Sew Thankful Sunday, August 2017

{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, May 2017 at The Crafty QuilterI hope you’re still enjoying the long days of summer if you’re in the Northern hemisphere.  I’m looking forward to a quiet month on the home front with trips to the farmer’s market, local hiking, and some evenings out on the town.  In August, there are still plenty of blog hops, tutorials and inspiration taking place on the internet that I am please to share with you today.  Get ready for ideas for summer, Christmas, and back to school this month!

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  1.  Many of you have children or grand children heading off to college.  This is a perfect time to make this Back to School Big Bigger Tote from Nancy Zieman.  Style and function combine to make this handy tote for laundry or storage needs.
Back to School Big Bigger Tote by Nancy Zieman
Back to School Big Bigger Canvas Tote


2.  It’s time to start thinking and sewing apples!  The girls at Quilt Inspiration have put together a round up of 30 free quilt patterns that will really get you motivated.

Apple Quilts - A round up of 30 free patterns from Quilt Inspiration


3.  I love collecting charm packs and I was delighted to see this easy tutorial by Nicola Dodd at CakeStand Quilts for her Woodruff Quilt.   It’s beautiful in its simplicity, and I love the vintage feel.  You can find the full tutorial at the Moda Bakeshop.

Woodruff Quilt by Nicola Dodd for the Moda Bakeshop


4.  In case you missed it, here’s a wrap up of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  And for more holiday inspiration, visit Carole at From My Carolina Home (one of the blog hop participants) to see additional ideas for seasonal sewing and crafting.


5.  Have you tried working with double gauze fabric?  If it’s still a mystery to you, check out these Tips for Sewing with Double Gauze Fabrics from Melissa at The PolkaDot Chair.  Now you’ll know exactly what to expect when you make that purchase.tips for sewing with double gauze @ the polka dot chair


6.  On my sewing list is this Riverside Tote by Amy at Nana Company.  It’s perfect for a day at the beach or the Farmer’s Market!

Riverside Tote at Nana Company
Riverside Tote Tutorial at Nana Company


7.  There’s still time to join the Magnolia Mystery Quilt Along at Meadow Mist Designs.  This is Cheryl’s fourth year designing a free mystery quilt and each year they are amazing!  Instructions for both lap and queen sizes are included.

Magnolia Mystery Quilt Along @ Meadow Mist Designs


8.  What do you get when you combine a quilt and a pillow?  A quillow!  Find out How to Make a Quilt into a Quillow at Cluck Cluck Sew.  Allison gives you great instructions so you can make your own.

How to Make a Quilt into a Quillow at cluck cluck Sew


9.  Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl has the pleasure of announcing the start of I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-long.  The free QAL started August 1st, and will continue every other Tuesday with a new 12-inch (finished) quilt block tutorial.

I Wish You a Merry Quilt A Long


10.  If you want to try something different and exciting, check out The Improv Stripes Quilt Along which has just begun at A Quilter’s Table.  Debbie will be giving updates on her blog and you’ll find tips and progress on Instagram using the #improvstripesqal and #improvstripes hashtag.

Improv Stripes QAL @ A Quilter's Table


August is a mix of everything – summer projects, Christmas ideas, new quilt alongs and back to school!  I hope you’ve been inspired by all of the featured artists and please visit their blogs to say “hi”.  A big thank you to them all!




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  1. Enjoyed reading your Sew Thankful Sunday during my lunch-half hour. Let me check out the individual’s projects and see what trouble (new Ideas 🙂 ) i can get into.!! 🙂

  2. Hi, Julie,
    Glad you made it home from Tennessee. Thanks for presenting a great program full of fun ideas! Your post today will keep me busy until Christmas and beyond for sure. I am so glad I got to meet you and visit a little while. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
    Miles of smiles,
    Diane S.

  3. I joined the I wish You A Merry Quilt-along. And it’s all your fault. Now I feel better.
    Saying that, I’m am proud I have only joined two this year and it has been a lot more
    peaceful around here. And that is your fault too. Somewhere in your past blogging,
    you stated you were going to slow down and take more time for you and your family.
    My thinking was, as busy as you stay that if you can do so can I. Thanks for being
    my scape goat and the sharings today. Have a beautiful Sunday.
    Hugs and Blessings

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