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February 4, 2023
Scrappy Celebration QAL from Moda Lissa

Time flies! I can’t believe it has been 10 years since I did a quilt-along with American Patchwork and Quilting for their 20th anniversary.
Fast forward to their 30th anniversary and I am honored and proud
to be featured….on the cover…
APQ April 2023 Cover

I am a newbie to using the quilt design software, Electric Quilt. To play with this I started adding a variety of nine patches, four patches and any similar block. I fell in love with the mathematic look of the quilt and knew I just had to make it.

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January 20, 2023
Princess Quilt from Addicted to Quilts

 My nieces when they were little (they are now in their twenties) named this room in their grandmother's house 'The Princess Room'.

A Princess Room needs a Princess Quilt.

I quilted it with an freehand allover rose pattern.

 I love the Liberty fabric in the main squares.

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December 15, 2022
Time to lose weight! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

It's like the Night before Christmas at my house. All is calm! And I love it! It's super easy to keep all my spaces clean and tidy - trust me, they go through many transformations in a day, and it can look like a disaster, but because everything has a home, it takes mere seconds to put stuff away. And yes, constant refinements will be made as I go along, or I'll unearth something else that needs to be dealt with. It's going to be an ongoing process for years to come.

However, at the rate I ...

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November 13, 2022
Quilt Top Finishes in October from Mama Spark's World

I brought along a variety of cut quilt tops to work on while we are in NCI managed to finish 3 during the month of October.My November is not looking as promising, LOL.First up was a navy and white buffalo plaid quilt top.I have a very special couple in mind for this one.Some gorgeous navy minky is planned for the back.I will have to seam it though.Chris strung up a line between 2 trees so I

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August 14, 2022
Too Long a Winter Quilt from Plain Stitch

North country strippy quilt from before 1850. Antique British quilts made modern. Hand quilting.

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August 4, 2022
Productive day! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm feeling pretty relaxed this morning! I'm going away AGAIN for a couple of days and I have to confess that I didn't run around yesterday trying to get a ton of stuff done and that feels AMAZING. 

I still have some paperwork to do, but could it be there's a light at the end of the tunnel? At least to get caught up on all the mundane stuff that has to be done? I doubt it because it seems the more you do, the more administrative stuff needs to be done. Or there is something ...

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March 22, 2022
Setting PRIORITES and FOMO from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Some people know how to say NO! I think it's definitely a learned skill, and I wish I were better at it, but I often get caught up in the moment. I'm MUCH better, but still, a long way to go. 

I think it's super fun to get excited about starting a new quilt project - I like that as much as the next person, but I learned that if you get too excited, you'll end up with a ton of UFOs. You'll be frustrated and guilty because you have started so much, but nothing is ...

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February 19, 2022
Arrow Stone Quilt Along starts Feb. 27! from The Crafty Quilter

I have great news! The Arrow Stone Quilt Along is coming soon! I’ve had many requests to do a quilt along (QAL) for my latest pattern, Arrow Stone. That sounds like a great idea, and I’m finally ready! This will be like taking a class from me, and I’ll have special incentives to keep you on track.

What is a QAL?

A quilt along is basically a guided lesson plan that walks you through the construction of a quilt pattern. They usually last four to twelve weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the project. Lessons ...

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February 5, 2022
The ‘Remember Me’ Quilt. from Plain Stitch

In the summer of 2017, I recorded a contribution to a radio programme called Moving Pictures which appeared on BBC Radio Four. That programme was exploring a quilt called The Ann West Coverlet which is in the V&A Museum. At two places on this huge and complex coverlet were the small words, embroidered over a… Continue reading The ‘Remember Me’ Quilt.

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January 23, 2022
Arrow Stone Quilt pattern release from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! It’s always an exciting moment when an idea that starts in your mind becomes a reality. That’s how it feels today with my Arrow Stone quilt pattern release. Exciting and a big sense of relief! PDF copies are available in my Etsy shop and Arrow Stone is on sale through the month of January!

Arrow Stone Quilt Pattern is now available!  Designed and made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.

Arrow Stone Quilt Pattern Details

Arrow Stone is a modern design based on traditional quilt units. It comes in three sizes: baby (38″ x 53″), throw (53″ x 68″) and queen (97″ x 97″). The quilt blocks are ...

