Sunday, January 31, 2021

Stitching Time: Week 5 of 2021

The last day of January is going to be cold and really windy, perfect stitching weather.  The weather this last month has been really conductive to spending time in the sewing room.  That's definitely helped get me back on track in terms of working in some stitching time most days.  How about you?  Are you finding more or less time to stitch in 2021?  

Work was cooperative this week and we didn't have to work very late any evening, plus we took our monthly day off on Friday.  It was a good week on the stitching time front. 
  • 15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
  • 15 minute days/Jan = 28/30 days
  • 15 minute days/2021 = 28/30 days
  • Success rate = 93.33%
I've only missed two days of stitching time this year, so I'm off to a good start on that front. You can link up and share how your first month of 2021 is going at the bottom of the post. 

With all the nasty weather this month, I've had a few sewing sessions that lasted most of the afternoon/evening.  It's been nice finding the time to sew, but I paid for those sessions with a sore shoulder and aching back the next morning.  I had similar problems back in 2018, so replaced my student desk with an adjustable sewing table. That helped a lot. So why are the problems back again?  I've been using an old office chair for the past 15 years. It won't adjust anymore and that was causing me to hunch over the sewing table.  So it was probably time to replace it.  The replacement came Thursday. 

It took a day to get the height right. But I was able to sew all afternoon yesterday without a back ache.  Definitely a good decision.  I'm hoping for another full afternoon of pain free stitching today.   

So how did your stitching go this week? 
1. Chriskntis
2. Julie in GA
3. martha mumaw
4. maggie f
5. Chris in Canada
6. Ivani
7. Meloney
8. Quilting Gail
9. DI
10. DesertSky Quilting
11. DawnyK
12. Jennifer in Indy
13. dreamworthy quilts
14. Shasta @ High Road
15. Amanda
16. Marti
17. Carol Andrews

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Sara said...

I did pretty well this past week, but already know I’ll be working more hours this next week. That will cut into my sewing time.

Ivani said...

Happy sewing time this Sunday, pain free!

Meloney said...

Your chair is pretty. I've been thinking about a new chair. I think I need one with a deep seat so I can use the back rest my DH got me. I've not found one yet.

Susan said...

Oh, congratulations on the new chair! I know I need to do that, too, for the same reason. I'm trying to put it off by moving around a lot. LOL Alternating sit down sewing and longarm and cutting, etc. Your stitch days are great, and I'm impressed. I think there's a typo on the year to date, though. =)

MissPat said...

hooray for a new chair. I need one too, but I want to be able to test it first so that will have to wait awhile. Hope you get so sewing time this week and no now/ice storms.

DawnyK said...

Good job stitching. And what a great new chair. Always important to have the best equipment. I'm excited that I got a finish done on Sunday.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats on your new sewing chair, Kate!!

Jennifer said...

The chair looks great - amazing how much it can impact your comfort when sewing and especially how you feel the next day - glad you're set up with the new one!

dq said...

I hope the replacement chair makes a real difference for you! One does not need to hurt after doing what they enjoy!

I am glad you were able to get so much sewing in this past week.

Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) said...

That looks like a comfortable chair. With all the sitting at home I have been doing, I had to get a new chair too. Hopefully I can put it on my taxes. It is good to invest in the right ergonomic equipment to work comfortably.

chrisknits said...

It's amazing the difference chair and desk height make! Love the chair.

seabreezequilts said...

Yes new chair for you. I'm off to buy a new sewing chair tomorrow, last day of hubbies leave and my birthday is next week so we are going to go as soon as I knock off from work. I'm sure your back will be much better for a new chair so will mine.

Emily said...

Yay for a new chair and less back pain! I've noticed that my back hurts when I spend a lot of time sewing, too, maybe it's time for me to re-think my straight-backed chair for something more supportive.

Marti said...

Chairs do make a big difference. My back is aching today and I'm thinking of putting a back brace on to prevent the hunching and more problems.

Carol Andrews said...

A new chair is just the best idea. Another great week for you Kate