Hello and happy Saturday! I hope you’re having a wonderful day and that your weekend will be a great one! Welcome to my Saturday Seven Inspiration for Quilters 46 post where I share a little bit of this and that! On Saturdays I share patterns, fabric, tips, recipes, and ideas for organization and home décor. Welcome!
My recent Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt…individual patterns for this one are coming soon!
A Fun Fall Tutorial and a Quilt Museum…
1. Looking for a fast and fun scrappy fall project? I just saw this cute one…perfect for a fun fall pillow! Find the free tutorial for the Turning Leaves Fall Pillow here.
2. Also on the quilting front…I loved this post by my friend Linzee on the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.
Thread Racks, Recipes, and My Favorite Organizing Product
3. I love having many of my threads on display in my sewing room ( I do have more in a drawer in the closet of the sewing room). I didn’t realize until I read this article, however, how recent of a product the spool holder really is. This article is such an interesting read: Find “Thoughts on the Thread Rack” here.
4. It’s soup weather…and I can’t wait to try this version of a classic favorite–Broccoli Cheddar! Get the recipe for Broccoli Cheddar Soup from the Smitten Kitchen here. And Joanna Gaines just shared her version of Overnight French Toast on her blog here. Fall is also Garlic Artichoke Dip time…and this is my go-to recipe.
5. I’ve been cleaning and organizing (as usual–I’ve finally decided it might just be a way of life). And I’ve been realizing how much I rely on one of my favorite organizing products. I use these in the pantry, in the bathroom, and in the sewing room, of course! Find it here. And the basket above is a terrific way to organize your quilts! Find it here.
A Christmas Quilt and Tips to Enjoy your Hobbies More
6. I know Christmas is still over two months away (but just barely), but I had so much fun sharing my Pot Luck quilt in Swell Christmas fabrics this week at a trunk show. I can’t wait to bring this quilt out for the holidays! See the original post on this fast and fun Layer Cake quilt here.
7. I loved this article, “In Praise of Mediocrity.” It’s a wonderful suggestion that maybe we needn’t look for so much perfection in our leisure pursuits (quilting!). It sure gave me some food for thought! I really wish I had read this article before my trunk show the other night. One of the women I spoke with told me she “wasn’t a very good quilter.” I offered her lots of encouragement, but I still wish I had been able to convey some of the insights from this article to her. Read it here.
I had to share a close up of the gorgeous quilting my friend Val did on this quilt!
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And that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed today’s links and thoughts. You can access all of the previous Saturday Seven Posts here. Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Walkabout Fat Quarter Bundle–in shops in January!
Daisy Dianne Bromlow says
Looking forward to the flower garden quilt pattern.
Another great Saturday post! I loved Tim Wu’s article. I love quilting but I know I’ll never win a Best if Show award at a quilt show. But that’s OK because my quilting gives me lots of pleasure and being in my studio relieves the stress, if momentarily, of what’’s happening in our country and the world.
Exactly! Quilting is my sanity!
Susan Smith says
I love that flower garden quilt!!
Thanks for all these links and tips and have a wonderful weekend!
Pattern for flower garden quilt please?!
sherri McConnell says
It will be ready in about a week! Thank you!
It’s beautiful! Didn’t you have one similar in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine recently? I’m going to have to dig through the magazines today to find it. 🙂
T Holzer says
Just look at your Flower Garden quilt, sherri! I must have missed your original post on it. Gorgeous!!
Please please darken the font. It is sew hard to read especially w older eyes.
Tanis Williams says
I am presently working on the flower garden quilt! Such a pleasure! Love this pattern! Maybe I will be brave enough to post a picture of it once I am finished! Thank you for this pattern Sherri.
Nelda Shumway says
I always get inspired by your quilts! Thanks!
I am too am looking forward to your lovely flower garden pattern. Happy Stitching.
Virginia A. Marien says
I really enjoy your Saturday Seven, and today I especially loved the article “In Praise of Mediocrity”. A great read for all of us who are hard on ourselves and forget to just enjoy the process.
Helen LeBrett says
HI Sherri! Your Saturday 7 has got 3 things I’m interested in! 🙂 Do you remember where you got your thread rack? I love that it is white instead of just bare wood. And I’m going to have to make your Christmas version of your Potluck quilt: it is so pretty in the Christmas fabrics! Have a great week! Hugs, H
Thank you Sherri for all your inspiration. Wish I had your energy and creativity! Just a couple of questions as I have only recently discovered your site. First of all, do you do any of your own quilting? On this post you mentioned a friend did the quilting on your flower garden quilt. Since you make so many quilts, I was wondering if you did the quilting? If so, what machine do you use? The other question was do you use a cutter to cut out your quilts? Thanks for your answers! Sherri
sherri McConnell says
Thank you so much for reading! I quilt my own small project, but most things I have quilted. For the small things I do quilt, I use my Janome Memory Craft 6600P which I really love! I do sometimes use the Accuquilt Go! cutter to cut out some things, but also use the traditional method of rotary cutter/ruler!
Happy quilting, and thank you for reading!
A crossstitch quote I love: “Use wat talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no bo
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Cheryl B. says
Sherri! Thank you so much for posting the article. It was simply beautiful. I am going to embrace my imperfect skills and wallow in my love of all things fabric. I will allow myself to look at pictures of quilts and appreciate the work went into them and stop questioning myself as to why I’m not doing those! Nothing is wrong with simple patterns/classic pattern (I’m looking at you Sawtooth Star) and love the process. I love my messy sewing room and I treasure the time I spend there, especially with my granddaughters.
Karen G says
What fabric did you use for the squares behind the hexies on your Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt. I have Clover Hollow Fabric, the magazine with the patterns and would really like to use the same fabric for squares, if I can still get it. This is going to be my next long term, most likely keep it for myself quilt project. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful and while I lean toward hand quilting, the machine quilting on yours really adds some interesting detail.
sherri McConnell says
Thank you! I used a lot of different fabrics for the background squares. My goal was to make it as scrappy as possible! My friend Val did the beautiful custom quilting on it!
Sherri, I love the flower quilt! I’ve been EPP several of them, but am wondering? how did you attach them to the background fabrics?
sherri McConnell says
I appliqued them by hand. But you could also do it by machine!