Hey there! It’s Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! And I’ve got a good little tip for you today…..
Quilting is clearly THE MOST DANGEROUS hobby on the planet. And we quilters are a fearless bunch.
We juggle blades, pins and needles every day like it’s nothing. Just as there are 50 ways to leave your lover, there are at least 50 ways to injure yourself while quilting.
Blood??? Tsk. Tsk. What’s a little blood?
Happens all the time in our chosen field. We’re not wusses. We just wipe it off, slap on a bandage and move on. Tetanus shot? We don’t need no stinkin’ tetanus shot. We’re QUILTERS.
What happens when you get a tiny drop of scarlet blood on that pristine white quilt top laying on your sewing table? Gasp. The very thought of it strikes fear in my heart, especially given that I frequently quilt for others. In fact, I’m about to custom quilt a lovely white quilt top with the MOST GORGEOUS paper pieced stars by Rachael, a talented quilter who recently took Lee Heinrich’s negative space class at Quiltcon. Needless to say, there’s a lot of beautiful white space that’s about to be quilted to death over here. And it makes me shudder to think of anything, much less blood, marring the perfection of this quilt top.
Not long ago, in our Late Night Quilter’s group on Facebook, there was a conversation about what to do if you ever get blood on your quilt. The word on the street is that your own spit does the trick.
Have you heard this too?? After reading it on Facebook , I remember feeling doubtful (I know, how dare I question the collective intelligence of over 2500 quilters!?!) Then this month Jeni Baker wrote the same tip in the latest issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting, one of my favorite magazines. I trust Jeni Baker immensely. But she didn’t actually cut herself to prove that the spit test worked!! I was heartbroken.
I’ve actually been dying to try out this tip for awhile now. But cutting myself on purpose to test this myth did seem a bit extreme (I couldn’t really blame Jeni or the editors for not doing it). Although, there really is no better way to prove my undying dedication as a quilt blogger, is there?
But lucky me! As I stupidly tried to rub some gunk off my scissors yesterday, I sliced my finger. Turns out those Ginghers really are sharp.
My first thought?
Ack! Quick! Bleed on something important to see if the spit trick works!
I quickly calmed my excitement and grabbed some muslin nearby.
Warning! If you are squeamish at the sight of blood, HALT now. Do not look!
(But if you’re curious, go right ahead).
As you can see from the photo on the right, the spit test worked quite well. There is a faint shadow where the bood was, but all in all, I’d call it a great success. Blue Line Eraser, on the other hand, a product that I love and use for removing stubborn blue quilting guide-lines, did not work so well.
I know, spit is gross. But, priorities people. Blood on a quilt is a dire emergency. If it was blood on your quilt, you’d want to spit on it to save it; you’d probably even let someone else spit on it to save it. It’s like asking the guy next to you at the beach to pee on you to soothe a jellyfish sting. Some things just lose their grossness in a true emergency.
I hope this public service announcement has been helpful. And that you don’t hate me too much for making you read about blood and spit first thing in the morning.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why spit works so well…. The Google says that saliva is full of enzymes that break down the protein in blood. Who knew….
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