November update

Hey all! This month is ticking away so I thought I’d give you a November update. There are so many things going on this time of year! I’m making a pre-Thanksgiving vegetarian dinner this weekend for my daughter and her partner who are visiting for the weekend. It sounded like a good idea at the time, but I’m also hosting Thanksgiving next week, so it’s crazy busy! I’m not complaining, though. I’ll get to spend some quality time with our kids who are nearby. The grandchildren will be staying in Austin for the holidays since baby brother is due in one month today!

November update at The Crafty Quilter.  These two pumpkins are the cutest of them all!
Amelia & Clara, October 2019

I was recently contacted by Benartex and asked to participate in their “Last Minute Gift Ideas” Project Hop. Of course, I said “yes”! I requested some fabric from their Celestial Lights Fabric Line and I just received it a few days ago. It’s gorgeous, and I am so excited to come up with a new project for it.

Celestial Lights Fabric by Amanda Murphy for Benartex.

These blues are perfect for winter. They have a pearlescent shimmer to them that looks like glistening snow. I’m thinking of making some kind of table mat with them. It needs to be a quick project, so fast and easy is the key. The project hop is schedule for mid-December.

Starry Sky from Celestial Lights by Amanda Murphy for Benartex

I recently finished a cute little fabric book for my granddaughter, Clara. I forgot to take pictures before I put it in the mail, so I photographed the shop sample made by Pam at The Granary Quilt Shop (thanks, Pam!).

November update:  Snowman Fun made by Pam for The Granary Quilt Shop.

This was made from a panel – Snow Day by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda. I put it together in two days. I like that it’s interactive and something that is perfect for a toddler or preschooler.

I’m still working on my new pattern. I’m determined to have it finished by the end of this month. That’s my November UFO & WIP Challenge goal. While I was at my parent’s house last weekend, I took a picture of the quilt on their wood pile. It was a perfect Fall day for photography.

Quilt designed and made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern coming soon.

Now it’s time for some housecleaning and then a walk for Cooper. I’ll be back soon with some ideas for Christmas gift-making. I hope you’re having a great week!

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  1. I appreciate looking at Jacqueline’s creation thru your eyes. Your version is very pleasing to me. Thank you for all the information you share with us all.

  2. your granddaughters are soooooooo cute! and I know you can’t wait for the new little one. We just found out my daughter in law is having a girl! (due in April) and i already have a grandson!! i can’t wait.. oh my gosh I’m sew behind…i was thinking about your house reno as i’ve just finished the scraping of my popcorn ceilings, texture, and painting (by a contractor of course) meantime my husband and i decided to paint the house and are currently working in my sewing room and I had to move everything out. My ufo’s I need to be hand binded by the November cut off…i’m still in the office, so I mean at the end of the month–haha…and i’m having Thanksgiving at my house! yikes!! Happy Thanksgiving….enjoy your family time!! Can’t wait to see the new pattern and upcoming gift giving projects!!!

  3. Cant wait to see what you make with the gorgeous celestial lights fabric! What a cute Snowman book for your adorable granddaughters!

  4. New grandson coming? How wonderful for you! Love the colors of your quilt and of course the pattern. Please don’t overdo and be too tired to enjoy your company Julie. Love the pictures of your grans!

  5. OMG those two little ones are so gorgeous. You are so blessed, with your beautiful family and the magnificent quilts you make.

  6. Love the fabrics. Sort of strange that it’s last minute gifts posting in Mid-Dec. I procrastinate and that’s really late for me.

  7. Julie, those blues are wonderful!
    And Amelia and Clara are just adorable. I love visiting your blog!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    We’re spending it in DC with our precious Arden Leigh! 🙂

  8. My youngest Great Granddaughter Xylia was due last December 21. We were all hoping for her to follow the date, but she decided to prolong her incubation until December 28. Love the book you made. I am looking for some projects like that for the older GGD (who will be 2 Jan 13). (The girls are cousins).

  9. Clara looks like her Grandmother. Both are cuties and nn to find where I can buy this panel to make for my grandson. Thank you.

  10. Love that new quilt pattern, especially in the fabrics you chose. Can’t wait to see the quilt finished and the pattern in your shop for purchase.

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