Sew Thankful Sunday, April 2020

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Sew Thankful Sunday for April 2020 is loaded with ideas to keep you busy and sane during this pandemic.

I’m not sure how to introduce April’s Sew Thankful Sunday blog post. For some of us, it’s difficult to find the silver lining in this pandemic. Hopefully, for many of you there is something to be glad about. The quilting community has always been a very giving and supportive one. That’s definitely reflected in this list of things to be sew thankful for.

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If you want to send a handmade gift in the mail, Amanda at The Patchsmith has some excellent tips for you. You wouldn’t want to share anything more than the gift. Amanda also has the cutest mug rug patterns around!

Butterfly Pocket Mug Rug Pattern @ The Patchsmith

Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts is currently hosting a Happy Scrappy Quilt Along. The idea is to give you something fun and creative to do each day, mindfully and playfully. The blocks will be 9″ square with a total of 25 blocks. Sounds like a great way to use up some scraps!

Happy Scrappy QAL scrap quilt with BlossomHeartQuilts.com

If you find yourself running out of hand soap, Kristin at Living Simply has a DIY Liquid Hand Soap Recipe for you. This natural alternative is much better than nothing at all, and I like the clean ingredients she uses.

If you’re ready to do some Easter decorating, check out this Simple Easter Mantel Decor with Free Printables from Krista at The Happy Housie. This is a quick way to add some Spring to your house.

It’s not too early to start thinking about fireworks. Check out this Glory Quilt, a free pattern by Jessica Dayon for Riley Blake Designs. It looks like a perfect summer quilt to me!

A new way to stay social while being distant is through Zoom. If you have children at home, Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts has some Zoom Group Games and Activity Ideas to share with you. I had my first Zoom meeting yesterday and it’s a great way to stay connected!

These Bunny Treat Bags by Caroline at Sew Can She are sure to put a smile on a child’s face. These sew together quickly with a few charm squares and are super cute!

I have received many wonderful comments on my recent Face Mask Tutorial and I wanted to say thank you so much. Many of you have shared what works for you (and what doesn’t). Sometimes I learn so much by reading the comments! I’ll update my blog post soon with the tips shared so far. All of the sudden, I find myself making face masks for friends and family and friends of friends and family! It’s a good thing I have a “little” extra fabric lying about!

Thank you for spending a little of your time with me today. I’m so glad to have this community to share and create with! I hope your day is full of silver linings.

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  1. Hi, Julie. Here’s a cool quote from the NY Times 4/6/20: “If you are lucky enough to know a quilter, ask them to make you a mask. Tests performed at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., showed good results for homemade masks using quilting fabric. Dr. Segal, of Wake Forest Baptist Health, who led the study, noted that quilters tend to use high-quality, high-thread count cotton. The best homemade masks in his study were as good as surgical masks or slightly better, testing in the range of 70 to 79 percent filtration” Our masks are still not medical grade, but this is very affirming 🙂

  2. Please comment on your ties. I find the satin ones very slippery and unable to stay tied. I have quite a bit of it, Gross grain is much better at staying tied, but I don’t have much. I’ve been using seam binding doubled and stitched down the middle, homemade ties, and 1″ strips of t-shirts pulled taught to stretch and roll into “t-shirt yarn” (see You Tube for directions)

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