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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Follower Winner And Other Stuff

Congratulations to Susan at Susan's Scrappy Domain who has won my Follower Giveaway!  As soon as I get her mail information I'll be sending her this gift.

On another note I finally got to sit down last night and do a little stitching!  Since I've gone back to work it seems as if time is definitely not on my side - sewing is a few minutes here and a few minutes there.  I'm working on a wool/embroidery piece that I'm almost through with.  It's from Primitive Gatherings, one of my favorite shops ever and someday I'm actually going to go there!


 If you're like me and you love embroidery you need to run over to Sew We Quilt for all the details.  The patterns are wonderful and there's lots of room to create your own unique piece.  Jane from Jane's Fabric and Gifts is the cheerleader for that hop and she'd love to hear from you.

Yesterday I had my husband help me and we moved a little furniture in my bedroom.  He hates that.  I love that.  :)  I have my desk in that room because there's simply no place else to put it in this house but before the move I had it stuck in a corner.  We moved it to the windows so when I'm at my desk typing my blog posts I can look  up and out over the water, so if I seem to drift off into other thoughts it's because of my view!


And I created a bulletin board that I'm totally in love with - so bright and colorful, even though it's mostly covered with stuff that hides the bright and colorful.  I took a piece of foamboard that I bought at Hobby Lobby (with a coupon of course), cut it into fourths, covered each piece with a different red and white fabric and then put them butted up against each other on my wall beside the desk.  Everything at my fingertips, but in a fun way.  :)  I didn't do that yesterday...but I don't think I've shown it to you before.
The clock you see there was my mother's.  It hung in her house since I was a little girl about 10 years old.  When she died there were two things hanging on it....the tassel from my graduation cap (don't ask me why mine when she had four kids but probably she picked it up off the floor one day, hung it there and never moved it!) and the one and only ribbon she ever won for one of her quilts.  She'd have won more because she did beautiful work but she never entered one.  I snuck one away and entered it for her or she wouldn't have that ribbon!  :)

Since I was already in the mood for cleaning and sorting I straightened up both closets too.  Do you do that?  Get started with one little area and it just grows on you?  You clean out this drawer, which leads to cleaning off that shelf, which leads to....  But no more!  Today I have 2 or 3 things I have to do but then I'm headed for the sewing room to work on It's All About Me!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Let's Go Visiting - Week Four





I hope you're ready take another stroll around the neighborhood!  Let's go visit the following neighbors today:

Tanya                      www.friendshipcrossing.blogspot.com 

Nanny                      http://www.nannysgoodlife.blogspot.com

Sheri                      http://desertratchronicles.blogspot.com/

Mary                       http://sewmaybeican.blogspot.ca/ 

Ronda                    http://mountaindelights.blogspot.com

Brenda                   http://www.brtowsleyblogs.blogspot.com/

Ginger Quilter         ttp://frontporchquilts.blogspot.com/

Sewn With Grace    http://sewnwithgrace.blogspot.com  

Michele                   www.quiltsfrommycrayonbox.blogspot.com 

Patti                       http://osagebluffquilter.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's All About Me - Closed


We're up to 90 participants in It's All About Me so we're officially closing this blog hop.  If you missed it I'm so sorry but be watching for the latest one being posted over at Sew We Quilt soon!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Follower Alert!!!

A couple of weeks ago I promised a giveaway for my followers when I reached 600 - it snuck up on me but I'm up to 614 now!  So as promised, if you're a follower and you're interested in these two items:


I have the November/December issue of QuiltMania - a lovely magazine.  And a jelly roll of Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey for Moda.  At one of the after Christmas sales I bought one for me and one for you!  :)

Here are the rules for this giveaway - please follow them strictly.
1.  Leave ONLY ONE comment telling me how you follow my blog - on the Followers list on the right sidebar, on a reader, through e-mail subscription, etc.

That's it - that's the only rule.  If you haven't been following but you want to then please add your name to the Followers over there on the right and leave a comment telling me you did so.

This is going to be a pretty fast giveaway - I'll choose a number on Friday.  Good luck!

blessings, Marlene

Sunday, January 20, 2013

It's All About Me!

