Everybody has their stress tick. This is mine. And, it’s probably one of the biggest draws for me to quilting. There is a lot of counting in quilting.
Cut 100 pieces, sew them into groups of 4 is 25 pieces, sew them into groups of 5 is 5 pieces. Sew them into a quilt and you have one piece and another UFO.
Twenty hexies to the strip and I need 284 hexies so I need enough fabric to get 14 strips, 2 inches wide, plus part of another strip if I don’t have a scrap, that’s 30 inches of fabric. Stack the strips 6 layers deep and cut; 6, 12, 18, 24…
Yesterday was a stressful day. Work, getting ready for school, anticipating back to school shopping (YUCK!), the old clothes fashion show to see what fits and what has to be replaced and gently sharing that she's not going to be able to breathe in something that tight. And, rearranging her schedule to take her out of basketball because of here knee.
And, I started counting in my brain. Five squares to make a strip, 14 blocks, each needing 2 strips, that's 140 squares. Three squares to make a strip, 14 blocks with two sides, 84 squares...nevermind that these were already pieced. I needed to know how many squares there were.
By bedtime, I was practically doing multiplication tables in my head and had basted about 13 hexies (each with 6 points, that’s 78 points to baste).
As long as I can add, subtract, divide and multiply, I'll be okay.
Math as a distraction. Who'da thunk it based on my high school geometry teacher's comments in 10th grade?
Be well. Don’t judge. If you don’t have a stress tick, ask your family what it is. I bet they can tell you.