September UFO & WIP Challenge link up

It’s the last Saturday of the month and time for the September UFO & WIP Challenge link up! If you’re not familiar with this challenge, you can find out all of the details here. Basically, we’re trying to motivate each other to get rid of some of those unfinished projects that we’ve been accumulating. Each month there’s a link up that you can enter to be eligible for that month’s giveaway.

This month’s prize is sponsored by Heather at Purple Hobbies. She has created a package that includes her most popular products: the BladeSaver Thread CutterMagnetic Pin CupsJelly Roll Binding Tool, Binding Folder Clip, and Pinnable Quilt Block Markers. If you make a purchase at Purple Hobbies, Heather has offered free shipping for all of my readers with the coupon code craftyquilter (that’s one word).  Thanks, Heather, for your generosity!

September UFO & WIP Challenge link up and giveaway prize information at The Crafty Quilter

My September finished projects

Well, I did it! I finished two projects this month. The first was a quilt sample for a class I’m teaching at The Granary Quilt Shop. I’m using the pattern, Plain & Fancy, by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts to teach a few fun techniques for Dresden blocks and Ohio Star blocks.

If you’ve seen this pattern before, you’ll notice that I’ve added a large Ohio Star block to my quilt. That was one of those “design opportunities” created by mis-cutting some fabric and ending up short one Dresden block. I think it worked out okay though!

Plain & Fancy quilt made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Plain & Fancy Quilt made by Julie Cefalu, pattern by Coriander Quilts

I used a Layer Cake of Little Snippets by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics for the Dresden blocks and a red Kona solid for the Ohio Stars. Oh, and I added corner triangles to each block so there is a secondary pattern going on where they meet. I did that just for fun – no mistakes this time!

Plain & Fancy quilt made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

My second finish is a table runner that I started two years ago for a blog hop promoting the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander. I made two table runners and this second one was a top only. So, I just had to finish the quilting and binding.

Modern Plus Petals Table Runner made by Julie Cefalu.  Pattern is from the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts.

I am not really happy with the quilting on this table runner. I was rushed and I didn’t baste it well enough. I used basting spray and it didn’t hold well with the type of batting I used (which was Thermolam). So, I ran into lots of tucks and excess “pillows” of fabric that had to be quilted down.

Modern Plus Petals Table Runner made by Julie Cefalu.  Pattern is from the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts.
Quilting detail of table runner by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.

It all looks better now that it’s all completed. I guess the mantra “finished is better than perfect” applies to this one. Although, I have to say that rushing a project like this produced more anxiety than relief. But it’s done, so there’s that.

Modern Plus Petals Table Runner made by Julie Cefalu.  Pattern is from the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts.

September UFO & WIP Link Up

Now it’s your turn! I hope you were successful in finishing a project or two this month. Add a photo to the link up below and in one week I’ll randomly choose one winner to receive this month’s prize!

Link-up Rules:

  • You may add up to 2 finished projects.
  • One image per finished project.
  • Project must be quilting, sewing or needlework related.
  • The link-up will be open until October 5, 2019, at midnight, PST.
  • This month’s giveaway is open to US and Canada only.
  • Winner will be drawn at random on October 6, 2019

Link-up Instructions:

  • Click on the blue “add link” button (below).
  • Enter the URL of your link.  If you don’t have one, click on the blue “enter without link” button. The upload widget will activate.
  • Note: If your photo size is too large, it may not accept it. You’ll have to re-size it to a smaller file size.
  • Enter a caption for your image.  This should describe your project and it can include your name if desired.
  • Enter your email address.  No one will be able to see this but me.
  • Agree to the InLinkz terms of service & privacy policy.
  • If you have any trouble, just leave a comment or send me an email with your photo attached.  I can add it for you.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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  1. Julie they are lovely! I love the way you “fixed” both projects and made them special! I like the large star, it gives interest and it is unique and it is yours! The table runner is so pretty. The colors so soft and just a great little project and looks so pretty. Congratulations to you for making two beautiful projects!

  2. Julie, I believe you are being too hard on yourself. Both quilting projects are beautiful. As for the quilting mishaps you imagine on the table runner, well, I can’t see them from my house . Keep up the good work!

  3. Hi Julie, both your projects are wonderful. So different from each other, but that is part of the joy of quilting, right? Congrats on finishing two projects

  4. The quilt is lovely and the large Ohio Star gives it some “oomph” (can’t come up with a better word) that it otherwise wouldn’t have had. And I like the table runner too. Don’t we all see so-called flaws in our own work that others never notice? The mantra of my quilting group is, “There are no Quilt Police!”

  5. Julie – I always like to see the quilting you have done on various pieces. Your quilting is innovative and in this case – clever. You admit when you’re not happy with something, but with this table runner you made it work. I’m a beginning quilter (for finish work) and I seem to get myself stuck in places at times even when I plan ahead what I’m going to do. Thank you for all you do and the work you show. Wish I could get to Alden Lane but it’s just not in the plan this time.

  6. I love your dresden plate quilt – how will you quilt it? I have a similar quilt and do not know how to quilt it…

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