Hello friends! How are you? I hope you’re doing well. This week had its share of ups and downs for me, I must admit. While I accomplished a lot (I finished my Block Heads quilt…yay!) it seems like I keep hearing of people in our community falling ill. And some neighboring states are beginning to impose travel shut downs again. So I’m feeling a little unsettled about the possibility we might not be able to have all of our children here for the holidays. Such is life, I guess–time to just get ready for whatever is around the corner and stay positive! I hope this week’s Saturday Seven 155 will give you some ideas to lighten your load and keep you motivated and inspired in these tough times.
Saturday Seven 155
1. Feed Your Spirit
I loved these simple ideas for bringing intention to our mealtimes. And I feel like some kind of structure is so important to feeling positive–loved the ideas on this topic from this post.
2. Recipes to Try
This post has such a great list of “20 Fast and Easy Hors d’oervres.” And I’m also really wanting to try this Jalapeno-Popper Dip. And I want to try these Amazing Easy Fluffy Blender Rolls soon to see if they might be my new go-to holiday roll recipe. Finally, here is a great formula to use (if you don’t already have your menu in place) for planning your Thanksgiving Menu.
3. Quilt & Sew
My Block Heads 3 quilt is at the quilter–yay! I took pictures of each of the round four blocks before sewing them into the quilt, but as soon as I get my quilt back I’ll also share some sneak peeks of my finishing. If you’re looking for a sweet sewing/quilting story…don’t miss this one! The Sewcialites Quilt Along is still going strong– Get the most recent block here. And, it’s time to sign up for the 2021 Designer Mystery Block of the Month (I have a block included). Sign up here for blocks, finishing kit, and backing set. Finally…another fun quilt along from Fat Quarter Shop will begin in. Get the fun book for a Sewing-Themed Sew Along, Sew By Row, here.
I ordered Dinner Uncomplicated after hearing the author on a recent podcast. And I’m super excited to try many of the recipes. I love that the book is organized by recipe preparation time and includes so many sections by the author with practical ideas. And I’m also really loving the Getting Things Done Workbook with so many practical worksheets to make the David Allen productivity system work for you. This workbook was just what I needed to really understand Allen’s system.
Are you decorating? I’ve never decorated before Thanksgiving…but my grandmother used to love to have her tree up for our Thanksgiving dinner each year. I’m thinking of changing things up and again following in my grandmother’s footsteps (she is also the reason I quilt). So here are some fun “Decorating Ideas for the Holidays.” And I just received these Faux Cedar Garlands I ordered this week and am so happy with the quality. I already have one on our mantel and am trying to decide where to use my second one! I’ll share photos after everything is decorated.
6. Organize & De-Clutter
This post on Pantry, Refrigerator, and Freezer Staples has great ideas for making sure your cupboards are ready for the holidays. And if you’re looking for help with de-cluttering– I love the questions in this article–“Why Do I Have This?”
7. Last Week on the Blog
- Christmas Quilts to Make & Love (with video trunk show)
- Moda Block Heads 3 Block 44
- Labor of Love Sampler Block 7
- Quilting Life BOM December Block (early release)
Thanks so much for stopping by to read this week’s Saturday Seven 155 post. If you are looking for more inspiration, you can find all of the previous posts in this series here.
Jackie Lohrey says
Oh Sherry I am so with you on feeling a bit unsettled. My family will not be getting together for Thanksgiving and I am feeling very insure about Christmas. Green Bay is in tough shape right now! On the bright side, however, I am too busy with all my Christmas and personal quilting projects to go anywhere anyway. My Christmas Wall Hanging pattern arrived this week ? Cute, cute cute!!! I had someone I was struggling to find just the perfect thing for and this is it! Your timing was spot on. If only I had a “A Quilting Life” t-shirt to wear while creating this magic all would be well (sorry I couldn’t resist another try). Everyone stay safe, stay happy and keep quilting, we will get through this!
Janine A. says
A t shirt is a good idea!
sherri McConnell says
We are thinking about doing this soon!
Sue Kennedy says
Sherri, I also will not be gathering with my family this Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a matter of safety, but I have confidence and faith that next year we will be together. Your blog is always uplifting and I look forward to your words of encouragement and wisdom.
Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures of your decor. I fell in love with your village!
Stay safe and healthy!
Carolyn Berg says
Sherri, Thank you for posting Saturday Seven – I look forward to it each week. Your pictures of Christmas quilts and decor are beautiful.
Michele F. says
Thank you Sherri! I always enjoy reading your Saturday Seven posts. Your seven items are always interesting and I seem learn something new. I also love your podcast! I am new to quilting (as of April) and I am totally obsessed! I have an alcove in our bedroom which has become my sewing/quilting space. I love to listen to your podcasts while I am quilting. Stay safe and well!
Sharon Carbine says
Hi, Sherri. I hear you about the holidays. On a positive note, you will be able to be with at least some of your family. Personally, I will be alone – even though I have a lot of relatives. Not being with family is challenging. However, this year, due to coronavirus dangers, it seems we do not have a reasonable choice. In the news, we have heard about family gatherings that turned into tragic superspreader events. Hopefully 2020 is the only year we will have to make this sacrifice.