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June 12, 2019
Popcorn pouches and other things from The Crafty Quilter

I recently made some pouches, Popcorn Pouches to be specific. These cute little projects were super fast and easy to make. I saw them on Instagram one day last week, bought the pattern, and made two of them the very next day (in two hours). And one more since then! The pattern is by Amista Baker at Hilltop Custom Designs and comes as a pdf download.

Popcorn Pouches made by Julie Cefalu.  Pattern by Amista Baker at Hilltop Custom Designs.
Popcorn Pouches made by Julie Cefalu
Pattern by Hilltop Custom Designs

The pattern gives you four size options. I made the small and medium pouches. The medium size would be perfect to hold a ...

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May 10, 2019
Quilts, Quilts, Quilts! from Pinkadot Quilts


Our Penn Oaks Quilt Guild had their quilt show last week. We did not have "regular" judging but went with the viewers at the show deciding on the quilts they liked best. The categories were Best of Show, Best Workmanship, Best Use of Color and Makes Me Smile. I was so honored to receive 2 awards! I do love this quilt and many other people did too. Congratulations also to Robin and Marti for winning as well.


A few members made the ribbons which add another personalized touch. I feel like guilds are doing this more and more.


I am ...

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April 1, 2019
Swapsies from Granny Maud's Girl

I had not taken part in a swap in a very long time, so when I spotted the call for sign-ups for the #petitepatchworkswap, I put my hand up even though the sensible side of my brain knew that my time is limited and I should not. The swap organiser, @jasminesews, asked everyone to make a pouch and a small placemat or large coaster – small and manageable, I thought.

I know some people avoid swaps like the plague, but I genuinely enjoy them. I like the challenge of making something small for someone else and playing with techniques that my ...

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September 20, 2018
Two finished pouches and one finished quilt! from The Crafty Quilter

It’s been a productive week with two finished pouches and one finished quilt.  I love being able to finish a project quickly and these pouches are fun and quick.

Two finished pouches made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. Pattern and kit from Sew Lux Fabrics
Two finished pouches made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter. Pattern and kit from Sew Lux Fabrics

 

I belong to the Pouch Kit Club at Sew Lux Fabrics.  Every month I receive a kit with everything I need to make a pouch, including fabric, interfacing, zipper, etc.  I love having all the supplies together and ready to go.

I don’t always keep up with the monthly kits, so I ...

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June 17, 2018
Small things from Granny Maud's Girl

I have a month-long break from study, so I hope to find a bit of time on the weekends to complete a few sewing or knitting projects. To celebrate the freedom, I allowed myself to make a couple of little things just for fun, without guilt about the unfinished projects that are still waiting for attention.

I made a simple bag from a pattern in a library book, Sew-licious Little Things by Kate Haxell. The bag needs a lot of fabric for not much carrying capacity, but it is so quick and easy to make that any novice could make ...

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April 2, 2018
April Snow! from Pinkadot Quilts


I need some hand work and decided to go through some old patterns that I have been collecting. I found some simple flower patterns that I think will be fun to work on. The blocks will finish around 8".
Applique is one of those things that you have to keep on top of if you want your stitches to look nice. I will admit I am a bit rusty. The nice thing about applique is that unless it is very symmetrical, you don't know if something is in the wrong place. For example some of the leaves above are ...

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March 31, 2018
Nearly there from Granny Maud's Girl

It seems like the process has taken forever, but I am finally putting the finishing touches on two new patterns, which I hope to release in April.

One pattern is for a foundation-paper-pieced map of Australia. It is a fun little project and a great way to use up tiny scraps. I have been trying to write up the instructions for this block since late 2016, when I made my first version for a mini swap.

'Australia' patchwork block pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

I will be releasing a pattern that includes the block in two sizes: 6 inches and 12 inches.

Following another idea, also dating from ...

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March 12, 2018
Making Pouches with More Success from Elaine Adair Pieces

With my almost-failures of yesterday hopefully behind me, I tackled lined pouches again.  Well, seems I totally FORGOT how I made them yesterday, and had to do a lot of unsewing, but ... the end result is pretty good!


