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Monday, February 18, 2013

It's All About Me - Day One!


Day one is finally here!  I could hardly wait for this one because I know we're going to see some really cute things.  Don't forget to visit Madame Samm to check out the top three and to see all the prizes!  Here's today's schedule:

Tuesday, February 19

Just Let Me Quilt
Sunshine Quilting
Karen at That Other Blog
Grammie Q
Gracie Oliver Arts
Marjorie's Busy Corner
SnippetsNScraps
Sowing Stitches
Pigtales and Quilts
Stitchin'ByThe Lake   (Oops!  That's me!)

Yes, that's right - the very first day and I'm going to show what I did with this darling pattern.  Notice I said the pattern was darling.  I did not say the results were.  :)  When I first saw the pattern I was thrilled with the short, spiky hair cut - that's almost exactly like I wear my hair.  Especially when I first get up in the mornings.  So I added a little polyester batting for my hair.  Yes, my hair really is white.

But that body....well that's just not me.  Or that's not how I see myself.  With my blinders on.  I needed a few curves, rather large curves true, so I "tweaked" her figure.  And here's how she turned out!


My hair is whiter than my mother's was!  I inherited it from my grandmother.  And those upper body curves....they came from my grandmother too.  :(  I remember when I was a little girl and Grandma came to visit she IRONED her bras.  She had to...the cups were huge and they were cotton so you know how wrinkled they were when they came off the line!  Since I'm constantly going from the kitchen to the sewing room this version of me needed an apron to reflect that.  My pincushion is on my wrist and my thimble around my neck (that's a real thimble!) because there are always sewing things somewhere on me.  :)  And usually a few threads on my dress and in my hair.....

I wear reading glasses and always have them on one of those holder things so I added one here using gold thread to form the cords.

I'm constantly taking them off so I can see to walk around and putting them back on so I can see to stitch.  That's the only thing about getting older that I hate.  Well maybe not the only thing.  Those large upper body curves would be another thing I hate.

Now tell the truth - she looks just like me doesn't she?

Maybe I don't really want you to answer that question.  :)


Since my world has been pretty chaotic lately (I somehow had a  moment of insanity and went back to work after 9 years of retirement) and that chaos means I sometimes have a moment of forgetfulness I'll just say this.  I am definitely having a giveaway.  But I forget what I'm giving.  :)  However, if you're willing to take a chance just leave me a comment below and I'll throw your name in a hat.  Oh, and if you're a follower comment once but tell me you're a follower and I'll throw it in twice.  For the mystery prize.  Which will be something sewing related.  Probably fabric.  But definitely something about sewing. :)

P.S.  Check out these prizes at Sew We Quilt!




174 comments:

Sewgirl said...

Nice job making the woman your own! I love the hair.
I am already a follower!

Connie said...

Marlene, your work is fantastic and I love the hair! Thanks also for all the work on this blog hop and of course I am a follower!

Di said...

Marlene, I love your rendition of this amazing woman, right down to the spectacle holder around the neck. That poly fluff was a brilliant touch too! Please include me in your giveaway, as you know I'm already a Follower. Finally, thank you for cheerleading this blog hop - I'm really looking forward to seeing where everyone takes it.

Judy1522 said...

You did a great job I love the hair and all the embellishments! I am a follower.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

See now as head cheerleader - you could have made those 'pom-poms'! I love your take on yourself - and how you can smile. I am a follower and I love surprises that are hiding.

Judy B said...

What a great job on your All About Me! Love the hair and the curves! I am a follower via email. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Janet said...

She does look like you! Fabulous! I am a follower and I love any surprises.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a great job...love your hair and all those cute embellishments! I'm already a happy follower :)

Fiber Babble said...

ROFL! I can soooo relate to your giveaway mental adventure!

Love your selfy!

Martina said...

OIh she looks great and very personal! Lol! Love your verion! And I am a follower too!

Farm Quilter said...

