Health and Safety in Quilting

The work world is full of Health and Safety requirements now, for risky field work and safer office work. I thought at least quilting was a world I could retreat to without worrying about that. But a while ago, something happened that made me think again. Since this probably happens to others, I thought I would share it with you.

I was happily cutting fabric one night for a new quilt using my rotary cutter. I had been at it for about an hour straight and was getting tired but I was almost done. Just a few more pieces to do. You know what I mean. I kept going, and suddenly ran the cutter into my left hand and knicked my finger. Well, blood and fabric don’t mix, and I had to stop. It wasn’t a dangerously deep cut, but deep enough to need a bandage for a few days.

This was a big reminder for me about how accidents happen when we are tired or distracted. Modern rotary cutters have safety devices, but it is us that need the “safety devices.” At the least, I need to pace myself, take breaks, and not be so stubborn about finishing a task.

Karen Munro

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