Quirky question: while you were quilting…

Posted by on March 26, 2014, in quirky question

Martingale's Quirky Question

Thanks for stopping by for the weekly Quirky Question—where questions are just for fun, your answers are always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free!

Windblown Swallows quiltRight: “Windblown Swallows” by Jean Van Bockel, from Meadowbrook Quilts. Get the eBook for $10.17 this week only; see a slideshow of quilts from the book below.


Most of us have rituals and routines when we find the time to quilt. Whether it’s catching up on TV shows while hand sewing, chain piecing to the beat of your favorite music, or pouring a glass of wine to get the quilting party started, sometimes it’s the little things that can make our quilting time even more enjoyable. Tell us about your traditions in this week’s question:

What other activities do you like to do while you’re quilting?

Post your answer in the comments before noon (PST) on Monday, March 31, for your chance to win. The carefully selected winning answer will be posted on Wednesday, April 2, along with the next question.

Last week’s Quirky Question was, “What’s one thing most people don’t know about your life as a quilter?” Here’s the winning comment, from Charlene:

“I purchased a long-arm quilting machine and king-size table before I even started my first quilt top. There are a couple reasons for this…I come from a long line of quilters. I remember sitting with my cousins under the quilt my grandmother, mother, and aunts were working on. It dropped down from the ceiling. I helped my mother hand quilt as I was growing up and knew I didn’t want to hand quilt. My aunt has 530 finished quilt tops in her closet. I figure that I could help her finish some of them. My daughter wanted to learn how to quilt and I wanted to teach my granddaughters. So, since I don’t really want to hand quilt and I didn’t want this heritage to pass by, I bought the equipment. Now everyone knows…”

Congratulations, Charlene—look for an email about your free eBook.

Changing Leaves quilt

Changing Leaves

Spring Wildflowers quilt

Spring Wildflowers

Wild Roses quilt

Wild Roses

Riverbed quilt

Riverbed

Sticks and Stones quilt

Sticks and Stones

Through the Forest quilt

Through the Forest

Autumn Afternoon quilt

Autumn Afternoon

Winter Morning quilt

Winter Morning

Wool Pillow

Wool Pillow

The Seasons quilt

The Seasons

Postcards from Meadowbrook quilts

Postcards from Meadowbrook


208 Comments

  • I take two squares and mark diagonal then sew quarter stitch on either side. then cut the marked line.

    —Sallie on March 26, 2014
  • having my favorite tv shows on

    —karen fisher on March 26, 2014
  • I "love" watching the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.
    I always have a quilt in the frame to hand quilt or some
    stitching next to my chair to watch the game.

    Paulette Doerhoff

    —Paulette Doerhoff on March 26, 2014
  • I have a tv in my sewing room, so lots of times I catch up on episodes of series while I sew! I am a 911 dispatcher, so I am quite good at multitasking! I also have a Bluetooth earpiece for my cell phone and I talk to my friends while I am quilting! My little puppy, Simon, also "helps" me quilt, and we are getting some snuggle time in if I have hand work to do! Always have to do two things at once or nothing ever gets done! Wouldn’t change a thing, though!

    —Mary Jo on March 26, 2014
  • Sometimes, when I’m making a quilt, I discover I have totally me time, and I use the time to listen to the music I like, or a book on tape, while I create. SEW relaxing!

    —Karen on March 26, 2014
  • The Phoenix, Az radio stations offer prizes for listeners so I listen for the code word of the day and call in to try and win. That way I’m a potential double winner by making a quilt at the same time.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on March 26, 2014
  • I listening to the TV or a book tape while doing any kind of hand work. For some weird reason, nothing is going on in the background when I am at the sewing machine. Go figure. LOL

    —Diana on March 26, 2014
  • I usually have the TV going, watching shows on the DVR, which always seems to be full. I love Netflix, too, especially the British mysteries. When I really need to concentrate on what I’m making, I’ll put a music channel on so there’s nothing I have to watch.

    —Jacque on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to the tv, while my hubby keeps saying, "watch this!" lol

    —Bunny Ryan on March 26, 2014
  • I generally watch tv or netflix with my dh while quilting, but if Bonnie Hunter is doing QuiltCam I am watching her while I sew. Sometimes if dh is watching something that I don’t want to see, I listen to a book on tape or watch videos on my computer or kindlefire.

    —Donna Street on March 26, 2014
  • As a mom of a 3 year old and 7 month old, I’m normally quilting and "baby wrangling" at the same time. All while listening to the Disney channel!!

    —Megan on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to books on tape.

    —Martha on March 26, 2014
  • I have to listen to something so either the radio, CD’s or the TV are on for background noise.

    —Chris on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to the radio. I like old rock and roll and talk radio. It helps me concentrate on my quilting without distracting me.

    mandy laseter on March 26, 2014
  • watch tv or listen to music

    Sallie on March 26, 2014
  • I always listen to an audiobook! That way I can quilt and "read" at the same time! Something like having my cake and eating it!

    —Sophie Smeenk on March 26, 2014
  • Playing fetch with one of our cats, yes cat!

    —Holly Fitzpatrick on March 26, 2014
  • I love to make bread while I quilt. On a really good day, I will also have dinner in the crockpot. Then when it’s time to stop quilting, I have homemade bread fresh from the oven and dinner waiting. It makes it easier to walk away from the quilt project.

    —Rachel on March 26, 2014
  • I love to listen to music while I’m quilting, it relaxes me.

    —Irene Gourlay on March 26, 2014
  • I download my favorite tunes on my Ipod and while I am in my studio I listen to my favorite music, sometimes I turn on the radio for variety by music makes me happy

    —Marie Atkinson on March 26, 2014
  • If I am working on a quilt that does not involve my sewing machine, I listen to books on cd or overdrive. If I am working on the machine, I do a little, then listen a little.

    —M.E. Sorey on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to CD’s and have my coffee near. Totally relaxed.

    Sharon Schmidt on March 26, 2014
  • I love listening to book on tape or cds. Sometimes I have to backup the book as I am concentrating on my pattern.

    —Dixie on March 26, 2014
  • My favorite thing to do while quilting is to listen to books on tape. I can enjoy a great novel and get work done at the same time.

    —valerie csmith on March 26, 2014
  • While quilting, I like to do . . . nothing else at all! I enjoy the quiet time in my own head, the rhythm of cutting, the hum of my machine, the warmth rising from the iron as I press, the scent of the starch …. ahhhh! I keep a notepad close at hand in case other thoughts intrude or inspirations occur. My quiet time quilting is the best part of my day!

    —Kathy Brigham on March 26, 2014
  • I bring my tablet into my sewing room and listen to Pandora. I have a special mix station of 70’s folk rock that just totally relaxes me and I always have a great time when listening and sewing!

