Hello, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by to read the Saturday Seven 255: Lifestyle & More post. Today I’m sharing inspiring reads and ideas for your home, quilting, and sewing. I hope you’ll find something to help your weekend and your week ahead off to a terrific start.
Saturday Seven 255: Lifestyle & More
First, I loved these thoughts on Creativity and Creative Expression. And this article on The Three Most Essential Habits for Living Well was a great reminder for me of things to focus on in this busy season.
I can’t wait to try this Garlic Ginger Steak Stir Fry recipe. I’m also going to make this Taco Soup soon–it’s supposed to be great for freezing, and I’m going to try that, too! Also, this One Pot Creamy Tuna and Shells looks like a great fall comfort food quick and easy meal. I’ve been trying to eat healthy snacks and am going to try these No Bake Energy Bites–I’ll update you soon!
3. Quilt & Sew
I use Color Catchers when washing quilts for the first time. But I thought Jenny’s idea was quite interesting–has anyone tried her method? We started our Home for the Holidays Sampler Sew Along earlier this week. Find all of the details here. And next Friday the Fat Quarter Shop Sewcialites 2 Sew Along begins–information here.
4. Organization + Lifestyle Thoughts
Here are some terrific ideas for 20-Minute Kitchen Decluttering. I often get asked about the tool holder in my sewing room–here is a similar one! And I loved this post with ideas for styling bookshelves. Finally, my friend Kristin just started a new lifestyle blog with one of her friends–find The Empty Nest Chronicles here (they post new articles each Friday).
5. Fall…and ‘Tis the Season
I love fun mugs…and this Floral Pumpkin Mug is perfect for now through Thanksgiving! Scroll down in this post for a downloadable/printable guest Wi-Fi password page (along with some fun ideas for a guest basket). Finally–I know we are still in early fall–but it’s never too early to begin planning for the holidays–here are some great ideas for things you can do now to make things much easier in a couple of months.
I’m happy to share that a book I’ve been referring to for quite some time now is available. I was able to participate in a focus group to try out the ideas in the book and found it incredibly helpful. Then I was also able to read an advance copy. Now that my hard copy of the book is available, I’m going to read it again. You will love Tranquility by Tuesday by Laura Vanderkam.
7. Recently on the Blog
Below you’ll find links to all of the posts from earlier this week:
- A Quilting Life Podcast Episode 67 Show Notes
- Christmastime Mystery Quilt Finishing
- Home for the Holidays Sampler Block One
- Charm Pack Table Runner & Topper
Thanks so much for stopping by to read the Saturday Seven 255: Lifestyle & More post. If you’re looking for more similar inspiration, you can find all of the previous posts in this series here.
Stephanie Z Hironimus says
Thank you, Sherri, for the link to the idea for washing quilts with salt. I will try this! I did have one horror story a few years ago when using a navy Moda wide backing & will be extra careful with navy now in the future. Red always makes people nervous, so I didn’t expect navy to be a problem, until it was… but I’ve always loved Moda fabrics & wasn’t sure if it was just because of it being a 108″… & possibly a different process in the manufacturing.
What batting do you use for table Runners?
sherri McConnell says
I typically use Warm & White for all of my table runners!
I just love reading the Saturday Seven. It gives such good tips and stuff. Thanks.
Barbara Moore says
Salt has been used as a mordant for centuries – reading this was a good review and reminder to use what has always been there to consume. Sailors used to put their ‘whites’ (uniforms) in a bag and drag behind the ship while out to sea so that salt water would bleach them!
Kathryn Trask says
Hmm just this minute washed a quilt and put it out on a rack to dry outside. I washed it with two colour catchers. Never heard of the salt idea. Perhaps I will try it and see. I guess it wouldn’t hurt the machine!
Vicki Merivale says
I have made hundreds of quilts, tablerunners and mats, pot holders and evenwallhangings. I give them away as gifts. What I have noticed of my give-aways is those who hang them outside to dry, end up with faded quilts. Myself, I wash them as normal, then put them in the dryer. Colour never fades and no quilt has ever been damaged. I use a lot of batiks mostly and bamboo batting.
Teresa W says
I tried the taco soup today!! It’s a bit labor intensive but oh soooooo good!!!! Lots of leftovers like the recipe said but that’s ok.
Thank you Sherri for all your tips! I love them. I have used the color catchers from the first quilt I washed. They work great. It is much easier than pre washing fabric. Do you use 80/20 batting? I love the softness. What would you use for an extra soft baby or kids quilt?