I am supposed to be at work today, but they put me on call. So...for $2.00 per hour (I know, don't be jealous), I am supposed to stay by the phone and be available for the next 12 hours, just in case they need me. So, I will do laundry and such, keep busy for my day...and will try to sneak in a little sewing!!
The census of hospital patients, all across the nation, according to my hospital authorities, is down. Which is a good thing, but it means that I don't get to work each shift I am scheduled. It makes me want to find a supplemental job!!!
Can I just be a quilter for my second job? LOL!
I had a very sad case the other day...a lady got very depressed, and for two years, she locked herself inside her apartment. Deliveries of food were ordered, and some trash was passed out to the drivers, and a neighbor brought her mail to her, but for the entire time, she never bathed or washed her hair...and there were just little trails among the "stuff" in her house, for her to pass through to the bathroom and back to her recliner. Her legs were stuck in the shape of her recliner!!!
She stayed in her apartment, suffering a heart attack, for two days...finally, finally calling for help. Her heart is so badly damaged, she is really on the verge of not making it. Her long hair is in one large matted ball at the top of the pillow. I may go in today and try to detangle it for her...poor thing!
If you have chest pain...you call 911 and get to the hospital as soon as you can!!
I see some very sad and odd things as a nurse, and I know my nursing friends can relate!
I finished hand quilting this quilt. It was a quilt along with Cheri Payne...she would give us random basket piece patterns, and we just came up with whatever basket we imagined. I made four of the blocks, and here is my nearly finished quilt. I loved this project...and each stitch is in remembrance of a super fun designer; Cheri Payne.
My fingers are fairly sore, as I did this one all on a road trip. I still need to make binding, a hanging sleeve, and a label.
Onward!!! I hope each of you has had some time to slow stitch...check out Kathy; I am linking up to her, for Sunday Slow Stitching.
Sometimes? You just have to begin. Something...anything!!! I love strings, and have so many fun ideas that I was a bit paralyzed!! So...after work tonight, and after supper was cleared and the dishes were done, I made these limey green string blocks!! I had these all sorted out. They are 8 inch finished blocks...and represented about ten minutes of work. I love them! NO matching anything...just mindless and fun sewing time.
I am back to 5 bowties a night. These are three inch finished.
A few minutes a night adds up to a lot of progress!!!
I just really love this quilt! I am not sure who came up with this pattern, but I really love the contrast and pretty, pretty colors. I had not ONE red block in the bunch...but luckily, this is red month at So Scrappy.
I made these red blocks for the quilt! Yahoo!
I was also toying with adding red hearts...but I think this is going to be a non starter. Adding the block to the orphan blocks, for an orphan quilt, some day!!
And these I already showed you...
Red is super fun!!!
Linking to Angela, for a start on rainbow quilts of the year.
I pray each of you is OK, and having the best New Year possible.
Rainbow quilts! The color of this month is: RED! I have started a new quilt with wonky stars. I thought I might not like making these stars...BUT I LOVE THEM!! So much love, that I made two.
Angela at So Scrappy is hostessing a new quilt along...please see her blog HERE. Tiny blocks, with lots of visual impact. She is posting one each week, and it is a free quilt along.
I had a jelly roll...note the past tense. I whacked it all up and am making this, for a nursing friend who likes purple.
Happiness? Is a new rotary cutter blade! Hahaha! This was my Christmas present, the one I asked for...new rotary blades. Cuts like a hot knife through butter!
I have been collecting keys for some time...some very old, some just pretty. I found this wooden heart at JoAnn fabrics yesterday, and had a 60% off coupon, so it came home, and we put cup hooks on it...and there you go! I have room for some more old keys.
Yarn sale too, at Joann's. I made a little dishcloth. I can still crochet, after a fashion, that is.
I guess I need a bright bag, or someone does...anyway, this got made too.
This is my table runner for January...and it is BRRRRRrrrrr here! Raining all day.
These are just a few of the gifts I received from my friend Lyn...thank you, Lyn!! I love each one!
And such a fun fabric postcard...thank you, Nines!!
Between yesterday and today's stitching time, I finished all the hand stitching and applique on this quilt, "Sweet Land of Liberty!" I have all the sections sewn together now, and I will put a small border around the piecing.
I had an empty spot on this quilt for a long time, and have thought a lot about what really should go there. My dad was a World War Two veteran, and he both sold and wore poppies. I really didn't understand what that meant, when I was a little girl, but I do now.
The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war.
So...I used an already made block that looked like a poppy to me, and appliqued it down to the space on the quilt, and added a few embroidered words.
I am not sure about what color of small border to put around the body of the quilt...I will think about that for a bit, and the answer will come to me.
I am very grateful to Lori, of Humble quilts, without whom I would have NEVER made this quilt, and also her group of intrepid quilt-alongers!!! I do love this quilt so much!!! There is much personal meaning here for me.
I made this quilt some years ago, and some of you might recognize it. I was so, so careful, to do only my best work, and am amazed when I look at those tiny stitches, now!!! It is my favorite quilt, and I have been hand quilting it for some years. I have all the center blocks quilted, and I am working on the border.
I take it out from time to time and put a few stitches in, and then carefully put it away.
So...this is my slow stitching project for today!!!
