Just a couple of bee blocks needed to be sewn this month. The month has turned out to be very busy - full of commitments - so I'm glad to start 2014 by keeping up.
This 12-1/2" String Star is a block for my BAM BOM begun at the beginning of 2013. The BOM has been hosted by the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild. Though they offered 12 blocks, I won't make the last one, a Pine Tree block that I don't care for. So, I'm done with this BOM and with a little finagling will get it put together. Now I have two BOMs that need to be assembled, the other being the 2011-2012 Blogger's BOM!
This 12-1/2" house block is for Linda, one of the 13 quilters in our Mid-Century Modern Bee. Linda lives in Texas, and experienced the horrible tragedy, last October, of her house burning to the ground. Linda invited us to help her build a quilt with house blocks. Naturally, the one I made had to be all Florida-y citrus-y... and a little on the punk side.
Another something I've recently been noodling is a word-of-the-year. It seems that instead of setting goals, a lots of friends have adopted a word as a reminder of a way they'd like to live, or a point of view to appreciate. Some of my friends have adopted these words: priorities, savour, courage, and relax.
With my Bible in hand, and after giving it lots of thought, I chose
I selected "perspective" because of the health challenges I faced in 2013. I found that my sometimes, out-of control feelings were compounded by anxiety over small commitments I'd made. I didn't give proper value to the things that were most important, and let go of those that were not.
So in 2014, no matter what unexpectedly lands in my lap, I'm determined to keep the proper perspective on all of it!
An ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance.
When life gets out of hand, I'll focus on what's most important. God. I'll let go of small things - overlook the details - that are insignificant when compared to the big picture - a life lived and appreciated in the fullness of God.
I'll find a way to include the word in a quilt finish this year. Let's see how that works out! Linda