Sunday, July 18, 2021

Final Pieced Frolic Border in Progress (post 8)

Working out the zig zag design
 Over the last couple of weeks, I've been stitching a few half square triangles together in to a zig zag design. It took me a little bit to figure out the orientation of the HSTs to equate to the zigzag shape. 

It also took some time for me to figure out the pressing so the seams would nest. I repressed some HSTs which helped. I pressed some seams open. Slowly my pile of HSTs became chunks of Zigs and Zags!

My plan is to piece a section of 12 HSTs together into three Zig Zags until I have pieced all the HSTs together that I originally stitched in November of 2019! At that time, I had no idea the journey that this project would take me. It's grown bigger. I've scrounged scrap bags for more variety and to get "enough" pieces to make the various parts. I even colored outside the lines a bit stretching the colonial blue color since I had so little of that color in my stash.
A blue and a red component

When I've stitched the HSTs together, I plan to lay them out next to the quilt edge to determine how many more I need. I'm sure that I'll need more! Adding the additional HSTs between the pieced ZigZags should maintain the scrappy look as well as sprinkle the newly made HSTs more evenly in the mix.

Once I had stitched several sets of four HSTs together, I played with different orientations. In the end, I decided that alternating a blue zig with a red zag was most pleasing to me. I also decided that I preferred the zig zag pattern over points and slashes which are my terms for different layouts of the HSTs!
Sections stitched together

This was goal number four on my July goal list. If I stitch more before the end of the month. . .great! I think that I could leader/ender a few of these while I'm stitching other projects. Then again, I might like to have a stitching day of not having to think much about what I'm piecing!

Regarding COVID:
Worldwide:190M cases; 4.08M deaths
United States: 34M cases; 608K deaths
Oregon: 212K cases; 2,848 deaths

Auditioning a section
The number of people vaccinated in Oregon is slowly increase: 59.7% have had at least one shot and 55.1% are fully vaccinated. Since the number of vaccinations is barely increasing, researchers wanted to find out what was holding people back from becoming vaccinated. Since the state is polarized politically and since the majority of those not vaccinated do not approve of Governor Kate Brown, University of Oregon researchers stated that she should no longer be the primary messenger regarding becoming vaccinated. The nearly 700 people surveyed stated they had more trust in health care providers and doctors. They also stated a $100 incentive might sway them to change their mind.

At work, I had the opportunity to chat with a doctor about the disconnect with the unvaccinated people. He told me that he had retired once. He came back because those infected with COVID had strained medical resources and he said he wanted to help share the load. He contracted COVID early in the pandemic. When the vaccine was available to him, he took the vaccinations.

He said he originally tried to educate those unvaccinated with the science and the studies behind the vaccines. He said the attempts failed miserably which surprised him. He tried telling those people about his COVID experience which he said was "like talking to a tree in the forest." He has had marginal success with the fact that the Delta variant creates much more serious health issues including death in unvaccinated people. He anticipates the infection rate to rise this fall. He hopes that hospitals aren't pushed to capacity levels and that the mask restrictions and meeting restrictions are not reinstated.

He said one of his patients was a COVID long hauler. He said that the patient's lungs were so damaged that he was on oxygen and confined to a wheelchair. Unfortunately, this patient's lungs had showed no improvement in months. The doctor suspects that the patient will not regain his former health. The doctor shook his head and said, the vaccine could have prevented this patient's situation. 


LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love scrappy zigzags! That's going to make a great border. That's an interesting talk you had with the doctor, but discouraging to hear. I had to take my mom to the doctor recently and it was someone she hadn't seen before. When he came in, he asked if we were vaccinated, and when we both said yes, he said, "Oh good, now I don't have to lecture you!" That must be frustrating for medical people.

Ivani said...

The zig zag blocks look great and seems to be perfect for a Leader and Enders sewing.
Here we have a long battle against Covid ahead, only 14% of the population are full vaccinated due to low vaccines supply, and we know that we only will be ok when at least 80 to 90% get the full shot. All the numbers are scary.
Stay safe, Terry. Happy new week. said...

Ivani, I too think the battle against COVID will happen again. I'm so sorry that there can't be a more equitable method of distributing the vaccine. I'm with you in that we all need to get it to truly eradicate it. . .the challenge is that it mutates. I really did love your string blocks. said...

Dianne, I look forward to finishing more to get a better view of what it is going to look like when I have a float an inner border. . .at least that is my idea today! As for the doctors. . .they are learning lecturing isn't the method. . .educating, asking questions and really listening to the answers will serve them better and they have such a short time to spend with patients! I agree too about the frustrating part. . .people die who shouldn't have because we have the tools in place and available to help them against COVID. Unfortunately, the people believe there is some mind control drug in the vaccine. As a country, we have a long way to go to build ourselves as a united country.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I like your zigzag design Terry. I bet you will have all those HSTs finished in no time. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

Having almost losing my healthy sister to Covid, you bet me and all of my family are all vaccinated. I am thankful that almost everyone in my circles are all fully vaxed. Hopefully progress continues to be made here in Oregon. said...

Thank you, Cynthia. It is easier to progress when the idea of a finish becomes more clear! COVID is a nasty disease. At least one member of my family refuses to be vaccinated. It makes getting together with the grandchildren and that relative more challenging than need be. Doesn't seem to affect the unvaccinated. . .even when left out because an event is for eligible and vaccinated people only. I'm glad your sister is a survivor. (I'm still wearing a mask most places.)