    —Connie Kudsk on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to TED Talks and other podcasts. TED Talks are awesome because they have super smart people talking about important, thought provoking topics, and at a maximum of 20 minutes per talk, my break time is built in. I just press pause between episodes so I can stretch and get a couple of small household chores done during my quilting days.

    —Danielle Wilson on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to the radio or watch the animals/birds from outside my window. In the winter I watch it snow while quilting. A nice way to relieve stress from a busy day!

    —Lana on March 26, 2014
  • When I am machine quilting I like to be al

    —Eileen smith on March 26, 2014
  • I look out at the Boulder Creek and the mountains to the north. We have eagles fly by, herons, visit, deer in the summer cross the creek (which really is a river) every once and awhile we have a beaver go up stream. Sometimes a just stop and look for relaxation. We are 3/4 of a mile east of the slide on the Stillaguamish River. Please keep the prayers coming for those who have lost family, friends and possessions.

    Liz O'Neill on March 26, 2014
  • I found myself humming or singing, especially hymns.

    —Janet Hoy on March 26, 2014
  • When I machine quilt I like to be alone. And quiet. I find I have to concentrate. When doing hand work I can either be around people or just catch up on my fave tv shows

    —Eileen smith on March 26, 2014
  • Mostly it is very quiet. Once in a while I put on classical music. I let my thoughts wander and solve some of my sewing and knitting problems. Think about dinner and if I should cut down on my husband’s proportions! If I am directing a show, I think about how to present the play. When finished quilting, I have a road to travel.

    —Robbie on March 26, 2014
  • Love to just have music or movies on when quilting. Mostly music.

    —Linda on March 26, 2014
  • Usually I listen to NPR, a book on cd or a quilting podcast. It’s very relaxing and I’m in my own little world doing what I love to do.
    ~Andee

    —Andee McKenica on March 26, 2014
  • I love to do hand work and usually in the evenings when I am watching the Big Bang Theory , I will laugh along with the characters while I sew . Thanks for the chance,

    Sheila on March 26, 2014
  • I have limited vision but with good light can still use my sewing machine but reading is difficult so I listen to an audible book on my Ipod while I quilt. I find listening to a story helps me get the boring parts of quilting done quickly so I can get to the parts I enjoy doing

    —maggiens on March 26, 2014
  • When I am quilting, I watch movies, I just finished the entire Harry Potter series. I watch tv, mostly for background noise. I listen to music. I also usually enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Then sometimes I just quilt in the quiet of my girl cave.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on March 26, 2014
  • I just purchased a new CD player for my sewing room, and I listen to a wide variety of music, depending on the project I am working on. Besides providing a nice background, it helps me keep track of time!

    —Michele Van Epps on March 26, 2014
  • I use this time to catch up on my taped programs that my husband doesn’t necessarily enjoy watching. I love Downton Abbey, Big Bang Theory, Hot in Cleveland and Golden Girls. My sewing space, my choice of programs. Empowerment at its best!

    —Rose Cameron on March 26, 2014
  • I like music in the background – usually a radio but sometimes CMT with country videos

    —Kathy Luehrs on March 26, 2014
  • The best way to quilt is with friends or a mini group at your side. There is always someone that can solve a problem and give a hint for the best way to do something. Snacks and a lunch break keep the "quilting talk" going for all of us. What better way to spend some time than with your best buds and being able to check out their stash that they are working on then. A great time to share fabric and trade for the one you don’t have and can’t live without. As we age, we always need friends to be with–so we can help each other. That is the best part of life–quilting friends forever!!!

    —Diane Schwarz on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to books and music on CD for a while, have a cup of tea or coffee.
    But most of the time I go into my own little world, in my own little sewing room. I think of other fabrics to use in another quilt with this pattern,or even do a little fiddling with the layout of the blocks.
    From there my mine wonders to those who need my prayers in whatever situation they maybe in at this time. I think, how grateful I am, for the thread, needles, fabric, machines I am blessed to have. To be use so that others may feel, the love from my hands, that I have for them. Some want even know the hands that made the quilt, and that is all the more exciting for me.

    Mary Alice Higbee on March 26, 2014
  • I use to sew and quilt with my tv going, but not paying a lot of attention…I need to put my efforts in sewing, but I like the tv noise 🙂

    —Clara on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to my Mother’s (who has passed on) words of encouragement when she urged me on to do my first quilt taught by her the month before she had a stroke taking her eyesight.

    —Karen on March 26, 2014
  • I watch TV -usually reruns so that I don’t have to pay perfect attention to the TV.I also hand quilt in the car. Back in the early 90’s before 9/11
    we took our children – then teenagers to
    Scotland to visit relatives and then toured England by car. I started and finished a queen size quilt as you go quilt on the planes and in the car.
    I consider it probably the best quilt I have made. When we got home I just sewed all the blocks together by machine and bound it. It now lives in Arizona with my daughter.

    —Nancy on March 26, 2014
  • I sing and dance! You must understand that this is only done when I am home alone, because I am a few pounds overweight and the dancing would be frightening to watch. My voice is not made for singing at all, but I love doing it alone. People would need therapy if they heard me sing and would poke out their eyes after witnessing my dancing. But alone in my house I belt out a good rock and roll song and shake it til I break it. The dancing only happens when I’m on my feet pressing/cutting or I just need to get out of my chair for a bit.

    —Pamela B on March 26, 2014
  • I usually have a game on TV while I’m piecing…NHL, NFL or MLB. If anything really exciting happens, it will be replayed several times, so I never miss any game action while focused on my sewing. If there isn’t a game on, an NCIS marathon will do.

    Anne Wiens on March 26, 2014
  • I put my iTunes on shuffle and groove away. Music puts me in the creative zone and singing makes me happy, so I figure my quilts get a little bit of that happiness sewn in.

    —Jamie Graham on March 26, 2014
  • listen, to tv movie, radio, stereo, something as long as I can listen and get it. I also play books on tape if they aren’t too engaging other I mess up and it just isn’t fun anymore.

    —diane on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to audio books.

    —Jen B on March 26, 2014
  • I usually have the TV on to true crime shows, then within hours (minutes – seconds) find myself distracted by the need for some kind of tool that includes shopping on line. Long story short, I can make a 4 hour project last all day with my distractions. 🙂

    —Nancy Lee on March 26, 2014
  • I watch tv in my room to catch up on what I have recorded

    Debbie Taylor on March 26, 2014
  • My husband and I are big garage salers (word?). We usually spend Saturday morning together doing this. When we had older kids at home, this was our "date" time. They generally slept till noon any way.
    One of the things I like to buy is CDs. I have wide ranging taste in music. So what I pick up might be from the 80’s, to my Nat King Cole, collection, to the Three Tenors, to the collection of the soundtracks from all of the Pirates of the Caribbean…. to even lengthy audio books.
    So I put on my fuzzy socks, and pick out my latest bargain CD from a garage sale, and let that set the pace and mood for my sewing!

