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June 26, 2022
2022 Positivity Quilt Along Link Up from Needle and Foot

Good morning all! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Believe it or not, it is time to link up a progress shot of your 2022 Positivity Quilt. This might mean sharing a couple of blocks with us. Or maybe you have actually stitched a few rows together. Maybe, like me, you are still in the earliest stages and have been cutting your pieces out. Wherever you might be, let us enjoy your progress so far.

I started cutting blocks for mine. Before leaving California, my friend Stephanie gave me a stack of leftover fabric from a western themed quilt ...

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May 21, 2022
Positivity Quiltalong 2022 from Needle and Foot

This is a good day! I feel like life is getting back to normal. With time for a little sewing, a couple of chores, and time to write blog posts; it is evident that the work of the move is behind us. The timing could not be better as it is time for the second annual Positivity Quiltalong, hosted by Sew Preeti Quilts and Needle and Foot. This quiltalong happened for the first time, last spring. At that time, life was getting crazy and it was difficult for me to focus on it. This is made most evident by the ...

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April 24, 2022
Heartfelt Quilt Along - Darling Block from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Last weekend we got out of Dodge for a couple of days and headed to Ocean City, NJ. It was a much needed mini break.  It was a little chilly and really windy on Easter Sunday but we still took a stroll along the beach.  We didn't write this in the sand but we did use it for a photo op. 
Before we headed out, I was able to get the next set of blocks completed for the Heartfelt Quilt Along, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  This is the Darling block.
For this quilt along, I've been ...

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April 17, 2022
Arrow Stone QAL Week 8 & Quilt Parade from The Crafty Quilter

We finally made it to the last week of the Arrow Stone QAL! And today happens to be Easter Sunday, so I wish you all a Happy Easter as well.

Now that our quilt tops are finished, we are ready for the next steps. I’ll point you in the right direction for that, and then I get to show you some of your finished quilt tops. Always a favorite part of the pattern writing process is seeing the beautiful quilts you make!

Arrow Stone QAL Week 8 has tips for finishing a quilt.  Basting, quilting and binding ideas are here plus some beautiful finished quilt tops made by participants!

If you’re just now joining us, all of the past content for the Arrow Stone QAL ...

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April 10, 2022
Arrow Stone QAL Week 7 from The Crafty Quilter

It’s the home stretch of the Arrow Stone QAL! It’s Week 7 and we’re sewing together all of our blocks and adding borders. We’ll soon have a completed quilt top! 

Arrow Stone QAL Week 7 is all about sewing blocks together and adding the border to our quilts.

If you’re just now joining us, all of the past content for the Arrow Stone QAL can be found below:

Arrow Stone QAL ...

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March 31, 2022
Heartfelt Quilt Along - Buttercup Block from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

After completing the first month's blocks for the Heartfelt QAL, I was looking forward to putting fabrics together to make the Buttercup blocks for March.
These are the fabrics I ended up choosing for this month.
The construction was simple and before long the first 3 were done.
The last 2 were then completed quickly.
March's Buttercup blocks definitely sing of spring. 
I put the Beloved and Buttercup blocks together and I'm really happy with what I see so far.  
I'm all ready for April.  How are you coming along with this quilt along?  If you ...

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March 27, 2022
Arrow Stone QAL Week 5 from The Crafty Quilter

Can you believe it’s Week 5 of the Arrow Stone QAL? We’ve come a long way and we’re getting close to building our blocks. This week we’re going to make quarter-square triangles (QST’s), and then we’ll add them to our flying geese from last week.  QST’s are easy to make with the right tools and knowledge. If you’re not participating in the QAL, keep reading because you’ll find some great tips here. 

For Week 5 of the Arrow Stone QAL, I have lots of tips to share with you for making perfect QST units.

If you’re just now joining us, all of the past content for the Arrow Stone QAL can be ...

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March 20, 2022
Arrow Stone QAL Week 4 from The Crafty Quilter

I’m back with Week 4 of the Arrow Stone QAL, and we’re changing up the schedule a bit. Originally I had quarter-square triangles in the lesson plan, but we’re going to make flying geese this week! Since that’s the next step in the pattern, logically that’s what I’ve been working on (because I don’t even look at my own schedule)! I’ve heard from a few of you that flying geese have been your “mountain to climb”. We’re going to take it one step at a time and you’ll be conquering ...

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Heartfelt Quilt Along - Beloved Block from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

When I saw the initial announcement about Fat Quarter Shop's Heartfelt Quilt Along last fall, I was immediately tempted. I've been very good in recent years at resisting these kids of temptations as I already have more than enough projects on my To Make List that I really want to create some day, but this one kept calling to me. 

Then last month, after seeing a few of the blocks other quilters were making, I relented, paid my $50 donation and set to figure out what fabrics I want to use.
This quilt would be beautiful in so ...

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March 16, 2022
National Quilting Day Events 2022 from The Crafty Quilter

It doesn’t take much for quilters to celebrate their favorite pastime, so why not dedicate a whole day, weekend or month to quilting! I want to share some National Quilting Day Events that are taking place this Saturday, March 19, 2022. The entire month has been labeled National Quilting Month, but we’re kicking it up a notch on Saturday!

