Sew Thankful Sunday, October 2015

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”.  I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others.  I try to do that once a month for my Sew Thankful Sunday posts.  I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site.  If your blog has been mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers.}

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It’s October already!  Am I the only one that looks at the calendar and wonders where the year has gone?  I love the changing seasons and I look forward to Autumn.  At the same time, I feel the end of the year (and Christmas) is closing in.  I hope you take the time to slow down and enjoy the moment and also this amazing list of things to be thankful for!

(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.  Never under estimate the power of glue basting.  Cristy at Purple Daisies is one of the pioneers of this method and she’s given a crash course on her blog of why it works and how many ways it can be used.
glue basting
Glue Basting Technique at Purple Daisies


2.  I always look forward to seeing what’s cooking at the Moda Bakeshop.  A few weeks ago I was happy to see this Prairie Rose Garden quilt tutorial by Sarah Zimmerman featured.  It’s such a happy looking quilt!

Prairie Rose Garden Quilt


3.  If you’re a paper piecer, you will really appreciate this free, paper pieced pattern from Amy at 13 Spools.  How pretty is that star!



4.  Here’s a framed mini quilt that you’re going to adore.  Hello Fall is a perfect way to greet the changing seasons from Jen at Jen Daly Quilts.  The precision of the leaves comes from foundation piecing.

Hello Fall
Hello Fall framed mini quilt by Jen Daly Quilts


5.  Here’s something easy for Halloween that you could make with a mini charm pack or your own fabric scraps.  Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl has the full tutorial to make a Spooky Mini Quilt that will add some charm to your October decor.



6.  Fabric manufacturers are a great resource for free patterns.  I love this In Stitches wall hanging by Little Miss Shabby for RJR Fabrics.  It would be so cute in a sewing room!

In Stitches by LMS
In Stitches Wall Hanging by Little Miss Shabby for RJR Fabrics


7.  A new blog hop and challenge has just begun at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Alyce will be working with you to get you designing and making your very own quilt block designs!  Follow along and learn the basics from a large group of bloggers and designers.



8.  Have you been following along with the Jaftex Blog Hop?  Recently, Melissa at Happy Quilting shared her project and tutorial for Traffic Jam.  This is a beautiful quilt made from fat quarters of Fusion Illusion from Blank Quilting.

Traffic Jam


9.  Melissa at Polka Dot Chair is starting a new block of the month series, and she’s leading it off with Quilting Basics. This looks like it will be a perfect way for the newer quilter to learn some fresh skills.  You old timers will appreciate it, too!



10.  One of the biggest sew alongs in blogland has just kicked off this month at Gnome Angel.  The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew Along is a big undertaking, but Angie has rounded up some talented bloggers to help her out.  Each week, she will give tips and instructions for two blocks from the book,The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt.  You’ll need your own copy of the book if you want to sew along.

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sew-along: Learn to sew the 99 Blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird's book The Farmer's Wife 1930's Sampler Quilt" with Angie Wilson of, Fat Quarter Shop and From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates. Find out more here:
The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew-along: Learn to sew the 99 Blocks from Laurie Aaron Hird’s book The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt” with Angie Wilson of, Fat Quarter Shop and From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates. Find out more here:


11.  It’s not too late to whip up this cute Candy Corn Pinwheels Pillow from Lindsey at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  I love projects that work for multiple holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving!

candy corn pinwheels pillow


12.  Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics have joined together to bring you this free quilt pattern, Welded.  It showcases the Artisan collection by Pat Bravo.  I love the bold design and easy construction!

Welded quilt pattern by Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop for Art Gallery Fabrics


When the weather turns cold, it’s time to make like a squirrel and start hiding stuff get busy!  I hope you’ve found some inspiration to do just that.  Thanks to all of the bloggers featured today!


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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.

12 thoughts on “Sew Thankful Sunday, October 2015

  1. Hi Julie,
    Thank you for your lovely sharing! I participated in your Spring Petals QAL and have come to admire you and your work. Blessings!

  2. Great post, thank you for the survey of interesting sites and projects. I already had the Traffic Jam and Welded quilt designs bookmarked for when the right fabric inspiration hits.

  3. Good Morning Julie,
    Yes, I too stumble upon the October calendar with thoughts that Christmas is not far away. I best get started on those tree skirts for gifts. I do look forward to your Sew Thankful Sunday blog. Thank you for the work you do.

  4. Awesome newsletter. Thanks for all the goodies. I can’t wait to make some of them and share with others.

    Have a great Sunday.

  5. Good Morning Julie, Just a little hello and a thank you for all the work that you do for us. These sites are wonderful, as usual. I plan to visit several. I love Christy at Purple Daisies and have been using the glue basting for two years now. Doing binding is wonderful that way, no pins. I just love the computer. I am always looking at new tutorials, buying classes etc. Enjoy learning so much. You are so good on The Quilt Show, have you ever thought of making a dvd of your own tutorials?
    I love fall, my favorite season, all the rich beautiful colors to see. Send us more pics of your wonderful grand baby, adorable. Take care and God Bless. Claudia

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