Christmas is over and the crafting frenzy has slowed. I ended up making 17 aprons and 10 quilted baskets for gifts. I'm very ready to move on to something else. My friend, Kari, gave me just the book I need to do that.
"One Yard Wonders" by Patricia Hoskins and Rebecca Yaker. Subtitled "Look How Much You Can Make With Just One Yard of Fabric" - it's just what I needed to give me some new craft ideas. I have already selected several projects to try. I need to hit the fabric store for some notions and a browse through the remnant bins.
2014 will be a year of big changes for our family. Mitch and Amanda will both graduate from college and are considering career options that mean moving quite a distance from me. Mitch is engaged to be married in July. Amy and Tom are trying to purchase a new home in a more rural area near Albuquerque. Change seems to be the theme, so I am devoting more time to praying specifically for my children. When they were all here last week, I had them each create a block for a prayer quilt. They each received a 10 1/2" square of muslin and a variety of fabric markers. The only rules were that you must write your name and leave a 1/2" border so that a seam did not cut off part of your art work. I honestly expected to have a few squares returned with nothing but a signature. I was pleasantly surprised at the time they devoted to their creations.
I joined the eight completed squares with 6" sashes and an appliqued square to make a very simple quilt - so that I can finish it quickly and put it into use. It will be backed with flannel to make it cuddly, and tied - with each knot representing a specific prayer. As I wrap myself in it during the early morning hours, I will pray for each of the precious people represented.
Here's to a "crafty" 2014! What is on your craft calendar?