That made me think back to the last quilt before my sewing accident.
I had a sewing accident. Not lately, but almost seven years ago. I'll tell you the whole gory story.
I used to quilt. I liked quilting. I was a machine piecer, hand quilter. I have a quilt on my bed at my parents' house to prove it. When my grandparents' 50th anniversary began approaching, I decided to make them a photo quilt. I picked the photos, treated and printed and treated the fabric, and cut the other pieces. I was trimming the photo fabric into squares in the bathroom (hard floor) one Saturday in April when the rotary cutter hit a nick in the ruler and took a bad angle toward my outstretched hand.
Don't read this if you have a weak stomach. WARNING!
I actually saw a piece of my finger roll away and I've never seen so much blood come all at once. I screamed for my dad (who was, thankfully, home). He picked up the piece of my finger and put it in a baggie and drove me to the hospital with a piece of my finger in his pocket. Shudder. I know people have had much worse happen to them, but it was pretty horrific to me at the time.
I have since had the privilege of going through childbirth. When I think of pain, I do not think of childbirth. I think of this ride to the emergency room.
Looooooong story short:
- They couldn't reattach the sliced finger. Lest you think I have half my finger missing, it was only the tip of the finger (nail and fingertip at an angle).
- Finger flesh regenerates for the most part (did you know that?)
- I spent 2 months with a very large bandage on my finger and my finger sticking up straight in the air (my index finger).
- I taught preschool at the time and preschoolers are not the people you want around you with an extremely painful finger injury. And there was a field trip laced with Vicodin in there somewhere.
- I had to tell people that my finger was cut off in a sewing accident.
- I have a bum finger to this day. Parts of it have no feeling and parts of it are painful depending on what I'm doing. It's slightly disfigured, but only if I point it out to people do they notice.
- That was my last quilt and it's in a bag in my craft room closet.
- I got ZERO blood on any part of the quilt.
- I now have attached safety shields on all of my rotary cutter rulers.
- My husband's favorite thing about me might be that I've had a sewing accident.
- I've filed this under "quirky."
|It's difficult to take a picture of your own finger. It looks relatively normal when my nail is short!|
Sooooooo......tell me your worst sewing/crafting accident!
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