    —Dorothy Roush on March 26, 2014
  • Sometimes I listen to books on tape or "listen" to a movie that I’ve seen a gazillion times. That way I don’t have to really concentrate on it. Mostly, I just like to listen to the hum of my sewing machine.

    —Ruth A on March 26, 2014
  • Absolutely nothing. My life is so hectic that when it is time to piece/quilt I listen to the machine hum and that is total bliss.

    —Diana Collins on March 26, 2014
  • I like to do handwork with friends. Once a week, a group of us meet at a local coffee shop and we talk and do handwork for a couple of hours. Someone always has a finished project to show and all the people in the shop oooohhh and ahhhh. The owner of the shop says they look forward to Wednesdays, and they have even featured us on their facebook page. However, when I machine piece, I prefer to have the TV on in the background; "Law and Order" is my favorite.

    —vickie on March 26, 2014
  • I often listen to audio books, sometimes find a quilting video or watch a PBS movie online. I get more done if it is quiet though 😉

    robin tuckerman on March 26, 2014
  • I usually "watch" the home and garden channel or the home shopping channel. I set "goals" to meet while watching. For instance, sew XX HST before the end of the show. It seems to make the process go faster. I tend to do my quilting in small pieces so I feel like I am making progress to get one step done.

    —Mary C on March 26, 2014
  • I love to have a baseball game on the TV. The announcers keep me company, and I can look up and see what’s happened when I hear them get really excited.

    —Julie in GA on March 26, 2014
  • While quilting I became reacquainted with Jane Eyre, The Tell Tale Heart, Rip Van Winkle and many other stories and books. I had a Literature class I took in college and rather than read the book I would listen to the stories and books through my laptop. I spend more time quilting if I listen to the books so I still continue listening to them (if I watched movies I would probably sew through my finger).

    —Shawna Gonzales on March 26, 2014
  • I Love to quilt when my Hubby has gone Fishing for the weekend. So when he is gone, No house work is to be done. I put Audio books in my player and quilt to my books. I have quilted until 4 am to some of those great books. And when the quilting goes so well, I just keep on quilting.

    —Jackie Livingston on March 26, 2014
  • I have the TV on different programs – depends on what I’m working on, but I force myself to get up and walk around to iron and stand up to cut. While doing this I will dance up and down the hall and my cats look at me like I’ve lost my mind. It’s my way of getting exercise while I’m quilting, of course only at home by myself. The cats just ignore me now they are so used to "mom" loosing her mind several times a day.

    —connie on March 26, 2014
  • When working on a quilt I have country music on and sing along. Sometimes on key and most times not….It has a continual rythum for me and keeps my mind on the simpler things.

    —Priscilla on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to Christian music, and look outside my window as I sew/quilt.
    It fills my mind with God’s purpose, love of nature, and pure enjoyment of the project I am working on. I pray for the recipient who will have the quilt which truly makes is a gift of love from my heart.

    —celia on March 26, 2014
  • I often listen to audio books when I am quilting and sewing. It makes the time fly and I get to do two of my favorite things at one time!

    —Kari Huber on March 26, 2014
  • Since I am lucky enough to have two machines near each other, I embroider on one machine, while I piece on the other.

    —Deanna Sue Adams on March 26, 2014
  • I think my most favorite thing to do is provide my cat…the Princess Koko… with a lap as that is where she is EVERY time I sit down to quilt.

    —Francie Fiechter on March 26, 2014
  • I watch tv shows my husband can’t stand… and eat my favorite "gummy bears" the best of 2 worlds while I quilt….:-)

    —connie on March 26, 2014
  • Listen to audio books

    —Arlyce on March 26, 2014
  • I love audio books while I quilt. I can get lost in time and forget all about anything else I might be expected to do!I also listen to the radio but a well read book is like someone telling me a story.

    —Ellie on March 26, 2014
  • I usually listen to 1970s Pandora Radio channels or watch do it yourself shows on television! Keep me motivated!

    —Kathy Aho in Minnesota on March 26, 2014
  • I think that the best way to multitask while quilting is to do it with a gathering of friends. I thoroughly enjoy my small friendship groups, and a larger charity quilt group. We listen to music, share food, laugh, talk, and share the things we’ve made–all for a good cause. Every meeting is a learning experience.

    —Joanne Lenigan on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to books on tape, so that I don’t miss anything while running my machine, I put my ipod in a plastic cup to broadcast the sound.

    —Beverly Pevarnick on March 26, 2014
  • I often fall asleep during the sermon at church on Sunday morning. I had to think of a way to stay awake and knew that doing something with my hands would solve the problem. I like to applique,so I asked the pastor if he would rather I stitch and hear the sermon or snore and take nothing away from the service. He preferred I stitch, so that is what I do. I have accomplished a lot both spiritually and artistically since I began stitching in church.

    —Monica on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to audio books or listen (and occasionally sneak a peek)to Lifetime movies on my iPad.

    —Debbie on March 26, 2014
  • Well actually it TV. I don’t ever sit and watch TV. I am usually sewing or on my computer. During the commercials, I get up from my machine and do some cleaning, laundry, dishes. Yes I multitask. But I am fully engage with sewing when I’m sewing. The rest, no so much.

    —Marguerite Namdar on March 26, 2014
  • Catch up on my shows.

    —Quilting Tangent on March 26, 2014
  • I watch/listen to TV while I am quilting. I am gone a lot in the evenings, so I DVR my favorite shows & then catch up on them while I am quilting.

    —Kay McCaffery on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to audiobooks, mostly. Our household’s only television is in my studio (which is the basement family room) so when I watch TV I’m sewing. There’s a comfy armchair for my husband to sit in, too. 🙂

    For more than 10 years I’ve been a judge for the Audie Awards (best audiobooks of the year). I get a lot of quilting done while I listen to 30+ unabridged books between October 15 and December 31.

    —Nann on March 26, 2014
  • I tend to have calming music on, like Irish folk instrumental or mew age. I find it makes me less likely to make mistakes and less frustrated with any issues that come up!

    —Meghan O'Connor on March 26, 2014
  • I either have the TV on while I sew and quilt or I just work in the quiet. Well, sometimes the washer or dryer is running in the background!

    —Dee D on March 26, 2014
  • Visit with a friend and eat M&M’s cause they don’t melt in your hand.

