Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thanks for all the well wishes and concern over the last week from each and every one of you about my poor, mangled finger. Your comments and emails have helped to put a smile on my face, when I didn't really much feel like smiling at all. I suppose after a week of suspense a couple of details are in order. I think the best way to describe what happened is blunt force trauma. I was filling a bobbin on Caasi when I saw a loose thread go flying. I went to grab it and was pummeled by the thread tension bar. *YIKES* Being the most squeamish of all people, I'll spare you any photographs. It's not broken, but there is a large cut, lots of swelling and the nail itself is most likely a goner. Hubby and The Princess have been the very best of caretakers and surely deserve a special thank you from me.
I find it hard to believe that I have not taken a stitch in any project now in over a week. Instead I spent much time leafing through books and magazines and lurking on blogs. I hope in just a few more days I'll be back to leaving comments and responding to emails with ease and sewing to my little heart's content. I'll leave you with a couple of pictures of some projects in the works BTI (Before The Injury)
On one of our very sunny and hot Santa Ana days I tea dyed some fabrics for my stocking projects.
This is the first batch of rusty bells drying in that same hot sun.
Last but not least is Harper in her new favorite backyard spot - the former tomato patch. When the house heats up in the afternoon, she seeks relief by laying in the soft, cool dirt. This practice makes keeping the floors clean more difficult - but if Harper is happy, everyone is happy.

38 comments:

Catherine said...

I'm glad you're healing! This must be a bad season for quilt-related injuries. On one list I subscribe to, at least 2 people have managed to cut their fingers with their rotary cutters.
Hope you're back to stitching and free of any discomfort soon!

Patti said...

Oh my - another way that we are alike! I've injured myself so often when I've gone to do something and haven't thought about what might happen to parts of my body when I start doing the thing. The one that comes to mind immediately - other than rotary cutting the edge off the same finger twice - also involves the take up lever. In my case I was hunkering down over the machine trying hard to see the tiny details of what I was doing. I can't remember what it was, but it was something I felt I needed to see from just inches away. That take-up lever came up and whacked me in the middle of the forehead leaving a cut and a big bruise. At least it didn't stop by sewing - just gave me a stupid clumsy look for while. But everyone who knows me knows how clumsy I can be so no one was really surprised LOL!

paula, the quilter said...

Ow! but I'm glad you are recovering. In the issue of fingernails: I have had toenails chemically removed and the skin where the nail used to be callouses over. Use a nail file to smooth it down and then polish it. Nobody will know that there is no nail. But I hope that doesn't happen in this case.

McIrish Annie said...

Those rusty bells are awesome! sorry to hear about your finger! OUCH! I took a look at the midarms at Market. Kind of pricey so I may wait a bit but definitely a must have item!

Hope you are back in the driver's seat soon!

Quilt Hollow said...

Glad your on the mend....and OMG what a way to damage your finger. As you know, I love the tea dying and rustic bells! I'm anxious to see your finished projects as always.

Finn said...

So happy to hear the finger is on the mend. I have a feeling that I know just what you are going through as you wait to be able to use it. Kinda facing a similar situation myself.
Glad it was only a bash and not a break or tear-a-way. You be careful not and ignore flying thread! Hugs, Finn

Carol said...

Glad you're getting better Libby...this heavy machinery that we use sure can be dangerous. Oh look at that happy Harper!

Simply This and That said...

I hope your finger is back to normal soon! Ouch. ooxx`jodi

julieQ said...

I am so glad it is better! I have tried to be very careful, have just got a few nicks...

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

So glad your finger is healing... it sounded very painful! Ouchie!

Barbara said...

Ouch...ouch...ouch, I am so glad that you are healing and will be back at sewing soon.
Hugs, B

Yvonne said...

I'm so glad to hear your on the mend. Can't wait til you're all better so I can drool over your projects again. :)

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Glad that finger is healing up!

I know a certain doggy that looks so content :O)...

Okay I want to see those bells once they are totally rusted :O). I am thinking you may have posted how you do those rusted bells? If you did I am sure I saved the site ahem somewhere in my favorites LOL...

I have been doing a little tan dyeing myself lately ;O)... just can't beat that look!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Hope your good as new real quick Libby. And thanks for not showing the "after" photo of the injury. LOL

Susie said...

Sounds so painful! Glad you're on the mend. Harper looks quite content:)
It's raining here! Can't believe it after all this time..
Hope your finger heals quickly...
xo

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh that sounds painful...hope your finger heals up soon and that it doesn't take too long for the nail to grow back.
Love the rusty bell fabric..guess you'll be singing "Rusty Bells" instead of silver bells :o)

dee said...

