Why do you make quilts? Is it for the beautiful finished project or for the joy of creating? No matter your motivation, taking a bit of time for yourself each week is a necessary part of self-care. We all crave, and we all deserve a bit of time each week to lose ourselves in rejuvenating downtime and energizing creativity.
This was our topic last week on Sewing in Slippers with Sue, my weekly Facebook Live Show. We started the conversation around taking time for ourselves, and the change in mindset that is required. Many quilters feel that having time for yourself is a luxury, or that your quilting time is taking time away from someone else…and that can feel selfish.
Today, I’d like to plant a seed that will start your mindset change.
Quilting as Self-Care: A Fresh Perspective
Picture this: you, a cozy quilt, your favorite fabrics, and a cup of tea. It’s not just quilting; it’s self-care in the making! Let’s take a moment to shift our perspective and embrace the idea that your quilting journey is an essential part of maintaining a healthy, happy life.
1. You-Time is Not Selfishness
Repeat after me: “Taking time for myself is not selfish.” It’s a declaration worth making daily! Quilting allows you to tap into your creativity and find solace in the stitches. By doing so, you become a happier, more fulfilled version of yourself, which benefits everyone around you. Remember, a creative, productive quilter is a happy quilter.
2. Creative Energy Boost
Quilting isn’t just a hobby; it’s a superpower! When you let your creativity flow freely, it rejuvenates your spirit. Those moments spent choosing fabrics, planning designs, and stitching away are like a mini-vacation for your mind. Don’t think of it as time away from others; think of it as time invested in yourself that pays dividends in happiness.
3. Stress Reduction, One Stitch at a Time
In a world filled with deadlines and daily pressures, quilting is your sanctuary. The repetitive motion of sewing can be a form of meditation, calming your nerves and reducing stress. It’s your ticket to a serene state of mind and a finished quilt full of positive vibes.
4. Join the Self-Care Quilting Movement
Join us in the Self-Care Quilting Movement! We’re flipping the script on the old mindset. Your quilting time isn’t taking away from anyone; it’s an investment in your well-being. As quilters, we’re weaving our own path to relaxation, creativity, and joy.
So, the next time you pick up that beautiful bundle of fabric, know that you’re not just making a quilt; you’re weaving a tapestry of self-care. Cherish these moments as a gift to yourself because you deserve it!
Stay tuned for more inspiring stories and tips on how to embrace quilting as an essential element of your self-care routine. Let’s quilt our way to a happier, healthier mindset, one stitch at a time!
If you need some motivation to get started on your next creative applique project, I would love to have you join me for our weekly Sewing in Slippers with Sue on Facebook Live! Just search the Fusible, Rotary Cut Applique Group and ask to join. This is a safe space for quilters who love applique to get together, share your passion for quilting and stay in a positive quilting mindset! Join us today on the Facebook Group! 🧵💕
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