Many of us are busy cutting large amounts of units out for Celtic Solstice, the mystery quilt with Bonnie Hunter. As you layer 2 to 6 strips of fabric to cut through, change your rotary cutter and use a new blade. Let me explain why. My friend, Cathy K., went on a trip to Pigeon Forge to the quilt show at Dollywood. They stayed in a cabin and had a sewing retreat when they weren't taking classes at the show. One lady layered 6 layers of fabric and then she was pressing really hard on the rotary cutter because it was dull. She was pressing so hard that she skipped over the ruler and cut her finger badly. They wrapped her finger tight to stop the bleeding and rushed her to the hospital. The hospital was an hour away! First, they had to soak the finger to get the fabric off the finger at the hospital. Then they cleaned the wound, stitches, etc. They gave her an antibiotic and tetanus shot. The rest of the trip she needed to keep the finger elevated. By they time they arrived back in Illinois there was a red streak down her hand into her arm. Yes, she had blood poisoning and ended up in the hospital.
Second tip today use a lint roller to clean your cutting mat. My friend, Mary W., taught me this tip. Since many of us are using our Tri Recs rulers, there are small tips we are cutting off the fabric and they stick to our cutting mats.
Whatever quilting project you are working on play it safe. Keep you fingers away from the rotary blades!
Today I am linking up with Freemotion by the River, Sew Darn Crafty and A Quilt Story. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Yours in quilting,