July 31, 2011

Special Thanks

I have to give a very special thanks to Sharon at Vroomans Quilts for being my angel in the H2H charity quilt swap.  Things got real busy real quick, with a move smack in the middle of it didn't help matters much either.  When I started I just did a real simple strip quilt hoping to make it quick yet interesting.  I used strips in varying widths from 1 1/2" to 6" got the main part done then life got in my way and I wasn't going to have enough time to get it all done.  Sharon stepped up to be my angel.  I sent her what I had done and she turned it into this beauty:

The middle part is what I sent her and she added the brown and teal prints.  It turned out so beautiful and the teal just makes it really pop.  I can't thank Sharon enough for bailing me out!  Head on over to her blog and check out all of her beautiful quilts! 

*disclaimer* I can't be held responsible if you try that amazing looking funnel cake recipe that's posted on her blog either :p

July 20, 2011


9 different quilts I want to attempt.  MUST finish all UFOs though before I start making any headway on any of these desired quilts!!

1. Double Wedding Ring quilt, 2. st on park bench 2, 3. Baby desden plates!, 4. Postage Stamp Quilt Top, 5. Not available, 6. spiderweb selvedge quilt close up, 7. Swoon- one block baby quilt, 8. Figgy Pudding log cabin quilt, 9. Single Girl quilt top

To be completely fair, I've already started on the dresden plate quilt, I have all the petals made they just remain as petals though.  I also printed templates for the double wedding ring as there is a quilt along going on at the plaid scottie, HOWEVER, I have only printed them, nothing else further has been done.  And I also have the Swoon pattern, nothing even remotely set aside for that.  And the snail trail has already been paired with my DS fabrics from Joanns.   Good ideas can remain in a book :)

Oh and yes there is a Dear Jane in there, lets just say that will remain a pipe dream until the FWQAL is over!!

July 17, 2011

sheets for backings?

I've seen this time and time again on quilting blogs, using bed sheets for backing.  I need almost 9 yards for a quilt backing, it's about a queen size so I'd probably get a king sized flat sheet.  Now I have a few questions, what thread count?  All the fabric in my quilt is high quality quilting fabric, not too concerned about price because whatever thread count it'll be cheaper than spending close to $100 on backing fabric.  Prewash the sheet or not?  None of the fabrics in the quilt top are prewashed so I'm gonna guess that's a no. 

I have a bunch of joann coupons I'd love to use and gotta get the batting (buying packaged for this monster!) so I'd love to get the sheet too and get crackin on quilting this beast!

July 13, 2011

Final Wishes

It's been quiet on the blog only because I've been incredibly busy with work, losing power with a massive storm, and life.  But I wanted to pop in for a minute to reflect on something that happened at work. 

Most of our business is nursing homes.  Patients that are too sick to stay at the nursing home but not emergent enough to require a 911 response.  We had been busy all day, very little down time to be had.  We took the break in action as a clue to get dinner because chances are we wouldn't be eating that day if we delayed it any longer.  After eating dinner we just sat in the mall parking lot to relax and take a breather, something we hadn't been able to do all day.  Just as we got comfortable enough to relax a little more our pagers went off.  It was about 930pm, end of shift was midnite. 

We take a look at the information our dispatch gave us, only a chief complaint, abbreviated at that.  SOB, shortness of breath.  No vitals.  That can mean one of two things, the patient is REALLY bad, or the nursing home is lazy and didn't take any for us.  Even worse was the dispatch info was abbreviated, normally that only happens when our dispatch runs out of characters to send the page because of other information. 

It was a lights & sirens response, we get there my partner goes to the room and I stop at the nurses station to get the paperwork.  Nurse hands me a DNR, Do Not Resuscitate order in all of our paperwork.  From listening to the nurse I'm thinking nebulizer en route, then my partner, king of cool, shouts down the hallway.  "We gotta go!"  Crap.  I know it's bad when he's telling me to hurry up.  I get my signatures and sprint down the hallway to our patients room, he looks bad.  He sounds bad.  I catch a glimpse of our patients roommate.  He looks absolutely frightened.  We load up our patient and head for the ambulance.  Shortly after we get there, he stops breathing. 

After respiratory arrest occurs, cardiac arrest isn't far behind.  That held true for our patient.  I flip through my paperwork to find the DNR.  Quick glance at it, it's not valid.  I knew what this patients wishes were, but because the DNR wasn't valid I couldn't honor those wishes.  I was able to get a pulse back rather quickly, but not for long.

Our patients final wishes went out the window all because the DNR wasn't valid.  All it takes is one missing signature or one box not checked to make the DNR invalid.  EMS is authorized to honor a DNR, and trust me, with what we see on the private side, we're more than willing to oblige, not because we don't want to work, but because we know what they will face if in fact they are successfully resuscitated, and it's not a good life.

If someone you love is in a nursing home or is dealing with a terminal illness and wishes to have a DNR status, please please please, make sure their DNR order is valid.  Their final wishes will be honored and they won't face the indignity resuscitation efforts bring. 

(events have been changed so as not to identify anyone in this post)

July 6, 2011

FWQAL update

Week 2 blocks:
The one on the left still needs it's handle, these are blocks 3 & 4 in the book.

Week 3 Blocks:
These are blocks 5 & 6 in the book.

Week 4 Blocks:
Blocks 7 & 8 in the book, the one on the right needs more contrast I think.  I may redo it.

Week 5 Blocks:
Blocks 9 & 10, the one on the right is completely hand pieced!  The one on the left is partially hand pieced.

Week 6 Blocks:
Blocks 11 & 12, fussy cut the monkeys in the one on the right, the one on the left has more contrast in person. 

I bit the bullet and got internet for my apartment.  I thought I could get by without but alas, I couldn't.  And of course I couldn't do the self install because that would be too easy right?!  So I had to wait for Comcast to show up and figure it all out.  Turns out they gave me a modem that they had screwed up in their system so the cable guy replaced it with a top of the line one.  He is also a fellow paramedic I found out so he gave me the hook up.  We like to take care of our own!

July 1, 2011

Freebie! Quilting Subway Art

I was putzing around in photoshop and made this: 

There are two colors, two sizes.  The above in 8.5x11 and 5.5x8.5 as well as both sizes in black and white. 

Here are the download links:
5.5x8.5 Black & White subway art
8.5x11 Black & White subway art
5.5x8.5 Bright subway art
8.5x11 Bright subway art

Enjoy!  All are pdf format so they're ready to go!
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