Sew Thankful Sunday, January 2021

{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 2021 is full of tips to organize your projects and new block of the month programs to start the new year!

Welcome to the New Year! January is when many people think of starting new projects or maybe just a fresh start. Either way, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in today’s Sew Thankful Sunday post.

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  1. Setting a goal to sew a little bit every day seems daunting but wonderful. Julie at The Intrepid Thread has created the Sew365Project to encourage anyone to set aside 5 minutes each day to sew something. You can sign up to receive emails with prompts and information about upcoming prizes and more. Sounds like a nice way to treat yourself every day!
  1. Brigitte at Zen Chic is sharing a digital gift to her blog and newsletter followers: a free printable Quilt Planning Project Sheet. This is a great way to start the New Year and keep your projects organized!
Quilt Planning Printable @ Zen Chic
  1. Cindy at Quilt Doodle Doodles is kicking off 2021 with her Woodland Holiday Block of the Month. This BOM will feature lovely applique blocks and are free during the month they are featured and then available to purchase for $2.50 afterward.
  1. Amy at Diary of A Quilter looked back upon 2020 and showcased her Top 10 Most Popular Sewing & Quilting Tutorials from the past year. I have a few favorites here!
  1. If you want to meet some new bloggers (and be inspired), check out the Best of 2020 Linky Party from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. There are lots of creative bloggers out there who share their favorites from the past year.
  1. Block of the month (BOM) quilts are one of my favorite things, so I was really happy to see the All The Hearts BOM from Melissa at Polkadot Chair recently. This adorable quilt pattern is a one-time purchase and each month you’ll receive the pdf instructions and tips delivered via email.
All The Hearts 2021 Block of the Month @ Polkadot Chair
  1. Do you like a good mystery? If so, get ready for the Nancy Zieman 2021 free! block of the month mystery quilt series: Merry Christmas All Year Round. On the third Saturday of each month, the team at NZP will share a free quilt block tutorial for creating one block design with the NEW! Merry Little Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle and Fabric Panel by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs. I’m very intrigued!
NZP 2021 Free BOM Mystery Quilt Series: Merry Christmas All Year Round
  1. Have you joined the All People Quilt 2021 UFO Challenge? It’s a fun way to motivate yourself to tackle that list of unfinished projects that seem to accumulate. They recently did a podcast, Finally Tackle Your Pile of UFO’s, that I really enjoyed!
  1. I’ll end this list with something that I am truly sew thankful for. That is the ability to teach quilting to others during this pandemic. I’ve been using Zoom to teach several classes through my local quilt shop, and it’s been a learning process for me and my students! I’m going to throw in a little shameless self-promotion below, if you’re interested.

  • I’m co-teaching a block of the month quilt class through The Granary Quilt Shop via Zoom meetings. We’re using the pattern, Red At Night 2, by Bound To Be Quilting and it starts this Friday, January 8 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time. You pick your own fabrics, and I’m using a collection of Kismet Fabric by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics.

  • Because this class is using an online platform, we have room for more students and you don’t need to live within a 20 mile radius! If you’re looking for a new project for 2021 and you want to sharpen your piecing skills, we would love to have you join us! You can sign up here or email me (julie at thecraftyquilter dot com) for more details.

I hope your year is off to a great start! I’m so glad you visited today and hopefully you found some new projects to start or motivation to get your sewing projects organized for 2021. Happy New Year!

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  1. Love your Sunday posts. Is this weird that I want to tune into your class, even tho’ I won’t be sewing the quilt. It would just be fun to get to know you and watch you teach! haha I wonder if they would let me do that?

  2. Love looking through all the blogs and great posts! Nice way to remember a tough year.
    May the coming year be virus free for all.

  3. I enjoy your posts so much Julie – the idea of paying it forward is near and dear to my heart too. It’s so rewarding. I have been profusely thanked for the littlest things. Like giving someone 25 cents to they can unlock a grocery cart for their shopping; it amazes me to see such gratitude. And it IS truly such a little thing. I always ask people to please pass it on and it’s wonderful to hear the promises to do so. Small as they are, I believe actions such as this will help create harmony in a challenging world.

    Thank you for all the lovely ideas to begin this new year. May it be a much better year for us all.

  4. Julie, thank you for the wonderful, thorough list of ideas! Looks like we need a lot of distractions for 2021 as we wait for the vaccines to be distributed. Your blog is great and I always go to your emails first when they land in my email inbox. Happy New Year from Maryland!

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