Inattentive Quilting: A Cautionary Tale

 

Xray  Sewing Machine Needle in Index Finger

I like to say that quilting is in my blood–(My grandmother, mother and sisters are all quilters.)–but now I can say  quilting is in my bones as well!

On Monday, in a rushed, unfocused nano-second, I stitched right through the middle of my nail.  I launched out of my chair and ripped the broken needle out of the pad of my finger.  I quickly wrapped my finger and sat and sulked for a while.

By Wednesday, my finger still throbbing, I decided to see a doctor and get an antibiotic.  The doctor  ordered an x-ray and imagine my surprise when this is what it revealed!

Xray Sewing Machine Needle in Index Finger

Several hours later, I was carted off to the operating room.   The surgeon said the needle went into my bone and shattered.  He found the thread and removed it along with most of the metal shards from the needle, but he was forced to leave a small metal shard embedded in my index finger.

So… six x-rays… thirty minutes of surgery… one small bottle of pain meds… one large bottle of antibiotics…and one tetanus shot later…This is my cautionary tale!

Below –my favorite image-taken during surgery-reveals the thread still attached to the needle!

Xray Sewing Machine Needle in Index Finger

The good news:  Doctors orders:  No dishes for six to nine months!?

My new motto:  Make haste slowly!

Lori

Garden Quilts

Brown Eyed Susan Quilt

Good Morning, Quilters and Welcome to The Inbox Jaunt!  We had a record day yesterday-with more than 150 new followers joining us here and on Facebook.  Thank you to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville and Aurifil Threads for the link-love!  We are thrilled to have you join us!

It has been a wild week around here… I know I have left many of your questions unanswered, but I promise I will answer them in the next few days.  Also, I will have to postpone Open Line Friday’s discussion of Needle Selection.

Instead, I have a story to share…with some interesting images to illustrate my passion for quilting!

See you tomorrow,

Lori

 

Tuesday Free Motion Quilting Tutorial-Two Triangles

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

 

Welcome Quilters!  Today is Tuesday and while I’m a little later than usual–I have a workhorse of a tutorial for you!

Today I offer two basic triangles, The Basic Triangle and The Arrowhead Triangle.  These two motifs will look great on any quilt that has pieced triangles (don’t they all?!) and I can picture these triangles on any Southwest inspired quilt–like arrowheads.  Also, triangle quilting complements nautical quilts–the triangles look like sailboats, and of course, this pattern would look great on any quilt that has flying geese…I guess what I’m saying…use triangles on all your quilts!

In a few weeks, we will be modifying these simple triangles to create Christmas trees and Cupid’s arrows–so let’s get started!

This is a beginner free motion quilting pattern.  Doodle the pattern for a few minutes, then start stitching!

Begin by drawing three evenly spaced “rails”.  In the sample below, the rails are 1/2 inch apart.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Begin stitching on the middle rail.  Stitch straight up. Stop.  Stitch down and to the left rail.  Stop.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch straight across to the right rail.  Stop.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Stitch up and to back to the middle rail.  Next, stitch up several stitches and begin again.

Repeating to create a long chain.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

The Arrowhead Triangle begins the same as the basic triangle.  Begin stitching on the center rail.  Stitch down and to the left rail.  Stop.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Instead of stitching straight across, stitch up and to the center rail.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Next, stitch down and to the right rail.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Finally, stitch to the point on the middle rail.

Continue on to create a chain of arrowhead triangles.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

For further design exploration...try varying the size of the triangles and combining the two triangles within a chain.

Two Triangles, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I’m working with some heavier specialty threads and simple designs like this work best.  I’ll have more samples to show later this week.

Also, Open Line Friday will focus on needles and needle selection!

Happy Stitching,

Lori

PS…Please re-blog and pin with attribution to Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.  All photos and tutorials are copyrighted by Lori Kennedy.  Commercial use with permission only.