I have been cutting and sewing fabric for a very long time but always with scissors never with a rotary cutter and now I know why. They are nasty dangerous weapons of mass destruction. I am surprised George Bush hasn't declared war on the quilter's guilds . In less than 30 minutes of using my newly purchased weapon that just so happened to be on sale at fabric land I was left with not one but two nasty lacerations to my left hand. One of these almost needed stitches and I was glad that my tetanus vaccination was up to date. Sure they cut amazing clean straight lines but is the blood loss worth it . I even ruined one of fabrics I was cutting with blood stains. I am not generally a klutz and the only time I have ever cut myself with scissors was in cutting my husbands hair once. So I did a little research and it is well known that the rate of injury with rotary cutters far exceeds that with scissors and they come with paragraphs of warnings and waivers. What was I cutting you might ask? Last week I was sketching potential embroidery pictures and drew this picture of fiddlehead ferns.
I decided to use this on my new spring tote bag. Last summer I started a project to make a new tote bag every season. This worked for summer and fall and then winter came suddenly as it so often does in Canada and I got so busy with making christmas gifts and the ornament exchange that I didn't make a winter tote and continued to use my fall one. So I just decided to skip winter and be ahead of the game for spring. I love making these because it gives me a chance to use some of my amazing stash of new and vintage fabrics, vintage buttons, old lace and embroidered ribbon trim. Here is the result, my awaiting the arrival of spring tote bag.
The materials in this project are vintage and new. The lining and the green background fabric are vintage linen tablecloths. The doily behind the embroidery is made of natural linen . It and the one on the handle as well as the handmade lace trim were thrift store finds. The buttons are all vintage and the white square in the border is a piece of a vintage hankie with an M embroidered on it. The amazing birch tree fabric as well as the blue on natural one in the border are lara cameron's designs the other blue and white fabric is the design of shannon , the bird and blue and green floral in the border are liberty of london cotton prints from purl and the other fabrics are japanese cottons purchased from reprodepot or superbuzzy and some kaffe fassett. The embroidered ladybug ribbon was part of a ribbon collection brought home from France by my husband on his last business trip and the other one was embroidered by moi for an earlier project.
In the end I leave you with the question was this worth the trauma? I definitely developed a deep admiration for my scissors and will be on the look out for quilters missing fingers.