Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Saturday Seven | 12

Hello and happy Saturday! I hope you're having a great holiday weekend!  I've got plans to sew today...and to catch up on some household chores after sewing five quilts in the past nineteen days!  I'm also going to try to tackle my email in-box.  I haven't been very good at responding to emails over the past couple of I'll be sure to answer any I find with questions this weekend. I do so appreciate all of your comments and should be back on track to reply soon!

Now that Valentine's Day has passed, I see a lot of spring-themed sewing

 projects coming to the forefront...

1.  So number one is this Lime Juice bundle curated by Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and perfect for your spring sewing!

2.  A few weeks ago I used this ironing mat The Mega Pressing Mat 14" x 24" by Pam Damour while sewing with friends at a retreat.  It was amazing how much heat the mat held--enabling blocks to be easily pressed flat. Last week while teaching at a retreat, I was able to pick up a similar one from one of the it too!

3.  Did you hear that Olfa just released hot pink and blue cutting mats...and a gorgeous hot pink Splash cutter?  I was lucky to receive these in the mail this week.  I haven't seen the new colors on sale anywhere on-line yet, but the Olfa Splash in aqua is my favorite rotary cutter right now.

4.   To wash or not to wash? Carrie Nelson explores all sides of this issue in her post yesterday on the Moda blog.  Personally, I rarely pre-wash; however, I never wash a new quilt without adding in two or three Shout Color Catcher Dye Trapping Sheets 72 ct to the wash.

5.  I was not going to get caught up in the sewing-themed enamel pin craze.  But then the Maker Valley Sewing Machine pin caught my eye.  And the Thimbleblossoms quilter pins.  Not sure how many I'll collect, but these were "must haves." Find these and more that you might not be able to resist here. (They do make great gifts for quilty friends)!

6. I listened to several podcasts this week...a friend recommended one specifically for creatives...and I enjoyed it so much I started looking for more.  One was already in my library (because I've read a couple of books by the author), so I listened to and loved three episodes here--lots of fun and simple ideas for being happy!

7. As I mentioned earlier, I've just completed a lot of sewing.  So now I'll be storing the leftovers using the suggestions in this tutorial:  How to Organize and Store Project Left-Overs. I need to add that I don't cut up anything bigger than a 5" width of fabric strip using this method--this is the method I use to cut up and store smaller pieces.

Wow...we're at seven, and I didn't even get to share a recipe--I'll make sure I have one for next week!  I hope you have a wonderful and productive weekend...thanks so much for stopping by!


Hildy said...

I thought I could resist the pins too but then Camille designed some and Gingiber had cats ... I needed to buy some. Now I only hope that FQS will have the aqua Vintage Remix pin soon.
Have a great weekend!

T Holzer said...

Five quilts in nineteen days?? I didn't even know that was possible! Impressive, Sherri, and I look forward to seeing them all. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

You are always so busy and productive! Thanks for this list and I've noted the podcasts as that is my favourite thing when I'm stitching.

ShirleyC said...

I love the hot pink cutter and mat! I just love any kind of new notions.

Deborah Smith said...

I enjoy all your tips and ideas. I bought a lazy Susan from Pottery Barn and love it. Then I found a different lazy susan organizer from Michaels.
It's white, 11" wide, 8" tall. There are 3 small drawers, 2 sets of small hooks to hang things on and 12 compartments to place all kinds of stuff in them. It's bigger but I like it better.
I found it online at several sites with different prices. Just happened to find it at Micheals as it was in an ad for 50% off.
Keep those ideas coming!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

I want an Aqua cutter!!!!!!
This was a joy to read today
Happy Saturday

Ginger Marien said...

Thank you so much for all your comments on your Saturday posts. I tried your recipe for cherry chip cookies from last week. Sent them to my two college grandsons and shared some with my 100 year old Mom. They all liked them.

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