Sew Thankful Sunday, 08.25.2013

Welcome to Sew Thankful Sunday, my day to share some creative jems from the blogosphere with you.

Sew Thankful Sunday at The Crafty QuilterI just returned from a week long vacation and I have lots to catch up on!  First, I want to thank you all for your lovely comments on my sewing room tour.  I don’t know if I’ll get to personally thank each of you, but I am so grateful for your sweet thoughts.

So, let’s see what I’ve found in the last few weeks than I am sew thankful for.

(Remember, you can click on any of the images to go directly to the associated link.)

1. Check out this cute quilt, Cherry on Top Picnic Quilt by Lea of Podunk Pretties.  You can make one too by following Lea’s awesome tutorial.  I would love to have that in my picnic basket!

Cherry Quilt
Cherry on Top Picnic Quilt Tutorial @ Podunk Pretties

She recently posted the directions to make these sweet cherries – did you know that cherries are my favorite fruit?

cherry block
Cherry Blocks by Lea of Podunk Pretties

2.  Have you tried out sewing with hexagons yet?  Polly at Pieces by Polly will help you!  She started a Hexies by Halves Quilt Along in July and you can catch up with the details here.


3.  There is another sew along going on and it’s a bit more vintage.  Moore About Nancy is a blog dedicated to remembering the quilt blocks featured by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune in the 1930’s.  Candace Moore has been recreating these blocks along with instructions to share with everyone.  You can find all of the blocks that have been done so far here.

Nancy Cabot week 1Here is the most recent block that Candace made, the Skyrocket Quilt Block:

skyrocket 6 inch quilt block
Sky Rocket Quilt Block by Candace Moore @ Moore About Nancy

4.  I love learning new techniques and Cristy at Sew Much Like Mom recently shared a tutorial for Piec-lique Circles and Drunkards Path.  This is such a great way to “applique” circles and it’s so different than regular applique, hence the name “piec-lique”.  I have tried this technique myself and it’s awesome!

Piecelique circles
Piec-lique Circle & Drunkards Path Tutorial by Cristy @ Sew Much Like Mom

5.  If you are looking for a quick and easy project, check out these cute composition book covers by Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl.  She’s sharing her tutorial to make them at Riley Blake Designs.  They would make great gifts too!

composition book6.  The Star Flower Quilt Along is well under way and you won’t want to miss Amanda’s recent tutorial for sewing together these cute stars at A Crafty Fox!  Plus I love seeing pictures of all of her beautiful fabric!

star flower quilt along
Star Flower Quilt Along @ A Crafty Fox

7.  I have wanted a pincushion and thread catcher to use by my sewing machine for so long!  Now I can make my own with Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson!‘s tutorial @ Sew Mama Sew!

pincushion and thread catcher
Pincushion & Thread Catcher Tutorial by Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! @ Sew Mama Sew

8.  This Hexagon Star Block Tutorial by Sew Crafty Jess caught my eye and it was love at first sight!  Between the colors that she chose and the design, I was smitten.  I might have to practice my paper piecing skills after all!

Star Paper Pieced by Sew Crafty Jess9.  If you need a good lesson on paper piecing, check out this video tutorial by Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts.  She does a great job of showing you the basics of foundation paper piecing and I’m now a little more ready to start hexagon star block (above)!

paper piecing video tutorial @ Ellison Lane Quilts10.  I love seeing other people’s process for quilting and I learned so much recently from Heather & Megan at Quilt Story.  They explain how they finish a quilt top and give you lots of resources from other quilters too!  It’s definitely worth a look, here!

How to Finish a Quilt from Quilt Story

11.  Have you ever seen a barn quilt?  Me neither until the last day of our vacation.

feather river canyon
Photo of Feather River Canyon, taken by Julie Cefalu

We were driving along the Feather River canyon in the Sierra Nevada mountains (Northern California) and I was amazed and thrilled to see lots of them along the way!  I wanted to stop and take pictures, but we needed to get to a friend’s house.  When we arrived at their house, they had a barn quilt of their own!  Click, click!

Barn Quilt
Photo of Barn Quilt, taken by Julie Cefalu

Wouldn’t you know, when I got home, I saw an article by Angela Mitchell on the Craftsy Blog that explains what Barn Quilts are.  You can read all about it here.

Barn Quilts
Original Image Source: Old Red Barn Co., via the Craftsy Blog

Thanks for joining me today, and thank you to all of the featured blogs for their amazing work!

Julie Siggy-1

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  1. I just finished my first ever quilt-along (the above mentioned hexies by halves with Polly). It was great fun! I really like that star flower quilt along but I think I’m a little too late to the game for that one.

    I think my son needs a barn quilt – even though his barn is just a metal pre-fab.

  2. I spent a week at Buck’s Lake in Plumas County in July. When we drove into Quincy, I started noticing the Barn Quilts along the way. I pointed them out to my husband, and he said the old shed in the back of our yard would be a perfect place for one. All I need to do is buy the paint. I want a Churn Dash block! Really enjoy your blog.

  3. Love, love, love the Barn Quilts! I had never seen that before! Welcome home from what appears to have been a wonderful vacation! =-)

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