If you signed up for the It's All About Me Blog Hop you should have gotten an e-mail from me today.  If you think you signed up and didn't get  my e-mail me please comment on this post and let me know so I can get you on the list.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Let's Go Visiting - Week Three


Let's Go Visiting - Week Three



I hope you're ready take another stroll around the neighborhood!  Let's go visit the following neighbors today:

Jeanne              http://rayandjeanne.blogspot.com

Anita                  http://auntnubbyskitchen.blogspot.com 

Quilt Hollow       http://www.quilthollow.com/

Selina                Selinaquilts.blogspot.com

Teresa               http://teresasquiltjourney.blogspot.com

Patty                 carrotcake55@sbcglobal.net.

Sandra              sandra0@gmail.com (Sandra doesn’t have a blog but would love an e-mail visit)


Lizzy                       http://lizzy-notimelikethepresent.blogspot.com/

Sowing Stitches    sowingstitches.blogspot.com 

In Your Words - Last Day



Here's today's schedule:


Wednesday, January 16
Quiltin' Jenny  (Jenny)
(Rosemary B.) at “that other blog”
Dachsies With Moxie  (Agnes B.)
Sew Many Yarns (Lyndsey M.)
The German Mom  (Tina S.)
Christa Quilts (Christa W.)
Sew We Quilt  (Mdm. Samm)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In Your Words - My Turn To Talk

I had so much fun deciding what to do for this blog hop!  In the end I went two different routes.  Or was it three?  Can anyone say "split personality?"  When I was trying to make up my mind what I wanted to make....Christmas Eve was when I started working on it, can you believe it?....the weather folks had predicted snow for Christmas Day for Arkansas.  That never happens.  Never.  But I wanted it to.  Until it did.  Eight inches worth.  No electricity for four days.  And four nights.  But before the snow began I started this "wish" pillow.  When I was wishing for snow.  Before it really did snow.  You got that part, right?

Of course when I wanted to take my pillow out into the snow to take a picture the snow was all gone.  And what I had was eight inches of rain.  Yes, really.  Sigh.  This is wool applique using a hand blanket stitch.  I free motion quilted the front of the pillow using navy thread and trying to follow some of the design of the background but making sure it had lots of motion.

Then I thought, well goodness it's almost Valentine's Day.  Just a month away!  (Have you gotten your SO a card yet?  Me either.)   So I made this small quilt for my 6" Ackenfeld hanger.
This is also wool...wool heart appliqued with a hand blanket stitch onto a wool background.  The stitching is embroidery and the outside also has a hand blanket stitch.

I love to talk and I love to write so putting words into my stitching comes naturally to me.  Here are a couple of word stitcheries that are favorites of mine.

 I keep this pillow on my bed and pretend that I was born on Monday.  Ha!
I made this for Christmas but I love it so much that I just keep it out all year.

But you know none of these really says anything about me, about who I am.  So I'm also going to share with you this little quilt that I have hanging on my office door.  I'm a "wasn't I just retired yesterday?" high school guidance counselor, returning to work after nine years at home.  Returning to retirement in June by the way.  This is me:





Nice really does matter.  Really.

Thanks so much to Linda for coordinating this hop for us - there are a lot of little details that have to work together for this to happen and that takes time.  And thanks to Madame Samm for dreaming up the whole concept and starting us on the right track.  And a double thank you to all our wonderful sponsors - such amazing gifts!

Please be sure you visit everyone on the hop today...you want to miss a one!  blessings, marlene


Tuesday, January 15
BQuiltin Studio  (Beverly K.)
Hill Valley Quilter (Britt-Inger)
Bumbleberry Stitches  (Theresa K.)
Buzzing and Bumbling  (Linda W.)
Outback Crafter (Debra S.)
In Stitches and Seams  (Annette S.)
Englating  (Marica from Sweden)
Stitchin by the Lake  (Marlene B.)  (this is me!)
Selina Quilts  (Selina)
Sheila's Quilt World (Sheila M.)
Words & Stitches (Beth S.)


Monday, January 14, 2013

In Your Words

Here's today's schedule!


