What better way to fight the quarantine blues than crafting to your little heart’s content? We know just how difficult it can be to stay in your home day after day, avoiding other people and any sort of physical contact. You can start to feel a little stir-crazy, especially after the cabin fever that the winter season just dumped on us. Read on for some great projects to help you fight those quarantine blues and come out of this with some great projects under your belt.

Gifts

A lot of people are getting started on their Christmas and holiday gifts early. And why not, now that you have the time? This is especially a great time to get started if you hit up those after holiday sales and bought an abundance of discounted materials. Festive quilts, knit scarves and blankets, macramé coasters and wall hangings, and candles—get your craft on and make something beautiful for all your friends and family members!

Diamond Puzzle

These puzzles are all the rage right now. They combine a beautiful mosaic with the fun of paint by numbers and cross-stitch. You place gems on a DMC-coded adhesive canvas to create a beautiful mosaic picture.

Sewing Clothing

What better time than now to fix the clothing you’ve been meaning to sew up for months? Replace buttons, sew on patches, and tailor your clothes to fit perfectly.

Master a New Skill

With all your extra free time, you can master a craft skill you’ve been wanting to try. Learn how to use your old sewing machine once and for all, or try out a new stitch. Start knitting, embroidering, or cross-stitching. Using this tutorial, you can even weave a beautiful wall tapestry. YouTube is your best friend right now; you’ll find an abundance of tutorials to fulfill all your crafting desires.

There’s no better time than now to pick up a new hobby or revisit a favorite! Creating something beautiful is a great way to relieve stress and harmful emotions. It will also take your mind off things—negative news stories included.

Calling all sewists and quilters! There is a call for homemade face masks by many of the hospitals in surrounding areas.

Styles vary from location to location. Below is a list of a few organizations that have requested masks and a link to the style that the organiztion has requested. Please let me know if there is a group you are working with near our retreat that should be added.

Twin Cities area:

Allina https://www.allinahealth.org/about-us/newsroom/2020/allina-health-calls-on-public-for-donations-of-face-masks

M Health Fairview https://www.mhealth.org/blog/2020/march-2020/how-can-you-support-m-health-fairview-patients-and-providers-covid19

North Memorial/Maple Wood Hospital https://northmemorial.com/covid-19-donations/#mask-donations

Eau Claire

HSHS Sacred Heart https://wqow.com/2020/03/25/hshs-sacred-heart-accepting-cloth-face-masks/

There is at least one local hospital that may need to ration one N95 mask per week to critical care workers. This is another style of facemask that will fit over a N95 masks to help extend its usefulness: https://www.mclaren.org/Uploads/Public/Documents/corporate/washable_face_mask_pattern.pdf

Can you feel it? Spring is HERE!

Okay, spring might just be a date on a calendar and snow might still be coming our way, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start our spring projects now and hope for the best. Let’s talk about the top spring craft trends happening right now.

Easter

Easter is April 12 this year, and there are tons of cute ideas springing up. Paint an upside-down wineglass or a rectangular piece of wood white and add cut-out burlap ears on top. Paint a cute little face and you’ve got little bunnies to decorate the house with. Why not decorate the porch with floral displays and wreaths too, so that when guests come over for Easter dinner or the kids gather for an Easter egg hunt, everyone is greeted with a warm welcome? Use pallets or long boards to shape a bunny, then add egg planters. Enlist the kids to help paint carrot or bunny signs. Even make an Easter tree full of colorful eggs or a wreath that looks like a bird’s nest! Check out some more great ideas here: https://farmfoodfamily.com/best-easter-porch-decor-ideas/

Pastels

Pastels seem to always be popular during the spring season, and it’s no different this time around. Pastel fabrics make a beautiful edition to all your projects, whether you’re making quilts, pillows, or cute stuffed animal crafts with the kids. Choose shades of periwinkle, mauve, tangerine, and lavender.

Flower Motifs

Flower motifs for your spring quilts are all the rage this year. They’re the perfect representation of hope and rebirth as plants start to come alive again in the spring. The trend goes over well for quilted table runners and bags too. Add some butterflies into the mix for an adorable baby quilt. Get some great ideas here: https://www.favequilts.com/Spring-Quilts/24-Sweet-Spring-Quilt-Patterns-and-Easter-Sewing-Projects

What do you plan on crafting this season?