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rosajoe_gwAugust 13, 2011

When you have stresses (and who doesn't lol) do you lose your self in your quilting or do you lose your interest in quilting?

I tend to lose interest but once I 'make' myself start on something I really feel so much better.

How does stress affect your quilting hobby???

Rosa

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toolgranny

With stress, I lose interest in everything and will sometimes just read or watch TV till I get over it. Once re-covered, I get on with life. Planning a new project in new colors is often the inspiration I need.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 4:12PM
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nannykins

I tend to sleep a lot until I am over the hump.
Theresa

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 4:38PM
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Carol_from_ny

When I'm stressed I clean. Quilting is usually done when I want to retreat from the rest of the household and just be by myself. There's very few souls in this world who dare come into my sewing room that are two footed. The four footed ones I swear look for the fabric I'm working on!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 5:00PM
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grammyp

Oh, I quilt when I am stressed. DH has commented on how peaceful I look when I am quilting.

beverly

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 5:20PM
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magothyrivergirl

Boy, I wished I cleaned when I got stressed!!! It depends what the stress is - job, work, etc ---can't quilt -
Family and health stresses - quilting / sewing calms me....allows me to focus on something I can control - even the mistakes...I am controlling the mistakes.

Everyday stress - I yell :) - should clean instead.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 5:28PM
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nanajayne

Most of my stress comes from quiltng.lol. Seriously, I think I escape to the quilitng room when things get out of control but the computer is a great outlet as well. I mostly just deal with it. Takes too much effort to be stressed.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 7:15PM
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kay_in_pa

Beverly, my dh said the same thing to me. He said I have a whole different look on my face in my sewing room. I just hope he doesn't ever think it's because he's NOT in there!

I think it works the same way that doing various puzzles works for me. I have fibromyalgia and part of dealing with that is being in a chronic state of confusion. Making pieces/puzzles go together seems to make re-connections in my brain. Once I do something physical that "connects the dots", then my mind is clearer, too.

Kay

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 7:37PM
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cannahavana

I have to be clear headed and in a good mood to sew. Otherwise, I tend to make mistakes and that does not improve my mood. I too clean/organize when I have a lot on my mind. If you ask my DH, he thinks I'm not in a bad mood enough! :).

Rebecca

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 9:39PM
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jennifer_in_va

quilting soothes me & my mind.

I saw a little wood plaque on the wall of the quilt museum in Lancaster, PA that still resides on my camera (on purpose). It's the first photo stored so when I scroll I always come across it. Someday it's going to become something I put into a quilt/wallhanging, something.

"As I concentrate on quilting, the pieces of my frazzled life settle into focus."

With 3 kids under 10, homeschooling, housekeeping, schedules/activities, etc. it so totally fits me!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 10:11PM
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grammyp

Kay, I hope the same thing! My DGS had decided he wants to learn to sew, so my room is not always quiet. But when he is concentrating, he is very centered and quiet, so it isn't too bad. I plan to set him up his own little machine so we can both sew at the same time.

Jennifer, I don't know how you find the time to quilt! You are my hero.

beverly

    Bookmark   August 14, 2011 at 9:52AM
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buteau3rd

Thanks to all for the posts.......gave me some great chuckles!
I can identify with so many of you.
This is valuable therapy for everyone. To find company!!
Just went through a stressful period and now I know that I lose interest in everything, including quilting. Back from the doldrums, and it feels sooo good!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2011 at 11:36AM
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tdsully

Sewing, quilting is a stress relief for me. When I was going through alot of personal stress, I escaped reality to sew. I was very creative and tried lots of new techniques. I've noticed that as there has been less stress in my life I'm not sewing as much. Still love to sew but now I can really enjoy what I'm doing.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2011 at 5:12PM
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K8Orlando

Quilting is my stress relief. Sometimes it can be just thinking about quilting, or looking at quilts or fabric on line, or visiting this forum.

Kate

    Bookmark   August 14, 2011 at 9:07PM
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calliope

I'm glad I found another person who cleans when they are stressed. The more stressed I am, the harder I clean. If you ever come up on me when I am down on my knees scrubbing floors with a brush.........if you know me at all..........you will probably want to turn around and go the other way. In times of conflict, my house is its most immaculate. I suspect it not only helps me release tension through physical activity, I see the the analogy of putting my house in order and feelings of gaining control.

The sewing room is my get-away or escape. I steal an hour in the morning with my cuppa and use it as quiet time to meditate or wake up for the day. Sometimes I use it as a way to wind down at night. I just schedule it into my day like someone else might schedule in a trip to the gym. I don't sew if I'm distracted or unfocused or upset. That's when I sew in sleeves backwards or rip out and resew the same mistake three times in a row. LOL.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 12:36AM
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lafonda_ranch

Quilting helps me, if I can get to do it!! Lately, I've had so much going on, I can't seem to get to my machine. I'm working on changing that, though!

Robbi

    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 9:08AM
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