Hello, friends. Today I’m sharing my March Projects Update. You’ll notice that some new ones were added in–I blame it on the lovely spring weather. I’m also sharing a bit about how I use the Next Steps technique to keep up with projects at home, in the sewing room, and at work. I hope you’ll enjoy and be inspired by today’s post. Additionally, I filmed a short video with today’s update, so you can see the projects up close.
March Projects Update
Earlier this month I set three project goals: to continue working on my Sewcialites blocks, to continue making half-square triangles for an upcoming project, and to make some Village houses using our new fabric collections. I made progress on two of those goals and added in a few other projects to the mix. Here is a re-cap:
- I’ve made several additional Sewcialites blocks from the patterns I was behind on. I’m also current with the new weekly blocks. Get the patterns in 3″, 6″, and 9″ finished sizes here.
- I sewed four sheets of half-square triangles with 30 on each page, so I’m making good progress there. (Find Triangles on a Roll in the size I’m making here).
- I haven’t sewn any Village house blocks but plan to, soon.
As I mentioned, I’ve added in a few additional projects. I feel really good about them because they all utilized fabrics in my stash for the win. It feels so good to use up those fabrics you already have on hand. You can see all of the new projects up close in today’s video; additionally, here is a re-cap:
- Starlight Table Topper (I took an already-pieced block and changed out the border for a spring topper). Get the pattern for the block here. I cut 3 ½″ strips for my borders.
- Garden Variety Table Runner (this collection is from a couple of years ago, but I found some here)
- Large Grandmother’s Flower Garden Topper (English Paper Pieces are this size)
- Hope Chest Quilt Finish (This one is from a few years ago. I pieced the blocks with our The Front Porch Collection, used Clover Hollow for the border and Summer Sweet for the backing. It was so fun to use Happy Days fabric for the binding–get the pattern here).
March Projects Update Video
Watch the March projects update video above to hear more about the new projects and project progress. You can also go here to watch it on our YouTube channel.
Next Steps Technique
In the March Projects video I share a technique I often use when I seem to be stuck on a project whether it’s for home, for sewing and quilting or for work. It is also a great technique when you are in a rut. I’ll simply think about the next step I need to take to progress on the project. Sometimes it is something as simple as gathering supplies or cutting out the fabrics. Just thinking about what has to be done before progress can be made often gets me back on track with whatever the project is. And I’ve started getting in the habit of planning out a few of the next steps in writing to prevent getting stuck in the first place.
I hope your week is off to a wonderful beginning. Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Marsha Gibbons says
I adore all the table runners and would love to incorporate some into my seasonal decorating. When you have friends or family for dinner, do you leave them on the table? If so, do you use coordinating placemats? I am puzzled how to set my table for dinner using the table runners..
Alinda Coiner says
I have come to just adore you Sherri!! I love your enthusiasm!!! I am working on a couple of your projects now; the 9 patch square dance quilt and the block of the month. I read your emails daily and look forward to seeing new tips and tricks to make my sewing the best it can be. Your quilts and patterns are just beautiful!!! Thanks so much for your inspiration!!!
T Holzer says
I wanted to let you know how much I’ve been enjoying your videos, Sherri. Now I look forward to new ones! Also, you talked about your next steps method. I do something similar when I get stuck and I do “just one thing”. I find one thing to do, no matter how small and it inevitably leads to the second thing and then the third. Thanks for sharing!
Ali Barnes says
I love you and Chelsi, I look forward to your videos, it’s like having a good friend over! I have a question maybe you could answer on your podcast. How do you use triangle paper, I don’t get it. And why is this your favorite method for HSTs? Love all your tips, you guys inspire me!
Sherri-love the triangles on a roll quilt. Your fabric choices are so nice together! Absolutely neat! I have a question that I’d like to hear your opinion on-do you use 100% cotton batting in your bed quilts & do you use batting that has scrim? I’m going to purchase some batting for a large quilt I’m making & just learned a little about scrim. One other question- do you know if there’s a difference of quality in batting’s? I see “Pelion” brand is much more economical than “Warm & Natural”. They both are 100% cotton. If I’m investing my time & money on really good fabric, I want the batting to be a very good quality too. Thanks for your advice. It will be heeded.