Don't let the difficulties of the present moments overshadow the reality of God's promises. God's promises still stand. And God's promises are stronger than our failures.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

One New Thing

Well, maybe more than one....
Several days ago I showed you a sneak peek at the new thing I was allowing myself to make after finishing a UFO.  That's my goal for the year - One UFO means I can make one new thing but I can't make a new thing until I've completed a UFO.  I might have missed the mark just a small bit but not much.  First of all I finished this top today:
This is Creve Coeur by Dawn Heese for Linen Closet Designs.  I used Moda's Maison de Garance - a layer cake.  I love these fabrics!  You might remember I also made a quilt wrap out of these fabrics a couple of weeks ago.  I'm going to use a dark brown binding but haven't decided how to quilt it or what the backing will be.  Obviously, feathers are called for somewhere.  :)  Maybe the ecru border....

I've also made the first three of Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilt blocks.
The one at the top is Seven Sisters, on the left is North Star and on the right is Catch Me If You Can.  She has given us Tears for Texas and Kansas Troubles but I haven't made those yet.  I'm hoping to catch up tomorrow.

For those of you following the saga of my grandson, Blake, he is still in the hospital - he's been there since last Tuesday.  They have offered up several diagnoses but I think they are settling on a staph infection in his lymph nodes.  His fever has been down for nearly 48 hours now but night before last he developed an allergy to his medication and is broken out all over his body in a horrible rash.  They've changed the antibiotic but he can't leave the hospital until the rash starts to improve and right now it's only getting worse.  Thank goodness it doesn't itch!  We're hoping for a trip home tomorrow.  They have at least lifted the quarantine so he can now have visitors but I'm not sure he's feeling up to it or if he wants anyone to see him with this rash.  It's that bad. Thank you so much for all the prayers and crossed fingers!

27 comments:

Michelle said...

Praying for a rapid recovery soon! Your little quilt is darling and your blocks are too!

Needled Mom said...

Wow!!! That had to be a tough diagnosis to make. Hope he is home tomorrow and on the road to recovery.

LOVE your Civil War blocks. I need to catch up on mine. I saw the Kansas Troubles out today and I haven't finished my last one yet.

Colleen said...

Hope he gets well soon and the allergy doesn't become systemic. My prayers for your whole family during such a stressful time!

Jacquie said...

Thankful to hear they are making progress. We'll be praying for that trip home!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Bless Blake's heart (and little body). I surely hope the change in medication helps, and that the rash will soon be gone and whatever infection is there is on the run. No fun for a little guy to be so sick.

I really like the fabrics in the chicken quilt, and admire the Civil War blocks. I don't quilt, but love quilts and am in awe of those who can do it well!

Patricia said...

Hopefully, when the rash is gone he will be on the road to recovery. Praying for your Blake, and all of you.

Your blocks are beautiful.

Take care . . .

Christine said...

Well now, you KNOW I love those chickens!

Salem Stitcher said...

Love the roosters!!

I hope Blake is feeling better soon. Those infections are awful things. Prayers to you all!

Julie Fukuda said...

Thanks for the update on Blake. A teen that lived with us last year had a very similar happening.
I love the chickens and your method of paying yourself for completions. Maybe I need to begin making UFOs!

Lori said...

Wow, I was so hoping and praying that Blake was already on the mend. Prayers continue to go up on his and your behalf.
I had to chuckle when I saw the part of your post on the 7 sisters block. My sister and I took a class on that block a few years ago. We each made one block and were both so frustrated, we've used the remainder of the fabric for something else. Kudos to you for heading down the 7 sisters road! Love the look but can't do them myself!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I am so glad things are improving for Blake who will still be on the prayer list.

Love your choice of fabric line for the chickens - so compliment each other - and yes, feathers for sure.

Glad you are rewarding yourself for completing a project.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Marlene, I'm so sorry to hear about Blake being so sick and praying that he will keep getting better. I know exactly how you feel about sitting back, sometimes it's so hard. Your stitching is beautiful and I love the roosters. You and the family will be in my prayers.

Marie said...

Marlene I have been keeping Blake in my prayers since Lura told me he was so ill. Let's hope it all clears up soon. ((((hugs)))) I love your newest quilt blocks. You are so talented. xxoo

Dorian said...

Continued prayers to Blake and family Marlene. I'm glad that the Dr's have at least diagnost it now. Hope recovery is quick.

denise/deBRAT said...

Prayers for you, Blake and your family. may the Lord open the eyes of the medical team, lift the rash from his body and breathe into him energy anew.

denise/deBrat

Michelle May said...

Sending hugs and lots of prayers for Blake. Oh that sounds just so awful. Poor fella!

Beautiful finish of that quilt. It's lovely.

xx, shell

Madame Samm said...

ahhh no now a rash..well that is from all the antibiotics..one of the side effects I am afraid...surely they are seeing some light...and relief for you all..
blessings

Arkansas Patti said...

Oh, poor Blake, he beats one problem only to get another. I am glad the fever is gone for that had to be the most worrysome.
Know this is hard on you all and I hope he is home soon.

Sandy said...

It sure is hard to "sit and stitch" when your grands are sick! I, too, feel like you that I would love to jump in and take over. Once a mom, always a mom! Hopes and prayers that Blake will be better and home really soon. Love your rooster quilt!

Sincerely Mama said...

Gorgeous quilt! wow!

Will add Blake to our prayer list here at the Garden Hat house.

Say, would you be interested in having a handmade piece in our silent auction for Misha? Lemme know!

Darlene said...

Master Blake is a tough little guy. Prayers continue for his recovery!

Love your projects!

Sharon said...

Hope Blake is doing better and gets to go home soon. Love your quilt!

Grammy Staffy said...

I was in San Diego all day yesterday and I couldn't email you but I had Blake in my prayers. I hope that the rash goes away soon and he gets to come home. I pray they will find out what is causing all of this and know how to treat him.

Your quilting is beautiful.... as always. I send love and prayers. Hugs, Lura

Gmama Jane said...

Go Blake!! Glad tonight finds him improving!
I love the quilt with our favorite fabric. You must have had some kind of stash in that fabric line!! I still have an entire jelly roll. I'm thinking of making a rail fence quilt with it.
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Dawn Heese said...

Love your Creve Coeur. I like the border change as well!

Vals Quilting said...

your turkey quilt is adorable my Mum collects Turkey stuff, she'd love this :)
Hope your grandson gets better soon!
Thinking of you
Valerie
Chestermere, Alberta, Canada
http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting

Janet, said...

I love the chicken quilt, it is so pretty. I am so glad Blake is doing better.