National Quilting Day Events

The first National Quilting Day was held on the third Saturday of March, 1992, by the National Quilting Association (now terminated). That was thirty years ago! Since then it’s taken on a global reach ...

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March 13, 2022
Arrow Stone QAL Week 3 from The Crafty Quilter

I’m excited for Week 3 of the Arrow Stone QAL because we get to start making HST’s (half-square triangle units)! I also like to establish some good piecing practices this week that will act as guidelines throughout the quilt along. Even if you’re not participating, you’ll find some great tips here. Let’s get started!

The Arrow Stone QAL Week 3 @ The Crafty Quilter involves making HST units plus my best piecing tips!

If you’re just now joining us, all of the past content for the Arrow Stone QAL can be found below:

Week 3

This week we will making two ...

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March 6, 2022
Arrow Stone Quilt Along Week 2 from The Crafty Quilter

Welcome back for Week 2 of the Arrow Stone Quilt Along. This week, we’re going to cut all of the pieces for our quilt. Of course, I have some great tips for you when it comes to cutting fabric and keeping it organized.

Arrow Stone Quilt Along Week 2 is all about cutting your fabric and staying organized!

If you’re seeing this for the first time, it’s not too late to join us! All of the past content for the Arrow Stone QAL can be found below:

Arrow Stone Quilt Along Schedule @ The Crafty Quilter

First Tip: read the pattern first

Before cutting any fabric, there’s one thing you should always do. READ ...

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March 4, 2022
8 Ways Quilters Can Help Ukraine from Craft Gossip

As quilters watch the horrible events unfold in the Ukraine, we can all offer to help in our own way(s).  Art and creativity is one of those ways, and a number of quilters have stepped up and offered new, or existing, patterns to help during this crisis.  Some of the patterns are for sale, others are free and a way to show your support to those affected by the unfolding tragedy.

  1. Show your support with this free sunflower pattern from Lella Boutique.
  2. Pat Sloan has a free “Quilters Stand With Ukraine” quilt block pattern with a link to a ...

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February 27, 2022
Arrow Stone Quilt Along – Week 1 from The Crafty Quilter

Hey everyone! It’s Week 1 of the Arrow Stone Quilt Along, and we’re starting with the best part – fabric! I have lots of color inspiration and tips to make this a fun experience.

Week 1 of the Arrow Stone Quilt Along is all about picking fabric.  You'll find plenty of tips here!
Arrow Stone Quilt Along Schedule @ The Crafty Quilter

If this is the first time you’ve heard about the quilt along, you can sign up below and get all of the basic information plus a coupon code for 20% off the pattern. If you’re not participating in the quilt along, you can still read along and get lots of tips and practical information about quilting!

Arrow Stone Quilt Pattern designed and made by Julie Cefalu, The Crafty Quilter.

Fabric requirements

By now ...

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February 25, 2022
Why I like BOM’s so much from The Crafty Quilter

I think I should start a club for people who have a block of the month (BOM) addiction. Surely I can’t be the only one! Today I’m going to tell you why I like love BOM’s so much and show you which one’s I’m participating in. (You can see a peak of an unpublished BOM I designed in 2017 in the graphic below.)

Check out Why I love BOM's so much!  There are so many reasons and you'll find lots of information about block of the month programs @ The Crafty Quilter.

Why BOM’s?

I love variety and BOM’s usually provide that with a lot of different quilt blocks in one quilt. Some BOM’s are sampler quilts and some are more ...

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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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January 17, 2022
Rose in Bloom Quilt Along from Craft Gossip

If you love a quilt along as much as I do, then you will love this one from the Fat Quarter Shop.  This is a block of the month program that features over 16 yards of beautiful fabric.  It can be purchased over on their website.

The finished quilt will measure 84.5 inches square and is made in the beautiful Love Note fabric line from Moda Fabrics.  I love the soft hues of this collection.  They are so relaxing and the quilt pattern fits them so well.

For intermediate level quilters, you will be piecing all sorts of blocks ...

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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
Surrounded QAL- Blocks from Moda Lissa

I have had so much fun sewing with you on this QAL.   I have enjoyed the pictures you have shared and so proud of those of you that have already completed your quilt top. Kuddos to you!!

This stack of completed quilt blocks looks like a hot mess but will turn into a wonderful keepsake. What is your favorite part of the quilt making process? I love picking out the fabrics, planning what the project is going to be and making a test block. Then I am very inpatient after that. I just can’t wait to  see each part ...

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November 3, 2021
Surrounded QAL- Week 5- Side Bars from Moda Lissa

Side Bars- That is kind of a funny name for the pieces we are going to be working on this week, but I had to name them something.

These little side pieces are interval in making the design happen. Thought I would share a little history about this quilt design and my inspiration for this color option.

The geometric pattern of this quilt–commonly known as Burgoyne Surrenders or Burgoyne Surrounded–is said to refer to one of the most pivotal events in the American Revolution. In 1777, the British failed in their attempt to take control of the strategic ...

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