I’m sure we all made similar resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, save money, spend more time with family, and — of course — spend more time quilting! Of course it’s now Day #3 of the new year and many of those well-intentioned goals have already gone by the wayside.(Especially the lose weight goal, as we’re still drowning in Christmas candy around here.)
However I’ve done well with my “more quilting” goal. I the weekend making two baby-sized quilts in two days. And boy was my body sore afterward!
I have herniated disks in my neck and bursitis in my hip. Quilting hurts. But do I listen to my body and take a break? Or do I charge onward trying to win the Most-Productive-Quilter award? This weekend I was going for the award.
Quilting, but its nature, makes us prone to repetitive stress injuries. These are made worse by our:
(1) Stubborn refusal to take a break every hour or so.
(2) Poorly set up work environments with cheap chairs, wrong height cutting tables, and/or poor lighting.
(3) Lack of hydration because we’re too busy to drink water (plus peeing slows down our quilting).
(4) Lack of stretching, because … well … we just don’t like doing it.
So I’d suggest that we all make a New Year’s vow to protect our bodies so that we can continue to quilt. Take a few minutes to set up our quilting area correctly. Buy a good chair. Take an hourly break to drink some water, stretch a few muscles, and take a few deep breaths.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about some resources that can help make quilting less painful.
Happy New Year!