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August 21, 2019
Aurifil Artisan Wholecloth Challenge from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Aurifil, and their industry partner Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

As an Aurifil Artisan, I have monthly challenges to participate in this year. The August challenge was to create a wholecloth quilt. (My first!) Paintbrush Studio Painter’s Palette solid fabric (from their 2019 colors of the year) and matching Aurifil thread was provided to each participating Artisan. I received Coral fabric (it's a very pink coral) with 12wt Bright Pink Aurifil (#2425).

My initial plan was to add a couple other pastels to have some color variety in my ...

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July 26, 2019
Sewing ✖ Orange Peel from Charm About You

This is the stack of quilts I took to Leicestershire and Rutland Guild, where I was invited to give a talk and teach a workshop. It's always exciting and slightly nerve wracking for me to visit somewhere new. All the ladies that weekend were so welcoming and it was great to arrive on their Area Day at the end of last month. It began with everyone working on their own projects and there was a wonderful show and tell. I really enjoy seeing peoples creations and hearing stories of how it was made. Sadly I didn't take pictures ...

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July 19, 2019
Tree Mini Quilt {Artsy Fartsy Finish} from Little Bunny Quilts

My "artsy fartsy" project for this month is finished!

Here are the previous posts about this project:
Project Beginnings
Machine Applique
Quilting in Progress

Stepping back, I used a light aqua 50 wt. Aurifil to quilt loops in the sky area. I then trimmed the mini quilt into a rectangle.

I used a navy batik for the binding; I used a blue 28 wt Aurifil thread to do the final top stitching. I had never used the 28 wt. before and I really liked it for the binding -- it has more weight than the 40 or 50 wt. threads, but ...

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July 17, 2019
Fat Quarter Flourish autumn bundles from Carried Away Quilting

Hello quilting friends! After I posted about my autumn quilt ideas earlier this week, I got to thinking that I would love to see my Fat Quarter Flourish pattern sewn up in fall fabrics. So, I mocked up some options using green, orange and black prints from Fig Tree’s Farmhouse II collection.

The great thing about my Fat Quarter Flourish pattern is that it only requires five fat quarters to make the top. And you can easily switch up the fabric placement depending upon what looks best to your creative eye!

Here is the fat quarter bundle I created ...

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July 13, 2019
Quilting in Progress {Artsy Fartsy} from Little Bunny Quilts

I need to come up with a better name for this project than "The July Island Batik Ambassador project using Aurifil thread to make a tree with traces of my and my husband's hands." Suggestions?

This project, whatever I might decide to call it, is now in the quilting stage. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil threads to use and share with you!

I used an emerald green 50 wt. thread to quilt swirls and echos in the leaves; I used the same emerald green thread ...

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July 10, 2019
Branches and Leaves {Artsy Fartsy} from Little Bunny Quilts

Did you manage to figure out what I'm making for my Aurifil and Island Batik challenge project this month?

Which of the five backgrounds do you think I picked? What do you think I'm making?

If you guessed the top aqua and using the hands to make the trunk of a tree -- you were right!

This project is going to be all machine applique and almost no piecing! To stitch the edges of the tree, I used a gold-tan 50 wt. Aurifil thread and a blanket stitch.

I was initially hesitant about the light thread on the dark ...

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July 8, 2019
Tracing Hands and Making Plans {Artsy Fartsy With Aurifil and Island Batik} from Little Bunny Quilts

This month our Island Batik challenge theme is Artsy Fartsy! The ambassadors have been tasked with making a project that uses at least three different weights of Aurifil thread. We are supposed to channel our inner quilt artists to create something Artsy Fartsy!

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil thread to use and share with you!

My plan for this month is to make a fun mini quilt for my hallway that is art quilt-inspired. But also, it's a little on the cheesy side and I ...

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June 14, 2019
Island Batik Try It! from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to my by Island Batik and Aurifil.

This month our Island Batik challenge was to try something new. There are so many options in the quilting world to try a new technique or tool. I was inspired by my friend Gayle’s recent quilt project where she used Fabric Magic on her quilt top. Here's one of her textured flowers:


Fabric Magic is a polyester fabric that "shrinks up to 30% when steam-activated." The way it works is that it is stitched to the back of a single layer of fabric ...

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June 7, 2019
Good Vibes Only blog hop from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m so excited to be part of the Good Vibes Only blog hop today!

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May 6, 2019
Two tutorials - Quilts from Shirts from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

The original post for these quilts was just over two years ago. This set of mini-quilts was made for a family of five siblings to remember their father. I've received several questions about reproducing the design for the first and third quilts so thought I'd share that information here so that you can make one, too.

One frequent question is about how to size the finished quilt to be bigger or smaller. Both of these designs are based on an eight block by eight block grid. In other words, there are eight rows of eight blocks. To determine ...

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May 3, 2019
Four Cities, Four Stars from Sew Preeti Quilts

Me: I will miss you.
Paul: Nah. You will be too busy having fun.
Me: I had so much travel last year. I wanted to take it easy this year.
Paul: But here you go again and to Europe this time.
Me: Last year I went to Canada, Mexico and India.
Paul: And which countries will you visit this year?
Me: Netherlands, Germany and Austria.
Paul: What if they run out of room in your passport for stamps?
Me: You are being silly.
Paul: Have fun.

