Sew Thankful Sunday: July 2014

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Welcome to the July edition of Sew Thankful Sunday!  Can you believe the year is half way over?  I still have sew much to do!  And there is sew much to be thankful for, too.

(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.  Hexagons are still popular and you’ll love them in these Ultimate Summer Hexie Coasters at the Robert Kaufman blog, The Swatch & Stitch.

summer hexies
Ultimate Summer Hexie Coasters by Diane Gilleland for Robert Kaufman


2.  I love modern and I love dresdens and the two combined make for an awesome Modern Dresden Table Runner at the Nancy Zieman Blog.

Modern Dresden Table Runner by Nancy Zieman
Modern Dresden Table Runner by Nancy Zieman


3.  It’s the year of the mini, and Corey at Little Miss Shabby has a Mini Posies Quilt Block Tutorial that is as sweet as can be!

Mini Posies Quilt block tutorial @ Little Miss Shabby

4.  It’s the season for grilling, and you’ll want to do it in style with this Easy Grilling Apron at the Riley Blake Designs Blog.

Easy Grilling Aprong

5.  Wendy at Ivory Spring has designed a free pattern for Quilting Treasures called Learning is Fun.  I think it would be fun to make too!

learning is fun quilt
Learning Is Fun Quilt designed by Wendy Sheppard


6.  Sew Alongs are quite popular right now, and I love this one from Bethany at Sweet Bee Buzzings for a Toiletry Tote.  It would be perfect to take on a summer vacation!

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Toiletry Pouch Sew Along @ Sweet Bee Buzzings


7.  Rachel at Stitched in Color has a great free motion quilting tutorial for continuous eights that looks fun to stitch.  I’m going to practice this one soon.

continuous eight fmq

8.  I’ve been making pouches lately and I love how quick they are to make.  Melissa at the Polka Dot Chair has rounded up 40 Zip Pouch Tutorials to inspire you!


9.  If you’re looking for a fun way to practice your FMQ skills, you might want to join Jess at Elven Garden Quilts for her Giant Chevron Free Motion Quilt Along.  She’ll walk you through the lap-size quilt construction and then give you lots of tips for quilting it!

Giant Chevron QAL

10.  Feathers and paper piecing are becoming friends at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Alyce shares her feather block pattern and paper piecing tutorial with some great photos.


11.  Have you seen this Trifle Dish Quilt Along happening at the Moda Bake Shop?  I love the design and several bloggers have been helping build the layers over the past month.  No calories, but lots of satisfaction for this trifle dish!


12.  Another quilt along that has caught my attention is the Flowering Snowball QAL at Molly Flanders Makerie.  I love this design and I just purchased the templates to make the block (or you could make your own).  Mary makes curved piecing seem very simple with her great instructions.

Flowering Snowball Quilt Along

13.  If you need a quick quilt for summer, check out the Summer Slice Quilt Tutorial by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew.  This beginner friendly quilt looks like sew much fun!


14.  Be prepared for a visit from the tooth fairy with this Sail Boat Tooth Fairy Pillow by Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop.  How can you resist making one of these?

sailboat toothfairy pillow

15.  I know there are a lot of English paper piecing (epp) fans out there, and I just saw this beautiful circle block tutorial by Elizabeth at Occasional-Piece Quilt!.  I’m beginning to like circles and curved piecing especially with all of the helpful hints out there!

English paper pieced circle at OPQuilt


16.  Like mother, like daughter for Cristy at Sew Much Like Mom.  She shares the very creative gene pool of her mother, Sharon Schamber and she shares their wonderful quilting tips, too!  Check out this post on Easy Steps to Join Binding Strips.

Easy Binding Steps

17.  I’d like to share a new-to-me blog from down under, Red Brolly.  Bronwyn, the creator/owner of Red Brolly shares recipes, sewing and quilting tips, embroidery and children’s projects to name a few things.  She also has an online quilt shop!  I love this recent tutorial on embroidering the blanket stitch.


18.  Perhaps you struggle with getting perfect points on your hand applique projects.  Me too!  Carrie at A Passion for Applique shares a few “pointers” for her process using the template and starch method.

Perfect Points
Perfect Points Tutorial @ A Passion for Applique


19.  Lindsey at Fort Worth Fabric Studios is always coming up with the cutest projects.  She does not disappoint with this Strawberry Bunting Tutorial.  All I need is that old weathered window frame and some aqua paint!

Strawberry bunting Tutorial

20.  The drunkards path quilt block is a classic that makes some people nervous with its curved piecing.  Rita at Red Pepper Quilts recently shared her progress and tips while making her own.  Just beautiful!

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21.  Here’s a simple and stress free quilt along for you:  The Postcard QAL at A Quilter’s Table.  Join Debbie and friends for some summer fun with this easy quilt block and use up some of your stash at the same time!

Postcard Quilt
Postcard Quilt @ A Quilter’s Table

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That’s everything for this month.  I’m sew thankful for all of the blogs featured, and I appreciate everyone visiting me today.  It’s a great place to share and support the quilting community!

Happy July!


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  1. Thank you so much for this. I am glad however as like kaholly I spent a lot of time following links and Pinning and bookmarking and dreaming. I always think I will just have a quick look and there is no such thing with Sew Thankful Sunday. Once a month is good too!

  2. thank you so much for posting this! i was looking for a cosmetics bag to send with my boy to a boarding school in september and the one you linking is simply spot on !

  3. Fantastic blog post! Thank you for finding these treasures! I just can’t wait to make the cute coasters and a few other projects!

  4. I just spent half an hour on the binding tutorial…..,I need to get me some of that glue!!
    Thank you for sharing. I learn something with every post.


  5. Hi Julie,
    Thanks for finding so many great posts as usual. First one I’m going to check out is the zipper pouches. They are always fun to make and it looks like I’ll get lots of good ideas!
    Have a great day:-)

  6. Fabulous post this morning, Julie. It was so interesting, I spent all my morning computer time exploring many of the links and sites that you provided and didn’t accomplish anything else!! Time well spent. Thanks a million. Have a great day!~karen

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