Sew Thankful Sunday, March 2015

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

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March always comes so quickly on the heels of February.  It’s a great month to celebrate the color green and the coming of Spring.  I’ve found some great ideas by some talented people to inspire your creativity this month.

(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1.  Sometimes we need to “unsew” a seam and I found this awesome video (thanks to Material Girl Quilts) by Pam Damour, The Decorating Diva, on how to properly use a seam ripper.  I can’t believe I didn’t know this trick.  Of course, it helps to have a sharp seam ripper and Pam has got those too!

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Seam Ripper image via Keeping u n Stitches Quilting

 

2.  February was National Embroidery Month and Aurifil thought it would be appropriate to finish up the month with a free embroidery pattern by the very talented designer Aneela Hoey and a heavenly Aurifil floss GIVEAWAY!  I haven’t tried out Aurifloss yet, but it’s on my list.

Aurifloss
Aurifloss giveaway and free embroidery pattern at Aurifil Buzz

 

3.  Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter has a free tutorial for her Pouch Bag that is just adorable.  I love the loose, comfortable look and big storage appeal!

patchwork-bag-amy-smart-tutorial

 

4.  I love the work of Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby and her book, Playful Petals
is one of my favorites.  She is offering a FREE pattern called Vintage Fancy that compliments her book very well!

Vintage-Fancy-Cover

 

5.  You have another reason to look forward to Sundays, my friends!  Natalia Bonner at Piece N Quilt is starting a new series called Sunday Stitches.  She’s starting it off with this adorable clover block!  How lucky for us!

clover no lines by natalia bonner of piece n quilt

 

6.  For those of you hand embroidery fans, Red Brolly is sharing a free Spring embroidery pattern.  You’ll also want to see her stem stitch tutorial which you can practice on this project!

free-hand-embroidery-pattern-by-red-brolly

 

7.  If you like paper crafting or if you have an abundance of scrapbooking paper, you’ll love these paper shamrocks from Hoosier Homemade.  Quick, easy and cute!

Paper-Shamrocks.V.w-

 

8.  I enjoy sewing small, quick projects and this Notebook Pouch fits the bill perfectly.  The tutorial is by Randi, the owner of Fresh Squeezed Fabrics, and you can find the full tutorial at During Quiet Time where she is guest posting.

Notebook Pouch Tutorial

 

9.  Sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics and Katy at The Littlest Thistle does just that with half square triangles.  She gives you a run down on several different methods for making them and a nice chart for cutting different sizes using the various techniques mentioned.

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Half Square Triangle Techniques @ The Littlest Thistle

 

10.  Pillows are so fun to make and you’ll want to make the Great Granny Star Pillow by Amy of Amy Made That!  She is guest posting at Bear Creek Quilting Company where you can find the full tutorial, including an easy zippered edge closure.

Great Granny Starred Pillow

 

11.  The mom and daughter duo at Clover & Violet have recently released a free pattern for The Pepper Tote Bag.  I love that it incorporates some big hexagons and that outside zipper is just perfect!

Pepper Tote Bag@ Clover & Violet

 

12.  If you’re a quilter who loves cat (or knows someone who does), you’ll appreciate this Kitty Mini Quilt pattern by Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl.  She made this little quilt for someone who recently lost a kitty.  What a sweet way to bring comfort to a friend.

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Isn’t that a great list of quilty and crafty things to be thankful for in March?  I’m sew happy you’ve joined me, and I hope you get a chance to visit the blogs mentioned today and share the love!

Julie

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

16 thoughts on “Sew Thankful Sunday, March 2015

  1. Julie, Thank you so much for sharing my Vintage Fancy pattern! I loved seeing what else you included in your roundup. So many great things!

  2. Such lovely things! I didn’t know Aurifil made embroidery floss. This is the only brand of sewing thread I use. Now I want to know where I can find Aurifloss.

  3. Thank you for all these great links! I had no idea how to properly use a seam ripper with the little ball, and I have used seam rippers for too many years to count!

  4. Hi Julie
    What a great selection of sites …again! Strangely I had come across the seam ripper video earlier this week! I too have been using mine incorrectly all those years I have sewn! I do rip fast along the seam but have used the ball up……which sometimes I do admit has caused a maddening little slice into one side of the fabric if I’ve strayed from a straight line!
    Another great Sew Thankful Sunday

  5. I’ve been sewing for 60 years and didn’t know about the way to properly use a seam ripper. I can’t wait to try it.
    And I love the tutorial on half square triangles along with the cutting chart. Thanks you!!
    Joann H

  6. Oh, what a sweet surprise to see that Great-Granny Star Pillow tutorial here! Thank you for including me in this spectacular line-up – I’ve been opening up each link!

  7. Hi Julie, I just love your Sew Thankful Sunday! They are like sewing candy! Now I know I’ve been holding my seam ripper wrong since forever!

  8. Julie I did the TQS quilt with you and your work and they way you put things over were excellent I now dip into your working site the Crafty Quilter and have just made the table mats. your colours are my colours and I love the site. Irene in the UK

  9. Thank you for finding such delightful sewing projects and sharing them, look forward to sew thankful Sunday as they all have such delightful ideas to choose from.

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