A new adventure in hand lettering and some WIP’s

I don’t have any special plans for the weekend, but I have begun a new creative adventure in hand lettering. Modern calligraphy and hand lettering have become really popular in the past few years. I’ve always enjoyed hand-writing, so this new art form was a natural curiosity for me.

Hand lettering

I’ve been playing with hand lettering over the past year or so and I even took a workshop with my daughter a while back. This month, I’ve subscribed to a Lettering Subscription Box at Let’s Make Art. It’s full of writing tools, practice sheets, project ideas and full video tutorials to support it all. It’s so much fun!

I just finished lettering “FRIDAY” in different styles. I didn’t veer too far from the instructions, so this is basically what’s taught in the kit. You don’t need a subscription to access the video and downloadable outline; they’re available online here.

FRIDAY Hand Lettering with Let's Make Art - by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

This month’s kit included a bullet journal with instructions for a January calendar month. I think this might also be a great way to practice free motion quilting on paper. Something I think everyone should do! I decorated my page with a “swirl and hook” FMQ design.

Hand lettering and bullet journal with Let's Make Art - made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


I know, you’re here for the quilting, right? I always have that going on in many different stages! I’m way late in making a baby quilt for my new grandson, Benjamin. He’ll be one month old on the 29th! I decided on the Glacier Modern Quilt Pattern by QLT Studio. I’m sticking with a similar colorway using my own stash except for the white background fabric. I see lots of half-square triangles in my future!

Glacier Modern Quilt pattern

I’m still making Ombre Hearts for my next Ombre Love Quilt. I’ve completed 15 hearts in three different color ways. Only 15 more hearts to go! I’m using a layer cake of Olive’s Flower Market by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Remember, my Ombre Love Quilt pattern is still on sale for $6 until February 1, 2020.

Ombre Love quilt blocks made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

You can see a peak of my Simple Heart Quilt hanging above my ironing station in the photo above. This is a free pattern and tutorial by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew. Last year, she gave it a fresh update and included a printable for the heart block in different sizes.

In my version, I set my hearts straight across instead of staggered. I used fabric by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit. I can’t remember the name of the collection and it’s long gone.

Simple Hearts made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Original pattern and tutorial by Allison @ Cluck Cluck Sew.
Simple Hearts Quilt
Simple Hearts made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Original pattern and tutorial by Allison @ Cluck Cluck Sew.

That’s what’s going on in my creative life. Next week I’ll share some details of my sewing space and what makes it so functional. I’ll tell you more about my sewing machines, too. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Always love to get this email on Saturdays! I especially love the Lincoln Star pattern… as I have a new little grandson as well… turning one month old on the 29th as well! And his name is Lincoln! I will have to give that pattern a try!! Congratulations on your new little one!

  2. Your handwriting is lovely. Looks like a fun new creative adventure. I’m using Allison’s heart tutorial to make a couple of charity quilts this year. My hearts will be stacked right next to each other in order to make the size quilt the charity requires but I like the staggered idea. Might have to use that layout for a future quilt. Have a relaxing weekend.

  3. Hi Julie.
    I love that you start new craft adventures. And how clever to doodle FMQ around the empty space. I am intrigued to try it but then “When?” “Do I have time for something else?”
    Congratulations on your new grand baby and the first grandson. Your have the best family! And…. How lucky that YOU get to choose a pattern for your grandson. That’s – IMO – how it should be but I know it is not always that way. Good for your daughter!
    Thanks for sharing. My fav blog!

  4. That looks like a great new adventure. I have been fascinated with bullet journals, but I get so frustrated trying to draw anything, that I have just enjoyed the eye candy! I will be checking out those youtube videos after Sewing Bee is over!
    Enjoy your quilty projects this month, congrats on the new grandson, his quilt looks like a winner!

  5. Hi Julie, I love the pattern you chose for your grandson’s quilt. Right now I’m immersed in Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery quilt called Frolic. And I mean immersed!!!! lol

  6. The quilting on your Simple Hearts Quilt looks 3-DNC’s it’s awesome! From the picture, it appears to have raised designs. How did you do the quilting?

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