Midnight at the Oasis, that is, by Jen Kingwell. I admit it. I've procrastinated. It's been a while since I posted pictures of my fabric. But after encouragement from my sisters, after coaxing from my friends, and a teaching engagement from my employer, I started! Yes, I will do a block of the month, starting in October, at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee.
The following paragraphs are a public safety announcement about rotary cutters. You may think I’m kidding, but I do not kid about safety. The rotary blade is extremely, seriously and razor sharp. Did you notice I wrote sharp? Please use a rotary cutter carefully.
When you bring home a rotary cutter, look at the safety guard. It is there for a reason and that is to protect you and the people around you. There are two positions for the safety guard. It slides down to expose the blade in the "open" position. Slide the guard up and the blade is protected and can't cut, which describes the closed position. Never leave the blade "open" and unattended.
Always close the guard when you are finished with a cut. Notice I didn't say when you are done cutting fabric for the day. I meant each time you finish one cut. Otherwise, an exposed blade could cut skin, fingers, bare feet and toes. And not just your skin, any precious child’s skin in your sewing area is at risk.
I warn students in my quilting classes about open blades, but they sometimes forget. Once I've had a student cut someone, but more times I have seen students cut themselves. I've seen students wave an exposed blade around. In this instance, they are usually “talking” with their hands while holding a cutter. It’s dangerous, so don’t do it.
Always wear shoes when you are cutting fabric. I know a friend of a friend who cut a tendon in her foot after dropping a rotary cutter accidentally. Make sure your family members wear shoes if they are in the sewing room.
Never use a rotary cutter when you are tired. If you are not a morning person or you have been sewing past your bedtime, then postpone cutting until a time when you are fresh. This advice is for all quilters, new and experienced ones alike.
My name is Chris Barnard and I have been quilting for 30 years and teaching classes for 10 years. My goal is to inspire people to begin their quilting journey, to finish projects already started and to share my passion for quilts.