Stop and Breathe

When my younger daughter went away to school this year, and my husband and I were “empty nesters” for the first time in over 20 years, I decided that I wanted to take up quilting.

Two of my good friends are quilters and they often talked about how much they enjoyed it.

I took my first quilting class in November and made a quilt for my youngest. Then in December, I made a quilt for my eldest. In January I made a quilt for my niece and in February I made a quilt for my sister-in-law. I have two more quilts planned to do next. You could say that I am addicted!

What I love about quilting is that it gives me a chance to sit at the sewing machine and just concentrate on sewing a straight line. Doing this work clears my mind.

I also love the creative part of quilting when I am in the fabric store choosing fabrics.  Then, although my mind is whirring with what will go with what, I don’t think about anything else.

When I was younger I was a runner and I loved the times when all thoughts would disappear from my mind and the only things I concentrated on were my breathing and my feet hitting the ground.

I have been swamped with work lately and quilting in my spare time has been a joy and a needed distraction. I am curious, what do you do to stop thinking and just be?

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Judith Lindenberger

Judith Lindenberger is President of The Lindenberger Group, an award-winning HR consulting agency. She has over 30 years of experience helping clients create effective human resource management strategies to drive success for their organization and their employees. Lindenberger Group’s seasoned team of consultants offer expert guidance on all aspects of HR from recruitment and staffing to training and development to payroll and compliance. For more information, email


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I love gardening too. Actually I really like weeding. Great combination because my husband loves planting and pruning. Another lovely distraction.



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