Calendar B.O.M. is Coming Soon!

Are you signed up yet for the “Mosey Through The Year” Mystery Block of the Month Calendar? It begins October 1st!

See this post for further information.

Hope you will join us!


Stress and Quilting

De-stressIf you are visiting my blog, chances are pretty good that you are a quilter. Why do you quilt? Is it because you

  • Enjoy the creative process
  • Need a “blanket”
  • Need an outlet for relaxation
  • Can’t find anything else to do

  • For most of us, the first three choices all fit (although you are stressed when someone calls a quilt a “blanket”!)

    Stress can do terrible things to your body. Here’s a good article to learn what stress does and how your body handles it.

    When are you most stressed? What do you do? I do two things: eat and quilt. If I don’t have something to stitch by hand, I go nuts. Absolutely nuts! In the cold months, that means I need to have a quilt in the process of being quilted. In the warm months, that means that at any point in time that I want to stitch something by hand, I need something portable that I can take with me to the deck, in the car, to the lake, etc. This week I am in the process of preparing a quilt for quilting for those cold fall days in Michigan.

    Are you ever stressed WHILE you sew or quilt? I have learned that not all stitching is stress-free. Sometimes things go wrong. Pieces do not always line up. My brain does not always function the right way, and sometimes I do stupid things and realize them as soon as they are done. I’m good for two problems in a sewing session. I’ve had to learn that after correcting two problems that I have caused, it’s best if I turn out the light and walk away. By telling myself that the sewing gods are busy working with someone else and not me, the stress is removed and I go on to something else. It used to really bother me. Now, I just sigh, say “OK, now is not the time,” and stop.

    How do you handle stress? Talk to me. It’s a good outlet for your frustrations. Click on comments below and release your tension.