Your self-portrait is adorable - just like you!!! Love the hair :) I don't envy you your grandmother's bosom at all!!! I used to have them along with the Grand Canyon on my shoulders! Your embellishments are just perfect!! Thank you for sharing you with us! I am an old happy follower!

nähtina said...

She does!
The apron and the thimble.
wonderful

Nati said...

She does look like you, amazing job! And thanks for the chance of wining a surprise!

Lesley said...

Wow! Your "me" is adorable...love that short white hair...guess it is because it is similar to mine! Your embellishments are terrific...the thimble and the apron...too cool! I am a follower!

Karen said...
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KarenFebruary 19, 2013 at 3:23 AM
She looks so like you, we'll done. I also usually have both my apron and threads on me!
I'm a follower too.

Pam said...

I love your hair, mine should be white but my hairdresser keeps it my original dusty blonde. I am quite forgetful too, that moment when you tear into a room only to stop and think " why am I in here".

Pam said...

I am a happy follower, if a tiny bit jealous of those "curves"

Julie said...

Absolutely LOVE your block. I am a follower. Thanks

Katie said...

great project and I love your white hair -- I think it's beautiful. I'm a follower for a while now.

Susie Q said...

Hi Marlene, I love it, especially the personal touches, thanks for sharing and the Giveaway. I am already a follower. Susie x

Fran Kingston Dill said...

How fun!

Jeanie said...

She's beautiful, just like you! I love that you even changed her body shape. Great interpretation. Oh, I'm already a follower.

Deb C said...

I love how your future self turned out! This is a great hop!

Marla's Crafts said...

Very nice. She is so cute.

InGa said...

Cute, cute lady. .-) The hair looks like yours... hehe.
Thanks for the give away.
regards from Sweden.

InGa said...

I'm a new follower. :-)

Michele said...

Marlene your 'me' is just perfect. I love everything about her. If I would have been in this hop I would have had to make my 'me' with a lot less of those upper curves than the pattern. My birthfather's side of the family got the upper curves but unfortunately we all take after my mom's side. It would have been nice to get a bit form both sides. LOL I'm not retired but I too use a glasses chain for when I am sewing. It keeps me from putting my glasses down wherever and then not being able to find them.

Martha said...

As usual, I love your interpretation! I am one of your followers and have been since I started blogging. I love visiting your blog. This is just too cute!

Frances said...

Love your project And self portrait is perfect. Cute.

Mary said...

I love your little lady, and she looks like she's a lot of fun. Great job...and I am a follower.

Lisa Marie said...

Your post and your project are very entertaining. Thanks for sharing!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hello Marlen,
your quiltinglady is absolutely amasing, she look great and you too!
Thank you for cheerleading this funny bloghop.
I do follow you, of course ☺
Liebe Grüße
Bente

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You and your little lady are stunning Marlene! What an inventive piece....great job with your project and organizing this one.

Sharon said...

Oh Marlene I love how you turned her around to make her your own. And yes I have been a follower of your for a very long time now.....take care.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Your results are darling too! I love the tweaks and special touches - looks just like you!!! I enjoy being a follower. Hope you have a wonderful day! ~Jeanne

Colette McDonald said...

Great Hair! I notice that most people have fessed up to being gray or going gray. Also love how you describe yourself. In my mind I still look like I did when I was 18. ;)

Just Carol said...

The fuzzy hair was a great idea and all the little details you added are just too cute...love it!

legato1958 said...

I love your "little you" with those cute touches! So clever and cute!!

Susie
legato1958@aol.com

legato1958 said...

I am a new follower!

Susie
legato1958@aol.com

Bonnie58 said...

What a great self-portrait. Love the hair. I've let mine go grey, but I would love to have your white. It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

krisgray said...

So cute - the hair, the glasses make her look way cool! Adorable!

Sharon Dawn said...

Wonderful job on the details!! You captured your fun side well! I enjoy following you by email, and learning more about You!!

Britt-Inger said...

I love the picture of you, it is stunning. Thanks for sharing

charlotte said...

