Sew Thankful Sunday, January 2019

{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, January, 2019 @ The Crafty Quilter

Happy New Year!  It’s always exciting at the beginning of a new year as we start off fresh with new resolutions and intentions.  I hope you can find something new in today’s list that sparks your creativity and brings you joy.

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  1.  Are you ready for some vintage?  Then you’ll love this Grandma’s Star Quilt Block tutorial from Lori Holt at Bee in My Bonnet.   Lori gives you instructions to make this block in 6″ and 12″ sizes.  It’s classic vintage for sure with a sweet story behind it.
Grandma's Star Quilt Block Tutorial by Lori Holt @ Bee in My Bonnet
Grandma’s Star Quilt Block Tutorial @ Bee in My Bonnet


2.  I get a little jealous when I see the new sewing machines with a laser light that guides your 1/4″ seam and diagonal seams.  Afton at Quilting Mod shares a new tool that does the same job on any machine:  the Vivilux Rechargeable Laser System.  I think I need one.

Vivilux Rechargeable Laser System; Review at Quilting Mod


3.  Get motivated and organized with Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts as she shows you How to Make A Goals Board.  This is a great way to have a visual reminder of your intentions for the new year.


4.  The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start a block of the month project.  Join Pat Sloan for her free 2019 BOM, Out of This World, as she weaves stories of space into each month’s instructions.  This is a mystery-style block of the month, and there will be monthly giveaways for those that participate.

Out of This World, FREE 2019 BOM by Pat Sloan for Free Quilt Patterns.info


5.  Check out the free Harry Potter Quilt Along hosted by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  An introductory post will be given on January 15, 2019 with block patterns (20 total) to be given each Saturday after that.  How awesome is that?


6.  I love this 2019 The Gardens BOM from Cristy at Purple Daisies.  I saw this quilt develop on Instagram last year, so I’m glad its become a block of the month.  The purchase of a pattern is required and it includes monthly instructional videos and blog posts.


7.  Not only is American Patchwork & Quilting doing their annual UFO Challenge, they’re also throwing in a Bucket List that you can work towards for 2019.  There’s lots of great ideas to make this the best year ever (quilting wise).


8.  Instead of a block a month, how about a row each month?  One that really tickles my heart is the Conversation Row of the Month by AnneMarie Chany.  This one requires the purchase of a pattern  and will result in a 76″ x 76″ quilt.

Conversation Row of The Month @ AnneMarie Chany


I hope your year is off to a great start.  Maybe you’ll find something new to explore in this month’s list of Sew Thankful ideas.  A very special thank you to all of the designers and bloggers mentioned today.  Happy January!

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  1. I always enjoy reading these sew thanksfuls……I have printed out the bucket list in addition, working on the UFO list your provided 🙂 I really hope to make a dent this year, and some changes in how i do things, what i do, who i do it for, and how much i do…shew let me take a breath. Pat’s quilt along from 2 years ago is my FB back drop 🙂 (and won a ribbon in our local quilt show) ‘m still working on her 2017 BOM-quilt along and will be passing up this years again….of course I have started on others 🙂 Sew thankful to be subscribed to your blog. Thank YOU! 🙂

  2. I just purchased the laser from quilt in a day. I think I am gothe night to like it. Very bright red light. You have to sew looking at the end of where you are sewing rather than at the presser foot. I was able to get a fairly straight line. I had a question from the manufacturer and he responded within hours. There is a money back guarantee, so it is worth a try.

  3. Hello Julie, Such fun projects going on all over quilting land! LOL. I am going to be doing Pats BOM. It just sounded so fun, I could not resist. Plus, of course, I am doing your UFO for 2019 and am half way through my first project. I still need to finish setting up my new blog that I have been procrastinating about for a couple of years now. LOL. Take photos and all the other fun stuff and make it all official. Which, believe me, I am truly excited about everything right now. Thank you for sharing all that you did today, Julie. I hope you have a great day!

  4. Happy New Year Julie! Oh how I’d love that laser light! It seems only to be available in the US so far, but can be posted to Norway. Good luck with all your UFOs…I’m sure you’ll make a bigger dent in them than I will in mine

  5. I love paying it forward, and try to do it every time I leave my home. It’s good to be reminded that others think the same! You are a gem, Julie! Happy New Year! (I want a 1/4″ laser light, too!!)
    -Jean ❤

  6. Oh my! You sure have so many wonderful quilting ideas listed. I really love the idea of a laser to help make my quarter inch seams a reality! Thank you Julie. Pat Sloan also has a block of the week and a block of the month. I need to get some of my quilts finished, and that is my primary goal as I have too many UFO’s hanging out there and your blog reminded me to get busy! But making new ones is a must too. Happy New Year Julie !

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