Quilt-Life Balance: How to Find More Time to Quilt

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How do you make out the time to quilt?

If you love quilting, or it’s an activity you used to love doing, then this is something you’ve probably wondered about. Let’s face it, there are so many things that seem to conspire to take up your time. And if you’re a busy mom, then finding the time to just sit and quilt almost seems like you’re asking for too much. However, it does not have to be that way.

Actually, you can make out time out of your busy day to do some quilting. With a little planning and determination…okay, lots of determination, you can definitely achieve this. Yes, we know that you already have lots on your schedule. But, if this is something you love to do, then you owe it to yourself to find more time to quilt.

First of all, before we go much further, let’s take a closer look at this. It is so important to have at least one thing that you are passionate about. And, we’re not speaking of work but of what some psychologists refer to as “serious leisure.” Taking the time to focus on something outside work for a few minutes every day can seriously improve your mental health. More than that, it is also an opportunity to grow. Therefore, making time to quilt could have some serious benefits to your health.

Why You Should Make Out Time to Quilt

Now, you’re probably wondering why you need to make out any time at all to quilt. You already have so much on your hands, why add quilting on top of everything else. Well, we’ll share a few reasons why you should find more time to quilt.

1. You really love to quilt

Actually, that is the most overpowering reason to make out some time to quilt. If you love something, then it is important to find a way to do that thing. However, life tends to get in the way and we increasingly find ourselves finding less time to do stuff we love. This often leaves us feeling sad, depressed and unfulfilled with life. Conversely, making out time to do something you love helps to ease stress. If there’s any reason at all to find more time to quilt, it’s because you love it.

2. Quilting eases stress

Recent studies have shown that quilting is a great way to enhance wellbeing and relieve stress. We live in stressful times and there’s often not much we can do to avoid stress and stressful situations. Thankfully, there’s quilting. Researchers found that the repetitive motion of quilting helped to regulate stress and calm the nerves. So, if you find that you’re often tense and feel stressed, make out some time to quilt.

3. Quilting enhances your wellbeing

Additionally, quilting has been found to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing. It has been discovered to have therapeutic effect with strong cognitive and social benefits. In other words, quilting is good for your health.

So, it’s evident that quilting is good for you. If you are interested in quilting, then you should not give up on something so beneficial to your wellbeing. Yes, we know that you’re busy, but that’s why we’re here. Below we’ll share some tips on how you can find more time to quilt.

Simple Ways to Find More Time to Quilt

Create a dedicated workspace

No matter how busy you get, you can always carve out 10 to 15 minutes out of your day. However, you might end up using that much time to set up and pack up your materials each time you want to quilt. If you have a dedicated workspace for your quilting then that saves a lot of time. Anytime you want to work, all you need to do is go there and sit down. No need to set anything up or search for your stuff. It’s all in one, easy-to-access place. That way, you can set a 15-minute window to get in some quilting and it will be a productive time.

Organize, organize, organize!

Additionally, getting your stuff organized is probably one of the best things you can do. Sorting through stuff takes time and you’re already on a limited timeframe. So, why not have everything organized and sorted out ahead of time? You can have the fabrics you need already cut and arranged. You could also use technology to help you keep organized by scheduling your quilting time.

Use Precuts

Again, precuts have a way of making things nice and tidy for you. You could easily have all the pieces of fabric that you need for your project already cut out and arranged. That way, when you’re ready to work, you just need to sit down and get working. It makes getting to work faster. You could order these precuts or make them yourself.

Bulk Tasks

Furthermore, whether you’re using precuts or not, it saves a lot of time when you batch tasks together. So, you could decide to cut all the fabric you need. Then sew or press or trim. Treat your quilting process like a factory chain and you will be surprised how much faster you become.

Plan your next project

Finally, get started on your next project by planning for it. You could sort out your fabric and store them in Ziploc bags. Be sure to label them. Throw out the scraps that need throwing out and sort out those you’ll be needing for your next project. Once you’ve settled on what you want to do next, then sort out the materials. That way, it’s easier to be enthusiastic about your next project.

To conclude, if you love quilting, you don’t have to give up something that brings you joy. And if you’re looking for some serious leisure that is good for your wellbeing and will help you relax, get quilting. No matter how busy you are, these tips will help you carve out some time to do what you love. You might not be able to have a quilting marathon, but you definitely will find more time to quilt.

All photos by Dimi Atanasova

Dimi Atanasova is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at HelloSewing, a website that that provides sewing tips and guides — to people looking to take up sewing. As a girl, she spent many summers with her grandmother knitting gloves and scarves, hand quilting duvets, and canning strawberry jam. She spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on various projects for her family’s home. She loves all things DIY- crafts, drawing, decorating, and above all – simply loves sewing!