    —debbie pete on March 26, 2014
  • Absolutely nothing else going on while I quilt. That is the beauty of it, I can turn off the outside world for a little while and just escape into the quiet of my sewing room.

    —Janine Hoey on March 26, 2014
  • I have two ways I quilt; if I’m alone, I quilt. That’s it, nothing else…no TV, no radio, no food…
    But when I quilt with friends..well, there’s always a snack, news to tell, help to be given and received, and talk, talk, talk.
    When do I actually get things done?….when I’m alone.
    When do I have a great time?…..it’s obvious!

    —Shannon on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to audio books while I quilt. Next to quilting reading is my favorite thing to do. When I am reading I am thinking about all the projects I need to finish and while I am quilting I am thinking of all the books I have to read. So listening to books allows me to do both without any guilt. I check the audio books out online from the library so it doesn’t even cost me anything so more money for fabric!!!

    —Peggy Richards on March 26, 2014
  • I love to put on a CD of some type of classical music to add to my enjoyment while quilting. I’m a classical pianist so I have many favorite pieces to listen to… mostly piano concertos, of course! But it really makes me feel calm and content.

    Susan Mulvihill on March 26, 2014
  • Let’s see…. While I’m working on my machine, either piecing or machine quilting, I listen to Books on CD that I get from the library. My favourites are the Elm Creek series quilt stories. I do hand work in front of the tv or while listening to music.It not only helps to pass the time, but makes me feel so clever to be doing 2 things at once.

    —Bev Smith on March 26, 2014
  • I usually save hand applique for when I am traveling. If I am machine quilting in an empty house, I like to sing. Sometimes I daydream. After reading other comments though I do believe I will check out some audio books from the library. I like any excuse to go to the library.

    —Lori Sutton on March 26, 2014
  • I fix a big mug of ice water, close the door (to ban overly helpful cats!), turn on Pandora Radio, and sew away.
    I just need more time to sew, rather than in little bits of time….

    —Robin May on March 26, 2014
  • Most of the time while I am in my sewing room, I play Words With Friends with my sister on my iPad. She lives quite a distance away (she in PA, me in MS). It gives me quick breaks in my sewing, quilting, or whatever. Of course I have to let her win (occasionally) because she is my best critic (good and "constructive"). I generally send her pictures and she, although not a crafter, will tell me what she thinks about the project. By playing WWF we stay in constant touch whether I am quilting, sewing or whatever!

    —Patsy Wilkerson on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to audio books. I find that mysteries really hold my attention and I quilt longer and happier.

    —cynthia on March 26, 2014
  • My sewing "cave" as opposed to my husband’s man cave, is upstairs. When I want peace and quiet I go into the cave and loose all track of time. After about 3 hours or so my husband will come up and ask if he has made me mad!! Too funny…but I do get a lot of piecing done.

    —Liz on March 26, 2014
  • That is a easy question. I sit in the living room with the family-just three of us, my machine and the TV. I like to watch and listen while I sew. I even got spoiled for Christmas and have new flat screen in my new sewing room. It may be a hint from the hubby that I need to sew in the sewing room not the living room.

    —Linda Christianson on March 26, 2014
  • What other activities do you like to do while you’re quilting?:

    It depends on the mood. Today it is music, either I choose my own playlists or hit Pandora. Other days I may do some binge watching of Law and Order or other shows on Netflix 🙂

    —Pam on March 26, 2014
  • I like to do stain glass. I have ordered the glass for a 6X8 foot window for a church and will be running up and down 3 floors trying to finish some of my quilting and embroidering for Christmas while drawing and planning and cutting glass. I love crafts and inspiring my daughter-in-laws to stretch their abilities to inspire me.

    —Linda Pitmon on March 26, 2014
  • If quilting on my machine, I don’t have any distractions, including food….it usually gets put on hold, as I need to concentrate and finish my project. BUT if I’m hand sewing binding on, i love putting it aside until I have a good DVD on hand……that’s my favourite part of quilting because it’s relaxing and I enjoy it.

    —Shirl Hair on March 26, 2014
  • While piecing I listen to books on my kindle. I have read/listened to over 75 books in the past 9 months. If I am machine quilting I listen to music. If I am cutting I like to watch TV.

    Colette on March 26, 2014
  • I like to listen to music. I also find myself praying to give God glory and praise for his blessings.

    —Mary D - OKC on March 26, 2014
  • I don’t like too many distractions while quilting; they lead to errors. So I usually play my favorite music. I can hum or sign along and even dance around the room during breaks. 🙂

    —Barb Colvin on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to audiobooks. It helps get me going on days I don’t really feel like sewing — I tell myself that I’ll just sew through one disc, but by the time I reach the end I’m usually so into the sewing that I don’t want to quit. Only problem is the book can’t be too complicated or I have to listen to it again later because I miss parts of it.

    —Sandra Ohler on March 26, 2014
  • Like so many others, I have a TV set up in my studio. It’s right behind my frame so I can see it no matter where I’m working. Not that it matters–I rarely look at it, just listen. I put in DVDs of much-loved movies or TV shows and never miss a beat. Can I go home now and quilt? There’s an episode of Downtown Abbey queued up. 🙂

    —Jayne on March 26, 2014
  • i love to listen to books on tape when I’m quilting. I also like to watch decorating shows or home improvement shows if I’m doing something quilt wise that allows me to keep looking up.

    —Jami Price on March 26, 2014
  • It depends on what type of quilting I am doing. If I am using my sewing machine or long-term, I listen to music. If I am hand piecing, I might be riding in a vehicle, watching TV, sitting in the sun or chatting with friends.

    —Deb Blackbourn on March 26, 2014
  • I like to "read" audiobooks while I’m quilting if I’m not working on anything too complicated. It’s great multi-tasking!

    —Nancy Green on March 26, 2014
  • I "listen" to my TV shows ( usually old movies that I’ve seen many times before and know the scripts or shows that I glance at occasionally) and sometimes to music and sing along. (I remember radio….hahaha). If it’s in the evening I also enjoy a glass of wine (or two). My sewing room is always a "happy place" for me and my friends to be.

    —Drue on March 26, 2014
  • Since another hobby is reading, I multitask by listening to audio books while quilting…then I don’t miss out on either hobby.

    Dorothy I. Dishman on March 26, 2014
  • I like to listen to books on tape or I have the TV on but seldom actually watch it. I do like the noise.

    —Cathy Martin on March 26, 2014
  • I enjoy quilting as I watch/listen to TV and enjoy a tootsie pop. It is therapy for me!

