Sew Thankful Sunday “ish”, December, 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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My apologies for the late Sew Thankful post!  It’s December and a very busy time of year for all of us. I’m going to get right to the point this month with links to some very creative and generous bloggers.  Enjoy!

(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.  Jennifer Mathis at Ellison Lane is having a Merry Mug Rug blog hop.  You’ll find lots of quick projects to inspire you here!

MERRY Mug Rugs


2.  If you’re making small projects like mug rugs or minis, you’ll want to read “How to Bind Small Things” by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.  Great information and visuals.

How to Bind Small Projects



3.  The Countdown to Christmas is on at Celebrate Creativity.  Lisa always has great recipes and projects, plus beautiful photography to go with them.

Countdown to Christmas



4.  I love these fun and simple patchwork trees by Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter.  She has a great tutorial so you can make your own forest of trees.




5.  If you love all things mini, then you’ll love these Mini Christmas Stockings by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Every tree should have at least one!

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6.  If you’re looking for some great ideas for handmade Christmas ornaments, then check out this blog hop at Tikkido.  Nikki has rounded up some great ideas, and she has her own tutorial to make a Quilted Christmas Ornament.

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7.  You can find Quick & Easy Gift Ideas at the Blog Hop hosted by Sew in Love {with Fabric}.  Benartex has teamed up with some talented bloggers to give your gift list some inspiration.

holiday 2014 hop logo



8.  There’s a new precut in town called the Jolly Bar which contain 5″ x 10″ rectangles exclusively from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Andy from A Bright Corner has made a free pattern called Jolly Pinwheels that uses one jolly bar and some background fabric.  Jolly good!

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9.  Get ready for 2015 with the Moccasin Block of the Month from Gen X Quilters.  It looks like Anne Marie has put together some really exciting blocks full of great learning experiences!

Moccasin BOM


10.  Christmas and cookies go hand in hand, and you’ll love these Cookie Exchange ideas from Simply So Good.  Why wait for Christmas?

Cookie Exchange


11.   Whether it’s a gift or something to keep for yourself, you’ll love this free Travel Jewelry Case Pattern from Caroline at Sew Can She.

travel jewelry case


12.  If you want more Christmas ideas, you can re-visit last year’s 12 Tutorials for Christmas Giving where you’ll find lots of ideas for the holidays such as pillows, table toppers, wall hangings and gift tags to name a few.


I hope you’ve found some holiday inspiration here today.  There is SEW much to be thankful for!  Enjoy the rest of your week.



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  1. MORE great ideas, as always. I’m still always referring to last year’s Christmas tutorial series! Still haven’t found time to try all of them, but I fully intend to make almost every one of those. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. What a wonderful library of holiday ideas and projects to drool over!!
    I wish I had time to make them ALL !! LOL
    Now…. how will I ever fall asleep each night as I think about these …. hmmm

  3. Julie,
    As the year is coming to an end I just wanted to take the opportunity of thanking you for these Sew Thankful Sunday posts, together with the wonderful tutorials and patterns you’ve provided. I have really enjoyed your company (in Blogland) this year and look forward to meeting up throughout 2015.
    Have a very happy holiday and a prosperous New Year.

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