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Finished projects & grandkids

It’s the last day of November and Thanksgiving is behind us. We had one of those memorable Thanksgivings where everyone in our family was able to be together for a few days and no one got hurt (physically or emotionally)! I was able to get a few good photos of the grandkids which I’ll share in a bit, but first I have a few finished projects to share.

Finished projects

Most of the time my projects get hung up in the quilting stage, but sometimes it’s the binding that holds things up. I have a big quilt finish that finally got through both of those roadblocks, plus I have a few small projects that were completed in a day!

Red at Night 2

Last year’s BOM that I co-taught at The Granary quilt shop is now a finished quilt. The pattern is Red at Night 2 by Bound to Be Quilting. It’s a beautiful pattern (and quilt)! I sent it out to be quilted because of its size and then I added the binding by machine. It’s definitely a Fall quilt, and I love the Southwest feel it has.

Red at Night 2 quilt made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern by Bound to Be Quilting.
Red at Night 2 quilt made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern by Bound to Be Quilting.

Because I don’t have a full photo of this quilt, I’ll share the one I took before it was quilted. The fabric is from the Kismet collection by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Red at Night 2 quilt made by Julie Cefalu of The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern by Bound to Be Quilting.

Christmas Pocket Mug Rug (fall version)

My Christmas Pocket Mug Rug pattern has been my best selling pattern for a long time. It’s one of those easy projects that’s perfect for gifting. I made a Fall version last month with small scraps of fabric (it doesn’t take much), and it’s so cute!

Christmas Pocket Mug Rug by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern is available in my Etsy Shop.

Ben’s Mug Rug

Tis the season of hot chocolate for my grandkids! My daughter let me know that Ben (almost 3) didn’t have his own mug rug so I got right on it. He was able to pick out some fabric while visiting last week and I finished the mug rug a few days ago. The fabric really is the star of this mug rug.

QAYG Mug Rug made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.

I used my quilt as you go method for this which is so fast and efficient. It took about 45 minutes to finish – minus the binding.


It’s no small feat to travel on an airplane with three small kids and an infant. Especially when the flight leaves at 5:45 am. It was a big adventure for my grandkids and a huge accomplishment for their parents. We are so thankful they made the trip to California for Thanksgiving, as well as our other three children who traveled (most by plane). It was a perfect week in many ways.

Amelia is 7, Clara is 4, Ben will turn 3 next month and Delaney is 3 months old. We had lots of fun playing, creating, reading, running and baking. The weather was glorious which was a bonus, and it made for some nice photo shoots.

Other news

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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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  1. Thanks again for another lovely email. Your quilt in Kismet fabrics is beautiful. I enjoy seeing pictures of your grandchildren.
    Also, really like your mug rugs.

  2. Wonderful that your family could gather for Thanksgiving – it is not easy with the little ones. They are all adorable. Your finished quilt is lovely – the quilting is perfect for the pattern. I love the mug rugs, too. So sweet that Ben needed his own mug rug – just perfect!

  3. Beautiful family, Julie! Love that you can spend time with them!
    Ben’s mug rug is really cute!
    Thank you for the Cookie Crumb Catcher pattern! I have gifted the one that I made, but I will make more…easy, fun and versatile! 🙂

  4. Julie,
    I am glad you had such a wonderful time with all your family visiting. We had four of our five children here plus my brother and his wife and we had a blast. And our granddaughter is now 19 months and getting such a personality! Your quilt is beautiful, and I especially like the piping you put in with the binding. It adds such a nice touch. Is that hard to do? Thank you for the links in your newsletter. The Glad Tidings QAL is adorable, and I am going to squeeze in time to make this.

  5. Your family photos are keepsakes. What a glorious Thanksgiving it must have been to have the entire family with you. Memories for always!! I can hear Ben “zooming” around, his mug rug being the start point! Your completed quilt is a beauty.

  6. Beautiful quilt. Love the colors. Very pretty mug rug too. Wish I had an real mug that looked like that. I noticed the one of the contents in the pocket says Gluten & Dairy Free. I would love to have more information on that item since I am GF & Dairy free.

  7. Wonderful post! Love the quilt! The fabric is perfect for the pattern! Love the story about the grandkids, they do make the world a special place. I was blessed with three grandsons, 9, 7 and almost 2. I think I need to make some hot cocoa mug rugs!

  8. Julies, the photo under the tree is a Perfect Post Card, Love it.
    Thank U for all your posts, all very inspiring ,

  9. Beautiful photos and I believe you’ve captured and shared the true “thankful heart” with us … thank you for sharing!


  10. What a beautiful quilt. One day I might be that good Altho at 59 I doubt it.

    Our grandchildren are such blessing. I have 5 ages 10,9,6,3 & 7 months. Sadly the older two have nothing to do with younger ones. Sad but at least I can see all of them.

    Merry Christmas

  11. Love Ben’s mug rug….perfect for little guy! My great grandson was three in October. Everything is Batman in his little world of excitement. So glad you had a wonderful family visit for Thanksgiving. Memories to treasure!

    Blessings, Dawn

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