I changed the pink strip, that was in the middle bottom of this quilt...and tada!!! Here is the top, minus the string border. I was trying to show the bright, pretty strings in this outside picture.
I really need to find a better way to take pictures of my quilts, but here it is!! Speaking of STRINGS! The border for this quilt will be all strings. YUM!!
I have been looking for and sorting strings from my basket...so here are my purple ones. I am thinking a purple quilt would be fun, perhaps for a patient at work that might need one in the coming year...or maybe for me?! I don't have a whole lot, so I will supplement from my purple stash...not many of those either, so maybe I get to SHOP? Hahaha! Poor me!
Or lime greens? HEre are my lime green strings!! They are fun too!!!
I cut all my neutral strings into 8.5 inch widths, and will for sure make a neutral quilt this year...calming, modern, yet timeless...at least that is what I am shooting for.
I have worked....not much. We have very few patients, and I was put on call today, and yesterday I had taken a PTO day so I could go to the quilt guild Christmas party. It is great fun to be surrounded by ladies, 30-90+ years of age, with SO many years of experience and love. I love to watch them and look at their projects and admire them, especially those golden oldie amazing fierce ladies! They fascinate me. Maybe I am one of those old, old people, LOL!!! We had a bagpiper there, and that was amazing, too, as I had never heard one live before. Two people in my quilting bee are officers this year, for the guild...and I found myself wanting to do that too, but work interferes with me being available like the retired folks.
One lady had a Burgoyne surrounded block that I just really loved...maybe that quilt is in my future!
I have been steadily working on this quilt each morning. Lots of strings...I am re-thinking that bright pink scrap down the middle bottom half....but all that piecing needs something in between it!!! Maybe some squares?
Also, the brown baskets...I think I will add something to brighten them up, to match the rest of the quilt.
I have pulled out my applique quilt from this year, a quilt along, online with Lorraine Hoffman. There are supposed to be tons of 1/2 square triangles of various sizes between the floral blocks, but I was not fancying them...and I thought...STRINGS!! are always the answer!!! In real life, these are very, very bright strings. I have strings, so I am using them! I tried to make this quilt, in the beginning, kind of a dull, more folk art quilt...
BUT! the colors and the quilt dictated themselves, the noisy rascals!! So I am going with the brights for the scrappy sashings. Scraps call to me in a unique way, way more than new fabric off the shelf in a store. I love them!!! And I use them, too!
This is the next block that I appliqued today; the pineapple block. So this is my slow stitching for today.
I am linking to Kathy, for my slow Sunday stitching HERE and
Today, I gathered up laundry and washed and dried one load of it. I swept and mopped all the hard floors. I shook rugs, made lunch (leftovers so not hard, LOL!), and cleaned the mirrors in the bathrooms and the windows in the kitchen. Now, I am off to vacuum, and dust, and I will probably scrub all the sinks and toilets. And maybe that is enough for today. My problem is that I have clutter...mostly my fault, with quilting projects...and I am working to finish things up, so that will be better!!
Let me know your best house keeping secret for a working lady????? How do you keep your home immaculate, as I see in many of your pictures?? There are just so many hours in a day, and I WILL sew some...it is my refuge and peace and fun!! So how do you do it all?
This quilt has been advanced to the flimsy stage! Lots of orphan blocks have been used, and new blocks too, and all went into this one. Pretty scrappy, which is right up my alley.
Here is another view.
I like this picture, though...that is Rosie Posie Pumpkin Pie, my poodle, who just would not budge when I was straightening the quilt top out for a picture...she is such a love and such fun to play with!
And here is an empty basket, from my blue scrappy quilt...that feels good! Two triangles left over...and they will eventually go into something.
These are my recent heart rock finds...nature is marvelous, making this aberration of normal stone weathering, with water, mostly...I wonder how these are formed? I love heart rocks!
Another wrap today is....my iron!! My iron from Walmart was really letting out a foul smoky smell, and I had to let it go before it caught fire. So I am using this little travel iron, instead.
At least I am not having to use this little sad iron!! It is a small one, and the tiny swan iron may have been for pressing cuffs or collars, at least that is my thought?
I have a Rowenta iron, but I am kind of afraid to use it, because of the spitting of water and such.
Anyway, that is my day today...now off to finish laundry and clean a bit, and go to the store for food for dinners this week.
I had a lovely day in another ICU yesterday. These people are medical ICU patients, not heart ICU patients that I normally work with. It is a sad place, full of hustle, but a lot of these patients will not live to see the outside again. And yet? Both of my patients were very ill, but made a lot of progress yesterday! It was fun to work with old friends from twenty years ago, and meet so many young lovely nurses, just starting on their careers.
I had a weird thing happen...a family had been very angry and demanding throughout their hospital stay, and I was selected to calm them down that shift and be their nurse, and "love them into submission!", if you know what I mean. They kept on talking about how they were going to sue us!! Crazy...I finally told them in the most loving and straight forward way I could that that talk did not influence me in any way, and I was going to do the very best I could for their loved one and them too! By the end of the shift, they were hugging me and had totally turned around in their thought processes, or at least I hope they did. It is hard to love people who are trying to be mean, but a lot of times it is fear and misinformation that leads to that aggression.
Anyway...another day awaits...nothing dull at the hospital!!