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Thread: Need ideas!! How can I start quilting in this condition

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    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
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    By now most everyone has seen my new big quilt. I make a bunch of small er projects throughout the year, and one big quilt. The big one this year is a surprise, and I've made it all right in front of him and he has no idea, for my DH to celebrate our tenth anniversary at the end of this year. I hand quilt and I knew I would need several months to finish it.

    For anyone who hasn't read the story on it, you can find it here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36285-1.htm

    So I got in a fight with my archaic can opener last night and lost. I have an archaic can opener that doesnt like to open fat cans. I opened a can of fruit most of the way last night. I am always careful when opening cans cause my mom told me when I was little that cans can cut your fingers off. I have this large plastic spoon and a large wooden spoon that I always finish opening the cans with so my hands are out of the way.

    I still don't know what happened last night. The spoon slipped and the lid to the can went into my finger. I have stitches on the inside and outside of my finger. They said I was lucky because my muscles weren't touched, but they don't know the extent of the nerve damage yet because my whole hand is numb.

    This is what my hand looks like now. I cant take the dressing off until tomorrow night.

    [IMG]http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...1280075882.jpg[/IMG]


    I have an appointment with my quilt club tomorrow night to baste my BIG surprise quilt and I cut my quilting finger!!! I have no idea what I'm going to do now. It will take 10 days before the stitches come out. Because I type for a living, they want the splint to stay on until the stitches come out.

    Quilter's are wonders of inspiration and new ideas. Any suggestions out there?

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    Super Member JenniePenny's Avatar
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    I'm so sorry that happened to you! I don't have any ideas for you, but I just wanted to say 'That really stinks.' I wish I could do some of your quilting for you while you rest up.

    We both got married around the same time. My wedding was just one year sooner. I'll soon be celebrating my 11th year anniversary.

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    Ouch big time!

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    Sorry for your boo boo, hope it heals fast and fine. I don't hand quilt,but I just wanted to give you my sympathies.

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    I am so sorry that this happened :(

    Maybe you can be the needle threader? Keeping them going by having a supply of threaded needles ready for them?

    I am sure they will understand why you aren't able to participate as fully as them :wink:

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    OUCH!!! Maybe someone in your quilt club can start quilting this for you until you're mended! I'd also be investing in an electric can opener after this as an early anniversary gift to you by you!!

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    So sorry you got hurt. Any chance you can quilt with the other hand? I couldn't even feed myself if I lost use of my right hand but some people can "switch hit". Not alot of help I know, but I'll pray for a speedy recovery for you!!

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    This is one of those things that proves Mom knew what she was talking about. And look into a Swing-a-Way can opener. Best at opening any type of can, IMHO. And green energy wise.

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    this happened to me and i had to wait it out.. everytime i moved my finger or bent it i was putting a pull on it..not good.. i have since bought a hand held can opener that opens the lids from inside and it has a button on it that you push and hang onto the lid and take it off.. no using fingers at all ...

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    Super Member C.Cal Quilt Girl's Avatar
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    Ouch, hope it heals w/no lasting negitive impact !!!
    Try to think of it as learning a new skill, if any thing said at work, talk to doc, loa more time to sew, chances are no comment, good employee better than none, even if a little slow!! life happens :)
    I'd expect teasing from your quilt buddies, may be more than happy to assist. You know as long as your tung is in the right place, may be able to thread, I'd take cookies !!
    Good Luck !!! :)

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