Sew Thankful Sunday, October 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 know this post is a week late; life has been busy around here and I appreciate your patience.  Fall is in full swing in most parts of North America (we’re having warm, sunny days in Northern California).  Pumpkin bread and pumpkin spiced latte’s are on the menu, and Christmas will be here before you know it.  You’ll find a little bit of everything to be sew thankful for this month!

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  1.  Sometimes it’s nice to skip the pumpkin carving all together.  If that sounds like a plan, check out the 25 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas from Heather at Moritz Fine Designs.  No mess and no fuss!


2.  Do you own a longarm quilting machine or perhaps you’re thinking of getting one?  If so, check out these First-timer Tips for Longarm Quilting from Quilty Pleasures, the blog of Quiltmaker Magazine.  Some of these tips can be applied to domestic machine quilting too.

First-Timer Tips for Longarm Quilting @ Quilty Pleasures


3.  This Back to School Blog Hop hosted by Hunter’s Design Studio is over, but it’s well worth going back to because it’s full of lessons for the quilter and sewist!  You’ll find some amazing tips from talented bloggers that will keep you “in the know”.


4.  Are you color blind when it comes to choosing fabrics?  Check out this tutorial from Sherri at Rebecca Mae Designs on Choosing Fabrics for Scrappy Projects.  You’ll find some great examples and inspiration for your next scrappy project.

Choosing Fabric for Scrappy Projects @ Rebecca Mae Designs


5.  Check out this cute Halloween Ribbon Wreath from Amy at Positively Splendid.  This looks like an easy way to add some fun to your Halloween decor.


6.  With so many different threads available these days, it can get overwhelming.  I was glad to read the series All About Aurifil at Auribuzz.  In particular, Part 3, provided great information on some of their latest threads:  80 wt. cotton, Cotton floss and Wool.


7.  I just love this latest quilt tutorial for Florabelle Bloom by Melissa at Happy Quilting.  She has beautifully showcased Joel Dewberry’s newest line, Florabelle, for Free Spirit Fabrics with this pattern.


8.  It’s the perfect time to check out this roundup of 25 Free Thanksgiving Quilt Patterns & Sewing Projects at Jacquelynne Steves.  I’m so grateful to find all of these ideas in one place!


9.  I can never get enough pouches, especially this Pretty Patchwork Bag Tutorial from Sherri at A Quilting Life.  This is a perfect project if you have mini charm packs or 2 1/2″ squares on hand.

10.  It’s time for 100 Days of Holiday Inspiration at Hoosier Homemade.  This is a great way to collect ideas and get inspired, and they’re starting it off with snowman ideas!


11.  What’s better than a big, beautiful tote bag?  One that you made yourself using a great tutorial from Vicky Myers Creations for her Large Zippered Tote Bag.  I love the cute outside pocket and the variety of fabrics she used.

Large Zippered Tote Bag Tutorial @ Vicky Myers Creations



12.  I love seeing photos of barn quilts.  Now you can make your own with this tutorial from Becky at Patchwork Posse:  How to Paint Barn Quilt Blocks.  All you need are a few basic supplies and your imagination!


As you can see, there is a little bit of everything this month to be thankful for!  I’m so glad you stopped by to be inspired.  I know that the featured artists appreciate your visits, too!  Have a wonderful week!



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  1. Dad-gone-it!!!!!! You have done it again!!!! Wonder if my oncologist would give me a break on my breast cancer treatments so’s I could stay home and SEW??????? You have found the neatest projects! Blessings to you and the ones who can “carry on!”

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