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December 21, 2021
The Midsummer Harvest Quilt from Plain Stitch

I’ve always been in love with the artisan nature of quilt making. You see, when I call myself a quilter, I’m thinking about an old creaky frame, months of stitched toil by hand, sewing as a devotion. It’s a mile away from the glossy marketing image of fast expensive sewing machines, jelly rolls and quilts… Continue reading The Midsummer Harvest Quilt

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December 1, 2021
Oh Scrap QAL- Sashing and nine patches from Moda Lissa

hello, Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving break. I so enjoyed the break and can never have enough food or family time. Not all my crew was able to come home but we did have a houseful.

I re-arranged my sewing room and did some SECRET SEWING and vegged on the couch some, so it was a productive break.

The countdown to Christmas has begun both at home and at work. At work we are working on getting the rest of Holiday 2022 out to our salesteam. They will be making their rounds showing stores fabric lines shipping info next ...

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November 10, 2021
Curved Cabin from Addicted to Quilts

Another quilt of mine that I made in 2013.

This was made with the quick curve ruler, and using a variation of a log cabin block that I changed slightly as I didn't want the seams in the centre.  

I originally was only going to make one block as an exercise, but liked it so much I decided to make nine to put into a quilt.  As I was only going to make one block, I used up some smaller pieces of fabric so didn't have enough to make the nine blocks the same and I had to ...

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October 2, 2021
A Quilt Coat of Many Colours for My Girl from Plain Stitch

I’m missing my girl. She went off to university for the first time last week but before she went we spent the last few weekends working on this coat, or as I’m calling it, a talismanic maternal shield! This was a last minute commission so we shopped the stash at home, making up a simple… Continue reading A Quilt Coat of Many Colours for My Girl

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September 30, 2021
Peer Pressure from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Peer pressure is a good motivator! A number of us have signed up for the One Block Wonder using a panel at Thimbles and Things. Not that I needed to make one, but it was on my list of quilts to make so now seemed like a good time. 

I found those small panels in my stash so I didn't even have to buy anything. I also found some coordinating fabric for the binding, backing, and the filler along the edges. I attended the class two weeks ago and today is class number two. We are supposed to have ...

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September 27, 2021
Fall around my house from The Crafty Quilter

Fall is just starting to make its presence known around my house. The temperatures in the Bay Area of California are cooling to the 70’s and low 80’s during the day and hovering around 58 degrees C at night. We just pulled the last of our tomato plants, and we’re still waiting for our peppers to finish maturing. The hydrangeas have turned into a beautiful palette of mauve, wine and pale blush.

Fall hydrangea in my backyard.

We have three Monarch chrysalides that will become beautiful butterflies any day now. Mr. Crafty Quilter is still finding Monarch caterpillars in our backyard milkweed ...

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September 13, 2021
New Possibilities Quilt Pattern and class from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! I’m very happy to announce that my new Possibilities Quilt Pattern is available here, and that I’m teaching a 5-week Zoom class with it! This is a great pattern to develop your piecing skills and create a beautiful lap-size quilt in the process. It includes detailed instructions with full color diagrams and quilting suggestions for all three.

As the name suggests, there are a few “possibilities” for this quilt pattern. Each option is based upon four different 10″ quilt blocks and there are three different settings to choose from. Option 1 (45″ x 58″) is quick ...

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August 28, 2021
Nordic Star Table Runner free pattern from The Crafty Quilter

Hi friends! I get so excited when I get to share fun projects with you. Today I bring you the Nordic Star Table Runner pattern, and it’s free! This project has simple piecing and it’s really quick to make. Even though it’s only August, this is a great time to be get a head start on holiday gift and decor making. I chose a red and white color palette, but you could customize the colors for any occasion. Your dining table will look fabulous!

The Nordic Star Table Runner is a free pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  It's quick and easy - perfect for gifting or for your own home decor!

The finished runner measures 15″ x 54″ and the blocks are 12″ finished ...

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August 27, 2021
Pieced Backings from Addicted to Quilts

I frequently piece my backs.

This is an example of a quilt I made called Illumination in 2006, so you can see I have been piecing my backs for a while now.  I used up leftover squares from the top and several other fabrics from my stash.

I like to piece my backs for many reasons - I like to finish off the fabric I have used in the top rather than put it back into my stash.  I also like to use up leftover blocks or cut pieces from the top in the back.  As fabric is expensive, I would ...

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July 24, 2021
50 Stars from Addicted to Quilts

This was a fun project from 2015 where I made fifty six inch stars in scraps of blue/green fabrics, put them on point, and pieced them with a plain square in between.  

I didn't realise until after it was finished and under the bright light of my machine that I had used two shades of white fabrics.

I used my curved cross hatching ruler to create the circle effect around the stars.

There are forty-nine stars on the top and I pieced the fiftieth into the back.

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