March project and this month’s giveaway sponsor

I love picking out my project for each month’s UFO & WIP Challenge.  For March, I have chosen two projects to work on (which I might regret when it gets down to the end of the month).

The first one is to sew the binding on my block of the month quilt from 2013 (a Fat Quarter Shop Mystery BOM).  I got this back from the quilter last month and it’s time to finish it off with binding.  I stalled for a while because I didn’t have enough fabric for the binding, so it’s going to be a scrappy binding.  Why not?  Done is better than perfect.

2013 Designer Mystery BOM at Fat Quarter Shop; made by Julie Cefalu


The second project is a mini quilt that I designed four years ago maybe?  I love the simplicity of this one, and the letter “J” is so me.  Ha!  I just need to finish the quilting and add binding.

Mini Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


The giveaway for this month is sponsored by yours truly.  I have been saving this 9-piece fat quarter bundle of Sewing with Singer from Robert Kaufman for just the right occasion, and this month’s giveaway is it.  The winner will also receive two patterns in their package:  Franklin Star by The Crafty Quilter Designs and Pot Luck by A Quilting Life Designs.

2019 UFO & WIP Challenge Giveaway for March @ The Crafty Quilter

I hope you’re feeling encouraged to finish up those UFO’s and WIP’s.  As one person commented so sweetly, “The world is getting prettier with all of the finished quilts.”  I think so, too!

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  1. Thanks for a chance on your giveaway…I’m not doing any sewing right now as last Wednesday, I got 2+” of water in my entire basement, 4 rooms. So I’m trying to get stuff dried out and decided it would be a good opportunity to do some heavy cleaning out stuff that I don’t use anymore.It’s been quite an experience, needless to say!!

  2. Love the J quilt. I always have many UFO projects and am trying to finish up a spring table runner that I started last year. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I have already slowed down on this UFO challenge. I am going on retreat in two weeks and hopefully that will jumpstart me again would love to win the Singer Fabric. I would make a work mat for my featherweight

  4. 18 months before my husband’s 50th birthday, I started a quilt as a surprise for him. He’ll be 66 next month, has seen several of the blocks, and eagerly awaits its completion! Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

  5. I have a 2013 Fat Quarter Shop quilt on my UFO list. I like the layout of your quilt. Thanks for your continued inspiration.

  6. I’ve been finishing several BOM. projects and enjoy your projects also. Always very informative and helpful thanks

  7. I’ve just finished my Animal ABC quilt which was started way back in 2012! So I’m feeling rather pleased with myself, although I do wonder why it took me so long. This quilt is staying with me, until one of my adult grand daughters produces my first great grand baby!

  8. I am always learning new tips and making myself finish up projects . It’s always fun to be in free give away. Thanks Diana

  9. Love your fabric selections! Working on a twin quilt top for my granddaughter. Needing to make two more rows of blocks for the drop down on head and foot of the bed. What a nice giveaway you are offering! Thanks for sharing your quilt pics.

  10. I finally finished a WIP that had lain dormant for 4 years!! Did all the quilting myself, too! Off it goes with me to Colorado next month for my son-in-law. PS – Love your “J”

  11. Oh my goodness…..I have several quilts that just need a push to finish them up. So easy to get excited and distracted with a new project though. That’s part of the fun though. Wonderful giveaway! Thank you for putting it together.

  12. I am finishing my Bullseye quilt and anxious to get it quilted. Thank you so much for the work you put into this great blog!

  13. My goal for March is to finish a quillow for my guild and to finish hand stitching the binding on my son’s king size quilt.

  14. Working on a table runner, pieced 4 years ago, needs to be quilted. I was a newquilter and never got the never to quilt it. I love it and feel I can quilt it.

  15. Love that J mini! I am working on quilting a table runner for St Patrick’s Day and adding more quilting to a wall hanging I finished for last year’s St Patrick’s Day. I need to get going if I am planning to display them on this year’s Holiday! LOL

  16. I love your quilt and the J is just so adorable. What a great idea to put one’s initials in a little quilt! I also like unusual borders and yours will have lots of interest. I love that.
    I finally got 2 Christmas quilts back from the quilt shop yesterday! One is quilted with Christmas trees, stars and snowflakes and is so pretty. It was Pat Sloan’s block of the week, and I did it with most of my stash material. The other is a smaller one with stars. So, now I have to bind them. I just brought two more quilts I finally finished to the shop to be quilted. One, I made in batiks for my daughter’s 50th birthday and hope it will get quilted so I can finish it by her special day in April. I know she will love it because it too has an unusual border and lots of color!

  17. I had a large stack of to-do’s in November. I have whittled that stack down to 2 quilts to quilt and bind. That corner of the room was much more tidy, which lead to another top to go onto the stack. The good feeling of finishes drives the soul to be creative and the paralyzed by the stash/stack/pile/wips/ufos goes away. Productivity happens!

