Turkey Tracks: “Big Bunny Hug” Quilt

Turkey Tracks:  September 30, 2013

“Big Bunny Hug” Quilt


Here’s a quilt I mailed a few weeks ago to my niece and namesake Louisa Nancy Howser Gardner–called Nan–celebrating the birth of her second beautiful son almost a month ago now.

Big Bunny Hug 3

I bought the fabric three or so years ago in Williamsburg while with my Virginia quilting friends for a week.  The panel was meant to be a fabric book, but I thought I would like to make a quilt with the story inside it.  I did a similar quilt for Nancy’s sister Lauren for the birth of her first son almost two years ago now.

The red brick fabric and the green swirly fabric came out of my stash.  I had intended a border fabric to run along the sides, but decided I liked it on the back instead.

Here are some individual blocks:

Big Bunny Hug Block


Big Bunny Hug Block 3


Big Bunny Hug Block 2

Here’s the back, made up of the border fabric;

Big Bunny Hug Backing

And a close-up of the border print:

Big Bunny Hug Border detail

And here’s how the front, binding, and backing work together:

Big Bunny Hug Backing and Binding

I quilted with a limey green thread that just goes right into the quilt–with the pantograph “Deb’s Swirls,” medium size.  The quilting is lovely if I do say so myself.  (I’m getting so much better.)

It’s a cute quilt with very cute fabric.  BUT, but, getting the blocks all to match mathematically was a small nightmare as the “book” pages were not all the same size.  I’m glad it all came out nicely.




Interesting Information: Jessica Gianelloni Tackles Vaccine Myths: Herd Immunity and Measle Outbreaks

Interesting Information:  September 30, 2013

Jessica Gianelloni Tackles Vaccine Myths:  Herd Immunity and “The Worst Measles Year Ever”


Jessica Gianelloni is a young mother (five children, one of which is adopted from Uganda) who has DONE HER RESEARCH about her family’s vaccine decisions.  Fortunately, she blogs and has put her research online where everyone can read it:  http://gianelloni.wordpress.com.  I urge you to take a look if you are contemplating vaccines of any kind.  And I urge you to spend $20 and get a DVD of THE GREATER GOOD, a documentary that explores all sides of the vaccine question. 

A recent CNN story claimed that 2013 was shaping up to be “the worst measles year ever,” which sparked a new round of Jessica’s research.  Have you NOT noticed that we get a story like this almost every year from the media?  It’s either the flu or measles.  But there are no statistics.  No citations. 

Let me tell you that Jessica has read widely and documents what she shares.  She uses sources like the CDC database.  She wrote a two-part blog entry on this recent CNN story, beginning with the myth of “herd immunity” (a total industry scam backed up by a brain-dead press) and ending with the myth of any kind of measles epidemic occuring.

Here’s a quote on Jessica’s blog from Dr. Palevsky, a board certified pediatrician, on the myth of herd immunity:

You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that no-one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Jessica uses Dr. Palevsky to explain more of how vaccines work, using the Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine:

Do children vaccinated with the pertussis vaccine somehow stop carrying pertussis bacteria in their airways simply because they’ve been vaccinated? NO

Do pertussis vaccines stop vaccinated children from transmitting the pertussis bacteria to other people? NO

Do pertussis bacteria disappear from society once vaccination rates are high? NO: Vaccination rates for pertussis have no impact on whether the pertussis bacteria are in the air or not, or whether or not we breathe them in. The presence of the pertussis bacteria, and the exposure to them, are in no way affected by vaccination status or vaccination rates.

Do unvaccinated children, because they are unvaccinated, carry the bacteria in their airways, which vaccinated children are somehow no longer believed to be carrying because they’ve been vaccinated? NO

Do unvaccinated children transmit the pertussis bacteria to other children by the mere fact that they are not vaccinated? NO: Air is air. Air is free to breathe. We breathe in whatever is in the air. And, vaccinated and unvaccinated children are equally exposed to breathing in pertussis bacteria.

Anyone who poses as science the idea that unvaccinated children pose a threat to the population because they are unvaccinated and are more likely to transmit a disease to the rest of the population, is misleading you, promulgating myth, and inaccurate.  Vaccination with the pertussis vaccine does not exonerate anyone from carrying the pertussis bacteria, or prevent them from being exposed to the bacteria.

The fact is that vaccination does NOT stop you from carrying bacteria or viruses in your nose, throat, intestines, airway, skin, or in your body. We have been made to believe that if you’re vaccinated, you won’t carry the viruses, and therefore, others will be protected because you’re vaccinated. This belief is NOT based on scientific fact.

You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that one else is carrying. You can’t have it both ways. It just doesn’t make any sense.

So, Jessica asks the following—after noting that in her state there is over a 90% vaccination rate of children—as is true of many states.  And after noting that what gets ignored is that most adults HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED—so for the past 40 years or so, the herd has never been really “herd immune” at all.

So is the herd immune or not? How do we keep blaming the small percentage of unvaccinated children on “outbreaks” when the majority of children are vaccinated.  It’s a joke. I think we should blame the outbreaks on people who haven’t had a measles vaccine since they were children. Those no-good-non-immune-measles-spreading-x-generation-and-baby-boomers.

