Sew Thankful Sunday, 03.16.2014

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

Sew Thankful ButtonYesterday was National Quilting Day and others call it International Quilting Weekend, so we’re still celebrating today!  I will be teaching a class of beginners how to quilt.  Sounds like a perfect way to commemorate the day!  Plus, I have many things to show you that I’m Sew 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.  The Fabric-Quilt Blog, Inspired by Fabric, has been hosting a Star Sampler Blog Hop with beautiful star block tutorials contributed by various bloggers.  This sampler series of nine star blocks began March 4, and you can still catch all of the blocks and their links here.

Star Sampler Blog Hop @ Inspired by Fabric 2.  The Birch Fabrics Blog has teamed up with Beth at Plum and June to bring you a Frolic Floor Pillow Tutorial using their latest line of fabric, Frolic.  I love the idea of a big pillow for the floor!

Frolic Floor Pillow Tutorial by Plum and June @ Birch Fabrics 3.  I appreciate a good old fashioned classic block, especially when it’s made with “fresh fabric”. Caroline from Sew Can She has recently started a new blog series, Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics.  She will be bringing you a new block tutorial the first week of each month, so make sure you follow along to catch the latest!  The first block is The Friendship Star using a new fabric collection from Anna Griffin.


4.  Here’s a lucky little table runner that is just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  Jamie from Busy Bee Quilts has a sweet tutorial for this Linen & Shamrock Table Runner which she made in an afternoon!

Linen & Shamrock Table Runner @ Busy Bee Quilts
Linen & Shamrock Table Runner @ Busy Bee Quilts


5.  If you’re a fan of English paper piecing, then you will love this Hexie Butterfly Pillow tutorial by Diane at Craftypod.  Diane does a great job of showing all of the construction steps plus there’s an EPP video included.  This pillow is just perfect for spring!

Hexie Butterfly Pillow @ Craftypod
Hexie Butterfly Pillow Tutorial @ Craftypod

6.  Sometimes I’m inspired by just the fabric alone, and such was the case with Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.  And this led me to Bonnie’s blog, Going Home to Roost, which is having a Sweet as Honey Blog Tour.  There are many bloggers contributing projects made from this line of fabric which is so inspiring!  Plus, you’ll find “everything handmade and anything homegrown” on her blog.

Sweet as Honey Blog tour

7.  There’s a new quilt along in town:  The Crazy Acres Quilt Along at Fort Worth Fabric Studios.  You can follow along and get your fabric requirements today;  then cutting instructions begin on March 20!

Crazy Acres Quilt Along

8.  Applique can be so intimidating, but this circle technique by Debby Kratovil for Sew in Love {with fabric} makes for a great project.  I love butterflies and I love this applique technique!

Butterfly Sakura Circle5
Perfect Circles Applique Technique by Debby Kratovil for Sew in Love {with fabric}


9.  It’s so nice to have a design wall to get a good perspective of a quilt before you sew it together.  Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios shows you how to make a portable design wall that allows you to easily move it around or store it when not it use.  Home Depot here I come!

portable design wall
Portable Design Wall @ Leigh Laurel Studios

10.  I’m always looking for good free motion quilting designs, and I found one recently at Piece N Quilt.  Natalia shows you how to quilt a star flower block with feathers and surround the block with pebbles and swirls.  She includes a video so you can see her in action!

how to free motion quilt a star flower quilt block by natalia bonner

11.  If you’re ready for some craft room inspiration, check out this roundup by Camila at Titi Crafty:  13 Craft Rooms of our Dreams!  It’s drool-worthy!


12.  Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl has made a LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day Pillow and she gives you the full “how to” on her blog.  I’m feelin’ lucky already!

St Patrick's Day Pillow Tutorial13.  The Fat Quarter Shop is always full of good things, and their blog, The Jolly Jabber, is too!  They recently shared a tutorial to make these cute little scalloped hand towels.

scalloped hand towels
Scalloped Hand Towel Tutorial @ The Jolly Jabber

14.  I’m seeing lots of Granny Squares out there, and I love this tutorial by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  She breaks the Granny Square down for you and gives you setting options and piecing guidelines.  Granny never looked so good!

Granny Square Quilt Block Tutorial @ Sew Fresh Quilts

15.  I am smitten with this next quilt block, Radiant Splendor.  Faith at Fresh Lemon Quilts has taken a “vintage” block and made it modern with great instructions of her own.  It finishes at 20″ square – that could be a mini-quilt right there!

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block Tutorial @ Fresh Lemon Quilts


16.  This is a repeat from Friday, but in case you missed it:  The Quilt Show is giving full access to everyone for the rest of (today) Sunday in honor of International Quilt Week.  Go catch a show!

Quilt Show HeaderA big thanks to all of the blogs featured today.  I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday and perhaps spend some time exploring some of the blogs I’ve listed.  And thank you for spending time with me, too!



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  1. :0( don’t know what happened, but I wasn’t getting your Thankful Sunday and weekly newsletters… I was missing them, finally check…. resubscribed, so hope I get all of your wonderful blog updates. I love all you do. You are truly an inspiration.

    Thank you.

  2. Hi Julie,
    So sorry to hear you were not feeling well and hope by now you are back to good health! I will have to drop by the shop to see you one of these days. I’m still enjoying all the beautiful pictures of your perfect work (those lovely, precise corners make me smile). Take care.

  3. Thank you sew much Julie for finding all these great websites & links. The project and fabrics are inspiring. I look forward to your weekly posts and can’t wait to open them!

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