Sunday, 16 February 2014

Quilting: Extreme Sport?

I had big quilty plans this weekend. Postage Stamps needed finishing, I wanted to work on one of my Library Project Quilts, and I had bee blocks to catch up on. I could not wait to get started on Saturday, so Friday night I broke out the mat, ruler, and rotary cutter and started cutting up strips.


By 11 pm I was three strips away from having all of my blocks cut when a slip of the rotary cutter sent me to the Emergency Room for a fun filled six hours of waiting for my poor finger to be attended to.


This my friends is the result. I won't share the gory picture that my Nursey friends wanted to see, but needless to say I have a bit of an extreme angle now to the tip of my finger. In time  it will heal, but I will tell you it hurts like a bugger and has definitely slowed down the quilting!(I am slightly glad that at least I had a nice manicure going on)

Last night, after some pain killers and a big nap I ordered this, a ruler gripper:


Hoping that having my fingers further away from the rotary cutter blade will help! My Husband, who sat with me in the ER, says he is getting me a pair of Kevlar gloves for my birthday :) 

My final advice? Be careful out there! This quilting thing could be the Olympics next extreme sport:)
Adrienne

24 comments:

  1. Oh no! That dos NOT look like fun :( I hope it heals quicker than expected

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  2. Ouch! I hope it heals quickly.

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  3. Ouch. Speedy recovery. But....did you get blood on the fabric???

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  4. oh no. Hope you are doing better.

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  5. So sorry to see your owie! I dropped my open cutter on my foot. No stitches, but I now have a big scar and the habit of closing it every time I put it down.

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  6. Ouch! I'm sorry that's how you had to start what you wanted to be a promising quilting weekend :-( I cringe because this is one of my worst quilting fears.

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  7. I knew from the title this could not be good... ouch! Hope you heal fast. I have been thinking about the grippy thing for the ruler...maybe this will spring me into action.

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  8. Ouch!! Have a speedy recovery.

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  9. Oh, so sorry. I was cutting something tonight a very stupid way and thought about how dumb I was being and stopped. Good reminder.

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  10. Oh no Adrienne, I hope your finger heals quickly, cutting the tip is going to slow you down a bit. I did this in the beginning of January on the first day the kids finally went back after school holidays and all the snow days. But I managed to sliced right up the side of my finger or as my husband says I fillet my finger. My family says maybe I should not be left alone with sharp objects. I even drove myself to urgent care to get stitches. That was after a panic call to my husband because I was in shock and forgot what to do. :) It is healing now and I think once all the skin comes back no one will really be able to notice it and hopefully not so sensitive. The doctor says I was lucky I missed the tendon. I hope yours heals fast keep lots of ointment on it makes a big difference in the scaring.

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  11. OUCH, you are the second of my blogger friends to do this... yes we love our rotary cutters but they are an extreme sport. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  12. oh, ouch, I hope you get back to quilting quickly!!

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  13. Ouch, ouch, ouch. At least you're right-handed - right?? Heal quickly!!

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  14. I love my ruler gripper. Have used for quite a few years. Hope you like it. Heal quickly....

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  15. I love my ruler gripper. Have used for quite a few years. Hope you like it. Heal quickly....

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  16. ouch been there done that, but i only did it once, now i check my fingertips position. lol and because i couldn't quilt i went fabric shopping that weekend. like the colors of your strips, i hope no red got on them.

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  17. Oh my word! Ouch! I'm sorry to hear about the accident. I hope you're back to (just a little slightly less than) 100% soon ; )

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  18. OUCH!!! I have sewn my finger but never got it with my rotary blade. A word on the gripper, after time it doesn't seem to grip as well. At least mine didn't, but I got mine because of my RA. I hope that you heal quickly!!!!

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  19. Oh Gurrrl! Watch yourself more carefully! You don't win a gold medal for chopping a finger off! Thank goodness it was just the tip (I've also chopped that bit off before, it does come back, haha). Speedy recovery!

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  20. Been there, done that and have the tapered finger to prove it. I feel your pain! Heal quick!

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  21. OMG!!! OUCH! So sorry about that! Hope you heal fast!!

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  22. Ow! I'm a new reader of yours and love your quilts. I've never heard of a ruler gripper but I'm searching for one right now, as my husband as crowned me the Coordination Queen. :) Heal soon!

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