Mini quilt progress and other things

I’m making good progress on finishing the mini quilt for my February 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge.  Working on such a small scale is so nice!  It goes quickly and it doesn’t take up much space (which is still limited in my temporary kitchen set up).

Mini Quilt blocks made by Julie Cefalu. Designed by Cheryl Brickey for the 2018 Quilter's Planner


I chose a simple setting for my 3″ quilt blocks and felt like it needed something extra.  I went with applique and turned this mini quilt into a feel good statement.  I used EQ8 to do a little mock up of what that would look like.

Sew Happy Mini Quilt in EQ8. Designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


So far, so good.  I changed up the lettering font a bit and used fusible applique and a small satin stitch with Magnifico Thread by Superior Threads.  This thread is one of my favorites for machine applique.  It’s a strong 40 wt. thread made from trilobal polyester and it has a beautiful sheen to it.  You can read more about my favorite tools for machine applique here, and for detailed applique instruction, check out my 3-part Applique Series.

Sew Happy Mini Quilt made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


The link up for February’s UFO & WIP Challenge is this Sunday, February 24, and it will be open for one week.  I’m still finishing up my mini quilt, so I’ll have more detailed photos to show you on Sunday.

How are you doing on your UFO project?  This month’s prize for one lucky winner is sponsored by Jacquelynne Steves – she is giving away a box of her favorite Aurifil Thread Floss (a $45 value!).  You’ll have to enter a picture of your finished project to Sunday’s link up to be entered into the giveaway.

Other sewing projects for me have been few, but I did finish one quilt block for The Granary’s El Camino Real Block of the Month designed by Nancy Rink. This was a challenging but fun block to teach (and to sew).  There were a lot of points that needed to match up!

Quilt block made by Julie Cefalu. Designed by Nancy Rink for her El Camino Real BOM.


The house renovations are coming along.  They’re almost finished putting tile in the bathrooms.  The other rooms are ready for paint.  We still have another six weeks left before we’re done.  For now, I’m taking two-minute showers in a mini RV, but at least I get to sleep inside the house – in my dining room!

This  month, I spent four days in Austin, Texas, with my daughter and granddaughters.  It was so fun to have a girl’s only weekend!  The weather was really cold; it even snowed a tiny bit, so we stayed inside mostly.  Amelia at 3 1/2 years old kept me busy with art work and pretend play.  Clara is almost 11 months old.  She is crawling everywhere and always wants to be part of the action.  I {almost} got my fill of snuggles and sniffles, and I miss them already!


I hope your week is going smoothly.  February is flying by!  I’ll be back on Sunday with the 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge link up.

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  1. Beautiful quilt, Julie! I love your color selections.

    For those of you looking for the pattern for this adorable mini quilt, I had to search for it as I really like it too! I found that it is from the 2018 Quilter’s Planner Block of the Month sew along. You can go to their website and purchase the magazine that has the pattern in it: quiltersplanner(dot)com. Look under the “Shop” option and you can find the magazine plus lots of other goodies there.

    (Julie also posted an update on this BOM along with links to The Quilter’s Planner in her 5/30/18 post.)

  2. Your mini quilt is outstanding! I think you need to make this into a pattern also. Your use of color is wonderful.

  3. I love your mini quilt…is there a pattern or instructions for this cutie? I work in mini all the time and would love to give this a go….thanks for such inspiration!!

  4. Love those babies! Your mini quilt is beautiful Julie! Love the colors and designs. Having your sewing room finished will bring you such joy and peace of mind, everything in its place. I know you will be in 7th heaven with all your house put together and the way you want it. Enjoy!

  5. I absolutely love your work! It is always so beautiful. Did you design the mini quilt or do you have a pattern for it? Thanks.

  6. Hello Julie, For some reason on my computer, your pictures are not coming up. I will have to try and check back later. I will start getting my post all ready for the link up. Glad that you got to spend time with your Daughter and Granddaughters and had such a good time! Even though the house renovations are creating uncomfortable living conditions right now, I am sure they will be worth it once it is all over with and your “new” home shines in all its glory. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

  7. Amelia and Clara are simply adorable. I’m a teensy bit envious. My grandkids are all grown.
    I hope your renovations continue to go well and that you’re back in your sewing room soon (I’d be going out of my mind by now!)
    God bless.

  8. Oh, gosh, every time I see these blocks, my heart sings! The gray background is perfect. I can’t believe the blocks finish up at only 3”! You worked with some teeny, tiny pieces. Glad you got away. Our Texas weather has been up and down, mostly down. It amazes me how it can be 80 one day and 42 the next (three). Oh, well, it still beats being up in the arctic northeast! And it didn’t take away from enjoying your precious grand Babies!

  9. Love the fabrics in your block. Your new quilt will be sew nice for a new sewing room. Enjoyed the pics of your girls-and yeah, Texas is having yucky weather right now. 🙁 My UFO is almost done and I’ll be off tomorrow so i will have this done and some extra sewing time. YEAH!

  10. love your mini quilt – it is nice to have an RV handy when house remodeling is going on – like you say the bathroom comes in handy!

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