15 reasons why sewing and quilting is better than cooking

All my friends say how much they love cooking or how great they are in the kitchen. I usually sit down and politely say, “Uh, huh” and “That sounds great,” all the while thinking that they just don't get it. Sewing and quilting are much more fun and truly better hobbies.

Let me list 15 fabulous reasons why sewing and quilting is better than cooking. Perhaps we can convert the unsuspecting to our way of life.

1. Handmade clothes last longer than a plate of food

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How long does a plate of food last? Out of the fridge, maybe a few hours. In the refrigerator? Probably a week at best.

A beautiful handmade skirt or dress will be treasured for years. I have handmade clothes in my closet that still look great 10 years later!

2. Quilts last even longer than clothes!

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Have you ever been to a food museum? Do they even exist? A quilt can be loved and used for over 100 years! Quilt museums prove it. Quilts win.

3. You can't ruin a sewing project by getting distracted

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Confession…this is probably why I’m a bad cook. Life has so many distractions: babies, cell phones, emails, teenagers, awesome music, that damn alarm telling me I have to pick up the kids from school, husbands (I don't have any). only one, but other people's husbands also bother me sometimes), that “the washing machine is ready” sound, the dryer ringing, the hose that the kids forgot to turn off… should I continue? All these distractions make me burn the grilled cheese sandwiches, forget to check the cookies, and spill… whatever. Then there is a mess to clean up.

Step away from your sewing project for a few hours, and guess what? It is still there, no harm done, waiting for your loving hands. Leave a UFO (unfinished object) for years, and still – you can finish it, and it will be awesome!

4. Sewing can't make you fat

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In fact, I find it to be quite the opposite. Going back and forth between my sewing machine, my cutting table and my ironing board can take me quite a few steps in a day. And when I start a project, I sew for hours without even noticing that I forgot to eat lunch. How's that for a diet? But that’s probably also why I need to set my “kids call time” alarm.

5. You can complete just about any sewing or quilting project simply by unchecking

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Or sew a creative patch on top. But if you put too much salt in the pan. Or mix your ingredients. Or burn those damn grilled cheese sandwiches – all ruined. Then it's pizza delivery or Cheerios for dinner. Here's an idea: let's alternate pizza delivery and Cheerios for dinner. Problem solved.

6. Foodies are snobs

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Am I right? They ask you where you want to eat and you're afraid to say anything because it will be a terrible choice. I definitely can't say Olive Garden (even though I could eat those breadsticks all day) because that's totally cliché. But if I say something else, it's probably wrong too. I do not go out much. My sewing machine is at home!

7. People who sew and quilt – Quilts? – they are sweet, generous, sharing and perfectly adorable

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Quilters still donate the fruits of their many labors to charities, community raffles, and friends. Has a seamstress ever hemmed your pants or dress for free? I don't agree with this, but it happens all the time.

Not to mention, seamstresses and quilters teach this fabulous skill for free online and in community centers, libraries and churches.

8. Sewing makes you smarter

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Sewing involves a combination of fine motor skills, visual focus, spatial awareness, depth perception, pattern recognition, sequential processing and bilateral coordination. Practice sewing regularly and your intelligence will skyrocket!

9. You can take your sewing projects with you

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Hand embroidery projects, pieces to cut, and buttons waiting to be sewn can all be taken with you when you have to catch the train or wait for an appointment. That’s why they make travel sewing kits. Have you ever heard of a travel kitchen kit?

10. To sew, you have to be seated, not standing

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After a long day at work, who wants to stay up even longer, preparing a hot meal? Sewing is a very interesting activity to do while seated. Get yourself a comfortable chair and voila!

11. It's easier to multitask while you sew

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Go ahead: talk on the phone, listen to music, listen to an audiobook, watch a movie, or watch your favorite Netflix series. They might slow you down, but doing all of these things is perfectly simple while sewing. Multitasking while cooking is a disaster waiting to happen, not to mention the risk of fire.

12. Sewing is better for the environment

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Sewing skills come in handy for repurposing other items, making repairs, or making alterations to clothing. Overall, sewing contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle.

13. Fabric does not expire

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All foods in your refrigerator have an expiration date. The fabric won't leave a bad taste in your mouth if you leave it in the closet for too long. I'm still using (okay, saving) fabric I bought 20 years ago. Who can say the same about food?

14. No one has ever gotten food poisoning from a poorly sewn dress.

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However, you can freely gift your friends and loved ones with the treasures of your sewing room without worrying that they will get sick or have an allergic reaction.

15. Sewing is more creative than cooking

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A recipe is a set of instructions with much more rigid rules to follow than a sewing pattern. One meter of fabric can be transformed into over 50 different things! But there are only so many ways to cook an egg.

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