    —Lana Stewart on March 26, 2014
  • I love to quilt, but I also love, love, love the old western tv shows and movies. So, while I am quilting, I usually have YouTube on my computer picking out some old tv westerns to watch while I am sewing. I like to watch Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Audie Murphy western movies and I love to watch Wagon Train and Laramie tv westerns on YouTube(Robert Fuller is in both, and he’s to die for!!!). When it’s football season, I also like to watch football on my tv above my sewing machine. When I feel stressed from sewing, I just lean back in my chair, take a break, and watch the tv or YouTube!

    —Darlene Walrath on March 26, 2014
  • Passanger in the car on trips. I hand piece away the miles. At home the music keeps me going.

    —Laura Green on March 26, 2014
  • About the only thing I do while sewing/quilting is listen to music. I am still too new at this quilting stuff to be distracted by television, audio books and such. If I am hand sewing/quilting, I sometimes sit with my hubby while he watches sports or some other program on TV–something I am not interested in. I have taken portable sewing/quilting work when I have had to go somewhere and just sit around like when my aunt was in the hospital.

    —Susan on March 26, 2014
  • I love listening to music while I quilt. I try to chose music that has the same feel as the quilt I’m working on. :o)

    —Cheryl Rich on March 26, 2014
  • well, I cannot waste time and if I am quilting for sure I am trying to do something else. so any movie I was trying to see, or any show I taped is on while I am sewing. Even if I saw it 10 times but I like it I can pop it in, and perhaps sing or speak the lines while I quilt. a half a brain connected to a TV leaves room for the rest of it to be creative!

    —Adeline on March 26, 2014
  • Mostly I just listen to music. Since I cannot walk and chew gum at the same time, it is worthless for me to try to watch a movie or listen to a book on tape as I just have to go back and watch/listen to it again to catch up on all the parts I missed. The music keeps me focused and soothes me. Eating a few M & Ms doesn’t hurt either!

    —Karen L. on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to audiobooks I’ve downloaded from our library. Modern technology is wonderful.

    —Anne Mains on March 26, 2014
  • I like to watch or just listen to the television shows I have DVRd.
    That way I can do two things at once.

    —Janice on March 26, 2014
  • I put on my headset and listen to music on my iPod. Right now I’m happily listening to the soundtrack from "Les Miserable." I don’t get to listen to music too often and this is very soothing as I feed my passion for quilting. Two calming things at once! I’ve got it all.

    —Betty on March 26, 2014
  • I like watching my chick flicks or my favourite movies on DVD. Sometimes I get to the end of the movie and realise I’ve been so caught up in my quilting I haven’t been watching 🙂

    —Wilma on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to movies or TV shows on Netflix while I sew or machine quilt. I caught up on several shows that way!

    —Jean Blythe on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to novels, mostly 19th century British, while I make quilts by hand.

    —Susan on March 26, 2014
  • I have discovered talking book downloads on my Ipad. Our library had loads of what I call light mysteries (A LA Agatha Christie) I don’t tune them out like I do TV. And I can keep my eyes and hands on my applique projects. I carry the Ipad around the house listening while doing dishes and loading the laundry etc.. too. I even have been known to put it on the car seat with a little speaker while I am driving. Yes I am addicted.

    sharyn on March 26, 2014
  • I usually just listen to classical music Mozart being my favorite!

    —Marianne on March 26, 2014
  • I either have something in the oven, cookies, cinnamon rolls or some other treat, or I am doing laundry. I hear one of the buzzers and take a break from sewing the quilt to move the laundry from the washer to the dryer, or to put in another sheet of cookies. Makes the house smell good, getting the laundry done, and making a quilt, a good day.

    —Karencg on March 26, 2014
  • I listen to shows on tv, play VHS tapes & DVDs or listen to the radio.

    —Loisjean on March 26, 2014
  • I love to turn on Pandora to Kenny Chesney radio, pour a glass of wine. go upstairs to my Woman Cave and attack my projects.

    —randy on March 26, 2014
  • Watch (listen)TV. Movies mostly

    —Barbara Weygandt on March 26, 2014
  • This year my husband has retired. So now we are doing a lot of traveling in our RV. While going down the road I hand quilt. When we have stopped and are staying at the campground, I pull out my feather weight machine. And of course I find new quilt stores on our travels.

    —Kathryn Rogers on March 26, 2014
  • I like to watch old movies, or listen to them. Usually they are movies that I have seen many times so I don’t even need to see what is going on to know how everything is going in the movie. Sometimes I can even quote the next line of the movie as I quilt. I enjoy the sound and it is comforting to me. Just like an old friend that is there on demand. Just pop the movie in and away I go.

    —Tina on March 26, 2014
  • I am so lucky to live on a lake and my sewing room is in the sun room looking out at the back yard. About 2 miles from the house is a avian reserve and we get pelicans, swans, mallards and loons coming and going – even in winter. The yard has blue jays, cardinals, morning doves and tons of wrens and chickadee that come to the feeders I have outside the window. In the evening the barn swallows from the farm across the pond come over and put on a circus show of swooping and diving catching the bugs in the air. Fall is wonderful because the little lake will be filled with Canadian geese – thousands of them. They are so smart they know where the city limit is – can’t shoot in the city – and they go just to the city boundary. every quilt I make I hide a bird somewhere in it.

    Both the sewing and the birds are so calming in a hectic life. You know then, life is good.

    —lavonne on March 26, 2014
  • I love to quilt at the lake cabin. I sit out on the deck with my hand quilting in my lap and quilt whilst enjoying the sounds of the waves, the wind in the trees, the birds, the children playing in the water, etc. so peaceful.

    Nita on March 26, 2014
  • I like to listen to Christian music. It helps to keep me calm which decreases mistakes. Also, since most of my quilting is for charity, it helps me to remember why I really do this and how blessed I am to be able to use my talents to help others.

    —Susan in OK on March 26, 2014
  • Sometimes there is a TV show on. Mostly I put a CD in my older model radio/CD player, and will sing/hum along. Because I have to get up and change the CD, it’s a break to do a few stretching exercises/shoulder rolls and grab something to drink. In the winter there is a pot of soup simmering.

    —Ginger on March 26, 2014
  • I like to listen to programs on Christian radio while I am quilting. I learn something from the programs and also enjoy doing my quilting. I suppose that is multi-tasking.

    —Wanda Holbrook on March 26, 2014
  • My very first quilt was a double ribbon bargello quilt with 4 borders with mitred corners. It looked nice and not knowing any better. After I got the bargello part done I stressed about how to do the borders and mitred corners so one night I poured myself a glass of wine and put an Alan Jackson CD in the player (sort of loud) and poof it was done. So now Alan Jackson sings quite often to me (without wine) while I quilt and people think I have been quilting for many years and it has only been a few years.

    —Donna Miller on March 26, 2014
  • I have a bit of dyslexia so if I try to do something other than piece, I get so messed up I can’t figure out how to fix it. I like it quiet.

