Happy Saturday…and happy leap day! Today is the day we get only once every four years, so make the most of it! If you’re new here, the Saturday Seven Inspiration for Quilters 118 is a smorgasbord of fun things for quilters: find patterns, notions, recipes, good reads and more! I hope you’ll enjoy reading!
Saturday Seven 118
1. Good Eats
I’m all about simple cooking right now. It feels like we’ve been moving forever, but in reality it’s been just a week (and I do think we’re about 75% finished, so there is light around the corner)! Anyway, this Easy 30 Minute Chicken Chow Mein is on my list for next week while we finish things up. And this “Best Classic Banana Bread” is on my menu as well. Because packing and moving so many boxes means a girl has got to have her snacks 🙂
2. Quilt & Sew
Barbara Brackman just wrote this interesting article on “The Quilts in Little Women.” Find it here. And…I have to share something brand new in my sewing room (I’ll be sharing an update of the progress on Monday). I’m absolutely in love with my new pincushion and thread catcher combo made with our Summer Sweet fabrics by Teri from Curry Bungalow on Etsy. She sells patterns, supply kits and finished pincushions here. And her workmanship is absolutely beautiful!
I loved this post on “Taking Care of Your Heart While Decluttering.” It has lots of great ideas with a checklist of questions to ask yourself before beginning a project.
4. February Sew Sampler
This month’s Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop was such a good one! Included are:
- 2 Mackinac Island Charm packs (such a pretty group by Minick & Simpson).
- One of my favorites: Diagonal Seam Tape
- Goodness Grows pattern (an adorable sampler by Corey Yoder)
- Meet in the Middle Half-Hexagon Template and Pattern (exclusive to the box)
- 80 Weight Aurifil Thread…perfect for hand sewing, applique, and even free motion quilting.
This week I found this interesting article on what to do if you’re a book lover but also trying to keep from owning absolutely every book you’ve ever read. Read it here. And, there is a brand new quilt book by my friend Melissa Corry. Find her Charming Baby Quilts book with 10 baby quilts featuring charm packs here.
6. Good Habits
We all love good habits, and it’s often frustrating when you are able to develop one but then let it go by the wayside. This article on “Coming Back to Powerful Habits” discusses that very issue but also gives great tips for developing six of the best good habits.
7. Last Week on the Blog
Thanks so much for stopping by to read the Saturday Seven 118 post. If you’d like to read more posts like this, you can find all of the earlier posts in this series here.
Sue H says
Going to make the Chicken Chow Mein this week. We love Asian food. The article on getting back on track was absolutely worth reading. Very concise with valuable tips. I’ll be sharing that one with my husband!
Love that thread catcher/ pin cushion and what a great gift idea …love it! Thanks Sherri.
Thanks Sherri for these thoughts. Love the coming back article! Just what I needed to read today as a reminder. Good luck with your move this week. Can’t wait to see your new sewing room!
Joy Dickson says
I’m in the midst if moving my sewing room to the bedroom and bedroom to sewing room. This makes clutter in the rest of the house, and I’ve been worrying myself sick over it. Thank you so much for the article on decluttering. It was just what I needed. I’m now going to do what I can, and then take a break. That way I can enjoy the process instead of thinking it must be done now. Eventually my house will be restored. Thank you so much. My husband agrees with this way of doing it, he’s been trying to get me to take it slower and be less stressed. Perfect advice.
Hello Sherri, thanks for writing and sharing this great SS post today. Agree with gailss1 – the thread catcher-pincushion is lovely and a great gift idea (so I just gifted one to myself 😉 Do I see a glimpse of new flooring in your sewing room in those pics? Excited for you. Appreciate the article links today. Both great reads. The decluttering post especially resonates with me right now, so was a good read to bolster my progress and continue to set myself up for success. Wrote down a few notes from that one!
Kay Welch says
I have some ripe bananas ready to bake up this recipe. I will be adding chopped pecans to mine. I almost always add pecans to my quick breads – well most baked items. It’ll be going I the oven shortly.