Sew Thankful Sunday, November 2016

{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.}

Sew Thankful Sunday @ The Crafty Quilter

November is a great month to count your blessings.  I’m fortunate to say that mine are plentiful.  As always, there are many things to be thankful for in our crafting and quilting community.  Here’s a list of a few that I think you’ll appreciate!  I’m also adding a “new to me” blogger introduction each month so look for that at the end.

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1.  If you’re hosting Thanksgiving and need some ideas for the “littles”, check out this Thanksgiving Kiddie Table from Hoosier Homemade.   There is plenty here to keep the kids entertained and it looks great, too!

Thanksgiving Kiddie Table @ Hoosier Homemade


2.  Sew Mama Sew is bringing us their Annual Handmade Holidays series all month long in November.  Each day a guest curator will share a list of tutorials that are related to a theme, and there is a chance to win prizes.  It will be my turn to share later this month as I find tutorials for the crafter in your life (oh, that’s you)!

Handmade Holidays 2016 at Sew Mama Sew


3.    I couldn’t resist adding these Pumpkin Cheesecake Oatmeal Cookie Bars to the list.  They’re one of the many delicious recipes you’ll find at Our Best Bites, and I think these might replace my pumpkin pie this year.  I’ll let you know how it goes!



4.  If you’re someone that likes to keep lists and stay organized, you’ll appreciate this Holiday Organizing Binder (free printable) from Heather at Moritz Fine Designs.   You’ll be able to keep track of everything in one place and not get overwhelmed this holiday season.



5.  I love decorating with homemade items for the holidays and this Quilty Farmhouse Ornament from Amber at Gigi’s Thimble looks just right for my house.  I could decorate a whole tree with these!



6.  The Jolly Jabber has just launched a new series called Sew Illustrated which will feature free tutorials from various designers.  Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt is starting things off with this adorable Trinket Case to hold all of your treasures.  This would make a great gift, too!



7.  For loads of holiday inspiration, check out this round up of 20 DIY Christmas Ornaments from Amy at Positively Splendid.  Once there, you’ll also find the Ultimate Christmas Round Up For the Home with over 200 ideas for decorating, baking and giving.



8.  Table runners are the perfect accent to your home decor.  You’ll love this Sugar Plum Table Runner from Faith at Fresh Lemon Quilts.  She has just started a quilt along at We All Sew, and now you can follow along and make your own holiday inspired table runner.

Sugar Plum Table Runner QAL by Faith Jones for We All Sew


9.  A new challenge has just begun with Nancy Zieman’s Annual Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge.  There will be $1,700 in prizes given at the end!  Even if you’re not participating, you’ll find plenty of ideas to inspire you.



10.  Are you in love with everything mini?  Check out this Candy Stars Mini Quilt by Jen Daly Quilts for the Moda Bake Shop.  If you’re like me, you’ve got a mini charm pack (or two) just waiting to be used!



11.  One of my “go to” web resources for free quilt patterns is Fave Quilts.  I am fortunate to have many of my tutorials featured there, and I’m very thankful for the traffic that has been directed my way.  If you haven’t visited them yet, put it on your list.  You won’t be disappointed!



12.  This month, I’d like to introduce you to a “new to me” blogger (and designer), Suzy of Suzy Quilts.  Suzy has a modern design aesthetic rooted in tradition.  You’ll find some beautiful patterns, quilts and gifts in her online shop.  At Suzy’s blog, she often has free tutorials and insightful articles such as her latest one, Everything You Need to Know About the Ohio Star.



I know it’s a busy time of year for most of you, so I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to hang out with me today.  I’m also very grateful for all of the featured bloggers this month, and I know they love it when you stop by and say “hi”.   Have a wonderful day!

Julie 176 x 116




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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.

11 thoughts on “Sew Thankful Sunday, November 2016

  1. Sew thankful that Sew Thankful Sunday exists! Julie, this is truly a self-less thing you do and personally, I read it start to finish every time it’s published! (And visitied many of the links! :))

    One last tidbit….many years ago when I first learned to quilt, the Ohio Star was the first block I made. All sewn by hand, with cardboard templates and a sandpaper board! (Yes, i’m dating myself!) Today, I’m thankful for rotary cutters and all our fun tools…..I do still love handwork though! Happy Sunday!

  2. Our church makes up 40 Thanksgiving food boxes for needy families. Our local grocery stores had turkeys @ 1/2 price with purchasing an additional $ amount of groceries/merchandise. We sent this info to the congregation if they would like to donate a turkey the price would only be $7-$10, and we would reimburse if they wanted. We’ve had 20 donations toward the 40 needed! This was an easy donation with very little effort or expense and frees up other monies to fill out the baskets. People are ‘sew’ generous!!!

  3. I truly enjoyed following your links and seeing what their blogs and projects were all about. Thank you for sharing this it really is a great idea and I had fun! Have a fantastic creative day!

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