Sew Thankful Sunday, March 2017 and National Craft Month

{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.}

March is National Craft Month and I love that it’s celebrated for a whole month!  Quilters, you get your own special day on Saturday, March 18.   This month is chalk full of great ideas, projects and creativity to celebrate the occasion!  You might want to grab a cup of tea or coffee and prepare to be inspired.

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  1.  It wouldn’t feel like March without a little Shamrock in the mix.  Check out this awesome Shamrock Table Runner designed by Joan Ford of Hummingbird Highway for Bernina’s We All Sew blog.  I love the scrappy greens and the gorgeous quilting.  All you’re missing is the corned beef and cabbage!
Shamrock Table Runner designed by Joan Ford for Bernina
Shamrock Table Runner designed by Joan Ford for We All Sew

 

2.  If you’ve been staying on top of the trend, domestic ruler quilting is very popular right now.  To help you along, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs shares Five Tips for Successful Domestic Ruler Quilting.  I feel like I can now dust off my ruler and give it a whirl!

Five Tips for Successful Domestic Ruler Quilting at Meadow Mist Designs

 

3.  Aurifil is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a free pattern,  a contest and a giveaway.  This adorable mini quilt, Sew Many Colors, was designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio and it features 10 life-sized Aurifil spools of thread.  You can download the pattern and find out about all of the celebrations at the Aurifil blog.

Sew Many Colors Mini Quilt designed by Whole Circle Studio for Aurifil

 

4.  Most of us could benefit from a little practice with precision piecing.  To help you along, QuiltShopGal is hosting the Precision Piecing Quilt Along which showcases designs by Hope’s Quilt Designs.  These mini quilt blocks will really get you focused on the details of precision piecing.  There will be tips provided along the way and giveaways, too.

Precision Piecing Quilt Along at QuiltShopGal

 

5.  To help you get ready for Spring, here’s a Spring Bunny Runner Pattern by Lindsey at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  This is a quick project and they have kits available too!

 

6.  This bright and cheerful quilt, Meadow Walk, was designed by Sarah Nunes at Berry Barn Designs.  It showcases Heather Ross’ new fabric line, Sleeping Porch Voile, and Sarah has a few tips for working with voile.  It looks like a great summer quilt!

Meadow Walk Quilt Pattery by Sarah Nunes @ Berry Barn Designs

 

7.  Do you save every bit of scrap fabric?  If you do, Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts shares her Top 10 tips for successful scrap quilting.  You’ll learn all about cutting, sorting, storing and using them.  You’re welcome!

Top 10 Tips for Successful Scrap Quilting by Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Top 10 Tips for Successful Scrap Quilting by Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts

 

8.  Don’t let those scraps take over!  Check out this quilt block tutorial (appropriately named) Scrap Bin Geese from Amy at A Bright Corner.  She gives great instructions and an example of what a quilt would look like using this block.  I’m thinking rainbows of geese!

Scrap Bin Quilt Block Tutorial by Amy at A Bright Corner

 

9.  Here’s something from the Moda Tip Jar:  Sewing with coated fabric.  Carrie Nelson shares some great tips and information for working with this specialty fabric .  It makes me want to give it a try.

Moda Tip Jar: Sewing with coated fabric by Carrie Nelson

 

10.  I’m always looking for a good baby quilt pattern and I’ve found one in this When You Wish Baby Quilt by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts.  I love the bold colors and starburst design of this quilt made from Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman.

When You Wish Baby Quilt Pattern by Bonjour Quilts

 

11.  I can’t resist a good pouch and it’s especially true with this Boxy Pouch tutorial from Svetlana at SOTAK Handmade.  Oh, the possibilities with so many different fabric combinations!

Boxy Pouch Tutorial by Svetlana at SOTAK Handmade

 

12.  I know so many of you make quilt donations to philanthropic organizations and are often looking for organizations to support.  I hope you will check out Nancy Zieman’s recent blog post, Bringing Hope 2 Others:  Blankets Needed.   Hope 2 Others is a non-profit organization with a focus on birthing, new-born resuscitation projects, and survival kits to prevent hypothermia for moms and their babies in Eastern Africa.  They are accepting blankets, afghans and quilts through September 1, 2017.  Find out the details here.

Bringing Hope 2 Others: Blankets Needed This is a great blog post from Nancy Zieman in support of Hope 2 Others non-profit organization.

 

13.  I always have room for improvement with my quilt photography.  I was so happy to read 10 Tips for Photographing Your Quilt at Simple Simon & Company.  Oh my goodness, these girls know what they’re talking about; it was so informative and inspiring!

10 Tips for Quilt Photography at Simple Simon & Company. Great visuals and tips!

 

14.  A “new to me” blogger and pattern designer is Taunja at Carried Away Quilting.  If you’re like me, you will love her style of quilting and all of the inspiration that she shares there.  She’s just released two new patterns that are pre-cut friendly and on my wish list!

Carried Away Quilting

New Patterns: Purely Petals and Wallflowers at Carried Away Quilting
New Patterns: Purely Petals and Wallflowers at Carried Away Quilting

 

March is just brimming with new ideas and inspiration.  There are so many wonderful blogs out there, and I’m so excited to highlight all of those featured today.  I truly appreciate all of their time and creativity.  Thanks for showing your support and visiting today.  Happy March everyone!

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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, March 2017 and National Craft Month

  1. Thanks so much for sharing all of this great information. I always enjoy visiting your blog and this post is always so inspiring. Have a great week.

  2. Thank you so much for this months fabulous patterns and ideas. I’m busily saving them until after I’ve moved house. Your site is soi inspiring.

  3. so much you have shared today to inspire us, have made a note of the flying geese tutorial looks such a good way to use some scraps

  4. Julie,
    I don’t know you did it, but I can’t wait to look up all 14 of the websites that you recommended. I ‘m just delighted, because they all interest me! Not to mention that I love your beautiful projects. You are especially talented in knowing what fabrics and patterns to use together. Your projects just have something special about them.
    Thanks also!

  5. It’s been awhile since I’ve said thank you, so here I am this Sunday morning saying thank you! I love your Sew Thankful Sundays! They are like being with lots of new quilting friends!

  6. Thanks, Julie, for taking me down a rabbit hole this morning! I really enjoyed visiting the linked sites. Lots of pinning took place. As you know, though, I still love your site the best!

  7. Holy smokes!! What a load of information!! You’ve really shared a lot of good stuff, here. Along with what you provide in your blog posts, this looks like it will be a very busy month. Thank you!

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