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April is here and so is Spring and today is Easter Sunday! If all that doesn’t put a hop in your step, then today’s list of for Sew Thankful Sunday will. It’s time for some fresh ideas and perhaps some Spring sewing!

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Quilters are very generous people and are often looking for ways to contribute their creative gifts to the community. A wonderful opportunity is taking place with the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge hosted by Sarah at Confessions of A Fabric Addict. This is the eleventh year of the challenge and there are five organizations you can donate a quilt to. This challenge runs through the end of May with a linky party (if you choose to link up) and prizes. Quilts should be mailed to your chosen charity by June 11, 2021. You’ll also find guest bloggers at Confessions of A Fabric Addict who are providing tutorials and tips for quilters specifically for this challenge.

I have a large supply of fabric scraps and I’m always looking for ways to use them. Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs recently shared a great scrap buster project with her Rock and Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial. You could make this any size you want but a baby quilt seems very manageable to me.
Rock and Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial @ Meadow Mist Designs

There are so many ways to apply binding, but sometimes you have to think about the bulk it adds. I saw this excellent Single Fold Binding Tutorial by Dawn at First Light Designs and it eliminates the bulky corners and edges of traditional double-fold binding. It is a perfect technique for smaller projects.
Single Fold Binding Tutorial @ First Light Designs

Tote bags seem to be a harbinger of Spring and making them are fun if you know what you’re doing. I just read these Tips for Installing Magnetic Snaps on Bags by Geta at Geta’s Quilting Studio. She has some great ideas to make this process easy and fast.
Tips for Installing Magnetic Snaps in Bags @ Geta’s Quilting Studio

The possibilities are many with this free Pointed Possibilities Quilt Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. With half-square triangle units and six different size options, you will be sure to find the right possibility for you! This fun pattern was designed by Gina at Thread Graffiti and it was inspired by a barn quilt. I love barn quilts…
Pointed Possibilities Quilt Pattern @ Fat Quarter Shop

English Paper Piecing has been making a comeback for a long time and I’m always learning something new about it. For example, Auribuzz just featured Choosing Thread Colors for EPP by Kitty at Night Quilter for a little education on the topic. I love Kitty’s photography and she definitely knows her thread!
Choosing Thread Colors for EPP by Kitty Wilkin for Auribuzz

Whether it’s a little kitchen helper or a young artist, this Free Kids Apron Pattern (in 3 sizes) from Abby at Sew Much Ado will keep the mess off their clothes! You could customize this with your child’s favorite color or theme and maybe let them help you make it.

Tulips are blooming inside and out with this Hello Spring Paper Piecing Pattern from Charise at Charise Creates. I can imagine a row of these potted tulips together for my own indoor window box!

Another cute project from Charise Creates is this sweet Ruffle Purse. This clutch is perfect for Spring with soft Liberty florals, linen fabric, and a lace accent. This would be adorable for my granddaughters too!

If you’re a new quilter or you’re just taking inventory of tools that you already have, you may want to check out Tea & Brie’s Guide to the Best Quilting Tools and Gadgets. This article was written as part of their Scrap Challenge for National Quilting Month. Even though this took place in March, it’s full of great information for the whole year.

Thank you for visiting today’s Sew Thankful Sunday for April. I hope you found some inspiration and ideas for your next project. I wish you a very Happy Easter!

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