First up…a moment of hilarity
The second thing I do after turning on the sewing machine is turn on the tunes, a movie, a book on CD, something for background noise. Why the second? I like the sound of the machine as it boots up…the gears and everything calibrating. It’s so cool.
I have probably 30 to 40 stations on Pandora that are rather eclectic. It ranges from Matt Maher and Rich Mullins to Hootie and the Blowfish (Darius Rucker) and James Taylor to Daft Punk and Crash Test Dummies. Adele and Pink, Florence + the Machine and Maroon 5. Yep, it’s wide ranging. A lot will depend on my mood and how intensely I’m quilting. If it’s really intense I’ll change stations quite frequently until I find just the right thing. Sometimes it’s a wee bit mellower like Gotye.
If I’m feeling rather nostalgic that’s when I head for James Taylor or Karen Carpenter. I’ve enjoyed Karen’s voice since I was young.
I listen to different music when I’m writing…and again it depends on how intense the writing or my mood.
I watched tv on my computer for a little while or sometimes will watch movies. When I finished up Quantum Leap I marathon watched the Lord of the Rings Trilogy of movies at least 3 times. Yes there’s that much stitching in that quilt.
I do suggest having something playing in the background while quilting for a couple of reasons
1) it reduces our personal physical tension as we stitch by providing us with something else to pay attention
2) it lessens the negative loop in our thinking – uh yeah we all have that, “this looks like crap” loop that runs through our heads
3) we do have brains that multi-task to some degree – by giving our brain something else to focus on we can relax and just stitch
off to stitch!