Saturday, March 16, 2013

Miscellaneous Saturday

In my last post a comment was left by my good blogging friend Rachael about what happens when pins and needles go astray. We all have heard many stories about pins and needles in feet but how about an arm?
This happened to me about 8 years ago. I would applique in bed with those nice long thin milliner's needles. One morning I woke up and had a giant bruise on the back of my arm. I had no idea how it got there. Everyone told me it was a spider bite. So a week later another bruise shows up on the front of my arm and I am noticing a "stabbing" pain when I make certain movements. I went to the Dr and got an Xray. They pulled me into the room and showed me the Xray and said what do you think this could be? I knew immediately, you could even see the eye......Apparently this is dangerous, it was moving around and there was fear it could go somewhere important where needles shouldn't be. I had to have an operation to have it removed!
How it got in there without me knowing will always be a mystery. I know I have a high threshold for pain but you would think I would have woken up! I am very curious to know if anyone else has had an incredible sewing mishap story.......

Yesterday I went to the Lancaster Quilt Show. I must say it felt a little tired to me. Not that many quilts and the vendors were so so. Sorry I am not allowed to post pictures from the show. There was only one bright spot of color in this booth. Don't you love her hand dyed strips that you could buy? What a great idea. I met up with a fellow guild member, Robin and we loved this booth, we were there for a long time. We both bought something here, sorry there was no picture of the pattern. I only took a picture of the finished quilt and I told her I would not post it.

Another guild member Bob DeCarli had a book signing of his new book which was pretty exciting. I talked to Bob and his wife Kathy too. He is writing another book stay tuned for that quilt!

Alex Andersen was there too. I just snapped a very bad picture but I think she is very nice.


There was lots of socializing going on I think I spent most of the time talking to fellow guild members, friends, I haven't seen in a while and even the vendors were very chatty. I missed Barb but truthfully I could not squeeze out one more second, the day went fast. I did get to spend the day with my friend Judie who I don't see often enough and we had lots to catch up on besides looking at all the quilts.
I did not buy much but know there will be some hand dyes in my future!



  1. What an incredible story. And warning for all of us! Ouch!

  2. Holy moley. You were lucky. I use to use the arm of a chair as a pincushion until someone's forearm found a few needles there.

  3. Can sure understand about attending a quilt show that's so-so. Do you suppose others thought the same thing, or could we be a bit biased because we've attended SO MANY quilt shows? I went to the Quilting and Sewing Expo in Lakeland, Florida on Friday and thought it too was so-so. Lots of vendors, of course, selling everything under the sun - well, except batting, which I was specifically looking for! - but nothing was new to me. Too many batiks, and kits in my opinion. (My apologies to those who love those things.)

    Your needle story could win you a prize, I think! If I were you, I'd write it up and submit it to a magazine. It could be helpful to others... "The Dangers of Hand Appliqué"!

  4. That needle story is scary. My DD recently found a needle when she sat on her favorite chair. She knew it right away though...LOL

    It sounds like you had a good time at the quilt show even if it was only so-so.

  5. Sounds like you had a fun time. The show I went to here last weekend didn't have as many quilts or vendors you said kind of so-so. I'm glad you got to spend some time with a friend there.

  6. Oh MY Gosh!!! I can't believe this happened. Actually I can't believe you applique' in bed, lol.
    Sorry I missed you too
    I felt the same way about the show.
    How did I miss the hand die booth?
    I'm getting to be jaded about these shows. Sad, but true.

  7. Such a cautionary tale & similar to another lady in our guild who loves to applique. She also did not know a fine needle was in her arm and it took surgery to remove it. Her needle had been stuck in the upholstered arm of her favorite chair.

    Really enjoyed the tour of your husband's workshop & the similarities to a quilter's sewing studio.

    Thank you for commenting about my Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt.

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  9. Ooh, That's scary! Fancy the needle moving around. A good lesson for us to be more careful. Sounds like you found some good things at the show. Those colourful strips are so pretty. I think Alex Anderson is great, I've been listening to her old podcasts and really enjoy them.

  10. Oooo, that needle story sounds so scary and painful!

    I recently went to a quilt show but the signs all said that taking photos was allowed for "personal use only". I notice that didn't stop others from sharing their photos on the internet!

  11. What an extraordinary story! I couldn't help but laugh though that you love sewing so much that you appliqued in bed. Am glad the needle did not migrate somewhere more serious!

  12. Oh my gosh, the needle! Are you all right now though?


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