Sew Thankful Sunday: June 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!}

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Welcome to the June edition of Sew Thankful Sunday!  I hope you’re beginning to feel summer by now (for those of you in North America).  I’ve been busy in the garden and with lots of quilting projects, sew alongs, BOM’s, and classes.  Between all of that, I have been keeping my eyes open to the blogging world and have much to be thankful for this month!

(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.  I love this Scrappy Spring Basket Block by Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties.  You can make your own basket of blooms using her great tutorial.

Scrappy Spring Basket Tutorial
Scrappy Spring Basket Tutorial @ Podunk Pretties

2.  If you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, then make sure to check out the free tutorial from Caroline at Sew Can She.  It even has a handy loop to hold the BBQ tongs!

Father's Day Apron

3.  I’ve recently become acquainted with a new (to me) blog, Cora’s Quilts, “owned and operated” by Shelley.  She is hosting the Spring Sampler Quilt Along and it’s not to be missed!  You can find instructions for the current block, #6, and work your way backward.

Spring Sampler QAL @ Cora's QuiltsBlock #6 of Spring Sampler QAL @ Cora's Quilts

4.  There is a good chance that you or someone you know may have been affected by breast cancer at some point in their life.  Anna of Life Sew Crafty is trying to raise awareness and funds for such a friend.  She is hosting the For Pinks Sake Blog Hop featuring pink quilt blocks donated by other bloggers.  I’m scheduled to participate on June 21!

For Pinks Sake

5.  Check out this beautiful Celtic Cross Block Tutorial by Janet from Simply Pieced.  You can find the full tutorial at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.  I love everything about this block, especially the colors!

celtic square tutorial

6.  At some point, we all have to do it:  make quilt binding.  I love this little tip for piecing binding strips from Paula at The Sassy Quilter.  She makes it look sew easy and perfect to boot!

Making Quilt Binding @ The Sassy Quilter

7.  If you have been curious about the modern quilt movement, check out this tutorial for Improv Piecing a Hexagon with Amira at Little Mushroom Cap.  She has created some awesome placemats with a modern vibe using this technique.

improv piecing a hexagon @ Little Mushroom Cap
Improv Piecing a Hexagon @ Little Mushroom Cap


8.  If you want to delve deeper into modern quilting, take a look at the Modern Medallion Quilt Along, designed by Crystal of Two Little Aussie Birds.  It starts there today with fabric selection and continues until mid-July.


9.  There’s a new series going on at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and it’s all about baby!  Oh Sew Baby! started May 22 and continues through the end of June.  They have a full schedule of bloggers ready to share some amazing projects with you.


10.  Just in time, the Nested Churn Dash Quilt Along starts today at Quilt Jane.  This classic block takes on a new look, and Quilt Jane will walk you through the steps to make your own.


11.  I love quick, little sewing projects and this Snappy Manicure Wallet by Anna of Noodlehead is just that – snappy and cute!  It’s designed to hold some nail polish and manicure essentials; perfect for you or a gift for a friend!

Snappy Manicure Wallet Tutorial @ Noodlehead


12.  Summer is a great time for a road trip and you’ll love this Texas Road trip Quilt Along hosted by Melissa at My Fabric Relish.  Hit the road on June 1st for this virtual road trip through the Lone Star state and visit some talented bloggers along the way!

Roadtrip QAL


13.  Recently, Pat Sloan gave readers a virtual tour of her quilting studio via her blog, Pat Sloan.  I love peaking into other quilter’s sewing spaces and I don’t even have to leave my home!   Plus you can see all of the latest patterns that Pat has been working on, too.

Pat Sloan's Studio Tour

14.  As a quilter, I’m always trying to improve my accuracy.  I enjoyed reading these tips from Jessie at Messy Jesse on accurate piecing.  Very useful information!

