Sunday, January 2, 2022

Stitching Stuff: Week 1 of 2022


It seems wrong to claim week 1 after just a day of 2022 has passed. But I did check and this has to be week 1 to get 52 weeks of posts.  But there are the last 6 days of 2020 in this week too.  I was on vacation this last week, so my stitching time was vastly improved the last few days of 2020.


  • 15 minute days/week 1 = 7/7
  • 15 minute days/week December = 11/31 days
  • 15 minute days/2021 = 271/365
  • 15 minute days/2022 = 1/1
  • Success rate for 2021 = 74.3%

I'm off to a good start for 2022. That year that was 2021 had a lot of challenges, even so it wasn't my worst year for stitching time. Finding time to stitch 75% of the time isn't all that bad, my worst success rate was 52%.  I'm hoping to do better this year at handling the stress and keeping my working hours closer to 9 hours a day rather than 12, which was a way to frequent happening last year.  I gave back 3 days of vacation and carried over another 5 days to 2022 because there wasn't time to take them. I'd have lost all 8 if the company hadn't increased the allowance for vacation carry over last year.  So I'm going to try to take more mini stitching vacations this year.  We'll see how that goes.

The Scientist in Training joined me in the sewing room a couple of nights this last week. 

It's hard to believe it was about this time last year that she asked me to help her pick out an embroidery kit at Hobby Lobby so she could see if she liked it.  The answer was yes she likes it and she's really good at it. I smile now at how frustrating she found making those first few French knots. She'll turn 23 this week.  Not sure how that happened. She finished her graduate school applications this week. We won't see her as much next school year, probably just at holidays.  That will be an adjustment.  

So how did you end 2021 and start 2022? Were you able to get back to the stitching stuff after all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?  

1. maggie f
2. katie z.
3. DonnaleeQ
4. karen
5. Melissa G
6. Colletta's Kitchen Sink
7. Ivani
8. Jennifer in Indy
9. Terri in BC
10. Melisa - Pinker n Punkin Quilting
11. Julie in GA
12. DawnyK
13. Quilting Gail
14. Amanda
15. Carol @ Quilt Schmilt

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LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Mini sewing vacations sound like a great plan for 2022! It's so great that your SIT has come to enjoy embroidery so much - me, too! Is she going farther away for graduate school? That could be a fun new place for you and your guy to explore.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What fun to have someone so crafty in your room! and yes - I like that they grow up and do their *thing* but I do not like that they grow up and can't be with us every day.... the parenting conundrum right? Here's to success in where ever she goes

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

sorry you lost some of your time - keep closer track of that this year even if it is one day off to make a three day weekend to chill out!

Terri in BC said...

I plan on joining your 15 minutes to stitch this year. I need to get back to a regular routine of sewing and stitching, and I like your idea of just 15 minutes a day. I could even work on something during my lunch hour at work. I've been feeling unmotivated lately, so thanks for the inspiration.

Jennifer said...

I think you had a pretty great year considering all that happened and how busy work kept you - hope that you're able to get closer to a normal schedule in January and through 2022 and hope that you're able to use some of that vacation to enjoy your hobbies! Wishing you a happy new year Kate and thank you for hosting this stitching time report. I really have enjoyed tracking my time over the past few years and will continue this year too.

Ivani said...

Mini Vaccations sounds as necessary break. I consider you did a lot during those strefull 2021 days. Happy Birthday for SIT.
Happy New Year, Kate

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

I think 2022 is off to a good start. How fun to have someone to enjoy crafting with. I look forward to seeing all that you accomplish this new year. Thank you for hosting the link party and happy quilting.

DawnyK said...

So glad you got to enjoy your week and stitching with SIT! You did great in 2021! Looking forward to another fun year reporting stitching with you!

Emily said...

SIT's embroidery skills are amazing! She's come a long way in a year, so glad she's found something she likes to do. I started quilting in college, it was a good way to balance the stress (and still is!)

I hope your plan for mini stitching vacations works for you in 2022!

seabreezequilts said...

I'm joining again this year. You did pretty well despite life/work getting in the way. Wow SIT is going to be an embroidery power house she is doing great work. Fingers crossed for a better work/life/creative balance for 2022.

Carol Andrews said...

So much fun to see SIT stitching along. Good luck keeping your work hours down this year. Thank you for hosting such a great linky party again this year. 😄🎉