Thursday, February 6, 2014

Really Random Thursday...and an embarrassing admission

A couple Sundays ago I finished my Florence Starburst quilt top and decided to cut the fabric pieces for the Crafty Traveler tote that's part of my Quarter 1 Finish Along goals.  Being the responsible crafter that I am, I switched out the blade on my rotary cutter before starting on the new project.  (Okay honestly, it should have been switched a while ago and I was finally fed up with having to hit those certain places more than once while cutting, you know?)

Even with the new blade I was having a horrible time!  The cutting was terrible!  It made a huge mess!
I thought maybe it was because this was not high quality fabric, but off the shelf stuff from Hobby Lobby a while back.  So I soldiered on and finished cutting.  By the end my rotary cutter was covered in fuzz:

Totally frustrated, I put things away for another day.  Fast forward to Saturday.  I had to cut my QoVF fabric, so I carefully started wiping the blade off.  As I cleaned things up I noticed that the blade seemed thicker than normal.  Investigating further, I discovered the problem.

I had put two blades on at once.  

I'm not even kidding.  Two blades.  On one cutter.  Oy.

The problem was that I bought a 5 pack of blades a while back, and they're all covered in lubricant-type stuff that is supposed to make them spin easily on the cutter, but also makes them stick to each other in that little yellow plastic box.  I thought I'd separated out one new one, but handling new rotary cutter blades also makes me nervous so I guess didn't pay close enough attention.

Lesson learned.

Linking up with Really Random Thursday, Fabric Frenzy Friday and Let's Bee Social so maybe someone else can learn from my embarrassing mistake!


  1. Your Florence Starburst top turned out gorgeous! And thanks so much for letting us in on your little error. Sounds like something I would do!

  2. Oh my goodness! That is crazy! I can totally see myself doing that!

    Would love for you to stop by and link this up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    Fabric Frenzy Friday

  3. you are not alone. I have done it too.

  4. Oh no!! Yes, those blade do stick together and I always have to be so careful when separating them.


  5. I've never bought the five pack before, but now I know to be careful! This really sounds like something I would do! :)

  6. I must confess- I too have done this. I recognized that fuzzy mess, hint- double blade trouble. 😬