What a week we’ve had in so many parts of the country and world with such devastating weather. My heart goes out to everyone dealing with loss of power, water, heat…and more–as if life these days wasn’t already full of challenges. Take care of yourselves! I hope today’s Saturday Seven 169 Lifestyle + Inspiration for Quilters will give you a little bit of encouragement and light. Happy reading!
Saturday Seven 169
As I mentioned above…it sure has been a week. So this category seems quite appropriate today. For starters this week…I loved this article on “Finding Happy.” I also liked this article on “How to Stop Overthinking Everything.” And my favorite listen this week was the February 15th episode of the What’s Essential Podcast.
Here is a round-up of 5 of the best chicken recipes on the internet–I’m planning on trying a few! This Creamy Chicken and Orzo Soup looks delicious as well (it’s definitely soup weather in most of the US now). One more chicken dish–Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu. And finally, if you love seafood, here is a fantastic round-up of recipes.
3. Quilt + Sew
The American Patchwork & Quilting 2021 Quilt Along with my 9-Patch Square Dance quilt begins Monday. I filmed a short video about it that you can watch above or here on the YouTube channel. You can also see my previous post on this quilt here. Also, we’re hoping that the Happy Days collection will begin shipping early next month. As soon as we hear it’s shipping, I’ll let you know!
4. Clean + Organize
Due to a recently discovered water leak in our master shower my cleaning and organizing projects for the month haven’t exactly gone as planned. We had to clear everything out of the bathroom (and move out of our bedroom) pretty suddenly. Demo begins Monday, and will hopefully be complete by the end of the week. So these bins have been a lifesaver. They come in a variety of sizes, and I currently use them to store patterns and pantry items. (I had ordered more to better organize my cleaning and laundry supplies, and they arrived just in time to re-purpose them for the bathroom move-out). It will be easier to move back in when the time comes, too!
5. January Sew Sampler Box
The January Sew Sampler box is full of goodies…here’s the list in case you’re wondering:
- Cider by Basic Grey for Moda–Honeybun
- 50 Count Aura Orange Cool Pins…won’t melt or burn
- Sew Tites Magnetic Sewing Pins–I can’t wait to try these. They’re designed for holding together thick layers.
- Magic Touch Cutting Mat Eraser–I’m using this asap, too!
- Greatest Hits Album Quilt Block 10 Pattern Card
- Fast & Flurrious Table Runner Pattern (Exclusive to the Sew Sampler Box)
6. A Couple More Good Reads…
These days it seems so many people are talking about “flow.” This article does a great job of explaining the concept and how to make it work in your life. Finally, I loved this article on “7 Daily Habits to Change Your Life Forever.” The author suggests beginning with just one…and gradually adding the others.
7. On the Blog Last Week
I hope you enjoyed today’s Saturday Seven 169. Find all of the previous posts in this series here.
Happy Quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Jackie Lohrey says
Oh my goodness Sherri what a crappy thing to have happened! I am so sorry and hope your repairs don’t take too long and that you are back in your bedroom/bathroom again very soon. My heart also goes out to everyone affected by the weather events of the past week. MY work has a lot of offices in Texas and I have also talked to a lot of people affected by power outages and water issues over the past week and have heard some real horror stories…so may people to include in our thoughts and prayers for sure!
sherri McConnell says
thank you so much Jackie. It won’t be fun, but I am keeping a good attitude, especially after seeing so many truly suffering this week. I’m calling it an inconvenience…I seriously can’t call it a problem. Thank you!
Susan Wade says
What fabric did you use for the tumbler table runner? It’s lovely!
sherri McConnell says
It’s scrappy…lots from our collections with a bit of B&C and Lella Boutique mixed in. Thank you!
Linda Kendall says
Sherri, so sorry about the leak in your bathroom! Hope it was caught before it damaged any rooms below or beside it! It is one of the “American Dream” challenges we don’t think about going in! I have family and friends in the mid-west plus my company has offices in Dallas/Fort Worth and Kansas City – really feel for them. While we had our own snow and ice weather here in Washington this week and small power outages, nothing like what the rest of country is dealing with! Praying!
Thank you for your wonderful blog and the podcasts! I love your designs (fabric & patterns) and am very intrigued by the samples that are so different from what you and Chelsi have done before that Billy thought they were designed by someone else! Meanwhile, I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my pre-ordered Happy Days fabric!!
Thanks for the positive inspiration!
Sherri, would you please let me know in what issue of APQ your Coastal Pattern was published? That’s the only quilt magazine to which I subscribe so if it in a recent issue, I should have it. Thank you!
You are keeping me busy — I’m already sewing your 2021 BOM and will start the 9 Patch Square Dance from my stash. Not to mention I bought your Balboa Collection!
I hope your bathroom gets fixed soon and many thoughts to the all the people who were affected by the storms!
Deborah DeLisle says
Living in Michigan we are accustomed to the days of winter blasts. Cannot imagine the struggles with heat, housing & roads for our southern friends. On a happier note I received my American Patchwork magazine today & will definitely be cuddling up with it this evening ⛄️ Tks for hosting the sew along Sherri love this Nine-Patch Square Dance!
Danielle McVeigh says
Hi. I want to make a flannel quilt like you did using Farm house flannels. Can I buy them from you or do I have to go to Primitive Gatherings
Did you use batting? and how big is the finished quilt.
I cannot find your pdf telling how you made the quilt
Debby Norris says
Hi Sherri!! So sorry to hear about your bathroom leak, hoping they get it repaired quickly for you.
Thank you so much for your always inspirational blog posts!! I look forward to them so much and always learn something new. I am working on some tablerunners using your 9 Patch Pattern and am wondering if there is a pattern for the Tumbler runner also?
Thanks again for your calming inspiration!!
Ellen Akers says
I’m a new quilter and I love your podcast and blog. You have been such an inspiration. I have a question for your next podcast. Do you and Chelsi have a “go to” quilt pattern? If you need to make a baby quilt, or quick gift that will come together in a week-end, what is your favorite pattern. I would like to know your go to table runner and quilt pattern. Thanks!
sherri McConnell says
Great questions…thank you so much! We will answer them on the March 15 podcast 🙂