Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Very traumatic evening - Real Quilter

With another finish thrown in!

Last night started out pretty well. I was productive in getting the charity quilt finished quickly and all running smoothly with Squiggy, the Mega Quilter. The frame was holding up nicely, too. I got everything prepped and started loading the t-shirt quilt onto Lenny, the frame. I had to take a short break and iron out the backing, but it wasn't anything major.

I decided on a black and white variegated Lava thread for the top and a grey Bottom Line for the bobbins and I wound 2 and a partial bobbins. I say a partial because I was trying to wind the bobbins on my Sidewinder, but I was having issues with the cone and the Sidewinder so I gave up and just wound the 2 full bobbins on Squiggy.

I started quilting and I was a little nervous about the bulk of the t-shirts and sweatshirts and the interfacing being a problem with the quilting, but the first few passes were as smooth as a baby's bottom. And I was listening to the iPod since it was fixed and just quilting away like there was no tomorrow!

Now, *insert several ominous tones here* this is where the story goes downhill for our heroine.

At one point, I had to rip some stitches out. Not a big deal, but I couldn't get the bobbin thread to come through to the top of the quilt. I walked around to the back of Lenny, the frame and with my LARGE scissors, I snipped the bobbin thread. I was quite proud of myself as I lowered the scissors and examined my work. Then ... I closed the scissors to lock them....


Apparently, the scissors are very sharp because I didn't feel very much resistance at all when I was closing them. Drat! (Not really what I said, but this is a mostly PG story.) No big deal though, the quilting was going well and I was happy to be able to be quilting again so I just grabbed another pair of headphones and moved along.



I am still really not sure what happened. I think that I blocked it out like the people who don't remember large chunks of time when they are in an accident or attacked. I do not hold Squiggy responsible for my injuries though. I feel that must be said!

Anyway, I was smoothing something out on the quilt top and my finger just didn't move fast enough. I do not know if the needle went from the top of the finger nail through to the bottom or if it just got a couple of 'bites' out of the fleshy part of my finger, but there was blood. Buckets of blood! OK, it wasn't buckets, but it did fill up a napkin quite well.

I sent Jen a text and she called me right back to ask how it happened and if it was OK and if I had to pull thread out of the wounds. (FYI - I did not.) I told her how I was telling her how Brenda from my sorority told me that you aren't a real quilter until you sew through a finger and my response was - if being a 'real' quilter meant that you had to be a dumb @$$, I was OK with being a fake quilter! So, I am now a 'real' quilter. yippee. (Can you sense my enthusiasm?)

OK, back to the quilting, I had to clean the quilt up a little, but luckily, the fabric was already red and it hadn't started to really bleed until I pulled my hand back to look at it. I finished up the quilting without any more incidents, cleaned up and went to bed!





Jen said...

And that my friend is why I love you. You can laugh at yourself!! Yes, you are now a quilter. One tip. Get yourself a little ihome boom box in pink and then it can go around the house with you when you want to sew and listen. It's much safer. I too have snipped head phones in the past. Heck, my mom vacuumed in a $50 pair. I'm just glad your finger injury wasn't as traumatic as mine. The stippling looks great. Using that other stabilizer really makes it pop. Did you use 80/20 or some other batting? If it's something else I wanna know what cause it looks cool for a t-shirt quilt.

Moneik said...

The quilting looks great. Glad to know you are okay. I've clipped my headphones too. I think it happens to the best of us.

Babs Schmidt said...


But the quilt looks great!

swooze said...

Quilt looks great! Take care of those fingers!

Anonymous said...

Jill, your great-grandmother, Amanda, worked in a baseball hat factory. She put the button on top of the hat with a mechanical punch. The punch came down and got her thumb and the button. The treatment they gave her was dunking it in a glass of whiskey. Your great-grandfather,her husband was a carpenter and whacked off his left pinkie. I think you'll survive. If you don't get lock jaw!!! When was your last tetanus shot? Love Mom

Regina said...

wow - I miss some reading and all heck breaks loose!

glad something more important was not snipped - and that the puncture was small....

no bleeding on the quilts!