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Thread: Does quilting bring you comfort?

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    Does quilting bring you comfort?

    I've realized recently that most everything about quilting brings me comfort. Not just the end result - a quilt. The fabrics, colors, the processes of washing/drying fabrics, ironing them, cutting them, sewing together, squaring them, making/applying binding, on and on. It seems almost therapeutic. I can have a less than perfect day or specific problem and find great comfort and restoration in the quilting world. How about you?

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    Yes, I think that is why most of us quilt, all of the above. My studio is where I can relax and do something I really enjoy.
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    A wholehearted YES from me. The quiltmaking process has kept me going through some extraordinarily difficult times. It seems to still my mind....a sort of shifting of gears....hard to explain....but whatever...it works for me. The physical component is taken care of by the garden. So between the two activities (not to mention all the other work/housekeeping etc. etc.) I "keep on keeping on".

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    Quilting keeps me sane. Like Earthwalker I have been through some very difficult times and I know I will face some more difficult times in the future so I will keep on making quilts. It is the best therapy for me.

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    I can come home from a very stressful day at work, walk into my studio and find complete peace. Yep, it is the best therapy for whatever is bothering you.
    Happy Quilting.

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    I've only been quilting a couple of years but I find the process to be very relaxing. I hand piece and hand quilt so I don't have to make any special preparations to pick up where I left off. No running out of bobbin thread, no thread breaking, no bunching up under the pressure foot, etc. Just one stitch at a time by hand. Ah, how relaxing!

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    Yep, I started quilting after having nervous breakdown. Quilting stitched my life back together.

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    Quilting does bring me comfort and joy. It is a peaceful process.

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    I've always called quilting "my sanity saver". My sewing room is where I do my best problem solving, relaxing, rehearsing and re-grouping. It's the one place in our house that I am usually alone (except for DD's cat!) I have a very busy life and everyone needs a little down time. The added benefit to this is that we usually end up with a wonderful finished quilt.
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    It makes the hours fly by. I love to hand quilt because I can watch TV and do it in my leisure but I found I really don't like to machine quilt.

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    Unfortunately for my wallet, buying fabric I love brings me the most joy.
    Cutting is a source of zen-like comfort (though not for my wrist).

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    I can relax and enjoy all the processes it takes to complete a quilt in my sewing area. It is one of the most peaceful things I do-QUILT!! My mind is always on the go, creating a block or a quilt. And, many times, I don't have any idea what I'll do with it when it's completed. I'm thankful to have an outlet that is so fun and rewarding.
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    I didn't realize just how much I enjoyed and how it settled my nerves until recently. We are moving so I packed my stash and took my machines in for service last week. I will be so glad to get moved and unpacked so I can start sewing again. I will actually have a room for sewing instead of sharing the living room at our current house.

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    I get comfort and satisfaction! Satisfaction that I have done something unique.

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    Not only does every aspect of quilting bring me comfort, I actually seem to go into withdrawels if I don't do something quilting related for several days in a row.

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    That's a "yes" from me!

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    I hand quilt and yes I love it. It is very relaxing to me. Especially after a stressful day or if I can't sleep.

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    For me it's one of the best threpeutic things I can do. Or a big stress inducer if something's not turning out like I had expected LOL!
    Joyce

    Four things you can't recover: The stone.....after the throw. The word......after its said. The occasion.....after its missed. The time......after its gone

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    Definitely my therapy of choice.

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    I lost my only "child" (he was 40) in 2006. Quilting was the only thing that kept me from losing myself. It was definitely the best therapy for me. If I am away from my quilting for more than a few days, I go through withdrawal. It may be an expensive "hobby", but it's cheaper than counseling, and the end product can bring joy to others.

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    It is very peaceful and relaxing. And to top off the relaxation, you have something to show at the end.
    Heather

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    Absolutely! I try and sew everyday - it keeps me busy and that keeps me happy and calm. Thank goodness I married a man that understands that just because I am not sitting right beside him - doesn't mean I do not love him.
    A bed without a quilt is like the night sky without stars.

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    I agree with all this.......very much so...........unless I am struggling with some new technique or
    problem area of the process.

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    Yes, some days I just want to sew. Maybe it's the sound of the machine. Or maybe it just takes my mind off the worries of the day. But even if I only sew a couple of blocks I feel good and know I've accomplished something.

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    My dog guards my door while I'm sewing so I'm not interrupted and I sometimes spend all day sewing. Poor husband some days has to fend for himself. He doesn't mind because he knows I'm in a very good mood when I'm in my sewing room. I'm always at peace in there. Well, usually, unless I made some big mistake and then I'm cussing and unsewing and throwing my fabric down and stomping out of my room and plomping down on the couch for a few minutes. Then I get back up and go back in and pick up my fabric and fix my mistake and relax and continue on. It is so soothing. I think my dog likes me best when I'm in there. He guards me from inside the room. A lot of times he comes up to me to be petted and snoop around and check on me, but he knows I'm always at peace in there. I love my sewing room!!
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
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