Sew Thankful Sunday, April 2016

{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.  I try to do that once a month for 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 mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers.}

Sew Thankful Sunday @ The Crafty Quilter

April makes me think of rain, sunshine and flowers.  Spring is a time of growth and new beginnings.  I’ll be digging in the vegetable garden today instead of digging through my fabric stash (for a change.)  But I’ve found plenty of inspiration to share that will get us all ready to start something new!

(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.  Sign ups have just begun for Jacquelynne Steve’s free block of the month, Maggie’s First Dance.  This BOM will start in June and run through November with 5 different blocks and the option of adding applique, embroidery or simply piecing.  Again this year, I’ll be a featured blogger so I hope you’ll join in the fun!


2.  Wool can be a forgotten material when it comes to quilting.  I love seeing it used in applique and small projects such as these adorable Wool Applique Pin Cushions by Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter for Riley Blake Designs.  Amy’s also got some great tips for working with wool that you don’t want to miss.

Wool Applique Pin Cushions at Diary of a Quilter


3.  I think it’s the perfect time for a Spring Party Quilt by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.  The quote fits perfectly in this wall hanging of spring flowers.  Carol designed this project for ThermOWeb and you can find the full tutorial there.


4.  For many of us, the Y seam is a much dreaded task, so you will really appreciate this Beginner’s Guide to Y Seams by Chris at Made by ChrissieD.  Her detailed photos and instructions will take the fear out of your next Y seam project.

Y Seams Technique header


5.  I can never get enough tote bags, and I love this Convertible Cross Body Tote Bag by Caroline at Sew Can She.  Caroline has made a wonderful tutorial that will make it easy for you to make one, too!

Convertible Cross Body Tote Bag Tutorial by Caroline at Sew Can She
Convertible Cross Body Tote Bag Tutorial by Caroline at Sew Can She


6.  Now that I have a little granddaughter to sew for, I’m always keeping my eyes open for simple dresses to make for her.  I found just the thing in the Tiered Pillowcase Dress by Amy at Ameroonie Designs.  Isn’t it so sweet?



7.  I know many of us have a “collection” of charm packs just sitting around collecting dust.  It’s time to put them to good use with this Wonky Block tutorial by Jayne at Twiggy and Opal.  I don’t want to say how many quilts I could make from my 5″ squares, but I think it’s time to get wonky!

Wonky Block Tutorial @ Twiggy & Opal
Wonky Block Tutorial at Twiggy and Opal


8.  Cathedral windows meets “quilt as you go” in this Simple Cathedral Windows Tutorial by Jera at Quilting in the Rain.  I was hooked after reading that there is no binding to worry about and I love that you quilt it as you sew it!

Simple Cathedral Windows Tutorial


I hope you enjoyed this month’s roundup of ideas.   I know the featured bloggers and designers love it when you visit them!  Recently, I’ve found the desire to connect a little more to the blogs I follow.  Leaving a comment of appreciation is so easy to do, but often neglected when I’m in a hurry.  Thanks for being such a generous community of makers!


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  1. Hi Julie,

    Thanks for all the great links. I’ve signed up for Maggie’s First Dance BOM (my first one) and I just adore those little pillowcase dresses. I’m currently making pillowcase dresses for and this new pattern will add some much needed variety.
    Thanks again for bringing all these projects to us. I really enjoy your emails.

    Chris Cloutier

  2. Such a great collection of tutorials and projects, thank you so much for taking the time to curate such a treasure trove of quilty goodness!

  3. Hi, Julie! I enjoyed the great round-up of blogs to peruse in this edition of Sew Thankful Sunday. I look forward to STS each month! Thank you 🙂

  4. oh my goodness – i’ll now be following a few more blogs. and i think my garden work today might be traded for a day of digging through my stash. thnx for that?? 🙂

  5. Thanks Julie! I was intrigued by the sew as you go circle quilt. I love it’s old fashioned look. I will look for the fabric in August. Thanks for passing forward new ideas. Robin

  6. Am definitely going to visit the posts on Y seams and Cathedral Windows. Thanks for your Sew Thankful Sundays Julie.

  7. I have a 4 year old granddaughter but unfortunately for me she loves her T shirts and her shorts and can’t get her into a dress! Winter time she swaps shorts for jeans and looks like an angel with long blond hair and gorgeous brown eyes! So although I am lamenting would not change her for the world, loving and kind and gives me lots of cuddles!

  8. I have a little granddaughter to sew for too, thanks so much for telling us about that darling little dress. And, I think I have just been collecting charms packs from day one. It certainly is time to stop cutting fabric and to use up those charms, thank you for the little wonky push! Maybe I can use some charms in a little dress, hmmm.

  9. Julie, thank you. As always inspiring posts and thank you again for taking the time to find them for everyone.

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