Sew Thankful Sunday, July 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

This is the month where you think you’re half way through the year and Christmas will be here before you know it!  It’s a scary thought for us crafters who need to stay ahead of the game.  I hope you find some inspiration below to fuel you through the month of July and beyond.  There’s plenty to keep you busy!

(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. The quilting community is generous and compassionate, and you can witness this at  Happy Zombie.  Monica Solorio-Snow has created the Love Quilt as a way of giving love through cotton and thread after the nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida.  This free pattern is for personal use, and I’m glad to see a few versions on Instagram that are being donated to charity.

Love Quilt


2.  Christmas in July is happening soon at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Sarah is hosting the Twelve Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop starting July 14 and continuing through July 25th.  There should be plenty of ideas to keep you ahead of the game this holiday season!

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3.  Summer is the perfect time for a picnic and you can do it in style with the Picnic Tote by Caroline at Sew Can She.  With two pockets on the inside and a generous width for the tote, you’ll be able to keep everything organized and ready for any excursion.

Picnic Tote


4.  I love a pretty pincushion and this Sunflower Pin Cushion Pattern from Jacquelynne Steves looks right at home in my sewing room and in my garden!  This is a great project for a beginner as well as the advanced seamstress.



5.  Here’s a clever idea from Pam at Threading My Way that involves repurposing men’s shirts for a pillow or cushion.  This tutorials shows you how to use the shirt placket to make a button closure for the pillow back.



6.  If you enjoy a good mystery, check this one out from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. The Meadow Mystery Quilt is a free quilt-along that will run from July 2016 until April 2017 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month.  You’ll end up with a 60″ x 60″ lap size quilt that is at an advanced beginner / intermediate level with no applique, paper piecing, or Y seams.

Meadow Mystery


7.  For those of you that like embroidery, make sure to visit the Moda Bakeshop for their summer Bee-utiful Quilt-Along.  This quilt features twenty original embroidery designs by Pamela Morgan from Sweet Little Stitches, and each block has one (or more) adorable little bee!



8.  It’s such a delight to come across a new-to-me website full of craftiness such as Sugar Bee Crafts.  Mandy is the girl behind the blog and she gets plenty of help from some talented contributors.  There’s lots of free tutorials for sewing, and make sure to check out these free Patriotic Coloring Pages by Kimbo at A Girl and a Glue Gun that will keep the kids (and adults) busy this 4th of July!



9.  Do mitered corners intimidate you?  Try this Mitered Block Borders tutorial from Jess at Elven Garden Quilts.  It’s easier than you think and quilt blocks are great to practice on.

mitred borders


10.  Lori Holt is celebrating the anniversary of her third book, Farm Girl Vintage with a birthday cake.  You can find the free pattern and tutorial at her blog, Bee In My Bonnet.  That’s my kind of celebration!

Farm Girl Birthday Cake
Farm Girl Birthday Cake by Lori Holt @ Bee In My Bonnet


I hope you enjoyed this month’s round up of tutorials.  It’s always a pleasure to share the talents of others, and I’m sew very thankful for this month’s contributors.  Tomorrow is Independence Day in the States and we’ll be celebrating with picnics and fireworks.  I wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy reading and again see a few i currently subscribe to! 🙂 It’s been a crazy busy summer and the road doesn’t end yet….It was a good 4th with family and am still trying to catch up on reading.

  2. Thanks for sharing these posts: I love the USA coloring pages! I’m going to have to print one up and use it to color in each state as we visit it in our new trailer!! Love some of the other posts too ; thanks!!

  3. Thanks so much for all the time you put into sharing all the links to so many amazing projects. I want to make several of them. I am so grateful to all the designers who share such delightful BOM.

  4. I love the paying it forward and do so, but I amalso at a point of selling small pieces . As a glass artist I charge by the square inch …
    How do you come up with a realistic price ? The time element ? Etc
    But for a small well done baby quilt? Let’s say or a table topper?

  5. Thanks for the paying it forward post. I look forward every month to this post. It’s always so fun to see some wonderful blogs that I have not come across before. thanks for the time it takes to put this together.

  6. Julie,

    Thanks for the information. I look forward to the Pay It Forward posts!

    FYI, my antivirus flagged a phishing thread from A Girl and a Glue Gun. I haven’t been able to figure out any details of the threat from my antivirus and it may just be “overprotective” but I thought you’d like to know.

  7. Thank you Julie, as always such lovely ideas you have put together, especially looking forward to the Christmas in July, have a great July 4th.

  8. Good Morning Julie, Thank you for the links to some great websites. I’d really like to try the oversized printables.

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