Monday, January 14
Clothes and Crafts (Maria K.)
Simple Sew (Shirley T.)
Woolie Mammoth (Anna B.)
RocknQuilts (Mary Ann)
Quiltsmiles (Jane E.)

Saturday, January 12, 2013




Yes! It's all about ME, but really it is about YOU!

I can hardly believe our good fortune...to think that Amy Bradley, THE Amy Bradley  has designed a pattern for us!  Madame Samm says this about Amy and about his hop:

"I adore Amy Bradley. ( you can see her latest greatest best here)
I believe she was the very first designer
I came across when I first started quilting.  Upon seeing
her BRAND images....she is all about FUNNY....
I thought "I have got to connect with her..."

She gets me, I get her, we work well together
and wellllll, this is what we came up with....
She did all the work of course, ( I just created the button up there)
 I wanted something we could 
all manipulate into a likeness of us in the future, 
( if you think you don't look anything like HER now....)

Welll just wait...Think of this as a FUTURE YOU....

YOU will get this ladies likeness, with different hairstyles
and pin cushion can be placed, well in a variety of ways...
YOU will see this in AMY's pattern that she designed
with you all in mind for FREE, if you are in our hop...

It is an applique pattern and her instructions are the very best in the industry.
She includes everything, she leaves nothing out....
If ever you wanted to finesse APPLIQUE, this is the hop for you...

You can make her YOU!  floral, stripes, fur, dark glasses, bling on the 
glasses, 3D....wellll I can go and on...but I think you get HER!"

So here's the deal ya'll....

 Blog hop will be from FEBRUARY 21st-28th

And I get to be the cheerleader for this one.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  How did I get so lucky!  And who am I?  (for those of you who don't know me yet)


if you want your own LIKENESS, let me know ASAP! 

Please put
"It's all about me TOO"
in your subject line...

and the PDF pattern will be sent to as soon as you supply
name, email and blog...  (don't forget to put all three of these in so we don't have to trade e-mails to get everything correct for you.  And if possible use this format:
name
e-mail address
blog name
blog address


If you do not have a blog, we will provide you with one...
15 of you will be able to post on our "That other blog"
for non-bloggers... 

Our rules are always pretty straight forward..

1. Be a cheerleader for all those who participate! 

2. Make your project

3. Take great Photos ( outside when possible are the BEST)

4. Turn off your word verification( if possible just for your day)

5. Be on time, set post for  midnight EST. ( we can help if needed)

6. if you drop out for any reason, YOU will 
be sent a request for payment to Amy for the Pattern... 

Amy has designed 2 fabric lines which will be our giveaways..
More on that later... 


Please put the button for this hop on your blog (Code for button is on your top right!

Big thanks goes out to Amy Bradley for having such a generous heart....
She is soooooo COOL!  
( we can still say that can't we?)

and to Madame Samm for creating another fun project/blog hop for us!





Thursday, January 10, 2013

In Your Words - Days Four and Five


Thursday, January 10
Just Sew Sue (Sue B.)
Scrappy 'n Happy (Jess R.)
Little Mushroom Cap (Amira A.)
Sowing Stitches (Beulah aka. Carol)
Just Quilt It  (Kathy G.)

Friday, January 11
Jane's Fabrics (Jane R.)
Jane's Quilting (Jane C.)
Nuts 4 Redwork (Heide W.)
Bits and Pieces (Martha R.)
Life in Every Breath (Jennifer B.)
Quilting Lines (Patricia L.)
Meadowbrook  (Kristen K.)
Count It All Joy!  (Denise P.)
Sophie Junction (Sophie W.)




Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Let's Go Visiting - Week Two



I hope you're ready take another stroll around the neighborhood!  Let's go visit the following neighbors today:








Pat          Amityquilter.blogspot.com.


Gail         http://gailatthefarm.blogspot.com/ 



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

In Your Words - Days Two and Three


Tuesday, January 8
Piece Peace (Patricia G.) 
A Stitch in Time (Patty D.)
krislovesfabric (Kris T.)
Grandmamas Stories (Jane H.)
Till We Quilt Again (Helen E.)
The Slow Quilter (Felicia F.)

