More quilt blocks and another finish

Happy Wednesday!  My schedule slowed down from last week so I was able to finish another (the last) quilt block in The Patchsmith’s Sampler Sew Along.  There are a total of 50 blocks, and I’ve been focusing on the pieced ones lately.  Each one has been fun to make – from picking out the fabric to the final press.  Here are the latest three blocks.

Quilt blocks from The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt Blocks; made by Julie Cefalu


I have skipped quite a few blocks as life got busier, but I’m so happy with this collection.  I don’t know if I’ll make the rest of them, but here’s a look at my collection.


You can purchase the paperback version of The Patchsmith’s Sampler Quilt Blocks at Amazon, or you can buy the pdf version here.  All quilt blocks finish at 6″ square, and the instructions are excellent.  I could make little quilt blocks every day, if I had the time.  It’s my happy place!

Yesterday, I finished one of the pouch kits that I received last year from Sew Lux Fabric.  I signed up for their pouch club in 2018, and I have five more to make. This is the Double Dresden Pouch.  I think I’m getting the hang of these pouches.  I love the Dresden fans and they really shine with the fabric, Sunnyside Up by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.

Double Dresden Pouch, made by Julie Cefalu. Pattern from Sew Lux Fabric.

Double Dresden Pouch inside detail, made by Julie Cefalu. Pattern from Sew Lux Fabric.

Double Dresden Pouch corner detail, made by Julie Cefalu. Pattern from Sew Lux Fabric.


Right?  So fun and functional!  Catching up on pouches is one of the things on my 2019 UFO & WIP list.  I’m so glad I got one finished before the end of February!

The link up for February’s UFO & WIP challenge is going strong.  You have until this Saturday, March 2, at midnight to add a picture of your finished project and be entered into this month’s giveaway.

Besides watching Netflix and Amazon videos, I’ve been checking out the video classes at Bluprint.  I forgot how much they’ve grown since they merged with Craftsy.  Now they have everything from gardening to exercise, and tons of cooking classes.  Plus all of the great quilting content is still there and more.  I recently watched Fuel Your Body, Feed Your Soul and I’m in the middle of watching The Everyday Gourmet:  Making Healthy Food Taste Great.  I’m trying to expand my healthy cooking routine and hopefully lose a few pounds before the weather warms up.  I’ll let you know how it goes!


How’s your week going so far?  The weather has been cold and wet in the Bay Area of California.  It’s a good excuse to stay inside and sew (and watch videos).  By the end of the week, I need to make decisions on shower doors, window treatments and area rugs.  This is NOT my happy place – too many decisions!  I’ll be scouring the internet for ideas for the next few days.  Only 4-5 weeks to go and we’ll be able to move back into the bedroom side of the house (that includes bathrooms which I miss immensely).


I’ll be working on a tutorial for my Sew Happy Mini Quilt to share in March, and this Sunday is Sew Thankful Sunday.  Stay tuned and happy quilting!

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  1. Love your Patchsmith blocks! They would make a very cute Sampler quilt. I purchased the pdf blocks from Craftsy, someday I will get to them!

  2. Love your blocks, so cute and can’t wait for your new tutorial. Just think, in a month or so, you will be enjoying your new bedroom and bathroom. The end is nearer than you think. Keep looking for that rainbow.

  3. Hi Julie, what a Lovely selection of blocks, the colours are just bursting with happiness! Well I’ve just submitted my Feb UFO even though I don’t qualify for winning. It’s a great way to be motivated into finishing projects…..I have plenty on the list to carry on with. Glorious sunshine in Norway today, frosty nights but it’s been mild so roads and our driveway are snow free Hope it’s going to continue and be a (very) early Spring!

  4. The blocks are so cute, but that pouch is adorable! We are doing a Guild challenge and I have chosen to do bags and cases, so that pouch might have to be a consideration.

  5. I especially love your octagonal block and the pretty collection used. May I ask the name of that collection?

  6. That dresden plate pouch is adorable!! And, I LOVE those blocks..I could so drop everything and start those LOL..but I’m resisting….be strong self LOL. I’ve got too many things on the go. That’s my happy place too…making little blocks!

  7. Love your pouches, Julie. I never would have thought to use a Dresden that way….it’s so cute.
    I am trying to finish the UFO I didn’t finish last month before the March 2 deadline……..Just don’t know where the time goes when you are retired. 🙂

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