Should you be quilting when you are sick from the flu?
I know that I should not be quilting sick. Recently, I was sick with a fever, sneezing, and a coughing mess. I wanted to stay away from my family members, so that they did not get my lovely sickness. However, I decided that I was not too sick to quilt. Big Mistake!
Here are a few things that I noticed:
- My hands were not as steady during the quilting, so my stitches were inconsistent.
- My foot was not as steady, especially on starting after stopping. Every time I stopped, I had a jump in the stitch.
- My mind was not as focused, so that I started in one direction and then decided to attempt another. This led to overcorrection and lousy stitches. Eventually, this led to ripping out the quilting.
In general, it was a huge disaster. If you are sick with a cold or flu, rest and take some time to get better.
Quilting sick with a Long Illness or Condition
My answer is different for quilting when you are sick from a long term illness or condition. Each person is different and has to look at their own situation.
- Evaluate whether you can physically quilt and have the desire to quilt. If so, quilt in what ever capacity that you may be able to handle. Quilting is a wonderful therapy.
- Be kind to yourself. Give grace to yourself and realize that some illnesses and conditions take time and sometimes, we have to adapt to a new method or equipment to achieve the same goal.
- Start slow. Take a little bit at a time.