I’m working on a new layer cake pattern

I’ve been working on a new layer cake pattern.  Actually, I started a new pattern last year and I’m finally getting around to finishing it.  I’ve just sent it to a few people to test for me, and then I’ll be ready to make it available for purchase.  It’s all about hearts and it uses one layer cake and some background fabric.  Here’s a sneak peak:

Ombre Heart Quilt sneak peak @ The Crafty Quilter


I don’t know about you, but those pre-cut bundles of fabric are so hard to resist!   I really had to “face the music” when I moved out of my sewing room and saw the leaning towers of charm packs.  Those seem to be my favorite.  Next are the fat quarter bundles.  They’re so versatile, aren’t they?


And those mini charm packs!  They’re so economical and they give you a taste of the full fabric line.  You might as well buy two, or three….  You can read about my ideas for using and organizing mini charm packs here.


This month is flying by already.  I haven’t had a lot of time to sew.  I’ve been spending every spare minute scouring Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz for bathroom tile, light fixtures, paint colors and all things having to do with a remodel.  I’m SO ready for the decision making to be over.  I’m the person that needs to look at every single possibility before I make my choice.

My future sewing room


I did get one UFO finished this month.  I’ll show it to you on Sunday.  That’s when the 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge link up will be open.  Have you crossed anything off your list yet?

Happy quilting!

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  1. Julie, I’m loving your new pattern and can’t wait to see the full quilt finished! I have lots of layer cakes! Good luck with the remodel

  2. I need to go to the dollar tree…and I need to bind a UFO so I can display it for Valentines 🙂 and will be one down… Oh my… a total remodel I would be stressed out!! can’ wait to see your heart pattern! 🙂 Your quilt looks cute even only a piece of it :). thanks.

  3. Went through 3 years of remodeling our home. The last step was the upstairs which is my sewing domain. It is taking me 2 years to go through and put back etc. Not too mention donating stuff to those who will use it faster than me! It is hard to get rid of those pre -cuts though. Love your blog

  4. Love your posts! A reader’s post before mine says she needs to stop collecting and start sewing. Relating! But I did cross off a UFO this past Saturday…only 12 more to go!

  5. I understand all too well how overwhelming the decisions of the endless design options, especially now with Pinterest. One day at a time! You are so brave to live through the chaos, hope you’re keeping your eyes set on the goal!
    Many thanks for all the mini charm ideas, I am so overwhelmed by all of my 2 1/2 inch squares! I need to put some of your ideas on my 2019 quilt to-do list!

  6. Hello Julie, I am sure you have enjoyed picking out everything for the remodel…until it does reach that final point. Yet, once it all starts coming together to the final finish you will be so glad that you did take all of that time. I look forward to seeing any updates you share. I actually just picked up the zipper I needed last night and I am still in the process of finishing another project I started while waiting to get the zipper. So, I will hopefully be able to share both finishes. Your heart quilt has some gorgeous fabrics. I can not wait to see all of it. Have a great time working on it!

  7. Love the heart quilt design. Me too, love the charm oacks, etc. I need to stop collecting them and start sewing with them.

  8. It’s easy to resist the precut packs that are smaller than fat quarters since I’ve learned to prewash all the fabrics in any quilt that will actually be used. Any bleeding can be dealt with, and every fabric is then preshrunk. No surprises or disappointments later.

  9. Your remodel is really coming along. I know you must be so excited! All the time and effort wlll be so worth it. I am saving up my mini-charms…for a patchwork quilt!

  10. I’m one of those people that can’t resist especially the mini charm packs! And, working like mad on quilting a baby quilt so I have a finish!!

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