Thursday, April 29, 2010

Choosing fabrics and patterns

I have joined a local group that works on Quilts of Valor.  I went to a friend's house where the donated fabric lives and helped coordinate groups of fabric for chosen quilt patterns.  I took one of Karla Alexander's books and chose this pattern.
Here is the pile of fabric that I chose for it.  I brought the fabrics home to cut for a future sew-in date.  The next meeting is  Tuesday and some servicemen will be coming to pick up a pile of finished quilts during our work day.

On the way home I stopped at a store and found some flannels on sale for $2 a yard so I picked some up for the preemie project at church. 

Today I have to take my dad to 2 dr. appts.  His blood count has been abnormal since he had pneumonia so he is going to see a Hematologist.  Sometimes I wonder how necessary these check ups are for a 96 year old who feels fine and is getting along well.  I guess I will find out later today.

20 comments:

vivian said...

Love that pattern with those colors! Glad your Dad gets around so good!

Par said...

I've always loved the crisp look of red, white & blue. Your fabrics will make very spiffy quilts for some real heros.

Pat said...

That last comment was from "Pat", not "Par". I should know not to post before Ive had my morning coffee!!

Sewing Junkie said...

The medical Doctors do things different now. Test everything and as you say is it necessary. The Quilts of Valore is a worthwhile effort. Good for you. Chris

Joyce said...

Karla's books are wonderful for fast easy quilts that look difficult. I have that book but have never made that quilt.
I often think that older people like your dad would be better off staying away from doctors. At 96, if you feel fine, what can they do for you?

Jackie said...

Two wonderful charitable projects! I am looking forward to seeing how your Quilts of Valor quilt shapes up. The pattern you chose is wonderful for the fabrics. Hope all goes well with your Dad today.

patty a. said...

The fabric for the Valor quilt is great. Great score on the flannel! Sounds like you are keeping very busy!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I am convinced the primary care docs refer out for any abnormal test results to protect themselves from any malpractice issues. That and/or the restrictions of the insurance companies - I can't tell you how many of the docs that treated MIL during her final year commented under their breath - "yeah, to keep the insurance co. happy we have to run this test" -- common sense cannot be measured. test results can be. Sigh.

If you ever feel that whatever it is becomes way out of line, we found that you can refuse to have whatever it is done. Takes some digging in your heels, but if it is best for your dad, I know you will.

GREAT RWB quilt planning!!

karenfae said...

The quilt you picked out to make is perfect.
I know what you mean about appointments for your dad - it seems to be the same way with my mom at times. The last time is for bone density - she refuses to take medication to treat her osteoporosis as it upsets her stomach and she is in a wheelchair so why bother to have the test to see how advanced it is when we all know it is very advanced to the point the doctor wants her in a wheelchair and not to stand for more than seconds at a time! Doesn't make sense to me.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Marie said...

Great find on the flannel. Wish I had been there. So glad your Dad is doing well after having pheumonia.

Marie

Needled Mom said...

I love that design for your valor quilt. It will be spectacular!!!

Glad to hear that your dad is feeling well. I agree with your thoughts. Hopefully, it will be some minor adjustment with medications for him.

Sharon said...

Quilts of Valor are great. I quilted a few for our local group and it's such a good feeling to contribute. We just finished pillow cases for military members.

Patty said...

Glad to hear your dad feels fine. I think sometimes there are too many doctor appointments, but now that I look back, when I took dad to his appointments (an hour away) we usually stopped and had lunch afterwards. Getting out and seeing other people probably did more for him than the doctors did.

Maria said...

The fabric and pattern for your Quilt of Valour is great.

Hope all is well for Dad. I agree with you. why bother him if he is feeling well.

Anonymous said...

You warm my heart with all of the charities you get involved in. And share your talents with so many of us.

I can understand your thoughts with your Dad's Dr. appointments. Been there...

J~MT

Cathi said...

I hope you take pictures of that quilt when it's made!
I know what you mean about doctor's appointments and tests for the elderly. I questioned a few tests they wanted to run on my Mom.

Cathi said...

I hope you show a picture of that quilt when it's completed!
I suppose the doctors want to make sure there's not something they can fix -- but I do wonder sometimes at the amount of tests they want to do on elderly patients, particularly if the patient is doing fairly well!

Muddling Through said...

That pattern looks a lot like some of your beautiful Kaffe quilts. And I don't know about the tests either. I think it's just to keep you from feeling guilty that you haven't done everything possible for your Dad. I doubt that he's that thrilled about it though, is her? :)

Joan said...

Liked your choice of fabrics. and I have never sewn flannels...yet. It would involve another collection...gasp! As to Doctors...well sometimes they forget some things like age...If he has reached that age and feels well I dont see what the problem is...thats just me though

Lynda said...

Once the doctors get you on their database, they never let you go! Still it's good that they're keeping a good eye on him - which they obviously are if he's well and in his 90s!