A recent blog post was sent my way by a friend, on the recent medical findings on the benefits of quilting on your health. I am happy to report the findings, which people who quilt (and I am one) have long suspected. The Relationship Between Quilting and Well-Being
Emily Burt & Jacqueline Atkinson
Journal of Public Health, 34(1) 54-59
Results: Cognitive, emotional and social processes were uncovered, which participants identified as important for their wellbeing. Participants found quilting to be a productive use of time and an accessible means of engaging in free creativity. Colour was psychologically uplifting. Quilting was challenging, demanded concentration and participants maintained and learned new skills. Participants experienced ‘flow’ while quilting. A strong social network fostered the formation of strong friendships. Affirmation from others boosted self-esteem and increased motivation for skill development. Quilts were often given altruistically and gave quilting added purpose.