Change in TV Viewing

When you’re quilting do you watch TV, listen to audiobooks or sew in silent bliss?  My confession: I was usually watching the worst reality TV.  Last week though, while piecing the Generations quilt, I came to the decision to delete it all from my DVR.  It was full of shows like Real Housewives, Dance Moms, Millionaire Matchmaker, and Hell’s Kitchen.  Those shows seemed perfect because generally there is no plot and I could follow along by listening rather than watching.  Obviously, much of the drama is staged but I came to the realization that I just can’t watch people treating others badly anymore.  I don’t need to see grown women in a cat fight, children being used as pawns or Gordon Ramsey verbally abusing ANYONE!  I’m trying to eliminate as much negativity from my life as possible and watching people behave this way was bringing me down.  The added benefit is not listening to people who are incapable of uttering a grammatically correct sentence.  I’m not sure where they find these people, but almost every “real housewife” I talk to here in Appleton knows when to properly use  “I” or “me” in a sentence!!

Despite not watching TV, I’ve almost finished this quilt.  It helps that I’m listening to a good audiobook (Under the Wide and Starry Skies by Nancy Horan). 


This will probably be a donation quilt so the quilting is pretty utilitarian:  meandering in the center, two squiggly lines in the inner border and up-and-down continuous straight lines in the outer border.


There’s still a little hand stitching to finish on the binding but it should be completed today.  Yay! Another quilt made entirely from stash.

I’m linking up with Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday.  Help others celebrate their accomplishments this week by checking out the links.

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  1. Lisa Marie

     /  March 21, 2014

    Your quilt looks fantastic! I am also trying to use up some stash fabrics and find they make great scrappy quilts. As for your TV question, I often watch TV while stitching binding because I hate to watch TV with idle hands. But when I stitch binding without the TV on, it does get done faster.

  2. Pat in Appleton

     /  March 21, 2014

    I, too, have stopped watching Housewives (except HoNY) and Dance Moms. Abby Lee Miller is so mean to those girls these days! She used to be motivating, but now she’s just plain mean and nasty! Why those moms put their girls through that is a mystery to me!

    Your “Generations” quilt is so pretty!

  3. I still love that quilt! Kudos to you for your decision. I haven’t had TV service since the summer of 2011, but I did watch Netflix, mostly things like MacGyver and the multiple Star Treks. When my TV died in November last year, I decided I really didn’t need to buy a new one. I do follow a couple of scifi shows on Hulu, but when they are finished, I can foresee not watching any others. It’s amazing how freeing it is. I can’t understand why ANYONE would watch Gordon Ramsey, and I haven’t watched the others you mention, but if that’s what they’re like, yeah, who needs that?

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