Hello, and happy Saturday friends! This will be a busy weekend for me as my brand new book, Labor of Love: Scrappy Quilts from the Heart of Home arrived yesterday! I’ll be signing books and preparing them for shipping next week! If you are new here, today’s Saturday Seven 128 Inspiration for Quilters is a smorgasbord of fun things for quilters: find patterns, notions, recipes, good reads and more! (All of the photos in today’s post are from my new book)!
Saturday Seven 128
1. Feed Your Spirit
“5 Ways to Care for Your Mind Right Now” had some terrific ideas for feeding our minds (and spirits) during this precarious time. I also enjoyed “The Life-Changing Magic of Digital Minimalism.” “Why Journaling Deserves a Place in Your Life Right Now” was a great article (and I also loved the “15 Inspiring Journal Prompts” it linked to).
2. Recipes to Try
I’m definitely going to try this Homemade Gnocchi this week (it was on my list earlier, but I haven’t made it yet). And I’m also going to try these Homemade Crescent Rolls this week (I’ve never tried baking this type of bread before). And for a fun dessert idea, these Pizzookies look amazing–and of course I had to share “The Most Perfect Moist Chocolate Cake” recipe I just found!
3. Quilt & Sew
I loved this Barbara Brackman post on a classic quilt block through the years. It’s always fun to see the fabrics and settings other quilters have used over the decades and centuries! And here is a fun round up of free summer quilt patterns. (Yesterday’s post has a lot of links to small and quick projects if you missed that one).
4. Labor of Love: Scrappy Quilts from the Heart of Home
I’m so, so excited about my new book which as I mentioned above just arrived yesterday (if you pre-ordered a signed copy, they will be going out at the first of next week)! If you would like more details about the book, here are some posts with photos and information, and extra details about the sew along based on each of the quilts!
- Labor of Love Quilts part I
- Labor of Love Quilts part II
- And the Labor of Love Sampler Quilt and Sew Along Introduction
- Signed copies from my shop
- Copies also available on Amazon
5. Good Habits
I’ve been thinking about habits a lot lately since my schedule is not nearly as full this spring and summer as it would have been. And I’ve been thinking of trying a “Quilt Block a Day” for a month–I’d have a nice quilt at the end of the month if the blocks were 12″ finished! So I loved this article on “10 Micro-Habits That Will Transform Your Life.” If you like the article, you’ll also enjoy one of my favorite books from 2019: Atomic Habits by James Clear.
6. Organizing in the Sewing Room
Two excellent quilters recently wrote posts on this topic. First, you’ll want to read Heidi Staples “Over 20 Fun Ideas for Organizing Your Sewing Space.” She also has a fun book on the same topic with more ideas and projects that you can see here. The other post on this topic is “Tips for Storing Projects in Progress” by Jenni Baker–more good ideas!
7. Last Week on the Blog
- A Quilting Life Block of the Month May 2020–one of my favorite star blocks this month!
- Moda Block Heads 3 Block 17–a fun flying geese quilt block this week.
- Quick Quilting & Sewing Projects (this post has a video where I share lots of my ideas for these projects–all projects are linked as well).
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! (For more inspiration, you can find all of the previous Saturday Seven posts here). Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Heather Shaw says
I am so excited your new book is out! I live in a small town on Lake Ontario so to get your new book I pre-ordered it from amazon.ca. I would have loved to order an autographed book from you but that was not feasible. I love a quilting life.com , block of the month, block heads and your videos.
Thanks so much and keep up the good work!
Dianne Leever says
Is the Sherbet and Cream quilt pattern in your new book? Thanks
sherri McConnell says
Yes, it is!
Karen Pervier says
Just ordered your new book–can’t wait to spend many pleasant hours drooling over the photos. Love your blog, especially now. thanks
Nilene Thompson-Finn says
So excited about your new book. Just bought it this morning. Can’t wait to dive into a project. I am a new subscriber and enjoying binge watching all of your videos!
Kat Walker says
Thank You for all the wonderful information in your blog post! I enjoy every one of them. I have ordered your new book and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.