Hello, friends, and happy Saturday. Thanks so much for stopping by to read my weekly lifestyle post. The Saturday Seven 160 Inspiration for Quilters post has lots of fun things for your weekend and the week ahead. With less than a week until Christmas I’m focusing on last minute holiday prep ideas. But I’ve also got some fun ideas for your 2021 planning if you’re already moving on to the new year. I’ll be focusing even more on that in next week’s post. Enjoy!
Saturday Seven 160
1. Feed Your Spirit
This week my desire to look for good articles in this category was reinforced several times. I’m convinced that even people I thought could easily weather storms are having a tougher time than those around them might think. I’ve always believed that as quilters we have an extra layer of protection from troubles since sewing is so soothing to the soul. But please take extra good care of yourself and look for ways to reach out to those around you if possible 🙂 Here is a terrific article on “How Some Simple Changes in Habits Can Help You Through This Tough Time.” And “There’s No Pace Like Slow for the Holidays” shared many good ideas to keep this season in perspective and with less stress. Finally, I enjoyed “8 Simple Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress and Embrace Joy.“
2. Quilt & Sew
Here is a cute Easy DIY Christmas Stocking Pattern that goes together quickly. And these Sewing Room Christmas Hoop Ornaments make the perfect quick gift for your sewing and quilting friends (or you). If you’re looking for unique block patterns, the Sewcialites Sew Along is still going strong with blocks in three sizes. And sew the smallest block from the Sewcialites Sew Along into ornaments using this tutorial. Finally, I shared a new YouTube video this week that I didn’t share here on the blog. See my new Patchwork Flannel Quilt Video + Tips for Sewing with Flannel here.
3. Recipes to Try
I just found a recipe for a favorite appetizer that I can’t wait to try–get the recipe for Cream Cheese Wontons here. I’m also going to try this Baked Potato & Broccoli Cheddar Soup this week. And these Giant Sugar Cookies would make a great neighbor/friend gift if you are still looking for ideas. Ditto for this Giant Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookie. Finally, there is a good roundup of fun holiday treats on this post.
4. More Gift and Game Ideas
This might be one of the cutest gift ideas I’ve seen this year. Learn how to make a Christmas Version Root Beer Float gift basket here. And here are some super fun Virtual Christmas Games to play if your Christmas celebration will be virtual this year.
5. Organizing for a New Year–2021
Instead of resolutions, how about a “21 for 2021 List?” I can’t wait to make one (download the free printable to make it even easier)! Finally, I love these “7 Decluttering Tips from The Minimalist Home.”
6. Last Minute Shopping
Fat Quarter Shop has been having some amazing Countdown to Christmas Flash sales each day. Be sure to check them out here. And depending on where you live, there might still be time to get some of my favorite books, sewing notions and tools, and home decor and organization products here.
7. Last Week on the Blog
I shared some fun and informational content over the past week. Here are links to last week’s posts:
- String Block Quilted Potholder Tutorial (+ video)
- Moda Block Heads 3 Block 49
- Labor of Love Sampler Quilt Block 12
- Quilting Life Christmas Home Tour 2020
Thanks so much for stopping by to read the Saturday Seven 160 Lifestyle post. If you are looking for more inspiration, you can find all of the previous posts in this series here.
Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
My favorite precut is a charm pack. But after reading Sherri’s post I am amazed at how much I learn. I never realized a JollyBar is like ordering 2 charm packs. It’s the simple things that I learn that make my day. Thank you Sherri!
Jane Eilderts says
I enjoy and look forward to each one of your blog posts! I am starting to plan for 2021 (as much as I can) and can’t wait to see what your goals will be. I love using your planner and am taking my time to put it to use as I can. A coffee shop/Iowa gift shop and eatery I work at a little closes today for the winter until March, so I have a “planner” goal each week. This week is to inventory my rulers! Thanks for all you and Chelsi do for the quilting world. I am hoping you are doing another BOM for 2021??
Missy Reynolds says
I so look forward to all your blog posts, but especially the Saturday Seven! I eagerly look for it and always find something that is useful and makes me smile! Merry Christmas to you and your family! May 2021 bring you many blessings!!!!
Rosemary B says
Thank you dear Sherri for all of the encouragement and enthusiasm you bring to my day
I love your Saturday Seven! It is always chock full of information. Well, I just love every post! I always find something to try. Your voice is very pleasant and soothing to listen to.
Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have saved a couple of things to possibly work on Christmas Day. This will be a very different Christmas for all of us this year.
Laura Kelly says
Thank you for making this look so easy. I have passed on making a many a quilt because of partial seams! I now think I will tackle one! Always a pleasure watching your video tutorials. Merry Christmas!