Jessica uses Dr. O’Shea to explain how NATURAL herd immunity actually works:

Dr. O’Shea, in his book: “Vaccination is Not Immunization”  explains:  “Do not make the error of many pediatricians or journalists who talk about herd immunity as though it refers to the immunity that proceeds from a large group of people being vaccinated. The calculated deception behind this common misnomer is that if you don’t know what herd immunity is, you’ll buy their illusion: that the unvaccinated child can take advantage of the herd who have been vaccinated. This is well though-out propaganda. True herd immunity is a term which indicates that a disease has burned itself out within a population, as with plague, smallpox, typhus-every infectious disease in history. The herd has become immune. Natural selection. It has to do with nature, not with manmade vaccines. Don’t be fooled again”

And, here again is Dr. Palevsky:

 “This whole concept of herd immunity is very interesting, because we were taught that herd immunity occurs because a certain percentage of a population gets an active illness. Therefore by a certain percentage of getting the active illness, they impart a protection onto the remaining part of the population that has not gotten the illness yet. And so the herd that is getting the illness is shedding the illness and protecting those who have not gotten it.

In vaccine science, we are extrapolating or concluding that if we vaccinate a certain percentage of people, we are imparting protection on those who have not been vaccinated. And that has NOT been shown to be true, because the true herd immunity in theory is based on an ACTIVE DISEASE, and we know that despite what we’re taught, vaccination does not mimic the natural disease.

So we cannot use the same model of herd immunity in a natural disease in the vaccination policy. But unfortunately, we do use it even though it doesn’t have scientific backing.

Jessica surfaces the other really BIG FACT that we should all know:  vaccines are only effective for from two to 10 years!!!  Vaccines DO NOT give one lifetime “protection”—and that word I am putting deliberately into quotes because so many children are being harmed by vaccines. 

Further, the greater predictor and correlation of death due to a child getting measles or one of the other childhood diseases is malnutrition and poverty—not being unvaccinated.  And, most “outbreaks” are occurring among children who have been vaccinated. 

So now let’s go back to the September 2013 CNN story.  Jessica looks at some history:

The article published last year (2012) from USA Today read “CDC: 2011 was worst measles year in U.S. in 15 years” But now today, CNN runs an article titled “U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years”. Well if 2011 was the worst in 15 years, how is 2013 going to be the worst in 17 years? We haven’t surpassed the amount of cases in 2011 yet. And we are nowhere close to surpassing the amount of cases from 1996. And guess what? Yep, the 2011 worst year was caused by the unvaccinated kids too. Haha!  And the 2008 outbreak.  And every outbreak, right?  Nope. Outbreaks have occurred in populations where 99% was vaccinated.

And then she looks at some facts:

I went through the last few years of measles “outbreaks”, and there hasn’t been a measles death since 2003, despite years and years of “outbreaks” being caused by the unvaccinated. Which by the way, do you notice that we are always having the “worst outbreak in years”, every year? In 2008, we had an outbreak in San Diego…this is how they worded it….”In the end, 839 people were exposed to measles. Eleven were infected.” 11. But in 2008, if you remember the headlines, it was the worst measles outbreak. Ever.

Jessica notes how the media is NOT doing its homework, but just accepting uncritically what it is being told.  By whom?  Mainstream medicine?  The vaccine/drug companies?  Well-meaning doctors who also have not looked at this issue critically or examined the science—of which there isn’t any that looks at what vaccines do to individual and their cells.  (All the science claimed by vaccine promotors are large epidemiological studies looking at large groups of people—studies which could also be correlated to things like DDT use, malnutrition, poverty, and the like—but aren’t.)

The CNN article gives no sources or references. People demand that my blog give sources and references, but we don’t demand the same from media reporting. People just read an article like the CNN one, and they are sold on the underlying message: BLAME THE UNVACCINATED.

Meanwhile, there are states out there—and school systems—who are demanding that ALL kids be vaccinated—regardless of their tolerance for vaccines.  And children are being hurt and families are being torn apart as they try to struggle with the fallout from a child who has been hurt.  Vaccine harm is vastly underreported as the whole system is voluntary entirely.    

Parents who object are being dragged into courts in those states.  That’s why those who smell a skunk are demanding that (1) they be shown the science and (2) they be given a choice.  And that lands us up at the documentary THE GREATER GOOD, which I will write about in a separate blog. 

Meanwhile, Jessica recommends parents trying to figure out what’s what with vaccines take a look at her current favorite books:

There are great books out there. I’ve probably read them all. Here are my current 3 favorites.

“Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, & Our Children” Featuring more than twenty-five experts from the fields of ethics, law, science, medicine, business, and history, Vaccine Epidemic urgently calls for reform. It is the essential handbook for the vaccination choice movement and required reading for all people contemplating vaccination for themselves and their children.

Vaccine Illusion” Newly release by a Harvard PhD immunologist. I love her forward: “I never imagined myself in this position, least so in the very beginning of my Ph.D. research training in immunology. In fact, at that time, I was very enthusiastic about the concept of vaccination, just like any typical immunologist. However, after years of doing research in immunology, observing scientific activities of my superiors, and analyzing vaccine issues, I realized that vaccination is one of the most deceptive inventions the science could ever convince the world to accept”

“Thinking Mom’s Revolution: Autism Beyond The Spectrum” Inspiring True Stories from parents fighting to rescue their children.