Stress Quilting

Do you quilt when you are stressed? I do. But I don’t want a complicated project to sew.  While waiting for news last week about my sweet father in law, I grabbed these HST blocks and started sewing them together.

I had pressed all the seams to the dark side,  so I sewed pairs together like this because the seams would nest making it easy.

No design wall was used. I just grabbed pairs and put them through the machine. Then I put the pairs through.

Soon I had ten rows of 8 HSTs.  I pressed the seams all the same way and then flipped every other row.

It wasn’t quite big enough for a baby quilt so I added plain borders.

I had a piece of leftover poly batting that was the right size so I threw this on the frame. Three rows of this panto and the quilting was done.

I found enough  binding left from another project to finish this. 

And this is exactly why I don’t mind having some bits and pieces laying around my sewing room. In no time at all, I had a baby quilt nearly finished and it was a wonderful stress reliever to boot.

BTW, thanks again for your kind comments. Also, thank you for the batting suggestions! I’m going to try Quilter’s Dream next.

Have a great day!

Linking up with Sew Fresh QuiltsQuilt Fabrication

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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11 Responses to Stress Quilting

  1. Patricia says:

    Yes, I sew or clean like a mad woman when stressed – sewing is more fun though! What a fun happy baby quilt! Lucky baby who gets it! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Patti Kilcullen says:

    I hand piece (EPP) or applique when I am stressed. I made almost an entire Baltimore Album quilt when my son was in Afghanistan and I haven’t touched it since. I need to get back to it.

  3. Sweet and pretty! I don’t always quilt when I’m stressed, but I should! When I do, it helps so much! Provided, as you point out, it’s not a really complicated project which stresses me out even more! I’ve found on more than one occasion, that when I was really in the dumps, a day of quilting could bring me back to doing a whole lot better. It just centers and calms me. I’m so thankful I had enough sense to decide to learn how to cut up fabric and sew it back together!

  4. Susan says:

    This turned out fantastic! Love it when a simple block turns into something gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this on Midweek Makers this week!

  5. This is so pretty! I just started saving the cut-off corners when I make half-square triangles. So, eventually, I will be able to do as you did. Very pretty and it does look like you had a plan.

  6. Yes, yes, and yes — sometimes circumstances call for a project just like this one! There’s something about chain-piecing easy blocks … it’s stress-reducing for me, too.

    Summer vacation is about to start for my family. I have a bunch of quilts already cut up for those days when I need some time just for me at my sewing machine. : )

  7. Andrea H says:

    I find throwing myself into a project definitely reduces my stress. Glad you were able to finish this adorable quilt up. It looks fantastic. –Andrea

  8. It is lovely and I hope it helped relieve a bit of your stress.

  9. Zenda says:

    This looks like a good way to keep you busy during a stressful time. Praying for your family,

  10. A perfect little project when you need to keep your mind and fingers preoccupied, and the colors are happy and cheerful. Thinking of you much these days!

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