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October 23, 2020
COVID-19 Batik Scrap Quilt #3 from Hills Creek Quilter

 More pandemic sewing -- and more batik scraps. No pattern; I just did my own math. Finished in early May 2020.

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backing and binding

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October 21, 2020
WIP’s and more from The Crafty Quilter

I feel like I should call this blog post “WIP’s and more WIP’s” or “The Battle of the WIP’s”. I have a growing number of works in process, but I’m enjoying myself immensely. So it’s not really a battle of WIP’s but a battle of time. I know we can all relate!

I’m co-teaching a block of the month class (via Zoom) and it’s getting towards the end of the year. This means I need to get all of my blocks sewn together, finish up the applique borders and… you know the ...

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COVID-19 Batik Scrap Quilt #2 from Hills Creek Quilter

 It's amazing how much one can accomplish when sitting at home for days on end. I finished this quilt in April of this year. Another one from my batik scraps. It's based on this quilt that I saw on I didn't use charm packs, just five-inch squares that I cut from my batiks.

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It has a very scrappy backing...

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October 19, 2020
Working Through My Batik Scraps -- COVID-19 Batik Scrap Quilt #1 from Hills Creek Quilter

Another quilt finished in March of this year, at the start of staying home with not much of anything else to do. It's amazing how quickly a quilt can be put together when all one does is stay home and away from people.

This is based on a quilt I saw online somewhere. I made up my own measurements and then went through my batik scraps. There were plenty to choose from (and some left for even more quilts). I liked this one a lot, so it spent the last six months on one of our sofas.

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October 16, 2020
More Catching Up With 2020 Quilts from Hills Creek Quilter

 I finished this quilt back in March, and it's in the hands of its new owners, friends of the family who had an anniversary in June. The free pattern is Bonnie Hunter's Strip Twist quilt (click here for the pattern), and it's one that I've made at least two times before. Easy, peasy. This one was from a Stonehenge jelly roll that I picked up at a great price at a quilt guild's yard sale a couple of years ago. (The colors are much better in person.)

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binding and ...

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October 14, 2020
Still Going Through Stash from Hills Creek Quilter

 Yikes, we are halfway into October, and I still have several 2020 quilts to blog about!

This is made from a pattern called Chain Reaction (found free on Moda's website by clicking here). I made a smaller version (20 blocks) than the one on the website (42 blocks). All of the print fabrics were from various pieces in my stash, all about the size of a fat quarter. The background is Robert Kaufman's Kona White.

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backing and binding

quilting closeup

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Bright Baby Quilt from Hills Creek Quilter

I'm finally getting around to posting about quilts that I've finished in 2020, and my goal is to post about all of them by the end of the year.

This is a baby quilt that I finished in January 2020 for a new addition on my husband's side of the family. When I was deciding on a design, I was told that the mother liked sunflowers and that the family raises bees, so I found the perfect backing fabric first and then worked on a pattern for the front. I found a few inspiration ideas for a ...

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October 8, 2020
Stitch Pink and Sew Along for fire victims from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone. I want to update you on my progress for the Stitch Pink Sew Along and tell you about a new sew along for fire victims of the CZU Lightening Complex fires in California.

Sew Along for Fire Victims

I’m going to start with the new sew along, Jumpstart on Christmas 5-day Sew Along at Modern Handmade in Scotts Valley, CA. Sarah, the owner of Modern Handmade, knows first hand of the devastation the CZU Complex Lightening fires have brought to her customers. Her shop is located in the vicinity of these fires (it remains undamaged), and she ...

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October 2, 2020
Daybreak Quilt Project from Moda Lissa

Oregon Coast

Every February, I join some dear friends for a quilt retreat on the coast of Oregon. With COVID we will not being retreating. I am bummed to miss my friends, the laughter, the stories, the food, drink and  the scenery. I will also miss the time to work on future projects. The last retreat I was working on a project using Daybreak by 3 Sisters, which is shipping to stores now. So many projects I work on I can’t really show until the fabric is available, but I can share now.

Daybreak fat quarter bundle

I  had ...

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September 28, 2020
A finish and new project from The Crafty Quilter

I can never get ahead. I’m always starting something new before I’ve finished something old. Well, I finished something not-so-old, and I made progress on a few old UFO’s, so I gave in to the sparkly something new. But let me show you what I finished first!

Last night, I put the last few stitches on the hanging sleeve of my Patchwork Pumpkins wall hanging. Just in time for October!

