Hello, friends. I’ve decided to begin a new monthly feature sharing favorites from the previous month. I’ve been thinking about this for a little while now and have even occasionally shared similar posts. But after realizing how helpful the practice of review is in my own life, I’ve decided to implement it more fully on the blog. Favorites posts may include top posts, projects, finds, and more. I hope you’ll enjoy these monthly round-ups beginning with today’s January Favorites 2021. Be sure to read to the end for a shop update as I’ve been cleaning and organizing and have some new things available.
January Favorites 2021: Blog Posts
I thought I’d begin with the top posts published and read in January. Looking at the statistics each month helps me as I plan posts for the following months and throughout the year. Here are the top posts for January:
- Quilting Life Block of the Month 2021: January
- January Project Challenge: Project Scraps (I can’t wait to show you my finished quilt from this challenge. It’s at the quilter’s now. And I also got started on my table runner kick because of the challenge).
- Table Runners + Planning (January 2021 was definitely the month of table runners for me…and planning! Plus, I have more planning resources to share with you soon).
- Saturday Seven Posts –These posts are often one of the most-read posts of the week, so I’ll keep them coming!
I was excited to see these posts come in at the top since I have plans to continue writing about all of these topics throughout the year.
January Favorites: Read
One of my goals for 2021 is to finish up and record something about each of the books I read. First up, on my list is to finish some things I started in 2020 and didn’t get done. So in January I put Stillness is the Key on the top of my nightstand stack of books. I believe I originally began it in January 2020, and then with our move it ended up lost in the shuffle. But I finished reading it and am grateful I did. The book is comprised of short chapters on different ways to slow down and bring more reflection into your life. Each chapter contains examples from history which I loved reading. I loved reading it so much that I immediately began The Obstacle is the Way by the same author (which I had purchased last year but never started). It’s similar in style but with a focus on making challenges into good things. I’m loving it so far.
January Favorites: Made
I was able to do a lot of fun sewing in January while waiting for sample yardage from our next fabric collection that we’ll be sharing with you next month. (I know I’ve posted an overload of pictures of the table runners that I made in January). But I also finished a quilt that I can’t wait to share when it’s home and bound. I actually got a sneak peek of it from my quilter yesterday and love it.
With all of the January and February sewing and cleaning and organizing, I’ve found some things and added them to the shop including quilt kits for Gelato and Weekender, several scrap bags, and some notions I had stored away.
Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Susan Dakin says
Dear Sherri, I have been admiring one particular quilt of yours that keeps appearing on your posts lately. I have not been successful in finding out if you have a pattern on it or not. It is the above “middle” quilt – looks like each square is four – four patches with sashing and a square of red fabric in between. Do you have a pattern for this particular quilt? If so, I would like to purchase it please.
Thank you for your assistance. I have been enjoying your organization ideas and plan on implementing the individual storage boxes you talked about – using your scraps. Thank you and keep up your wonderful work.
sherri McConnell says
Yes, I have this book with the pattern linked in the February Trunk Show post 🙂
Ali Barnes says
I know one time you posted about a pillow for sitting on while sewing. Could you post that again please?
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Lissa alexander says
I am always interested in your reads. Thank you for sharing so much great knowledge.