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May 7, 2021
How would you quilt that? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I don't know that what I did to my Long Time Gone was worth the effort. It's been like a monkey on my back since I started. However, I'm happy that I've done it. And I bet that NO ONE will be able to see what I did. But that's OK. Here's the good news - Sections 1, 2, and 3 are back together. And Section 6 is now completely fixed. Section 5 is almost ready for the final sewing together. That one was easy since I hadn't sewn it completely together. 

I should ...

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April 9, 2021
Moda Stitch Pink quilt finish and Easter pictures from The Crafty Quilter

My Moda Stitch Pink quilt finish is from months ago, but I just recently got some good pictures of it to show you. I also have a few pictures from Easter that I thought I’d share. It’s fun to see how my grandkids are growing.

Moda Stitch Pink Quilt Finish

This was one of my favorite quilts to make. I love piecing and applique, and each day for the month of October 2020, I made one block. The patterns are free and available at the Moda Stitch Pink Archive as part of their campaign to increase awareness of ...

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March 24, 2021
Spring Bunny Table Runner Tutorial from The Crafty Quilter

To celebrate Spring and Easter, I have a Spring Bunny Table Runner Tutorial to share with you today! This project is the perfect combination of quilting and home décor. A mix of spring green fabrics and the cutest black and white gingham give this table runner a little country charm with modern style. I love how it turned out!

This Spring Bunny Table Runner tutorial is a quick and easy project from Julie @ The Crafty Quilter.  Simple applique and two pieced blocks make this a cute table runner for Spring and Easter!

The size of this table runner is approximately 13″ x 38″. If you’re looking for a quick project to make, this is it! There are only three blocks set on point that measure 9″ finished. The setting triangles are pieced ...

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March 19, 2021
Inspired by the color green from The Crafty Quilter

One of my favorite colors is green. I love its versatility and how beautifully it shows up in nature. It also shows up in my fabric stash – alot! And here we are in March where green is everywhere (thank you St. Paddy) and Spring is just around the corner. It’s so easy to be inspired by the color green!

I am inspired by the color green right now!  I have lots of images and projects to share that will inspire you too!

Over the years, I have posted many projects using the color green. Usually there are other colors included – they all play so well together! And there’s always something in nature (and my backyard) that inspires the combination. Tip: If ...

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March 11, 2021
Progress on hand stitching projects from The Crafty Quilter

I don’t know about you guys, but I like to have a few hand stitching projects going at all times. It seems that during this pandemic, there’s been more time and opportunities to work on those kinds of projects. I think that means I’ve been watching too much television, but that’s what happens when you’re faced with staying at home.

Hand stitching projects

I just finished hand appliqueing my last hexagon flower block to a pieced background. These blocks will become a quilt soon, and I’m very excited about it! Aren’t they bright ...

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March 6, 2021
My Lilliesleaf *Hawick* Quilt from Plain Stitch

When I first read the story of the Hawick quilter Janet Pow (1884-1962) the fact that jumped out at me was that she lived in a mill town, and she came from an extended family of textile workers. Of course, she was also a quilter. I was already fascinated by the quilts she helped to… Continue reading My Lilliesleaf *Hawick* Quilt

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February 15, 2021
Scrap School- Meet the Professors from Moda Lissa

Today starts the Instagram hop for my new book, SCRAP SCHOOL. Every day for the next 2 weeks each “professor” will be sharing their quilt on their IG page along with a giveaway.

Each of these people made a quilt for the book. Each one is different and has a story to tell. While we were working on this book, many of us were staying home due to Covid- 19 and what better time to dig into your stash, finish your UFO’s and your WIP’s.

And just look at the results….. A rainbow of scraps.

I wanted to ...

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February 12, 2021
Sewcialites-Block 19 from Moda Lissa

Happy Valentine’s Day/Weekend/Sewcialites Friday

Thank you for joining me on my day for SEWCIALITES.

I am making my version using Moda’s Bella Solids and I thought pink was the perfect color for the valentines week.

I have started putting my blocks together. This will be one quarter of the quilt. Once it is complete it will be a big sawtooth star.

I had mentioned in one of of my PROGRESS REPORTS posts that I knew how I wanted to quilt this one. The crew at Moda recently made a quilt for someone retiring and I wanted ...

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February 9, 2021
A trip down memory lane from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Oh boy  - what a morning I've already had. I'm getting ready for my guild presentation on Group Quilts. Let's just say that I've participated in a LOT of group quilts. I haven't made the final count yet, but there are lots. I got some pictures that need editing and then get them uploaded into the presentation. Still more pictures to take today. But it was an eye-opener, to say the least!

I also found the lost quilt top - it was in a bag with another quilt top. Phew!!! That was one of my favorites. Well ...

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January 28, 2021
Quilt projects and grandkids have been keeping me busy from The Crafty Quilter

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I last blogged! Quilt projects have been keeping me busy along with “all the things”, and time has just run amuck. The last time I posted here, I was getting ready to launch a new Zoom class, Possibilities, through my local quilt shop, The Granary. We had our first of five classes on Tuesday. I designed the pattern as a skill-builder type of project, and I’m still getting the final pieces of the pattern finished. I’ll have it available in my Etsy Shop eventually.

