one red & white

Posted by on March 28, 2011 in blocks | 1 comment

It’s been a busy month with a visit to Indianapolis to start wedding planning for a 2012 wedding for my daughter, and the Dallas Quilt Show (got to see Sophie!), and now a trip to DC.

Here’s my one product so far, and maybe I can get some more before month end, but I doubt it. (have 3 more at the 4-patch stage).

I just finished a new book, The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande, about how the use of checklists in surgery, aviation, construction, and other disciplines has such power to reduce errors even by very smart people, particularly with complex situations.

I’m thinking hard about how that affects my day job, but it is also a reminder that I can avoid a lot of quilting re-dos by printing out the directions, having them visible at my machine, and checking them often! I’m only human, and my memory is getting more and more fallible!

I recommend the book; it is a quick read, and something to talk to your doctor about if you are planning surgery..

Hmm, I guess I’ll have to get a checklist started for that wedding, too.

1 Comment

  1. It sounds like an interesting book, I'll definitely check it out. I attended a usability conference a couple years ago with an emphasis on healthcare and I know there is a lot of research into design and processes to prevent mistakes. It's interesting (and a little scary).

    I've added your block to the list. Good luck!

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