These fully lined pouches are not for the beginner - you need clear directions.  Their construction, to me, is not logically or visually apparent, but with a LOT of unsewing, and watching several tutorials AGAIN, I figured them out.  The little one in front is totally lined, with square corners on the bottom.  I made a little macrame knot affixed to the zipper ...

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February 4, 2018
June’s Cottage Maker’s Tour: All Zipped Up from Blossom Heart Quilts

Do you have some favourite artists that you follow? I’ve long admired the stunning watercolour art by Caverly Smith, one half of the Briar Hill Designs duo. Their Instagram feed – @briarhilldesigns – is one of gorgeous florals that have you sighing at the sweet prettiness of it all! So when I heard that they were releasing their first line of fabric with RJR Fabrics, I knew it’d one full of pretty florals, and I wasn’t wrong! The June’s Cottage fabric range features the gorgeous handpainted art of Caverly in lemony yellows, fresh greens, cool blues, and a ...

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January 6, 2018
Scrappy Pouches (sewing) from France Nadeau

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Tubakk inspired me with her denim pouches. They have been on my project-I-really-should-make list for some time. I finally indulged just before Christmas. They are made from old clothes. Yes, the flowery fabric too! They were dresses I sew in the mid 90s. </p>
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December 29, 2017
Stuff to put other stuff in from Granny Maud's Girl

I have (finally!) had some free time to sew in recent weeks, but I have not yet got back into the routine of remembering to take photographs and sharing what I have made. It might take a little longer to reform those habits.

I rummaged around in my box of selvedges and made a pouch. I chose aqua because a handful of selvedges I pulled out of the pile coordinated nicely.

The pouch is again a modified version of Ayumi’s pattern from Patchwork, Please! This version is a little larger than the standard because I could not bring myself ...

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December 14, 2017
Stitched Sewing Organizers from I'm Studio Lou

Today I thought I’d share my makes and thoughts from Aneela Hoey’s latest book, Stitched Sewing Organizers. It’s a fabulous book, full of lots of different and unique projects allowing you to try out new techniques and work with some materials you may not have used before (super firm interfacing and vinyl in particular.) First […]

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December 8, 2017
Friday Finish: a mug rug and a boxy pocket pouch from The Crafty Quilter

I have a Friday finish (two actually) to share and neither of them have anything to do with the holidays.  The first finish is from my own tutorial, the Glass Half Full Mug Rug.  I made this for a friend and customer who has been going through some aggressive chemotherapy treatments.  I hope it brightens her day just a bit.

Friday Finish:  Glass Half Full Mug Rug by Julie Cefalu, free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

 

I love the combination of embroidery and applique.  It’s such a happy little project!  And you know, mug rugs make the perfect gift no matter what the occasion.

Friday Finish:  Glass Half Full Mug Rug by Julie Cefalu, free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

Friday Finish:  Glass Half Full Mug Rug by Julie Cefalu, free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

 

The second finish is this Boxy Pocket Pouch from Aneela Hoey ...

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December 3, 2017
There is no such thing as too much pink from Granny Maud's Girl

With my god-daughter’s birthday approaching, I was inspired by Josie at Calico & Ivy to make a quick facecloth as a gift. (I thought I was doing well to leave that shop with only one new ball of yarn.) Then, I had the bright idea of making a coordinating bag to put it in. This is the result.

I started by looking for facecloth or dishcloth patterns on Ravelry, but I did not find one that quite suited what I had in mind. Instead, I flicked through my Vogue Knitting Stitchionary pattern books (I own all six volumes) and winged ...

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September 16, 2017
Bits and bobs from Granny Maud's Girl

I am still managing to seize a few minutes here and there for little sewing projects.

I made a bee block for Sharon. Sharon and I joke that we have opposite tastes in fabric. She loves batiks and hates florals. Need I say any more? Other than that, we have a lot in common.

Quilt bee block made by Granny Maud's Girl

The colour placement was specified by the queen bee, Sharon.

Nikki and I have colour tastes that more closely coincide. She provided the brighter fabric in this bee block. Foolishly, when I was rummaging in my stash, I was looking for something that matched the wrong ...

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