A finished quilt and new projects

I finished a quilt! I’m super in love with this one, and it’s going to my youngest daughter, Sara. She picked the colors; the grays and corals are a winning combo!

This pattern was part of a quarantine quilt along. It’s called “Safe at Home” and it’s available at Modern Handmade. It measure 60″ x 74″ and it was really fun to make. I substituted one of the rows that called for paper piecing for a row of square-in-a-square blocks.

The quilting turned out perfect! It was done by Sarah at Lucky Penny Quilting. I’ve known Sarah since she was 16, and now she’s a long arm quilter. This is a new business for her, and if you’re in the California bay area, I highly recommend her.

My daughter chose minky fabric for the back and I used wool batting. It’s ridiculously soft! I made a label which still needs to be hand stitched down. I topstitched my custom quilt label (from Dutch Label Shop) onto a rectangle and added the other details with a Pentel Gel Pen for fabric.


I have two new projects on the horizon. The first one is a Mystery harvest sampler quilt that I’ve designed. I’m teaching it via Zoom for The Granary Quilt Shop (and there’s still room available). It starts on Tuesday, September 8, and continues for six weeks. The pattern is included in the class fee. I’m really excited for this!

The quilt measures 43″ x 43″ and it’s all traditionally pieced. It will make a great table topper or wall hanging. The only thing I can reveal right now is the fabric bundle I picked out. We made kits with these and they have sold out already, but other kits (just as beautiful) have been added.

The leaf print and dark red/black print above is from the Seasons collection at In The Beginning Fabrics. The companion fabrics are from various other manufacturers. In six weeks or so, I’ll show you how the quilt turned out!


The other project I couldn’t resist is a re-make of my Patchwork Pumpkins Wall Hanging Pattern. The original one I made is hanging in my SIL’s quilt shop as a sample.

Now I need one to keep at home! Plus, I’ve been hoarding all of these great orange fabrics (for a long time – so they’re not recent prints that you can easily purchase) to use for a pumpkin quilt. I’ve got plenty to keep me busy!


I’m so glad to have this fun hobby and business to keep me busy. I’m missing my grandkids and the first day of (virtual) kindergarten is starting for Amelia on Tuesday. Wow, it goes fast!

Speaking of time flying, I found this photo of my oldest daughter, Kelly (Amelia’s mom), on her first day of kindergarten. Remember how exciting it was to pick out your clothes for the first day of school? I was 29 years old in this picture and had three children already!


That’s all for today. It’s the beginning of Labor Day weekend and we have no plans! We’re expecting a heat wave, so there will be more reasons to stay indoors and sew. I’ll be back here on Sunday for my monthly Sew Thankful Sunday series. There are lots of new things to share!

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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.

16 thoughts on “A finished quilt and new projects

  1. Hi Julie, I just love your latest quilt, Sara chose beautiful colours! Such fun to see your old photo….you haven’t changed a bit, but the clothes’ style has
    Autumn is nearly here in Norway so after a sewing drought in the summer I’ve pulled forward a machine again…..starting off with some jelly-roll rugs to ‘use up’ some outdated fabric! Happy sewing!

  2. You did an incredible job with that beautiful quilt. Loved how the colors seemed to blend then fade so softly. It looks as soft as a cloud Julie. And wow, how time flies by. Those were the days of making families while we were young enough to play and enjoy every minute of their lives. I cried when mine went to school and decided I needed another one to “play” with! Loved my babies too! Thanks for the pictures and inspiration.

  3. This comment is not about the quilt, although I love it and the colors especially.
    I bought the sewing snips you said you like and use so much. I really like them. And am so glad you told me about them. We don’t have such great quilt shops in my area of Florida, so I feel like I’m out of the loop on the latest toys. I appreciate all of your insights!

  4. Oh, my goodness, Julie, this quilt turned out beautifully! The colors are perfect! The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, did it? She’s got your eye! And the size is perfect, too. Your young friend did a lovely job quilting it with a most complimentary design. Have fun with your class!

  5. OMG! Little Amelia is the kind of munchkin that I want to pick up, glue her to me and cover her with kisses. What a charmer. And that picture with you and your threesome is wonderful. You were lovely at 29 and you’re lovely now. Brave too – with three little ones to take care of when you were so young. But it certainly paid off! Grand-kids are a blessing; wish mine were still that young, but they’re all grown, have moved away and starting their own families.

    I’m a ‘cool colors’ person; the greens, blues, cool reds, etc. but I love autumn and I adore rich, deep autumn colors used together. I can’t WAIT to see what you make with that gorgeous fabric bundle!

  6. Your quilt for your daughter is so lovely. The picture of the pumpkin quilt reminded me to get it out this weekend and put up. I made it last year. Your picture of you and your young children is priceless.

  7. Hi – I love your greys and corals quilt it is gorgeous – lucky daughter! Also, I love your pumpkin quilt so much with the little patches on – so adorable. I hope to make it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.
    Pauline

  8. Hi Julie, I love your pumpkin quilt. Fall is my favorite season to decorate for. There is something soothing about fall colors.

    What beautiful family photos.

  9. Julie, the quilt for your daughter is really spectacular: the colors, the pattern, the quilting. What a gorgeous, memorable gift. I always love when you share pictures with us of your beautiful family. It’s fun to watch the grandchildren grow, and to see them in their various milestones. What a nice family you have. You’re a lucky gal!

  10. Loved the quilt, and the pics of the family! I envy that you get so much done. My time management skills are not good. I have been trying to repair and stabilize a quilt my mother made probably in the 1940s. Can’t get motivated to finish! Enjoy the weekend.

  11. The pictures of Amelia and you with your children are priceless. Such sweet memories!
    I love the colors you used in the quilt. It’s beautiful!
    Have a happy and restful Labor Day.

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