Tips for Accurate Piecing @ Messy Jesse


15.  Curious about the latest quilting trends?  Check out this new monthly feature, Quilting Trends with Debbie, at Sew Mama Sew.  Now you can stay ahead of the trends!

Images from Quilting Trends with Debbie @ Sew Mama Sew


16.  I need to practice my paper piecing skills, and I’ve been inspired by this blog post by Sharon at Fabrics & Flowers:  Paper Piecing with Less Waste.  If you want to start at the beginning, you can also check out her tutorial on basic paper piecing.

Paper Piecing with Less Waste @ Fabrics & Flowers
Paper Piecing with Less Waste @ Fabrics & Flowers


17.  Pretty and practical play so nicely together and you’ll find them both in this Quilt-as-you-go Thread Catcher Tutorial by Tessa Marie at The Sewing Chick.  I really have to make one of these!

thread catcher

18.  Sewing curves has always been a bit “tricky”, but Rita at Red Pepper Quilts has an amazing tutorial for Cutting & Sewing Freehand Curves that will take the fear out of it for you.  Plus it’s full of colorful images that will get you inspired!

Making Waves - Red pepper Quilts
Cutting & Sewing Freehand Curves Tutorial @ Red Pepper Quilts


19.  You know that anything with applique catches my attention, so I’m happy to tell you about this applique pattern from Caroline at Sew Can She.  If you visit her there, you can download the Free Wild Poppy Applique Design and make your own project from it.

flowers and poppies applique

20.  Quilting and pillows have become best friends and you’ll see why when you visit Leanne at She Can Quilt.  She has a tutorial for a pair of Spring Pillows and they are so cute!

Spring Pillows Tutorial @ She Can Quilt
Spring Pillows Tutorial @ She Can Quilt


21.  I love this Twelve Patch Pouch Tutorial from Charise Creates.  It’s perfect for that mini-charm pack you have lying around and it’s functional too!

twelve patch tote

22.  One of my favorite blocks is the carpenter’s star and I love this version by Amy of 13 Spools.  She shares a great tutorial for this updated star that finishes at 12″ square.

builder's star

I love what the blogging community has been sharing lately and I thank everyone featured today for their creativity!  Thanks to all of you for taking the time to visit everyone and show your support.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


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  1. Julie I really enjoyed this post. I can always get right back into the swing of things with a visit to your bloggy goodness. I feel like I have been away forever hassled with busyness and un-fun things! Thanks for this breath of fresh air!

  2. This is my first time visiting – I popped over from the ‘Anything Goes Mondays’ linky party – and what a pleasant surprise to see the abundance of information you offer in your posts! I nodded my head all the way through the list of features in your sewing machine advice post, and was most surprised to see how many useful links you included in this post. I was expecting a handful, but found an avalanche! Thanks!

  3. Thank you so much for putting in the time to write the sew thankful posts. Being new to the quilting and sewing world you introduce me to a lot of new blogs to read and tutorials that inspire me. I really appreciate it the compilations and how varied they are! Thanks again!

  4. Hi Julie – I love reading your “Sew Thankful Sunday” posts and it was so fun to see our Summer Sampler series featured today. Thanks for sharing with your readers and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  5. This email is always a treat to receive . I love looking at all the sites and it really inspires me to get more sewing done. We would never go to this many sites and see what there is to offer if you didn’t put this together. Thank you. LT in Kentucky

  6. Wonderful links. Some I’ve already had the pleasure of visiting and others are new and great. Thanks

  7. What a surprise to see my block featured on your blog, thanks for sharing! You’ve come up with another great list of links, looks like I’m not the only one spending to much time reading quilting blogs 😉 Thanks!

  8. Julie I am from the rural Australia and just love your refreshing ideas and suggestions, it is like a breath of fresh air , and lots of lovely sites to checkout, thankyou and keep up the good ideas.

  9. Julie-great job with this months links 🙂 There so many that I want to visit, but where to start?
    Thank you for all you do 🙂

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