Patchwork Pumpkins Wall hanging made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.
Patchwork Pumpkins Wall hanging made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.
Patchwork Pumpkins Wall hanging made and designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.

I love this project so much! I designed it in 2018 and it’s still my favorite decoration for October and November. I used turned edge machine ...

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September 24, 2020
Candy Corn Quilt Pattern from Moda Lissa

candy corn quilt

I love the colors.
I love the pattern.
I love the quilting.

I love, love, love it.

Someone asked me about the pattern and colors so I thought I would share it here. When I went to hunt down
the ...

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September 11, 2020
Schoolhouse Quilt Pattern from Moda Lissa

During the pandemic, several different people on social media starting having outdoor quilt shows by showcasing one of their quilts in their yard or on their front porch, etc. Jenny Doan starting doing this also and I thought I would do the same each weekend.

I dug this schoolhouse quilt out of my stack to symbolize the return to school, even though it was virtual.

Several of you have messaged me wanting this pattern so I decided to do a quick blog post
so I can share it with everyone.

Download the pattern here.

The pattern does have templates for ...

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September 7, 2020
A killer is on the loose from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

OH, MY GOD!!!!!  I decided to buckle down and get some work done. Depending on what I'm doing, I'll open up an audiobook. I'll listen for a couple of hours, and then I get bored. I never listen to audiobooks in bed, and I never listen when I'm walking the dogs.

However, I had to throw all those rules out the window yesterday. This book is a PAGE TURNER like I've never read before. It's called The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica. WHOA -- she writes a very twisted physiological thriller. I keep changing the ...

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September 4, 2020
A finished quilt and new projects from The Crafty Quilter

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 ...

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Fun "I Spy" Quilt from Hills Creek Quilter

Here's a quilt that I finished in December 2019, all made with fun fabrics in my scraps. Many of these fabrics were used in many of my quilts over the last 20 years. The pattern is called Jelly Sandwich by Fons and Porter. I didn't buy the pattern; I just figured it out by watching a video. I couldn't make the link to the video work on the blog, so if you're interested, just do a Google search on "Fons and Porter Jelly Sandwich", and you'll see the video.

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August 28, 2020
Angie’s quilt from Moda Lissa

This is what our family always called our Charlie’s Angels picture. The picture was taken one summer of my mom, my sister and myself. I was about to be a freshmen in high school, Angie was about to leave home and would be a freshmen in college. When she left for college I got her room. In her closet was a piece of paper that she listed what she wore each week. This list lasted for an entire month, every month. She worked to not wear the same thing for an entire month. She did not have a large ...

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August 19, 2020
Family, cooking & quilting from The Crafty Quilter

Are you like me and ready for normalcy to return? I can’t remember having so much uncertainty in my life, especially with the upcoming elections. What I’d really like is the best of both worlds. Less traffic, less smog, less consumption and more compassion, more social and environmental awareness, and a good haircut would be nice!


It seems like there’s a lot of quilting and cooking going on at my house, which isn’t too unusual. Up next up is learning how to cut men’s hair; now that’s definitely pushing the comfort envelope. My ...

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July 23, 2020
Fun With a Jelly Roll from Hills Creek Quilter

Here's another quilt that I finished back in December 2019, this time using a jelly roll that had been in my stash for a few years. The free pattern is Jelly Roll Twist by the Fat Quarter Shop.

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Jelly Roll Twist

backing and binding

loopy meandering
This one hasn't found a home yet, but someday.

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Who Doesn't Love a "Free" Quilt? from Hills Creek Quilter

I'm still catching up posting about quilts that I've finished in the last year, most of them from fabric that was in my stash.

This one is made using the "jelly roll race" (aka "1600 quilt") pattern, but instead of using 2 1/2-inch strips, it's made with 3-inch strips, most of which I picked up on a "free table" at one of my guild's events. I added a few fabrics from my stash, and it made a very large throw-size quilt. It now resides in a friend's house.

If you're interested in the ...

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July 15, 2020
Free Quilt of Valor pattern from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone. As promised, I have a FREE Quilt of Valor pattern for you! I named it Stars of Courage, which seemed appropriate since courage is another word for valor. This is an easy, lap-size quilt that a beginner could make as well as an old-timer (like me).

Stars of Courage is a FREE Quilt of Valor pattern designed by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.

About Quilts of Valor

At the beginning of this year, I asked if anyone had special requests for projects or tutorials. Several people asked for a Quilt of Valor project. If you’re new to QOV, it’s a non-profit foundation whose mission is to “….cover service members and veterans touched by ...

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