Sew Thankful Sunday: April

{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!}

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It’s finally here!  The first Sunday of April and my monthly edition of Sew Thankful Sunday.  Thanks for all of your support with the new format.  I didn’t realize how popular my weekly posts were, but it’s a tough schedule to keep up with.  I hope this monthly version will make it even more noteworthy for you.

(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.  Perfect for this month is a little applique project from Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties called April Showers.  She’s got the free templates and pattern on her blog to share with you.  How nice!

April Showers
April Showers designed and made by Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties

2.  The next block is ready for the Vintage Block Quilt Along at Charise Creates.  This one is called Spring Butterfly and it’s all paper pieced.  Cute as can be!


3.  If you like free motion quilting, check out Wendy Sheppard’s Thread Talk Series at Ivory Spring.  She recently shared how she makes her beautiful “roundabout feathers”.  Simply beautiful!

Roundabout Feathers by Wendy Sheppard @ Ivory Spring

4.  I love this table runner by Melissa of Missouri Mel.  She uses one of my favorite new fabric lines, Sweet As Honey and it really is sweet!

Sweet as Honey Table Runner
Table Runner made and designed by Melissa @ Missouri Mel

5.  It’s always nice to do a little charity sewing and with that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Sarah at {no} hats in the house.  She is collecting 12 1/2″ unfinished blocks to make into quilts for foster children.  It’s called #opgivewarmth and it’s simply good.


6.  There are two spring sew-alongs going on this month at Sew Mama Sew.  The first is a DYO Sampler and you’ll learn how to design your own version of a sampler quilt.  The second is a mini-medallion sampler where you’ll learn many skill-building techniques.  And there will be prizes for those that finish!

DYO Sampler by Sarah Schraw for Spring Sew-Along @ Sew Mama Sew
Medallion Sampler by Corey Yoder for Spring Sew-Along @ Sew Mama Sew


7.  It’s bunny season and this Scrappy Bunny Mini Quilt is so sweet!  Anorina at Samelia’s Mum has a quick tutorial that shows you how to whip one up.

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Scrappy Easter Bunny Mini Quilt @ Samelia’s Mum

8.  Here is a Bunny Love Pillow tutorial from Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl.  I love the floral bunnies and the tulip/heart combo.

bunny love pillow

If you’re still craving more bunnies, check out Amanda’s tutorial for her Bunny Bricks Quilt:


9.  The rabbits are still multiplying!  This Easter Bunny Softie Pattern by Amy at Positively Splendid will keep the little ones happy and (or) your own Easter basket full!

Easter Bunny Softies Pattern @ Positively Splendid

10.  If you’re getting ready for Spring, you’ll want to make this lovely Spring Gardening Apron to help you stay clean, green and organized!  Christen at Love by Hand is sharing her tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous.

Spring Gardening Apron Tutorial

11.  For those of you who enjoy a good mystery, you’ll definitely want to follow Mystery Monday #7 by Sherri at Little Bits of This & That.  Each week you will get a piece of instruction (clue) that will lead you to a quick project that you will have finished in no time.  The past mysteries have included table runners, wall hangings and table toppers in seasonal themes.

Mystery Monday 7

12.  I love decorating with pillows and this project by Andy at A Bright Corner is perfect for Spring.  Her Summer Leaves Pillow will have you digging through your scraps to make the perfect Spring pillow.

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Summer Leaves Pillow Tutorial @ A Bright Corner

13.  Stars and quilting seem to go hand in hand, especially in this quilt, The Royal Star, by Melissa at Happy Quilting.  You can get the full tutorial by visiting the Riley Blake Designs Blog where Melissa is a guest designer.

The Royal Star Quilt by Melissa Corry for Riley Blake Designs

14.  If you’re curious about English paper piecing or if you’re already an expert, you’ll want to check out this beautiful Patchwork of the Crosses block by Jan at Sew and Sow Farm.  She shows you her method and tips for making your own.  Just beautiful!

Patchwork of the Crosses by Jan at Sew and Sow Farm
Patchwork of the Crosses block by Jan at Sew and Sow Farm

And while you’re at Sew and Sow Farm, check out her recipe for homemade laundry detergent!  I might have to give that a try.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe @ Sew And Sow Farm

15.  Labeling your quilts is so important, and Pat Sloan makes it easy with her Triangle Label Tutorial.  You’ll have no more excuses for skipping this step!

