Quilting meets flying?

 What do you listen to while you quilt or craft? Some people swear by classical music, others I know just like quiet.

I listen to audio books or podcasts about big ideas. My favourites are Big Ideas from the ABC, Ted Talks and BBC World Documentaries.

It strikes me as odd that I can listen to these, which requires some attention, and yet not get  distracted as I sew. Maybe this is like learning to fly a helicopter where you have to have a huge amount of concentration but if you try too hard it doesn’t work.

Thoughts? What do you like to listen to? Any psychologists out there that can explain why this works?


PS: The other similarity with flying I noticed today when sewing dandelion leaves is how the ‘nevers’ get drummed into you. As I was fiddling with corners on the leaves my internal safety conscience said “it’s never safe to have fingers near a needle and your foot on the pedal” which immediately made me think “its never safe to hover backwards” too (as when flying a helicopter). What fun 🙂

PS2: Which reminds me I must get back to my I’d Rather Be Flying quilt this year too…


About bertcollections

I began quilting, with the help of some friends, in 2005, and have been quilting ever since. In that time, I’ve completed several projects in a variety of styles and colour combinations. My approach to quilting generally doesn’t involve using a particular pattern. I tend to have a concept I want to bring to life, or find a fabric on sale somewhere that looks like it could be turned into something fun. As the photos in the 'Introductions' post show, my quilts cross a range of styles, but generally use some strong colours and shapes.
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3 Responses to Quilting meets flying?

  1. daniebob says:

    It all depends on my mood. Sometimes I listen to a completely crazy mix of music. Other times its an audiobook I’ve downloaded from the library (biography or non-fiction). I’ve also been known to listen to lectures and podcasts about libraries and library related issues.

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