And I had so much fun.  You know when you have an extraordinary experience ...

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April 25, 2019
Liberty Mini QAL: Cinque Terre – Choosing Fabrics from Blossom Heart Quilts

The Liberty Mini QAL begins today! This month, I am co-hosting this quilt along with Ava & Neve, and we’re sewing up the Cinque Terre mini quilt pattern. Today, I want to have a little chat about things to consider when choosing prints for your quilts, and also the background and binding fabrics.

Choosing Cinque Terre Prints

Once you’ve grabbed your pattern (paper here or the PDF here), it’s time to start thinking about what Liberty fabrics you want to use. In my QAL announcement post, I shared a few palette ideas to get you started thinking about ...

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March 17, 2019
Sew Happy Mini Quilt Tutorial from The Crafty Quilter

Today, I’m sharing my Sew Happy Mini Quilt Tutorial!  It’s a fun little quilt that has all of that rainbow goodness in mini form.  I think it would be beautiful in just about any colorway, and it’s perfect for using up scraps.  Each block measures 3″ (finished) and the total mini quilt measures 18 1/2″ x 17″.

Sew Happy Mini Quilt Tutorial (free) by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. Finished quilt size is 18 1/2" x 17" and the quilt blocks are 3".

My first Sew Happy Mini Quilt was based off the instructions from The 2018 Quilter’s Planner Sew Along which included twelve 12″ quilt blocks and two layout options.  These were beautifully designed by Cheryl Brickey at Meadow Mist ...

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March 16, 2019
~ Bluebirds and Blossoms ~ from Podunk Pretties

Some of the best ideas come from playing.  This little quilt was started almost a year ago as a way to unwind after weeks of non stop work.  You can see the start of it here.   Playing with a little pile of pretty scrap fabrics makes the world right again.  I call this style of designing "flying by the seat of my pants".  It's hard to describe my process with most of my patterns.  The best description would be I play the "What If" game.  You can see some ideas I played around with here.  It has hung on ...

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Missing: 3 Glenda Wilder Mini Quilts from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Glenda Wilder is asking for help in locating three quilts, all her original design. These quilts were shipped from Hannover, Germany to the US, to be used as display items in a quilt show in Houston, TX. A box containing quilts was shipped on October 16, 2018 from Germany to Houston, TX. When it was received at the show, the package was sealed and inside was a note from the shipping company’s processing center in Atlanta, Georgia, stating that “the box came open and some items may have been lost”. The following 3 quilts went missing from this shipment ...

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March 10, 2019
Project QUILTING 10.5: Abecedarius from Goer

After a two week hiatus, I managed to crank out a *very tiny* finish for this week's Project QUILTING challenge. I took my word of the year and turned it into a quilt. Mostly my technique was slice and insert and it was all a bit of planned improv, I wanted skinny lines and to make all the letters about the same height as the E which I finished first.

The strips finish at about 1/8" wide and the quilt finished at 2 1/4" x 9". It ties my Patchwork City mini mini quilt for the smallest ...

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March 1, 2019
Island Batik Magnificent Mini from Goer

Yesterday I shared that I'll be continuing as an Island Batik Ambassador through 2019! :-) Our first project of the year is Magnificent Minis! When I opened my box last month one of the fabrics that caught my eye was a lovely aqua and purple dot print in one of my 5-inch strip packs. I used that as my inspiration for the mini and chose other prints from the 5-inch strip packs to coordinate.

I opted for a medallion style mini featuring a piece of the lovely birds as the center.

Then I featured my lovely dot print in the ...

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February 25, 2019
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Supersmall Supernova... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Friday has rolled around again and it's a special one - it's time for QuiltCon!  I'm spending my weekend there, meeting friends and taking classes and looking at beautiful quilts, but I still want to do some whooping with you all - so let's get started!


A couple of weeks ago I completed a full size Supernova quilt for my youngest grandkids' interpreter.  In one of the comments, Joy of The Joyful Quilter said that she wanted to make one in miniature.  Now that sounded like a great idea!  And I had a whole mess of ...

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February 21, 2019
Mini quilt progress and other things from The Crafty Quilter

I’m making good progress on finishing the mini quilt for my February 2019 UFO & WIP Challenge.  Working on such a small scale is so nice!  It goes quickly and it doesn’t take up much space (which is still limited in my temporary kitchen set up).

Mini Quilt blocks made by Julie Cefalu. Designed by Cheryl Brickey for the 2018 Quilter's Planner


I chose a simple setting for my 3″ quilt blocks and felt like it needed something extra.  I went with applique and turned this mini quilt into a feel good statement.  I used EQ8 to do a little mock up of what that would look like.

Sew Happy Mini Quilt in EQ8. Designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


So far, so good.  I changed up ...

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February 20, 2019
Two Modern Barn Mini Quilts | #Finishit2019 Number Two & Three from Canoe Ridge Creations

Do you ever made the same quilt twice? I'm usually a "one quilt & done quilt" kind of gal - in fact, before one project is complete, I'm already thinking about what's coming up next. That all changed over the Holidays when I was commissioned to make two identical Modern Barn Mini Quilts - finish number two & three for 2019. 

Both customers requested their mini quilts to match the original one featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Quilts & More - fabric, straight-line quilting, and all. It was a fun project - especially because I very rarely use my own directions to ...

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