My recent quilt projects include my Possibilities Quilt, designed by me, Julie Cefalu.
Possibilities Quilt, Option 3 ...

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January 27, 2021
Progress Report- Jan 2021 from Moda Lissa

I can see why in school we received our progress reports every 6 weeks. It is a lot of work keeping up with the progress or making any progress at all. I finished some and started more so A-.

Red and White quilt finished!!

This quilt design is by Sheryl Johnson in Sisterhood of Scraps book. The quilt is titled Half-Square Hashtags.


I am finished with my quilt for the Seasons to Taste blog hop. I am last on the line up and will share my quilt here on Feb. 2nd.  I knew the colors I wanted to use ...

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January 15, 2021
Possibilities Quilt from The Crafty Quilter

I’ve been busy behind the scenes working on a new project that I can finally share: The Possibilities Quilt. The name says a lot for this project. It’s a quilt with possibilities and options!

I’ve wanted to teach a skill-building class that doesn’t last too long, but it’s long enough to give you a lap-size quilt in the end. I designed this quilt with four different quilt blocks (10″ finished) that range in complexity and skill level. But that wasn’t enough. I wanted you to have options as to how to set the blocks ...

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January 9, 2021
Progress Report from Moda Lissa

There were times in my life that I hated the term progress report. You know, there was always that one class that was problematic or maybe I was problematic as the student.

I can’t think of any better term for holding myself accountable and logging my progress than “progress report” to keep me on track.

The cool thing is that I get to give myself my own grade.

This week I received a B-.

I  have finished a few projects, started a few new ones and completely ignored others.

More blocks for my red and white quilt.

half-square ...

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January 4, 2021
Back to work! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Let's not panic, but it's back to work today! I had a quick peek at my calendar and realized that I have classes starting NEXT weekend. Well, a sew-along, embroidery club, and a whole lot more. More on that tomorrow in case anyone still wants to sign up. I'll be working on all the e-mails that I owe to new and returning students tomorrow. No choice now! 

I made great progress yesterday. The magazine quilt is ready for the binding to be put on this morning, and it'll get picked up later today. The photos for ...

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January 2, 2021
I stand corrected from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Ooops -- I made a mistake! Remember I showed you the label on my orange tray? Well, Colin + Justin are still alive!   I was thinking of Steven and Chris (and it was Chris who died). Oh boy - thank goodness, I have you all to keep me on track! Thanks, Pauline!!!

My orange tray

And I knew Katheleen would not disappoint. I got suggestions on what to do with those transparencies. So I'm keeping them. I knew she would have a purpose. I can sew through them and use them for pockets in journals. How clever!!!

The transparencies are saved

Do ...

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December 27, 2020
Happy Holidays and some handmade gifts from The Crafty Quilter

I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Holidays and wish you a wonderful New Year! I’ve been absent from blogging the past few weeks while I finished last minute gifts and attempted to make this Christmas a merry one despite being apart from family and friends. I’m sure we can all agree that 2020 has been a year of strange and crazy things, and I look forward to 2021 with optimism and hope.

Happy Holidays from Julie at The Crafty Quilter!

Handmade gifts

I can finally share a few gifts I made in December. The first one was a secret Santa gift for one ...

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December 25, 2020
Merry Christmas from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


It's Christmas Day!! How did this happen? Where did the year go? OK - we won't go there! It's been an extraordinary year!

Here's a family photo to share with you. And why do those dogs outshine the people? 

Merry Christmas from Lexi, ME, M, Bear, and Murphy

Yes - a family member is missing, but he'd never opt to be in the photo. We'll just pretend that he's taking the picture - NOT! 

At first sight, this looks like a normal photo. But notice that I'm holding onto Murphy, so she doesn't bolt ...

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December 23, 2020
A Scant History of Patchwork & Quilting in The British Isles from Plain Stitch

A Scant History of Patchwork and Quilting in The British Isles.

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December 2, 2020
The Hudson Quilt Coat from Plain Stitch

I made a quilt coat. I’ve always wanted one, for years and years, but finally the circles of fashion, need and time to make overlapped. Here in the UK we have been in a 4 week lockdown to suppress the second wave of Covid. In the first lockdown, I distracted myself from the fresh panic… Continue reading The Hudson Quilt Coat

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November 22, 2020
Stitch Pink quilt top is complete from The Crafty Quilter

I have some eye candy for you today! I finished my Stitch Pink quilt top and it turned out so well! This was part of a sew along at Moda Fabrics to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. The quilt block patterns are free and available on their website here.

Stitch Pink quilt, made by Julie Cefalu for the Moda Stitch Pink Sew Along.

I’ve since added a 2 1/2″ navy border all around it and now it’s ready for the longarm quilter. It’s not easy getting a picture of the entire quilt when there’s no one around to hold it up for me. The quilt measures 64 ...

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