering. Your poem is just beautiful in every aspect!!! Continue having fun with the learning and your new book, plus a fabulous Mothers Day!

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