Sew Thankful Sunday, July 2015

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”.  I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others (along with doing a good deed of our own).  That notion is the genesis of my Sew Thankful Sunday posts.  I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site.  If your blog has been featured without your approval, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers.}

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Happy Belated Independence Day!  Summer is in full swing here in California with trips to the farmer’s market, the beach and traveling out of town.  Hopefully, there is still time for quilting and crafting!  I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration today in that regard.

(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.  This little project will definitely fit into your summer schedule:  Framed Summertime by Jen Daly Quilts is a fun project that stitches up quick.

Framed Summertime by Jen Daly Quilts
Framed Summertime by Jen Daly Quilts


2.  If you’ve ever been confused about how to line up angles when piecing together triangles, Heather of Anka’s Treasures will help makes things clear.  She has many beautiful patterns that use angles, so I would consider her an expert!  These tips will work for any degree angle that you come across.

How to align angles @ Anka's Treasures
Hints for Aligning Angles @ Anka’s Treasures


3.  I love making pieced blocks, and this Butterfly Block from Katherine at Sew Me Something Good is one of my latest favorites.  Simple enough to do and cute enough to please anyone!

butterfly block version 1
Butterfly Block Tutorial @ Sew Me Something Good


4.  There’s some awesomeness going on at Missouri Star Quilt Company AND the Crafty Gemini (isn’t there always?).  They’ve teamed up to bring you weekly videos where Vanessa will show you how to create cute and functional sewing and crafting projects at Crafty Gemini Creates.  How great is that!

Crafty Gemini Creates


5.  I know it doesn’t seem right, but Christmas in July is a big thing in the crafting world.  Connecting Threads is hosting the 2015 Gifty Galore Quilt Along that will get you ready for the holidays early this year.  The quilt along will require the purchase of a book, “Fast, Fun & Gifty“, and will include some free patterns and tutorials as well.

Fast, Fun & Gifty


6.  Make your summer nights comfy with this Star Bright Quilt pattern from Cloud 9 Fabrics.  This a free pattern using their First Light collection.

Star Bright Quilt Pattern @ Cloud 9 Fabrics


7.  It’s nice when a project combines some portable handwork and a little bit of sewing.  You can find that combination with this Patchwork & Hexagons Table Runner from Audrey at The Cloth Parcel.  This is perfect for using up those mini charm squares.



8.  Before you finish you next mini quilt, check out these Tips & Tricks for Binding Mini Quilts from Caroline at Sew Can She.  Some of these ideas can be applied to regular quilts, too.

Tips for Mini Quilt Binding


9.  Speaking of mini quilts, here’s a cute Quarter Log Cabin Mini Quilt that you could make with your stash, compliments of Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.  She gives you multiple layout options for lots of different looks.



10.  It’s been a while since I’ve used a color palette generator, but AnneMarie from Gen X Quilters recently reminded me of their usefulness.  She has a blog post with links to some great websites to inspire your next color palette and fabric pull.

Color Palette Mosaic @ Gen X Quilters


11.  Even though the 4th of July holiday has passed, this Flag Pillow & Block tutorial will last throughout the summer thanks to Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew!  It’s got simple piecing and the aqua background fabric really highlights the block well.

Flag pillow and block tutorial
Flag Pillow & Block Tutorial @ Cluck Cluck Sew


12.  I truly appreciate this great tutorial on Invisible Machine Applique (with a turned edge) by Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties.  She does a great job of photographing her technique (which is similar to mine) and it gives you results that look like you did it all by hand!

Invisible Machine Applique @ Podunk Pretties


I really enjoyed putting this month’s Sew Thankful list together!  These bloggers are so talented and generous with their time.  It’s always nice when we can show our appreciation with a visit and a comment if you’re feelin’ it.

I hope your July is fantastic and full of good times and lots of quilting!


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  1. Thank you for all your sew thankful Sunday posts, your comments on this post I totally agree with that a few good deeds can make such a difference and we could all do with a little joy in our lives.

  2. You have highlighted some blogs I like to frequent in this edition of Sew Thankful Sunday. The only problem I have is that your list always adds to my “want to do” list and simply CAN NOT start another project before I finish 4 major projects. I have 2 gift quilts to bind and 2 teacher gifts due …uh…like Last Month!? Yep, I may be just a tad behind. I over commit myself and I have no one to blame but ME…MYSELF…and I !!!! I still love reading your list and always bookmark them for future reference. I have my eye on that flag pillow and the Star quilt (I’m somewhat of a Star Quilt junky) Love everything you do Julie!! You know I’m your #! FAN!!! What does your speaking schedule or Quilt Show appearances look like for the rest of the year? Anything in the Southeast???
    Gmama Jane

  3. so many links I will have to check out here, computer has been so slow it was nearly going backwards, my bloglovin email usually arrives at 6am, yesterday it did not get through till evening so catching up now and have today`s too to catch up on so will be busy checking out the links later

  4. Wow, Julie, you hit it out of the park! These are all fantastic posts with wonderful designs and information. I love getting all this creativity in my inbox.

  5. Thank you so much, Julie! I’m honoured to have my Butterfly Block included in your Sew Thankful Sunday round-up and I appreciate your generosity of spirit in this weekly feature. It’s a brilliant idea and something I would like to try. A simple “thank-you” is worth so much, so I appreciate the gentle reminder to do so.

    Hope your Independence Day weekend is a wonderful one!

  6. Julie, thanks for sharing all these wonderful projects. I especially liked the hexies project since I’ve made a few whilst at the cottage and wasn’t sure what to do with them. You are always an inspiration!

  7. Thank you, you are always so inspiring…LOVE your Blog thanks for sharing.
    Happy Quilting!

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