Oh, Marlene...I just love you and your "self" portrait. I thought about changing her shape too when I first saw her, but then I thought, "what the heck". I love the hair and the apron. And she really does resemble you, even the face! Thanks for the laughs about forgetting what you were giving away. That sounds just like something that would happen to me.

Lindi said...

OMG! how cute! i am a follower too also

charlotte said...

See, I forgot to tell you I am a follower. lol

Cliodana said...

such a cute lady! thank's for that blog hop it's so funny seeing all those lady! your is very beautiful like the funny hair! have a nice blog hop

Just Quilt It said...

I love what you have done with this lovely lady--I think I prefer her shape to the pattern lol. I do see a resemblance--at least more than the original. I always enjoy your beautiful work, and I am a follower! Thanks for cheering us on through this hop!

Gwen said...

You did such a marvelous job! She really does look like you! A couple of my daughters are "well-endowed" but they didn't get it from me! I'm a follower too. Thanks for the great entertainment!

Sowing Stitches said...

:) Fun project....love the hair! :)

vicki said...

Lol I really like the hair. She does look like you. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower. vickise at gmail dot com

SIMPLESEW said...

excellent self portrait..

Joyce said...

I love it, Marlene! Just adorable!

Diann said...

You adapted the pattern wonderfully to make it "you". I love the hair.

Robin said...

this hop is so fun I love how you made her all your own. Wait until you see me on Friday. I'm a new follower. Thank you for the give a way.

Robin in Washington State
assweetaspeaches hotmail

Caroline said...

Fabulous! She does look a lot like you. The hair is what does it. ;) Also adore her apron, so cute!

Patricia said...

What a feisty, curvy lady! Too, cute. I noticed she doesn't have a double chin either. Nothing like giving her a little face lift, huh. LOL

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

Marlene, I just loved what you did to our "gal". Her hair is just the neatest. It would be nice if someone would give her a name.
I have been a follower of your for a long time...always an inspiration.

Gill said...

What fun! I love the 'upper body curves' or 'saggy boobs' as I call it!
Thanks for sharing!
I'm a happy follower!

Charlotte Thompson said...

I really love your (ahem) self-portrait! I am a follower and may not have my no-reply fixed, so
quilt like crazy @ hotmail . com.

Needled Mom said...

She is fabulous, Marlene. I love the hair!! My hair has more grey than my mom too. Ironing your bra???? Oh dear. I'd need one of those mini irons ;-)

Sheila said...

What a hoot , loved your description of your lady , she looks great and I love her dress and apron ! I am a follower .

Needled Mom said...

I'm a follower.

Lyn said...

How much fun! I am not going to say she looks just like you! Thanks for all of the fun!!!!

Patty said...

You did a great job of making her realistic. I love her. And of course I am a follower.

BizyStitches said...

one. you did a wonderful job on your lady. I've had a lot of fun this morning reading all the blogs.
two. yes I'm a follower.
ps. I hope this doesn't post twice, I got a weird message after trying to post my first comment.

Heide said...

Just adorable! Like all the embellishments.

grandmarockton said...

LOVE the LADY of the House! I like how the curves come from grandma didn't we all have grandma curves to LOVE?

Vicki H said...

Love the hair! Thanks for being part of the hop.

carla said...

Hi!!! I love it!!! Love it all!!! Sew fun!!! I am a happy follower!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

Barbara said...

She's beautiful! Just like you! And I'm a follower!

Madame Samm said...

Yes you are most certainly the lady of our day and your home too...I love that she looks like you...she is perfect.

Emily C said...

Great job! she looks just like you.

patchouli moon studio said...

So cute Marlene. Love the hair and the apron and the thimble too. I am a follower of course!

Shepody Mountain Crafter said...

A grand look alike great job. I'm a new follower and looking forward to your other creations. Keep smiling

Carrie P. said...