    —Rita Sevig on March 26, 2014
  • Love to listen to music especially cd’s so l can sing along while quilting as l find it all relaxing while working away on my project.

    —Anne on March 26, 2014
  • I like to listen to music while quilting.

    —jane d on March 26, 2014
  • Audiobooks or catching up what I’ve DVR’d. I also discovered that I can stream Netflix on my kindle with the earphones in while I machine quilt. I just finished Foyle’s War and I’ve got Vera queued up next! I really have a hard time watching TV without fabric!

    Beth Strand on March 26, 2014
  • I had to move my sewing machine out to the living room because my husband said he missed me when I was in the other room sewing. Pretty sweet, huh? So, now I warch TV and talk to my husband while I sew.

    Patty Page on March 26, 2014
  • I hand quilt while I watch TV.

    —Jane on March 26, 2014
  • I’m a big audiobook fan so I listen to many books while quilting, especially when I at "work" doing longarm quilting for my customers and friends.

    —Pam Reim on March 26, 2014
  • My best time to work on quilting is when my family are out or away, gone to bed or doing their own bit outside and there will be no interruptions i.e. meals to prepare, come and help me etc. I get the most done when away on business trips and it is just myself and the dog that lays behind me and I have to check where he is before I move. Time just is blissful quilting.

    —Marcia Russell on March 26, 2014
  • If I’m machine quilting, i like to have the radio on in the background. Hopefully that’s not interfering with my son, who is usually in the same room playing his computer games or listening to his own music. I do have headphones for him, but he has yet to use them.

    As for hand sewing, like putting the binding on a quilt or sewing the sleeve on the back, I bring it with me when visiting my mom in assisted living. The other ladies and the workers there usually enjoy seeing whatever it is I am quilting. It makes for a nice distraction for them, and I’m actually accomplishing something while visiting my mom. She always loves to see what I’m working on as well.

    —Alice Hourihan on March 26, 2014
  • Chocolate to snack on and tea to sip (hot in the winter cool in the summer) helps fuel my inspiration. And sometimes I listen to – TV , radio, or audio books. Some times I re-watch TV shows that I did not actually see -oh well.

    —Karen on March 26, 2014
  • The tv is usually on and I listen in on shows, do I watch no not much but its okay. I also listen to music at times though… so listening and quilting seem to go hand in "ear"….lol! Binding is usually done in front of a good movie or program, curled up with the quilt thus I get snuggle time with every single quilt I make….lol… even if most of them are destined to live elsewhere!

    —Tonie Peterson on March 26, 2014
  • I’ve heard of some quilters that enjoy a glass or two of red wine. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t work for me-I’d be fast asleep and then wake up in the middle of the night! I like to have some "white noise" like a radio or tv on in the background. I try to take "breaks" now and then to eat and sometimes my husband is understanding and will cook and even vacuum once in awhile.

    —Rosemary on March 26, 2014
  • Since my quilting machine is in the room next to my kitchen, I often cook while I quilt! I use a computerized program for most of my quilting, so I can walk away briefly to stir a pot or take a pan of cookies out of the oven. I have a long history of multi-tasking, so this is a continuation of that skill~ The TV is probably going, too…

    —Alice Johnson on March 26, 2014
  • I really like to watch/listen to old movies I have seen before so all I need to pay attention to are the good parts! No need to keep track of anything else because I already know!

    —Ruth renfro on March 26, 2014
  • I work in one-hour increments, by setting my music on a timer. When the music stops, I quit stitching and perform some gentle exercises. By taking a break hourly, I can accomplish more tasks through the day. Each time I sit in front of my sewing machine, it’s like a fresh start.

    —Ann B on March 26, 2014
  • When I am quilting (or garment sewing, which I do Much more often than quilting any more), I prefer it to be quiet–no music, no tv, no radio–so I can concentrate on what I’m doing. However, if I have handwork to do–sewing on buttons, some hand smocking, etc.–then I do it in front of the tv, preferably tuned to a favorite old movie I’ve seen a jillion times, so I can just listen, and maybe look up once in a while!

    —Charlotte Trayer on March 27, 2014
  • I have Ellen n TV. or the news n when machine quilting. If those programs aren’t on I have classical music, either on CD or radio playing. I try to finish my machine quilting during the day so I can do the hand work while watching my PVR (personal Video recorder) at night.

    —Elizajane on March 27, 2014
  • I love to read too, so I listen to audio books while I sew. Sometimes when I look at one of my quilts, I remember the book I "read" while making it. The ultimate multi-tasking!

    —Irene on March 27, 2014
  • Listening to music 🙂

    —Alison Green on March 27, 2014
  • The things I like to do while quilting are to drink a cup of tea and listen to music. Music always makes me happy. I love to sing along to my oldies favorites like the early Beatles.

    —Mary Connelly on March 27, 2014
  • I enjoy quilting while I listen to the tv most of the time. Law and Order shows any of them. Nascar when it is on. Occaisionally I might have the radio on but it’s my time to Sew and relax it’s my therapy.

    —Debbie Woods on March 27, 2014
  • If I am longarm quilting I like to listen to music. What kind depends on the quilt top! If I am cutting out applique pieces I "watch" T.V. If I am just working in the shop sewing or cleaning I like to put a Quilting Arts or McCalls quilting DVD in the computer and listen to it. Any longarm quilting CD is great to.

    —Marcia Huckabee on March 27, 2014
  • I love listening to music especially if I am working on a complicated pattern on the quilt and it relieves any stress i might be feeling

    lynne mulcahey on March 27, 2014
  • I like to catch up on TV shows that I have missed. If there is nothing good on I put the music on and listen to the oldies but goodies.

    elr on March 27, 2014
  • I cook my supper while quilting. haha. No. I do not have a stove in my sewing room. I make full use of my crock pot while I hide out in my sewing room waiting playing with my sewing machine doing quilting or machine embroidery.

    The thing I do actually do while quilting is listen to my tv. And soon, once I get a tablet stand I saw a few months ago before getting my tablet, I will also be watching my Craftsy classes as I am quilting. This stand was very nice because it hooked onto the table edge and sits up in the air at the perfect angle to see easily without having to look down at the tablet on the table. It will keep it off my table where it would become buried in fabric and threads etc.

    I was a bit behind the rest of the world since it seemed at times I was the only one who didn’t own a tablet. BUT, my hubby got me one now so I’m all ready now to stitch quilt blocks and learn at the same time.

    And of course, I also have my 2 yr old Granddaughter who lives in our house who comes to visit me quite often during the day so I also get frequent play breaks with her. Those are THE best kind of breaks since she’s such a doll and loves stealing grandma’s fabrics to build her own little stash she used to carry around with her. She had a little purse which was packed with little fabric scraps she’d snatched from my table and claimed as her own. If she continues this practice she will have enough in her stash to make her own little quilt when she’s old enough for me to buy her a little machine of her own.