  18. Have several UFO’s to finish and am working on a couple of them right now. Our local quilt shop has a UFO contest going right now, so it is motivating me to finish a few of them. Finished the one for February and working on March’s UFO. Thanks for your inspiration. Love to win the giveaway.

  19. Making progress and then the ultimate-finishing is always a true feeling of ahhh. We have been Winter Texans escaping the cold and snow in Northern New Mexico for the past two months. It will be time to head home soon and in the time here, I have worked on or finished 10 projects. The one that is always with me as we travel is a hexie project using 1/2″ hexies. The tub that just got cracked open from a year and a half ago was a Judy Neimeyer paper pieced monster. I hope I can make enough progress to continue when we get home and finish it.

    Love all of your work and enjoy the different quilt artists you introduce us to

  20. Hi Julie,
    I just edged and squared up two quilts I got back from the longarmer! I’m hoping to get them finished with binding!!!

  21. Love your quilt! Red always catches my eye! So many UFOs here. I found a ufo from 1996, needs two more blocks and then set together. Will be a donation qult! Finished a play mat for a great grand son’s birthday! Thanks for the chance to win those fat quarters, they would look great in a tote bag for my featherweight!

  22. Love your BOM and the “:J” mini is so cute. I am going to try and finish up my Kewpie quilt which is a Ufo from 2016 or 17, I forget!

  23. I love that BOM and I love scrappy bindings. I don’t use them all the time but for the right quilt? Perfect. Thanks, Julie … I’ve been a follower for a few years now and appreciate all you do ..

  24. I just keep plugging away on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. I’m focusing on progress rather than a finish at this point. I just keep making flowers & diamonds. When I run out of kits that I put together, it will be time to start assembling the top. I love your BOM I’ve never been fond of samplers or scrappy quilts, but as I continue on my quilty journey I’m seeing some that I really enjoy (even if it’s just admiring someone else’s project.) (;

  25. Hello Julie, Another inspiring post with such fantastic quilts you are in the process of completing! I think that a scrappy red binding will go wonderfully with your quilt. I really adore your “J” and give yourself a round of applause for such a lovely design you created just for you! It is one of those things that we (women) do not do enough of, that is to do something nice just for ourselves. I am working on my March UFO and also getting ready to post about it also. With these superb prizes you are offering this month, I am going to try and get another project done also. Thank you for sharing and have a great evening!


  27. I don’t have UFO’s but I have several kits that I need to work on so that’s what I’m doing. I bought some hard ones. What was I thinking? In the meantime I have 3 King sized quilts that need binding and 200 pillowcases to deliver next week to children’s hospital. Wish I had more pillowcases but not enough fabric donation this year. Last year we had over 400.

  28. I have been working on several unfinished projects. Such a sense of accomplishment to complete something during the winter! Thank you for your inspiration & giveaway

  29. I have finished 8 table runners since February. I love them all but I am certain my sister’s will want some of them.
    I love the colors of your quilt.

  30. I just chose the UFO that I will be working on this month. There are 12 cute dog blocks that are happy and funny. I need to set them, sandwichsandwich, quilt and bind …. Whew I am going to try and finish it 🙂
    I would gladly trade you your binding UFO, but you might not get your quilt back since your quilt is lovely 🙂

    Great give away! Can’t wait to see pictures of finished projects.

  31. Love the “J” … I’m working hard to finish a baby quilt that is giving me a run for my money! The top went together so fast and easily but sewing the layers together are frustratingly wonky! I’m ready to pack it up.

  32. I have been rolling down the WIPs this year. Love your quilt and I do use all the leftover quilt fabric for a binding that looks scrapp ytoo. I like your quilt colours as well.

  33. I like the projects you’re working on and have a few that I’m close to finishing. The fabric choices for binding are great, maybe bc I really like red binding, but I think that will really set off the red in the quilt. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric and patterns.

  34. My wips have me whipped! I’m working on the #threadologyquiltalong from the fat Quarter Shop plus a BOM in our guild. I wish I could finish as fast as everyone else! It’s great fun & your giveaways are a great incentive to spur me on!

  35. I love the two projects you’re finishing up. I’ve finished several pieces using scrappy bindings. One of the reasons I like it is that scrappy is kind of free, loose, and easy. There’s a kind of playfulness about it. I think of it as, Fun. Thanks for your generosity in sponsoring the Giveaway.

  36. This is such a good giveaway! Love these patte no and the fabric looks nice Thanks for a chance to win – fingers crossed!

  37. Your Fat Quarter BOM quilt is lovely and I think a scrappy binding will be perfect. I’ve done that more than once and I like the look. With those fabrics, it will be happy! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  38. I have several UFO projects hanging out there. I also just finished a small wall hanging and it feels wonderful to move on to the next. I will feel even better when all those pests are done.

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