Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Gratitude!



I have the day off work today!!!  Hurrah!  I am working on my disappearing nine patch quilt.  PLAIDS!!  Rule the roost!

(And I am cleaning, honestly, I am)




So, may I ask your opinion?  Is this light-colored plaid an outlier?  Does it look funny in the quilt!  Should I take it out?


Thank you for your discussion and wisdom!




 Here are all my blocks on the cookies sheet...all cut out and ready to sew.



******************Nurse's notes*********************


I am so very grateful for you, my friends.  I have been so stressed the past while, trying as I might to make an awful situation winnable.  Sometimes, to win, you have to let go.  I am grateful for that lesson!  I just love my new unit...great team, and all seem to be on the same page...PATIENTS first!!!



Thank you for your support!!



Julie

Monday, September 26, 2022

My green string quilt is actually quilted, at long last!  Hurrah!  



I used a scrappy binding, of all different green; pieces I have saved for years.



I bound it on the machine!!  To save time, and to get it in the hands of someone who needs it...I applied the binding on the back, brought it around to the front, and sewing carefully, topstitching along the inner edge of the binding.  Turned out very well, to my delight!!




Here is my binding pile to start with.


I used this tool to roll it up neatly, and wow!  It rolled off so easily and nicely.  



 I liked this tool!!




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



Well, here is my big news.  After 27 years in one hospital, all in cardiac, and 6 years in another...a mixed bag, but mostly cardiac.... I am quitting my job.  Rather, I am moving to another unit in the attached hospital.  I am going from open heart surgery recovery to hospice.  They are also orienting me to oncology, as well, because I am sure to float there at time.  Why such a drastic change????


Well!!  About 5 years ago, a new nurse came here from Houston.  She was a very loud, outspoken person, a true bully, and she just thought she knew everything there is to know about nursing. And doctoring...she regularly corrects the doctors. (they laugh at her).   She has banded together a band of followers self-called the "Bad Ass Bitches."  They are gossipers, backbiters, and just atrocious.  They have run off three other nurses...and guess what?  They ran me off too!  Every single day, I am run down, maligned, talked about, reported to my boss...for nothing.  Now understand that I am an excellent nurse...certified in my specialty, nearly completed with my master's degree, and have excellent rapport with all the docs and my patients. Moreover, I love my patients!  I am qualified in Impella, Balloon pump, Dialysis, open heart recovery, TAVR recovery, Vent support...and I am the charge nurse.  I don't call in and I don't be lazy at work.  


I just made up my mind that I am not going to put up with that anymore.  She runs the show there...and runs people off for fun and giggles with her group.



So, I decided I can fight her...administration did nothing...or I could leave.  So?  I left!!  Funny how the bosses begged me to stay, after allowing all of this torture to all of us go on forever! 


 And I am very excited about being the very best hospice nurse I can!  I also am keeping my toe in the water with ICU care...going to float to ICU and CCU sometimes, to keep my skills up.  I am delighted to be starting a new nursing adventure!  I had hoped to retire from my unit, but it became so toxic, I just could not cry another tear, or try and be friends another minute, or fight anymore.  I am a gentle person, and I think I am following God's path for me, right to Hospice.



So, I appreciate you all bearing with me.  I have been so stressed for months as I struggled with what to do, and I am so behind in answering any comments and correspondence.  Forgive me...I will do better now that this burden has been lifted from me. I have already worked through my month notice...I was only required to give two weeks, but I gave my boss an entire month.  I have already started my new job!




That is my big news!!!



Hope you have a lovely day!



Julie


Friday, September 23, 2022

Progress on the fishy quilt!



Good morning to you!!  I am just loving this scrappy quilt.  Thank you, Bonnie Hunter, for the leader and ender idea!!

 The quilting is very dense and I adore it!!


Hope you are having a really good day!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Churn dashing again!


Good morning!  Can you see the fun nurses in the centers of these blocks?  I fussy cut them out of panels, and just love them.  The blocks finish at 12 inches. Churn dashing along!



 I have been going through small quilts for gifting and came across this one I had made a couple of years ago.   I just love the colors, made of 1/2-inch strips.  Tiny!!!



Hope each of you is doing well.  I have some big news coming up soon, about my work, so stay tuned.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Seems like Sunday is my day for updates!



Good afternoon!  I put a label on this quilt that I made some time ago, and hand quilted it.  Just a funky little flower for you!




I made a few more disappearing four patch blocks.  I love these!



 I made a tiny little runner from the cut off pieces from the four-patch block cutting party.  Word to the wise!  I used the ultra-washable red Crayola markers to mark my quilting.  I had a devil of a time getting the marks out...three washings and spot remover were needed.  Don't use the red if you want it to wash out!  I did use blue, and it was OK.




Julie

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

A new squirrel!


Good morning!  Have you heard of the disappearing block quilts?  Probably so!!  This is my disappearing four patch.  PLAIDS!!!!!  Is there anything better?  I think not!!!  Except scrappy plaids.

You can find the pattern here:  Free!



Disappearing 4 Patch Quilt Block Tutorial - YouTube





 I have been hand quilting in the evenings, while my hubby watches the news.  I am done with this quilt!! YAHOO!


On to the next hand quilting project...seems like I never run out of these.



Have you made a disappearing four patch quilt?



Julie

Sweatshirt jacket

  Good morning!!  This is the second sweatshirt jacket I have made.  I got a large sweatshirt, because the sweatshirt really shrinks a lot. ...