Sew Thankful Sunday, April 2017

{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.}

How can it be April already?  This month is full of busy-ness for me in a good way.  There are lots of things on my list both personally and creatively.  It’s definitely time to get my vegetable garden ready for planting and I need to fill my flower plots with some spring color.  Gardening and warmer weather is one of the few things that will pull me away from my sewing room.  Spring cleaning is on the list, too, but not my favorite thing for sure.  Let’s see what we can do to tempt you into your sewing room this month!

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  1.  I love themed round-ups and this is the perfect time for 21 Free Sewing Patterns for Easter & Spring at Jacquelynne Steves’ blog.  I even spy my Patchwork Peter Rabbit in the mix!

21 Free Sewing Patterns for Easter & Spring @ Jacquelynne Steves blog

 

2.  I just learned of something new on YouTube called The Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters.  This show is produced by Craftsy, and it’s great entertainment with a mix of humor and education as Angela walks you through the construction of a quilt pattern.  It’s really worth a look!

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3.  Have you heard about the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge?  First of all, the color for this year is Greenery – one of my favorite colors.  And secondly, there is a friendly contest involved with the color Greenery, quilts and prizes!  It’s being co-hosted by Bryan House Quilts and No Hats in the House.  The contest runs from March 14 to May 29, 2017.

2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge 4.  I’m a sucker for a tried and true notion, so I was glad to read about 10 Sewing Notions You Need to Own by Afton at Quilting Mod.   There’s actually a few on that list that I don’t own!

10 Sewing Notions You Need to Know About @ Quilting Mod

 

5.  Sometimes I struggle with figuring out what type of quilting design to use on my quilts.  Amy at Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures recently shared her ideas for How to Choose Quilting Designs.  There are so many good ideas here and make sure to check out her FMQ tutorials, too!

How to Choose Quilting Designs @ Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures

 

6.  I’m a big fan of Anna from Noodlehead and all of her patterns.  She recently shared a free tutorial for a Canvas Pencil Pouch.  It’s a nice little project that would make a great gift or to have around the sewing room.  I think my rotary cutter would be happy there.

Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial @ NoodleHead
Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial @ Noodlehead

 

7.  Spring (craft room) cleaning anyone?  Always.  You’ll love the inspiration and ideas put together by Krista at The Happy Housie to get your creative space beautiful and organized!

Creative, Thrifty & Small Space Craft Room Organization at The Happy Housie

 

8.  Not only is it important to have an organized sewing space, it’s nice to have your projects organized, too.  Sherri at A Quilting Life has some Tips for Organizing Quilting & Sewing Projects, plus she’s sharing a free printable to help you get organized!

Tips for Organizing Quilting & Sewing Projects @ A Quilting Life

 

9.  Do you ever wonder what it takes to get the perfect shot of a quilt?  I loved reading What Will You Do For a Quilt Photo? by Amy Friend at During Quiet Time.  Her photography is always gorgeous, but I never knew the effort she puts forth to get them!  Humorous and enlightening.

What Will You Do For a Quilt Photo? by Amy at During Quiet Time

 

I’m so glad to share these amazing bloggers and designers with you today.  I hope you’ve found inspiration and lots of new ideas to get organized and sewing for Spring!  If you’re in the Southern hemisphere – you’ll be getting a head start.  Ha!  Thanks for joining me today and have a great week!

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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.

10 thoughts on “Sew Thankful Sunday, April 2017

  1. Enjoyed them, as always! I sure can get lost following all the links! Down the rabbit hole…again! Thanks for your efforts, Julie. They lead me to lots of wonderful blogs. XO

  2. Hi Julie, thanks for all your stories, photos, and sewthankful sundays, projects, etc.. I ALWAYS read your posts but at times I don’t have time to answer.. Wanted to let you know that I look forward to reading and enjoy everything. 🙂

  3. Hi Julie, there’s such a lot of great ideas and projects to explore in this post. Thanks for all your efforts. I’ve only skimmed it so far, but I’m moving house and I’ll be able to set up a new craft room. That’s why I am very interested to read all the ideas here.
    Marcia

  4. I really enjoyed visiting Happy house a During Quiet time. Both are inspiring and motivational.
    Hope this finds you doing well. Things are much better here. Prayer does wonders.

  5. Thanks Julie. You always share some great projects. Love the Tulip quilt pattern and it is a free download!!!! Happy Springtime!

  6. I love your Sew Thankful posts, I have found some great new ideas/projects through them. I bet it takes a fair amount of time to find all the neat things you share. Thanks a bunch!!!

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