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Need an Excuse to Make a Quilt? We’ve Got 17!

We all know there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t start a new quilt. You should clean the house. You should be working, or perhaps spending more time with family.

But many quilters say it’s actually beneficial to their health and well-being to start a new quilt, a part of their own self care. In that spirit, we’ve compiled a list of 17 very compelling arguments for why you should stop what you’re doing right now and start a new quilt. Enjoy.

1. You’re bored with your other quilts.

That sampler quilt you finished up is so last month. Pick out a new pattern and get to cutting, because it’s almost out of style.

2. You’re bored at work.

Steal a conference room table, close the blinds and pull out your rotary cutter. Your boss will be the none the wiser.

3. Your husband agreed to watch the kids.

This is a no brainer. Start a new quilt.

4. Someone, somewhere, is graduating.

If you don’t have a niece or nephew to quilt for, ask a co-worker. Someone needs a graduation quilt, and you will make it for them, because…

5. You want to buy more fabric.

Become a weekend quilt factory, and you’ll be out of fabric and ready to hit the quilt shop again in no time. Besides…

6. Reading Facebook is so boring.

We all need the occasional mindless diversion, and sewing a new quilt will help you take your mind off political hubbub much better than scrolling social media posts.

Boundless FLower Shop Quilt Kit

Boundless Flower Shop Quilt Kit

7. Your pet has stolen your favorite quilt.

Dogs and cats have a way of claiming our handmade quilts as their own. It’s completely useless to try to get them off once they’ve curled up. Just make more quilts.

8. It’s a holiday.

Christmas quilt. Patriotic quilt. Valentine’s Day quilt. If you’ve been quilting more than 4 years and haven’t made yourself one of these, go back and make more quilts.

9. It’s Friday.

What else were you planning to do this weekend?

10. So your couch doesn’t get jealous of the bed.

You worked for years on that double wedding ring quilt for your bed. Don’t make the couch settle for any less.

True Colors table Runner

True Colors Table Runner Kit

11. Your table is naked.

Sew yourself a table runner and you’ll be suddenly inspired to have dinner guests.

12. Your walls are naked.

If you don’t have a quilt pinned to drywall somewhere in your house, how will your guests know you’re a quilter? Wall quilts are quick weekend projects. You can have two, maybe three done by the end of this month!

13. You are naked.

Cover up with a quilt.

14. Your Instagram feed is boring.

Were your 2016 “best nine” pics all of your kid or your cat? You can turn this around in no time, but you’ll need a trip to the quilt shop and some uninterrupted sewing time.

15. Your WIPs are boring.

If your works in progress are getting you down, get rid of ’em.* You don’t want to live with all that guilt. Start a new quilt!

16. There’s a quilting retreat/conference/cruise.

We all know that going on a quilting-related vacation is the height of luxury. And if you need an excuse to make a new quilt, wouldn’t signing up for a fun quilting getaway be on the list?

17. Isn’t someone having a baby?

If you don’t have a baby quilt to sew, make one anyway. Multiples are common these days, and you might end up having to sew two quilts back to back.

What’s your favorite excuse to start a new quilt? Share in the comments below!

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* No WIPs were harmed in the writing of this list.



I have tried numereous times to obtain something from the crafty site. It NEVER lets me add anything to my cart. You had a free motion half price recently. I tried and tried to get this promotion to no avail. Can you tell m e why this is happening. I really wanted that free motion half price video.
Any way you can help a gal out?

Mary Galea

Number 6 is especially pertinent! My dear man accuses me of wasting far too much time on Facebook!


I needed a laugh this morning. It has been “one of those weeks, already” and only Wednesday.
(how about a poster sized printout of this, for my wall?)


Because I’m retired and I can!

Katherine Young

All excellent reasons to start a new quilt. Love them all.

Joan F Hudson

How about “Just Because I Want To”


Quilt, because it is cheaper than therapy!

Carol Johnston

So (sew) true!!!

Ellen Witherly

What! I need a reason?!! Who knew?


Since giving up Facebook I have lots of time to sew… so much more productive than scrolling… and sewing is never negative or political…. bonus!


This is sew true!!

Grammy Neon

Celebrate finishing my taxes!

Carol snyder

I gave up reading so I would have more time to quilt .


My favorite reason to start a new quilt is that I become annoying when I have too much time on my hands (or any time on my hands). I can send documented proof of this statement if needed – lots of proof from many people.


Because I finally finished the last one.

Jen B

Is the pattern for the tiny triangles quilt available on it’s own?

colleen Rangel

Check out freshquilting.com the “a new angle” episode! A gal gave the best method for making any size half rectangle triangles!!! Same concept as half square triangles except you place a dot at the two opposing diagonal corners then spin the rectangles to meet the dots. Pin and sew!


Love this!


Because I can’t find my knitting needles!

Dolores H

I found a group of ladies in my winter in Florida that they made quilts for children in the hospital, I joined the group and each one we made a quilt and donated to the local hospital, now I am back home and I got the fever already made one starting on my second one , it is relaxing I hope to make at least once a month and give to my local hospital.

Ellen Burlew

Because at 83 I still need to be productive. Love Craftsy!


If anyone asks I simply say “I can use my stash that everyone complains about”. Which is true, I could use my stash, but I’m waiting for the perfect quilt those. So, it’s a win-win for me. I get to buy new fabric and make a new quilt


The time I spend in my sewing room is pure delight. I will continue to quilt until my aging fingers won’t work anymore. The Bible and quilting give me great pleasure and comfort, how much more can I want?


I found it funny that as I was rapidly scrolling down the page that word “Naked” leaped off the page at me. I wasn’t even reading and I saw it and my brain said “What, naked, what??”. Guess that says a lot about where my mind is. 🙂

Jeanne B.

I laughed at #2. The conference room is right next to the boss’ office. Pretty sure he’d notice if I left my desk and went in there to quilt. LOL!!! But that’s OK… I have Illustrator and Photoshop on my computer. Don’t tell anyone I’m busy… plotting my next quilt in Illustrator.

Priscilla Cooksey

Number 7 is purr-fect for my reason. My kitty Gabby decided she owns the last quilt that I made and everyone knows you really can’t argue with a cat… : – )

Margaret Morris

Worried about Dementia – be productive and make quilts. It’s calming, relaxing and continually exercises “the little grey cells”. (sorry Poirot devotee).

Lynne Leavell

If granny ain’t happy the house isn’t happy, so therefore, I quilt. For sanity reasons.


Loved this article right up until I hit the “husband has agreed to watch the kids”. I don’t have any kids, but that would have been fine, but I don’t have a husband, I have a wife. One tiny little change in the vocab would have made the entire difference. Why not say “your spouse (or significant other) has agreed to watch the kids”.

Inclusion can make a huge difference to people like me who are routinely not included. I love this site, but it stinks to get a reminder that this isn’t meant for me.


Rachel, thanks for this gentle reminder! I appreciate your comments, and as the author of this piece, I will try to be more inclusive in my language.


If I’m quilting I’m not eating!


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