Wednesday, January 9
Kathy's Quilts (Kathy W.)
Sunshine Quilting (Martina S.)
Doodling in My Mind (Darla R.)
Grammie Q's (Charlotte M.)
Dancing Moon (Carla B.)
(Betty V.)  at “that other blog”  http://thatotherblogg.blogspot.com/.
The Fuzzy Hat Quilter (Laura Ann)


Monday, January 7, 2013

Bone Marrow Transplants

Some time ago a very dear friend called and asked me if I would write a post on bone marrow donors.  My friend has Lymphoma and has had for many years.  She's undergone all kinds of treatments, some of which continue today.  She has had a stem cell transplant but hasn't yet had to have a bone marrow transplant from someone else, although that day could come.

I remember from years past that to donate bone marrow involved a painful and time-consuming surgery but that's no longer true.  Bone marrow can be harvested from the donor's blood through a process called peripheral blood stem-cell donation - a machine separates and collects the stem cells before returning the blood to the donor.  It's an outpatient procedure that takes four to six hours on one or two consecutive days.  Four days before the procedure the donor receives daily injections of a synthetic protein called filgrastim.  There is a second method that involves using a syringe to collect marrow cells from the backside of the pelvic bone during an outpatient surgical procedure; donors receive general anesthesia in this one to two hour process.

Another thing I learned about stem-cell transplants is that being tested to see if you could be a donor for someone is as easy as pie!  You simply swab inside your cheek with four q-tips - well you don't do it yourself of course, but that's how it's done.  :)  You know that doesn't hurt...we see it on CSI all the time!

If you would consider being a donor for someone in need of this life saving procedure there are a couple of ways to do it.  Often there will be a bone-marrow drive for a particular person and in that case you simple attend the drive.  There is also a bone-marrow testing Center, DKMS http://www.deletebloodcancer.org/, which will send out testing kits for free, according to the article I read.

Recently there was a series of articles in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette about a young woman with leukemia who needed a donor.  The articles were well written and filled with information.  In particular an article on December 17, 2012 was very informative.  If you don't know much about bone-marrow transplants - read a few articles on the internet about it.  There are lots of folks out there, adults and children, who could be helped if we all registered!

In Your Words - Begins Today!



Monday, January 7
Kwilty Pleasures  (Kathy G.)
Debby Kratovil Quilts (Debby K.))
Sew Darn Quilt  (Carolyn R.)
Traveling Quilter  (Debbie A.)
Just Let Me Quilt (Carol S.)
Vroomans Quilts (Sharon V.)
Cate's Linens (Catherine R.)
Nini and the Sea  (Denise)
Sew Much 2 Luv (Karen)


Friday, January 4, 2013

A Head Start!

I was packing up my Christmas fabric (because it was scattered all over my sewing room!) when I ran across a piece I'd forgotten I had.  Ever do that?  Like every other day or so?  I just couldn't put it up yet so I quickly put together a few simple placemats and napkins.

I had an ulterior motive though.  My grandson got engaged over the Christmas holiday.  I can see the wedding showers coming.....lingerie, kitchen, Christmas!  I've gotten a head start - the Christmas shower present is done.  :)

I couldn't cut into these cute reindeer so I just used a 12 x 18 piece, machine quilted it and put on binding.  Now, wonder what I can make for a lingerie shower.......

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Let's Go Visiting!

Google Images

Okay ya'll let's start the new year off right by sharing some good times with each other!

Each Wednesday for the next several weeks I'm going to post a list of "Blog Neighbors To Visit This Week."  Those of you who signed up on this post have been placed on my list, in order of your comments.  Or I hope it's in order of your comments.  :)  (If you haven't signed up but want to then comment on that post and I'll add you to the list - you are welcome here.)  I'll try to warn you ahead of time that we're coming so you can write a new post, or not.

Let's all make some new friends doing this, look around at some old posts or tutorials or other tabs/buttons (pretend you're snooping in their closets or something!) comment somewhere on the blogs we visit, and get to know each other.  With all the sadness we've experienced during the last several months it's time to spread love and good cheer.  I will list ten names each week but don't feel like you have to visit them all in one day - take your time, savor the time you spend and enjoy your visit.  Here's who's up for our first visits this week: