Tips on preparing yourself for sewing, from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual:
"Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do ... never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.
"Never try to sew with a sink full of dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.
"When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on with care ... if you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should."
On the Other Hand:
2017 tips on preparing yourself for quilting, just from the top of my head:
Prepare yourself mentally for quilting. If you're not sure what you want to do, just dive right in and start piecing and slashing scraps with mad abandon! Surprising and pleasing benefits can result from this creativity.
Never mind a sink full of dishes or unmade beds - finishing that UFO or mystery quilt comes first! Throw something in the crock pot so your mind is free to enjoy your quilting.
Don't worry about your hair, just pull it out of your face and off your neck with a rubber band. DO NOT put lipstick on; you'll need your mouth to hold extra pins.
If you are concerned that a visitor will drop in, just close the curtains and pretend you're not in. If your husband comes home and you are not at a good stopping place, you will not enjoy your quilting as you should with him bumbling around in the background. Send him out for pizza.
Sew forth and sew on