    —VickiT on March 27, 2014
  • I grew up in the 50s and my mom had the radio on listening to soap operas and talk shows all day long. Because of that upbringing I learned to work and to be very attentive to what was going on, on the radio. Now while I am piecing or machine quilting I listen to books on tape or I even like "listening" to the tv. I put on something I have seen before so that I don’t have to watch and I enjoy the story again.

    —Barbara on March 27, 2014
  • Depending on my day and what I need to get accomplished in my sewing time, I listen to music. If it’s been a long, hard day and I need to concentrate on what I’m doing I’ll listen to classical guitar, usually Christopher Parkening. If I need to get a lot done in a short amount of time and need some pep, I’ll listen to ZZTop or David Lee Roth. But no matter what, I’ll always have M&Ms close by. A body does need sustenance after all.

    Cindy A. on March 27, 2014
  • Sometimes, I like the peace and quiet of my sewing room and just let my thoughts ramble as I sew. Other times I need music to get me in the groove so to speak. When quiet and music aren’t required, then I have the TV set to one of my favorite channels and let the reruns entertain me in the background. Since each day is different, the variety helps me enjoy my quilting so much more.

    —Deb Kienow on March 27, 2014
  • I will do laundry while I quilt. Makes me get up & stretch when it’s time to put it in the dryer & start another load in the washer…

    —Carol Gearey on March 27, 2014
  • I was surprised to see that I am not the only one who listens to books while I quilt. It makes assembly line piecing especially enjoyable. I also watch (actually, listen to) TV while I do handwork. I am usually not a fan of multi-tasking, but listening and quilting seem to go well together.

    —Elaine on March 27, 2014
  • While I’m quilting, I pray for the baby/person receiving the quilt. I pray the child/person finds comfort, love and peace when they are in contact with this quilt. A lot of love and prayer goes into my quilts.

    —Susie Furgason on March 27, 2014
  • Listen to music, counting blessings and gifts from God, visit with a freind who dropped by, or just relaxing

    —Carolyn Moon on March 27, 2014
  • The sewing machine backs up to a sliding glass door that opens onto the back yard. I love pausing to enjoy the view. Especially when the azaleas are blooming. The pause gives my eyes a chance to rest and my shoulders to roll.

    —Jetta Neely on March 27, 2014
  • Every time I sit down to my sewing machine, I think of my Nana. I think she is the reason I started sewing in the first place. I also throw laundry in and watch tv.

    —Marsha Nelson on March 27, 2014
  • Hi, When I quilt, if in my sewing room, I listen to the 70’s & 80’s rock and pop music. If I am quilting at the kitchen table or hand quilting in the living room, I am listening more or less to my favorite tv shows. I get to look up once and awhile to actually see what is happening.lol

    —Helen on March 27, 2014
  • i listen to books on CD’s/MP3’s as i sew.

    —Marlene on March 27, 2014
  • I like to have music playing. Sometimes I put on a movie or watch a TV show.

    —MoeWest on March 27, 2014
  • I watch tv while I cut or sew. Sometimes I look through patterns while I watch tv (there isn’t a whole lot to miss on most shows!) Sometimes I even talk on the phone, although the machine noise gives me away, so I revert to cutting or ironing!

    Barbara Winkler on March 27, 2014
  • I love having MeTV on in the background while quilting. The old shows without all the violence and thugging stuff are a nice change from modern shows.

    —Amy Caldwell on March 27, 2014
  • When I quilt at home, I may call a quilter friend and talk about what we’re working on. Or sometimes put my TV on the music channel and listen to music while quilting.

    I LOVE my "small" (25-30)quilt group, we share quilt books, patterns, have lunch, have show and tell. We always have something new going on every month. For Easter we are each taking a large plastic egg and putting something inside that is quilt related…then it all goes into a basket and each person draws out an egg and sees her new surprise! We sometimes tell jokes while quilting and everyone gets a laugh for the day. Every first Thursday of the month we all work on quilts for charity. The rest of the month each Thursday we work on our own projects or group projects.We help each other out with color choices for a quilt..just great companionship. Is a group I look forward to going to every Thursday! 🙂

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on March 27, 2014
  • When I’m hand quilting, I love to put on a DVD series, preferably one that I’ve watched previously, so I can settle in for a lovely long day while I watch/listen.

    While I’m machine piecing I like having the TV tuned to the Food Network. There’s something about being busy piecing and ironing that matches with someone being busy cooking that goes together. *sigh* If only there was someone to present me with a banquet when I’ve finished all my piecing 😀

    —Kayt Deans on March 27, 2014
  • I just have to have the tv on, plus it’s my time to watch chick flicks or what ever my little heart desires.

    —Missy on March 28, 2014
  • I quilt by hand, so usually I’m doing something else too, like watching a movie or TV. If I’m in a rush, I put in all 3 Lord of the Rings movies. 12 hours of film means 12 hours of quilting, and I can usually get it done! I’m also known for quilting while I talk on the phone, especially to my Mum, who I’m usually talking to for hours on end!

    —Sarah Jane on March 28, 2014
  • I have always been a fan of opera, so I put my computer in my sewing area and stream opera from it. I think that my quilts reflect the opulence of the costumes. Although I have made some modern quilts, I always revert to very traditional blocks and elegant fabrics.

    Gail G on March 28, 2014
  • When I am working on a quilt or other project my favorite thing to listen to is Old Time Radio on the computer. It is a wonderful quiet time-I can listen to old radio programs and concentrate on sewing, cutting and measuring at the same time! 🙂

    Kathy Bullack on March 28, 2014
  • I always have some handwork ready by my favorite chair. This might be some applique, some piecing or some quilting which I can do while comfortably seated with my feet up. I’ve even been known to sort and fold fabric and arrange it in one of my plastic bins. Then I put on some TV show I’ve taped to watch "later": usually a quilt or sewing show but sometimes a movie. It’s my "me time" when I relax and enjoy both sewing and being entertained.

    —Louise Simon on March 28, 2014
  • My husband likes to play video games on a screen next to the TV and he wants me to watch TV shows he has recorded for us. i can’t just sit there and watch TV and I’m not interested in playing video games. However, I brought my sewing machine into the living room and its’s a great time now for me to quilt and sew and create while I listen to the shows. And my husband is happy because I am with him. Win-Win.

    Carolyn White (Sewing Sue2) on March 28, 2014
  • My trusty iPad will let me listen to any radio station with a digital transmission. So, although I’m in France, I can listen to BBC Radio 4, including episodes of the world’s longest running soap opera The Archers. Radio 4 keeps me company all day.