Triangle Labels Tutorial by Pat Sloan

16.  I have been a fan of Lani at Simply Fresh Vintage for her decorating style and now she has a new Craftsy Pattern Shop.  You’ll enjoy her first {free} pattern for an adorable table topper, Spring Tulips.

Spring-Tulips Table Topper @ Simply Fresh Vintage
Also at Simply Fresh Vintage is a recent roundup of Ten Spring Printables.  The inspiration never ceases!


17.  I am sold on this boxy pouch tutorial by Bethany at Sweet Bee Buzzings.  Her instructions are well written with great photos to match.

Boxy Pouch Tutorial @ Sweet Bee Buzzings
Boxy Pouch Tutorial @ Sweet Bee Buzzings

18.  The March edition of Henry Glass Fabric’s PDQ (pretty darn quick) Club features this cute little pillow made and designed by Jill Finley.  This would brighten up any chair!

PDQ Club Pillow Project designed by Jill Finley for Henry Glass Fabrics
PDQ Club Pillow Project designed by Jill Finley for Henry Glass Fabrics

That’s my list of (most) everything I love about April!  A big thank you to all of the blogs featured today.  You continue to inspire us!

I hope you found an idea or two that sparks your creativity and hopefully puts a dent in your fabric stash!  Thanks for joining me today and have a great week!


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  1. Thank you Julie for the shout out in your post. I just found your blog and signed up to follow. You have a beautiful blog. Can’t wait to see what I can discover!
    xo jan @ Sew and Sow Farm

  2. Thanks so much for helping to spread the word, Julie! It’s funny, I’ve been trying to view this post from my phone all week but I kept getting a single smiley face on the mobile view — that pretty much sums it up, but it’s also nice to see the actual text and images for once :o)

  3. Julie – I miss your more frequent posts and I certainly understand your need to reclaim part of your life. You have included some of my favorites and introduced me to some new ones. Thanks to Jan and her incredible Patchwork of the Crosses, I bought the book about six weeks ago and that’s it. I do not EPP, however, I’m hoping to do traditionally piecing sometime. You know that bucket list. I was fortunate enough to get two fat quarters of the fabric Missouri Mel used for her table runner. She said it is heavenly and it is. It is so delicate (without being fragile) and soft. I just sat and caressed it. I have to write her a personal ty. There are some absolutely amazing creations. The bar is constantly being raised. Thank you for your post. Oh, yeah! I have two more things I like about April. My son was born on April and then my daughter had her first son on my son’s birthday! Surprise! I love that they share a wonderful day. Uncle Eric always calls his nephew and now that he is 8, he laughs and laughs. Have a hoppy April.

  4. Hi Julie
    What a fantastic collection of Springtime ideas you have found for us. I just love all the cute bunnies. The feathers round and round will be a great help as I’m working on perfecting mine! More than enough to keep me going for a month that’s for sure. Thanks for spending your time on this and sharing with us!
    Greetings from South Korea…yes I’m travelling again, but have some sewing projects with me:-)

  5. Thanks for the post on all the wonderful spring projects! I love the softie bunny and have already printed out the pattern. Now I need some of that cool fabric. The Mystery Monday looks fun too! And I may have to check out the laundry soap recipe and some of the other projects too.

  6. Good afternoon Julie!
    Thank you so much for including my new pattern and the roundup in your Sew Thankful collection! Every single one of these are incredible! It’s so encouraging and inspirational to see the talent shared from all over.
    Blessings …

  7. Julie – It was worth the wait. You gave us a plethora of projects to keep us busy until May! Thank you so much.

  8. Thanks for all of the beautiful spring ideas! Lots of ideas to help us celebrate spring in fresh ways!

  9. Thanks Julie for another wonderful Sew Thankful Sunday. You definitely deserve a standing ovation for this one.

  10. I love getting your Sew Thankful Sunday blogs. There are so many great sites and ideas. Thank you for taking the time to make this possible for those of us who love to sew. What a blessing it is to me. Have a nice day!

  11. Thanks Julie for all the wonderful, inspirational sites you’ve picked out!! I love reading your posts! Thanks again for all you do.

  12. Your site is fantastic! I always look forward to Sew Thankful Sunday and you NEVER disappoint. Thank you so much for taking your time to do this and being gracious enough to share.

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