Sew Thankful Sunday, February 2018

{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 QuilterFebruary is a month that goes by quickly, but it has a quietness about it that suits me.  I’m still in organization mode and the newness of the year hasn’t worn off yet.  I find it’s the perfect time to pick out a new project to mix in with my ongoing BOM’s, etc.  You’ll find plenty of inspiration for something new today along with some great projects for Valentine’s Day!

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  1.  When I saw this Jelly Roll Hearts Table Runner by Kristina at Center Street Quilts for the Moda Bake Shop, I thought great minds think alike!  It’s the same block design as my Ombre hearts, but on a larger scale.  What a great way to use a jelly roll, and I love the table runner setting Kristina used, too.

Jelly Roll Hearts Table Runner by Center Street Quilts for Moda Bake Shop


2.  I love small projects and this Churn Dash Medallion Table Topper by Connie at Free Motion by the River would be a fun and quick quilt to make.  Connie gives instructions for using either an AccuQuilt GO! or traditional rotary cutting.

Churn Dash Medallion Table Topper by Connie Kresin @ Free Motion by the River


3.  If you’re a new quilt blogger, make sure to check out the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.  Registration has just opened. This is a great way to learn about blogging, introduce bloggers to a wider audience and to connect quilters to new blogs.  This event is being co-hosted by Jen at Dizzy Quilter, Tish at Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, Sandra at mmm! Quilts, and Beth from Cooking Up Quilts.

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop


4.  I’m still in organization mode, so I really appreciated these 5 Tips for Organizing Any Sewing Space by Katie at Swim Bike Quilt.  You’ll also be inspired by her Sewing Studio Tour.

5 Tips for Organizing any Sewing Space at Swim Bike Quilt


5.  As part of her Giant Block Tutorial Series, Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting shares her February block which comes in two sizes, 24″ or 36″.  You’ll get instructions and ideas for using this giant block in a quilt.

Giant Block Tutorial Series: February Block @ Kitchen Table Quilting
Giant Block Tutorial Series: February Block @ Kitchen Table Quilting


6.  Add a little bling to your Valentine’s Day sewing with these Quilted Metallic Valentine’s Day Tags from Jacquelynne Steves.  These are super cute and easy to make, with or without the DecoFoil.

Quilted Metallic Valentine's Day Tags @ Jacquelynne Steves


7.   It’s easy to “collect” lots of patterns, books and magazines for your quilting hobby.  It’s also easy for them to get out of control.  If this sounds like you, you’ll really appreciate these Sew Organized Tips for Quilters by Andy at A Bright Corner.


8.  Baking isn’t just for the kitchen.  I just discovered the Moda Cake Mix Recipes that are designed to work with layer cakes.  Their blog, the Moda Cutting Table, has a great description of how they work and why they are super useful in your sewing room.

Moda Cake Mix Recipe, image source: Moda Cutting Table
Moda Cake Mix Recipe, image source: Moda Cutting Table


9.  At some point, our tops need to be quilted by someone and most often it’s you (or me).  If you’re not ready for free motion quilting, check out How to Do Easy Straight Line Quilting 4 Ways by Caroline at Sew Can She.   With all of these options, you’re sure to find something that works for you!

How to do Straight Line Quilting at Sew Can She


10.  I fell in love with this Love Notes Pillow the moment I saw it.  Taunja at Carried Away Quilting has the full tutorial for you.  It’s a great project to use up those small bits of fabric, lace or ribbon.

Love Notes Pillow Tutorial by Taunja at Carried Away Quilting
Love Notes Pillow Tutorial by Taunja at Carried Away Quilting


11.  February is a wonderful time to make something with hearts in it.  Check out this great roundup of 20 Free Valentine Quilt Tutorials from Connie at Free Motion by the River.  Oh my goodness, there are so many to choose from!


12.  Let’s not forget about our sweet tooth!  These Chocolate Sugar Cookies by Jenn at Foodess should take care of those sugar cravings and satisfy your creative itch with decorative icing.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies by Jenn @ Foodess
Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe by Jenn @ Foodess


13.  I love to decorate with pillows, so this Valentine’s Pillow Tutorial from Sherri at A Quilting Life is going on my list.  The piecing is easy and it would be another great way to use up some scraps.

Valentine's Pillow Tutorial @ A Quilting Life

14.  It is well known that quilters have the biggest hearts.  I think Amy at Diary of a Quilter brings that to life really well with her new monthly challenge, Sew Goodness.  Each month, Amy will share a simple, monthly project to sew for a good cause.  What a great idea!

Sew Goodness, Monthly prompts to sew for a good cause.  Find all of the details at Diary of a Quilter


I hope you enjoyed this fun list of ideas and projects as much as I did!  I am sew thankful for this quilting community, and I appreciate all of you coming by and showing your support for the featured bloggers and designers.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  1. Julie – What a great post! I can open each link and use something from it. Thanks so much for your generosity. Always appreciated.

  2. Great Blog today Julie. You even make February sound likeable as I sit and watch the snow come down. Lots of great ideas , info and thank you for pointing us in the direction of the info on the pillow dresses.

  3. I appreciate your special Sunday Posts, so many special ideas are presented opening up so many more projects and ideas that could be very helpful to me or someone else! Thank you for posting and finding all of these blogs to share with us. I hope that you have a special day!

  4. Julie, I always, always enjoy your posts and thank you for sharing my tutorial and Valentine tutorial links! I made my first quilt using the Moda Cake Mix Recipe papers and it was fun. Those cookies look yummy….I might have to share the recipe with Builder/Chef Bob.

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