October UFO & WIP Challenge link up

It’s the last Sunday of the month and time for the October UFO & WIP Challenge link up! If you’re not familiar with this challenge, you can find out all of the details here.

This month I have a prize package that includes a fat quarter bundle of lovely Calico Crow from Penny Rose Fabrics, and some great notions for your sewing room. These include a package of Steady Betty Ruler Betty’s, a Sew Standard Seam Guide and a package of John James Pebbles needles. These are all from my own “collection” and the total value is $35.

October UFO & WIP Link Up Prize @ The Crafty Quilter

My October finished project

I finished the Cardinals quilt sample for The Granary Quilt Shop. It turned out really cute! The pattern is by The Pattern Basket and I made the larger size which is 58 3/4″ x 60 1/2″. Kits will be available later this week at The Granary. I love the play of red, pink, and tan prints against the white background. This will make a gorgeous quilt for the holidays.

Cardinals Quilt made by Julie Cefalu
Pattern by The Pattern Basket

The cardinal blocks are made using layer cakes. There are quite a few diagonal “stitch and flip” seams to sew and then the diagonal seams need to line up in four places. It worked out well mostly! My granddaughter, Amelia, says the birds need eyes and I think I agree.

The blocks are put together with simple sashing. I’m working on a tutorial about how to line up the sashing and blocks so that everything stays straight and cohesive.

Cardinals Quilt made by Julie Cefalu
Pattern by The Pattern Basket

My other goal for this month was to create a pattern for the quilt block I made in August. I didn’t get too far on that one. I do have some quilt mock ups that I made in EQ8. The one below has sashing and cornerstones.

Quilt design by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter using EQ8.  Pattern coming soon!
Quilt design by Julie Cefalu using EQ8

This next one has an alternating block and no sashing or cornerstones. I think I like it better, but what do you think? I’ll keep working on this and it will probably roll over into November’s work in process.

Quilt design by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter using EQ8.  Pattern coming soon!
Quilt design by Julie Cefalu using EQ8

The original block design is something I made in August. It’s a 14″ block and I’ve got some piecing tricks to make it easier than it looks.

Block design by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern coming soon!

October UFO & WIP Link

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 November 3, 2019, at midnight, PST.
  • This month’s giveaway is open to US and Canada only.
  • Winner will be drawn at random on November 4, 2019

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  • 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.
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  • If you have any trouble, just leave a comment or send me an email with your photo attached.  I can add it for you.

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  1. The cardinal quilt is so lovely, beautiful work, Julie! Several of my team-mates in the shop have this underway, can’t wait to see their finished quilts.
    And ditto on the block design option, the second with alternating block is my fave!
    Thanks for keeping us inspired!

  2. Definitely the design with the alternating block…. on-point quilts, or quilts that look on-point are so much more interesting than “rows and columns” quilts! It’s definitely an attractive pattern you’ve designed, and looks like it will be fun to make.

  3. Those red cardinals look great! I think eyes might be a good idea too! Ha: Ha: Anyway, I also love the alternating blocks best. Thanks for sharing them with all of us Julie.

  4. Julie, I love your block and can’t wait for the pattern. I typically prefer sashing, but I think your second version of the quilt is stunning! I would prefer the alternate setting when your pattern is available. I love reading your blog!

  5. Love the cardinal quilt. Colors are perfect to last thru Winter.
    I vote for the second design with the alternate blocks.

  6. The cardinals are gorgeous! With the new block, have you considered setting it on point? Looking forward to seeing how it finally comes together.

  7. I like the second version of the quilt with the alternating blocks. Lovely cardinals, but sew and flip corners always give me fits.

  8. I discovered The Pattern Basket this summer and really would love to make her Boo and Hocus Pocus! The cardinals turned out beautifully! The second version of your quilt would be beautiful in Christmas colors!

  9. I think too the cardinal quilt is lovely and definitely needs eyes though. I’m the only one so far but I like the first EQ design with the cornerstones. Either one would look good. Have a lovely week!

  10. Gorgeous work, as always. Your granddaughter is right, those cute birds need eyes! I lean towards the second design, it looks more flow-ing. The Force is strong in you!

  11. I, too, like the second variation, but it was a close call. : ) I agree with everyone else that the cardinal quilt turned out beautifully.

  12. I love reading your emails. I prefer the quilt with the alternating block. I’m excited for you to publish the pattern.

  13. That’s such a great block that you designed… and both layouts are great in different ways. The first one lends itself to playing with ombre fabrics, and the second has such a put-together look… maybe include both options in a pattern?

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