Your self portrait is spot on! you did a great job! this blog makes me smile looking at each one.
I am a follower.

sandra said...

love. You MARLENE AND ,the hair is you and all the little details tell us a lot about you. This is such a fun hop

Cheryl T said...

She does resemble you (in a good way). Very sweet! Love all her embellishments also.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Oh my, this is adorable! Congrats on being one of the chosen.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Forgot to say: I am a follower.

Stress Less said...

I'm so thankful I found your blog just yesterday. I have just finished going through today's "hops" and I have to say I love this blog hop!!! I have so enjoyed seeing everyone's project and personalization. Makes me want to try something for myself....You ladies are wonderfully creative and I'm so glad to "meet" you all.

Quilting Babcia said...

I love your rendition of 'you!' I wondered about this hop and what it would produce, this is hilarious! And, of course I'm a follower.

Lea and her Mustangs said...

Hope I not too late to get in and I am a follower of course. I really love the rendition of you - somehow resenbles me too except the upper curves. Not quite.

Debbie said...

Very cute! I love personalization. Also I love surprises - throw me in the hat and I'm a new follower. Thanks
gussek at hotmail.com

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Love this and yes she does look like you- BRAVO for being able to pull that off, and with such elan too ~

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Am also a follower- sorry forgot to add that

Carin said...

You did a beautiful job !!
I hope you trow my name in the hat :-)

Carin said...

Oops ... I forgot to mention that I'm already a happy follower

Linda said...

HI! LOVE YOUR BLOG!
HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA BLOG LOVIN'!
BLESSINGS,LINDA

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Linda said...

YES! PLEASE THROW MY NAME IN THE HAT!
THANKS SO FOR YOUR BLOG+GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
jaw droppingly beautiful! I thought about fur hair. This looks great, I love your hair color though. It is a classy white gray.
I love red and I adore the apron.
OH! and I have those exact same scissors. they are by far the best pair I own. I have a note on mine that if anyone uses then they will be severely punished.
You can display this proudly. You are VERY pretty, much prettier than your project heehee

ljeanne said...

I love surprises! Sign me up. Your "figure is a lot like mine, curved.

ljeanne said...

I Just signed up to be a follower.

Sandy said...

You are sooooo talented!!! Love seeing all your projects.

krislovesfabric said...

Love seeing your "me", yep...doppelganger for sure ;)

Susannah said...

Marlene, You are something else!!! You are so much prettier than your "design" of yourself but really you did a great job!!!!!!!

I am definitely a follower!
Susannah

Teresa in Music City said...

You did a great job of making her "You"! Going back to work after so long retired - whew! Glad it's you and not me!!! I love surprises, so add my name to the pot for the giveaway :*D

Brenda said...

I am just going to say it, This is my favorite so far!!!! You did a great job and I love her/you! The apron, great touch! Hey, surprises are so much more fun than seeing what you could possibly win anyway!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Love the batting!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

That is just adorable. But I love the story behind what you made. Your right, I cannot yell you apart! Why can't my hair look that beautiful as my white comes in! What a fun lady you made.
thank you for being the cheerleader and for all your hard work.

Sallie said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

Sallie said...

I follow your blog.

Marjorie Nath said...

She's darling! Seeing all these makes my imagination start working on how I would personalize one for myself. I just signed up to follow you.

thelady at hotmail.com

JoyceLM said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing. I'm a follower.

sew.darn.quilt said...

I love the hair, too cute!

sew.darn.quilt said...

I'm a follower, of course:)

Amy C said...

I love it! So darn cute.
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Wow! It's gorgeous.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

I also had a good look at your site and joined via email. I tried to do the Google connect but could not do it as Google came up saying it wouldn't work or some such stuff. Your friend's connect is a very good idea.

JudyCinNC said...

Super cute and wonderful, Marlene. I am a devoted follower. This blog hop reminds me of a saying, "If you don't like how you look, then decorate yourself." LoL Thanks from Judy C in NC

karen flick said...

