UFO progress and red, white & blue fabric play

My gosh, the end of June is closing in! I’ve been making some UFO progress this month for my 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge project. My Save The Bees quilt just needs a little hand sewing along the hanging sleeve and quilt label. This quilt is from last year’s BOM with Jacquelynne Steves. I’ll show full pictures on Sunday’s blog post.

UFO Progress for June is my Save The Bees quilt from last year.

When I went to pull some needles for the hand stitching, I realized that I had so many choices! I usually like straw needles for hand sewing my binding on, but I think applique needles might be nice too. And then I found Binding Needles for heavens sake! I’m going to try those first. This would be a great topic for another blog post, don’t you think?

So many choices for sewing needles @ The Crafty Quilter

I am itching to make something with red, white and blue fabric. I decided to just play with my fabric instead of making something with it. It seems every year around this time I do the same thing. I took some pictures of my fabric pulls. There are so many different types of red, white and blue – did you know? First is this bright and cheerful group of vintage “ish” fabric which makes me happy. It’s from the collection “Sugar Sack” by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics.

Red, White & Blue fabric play @ The Crafty Quilter

I really love these dusty reds and grayed blues together. I can think of all kinds of things to make with these fabrics. This group is mostly Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Red, White & Blue fabric play @ The Crafty Quilter

And then there is this Americana collection of red, white and blue with some aged tan which is so classic. This fabric (from several years ago) is by Minick & Simpson for Moda and it’s called Claremont Farms. I’m currently using these in my other disappearing 9-patch quilt.

Red, White & Blue fabric play @ The Crafty Quilter

As quilters, we’re always drawn to fabric. It’s what keeps me quilting! But there’s never enough time in the day to make all the things. Just playing with fabric can sometimes scratch that itch.

If you DO have time and are looking for a quick project to make, check out my Star Spangled Heart pattern. This 18 1/2″ wall hanging is super fun to make and it has instructions for two different sizes as well as alternate quilt layout ideas.

Star Spangled Heart Wall Hanging - pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Star Spangled Heart Wall Hanging designed by Julie Cefalu
Star Spangled Heart Wall Hanging - pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

If you want some more ideas and inspiration for red, white and blue projects, check out this roundup of free Patriotic quilts at Quilt Inspiration.


I hope you’re having a great week so far. Thanks for sharing a little of your day with me!

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

10 thoughts on “UFO progress and red, white & blue fabric play

  1. I would love a blog post about needles – I never know which needle to use, or how to keep track of them once I’ve used them. And I love your fabric pulls, particularly the 1st one. Sometimes it’s enough just to look at the fabrics isn’t it – that satisfies you for a little while.

  2. Thanks for some nice inspiration. I quilt a LOT of red/white/blue for American Heroes, and there ARE so many shades of the fabrics to use!

  3. I rarely buy watermelon until the Fourth of July. It just tastes better to celebrate. Your fabric layout with watermelon slices was definitely an inspiration! Thanks! Happy Fourth!

  4. Hi Julie! Many moons ago, when I first learned to hand quilt, we used betweens. I haven’t seen them around much lately. I’d love to know what has taken their place because I loved sewing with them!

  5. Julie, I love your emails! I mark them so that I can come back and review later – so much useful information! Can you provide the names of the red, white and blue fabrics in your photos? So lovely! Thanks for brightening my day!

    1. Hi Christie,
      The first group of fabrics is from the collection “Sugar Sack” by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics. The second group of fabrics is called “Charleston” by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics, and the last group is mostly “Claremont Farms” by Minick & Simpson for Moda Fabrics.

  6. Yeah for working on UFO’s, it always feels so good to click another off the list. I really like your fabric pulls especially the first one with the polka dot scissors-LOVE it!!

  7. I didn’t ma key very much progress on UFOs, I just made more UFOs! Love your patriotic wallhanging and I’ve favorited it. Crafty Daughter needs one, but I don’t have r, w, & b fabric here, so I’ll have to revisit it over the winter. Binding needles? New to me!

  8. Hi Julie,
    You are making great progress on the UFO list. I am working on mine also! I love your red, white and blue collections. So many delightful fabrics and endless possibilities! Thank you for sharing the Patriotic Quilt patterns!!
    Happy Stitching.

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