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May favorites

This month has slipped through my fingers, so I had better share my May favorites with you before it’s gone!  Every month I like to share a few things that I’m loving on that aren’t necessarily quilt related (but they often are)!

I have been enjoying the new Quilt Theory Patterns.  Have you seen them?  They are simple and modern patterns by a group of designers that I really enjoy.  The patterns are a great value at $3 each, so it’s definitely worth checking out!

Quilt Theory Patterns


I have discovered Norwex products and they are fantastic!  Up until a few weeks ago, I had been trying to get my stainless steel appliances clean and streak free.  My sister came to visit (she’s a Norwex consultant – I’m linking to her) and she brought me an Envirocloth and Window cloth.  I was amazed at how easily and well they worked.   My windows and appliances have NO streaks (and I’m not using any manufactured chemicals in the process.)

Norwex Water Cloth


I love the Modern Barn Blocks from Put a Quilt On It.  You don’t need a barn to display these beautiful, all-weather quilt blocks.  Finally, quilting makes it to the outdoors!  These are definitely trending!

Modern Barn Blocks from Put a Quilt On It


If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone, check out Yount Street Glass.  Located in the Napa Valley, they make unique, hand-crafted jewelry from recycled wine bottles and sustainable cork.  You’ll find everything from necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that are designed to catch the sunlight and help save the planet.

Orlando Necklace from Yount Street Glass
Orlando Necklace from Yount Street Glass


My most recent and current favorite book is Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore, the founder of S.W. Basics.  I read it cover-to-cover and bought a copy of it for my daughter, too.  It shows you “how essential oils can help heal your skin, improve your health and detox your life.”  Adina has a humorous style of writing and includes plenty of DIY recipes to try and lots of information about these natural powerhouses.

Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore


Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. and Fat Quarter Shop is having a special sale to commemorate.  Make sure to check them out and enjoy some patriotic shopping.


I want to mention that my monthly favorites are not sponsored by anyone (although Fat Quarter Shop is one of my sponsors).  These are picked by me “just because”.  They are something I would tell my friends about and that definitely includes you!

A certain someone has asked for some blog-space/time today, so please indulge him:

A note from Mr. Crafty Quilter and family:

Today is Mrs. Crafty Quilter’s birthday. We wish her a lovely and wonderful birthday.  We truly do love our amazing wife, mother, friend, artist, and blogger.

Thanks for spending this special moment with me!  Enjoy your day!




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  1. Happy belated birthday, Julie! I enjoyed today’s post. My cousin has been a Norwex consultant for the last couple of years, and it really is a great company!

  2. Happy Birthday Julie! Wonderful words from Mr. Crafty! I always enjoy reading your blog and he mentioned the reasons and of course, I have some of my own. Like I love so many of your patterns and your tutorials. Thank you for all and have a very special Birthday!

  3. Thanks for sharing our Modern Barn Blocks. It’s exciting for us to see that people like our designs and we look forward to seeing the ideas others have on where to hang them.

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday too!

  4. Hi Julie, Happy belated birthday wishes. So glad you love to blog, because I love to read your posts!

  5. Happy Birthday Julie!! Love reading your blog. I have learned so much about quilting from your instructions you give. Loved looking at the remodel pics of your home too. Have a good day!!!

  6. I have some Norwech cloths. I really need to know how to use them. Is there a site for instructions? Thanks

    1. Yes, if you click on the link I provided it will take you to the Norwex homepage. Then you need to click on the product you want information about. You’ll find a “how to use” tab that will answer all of your questions.

  7. Good wishes for the coming year and hope you enjoyed your day yesterday. I always look forward to your blog and loved the photos of your remodel. All the best, Jean from Austria

  8. Happy Birthday to one of my most favorite quilt teachers! I hope you had a great day!

  9. I’ve enjoyed your blog for several years now. You have taught me and inspired me in ways I couldn’t even imagine. Thank you so much for that. I hope you enjoyed your special day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  10. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! Love all your wonderful comments and product suggestions! Keep them coming!

  11. Mr. Crafty Quilter is a good man! Happy Birthday Julie and many, many more.
    Celebrate doing everything you love to do.

  12. Julie, Have a fantastic Birthday today and may all your wishes come true! Your ideas, recipes, tutorials, heck everything you blog, are always a welcomed way for me to relax, enjoy and be inspired. Many thanks!

  13. Happy birthday Julie! I am so thankful for your blog, and all the advice from you that has helped me improve my own quilting! Have a wonderful year, and I look forward to more of your postings.

  14. Happy Birthday, Julie! Hope you enjoyed your day with Mr. Crafty Quilter. I enjoy all of your posts and wish you all the best!

  15. Happy birthday, Julie! How wonderful of your husband to let all of us know about your special day. I hope it’s been a memorable one for you!

  16. Happy Birthday Julie – a song from when I was much younger –

    “Happy Birthday to you, squashed tomatoes and stew, don’t buy them don’t try them, they stink when you fry them” heehee – hope you had a great day

  17. Hey there Julie,
    It’s been so long since I wrote a ‘comment’ you must think I’ve got buried under piles of fabric in my basement! Still here though and following your blog….and very envious of that gorgeous remodeling work in your home. We are suddenly enjoying hot summer temperatures so garden work has taken over from the sewing room.
    I send you my very best wishes for your birthday and regards to the family, can’t imagine it’s nearly a year since we saw you…..time really does slip by too fast.

  18. Happy Birthday, Julie…hope you had a wonderful day. Love your blog, and all the links to others. Also enjoy making up your patterns. That husband is special, too!

  19. Happy Birthday Julie!!! PS Your home remodel is almost as beautiful as your sweet Amelia!!!

  20. Have a very happy birthday. I enjoy your site, blog and all your quilty items, notes, etc. They are always very helpful and although I have been quilting for years I learn something new every day. Have a good one, you desire it.

  21. Happy Birthday Julie, have wonderful day. Celebrate well!!! Love your blogs and Sew Thankful Sundays.

  22. happy happy birthday, lovely to see you and your husband, with your dog, looking so very happy.
    thanks for your monthly blog, so enjoyable and so much information to scan through.
    have a great day and rest of the week
    Gayle Z

  23. Happy Birthday, Julie! I so appreciate your articles and love all your suggestions. Have also enjoyed doing your quilt patterns. Stay healthy and have a wonderful year ahead!

  24. Happy Birthday! You are still my favorite blogger (shhh, don’t tell the others!), and I really do believe that it is your smiling face and your blogging/writing skills that draw me in. Seeing your emails pop up always make me feel better!! 😎

    I’m surprised that there wasn’t an adorable toddler included in your favorite things!

    xo Linda

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