Thursday, March 05, 2009

Boo boo day in the studio

I had two boo boos yesterday in the involved fabric and the other was my finger. First of all, you'd think that I would work on ONE thing at a time and then put things away. That would be the most common sense thing to do, but no....look at this mess! I'm trying to cut out 4 different quilts--quite the job when you need just ONE piece from a whole lot of fabrics. They aren't scraps, so the fabrics must be unfolded, sometimes ironed, one piece cut out (actually I'm cutting out two or three different pieces from each fabric) and then refolded. It takes time and space! But I still have other things going on as well, a BOM or two, bindings to be put on newly quilted quilts, etc. So, being in the hurry that I usually am, I tried to cut the excess fabric off a newly quilted quilt so I could make the binding from the leftovers. Did I clear my space off? Of course not! And as I was cutting and scooting the quilt along, it picked up a couple of hitchhikers and you guessed it! I cut into one of them. It was a BOM I'm doing from the Be Attitudes book and I still need to do all the embroidery on it. It's a big enough cut that it won't be hidden in a seam allowance. The bad thing is that there is a fused applique on that piece. So not sure how I'm going to fix it at the moment. Ahh..if I were only more organized. :( I keep trying....not very well apparently.
Isn't it ironic that it's on a "Be Positive" block? LOL I am positive I need to improve on my organizational skills! And it wasn't any worse than what it was.

Second mishap happened while I was stitching very carefully on a curved line and I must have reached in to adjust something (it's funny, I don't even really know what happened!) and the take up bar must have grabbed my finger--I know it didn't hit the needle) but it snapped my fingernail (an acrylic one) and cracked it from the middle diagonally down to the side of my finger. OUCH! I cut off the excess portion of the nail hanging over the finger, hoping to get it out of the way and not catch on anything. But it still hurt like the dickens. So I thought I would take off the acrylic nail on the smaller portion that was split, but as soon as I tried, it really started bleeding. It actually split my REAL nail bed! I could see raw meat down through the crack! And when I tried to lift off the fake nail, it was really stuck to the real one and it was pulling away from the nail bed. Of course hubby isn't here to help. I ended up snipping off as much as I could and then covered it all with bandaids. I think it's going to take a bit to heal. Two good things--it didn't bleed on ANY fabric! and the other was that it was on my left hand, so won't interfere with any sewing!

It's funny looking at the picture--geez, it hardly looks bad at all, but man it hurts! It doesn't throb anymore, but hurts to touch it, obviously.

On another note, say a little prayer for safety for my hubby as he is working with a company in Mexico to do some manufacturing for him. He is there right now and was supposed to visit the factory, but after all the dire warnings posted to Americans traveling to Mexico, he forced them to come to him, 30 miles north of the Mexican border. Last year, (right AFTER he was there) a businessman in the factory next to the one he is dealing with was kidnapped and held for ransom. He initially thought he would meet the factory owners at the border, but opted to move even farther away. Even then he said the little town is crawling with border security. Scary--I'm so glad he didn't go into Mexico. They telling Americans to not even go to the resorts like Acapulco or Cancun. All because they are clamping down on the drug cartels, they see this as another profitable business venture and are actually running the kidnappings as a business.


paula, the quilter said...

Why don't you fussy cut that flower from the uncut fabric and fuse it over the boo-boo? Then treat it like the other fused objects.

Carol said...

Sorry to hear about your mishaps! I have had the nail thing happen to me 2 times. The second time we were out of town. I clipped away as much as I could and did the bandaid thing for over a week. When we got home it had healed enough that it didn't hurt when they replaced the acrylic nail. I would also suggest pouring peroxide on the wound.

Vickie E said...

Ouch! dang that looks painful :(
oh and your finger too! I don't know how to fix that block...can you somehow fuse a flower over it? I mean a small flower? what about a button when the top is complete?

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Ouch! hope that finger heals up soon. As for the nick in the fabric..why don't you applique or stitch something over the top after it's pieced together with the rest of the a bumble bee or butterfly.

The Demanding Doll said...

Doesn't look like the fused applique has been stitched around so I'd bet you could warm it up and gently peel it back. (Experience talking here.) Then it wouldn't be too difficult to remove the cut piece and replace.

No easy fix for the finger. Ouch!

Sending good vibes for hubbies safety.

Randi said...

Ouch! So sorry that happened to you. :-(

sheri said...

it's not a boo boo it's a chance to be creative. cant wait to see what you come up with at our next attitudes meeting lol take care of that nail

Alycia said...

Ouch - poor finger!! Hope hubby gets home soon!!