    —Sue Sharp on March 28, 2014
  • I like to listen to music while I quilt. Both activities relax me and take me away to my own little world. If I am listening to a radio station I have some sense of time which is good for getting supper ready on time, etc. but if I am listening to CDs all sense of time slips away.

    —Audrey on March 28, 2014
  • Hand work or binding is done while watching tv with my hubby. Work on my machine or quilt frame is done in my quiet sewing room. But my favourite quilting time is wherever my bestie and I can sew and chat together! Usually around her dining room table – we try to do that at least once each month!

    —Nancy on March 28, 2014
  • Listen to talk shows on TV.

    —Cindy S on March 28, 2014
  • When I do handwork I listen to the tv (whatever hubbys watching). If I am in my sewing room-I enjoy the quiet time–sometimes I listen to music or listen to old movies or series shows I play on my little tv with built in dvd player. I do enjoy my quiet time best though.

    —CindyM on March 28, 2014
  • I listen to Celtic Music and occasionally (often) sing along.

    —Nancy Eriksen on March 28, 2014
  • If it is "frantic" day, I cut, piece or quilt in my quiet sewing room, door closed. If it is a okay day, I tune in a TV program I enjoy and "listen" while I work. I bring our 2 youngest grandchildren (5&6) up with me, they can watch one of "their" programs, help sort fabrics, and get used to a place for sewing. We care for the little guys weekdays, and for my Dad daily. He is 82 and has MANY health issues. In good weather, I open my windows and sew to the sounds outside in the country. I hand quilt in the evenings in our living room, with my husband close by, watching TV. And quilting goes camping with me, anywhere we go.

    —Norma on March 28, 2014
  • While I’m quilting I always have the TV on, I like to listen to my shows and of course look up every now and then to see whats going on. I also like to drink my Diet Dr. Pepper and snack on something, I make sure I have something to keep my hands clean. Sometimes it’s hard to snack and sew at the same time! I guess I’m a multi-tasker.

    —Gay on March 28, 2014
  • A small glass of wine, and good music. Relaxes me and my quilting turns out awesome.

    —Debbie Yarbrough on March 28, 2014
  • I usually watch movies or TV while I quilt – my quilting materials and equipment are in the same room as my computer, and I often use the time when I’m quilting, especially when I’m ironing and cutting, to watch things I haven’t had time to catch up on via streaming.

    —Karen on March 28, 2014
  • I like to listen to NPR on my radio while I sew. It helps me relax & I often learn something new along the way.

    —Susan Clarkson on March 28, 2014
  • I like to put a good chick flick in the DVD when I hand stitch my bindings. Makes it much more enjoyable.

    —Anita on March 28, 2014
  • I put iTunes on shuffle mode then groove to all my favorite types of music.
    Also listen to NPR on iTunes radio, ever since they switched over to 100% news and comments. I like the interesting in depth reports.

    —Crazy Cuban on March 28, 2014
  • I like to download and listen to a good audiobook. It keeps me sewing and it is also a good way to measure how much time I have been at the machine. Sometimes a new chapter indicates it is time to get up and move around.

    —Edna Lindeman on March 28, 2014
  • When I’m watching…or should I say listening to…TV with the hubster I work on EPP hexies or diamonds. When I’m machine sewing that’s it, nothing else.

    —Rhonda on March 28, 2014
  • It depends on the project really. If it’s just one for fun I talk to my dogs constantly and they ‘help’ me with fabric decisions. If it’s one for a new baby or a special birthday I tend to prefer to be quiet, thinking about the recipient. If it’s a donation one, especially for stillborn babies, I think of the parents and their loss. Quilting is one of those activities with many aspects and many reasons to for doing it which is why I think so many people find it satisfying.

    Deborah on March 28, 2014
  • I live in a 4 level split home. I have my design wall upstairs, my sewing machine on the second level and my ironing board in the third level out in the heated garage. I get lots of steps and stairs in when I’m working on a project. And so do the dogs since they like to follow me. 🙂

    —Karen B on March 28, 2014
  • I set up my embroidery machine to do a design – start sewing, then I piece quilt blocks on another machine at the same desk/table. I enjoy making quilt blocks also that have embroidery for the center. I also have music or the TV on.

    —cathy w. on March 28, 2014
  • I try to get 15 minutes on the treadmill before I start on a day of sitting at the sewing machine. And I too listen to the TV for news, music and favorite programs.

    —Loraine Isenberger on March 29, 2014
  • Depends because i do everything by hand! If i am sketching a new quilt i like quiet and if i am piecing i can do this in the living room or bedroom while watching tv or even dr appt, but if i am quilting it is winter and i am curled up with my hoop in bed quietly quilting with music or a movie going unless it is a queen or king size than my living room is taken over!

    —jody on March 29, 2014
  • Right now trying to find time for me to sew the projects that I want is at a premium. I love to sit down during the day with a good book on CD to listen to as I quilt. I have listened to a lot of books this way and my favorite author to date is Janet Evonovitch. Her books are full of humor and fun. I prefer books that are not heavy on the sex or violence. When hand quilting I love to sit and watch a good movie, but haven’t had much time for that lately.

    —Elayne Novotny on March 29, 2014
  • I love to listen to baseball games while I quilt. I’m so glad it’s springtime–major league baseball starts soon, and we’ve already been watching spring training games on tv.

    —Beth T. on March 29, 2014
  • With life being so busy I find it hard to get in my sewing room at home. Once I do, I am there for hours quilting away. I do mostly machine quilting on my home machine here. I am still learning how and have a lot to learn yet. So far, it has been very rewarding. I have only been quilting for about 2 years.

    —AuraLee on March 30, 2014
  • Piecing a quilt I may be enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine depending on the time of day. If I am working on the finishing machine I have the CD player tuned to a favorite CD. The music feeds the creativity whether I’m following a patfree motion finishing.

    —rebecca on March 30, 2014
  • I use my iPad with earphones to listen to Bible Studies, Midsommer Murders, or Poirot. I love English murder mysteries. I also listen to books on tape.

    Elaine on March 30, 2014
  • I always have the TV on in the sewing room while I’m quilting though I’m not always paying attention to what’s on. I also have my iPad with me and at times I play Words with Friends while I’m stitching and view emails and videos as well. Mostly though, I watch quilting videos, classes, and tutorials on the iPad and find myself learning new, quicker piecing techniques and getting more ideas for quilts. This makes me want to try out what I’ve learned and, unfortunately, that does lead to lots of new quilt blocks, pieced quilt tops, and more UFO’s! But I love it.

    —Ellen Matoba on March 30, 2014

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