Hello, friends, and Happy Saturday. I hope your weekend is off to a great start and that today’s Saturday Seven 216: Lifestyle & Inspiration for Quilters post will help inspire you for the weekend and week to come. I hope to enjoy a bit of a long weekend and get some reading and relaxation in for sure. I am also going to be doing a little handwork with some bits and pieces of our next fabric collection that arrived this week. We don’t have sample yardage yet, but these little bits will keep me entertained for a bit. And if you’re new here, my Saturday posts contain a round-up of good articles, recipes, sewing and quilting inspiration, and home and lifestyle ideas. Enjoy!
Saturday Seven 216: Lifestyle & Inspiration for Quilters
First, here is a good list of reminders if you’re having a bad day. And this post shares helpful ideas on “How to Make the Most of Your 24 Hours.” And finally, I think my best tip this week is just to pull out your calendar and block off a couple of hours just for you next week. Use it to sew, to read, to meditate, or nap–but put it on the calendar, and don’t break the appointment 🙂
I’ll definitely be trying these Perfectly Crispy Baked or Fried Taquitos soon (I’ll try the baked version first because I am trying to eat more healthy). And I also can’t wait to try this Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice because 1. I love soup, and 2. I’ve yet to meet an Our Best Bites recipe I haven’t loved. I love a good Frittata and plan on trying some of these variations soon. And these Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins are also on my list to try.
3. Quilt + Sew
Are you working on sewing and quilting goals for the new year? There are so many great helps in my A Quilting Life Planner & Workbook. And this one-page sewing goal idea page is super helpful, too! This darling heart block is a free pattern. And there are kits available from Fat Quarter Shop for my Love Letters Quilt pictured above. Find them here. Finally, since several projects we have are really cute in our Sincerely Yours fabrics, I made up a few kits for the projects above.
4. Home + Organizing
This round up of Beautiful Kitchen Designs was so fun to look at (and it’s not too overwhelmingly long)! And this post on Bathroom Organizing has a lot of great tips (I love the idea of not organizing what you don’t need–the reason it’s so important to take everything out and purge first). This post has some great ideas if you’re intimidated by a big organizing project. And finally–here are good questions to ask when trying to decide what to keep and what to declutter.
I loved this round-up of “Goal Setting Strategies for Tough Times” (the “not to do” list is an especially helpful idea from this article). I’ve been tracking my time this week as part of the 2022 Time Tracking Challenge. It’s been super insightful–it’s not too late to join…you can track for any seven-day period. I’ll share the insights I’ve gained soon. And finally–this article has some great perspectives on resolutions.
6. Heart Felt Quilt Along
The Heart Felt Quilt Charity Along is just around the corner (it begins February 4th). And the fabric requirements and coloring sheet PDF is available now here. You can also order kits for the quilt top in the Beautiful Day fabrics along with a Beautiful Day pieced backing set. This is going to be such a fun quilt along.
7. This Week on the Blog
Here are links to the posts from earlier this week:
- A Quilting Life Podcast Episode 46 Show Notes
- Sewing Room Storage & Organization Update
- Mini Snowballs Quilt Pattern
Thanks so much for stopping by to read the Saturday Seven 216 post. If you’re looking for more similar inspiration, you can find the earlier posts in this series here.
Allison McCullough says
This is the first year I have decided document my quilting journey. I purchased your planner/workbook and I absolutely love it! This will be such a great tool to refer to in the future. Thank you for being out there and sharing your knowledge and helpful experiences.
Donna L Donahue says
I was so excited to see that you will be doing a double wedding ring quilt this year. I started one last year and found with all the curved piecing it is best for me to do one block or so at a time and put it back in the project box for a few days. I am using your planner to plan out the days that I work on it. I just found it much more fun to consider it a yearlong project rather than a quilt that I had to get through with a deadline that seemed rushed. I am hopeful to see some of your progress on the quilt in the upcoming months!
Have a wonderful week!
Rhonda C says
I love your SaturdaySeven posts! I always find something new and enlightening and informative. My all-time favorite is probably the link to the ice machine that you posted (maybe last summer). It works great and brings a little joy to life at the office. Thank you for all of the inspiration, both quilting and otherwise.
Bonnie M Alexander says
I just loved your tablerunners from Christmas and am picking up the pattern tomorrow at my LQS. Could you please share with me what type of batting you like to use for your runners? I’ve been using Warm and White and I don’t like the creases they get in them from folding. If you use 100% cotton, do you have a tip?
Thanks, Bonnie Alexander