Piecing projects and other things

For those of you in North America, I hope you’re staying warm inside while the temperatures are at their lowest outside.  In Northern California, we’re expecting a typical winter day with highs around 60 and rain coming this weekend.  I’m spoiled – I know!

I’m slowly progressing on some piecing projects (my favorite) that are ongoing.  I’m catching up on The Patchsmith’s Sampler Blocks as the sew along is reaching it’s end.  There are a total of (50) 6″ blocks, and I’ve made about 30 of them.  The most recent two are the St. Louis Star and the Chain Link block.  The piecing on both is very clever!

Piecing Project: St. Louis Star made by Julie Cefalu. Designed by The Patchsmith

Piecing Project: Chain Link block made by Julie Cefalu; designed by The Patchsmith


I love to have a handwork project in the works to keep me busy while watching TV, so I’ve re-started a grandmother’s flower garden project.  I’m beginning to love English paper piecing, especially after watching Quick & Easy English Paper Piecing with Helen Stubbings on Bluprint.  Life changing!

Hand Piecing Project: Hexagons for Grandmother's Flower Garden


My inspiration for these hexagons is the quilt below by Sherri McConnell at A Quilting Life for American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine (June 2018).  I love how bright and happy it is!  Sherri now has the pattern available in her Etsy shop here.  I don’t say this very often, but I want mine to look exactly like hers.

Flowers for Emma by Sherri McConnell


I’m also working on a product review of a new template for making Drunkard’s Path blocks.  I’ll tell you all about it next Wednesday along with a roundup of Drunkard’s Path patterns.

Drunkard's Path block cut with template.


I received my last quarterly Little Box of Figs and it did not disappoint.  This is a subscription box from Fig Tree Quilts and I think it has already filled up for the next year.  I can’t find any current information about it.  The contents of the current box has a Valentine’s Day theme and contains a beautiful bundle of fabric to make the included pattern (Fair Isle Hearts) along with some extra goodies.

Little Box of Figs from Fig Tree Quilts


There are a few days left to add your completed UFO project to the link up here.  Make sure when adding your photo that you’re doing it from that specific blog post and not my home page.  So far, there have been over 50 projects added – I’m impressed!

I’ll be back of Sunday for the February edition on Sew Thankful Sunday.  Have a warm and happy day!

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  1. I think the center of the Chain Link block could be done using partial piecing around that center square. Or is it too small?

  2. Your St. Louis Star and the colors in it are gorgeous!!! I’m constantly drawn to red, white and blue combos and I love seeing your work, it’s always such quality. As always, thanks for inspiring and encouraging us.

    And thank you for your kind words to those of us in the “freeze zone”. It’s unusually cold here in PA, but we’re warm and cozy. I like winter however, the snow is beautiful and it’s a relief from the hot, stuffy, sticky summers (yuk). I guess in a way, we’re spoiled too, as we’re retirees and don’t need to fight traffic in the snow.

    God bless and happy quilting!

  3. Hello Julie, Both the St. Louis Star and Chain Link Blocks are done uniquely. I especially like how the center blue appears to almost be laying atop the star. I have tried several times to create a hand pieced block or English Paper Pieced block and always end up bored and never complete it. Yet, give me an hand embroidery project and they always get done. LOL. I have even tried the Drunkards Path using several methods and they just are never that great. So, I look forward to your post on this block! Sorry you could not find a way to get signed up for the Fig Tree Monthly Boxes again. The February box has some wonderful fabrics and great additions to your sewing room! Have a great day!

  4. Julie, I love the St. Louis Star block. I’ve never seen it before.
    I have a WIP hexi project to work on at night. So addicting!
    Bye from freezing Ohio~ 🙂

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