Friday, April 18, 2014

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

My mother once told me that quilts were made with blood, sweat, and tears. I think that was just after she had finished making me a quilt for Christmas 1980. It is all hand pieced and hand quilted. It is a Lemoyne Star. Don't you love it? Totally scrappy.

Well, I was just thinking about all the needle pricks I have had through the years. Not a lot of blood there, until...

A couple of years ago had started making a disappearing 9 patch quilt.I had used some layer cakes and some charm squares. I had cut the layer cakes into what I laughingly called 5" squares. I soon found out that not all pre-cut fabrics are cut the same. My blocks were terrible. So, I packed them away. In the last few days I have been trimming them to 12" squares. 

Looked pretty good. Then, I started sewing more blocks together. Today I was on a roll. I was chain piecing the 9 patches together at break neck speed. After lunch, I pressed my stack of 9 patches and began slicing them like this.
I was cutting the last one when my hubby came to tell me he was leaving to go to his brother's. I guess I got in a bit of a hurry to finish. Yep, this is where the blood comes in. I sliced my index finger on my left hand. I told my hubby it was fine. I wrapped it up so he wouldn't see how bad it was. I had sliced it on a slant about a 1/2" across and the blood was pouring. He left and I drove myself to the ER. Got some nice little steri-strips and a tetanus shot.
Now back to sewing and, hopefully, no more blood. We quilter's won't let something like that keep us from making progress on a quilt top. Right?

6 comments:

Melissa G. said...

Ouch! Glad to see you got it taken care of. Hope it heals quickly!!!

Teresa said...

Oh Donna - it hurt just reading that. I'm so sorry! Take care -

Design Originals by KC said...

I love that Lemoyne star your mom made you! What a treasure that must be! Your disappearing 9 patch blocks are coming along now... sorry you hurt your finger! Please show the flimsy when finished though! :) Kathi

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Beautiful quilt your mom made. Glad to hear that you went for medical attention. That is going to be sore for awhile.

pamela thorne said...

Owie! I cringed when I read that....been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Hope you heal fast!

Prima Donna said...

Pam, One lady told me that she was carrying an unsheathed rotary cutter on a cutting mat. The cutter slipped off and cut the web between her toes. Who would think that you need steel toed shoes to quilt? LOL

Post a Comment

I love to see your comments, even if you just say "Hi".