We all gravitate towards things that give us comfort during times of stress. Whether it be “comfort foods”, your stash of carefully gathered fabric, or a pile of soft yarn and a set of knitting needles, it’s those little pleasures that sooth our souls. During these difficult economic times, we’re looking for a simpler way of life, a way to slow down and relax without spending a lot of money.
We seek out our history in the creation of a quilt, a connection with a grandmother or aunt, and begin to create our own traditions. Is there a special quilt that is begging to be made for each new baby arrival? Does a friend or loved one need a little extra comfort that only a hand made quilt can provide? Perhaps you warm those around you with a cozy handknit sweater or afghan. As the world rages around us, we find our own peace with a creative hand and a return to simplicity.
So this year, if your pocketbook doesn’t quite stretch to cover that exotic vacation, perhaps a few yards of fabric and a wonderful pattern will fit the bill. And, who says you can’t have a Margarita or two in the backyard while you contemplate your next project?