My Friday finish is kind of big this week–well, actually it is six little finishes, but it adds up to big impact!
Quilting as therapy Part 1
Recently, my catsitter, who works in a veterinary clinic, asked if I could make a few little quilts for them to use in the clinic. Of course, that was a request I could not refuse. Around the same time, I was going to Kansas City to visit my mom. I’ve mentioned before that she had a stroke last summer that affected her left side. We are always looking for ways to engage both sides of her body and I figured what better way than to do some piecing.
My mom is not a quilter, but she can sew. At first, she was hesitant, but we kept it simple and she quickly got the hang of it. I found she did better with shorter seams so I had her piece the blocks and I sewed the blocks into tops. A week later I came home with six tops to be quilted.
I am happy to say that these six quilts have now been donated to the clinic. It was a fun project for my mom and me to work on together. She enjoyed it and it made her use both her hands at the same time. A win/win for sure!
Quilting as therapy Part 2
Quilting can also provide mental therapy. My friend, Maude, at The Retro Quilter, started a podcast in January called Thread and Therapy. In each episode, she talks to a quilter about their struggle and how they used quilting as a catalyst for change. Check it out wherever you get your podcasts.
Jenna Crump says
Thank you for the invitation to hear from other quilters. I lost my quilting buddy years ago because of a move. I am happy to know I can hear from many quilting buddies out there. And hear the success and not-so-successful stories. Thank you, thank you.
Monica Wildermuth says
I was only able to quilt once with my mom, but it was a time I’ll never forget. fortunate memories to have and keep!!