You know we all love the hair do!!.....as my grandys use to say....Dobbie, you are stylin' .... and that is what she is doing!!

karen flick said...

opps were we suppose to add our email....I am already on your list....have a good day!! newbie

gpc said...

She/you are adorable, I love it! :)

Gmama Jane said...

Marlene, you did it! You created a Fabric version of yourself!! The hair is my favorite!! Just love it, dear friend. Wasn't this fun? I had so much fun with my *Galfriend*...even hubby got in on the creativity.
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Julie in WA said...

I am thrilled with the gray hair! It encourages me to see others sprouting au natural hair color!

Linda J said...

First, thank you for cheerleading the blog hop and getting all the ducks in a row with Madame Samm. I can't wait till tomorrow to see what the next group of participants will do.

2nd, I love how your interpreted the piece---the white hair, the glasses cord, etc.
I recently had eye surgery and HAVE to wear readers now as my vision capacity is now completely reversed from what the first 60 yrs of life were! Man, could I identify with your saying you have to constantly take them off and on!! Good that you included that in making her/your glasses.

Rosa said...

She is just adorable and all the details you added are also very nice.Great job!!

I do follow.

Elizabeth said...

Oh Marlene, she's adorable! I love that 3D hair! I have a little touch of that going on in my gal too. :-) Such a fun blog hop! Oh, and I'm a follower. Now you can kick back and enjoy watching the rest of the reveals. Thanks bunches!

Kathy H said...

I am a new follower and can't wait to read your blog again. I think it will be so much fun. I love your lady,she does look like you and in a fabulous way.

Thearica Burroughs said...

Your lady really puts a smile on my face... Hands on hips and an apron to boot... Just like my Granny Ida always!!

Jeanne Gwin said...

You are adorable as 'you' and as 'me'. You did a great job. How fun today has been with all of the "ME" peeps. Thanks for sharing and a mystery giveaway.

Helen said...

Love your self-portrait quilt, but I must say that you are MUCH prettier than your quilt! What a fun quilt to make!

I follow your blog...as you know, and I'd love to have a chance to win whatever it is you decide to give! Hope I remember that I put my name in the hat!!

Have a wonderful day!

Kathy L said...

Love your creation. How fun.

JD said...

I keep wondering what me self portrait would look like? Love what you did with yours.

Vickie said...

Your lady looks darling as do you ! I've been retired 3 years and I absolutely can NOT imagine going back to work!
The thought makes me shiver. But I wish you well ! Throw my name in again cause I am already a follower ! Blessings !

DeAnna S. said...

Awesome project....love the hair idea! This has been a fun hop today. Thanks for being a cheerleader and for all your hard work! I'm also a follower. Thanks for the giveaway chance. Looking forward to visiting all the blogs in the hop.

Mimi said...

Perfect... I would pick yours out in a line up easily!!!

hueisei said...

This so lovely and darling :)
Thanks for sharing!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I enjoyed your post a lot, so warm and friendly. And yes, you look like her...or she looks like you. Or something.

Mamacessories said...

Your lady is great and your sense of humor came through loud and clear! I really enjoyed this stop on the hop! Thank you!
Maria

Crickets Corner said...

I love your design. Gotta smile simply due to the 3D hair. Reminds me of mind. I am a follower!

Cindy said...

Love the hair! What a wonderful likeness! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

Leslie said...

Totally you. Totally cute.

Margaret said...

An awesome likeness. You did a terrific job. I am a follower/stalker of your blog.

LJ said...

Marlene, you definitely went the extra mile to make your pattern look more like you. The hair was perfect though the jawline was too angular for your sweet face. Loved that you changed her body shape and added the extras (iron, thimble, glasses holder) to make her "you"!

Debbie DeBaeremaeker said...

I love how you edited the pattern.

Thanks for the give-a-away!

debbie.debaeremaeker at gmail dot com

quiltingunleashed.com said...

Adorable Marilyn! Thanks for being an awesome cheerleader :)

Sue said...

Wow Marlene, what a likeness, love the hair!

jmniffer said...

