Quilterinmotion - I got some great red fabric on sale and it seemed to go with a lot of my other fabrics so you're right, I have a lot of reds. Did you post pictures of yours?
No I didn't post photos. i"ll go check to see what I took for photos. That was just before I had a major altercation with a rotary cutter!! Little sewing since then.
Quilterinmotion - Ouch! I hope you're OK now. Once I heard about Mary's mishap, I bought a glove and try to be good about wearing it but I don't always. Now I'll resolve to be better about it.
HawkFan , I don't know about Mary's mishap but mine has sidetracked my cutting for a bit. I immediately got gloves...in fact that were a gift from a friend the next morning. In about 5 months I will have a somewhat normal, though flatter, finger! Wear gloves; it's worth the aggravation.
Quilterinmotion - after I heard about Mary's accident, I bought a glove and wear it most of the time. It's just when I'm alternating between sewing and cutting I don't always put it back on -- I do think about it every time though. Maybe now I'll stop thinking and do it. I'm glad to see that permanent damage will be minimal.
Quilterinmotion it sounds like you did real damage? I sliced the index fingers on my left hand not paying good attention with my rotary cutter. I did it right before the 4th of July and was very lucky as I did not cut anything off and they were able to give me 3 stitches and off I went. Was unable to quilt for a little while but it ended up being really hot right then so was hard to any way. Mine has healed really nicely and there is barely even a scar. If I hit it dead on or press something against it too hard the nerve is still tender but otherwise good. But there was a lot of blood. Now I looked at gloves but knew I would not be good about using them but I have slowed down and really focus when using the cutter. I also changed some of the rulers I use when squaring things up or paper piecing. I was just careless. But every now and then I almost panic when using it as I so don't want to do it again! What did you do?
True , I was rushing to get a paper pieced Star Wars Lego quilt done before we left. Working fast and rotary cutters doesn't go together. I was pushing the rotary cutter along at a very quick pace when it jumped the ruler and slice off a section of my finger from the front knuckle forward. I was pressing down on the ruler so my finger was flattened and it cut a good amount of the pad of my finger as well. Now when you CUT OFF something there is a LOT of blood and I managed to knick an artery as well. Nothing to stitch as it was sliced off. Urgent Care cauterized the open surface, bandaged it up and told me to not get it wet. Three weeks until it would begin to heal and then 4-5 months before it would look like a finger again, but flatter. I'm learning to type with nine fingers and I can stitch. I can't hold scissors easily nor use the RC but I'm healing. The quilt had to be set aside for a future date and we will be traveling for another week or so. I'm hoping to figure out how to do it when we land in the warm weather of the South. The cold mornings working outside are the hardest.....cold makes it HURT! I am going to try to be good about wearing gloves when I can finallly get one one because I never want to go through this again. I will definitely be going slowerrrrrrrr. What did you do for rulers? I have so much trimming to do when paper - piecing.
When I can get a glove on that is supposed to say....nine finger typing and it's not always accurate.
Quilterinmotion OMG Marsha...ouch ouch ouch...I have to agree never again. Mainly I am always using my 1/4 ruler for the paper piecing part as although narrow it has that lip and I am going MUCH slower. And I was also using a narrow 1 inch rule for the final cutting around edges and moved to one I got free but have never used much that is still shorter in length (6.5") but a lot wider...as that was when I cut mine. And I am constantly saying in my head SLOW down. Heal fast and travel safe...it is getting quite chilly here...just got wood stove ready for use as it will be soon if not this weekend soon.
Absolutely, True . I think slowing down is the key more than anything! Yes we are ready for warm but the Fall has been lovely and no frost here yet, though it's been cold in the early mornings.
Carolmarie - I am usually not a fan of doing circles (applique) because I never get them truly round. These are so much easier though since you stitch 1/4-inch from the edge and the edges will eventually fray. I enjoyed making them. I also have a ruler to cut circles (but had to make a template for the middle-sized one)
Thanks, Carolmarie . My son is a meat-cutter and there are gloves made for working with sharp blades. I was given a pair of Superior gloves which are cut RESISTANT meaning they would stop most sharp things from penetrating the glove. Not fool proof though. Fons & Porter sells a very expensive glove (unless you compare that to the cost of an Urgent Care visit!). The Superior are $12 and with slower cutting motion I'm pretty confident I will be safe. They can be found through Amazon. There are also metal link gloves like my son uses but I bet they'd be clunky to work with. I'm going to use the Superior glove and cut slowly. I feel it will be safe that way.
BTW, Carolmarie , these circles are easy. You layer the large circle on the background square, the whole medium on top of the large, the whole small on top of the medium- pin in place and just stitch around the entire circle (s). Then you cut. It's not at all like dealing with stitching curves. They are fun and quick to make.