Sew Thankful Sunday, December 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 wish I could hit the “pause” button for a month!  Time is flying by too quickly, and I’m sure many of you feel it, too.  I hope you take a deep breath and enjoy this list of ideas that celebrate the season of Christmas.

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  1.  I feel like a good place to start is with a little “Peace on Earth” in the form of this Christmas DIY Canvas Banner from Melissa at Polkadot Chair.  She also includes brief instructions to make the cute Holly Berry Garland as seen below.

Christmas DIY Canvas Banner @ Pokadot Chair


2.  It might not be a mystery any more, but there’s still time to make the Christmas Mystery Quilt at Forth Worth Fabric Studio.  I love the festive colors and perfect size of this one.

Christmas Mystery Quilt @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio


3.  Even if it’s not snowing outside, you can make your own snowman with this roundup of 24 Free Snowman Projects to Sew from Jacquelynne Steves.  The hardest part will be deciding which one to make!

24 Free Snowman Projects to Sew

4.  I’m always trying to improve my free motion quilting, so I appreciate a good video such as this Kaleidoscope Free Motion tutorial from Christina at A Few Scraps.  She is also an amazing quilter and instructor for Craftsy!

Kaleidoscope Quilting @ A Few Scraps


5.  Bring the smell of Christmas to your house with this Winter Simmer Pot recipe from Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin.  Sometimes smelling is believing!

Winter Simmer Pot @ Creative Cain Cabin


6.  This Petit Christmas Stars Mini Quilt by Messy Jesse will put you in the holiday mood in a hurry!  Simple stars and a beautiful range of reds and pinks make this mini quilt a show stopper.

Petit Christmas Stars Mini Quilt Tutorial @ Messy Jesse
Petit Christmas Stars Mini Quilt Tutorial @ Messy Jesse


7.  For lots of ideas in one place, try these 25 Free Holiday Quilt Patterns that Connie at Free Motion by the River has put together.  You’ll find a few of my free tutorials included in the mix!

25 Free Holiday Quilt Patterns @ Free Motion by the River


8.  If you enjoy a little handwork, check out this Free Embroidered Snowflake Ornament Pattern from Stephanie at Swoodson Says.  You’ll also find a link-up filled with lots of other handmade ornaments to check out!

free Embroidered Snowflake Ornament Pattern @ Swoodson Says


9.  I’ve been enjoying the Ornament Along taking place at Mister Domestic and Wefty Needle.  This Quilted Ball Ornament is one of many I’ve been wanting to try.


10.  Every year, Amy at Diary of a Quilter shares her list of Gifts to Give or Make for Quilters.  This year’s list includes some really fun and unique ideas that I would love to make or receive!

Gifts to give or make for quilters @ Diary of a Quilter

Wow, what a great way to start off December!  It is with much appreciation to the bloggers and designers mentioned in this post for sharing their talents and ideas with us.  And a special thanks to all of my readers who continue to make this crafting community grow and thrive!

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  1. Oh I love the free patterns you have left here for us, Thank you. The season is going so fast I don’t think I have enough time to complete all my gifts I wanted to make. I want to be the winner also, and I do breaK ALL THE RULES. dEENA pAINE

  2. This was great! My first time visiting your blog and I really like what you do on Sundays. I enjoy seeing what the other websites & blogs are doing…lots of fun ideas! I am a newbie at blogging and am anxious to learn whatever I can. I have been quilting for over 25 yrs and it’s my favorite pastime. I’ll be back soon! Thanks again!

  3. So many great projects and tutorials Julie! I made 2 of the folded ornaments last year and bought everything to make more…….which I have completely forgotten about! Too many ideas! Thanks for sharing a link to my Roundup also.

  4. I love reading your blog, Julie. You offer a lot of quilty ideas that I wish I had time for! Once again, sew many ideas, sew little time. Have a great holiday season and happy quilting! Darlene

  5. Thank you, Julie, for this ‘eye-candy’ missive so full of the Christmas spirit! May you and your family experience a wonderful, magical Holiday together, God bless you all………

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