Thursday, April 12, 2012

Works in progress




Good Morning! I have been working a lot...lots! Which is a good thing, but sure cuts into my quilting time, LOL! I am still working on the basket quilt...these are the sashing pieces I came up with. These baskets are taking quite a while, and I am still not done appliqueing basket handles down, so it will be a slow quilt.




These are the pinks that I traded Lori at Humble Quilts for...she needed cowboy fabrics, and I just love pinks, so we traded! The four patches are from my 2 inch bin. I don't know where I am going with this, yet...






And these reds! I cut a 2.5 strip of red from every red fabric I own...and when the pieces spoke, they wanted to become these blocks. So, 1.5 inch white squares, and 2.5 inch red squares, and I think you can figure out the rest, LOL!!






*******************Nurse's Notes**************


Work is challenging lately. We float out about every second or third shift, so I may be on Tele, or ICU or CVICU, or neuro tele, or could be cancelled. It is troubling. I wish we would have an influx of heart surgeries...for the next 10 years!! But, indeed it is a great thing that more and more people are able to be fixed up with stents instead of a major heart surgery...a great thing!!


We had a hypothermia protocol patient, this means after cardiac arrest, people are cooled to protect their brain and other organs, ( now keep in mind, I change a lot of details so you can't tell who this is...and it may have been in the far past!!) She was so very young, younger than I am, and the protocol did nothing to save her. She seized, and seized and just had constant seizures no matter what we did for her. She went to hospice...so very sad.

A darling lady, 85 years young, who drives a little red sports car, likes chocolate ice cream, and good looking men...in that order, she says!! She is waiting, waiting for a heart valve...and is just getting sicker and sicker. She is a darling girl!!! I hope I have as much joy in life as she does, if I make it to 85!!


Patients, young and old, all with a story, a life...touch my heart and pulls at those heart strings...I really love the patients and families in my job so much! That is what really brings me joy in my job...the charting? NOT SO MUCH!!



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Have a great day, all!!


Julie

27 comments:

Grit said...

Wow, wie super, super schön. Tolle Projekte in Arbeit.
Liebe Grüße Grit

Janet O. said...

Oh, the basket quilt just sings!! Those sashings are perfect!
Both of your other projects are going to be beautiful, as well. You have such a good eye for putting things together!

ann hermes said...

I love the colorful nature of your basket project. Also white stars on a red background is great.

Vesuviusmama said...

Lots of lovelies in progress!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Lovely works in progress, but it is also so very touching to hear about your patients. I can only imagine how wonderful you must be with all of them...and how truly lucky they are when they get you to care for them, as you do!!!

Finn said...

Your baskets are looking wonderful Julie! I like the choice of sashing, very clever indeed. I'm going to keep that in mind for some of mine that need a setting.
It does touch the heart to interact with this person, whose path has intersected with you. Difficult but rewarding to work with them, hoping for the best possible outcome. So very sad when one loses a patient. Been there, in OR and in the Emergency Room, never gets any easier. Sending lots of spring time hugs, Finnie XXX

Nicky said...

I love then all Julie ! The baskets are gorgeous with that sashing. I love the pinks and the stars on red! Utterly fabulous!

Julie Kaye from KS said...

Each of your projects are terrific. But those baskets are fantastic. Love you colors. It is coming together great.

Me and My Stitches said...

Love all of your projects, but especially those baskets. If you ever get tired of them, feel free to send them off to live with me!

Jill said...

Great projects and wonderful nursing stories. Thank you for doing what you do!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Oh, Julie... your baskets look like candy to me, so sweet and irresistible! You have been busy! If I ever have the need for your type of specialized nursing care I hope to have a nurse half as loving and wonderful as you, if I did it would be the very best care I could ask for! Your patients are blessed.

Lois Arnold said...

As always, your quilts are wonderful! If I ever have to spend time in a hospital, I hope I have nurses like you! You can hear the care in your "voice". Thank you for being a nurse who sees people rather than just another patient.

Loris said...

Those wonderful patients really keep us going, don't they?
Glad you have been able to sneak in some stitching. I love the white stars on the red! And the baskets look quite cheery with that sashing.

Nancy said...

The scrappy sashing is perfect for your baskets!

I'm in love with your red/white blocks. Oh my, it makes me want to go out and purchase a variety of red fabric.

Barb said...

Your blocks are wonderful!

KaHolly said...

Work, sew, sew, work....when do you sleep?? Your baskets are coming along very nicely. I'm so envious of your stick-to-it-ivness!!

Kim said...

Oh the basket quilt is just stunning...it is worth the effort.
I hope when I need a nurse a good one is there like you......I don't miss nursing and felt like I did more paperwork than patient care, so now I stay home and garden when not making quilts :0) Life is good.

Happy Sewing

Quilter Kathy said...

Enjoyed reading the patient stories and seeing your project updates...love how the basket quilt is growing!

Karen said...

The basket quilt keeps growing. I like!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow Julia, I do not know how you work on so many projects at once. I tend to be a one show gal. The basket quilt is looking wonderful. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Cheryl said...

You get so much done and work too! I just love all the color in your scrappy projects! And the nurse stories bring back memories.

Lori said...

You always working on the best projects! The baskets looks like a terrific spring quilt. I am loving it!!
I adore 4 patches too and with the pinks.....hmmm, I smell lemonade already;)

McIrish Annie said...

I really like those sashings. they really add to the scrappiness of the quilt.

Merilyn said...

Basket blocks are looking fabulous, really like the scrappy sashing too!! Gorgeous little white stars with those wonderful reds!! Enjoyed reading your work stories too, which reminds me I go back to work this afternoon after having a month holiday!!

Chookyblue...... said...

your always so productive.........well done......

The Calico Cat said...

Or make blocks like those pink/blue ones for the basked quilt border!

Karen M. Roth said...

I found your blog from another craft blog I was looking at and I am very impressed! I never knew Nurses had time for anything but nursing ...:o)

You have done some very beautiful work. Keep them coming along!