Your injury sounds awful Libby. So glad to hear that you have great help recovering.
That's a darling picture of Harper

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Glad to know you are recovering enough to type and give us an update. Take good care, you'll be back cranking out those wonderful Christmas stockings in no time. Hi, Harper!

Judy said...

Geez Louise...keep the finger out of the moving parts, will ya. Our brains don't compute when the reflexes get going do they. I once grabbed a broken plate as it tumbled to the floor...all by reflex. Hope you're sewing soon!

Julia said...

OWIE!!!! Oh, I'll bet that was painful! Glad to hear that it is healing and doing a little better. Who knew that quilting could be so dangerous! :~) I am sure that we have all had a few cuts from the rotary cutter. I have sewn through my finger a couple of times, with the sewing machine, YIKES!

The picture of Harper wasn't there, for me anyway.

(((((Hugs)))))

Katie said...

I was afraid Caasi had gotten you with a needle. This sounds even worse. Hope you are a fast healer. So nice to see Harper in his natural outdoor bed. Kipper has his dug here in FL. We have black sandy type soil that he brings in the house. I got one of those electric Swiffer things and it works good. Enjoy reading and lurking. :)

Kim said...

I've seen through my finger with the machine needle. Very painful no matter the way it is injured, fingers hurt a lot. I would like to know about the rusting of the bells as well. :) Welcome back, Libby!

Guðrún said...

I am glad you will be able to sew sometimes the next days. It is always interesting to see your projects. I hope you will keep on recovering.

MARCIE said...

Oh Libby, I hope you are on the mend! That sound so nasty. Glad to have you back with us!

sewprimitive karen said...

That sounds so painful; will your nail....grow back? Sure hope so. Just keep taking care of yourself and take something for the pain.

Stephanie D. said...

Ouch! Glad you're up to typing just a little bit. Hope you heal quickly.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Sorry to hear about your on the job injury! I slammed my thumb in the door once and that put me out of commission for a few days, so I can only imagine the amount of pain that you are in right now!

Online retail therapy might make you feel better! I'll be thinking about you! Get well soon!

Sherry said...

Hi Libby. Glad to hear the finger is on the mend. Love that tea dyed fabric & the rusty bells. Happy Halloween!!!

Karen said...

Glad to know that you are on the mend.
When you are back to being able to type without pain, I would like to know if there is any special trick to getting the bells to rust.

Wendy said...

Good to hear you are mending okay, sounds like a nasty accident. I was wondering if you tried the rusty thing, I wanted to see how it all worked out. I love tea dying and rusty stuff.

Lucy said...

I'm happy that you are recovering from your injury... sounds very painful! Hope you''re sewing soon again

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh my gosh! Are you ok? I am just catching up again! Oh your poor finger! Makes me squimish just thinking about it! Look at adorable Harper! What a great picture!

Diane said...

Libby, I'm so glad your are on the mend. I couldn't remember who Cassi was as I read your post and when I found out it was a sewing machine...I was scared to read any further. I still get queasy thinking about a friend of mine who sewed right through her finger! My thuoghts are with you for a full recovery, nail, nerve endings, and all. Missing you!

Cheryl said...

Ouch!! But sounds like you are on the mend, so glad. You be back to your usual stitching self in no time!

yellowfarmhouse said...

OUCH there sister - that sounds painful. Hopefully you will be up to doing something creative soon. Glad your being well attended to by your family. I love to see pictures of Harper - they always make me smile.

Hugs - Karen

Roseanne said...

I have just found your blog. So I hope your finger is on the mend.Yes I cut my finger Last year but. But mine was just a nick and not bad thank goodness.

Amanda said...

Bless your heart! I knew something was wrong when you hadn't commented last week.

I hurt my finger while sewing one day, too. My daughter was 2. She was talking to me while I was appliqueing on a dress for her. I had this really bad habit of resting my foot on my foot pedal. I looked over at her to say something to her, and my foot hit the foot pedal and my needle went down into my finger nail. It hurt so bad. There was no bleeding, but there was lots of pressure. No one was home, so we ran to my neighbors house (with a needle sticking up out of my finger nail), and she took me to the hospital. You should have seen the look on my face (and the tone of my voice) when the receptionist asked me if it hurt! I put my finger close to her face and said "what do you think???". I apologized to her later :)

I hope you feel better soon.

Angel said...

I'm glad to hear that you are getting back in the quilting saddle after your injury. I hope that you continue to heal quickly. I live on Long Island now but I am originally from Orange County, California. Garden Grove to be exact. I miss the Santa Anas so much. They used to give me a terrible time with my allergies but even so, I surely miss them. Be well.