I love the tweeks you made to the design! Thanks for sharing.

jmniffer said...

I am a new follower.

KatieQ said...

I love how you captured your look and made this project your own. This is a fun blog hop. Thanks for sharing your work. I am a follower.

Createology said...

Thank you for participating in this blog hop. Your quilt is so personal and I adore it. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

ShirleyC said...

That is just too cute! You are so talented! I am now a follower.

FlourishingPalms said...

OH MY GOSH! Marlene, you're a complete hoot! You've got me grinning ear to ear. You know those fellas that get paid to draw caricatures of other people? Well, you've got their talents beat. Hands down. Love your 'ole gal who makes you look like you're about 30 or so. Thanks for the chuckles, and for your losing-my-mind giveaway. I haven't read such a fun post in a long time. No need to enter me in the draw. Just couldn't resist saying something.

Vivian said...

Well, I just love it. How fun is that? I'm a follower.

Debra Lee said...

This is one of my favorites so far!

lefuntz said...

I see the resemblance but I do think you are better looking. Love the thimble and apron. She has a lot of character. And forgetting what you are giving away? Priceless!

Robin said...

My goodness, she does look like you! Awesome job!

MoeWest said...

You did a great job making it YOU! I love the hair, the thimble and the apron. I'm a follower ;-)

S Walker said...

Wonderful embellishment additions. It's amazing how different all the projects are. Love your forgetfulness.

Crooked Gulley Art Quilts - Mary Couch said...

You created your twin!!! Very well done. Love all the unique changes you made to create your own Biased Lady!
Hugs from Mary

Lou said...

She looks exactly like you:) haha!!!!!
Thanks for making me smile today!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Your look marvelous! Love the batting hair-do! Great "me" you have there!

Beverly said...

Your hair is beautiful! I love what you did with our little lady. Everyone is giving her so much personality. You did a great job.

Wendy said...

your lady is fabulous! You did make me laugh talking about your grandma ironing her bra!

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

ha ha ha. I can't stop laughing! You're hilarious! I love it! You did such an awesome job, I can't stop cracking up, lol!!!!

Bonnie said...

Love your lady. What a wonderful job.

Gayle said...

A mystery prize could be very fun! Lovin' this blog hop!

Linda said...

Yay! My internet is working again (at least for now) so I can tell you how much I love your little lady! Great job!

Cher said...

very creative! great to see how you did this in your unique way

Annette Schultz said...

Awsome .... i just love how you did up your hair and made her just sew you.
thanks sew much for being part of our day in the land of blog.
in stitches

becky said...

Your Lady is great and not Knowing the giveaway is even better Love surprises if I'm lucky Thank you for sharing I am a follower Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

Leo said...

I sure love surprises - so I will take my chances .. it's fun seeing all those "ME"-Quilts

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your lady is very cool! You certainly made her your own :-)

Brittany Love said...

This is so much fun to see all the ways people made the pattern look like themselves - yours is adorable!

Kate Brown said...

I love all the little changes people are making to make it their own. Yours is adorable and I love your hair :)

OhioLori said...

LOOOOOVE your Lady....such great creatin....soooo cool!!

Donana said...

You did such a great job on her! She's gorgeous! Very neat and I do love the hair. I love how you made her your own. Thanks for sharing.

Donna F

Tracy P. said...

I love your quilt, Marlene, and I really love that she has a thimble around her neck. Peeked at a few of these little quilts, and wow, did you ever inspire a lot of fun. Love it!

Brenda said...

Oh what a spectacular job you did in creating "you"! I love all of your embellishments and had a great time reading your post and checking out several others. Thanks for sharing and for your give away!

becky said...

This hop has been the most fun love everyone "depection" Thanks Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

becky said...

I am a follower so glad I am I really enjoy your site and appreciate all the hard work that has to go into it and the encouragement I get Thanks Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

Jean Burke said...

I love your 'You' - great job! This blog hop has been terrific. I'm sorry it's over! Thanks again...